Eric Claridge, best known in these parts as the bassist in the Sea and Cake, has previously gained a small but devoted following for an indescribable series of paintings of chilled-out smoking monkeys. He’s back this weekend with a new show, again dominated by animals. It goes up at the Rainbo Club this Saturday; there’ll be a reception with the artist at 6 PM.

Tower Records has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, which means that the cash-strapped chain is desperately looking for a buyer. Its also means there’s a good chance the buyer will be a competitor who’ll liquidate Tower’s stock and shut it down. Read more here.