Good Friday: DallasLovesCash, Bridges and Blinking Lights, Nightwish

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DallasLovesCash Party 8 p.m., Friday, November 9. Space, 2814 Main St. $5.

“Cash is my dog,” very good friend of the Observer Hal Samples just told me on the phone, “She’s been with me the last four years, watching everything.”

Yup, Cash has an eagle eye and a taste for the funky. So tonight, Cash is throwing a party. Tonight, because, as Samples says, “It’s the birthday of some people who are very close to her.” We’ll let you guess who that is in terms of human beings, but the birthday convergence also dovetails with the birthday’s of Samples’ project Hero to Zero, which turns 4 and Samples’ Space studio, which turns 1.

We all know Cash loves her a party, so expect this one to be a barnburner, with the following entertainment: The Frenz, P.P.T. and Aton. …and the following perks: free beer, unique special edition wristband, projection screens, photo booth (“Because people will want to prove they were with Cash,” as Samples says.) and a very cool one-of-a-kind on the spot silk screens (bring your own clothes, silly) for $5.

We also all know Cash has a soft spot for the homeless and is involved in a number of activities to raise money for homeless charities, so it’s no surprise that tonight’s fete will involve a bit o’ fundraising. To wit, the following funds will go toward helping out: $5 cover charge, limited edition large sculpture renditions of the Hero to Zero series up for auction. These pieces usually go for around $1,000—tonight the opening bid is $200 and contribution/sign up for Cash’s team for the 5K Walk for the Homeless (as Samples told me, “I figured the only thing Cash can really do is walk"). -- Jonanna Widner

Bridges and Blinking Lights CD Release Party with Red Monroe and George Neal 10 p.m. Saturday, November 10. Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, 411 E. Sycamore St., Denton. $5.

Bridges and Blinking Lights are ready to share all of Standing on the Same Stick with us. We've been listening to a handful of their ethereal melodies on MySpace, but we're ready for the disc. Fans of Built to Spill would be encouraged to check the four-piece out. -- Chelsea Ide

Nightwish with Paradise Lost 7 p.m. Sunday, November 11. Palladium Ballroom, 1135 S. Lamar St. $24.

Nightwish is all drama. It's a good thing though. Cloaked in dark, gothic strings and the melancholic voice of Anette Olzon, Nightwish offers epic-styled Finnish metal with a touch of romance. Those in love with Italy's Lacuna Coil (with the equally stunning frontwoman Cristina Scabbia) often sing Nightwish's praises, too. Both, however, probably hate Evanescence. I know I do. -- Chelsea Ide

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