"We'll listen to classic singer-songwriters like Elvis Costello and Tom Petty on the one hand and noisy pop like the Pixies," Max Collins, the bassist and vocalist for Eve 6, says in explaining the band's mix of pop and punk music and relatively mature lyrics. He and his bandmates -- guitarist Jon Siebels and drummer Tony Fagenson -- are teenagers from Los Angeles, but they come across as being a bit older. For example, "Leech," a cut from the band's self-titled debut album, offers power chords, shimmering guitar melodics, and at least some familiarity with the English language: "Your stories ring of perjury/Construed with self-empowering theme/Suckin' on my brain you're the teacher I'm the student/Turning things around your story's not congruent." Who said our educational system was a mess? Eve 6 opens for Third Eye Blind and Our Lady Peace at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Pompano Beach Amphitheatre, 18th Avenue and NE Sixth Street, Pompano Beach. Tickets cost $21. Call 954-946-2402.
Screenwriter, director, and journalist Julia Cameron claims she has a routine that helps her stay creative. Among other things she writes at least three pages of stream-of-consciousness prose every morning and spends at least two hours each week going off by herself to do whatever catches her fancy. A few years ago, she let friends -- other writers, artists, and generally creative types -- in on her system, and, when it worked for them, she figured she was onto something. So she wrote The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. First published in 1992, the book is still so popular that local writer and creative consultant Susan Schanerman conducts The Artist's Way workshop every Wednesday at Earth Wisdom Books and Gifts (5775 S. University Dr., Davie). "Whether or not you want to express yourself in a specific art form like writing or painting, or whether you just want to live a more creative life, this process can help you achieve that," Schanerman says. Cost is $15 for the workshop, which runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 954-680-4008.