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Elizabeth Cherry, 35, previously owned Elizabeth Cherry Contemporary Art and worked as executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Art. She now curates at the Hotel Congress, and throws one hell of a cocktail party.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

Pat Benatar with David Johanson.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

Horses by Patty Smith; "Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley; a live Great American Tragedy CD taped at Luna Loca; a techno, drum and bass compilation; and the new Audioslave.

How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?

CDs: about 100. Vinyl: I still have about 50 or so. Two 8-Tracks (Grand Funk Railroad and Buckingham-Nicks).

Do you download music, and if so, legally?

No.

What was the first album you owned?

I remember this perfectly--it was a compilation of '50s songs, like "Teen Angel" and "Love Potion No. 9."

What song would you like played at your funeral?

"Cloud Bursting" by Kate Bush.

Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

Techno.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Janis Joplin. She got me through puberty. I wouldn't have made it without her.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Kozmic Blues by Janis Joplin.

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