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Artwalk and live music in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

It’s a busy weekend in the Greenwood and Phinney Ridge neighborhoods, from the monthly Artwalk to all kinds of live music. Here are a few highlights; check our Events calendar for more.

The monthly Art Up Artwalk is from 6-9 p.m. Friday (many venues stay open later). Dozens of art galleries, restaurants and other businesses host artists in various mediums. Check the website for a full list of participating businesses and artists, and a map.

Some highlights include PDC Art & Apparel’s “Pinups for Pitbulls Benefit Art Show,” 8537 Greenwood Ave. N. (basement of Urban Light Studios); Cabaret of the Absurd at Tasty, 7513 Greenwood Ave. N.; and A-1 Piano’s second annual “April Fool’s Bad Art Show,” 7020 Greenwood Ave. N., with a carnival/circus theme, popcorn and wine. “(It) features paintings by various artists from a private collection, that are tasteless, trashy, questionable, kitschy, tacky, corny, campy or just plain bad. There will be an opportunity to vote for the “baddest” art entry!”

Terra Bella Flowers & Mercantile, 7321 Greenwood Ave. N., is having its grand re-opening party tonight from 6-9 p.m. during the Artwalk, after moving 12 blocks south.

Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N. 70th St., hosts an Open Mic at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N., presents Taarka in concert tonight. The show also will be webcast live, for those unable to attend in person.

Described by SF Weekly as a “collision of Django Reinhardt and David Grisman,”Taarka is the new acoustic “supergroup” (Flagstaff Live) led by the husband-and-wife team of David Pelta-Tiller (mandolin, tenor guitar, vocals) and Enion Pelta-Tiller (five-string violin, vocals) joined by bassist Troy Robey, with a malleable crew of cellists, fiddlers and other string mavens rounding out the sound.

David, a versatile picker raised in Virginia on a steady diet of bluegrass, Celtic, classical and gypsy jazz, and Enion, a classically-trained violinist who can switch seamlessly between Bartók and bebop (not to mention gypsy jazz, punk, rock, bluegrass) began their journey together in 2001. After meeting at a Brooklyn Browngrass gig, the two began a Gypsy jazz busker act in the New York City subway before hitting the road as Taarka.

School Board Member Sherry Carr hosts her monthly District II Community Meeting from 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday at Bethany Community Church, 8023 Green Lake Dr.

Beppa Studios is holding its Button Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at 7700 6th Ave. NW.

AprilVerchBand-resizedSeattle Folklore Society presents the April Verch Band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Cost is $16 general, $14 SFS/PNA members, half-price for kids.

April Verch shines in the second decade of her career as an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step-dancer, and singer-songwriter. She has transitioned from prodigy–the first woman to win both of Canada’s prestigious fiddle awards (the Grand Masters and the Canadian Open) in the same year–to find her own style, combining the rich heritage of the Ottawa Valley with explorations in southern Appalachian fiddling.

Mai Thaiku, 6705 Greenwood Ave. N., is celebrating Thai New Year this weekend with a traditional blessing and free dessert to customers eating in, starting at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents a Pacific NW Folklore Society concert with Murphy & Middaugh at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Kenny Mandell’s Jazz Students Showcase at 2 p.m. Saturday; Threshold Theater — Playback Unchained at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Betsy Alexander and Anna Doak with Firefly Family Fiddlers at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St., presents The Skablins at 9 p.m. Friday; The Dusty Martins at 8:30 p.m. Saturday; Happy Hour Bingo at 4 p.m. Sunday; and live jazz at 8 p.m. Sunday.