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Locks of Love Benefit

With Painting Jaime, Blaq Lily,

Transient Frank, Through Being Cool, Resurface, Memory Thief

Birdy's

Friday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m. Blaq Lily

As Christmas approaches, most people think of helping the less fortunate in one way or another - be it dropping some pocket change into a Salvation Army bucket or cleaning out the pantry and donating to a food drive. But how many people have thought to donate their hair?

That's exactly what Painting Jaime's Toni Carr is going to do this Friday at Birdy's, where the singer/bass player has organized a benefit show for Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to children under 18 who suffer from medical-related hair loss.

While the show is aimed at raising awareness, the $5 cover will be donated to the cause - as will 20 inches of Carr's hair. "A friend cut 10 inches of her hair off [for Locks of Love] and mentioned that I should do mine," Carr said. "At first I said no because I love my hair. Then a few months ago I went to the Web site and realized that I was being selfish. My hair can grow back, but these kids don't have that luxury."

Painting Jaime will share the bill with Memory Thief, Resurface, Transient Frank, Through Being Cool and Blaq Lily.

To donate, you must be able to part with at least 10 inches (the minimum requirement), but a handful of local hair salons are offering free cuts the day after the show, including Hairs Red on East Washington Street, Sirens on Massachusetts and Urban Euphoria on Smith Valley Road. An additional $2 donation for shipping is appreciated as well. On top of that, Strange Brew in Greenwood will offer 50 percent off all drinks the night of the show and the day after to anyone who donates their mane. Even though this show is 21 and over, Locks of Love's biggest contributors are other children, so all ages are welcome to donate to this worthy cause. For more info, check locksoflove.org.

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