Weekend Recap: Draknastula, Albrecht, Modern Art

Poet Michael McConnell becomes Draknastula at Dan's Silverleaf. (Melanie Gomez)

If you're a little hungover, suffering from the early flu bug (damn near everyone in our office has dealt with it already) or just bummed to be sitting at your desk,


is happy to help you relive the weekend.

Pre-Halloween Celebration: Draknastula

Like we could resist anything that was called Draknastula. Poet and musician Michael McConnell performed under the new moniker Saturday, Oct. 20, up at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton (photos). McConnell, er, Draknastula entranced the audience with his haunting and often eerie melodies. To make the show even more of a delight, his backing band -- the Cuddle Puddle -- features local favorites Paul Slavens and Sarah Alexander.

Remembering: Carter Albrecht Memorial

Friends of Carter Albrecht held a memorial concert Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Granada. Sorta performed for the first time since his death last month. In addition to Albrecht's band, the Old 97's, the Drams, Marcus Striplin of Pleasant Grove, Sarah Jaffe and others played in the guitarist's honor. We were happy to pay our $30 to get in, as all the money was donated to the Carter Albrecht Music Foundation. (Those who didn't make the show can still donate to the foundation by mailing funds to the following: The Carter Albrecht Music Foundation, Northern Trust Bank, Attn: Keith Braley, 1674 Dallas Pkwy. Ste. 100, Addison, TX 75001.)

Panty dropper: Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams will make your panties drop, too. (Matthew Blake)

Friday night's Ryan Adams show at SMU's McFarlin Auditorium was severely disquieting at first. The audience applauded quietly from its seat and there was a scheduled intermission -- at a rock concert. It weirded out our writer Andrea Grimes, who

reviewed the show

. Yet, Adams' earnestness on sad ballads and his self-awareness had our woman, and the crowd, swooning.

Late night art: Modern 'til Midnight

We took advantage of the last chance to see the Ron Mueck exhibit during the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth's Modern 'til Midnight event Friday, Oct. 19. Contemporary sculptor Mueck creates ultra realistic pieces. His work "In Bed," a 20-foot sculpture of a woman tucked in bed, forces viewers to appreciate simple moments. While this exhibit closed Sunday, Oct. 21, Mueck's "Untitled (Seated Woman)" is in the museum's permanent collection.

The Declaring Space exhibit was worth our time, too. The show features work by Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Lucio Fontana and Yves Klein and focuses on abstract space and color. Space runs through Jan. 6. Oh, and the museum just happened to have St. Vincent and Peter & The Wolf performing in the Sculpture Garden, too. The quirky folk music coupled with progressive art enhanced the experience. -- Chelsea Ide

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