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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Porto Franco the Label Expands to Porto Franco the Venue

Posted By on Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 3:44 PM

  • Henry Elinson's recent exhibit at Porto Franco Art Parlor
Necessity is the mother of invention, and father/son team Sergei and Peter Varshavsky are filling a void for Mission musicians who deserve to be heard. First they established the Porto Franco label, which we wrote about back in November. The family business was inspired by all the eclectic music they were hearing at cozy venues Amnesia and the Red Poppy Art House.

Now the Varshavskys have erected an intimate venue of their own. The Porto Franco Art Parlor (at 953 Valencia St., between 20th and 21st) is the new gallery/performance space wing of the label.

This weekend, Porto Franco showcases an artist whose work can both cover the walls and come out of the speakers. Seth Augustus shares the Varshavskys' vision of collapsing borders. He's a visual artist who works in collage and illustration. He also brings the world of Tuvan throat singing home; his new CD, To the Pouring Rain, stems from his work under the genre's master Paul Pena. Augustus will share his music--and his stories of travels through Tuva and Mali that inspired it--on tomorrow (March 4) and Friday (March 5) at 8 p.m.

Now we said the Art Parlor is intimate--and by that we mean tiny. Only 30 people can attend these gigs at a time.

To decide whether you'd like to squeeze in this time, or wait for another parlor gathering, here are a couple Augustus tracks to check out: "Tiny Little Head" and "Trickeries Of The Great Emptiness". (After hearing these tunes, though, it's kinda hard to resist his Tom Waits-ian blues.)

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