Museum of Jurassic Technology encephalon David Wilson took his MacArthur genius grant and put it right back into the museum, which — nod, wink — exists as a “repository of relics evoking some of the more obscure and poetic aspects of natural history, the history of technology and science, and their entwined realizations.” Wilson built additional catacombs with which to display a fantastic array of further exhibits, as well as the Borzoi Kabinet Theater and a charming spot of respite, the Tula Tea Room. It is here that the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Information presents an evening of popular music as imagined by San Francisco-based Craig Ventresco, who mastered the banjo, ukulele, mandolin and guitar via phantasmagorical osmosis (and obsessive absorption of original wax cylinders and shellac recordings from the 1890s through the 1920s). If that weren't enough, Ventresco's delightful performances — flitting from rags to marches, waltzes and the blues — carry the Dr. Demento seal of approval.

Sun., March 27, 2011

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