CURRENTLY ON VIEW Since March 4 Bloc 11 has been watched by sets of eyes from the characters gracing Phil Musen’s paintings. They fall just between cartoonish and nightmarish with mustached lobsters fending off pirates and drugged-out unidentified monsters towering over gas stations. The exhibit will be on view until April 15, so take a peek now and dream restlessly. March 4—April 15, Regular café hours. Bloc 11 Café, 11 Bow St. www.bloc11.com


LET THE SWEAT DRIP Have a song that has been marinating on its own for too long? It may be time to let that sucker cook, live, in front of an audience. Try out your finished, or your roughly outlined, songs at Open Mic Night Tuesdays at the Burren with host Hugh McGowen. March 20, 8 p.m. Sign up at 6:30 p.m. 16-minute sets. The Burren, 247 Elm St. www.burren.com

COUPLE OF HORN DOGS The Hornitz, the horn section from Richard James, take matters into their own hands when they play Bull McCabe’s this night. Two guys mixing live trombone and saxophone with hip-hop beats, keyboard sprawls and other loops create a live showcase not to be missed. March 20, 10 p.m. Cash cover at the door. 21+. Bull McCabe’s Pub, 366 Somerville Ave. www.bullmccabesboston.com


BOOK-A-LOOK Get a sneak peak at the inner workings of the Somerville Library at the Friends of the Library Volunteer Thank You and Recruitment Party. Volunteers from the past and present will speak about future volunteering opportunities within the library. A tour of the book sale preparation and presentation will also commence. Homemade refreshments will be served. March 21, 6:30—8:30 p.m. Somerville Public Library Central, 79 Highland Ave. www.somervillepubliclibrary.org

GET LOCAL, B This month’s third installment of the Somerville Grooves Listening Party takes on local music. Local Bands Celebration with Club Bohemia and Mickey Bliss will pump that little record store full of the best homegrown music in Somerville and Cambridge. March 21, 6—8 p.m. Free. Somerville Grooves, 26 Union Sq. www.somervillegrooves.com


CRANKED & SMOOTH Johnny D’s presents a night of cranked up guitar-driven sounds from Allan Holdsworth and the soft, smooth jazz of Marbin, from the Midwest featuring saxophone and guitar. March 22, 8 p.m. Cash cover at the door. 21+. Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant & Music Club. www.johnnyds.com

TAKE TINA Instructor Elaine Fong takes a class through TaKeTiNa, A Moving Meditation Rhythm Workshop. Participants, together in a group, will strive to find the calming rhythms of each other with group stepping, chanting and various call-and-response singing. It’s a chance to get lost in a shared field of energy, only to find oneself more connected with the world. March 22, 7—9 p.m. Tickets $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Third Life Studio, 33 Union Sq. www.thirdlifestudio.com

CALL HIM BIG POPPA Gordon Michaels returns for another tribute concert, this time with a little role reversal. Michaels, along with Jeff Workman, Jason Prokowiew and keyboardist Michael Larson will reinvent classic songs by Aretha Franklin like only they could do for “You Better THINK About THE BOYS.” March 22, 7—9 p.m. Tickets $20, through brownpapertickets.com. Center for Arts at the Armory café, 191 Highland Ave. www.artsatthearmory.org

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