Reader's Agenda Thu 9/11: Dita Von Teese, Shabazz Palaces, and WPA printmaking exhibit | Bleader

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Reader's Agenda Thu 9/11: Dita Von Teese, Shabazz Palaces, and WPA printmaking exhibit

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Dita Von Teese brings her show Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray! to House of Blues tonight, the first of three consecutive Chicago performances. The 90-minute spectacle combines four of Von Teese's classic dances: "Birds of Paradise," "Rhinestone Cowgirl," "Lou-BOOT-ins," and "Opium Den." Alexis Mabille haute couture and Swarovski crystals are the cherries on top in this visually dazzling performance.

Head over to Lincoln Hall for some experimental hip-hop courtesy of Seattle band Shabazz Palaces. Led by Ishmael Butler, the band has upped its trippiness since its 2010 record debut. "The songs are thoroughly immersive, though Butler and crew don't seem to care whether any of their choruses 'bang.' The album flows like a perfectly sequenced mixtape, with every track in the exact right place, reliant on what comes before and after," says the Reader's Leor Galil.

A new exhibition about the 1930s Works Progress Administration Federal Arts Project opens today at the DePaul Art Museum. With over 50 Depression-era prints, the exhibition explores the WPA's role in funding and shaping 20th century American art. American University professor Helen Langa presents a lecture followed by a public reception.

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