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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Early Warnings Roundup

Posted By on 09.30.10 at 11:00 AM

Dismemberment Plan
  • David Holloway
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Though this week's crop of Early Warnings is a bit small, the announcement of a Chicago stop on the Dismemberment Plan reunion tour more than makes up for it in my book. In honor of Barsuk's reissue of the fantastically fantastic Emergency & I (four bonus tracks included), the pleasantly quirky indie-rock quartet booked a handful of dates (most of them now sold out) in its hometown of Washington, D.C., and along the east coast. As of right now, the Chicago show at Metro on February 19 is the band's only one in the midwest. I'm going to go ahead and say that it's probably a good idea to get your tickets sooner rather than later.

In other news, the annual Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival at the Congress Theater celebrates its third year by expanding into a three-day event and hosting shows at Double Door and Lincoln Hall. Only a few acts have been confirmed thus far, including headliners Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. I can only assume that some bluegrass and/or blues will appear in the lineup at some point.

Highlights this week also include Raekwon at the Logan Square Auditorium, Vincent Gallo's Rriiccee at Lincoln Hall, Mavis Staples at Park West, and a New Year's Eve show with Yeasayer and Health at Metro.

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Fashion Events This Weekend

Posted By on 09.30.10 at 10:51 AM

A look from the Calvin Klein fall 2010 collection, featured at a pop-up shop through next week.
  • A look from the Calvin Klein fall 2010 collection, featured at a downtown popup shop through next week.
Calvin Klein joins the pop-up shop trend with a temporary store (in conjunction with Carson Pirie Scott) at 116 W. Hubbard featuring men's and women's fall clothing. Spend $100 and you'll get a special gift, and a portion of the proceeds go to the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation. It's open Friday from 11 AM to 8 PM; for the rest of the week it'll be open 11 to 5 on Saturday, and 11 to 6 Monday through Friday.

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The Devil Inside Me

Posted By on 09.30.10 at 09:35 AM

Bellevue News-Democrat, January 28, 1921. Oh, those suave Italians and their dark arts of seduction. Without the Mann Act, where would we all have been?

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Morning Art: Leonid Kozlov

Posted By on 09.30.10 at 08:27 AM

Song, a sculpture by Leonid Kozlov, part of Expression of Beauty & Life, a show with Alexander Tkachenko opening Fri 10/1, 7 PM, at the Ukrainian National Museum, 2249 W. Superior, 312-421-8020.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Prof. Galt Sings a Bit of Workin' Man Blues

Posted By on 09.29.10 at 01:29 PM

This is from over a week ago, but I missed it while in the mountains, which is a damn shame. Basically, a University of Chicago law school professor posted some poutrage about our Marxian (his word, not mine) president. The subject of his fine whine: how difficult it is to make ends meet for a law prof/doctor couple making low-medium six figures living in an expensive house—a couple blocks from the president, which I assume to mean Kenwood, which contains some of the best housing stock in Chicago—while employing a lawn service, housecleaner, and nanny, and spending $60k on education and day care for three children while living under historically low tax rates for the wealthy.

Ezra Klein, Brad DeLong, and Michael O'Hare do a fine job pointing out that the professor needs to help himself to a steaming cup of shut the fuck up. But they still missed the thing I found most offensive.

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Free Jazz for a Fee on the Web

Posted By on 09.29.10 at 01:24 PM

Wadada Leo Smith-Peter Kowald-Gunter Baby Sommer
There are few music blogs as consistently compelling as Destination: Out, which, as its name suggests, focuses on the more exploratory side of jazz and improvised music. Sometimes the blog discusses current work, but more often than not it adopts a historical mindset, covering great artistic seekers both familiar and obscure; a recent post on Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi is a perfect example.

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Release The Hounds!

Posted By on 09.29.10 at 09:22 AM

Grand Forks Daily, November 28, 1909. Okay, every robber baron had a certain percentage of Montgomery Burns in his genomic profile, but OMFG! How many others could boast a canine torture chamber on their rural estates?

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Morning Art: Felix Benoist

Posted By on 09.29.10 at 08:02 AM

Basilica of St. Vincent, a color lithograph by Felix Benoist, part of The Basilica of St. Vincent de Paul: Architecture of the Catholic Renouveau in Paris, opening Thu 9/30, 5-7 PM, at DePaul University Museum, 2350 N. Kenmore, 773-325-7506.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

This Is Why We Can't Have Anything Nice/This Is Why I Go On Vacation

Posted By on 09.28.10 at 06:09 PM

I was almost completely off the Internets last week, which meant that while I wasn't able to completely miss the shitfit between Chicago Now and Time Out Chicago, I at least got to avoid it while it was going on, which was awesome.

Megan Cottrell provides the story, but in short: CN blogger wrote a thing. TOC prez/EIC Frank Sennett began a dispassionate and thoughtful discussion of whether it was racist. Chicago Now removed the post. Everyone went home angry. No one really addressed what was actually going on in the original post.

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Claudia Quintet in Palos Park Wednesday

Posted By on 09.28.10 at 06:07 PM

Claudia Quintet With Gary Versace
  • Claudia Quintet With Gary Versace
Over the past decade and a half, percussionist and composer John Hollenbeck has used the Claudia Quintet, one of his several working groups, to explore the collision of jazz improvisation, minimalist composition, and progressive rock. This fine-tuned, artful band staked out its territory when the boundaries between those genres were much starker, and now that such lines have all but dissolved, the Claudia Quintet looks positively prescient—though no other group sounds quite like it, many have encroached upon similar territory since the late 90s.

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