Secretary of Arts
Uber-producer Quincy Jones has started a petition to ask President Obama to appoint a Secretary of Arts. The petition is online at www.petitiononline.com/esnyc/petition.html.
I nominate Quincy.

Aaron Frisbee’s debut solo album gets a proper release show Jan. 24 at the Saints Sky Bar (131 Breckenridge Lane, 891-8883). Kristen Cothron and OK DeeJays are supporting. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show is $5. Listen to a few tracks online at myspace.com/frisbeemusic.

For Gaza
“Voices for Gaza” takes place at 8 p.m. Jan. 23 at The Rudyard Kipling (422 W. Oak St., 636-1311). The event features hip-hop and spoken-word performances, and a $5 donation is suggested. All proceeds go to the Middle East Children’s Alliance, www.mecaforpeace.org.

Time capsule
On Jan. 21, 1965, The Byrds recorded “Mr. Tambourine Man,” and Ritchie Havens was born (1941). Sam Cooke and original INXS singer Michael Hutchence were both born Jan. 22 (Cooke in 1931, Hutchence in 1960).

LEO Music ’Cast
Dirty Church Revival turned to Longshot Tavern to record their new live CD, Live at Longshot, and they join us this week promoting the release. Listen at leoweekly.com/music, myspace.com/leoweekly, or on iTunes.