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The Insiders: Time for your monthly busking appointment

We think it’s a good idea to busk at least once a month. That’s not an addition to a good hygiene regimen, although it does sound a little like an aftershave (Busk, by Faberge.) No, for a handful of local musicians and the public, busking is an opportunity to give back to the community. And the next opportunity is tonight.

Busking For a Cause was developed by Blake Patria and Darrell Cook to raise money once a month for various local causes and charities, with artists performing a free show behind an open guitar case where patrons can donate money. Tonight’s event at Tandy’s will go from 7 to 11 p.m. and will benefit Friends of Forgotten Children, a nonprofit that helps care for abused or neglected children.

And the lineup is full of familiar local faces, as well as the rest of their bodies, including Lauren Hurley, who is making her first appearance at a Busking For a Cause show. Also appearing tonight will be Tristan Omand, Rachel Vogelzang, Mike Gallant, Delanie Pickering and a handful of others, including Patria and Cook.

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Now you know what you’re doing tonight, but what about tomorrow? Problem solved – you should head over to the Hargate Gallery at St. Paul’s School for a special artist reception from 6 to 8 p.m. to kick off a retrospective of photographs by John Shearer. Shearer, one of the first African-American photographers for LIFE magazine, will be on hand as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration as the Taylor Visiting Artist, and will work with students in the Hargate photo classes and give a gallery talk for the school.

(Email the Insiders at theinsiders@cmonitor.com.)

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