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The Two Man Gentlemen Band at Cary Street Cafe

Back when those first subway tunnels were dug, groups like this were down there, all in spats, busking their way to glory. These two men in question keep alive that tradition with goofy Dixieland channeled through banjos and kazoos. They sing charming little ditties about things like the Hindenburg, flu outbreaks, the Civil War and the Titanic. But when not dealing in the disasters of yore, the duo ruminates on nondivisible prime numbers and their relation to a lady's measurements. Look, don't worry about it. Think of They Might Be Giants, but in the days when people called bicycles "velocipedes." What sticks with these guys is how even a silly tune can sound like a classic. They play Thursday, Jan. 11, at 10 p.m. $5. 353-7445.

Orleans Jazz Series at Plant Zero

Chris Calloway, daughter of jazz great Cab Calloway, heads up a month of jazz performances to benefit the Children's Miracle Network, every Wednesday through January. The series kicks off with Robert Jospé & Inner Rhythm Wednesday, Jan. 10, 6-9:30 p.m. $10-$35. 228-5929.

Second Anniversary Party for Positive Vibe Cafe

It's easy enough for a restaurant to emerge and then crumple like a misguided soufflé, especially for one buried in the Stratford Hills Shopping Center, but for a place to persevere after two years, and still keep up with the music and the belly-dancing nights. … Hot damn! And oh the support of the roots and/or rock community. Positive Vibe shares its plenty with The Offering, The Carol Covell Trio, Marna and Macy, The Taters, Gary Gerloff, Page Wilson and The Janet Martin Band Saturday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. Free. 560-9622.

Art After Hours at VMFA

Another cunning ploy by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art After Hours aims to lure you into cultural savvy with the promise of fancy drinks and fancy music. Also, the chance to find a mate who shares your passion for paintings of horses. Anyhow, the series cycles through different musicians, drinks, poets and a silent auction every Thursday through Feb. 22, 6-9 p.m. The first shot at culture comes in the form of the Adrian Duke Projek, American microbrews and poet Susan Settlemyre Williams. $9-$60. 340-1405. S

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