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The fairy tale continues

''Some guys have all the luck," Rod Stewart once sang. That line went through our head when Doug Flutie caught a foul ball in Fenway Park recently. (Go! has not caught a foul ball at Fenway in 42 years of trying.) Of course, we thought the same thing when Gerard Phelan caught Flutie's Hail Mary pass for Boston College back in '84. We thought it last week when we saw Flutie -- still fit, handsome, affable -- sign with the Patriots to wrap up his improbably great professional football career as a backup quarterback to future president Tom Brady. We're thinking it now as we're considering whether to go see drummer Doug and his guitarist brother Darren, a.k.a. the Flutie Brothers Band, play a charity bash at Kings Lanes and Lounge. Think of the Flutie Brothers as the Bacon Brothers of our town. (In 2000, the BC paper, The Heights, raved that the Flutie Band was ''respectable.") The $125 you drop at the door goes to YouthCare.org. Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton will be joining the band for three sets, beginning promptly at 6 p.m.
10 Scotia St., 617-266-2695.

Rock 'n' art
Artist and musician Jon Langford does double duty at the Paradise Lounge tonight. On the walls, you'll see 22 paintings or prints the English-born, Chicago-based singer-guitarist has done over the past few years -- some of them of his late heroes, including Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and Hank Williams. Of the Williams work, Langford says, ''It's four paintings of publicity shots made into a shape of a cross. I have painted him shot through with arrows, too, a number of times." A theme -- country music pioneer as martyr -- seems to emerge in his work. ''These guys were traditionalists and incredibly avant-garde at the same point," Langford says. ''And, in the middle of mainstream." As for tonight's music, Boston's Tarbox Ramblers open up at 7. Pere Ubu bassist Tony Maimone will join Langford for a set, with help from the Tarbox guys. The music according to Langford: ''A lot of different stuff, mostly solo, maybe a Mekons song, some Wacos -- the music seems to relate to the paintings -- and [Led Zeppelin's] 'Gallows Pole.' " The free art show, called ''Honky Tonks, Dreams and the National Nightmare," runs 5:30 to 7 p.m. The 18-plus music show is $10.
969 Commonwealth Ave, 617-562-8814.

Good girls don't (but she does)
If we're the first ones to call harpist Deborah Henson-Conant ''irrepressible" we'll eat our nonexistent hat. She's got a concert planned with the Grand Rapids Symphony Nov. 11 that will become a DVD. Because of all the prep work involved, the locally based Henson-Conant will be off the circuit after Mother's Day. Until then, you've got four shots at seeing the flamboyant woman with the strap-on harp at the Regent Theatre. Tonight, she plays a benefit called ''Wild Women Unite for the Cure" that raises funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Avon Foundation. Starts at 8. Tickets: $30. 7 Medford St., Arlington, 781-646-4849.

Rockers have families, too
Bob Dylan had Jakob; Loudon Wainwright III had Rufus and Martha; Paul McCartney had Stella; Mick Jagger had . . . well . . . who really knows how many kids Mick's had? The point is: Like anyone else, rockers have kids, but they may just have a few added issues in raising them. For instance, can you imagine Beatle Paul explaining his smoking pot to Stella? Local photog Kelly Davidson has been shooting pictures of area rockers and their offspring since the late-'90s. Now 16 of her photos are up at the Art Market Gallery for an exhibition called Rock 'n' Roll Parents. Says Bad Saints singer Linda Viens, who posed for Davidson with her husband Wayne and daughter Ruby, 6: ''For me, one of the more complicated pieces of being a mother and a rocker/writer/artist is making peace with the idea that becoming a parent does not have to mean becoming kid-friendly in all aspects of one's work. . . . They don't call it 'sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll' for nothin', you know? So it brings up issues of 'hiding, censoring, sheltering, and protecting' children from aspects of one's true self so that they feel safe and secure and remain blissfully innocent for as long as possible." The exhibit goes up today and runs through May 15. Tomorrow's hours: 4 to 7 p.m. It's free. 36 South St., Jamaica Plain, 617-970-6804.
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