Best Bets: Start at the Jackpot, point your compass SXSW

ROAD TRIP!

It's a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll... not to mention quite costly. That's why the Jackpot and I Heart Local Music are throwing a two-night benefit concert Friday and Saturday for those making the long journey to Austin for this year's SXSW music festival, a rite of passage for many a Lawrence musician. Night one features the Josh Berwanger Band, Psychic Heat, Stiff Middle Fingers and CS Luxem; night two will see The Sluts, Approach, Black on Black and Haunt Ananta take the stage. Both shows will start at 8 p.m., it costs $3 and are for 18+ audiences.

THROW A BLANKET OVER IT!

Yoshiko Jinzenji is a Japanese fabric designer, plant artist, author and quilter who will be visiting the Spencer Museum of Art this Saturday at 2 p.m. to discuss her practice, such as the technique of dying fabric with bamboo, and her influences, which include Amish and Mennonite design and Mandala symbolism. Some of her quilts will be on display at the museum as part of the "Personal Geometry" exhibit through May 18 alongside quilts from Kansas artist Virginia Jean Cox Mitchell. The lecture is free and open to the public.

THAT'S A LOT OF KEYS

New Orleans jazz/punk/barrelhouse musician Stephanie Nilles has studied piano and cello as far back as the age of 6, and has since applied her musical knowledge to four full-length albums and shows throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, playing everywhere from New York City to NPR to SXSW to the remains of a bombed-out Nuremburg cathedral. Stephanie will be playing at Frank's North Star Tavern with Robert Sarazin Black on Sunday evening at 7 p.m.

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