Little Eva does the locomotion

Eszter Balint, the way she looks on <i>Mud</i>.

Eszter Balint, the way she looks on Mud.

Any minor-league alchemist knows that when you combine the elements of earth and water, you get mud—which is also the name of Downtown (New York) actress-singer Eszter Balint’s second album of mutant Americana and post-punk observations. Cinema lovers may recall Balint as a 15-year-old presence named Eva in Jim Jarmusch’s slow-moving 1983 film Stranger Than Paradise, but since then, she’s clearly come into her own, both as a film actress and as a musician. Balint visits Sacramento on Monday, July 5, at the True Love Coffeehouse, 2406 J Street. Opening the show will be Dayna Kurtz, a singer rooted in jazz styles who has been compared to Edith Piaf, at least by her publicist. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m., admission is $8, and it’s pretty much guaranteed that if you show up, you’ll be standing on terra firma.