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Weedeater, Vukari, Marmora, Dirt Church

Wed., July 9, 7:30 p.m.

Southern boogie and mutant blues inflame [Weedeater's] thick down-tuned riffs, and the album sometimes sounds like a Molly Hatchet LP at 16 RPM. Collins's raspy vocals, meanwhile, make him sound like the kind of guy who loses appendages all the time. The goofy wit on display in album titles like . . . And Justice for Y'all and God Luck and Good Speed hasn't gone anywhere—there are songs called "Turkey Warlock" and "March of the Bipolar Bear"—and even if the gist of it is nothing more nuanced than "We're rednecks and we like drugs" (which was pretty obvious from the get-go), it's gratifying to see somebody take such a jokey approach to this dire-sounding genre. —Monica Kendrick, 2011

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Reggie's Rock Club (map)
2109 S. State St.
Near South Side
phone 312-949-0121
Weedeater, Vukari, Marmora, Dirt Church

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Taste of Chicago

7/9-7/13: Wed-Fri 11 AM-9 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-9 PM
phone 312-774-3315

Taste of Chicago brings suburbanites and city folk together in the world's biggest, sweatiest group hug—and by this point, you know the drill. Connie's Pizza, M Burger, Smoke Daddy, Harold's Chicken, and lots more are slinging grub, and there's some pretty good live music to be had—Janelle Monae, Jeff Tweedy, and Emmylou Harris perform. free admission, $18-$50 headlining concerts

http://tasteofchicago.us
Grant Park (map)
S. Columbus Dr. & E. Jackson Dr.
Loop
phone 312-744-3315
Taste of Chicago

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Chicago Independent Bookstore Day

Through 7/12, various times

The independent booksellers of Chicago would like to let you know that their businesses are all alive and well. As a matter of fact, they've actually gained customers since their biggest collective competitor, Borders, closed in 2011. But they want you to see for yourself. And they want you to see as many stores as possible. Even if you're a regular at, say, the Book Cellar in Lincoln Square, you might find something awesome at Sandmeyer's Bookstore in Printer's Row—if only you bothered to go there. Continue reading >>

http://chicagobookstoreday.com

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Architecture to Scale: Stanley Tigerman and Zago Architecture

7/10-9/14

Chicago is practically a museum of Stanley Tigerman's architectural endeavors. The 83-year-old worked with modernist greats at Keck & Keck and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in the 1940s and 50s, spearheaded the Chicago Seven group of postmodern architects in the 70s, and founded Archeworks, the socially conscious River North design school, in the mid-90s. The Art Institute's "Architecture to Scale" showcases the contributions of the bad-boy architect, whose designs include everything from the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie to an Indiana vacation home that looks like a penis and testicles. The other half of the show is dedicated to Los Angeles-based Zago Architecture, represented by XYT: Detroit Streets, an installation comprising ten short digital films. True to the exhibition's name, the architectural process is presented in both micro (sketches and pint-size models) and macro (the panaromas of XYT: Detroit Streets fill the length of an exhibition hall, as close to life-size as can fit indoors). Continue reading >>

Art Institute of Chicago (map)
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Loop
phone 312-443-3600
Architecture to Scale: Stanley Tigerman and Zago Architecture

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Comedy Exposition of 2014

Fri-Sun 7/11-7/13

The Comedy Exposition of 2014 started with a single tweet. Local stand-up comedian Katie McVay was the instigator: "I found out Just for Laughs wasn't happening, and I tweeted 'Someone should throw a comedy festival because Just for Laughs isn't happening.'" Spurred by McVay's half-serious outburst, comics and friends immediately volunteered to help fill the gap left by the absence of the mammoth stand-up comedy festival. Montreal-based JFL's COO, Bruce Hills, announced last December that after a five-year run here, the fest was taking a year off from Chicago to "rethink the festival model." So from the very beginning, the stand-up-themed Comedy Exposition didn't have much choice but to happen. Continue reading >> free-$20 individual show, $25-$60 three-day festival pass

http://comedyexposition.com

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The Blackout Diaries

Sat 7/12, 8 PM

An album recording of Sean Flannery's show about "drinking (and occasionally smoking) yourself into enough of a stupor that a great yarn comes from it—and hopefully some shocking photo and/or video documentation, as well. It finds humor in the bleakness of the bender." With Comedians You Should Know. $10

Timothy O'Toole's (map)
622 N. Fairbanks Ct.
Gold Coast/Mag Mile/Streeterville
phone 312-642-0700

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Slough Feg, Bible of the Devil, Savage Master, Valkyrie, High Spirits, Lady Beast

Sat., July 12, 7 p.m.

These brilliant metal wags got their start in Pennsylvania in 1990, moving to the Bay Area shortly thereafter, and they’ve honed their distinctive sound on nine albums and far too infrequent tours. Slough Feg made their newest full-length, Digital Resistance (Metal Blade), using analog recording equipment—a studio equivalent to their gleeful heedlessness of most of the developments in metal since the 80s. Their old-school horns-to-the-sky tunes are simultaneously progressive and straightforwardly rocking, with a nuanced technical dazzle that’s balanced by comfortable, earthy melodies. The lyrical themes have the pack-rat intellectual eclecticism of a guy who reads anything he can get his eyes on, and the band sells them with a rousing classic-metal vibe and a puckish sense of humor. A lesser group might stumble on the perfect alchemy of this combination by accident, but Slough Feg repeat the magic every time—you can be sure they know the recipe. —Monica Kendrick Slough Feg headlines the eighth Alehorn of Power festival. $20, $18 in advance

Reggie's Rock Club (map)
2109 S. State St.
Near South Side
phone 312-949-0121
Slough Feg, Bible of the Devil, Savage Master, Valkyrie, High Spirits, Lady Beast

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Tomato Blast

Sun 7/13, noon-6PM

Turn a stranger's face into ketchup when you pound him with tomato after tomato in this brawl. Beer and live music too. $50, $25 spectators

http://tomatoblast.com
Soldier Field (map)
1410 S. Museum Campus Dr.
Museum Campus
phone 312-235-7000
Tomato Blast

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Bastille Day

Mon., July 14, 4-10 p.m.

It's Bastille Day, and though we're in America, that doesn't mean we can't have a party. Celebrate the French Revolution with French cuisine and wines, a Bal Populaire with music from HK & Les Saltimbanks, and an obstacle course, called La Course de Garçons de Café, that pits local servers at French restaurants against one another.

http://bastilledaychicago.org
Daley Plaza (map)
50 W. Washington St.
Loop
phone 312-346-3278
Bastille Day

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Noura Mint Seymali, Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub

Mon., July 14, 6:30 p.m.

Noura Mint Seymali is a stepdaughter to Mauritanian singer Dimi Mint Abba and once worked as her backing vocalist, but she seems intent on distinguishing herself from the late Diva of the Desert. She’s developed her own take on the sound of her homeland, adding Ousmane Touré’s electric bass and Matthew Tinari’s kit drumming to the sparse, hypnotic patterns of the Moorish griot tradition. On Seymali’s new album, Tzenni (Glitterbeat), which she recorded in New York, Dakar, and the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott, the rhythm section’s taut funk complements the snaking, flanged electric guitar of her husband, Jeiche Ould Chighaly (guitar has been part of Mauritanian music almost long enough to count as traditional). Her spell-casting singing—with its melismatic cries, baroque melodic elaborations, and neck-grabbing ululations—cuts easily through the sinewy grooves. Chighaly doubles on tidnite, a kind of regional lute, while Seymali adds spindly arpeggios on ardine, an amplified kora-like harp; at times the stuttering, clopping rhythms recall the insistent shuffle of West African calabash drumming, and Seymali’s staccato phrasing on “Soub Hanallah” borrows from Arabic tradition. Seymali and company made their local debut at last year’s World Music Festival, and when I saw them this past January in New York they’d achieved a synergistic marriage between the band’s entrancing music and the singer’s commanding presence. —Peter Margasak Noura Mint Seymali also performs at the Square Roots festival on Fri 7/11.

Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park (map)
Michigan and Randolph
Loop
phone 312-742-1168
Noura Mint Seymali, Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub

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Afro-Latin@ Diaspora Summer Dance Intensive

Tue 7/15-Fri 7/18, 8 PM

Dances that offer important history lessons are rare, and these four shows, commissioned by Columbia College as part of its new Afro-Latino dance program, are doubly unique for illuminating a largely untold history. Even today in Latin America, the rich and complex roots of Afro-Latino dance, shaped by the massive influence of colonization and the slave trade on indigenous and traditional Latin American folk dances, remain less than fully acknowledged. Chicago-based companies AfriCaribe and Latin Rhythms are keeping both fusion and traditional styles vital. AfriCaribe (Tue 7/15) draws on Caribbean and Puerto Rican social dances: a line of women in pastel headwraps and skirts sing while drummers improvise a relentless beat. Out in front, a soloist's fluttering skirts resemble a swimming stingray. Latin Rhythms' program (Fri 7/18) of salsa and cha-cha-cha includes a melodramatic routine for three couples in which each woman exhibits a thrilling agility of the hips, as if her pelvis were attached ball-and-socket style to the base of her spine. Continue reading >> $15

http://colum.edu/Dance_Center

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House of Blues (map)
329 N. Dearborn St.
River North
phone 312-923-2000
Lauryn Hill

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Adler After Dark

Thu., July 17, 6-10 p.m.

Get sweet on your significant other as the two of you embrace and look at the stars, glass of wine in hand. No making out, though. Gross. Tonight’s theme is "Superhero Science." $10-$20

http://adlerplanetarium.org
Adler Planetarium (map)
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Museum Campus
phone 312-922-7827

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Parade of Boats

Sat., July 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Celebrate the 106th edition of the race to Mackinac by spying the boats as they set sail on the 300-plus-mile journey.

http://cycracetomackinac.com
Navy Pier (map)
600 E. Grand Ave.
Near North
phone 312-595-7437
Parade of Boats

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