7/20: Circle Time, Chill Out, Honky Tonk Woman

Songwriters chat over coffee, the Cavern cools off and martinis help Miss Marcy

CIRCLE TIME: So does it really happen like "Coyote Ugly" makes it seem, or is there more to songwriting than having access to just the right roof in New York City on which to be inspired? Singer-songwriter Becky Middleton entertains this question in the most polite way she can at her Songwriters in the Round series, where she and other troubadors will play their songs and open the floor for thoughtful discussion on their methods. Cole Edwards and Daniel Creamer play. Opening Bell Coffee at South Side on Lamar. 7:30PM, free with suggested $5 donation.

CHILL OUT: No cover? Happy hour all night? Low key funk and nu-soul? Yes, please. Tony Schwa, Big J of the Clever Monkeys and others in the Cool Out Monday at the Cavern crew are looking to DJ your hip wedding/graduation party/bar mitzvah/whatever; kill two birds with one stone by auditioning them tonight, or just calm down and dance. Get down time is 10 PM.

HONKY TONK WOMAN: Miss Marcy, a self-christened bar chanteuse, takes pride in doing "jazz you can drink whiskey to." At Miss Marcy & Her Texas Sugar Daddies' standing Monday gig during Happy Hour at Peart at Commerce, you can sip $3 flavored martinis, at least. 6:30-8PM.

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