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Artists & Models: A Stimulus for the rest of Us

Imagine it’s 1984, the first Macintosh computer has hit the market, MTV has become one of the most popular networks on cable television, and you’re on your way to a bizarre new dance party called Artists & Models. Now, 26 years later, Artists & Models returns after a one year hiatus for the 22nd installment of their popular and strange rave. This year’s party, a fundraiser held by Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center,will be held at the Rock Harbor Yard on Saturday (May 1). The party is infamous for being held at a new location almost every year. It’s been held on the East Side, the West Side, downtown and as far north as Hertel Avenue, but it’s never left the city limits. Expect plenty of dance music and experimental music alike from acts such as Family Funktion & the Sitar Jamz, MC Wizzalot & Tip Top Hip Hop Orchestra, and a burlesque show by the Strip Teasers. Of course there will be bizarre and intriguing artist instillations lining the walls and performers interacting with the audience. This year’s theme is “Stimulus,” so expect your senses to be stimulated. All proceeds benefit Hallwalls.

—cory perla

9pm. Rock Harbor Yard, 57 Tonawanda St. Buffalo. $15/advance, students, Hallwallls members; $20 at the door. Contact hallwalls.org or 854-1694 for more info.