Life is all about balance. So after eating at a West Side restaurant that's been feeding the people since 1945, I saw a great au courant rock show in an East Side basement recording studio.

Check out this vintage mural in the long-beloved Florentine Restaurant, which is located in the area of town colorfully called "The Bottoms." One of my dining companions, Mary Jo Bole-- an OSU professor of art and one of Columbus' absolute best artists-- very perceptively noted the lady in the painting looked like that most oxymoronic of figures: "a happy Modigliani."

This is the companion piece to the previous artwork. Nice, huh?

The Florentine is the kind of old-schooler who'll dump red sauce onto anything--like these pizza-tatoes.

The Italian-American joint also loves baking its housemade pasta into casseroles, like this pasta Antonio.

After the carbo-load, we ran into the Carabar for a couple shots of Sauza, then walked the block-and-a-half to CDR to see and listen to the infectious "Sonic Youthed" noise pop of Times New Viking, one of the best and most exuberant bands in town. Also on the bill were the trippy sounds of Mr. (Matt) Horsesh*t and the super intriguing Wooden Shjips, who just returned from last weekend's awesome All Tomorrow's Parties festival in the Catskills. BTW, they were handpicked by the this year's fest's "curator," pioneering indie film director (and Akron native!) Jim Jarmusch!