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Dr. E at Long Street Studio

In celebration of the release of her new record, 13, on Friday, May 5, the singer and OSU professor will perform a show at Long Street Studio with special guest singer Caroline Bennett and host Speak Williams. Like many of the songs on the album, the title track is blistering funk with a rock edge, but the upbeat music is accompanied by the sobering story of Richardson’s early life of sexual abuse and exploitation, which began when she was raped at 13 years old.

Swarming Branch plays Ace of Cups Sampha opens for the xx at Express Live Manager plays Spacebar Loose Rail Brewing opens in Canal Winchester Opera Columbus’ ‘Carmen’ at Southern Theatre Banny Grove, Polly Pocket at the Summit Dangerbird at Big Room Bar Theo’s Loose Hinges at Rumba Cafe Hookah De Mayo at Woodlands Tavern Saturday

Marcus P. Blackwell’s ‘A Sequential Abstract Experiment’ opens at Stone Village Gallery

Marcus P. Blackwell’s self-described “gateway to art” was comics, in particular the three-panel strips he read as a kid. That’s the kind of thing that got him started in drawing, but it’s also the physically confined and sequential nature of the form that informs his recent abstract painting and collage work. “I had a lot of these smaller pieces, and I realized that a lot of them were in groups of three,” Blackwell said, adding he sought to wed the notion of a three-panel story to his abstract work, “to give people a different way of looking at abstract art.”

Davey Highben’s ‘Hive Mind/Holy Shroud’ opens at Short North Tattoo Pinchflat at Wild Goose Creative and Paradise Garage ‘Bhutanese-Nepali Neighbors’ exhibition reception at Ohio History Connection Nina West’s ‘Ohana’ at Axis Nightclub The Roof Dogs, Betsy Ross and more at Spacebar The Delta Saints play Rumba Cafe Jamestown Revival at A&R Music Bar Kosha Dillz at the Basement Sunday

The Pixies play Express Live

The legendary college rockers have never quite recaptured the ballyhoo of their run in the late 80s and early 90s, when Surfer Rosa and Doolittle captured the imagination of the indie rock universe. But the fact that they’ve been back at it for the past few years always allows for the possibility of one night of magic.

Spring Flea at Seventh Son Brewing CATCO’s ‘Henry Ford’s Model E’ at Studio Two Theatre Yngwie Malmsteen at Newport Music Hall