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Complicated Horse Emergency, aka sometimes-local artists Drew Ziegler and Randall Christopher Bailey, have created an elaborate set for their nonsense musical Time Never Stops (Mr. Most Smartest) that looks like a shantytown built by magpies, elves, and perverts. From one end or the other of this hand-painted 270-degree panorama of cobbled-together alley detritus, moronic psychopaths emerge--a dictator made of tin foil, a wiggly brain-eater, vampires who suck blood out of a giant ass--and commit purposeless acts of consumption, vandalism, or time travel. The plot, such as it is, involves a glamorously pointless pageant, but everything's so disorienting you won't have a clue what you're looking at--and Beau Wanzer's splooshy, demented, possibly evil analog soundtrack, clearly intended to incite a dance riot, won't help you sort things out at all. Don't wear clothes you'd be too uptight to ruin--last time these guys did something like this, the crowd ended up covered in whipped cream, gummy worms, and shredded paper, humping and falling all over one another in a celebratory orgy. Brilliant Pebbles, This Is My Condition, Sewn Leather, Tirra Lirra, and Fake Lake open; Erin Weber (formerly of Crack: We Are Rock) and Rotten Milk spin between sets. This show is part of the final weekend of Version>07; see Fairs & Festivals for more. a 8 PM, Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan, 773-837-0145, $10 suggested donation. A

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