Reader's Agenda Mon 6/30: Off the Top, My Brightest Diamond, and the Queer Bits Film Festival | Bleader

Monday, June 30, 2014

Reader's Agenda Mon 6/30: Off the Top, My Brightest Diamond, and the Queer Bits Film Festival

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My Brightest Diamond
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Looking for something to do today? Agenda's got you covered.

Think freestyle rapping is as easy as it looks? Spit a rhyme at Subterranean's Off the Top freestyle battle. SamIam the MC hosts while DJ Encyclopedia Brown provides the beats. The final round features a grab-bag finale and cash prizes.

Chamber rock act My Brightest Diamond performs at Pritzker Pavilion. Indie rock beats fuse with contemporary classical music in the airy voice of front woman Shara Worden, who studied opera and formerly sang backup for Sufjan Stevens. Reader music critic Peter Margasak says the band's first two records—Bring Me the Workhorse and A Thousand Shark's Teeth—"are among the strongest, most distinctive pop records I've heard in the past decade."

Pride weekend isn't over yet. Eight short films and three webseries premiere at the Queer Bits Film Festival, hosted by Pride Films and Plays. Animated and live action films from the Netherlands, United States, and United Kingdom are showcased at the Pub Theatre, followed by a Q&A with some of the filmmakers.

For more on these events and others, check out the Reader's daily Agenda page.

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