DOMA best-song nominees The Chemistry Set host a benefit concert on Saturday, April 8, at the Wreck Room in Fort Worth for their bass player, Cory Helm, recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. The evening's entertainment also includes sets from Collin Herring, Calhoun, The Chemistry Set, I Love Math and Moonshot Radio. Proceeds will go to Helm and the American Cancer Society. Admission is $8.
On Sunday, April 10, Adair's in Deep Ellum hosts the Women's Acoustic Jam to benefit the Autism Society of Collin County. Performers include Kathleen Jackson, Anne Findley and Nancy "Shaggy" Moore, and the concert lasts from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. A compilation CD featuring songs by performers will be sold for $15.
If you've never met an amplifier you didn't want to put on a credit card, then have I got an event for you: The 28th annual Dallas Guitar Show and MusicFest will be held April 9 and April 10 at Dallas Market Hall. This year's event features the addition of "Drum World," including 14,000 square feet of equipment and performances and clinics by world-class drummers. Bring your Visa and your American Express. Tickets are $15 for one day, $25 for both.
A few dozen readers sent in their submissions for the first-ever And Another Thing caption contest. The competition was fierce. Actually, that's a lie. There were two obvious stand-outs, and after speaking with my staff (aka Zac Crain), we have chosen a winner. Congratulations, Carla Perkins of Flower Mound. Your timely wit has earned you a gift bag of free CDs, including new albums by Beck and Queens of the Stone Age. The contest runner-up is Frank Jessup of Irving ("But can Carter Albrecht do this?"). For his efforts, he will receive a giant jar of mayonnaise that was, rather inexplicably, sent to the Dallas Observer offices a few weeks ago. Thanks for playing!