January 13, 2005

Java Joe's Pub Offers Spinster Showcase

Joanie MendenhallI really like Joanie Mendenhall, except for one thing -- she sings with her eyes closed a lot, so I've found it a bit of a challenge to shoot good pictures of her with her eyes open! That's a problem for me because I need my photos to work within the layouts of my articles here. I don't know how much most of you readers know about layout, but one thing a designer tries to do is always have people in pictures looking toward the inside of articles, as the eyes of the reader follow the eyes of people in photos. If those eyes are looking away from the article, the reader's eyes will follow them away and might not return to read the story. I also try to alternate between pictures on the left side and ones on the right, so for this article I needed a photo on the right with Joanie looking toward the left.

Anyway, here's a rare photo I shot of Joanie with her eyes open, looking in the direction I needed her to look! She will perform at Java Joe's Pub on Saturday, January 15, as part of a showcase that also will feature Saba and Steph Johnson. Together the three women make up the roster of artists at Spinster Recordings.

I've seen Joanie perform three times since October. She has a CD called "Secretary Waltz," which I've uploaded to my iMac and listen to all the time. I also saw Steph play once at Humphrey's and I liked her too. Saba, on the other hand, I've unfortunately managed to miss twice now! I arrived at the GoGirlsMusicFest in October shortly after she finished her set, and I just missed her again at the San Diego Indie Music Fest in November! I've seen Saba walking around at both shows, so I know she's quite pretty, but sadly I haven't heard her sing yet. I understand, by the way, that she is the founder of Spinster Recordings.

Java Joe's Pub is at 6344 El Cajon Blvd., a few blocks east of College Avenue in the building that used to house Kelly's Pub. The show starts at 9 p.m. and there will be a $5 cover charge at the door. The venue is 21 and up.

Posted at 3:10 PM in Music