Friday, May 4, 2018


High Fidelity, the coolest film ever made about an indie record store (Empire Records is the only other one I can think of), is being shown tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Chicago Theatre on State Street. There will be a live conversation with the film’s star John Cusack after the screening.

Alice Peacock and Phil Madeira will perform at a WXRT show at SPACE tomorrow night.

Suzanne Vega’s shows for tomorrow night and Sunday night at City Winery Chicago have sold out. Vega will be performing her Solitude Standing and 99.9 F albums in their entirety.

Eleanor Friedberger has a show tomorrow night at Lincoln Hall. In addition to being half of the critically acclaimed indie rock duo Fiery Furnaces, she’s launched a successful solo career.

Art Encounter, a nonprofit art education organization, is hosting an event to honor gallerist William Lieberman this Sunday, May 6 at the Evanston Women’s Club.

There’s a new album out today from Belly, which reminds me I haven’t played the 10-inch EP they released for Record Store Day. Or any of the other vinyl treasures I bought during this year’s event. Later this month, we’ll see new releases from Arctic Monkeys, Beach House, Ry Cooder, and The Sea And The Cake on the 11th; Matthew Sweet, Ray LaMontagne, and Courtney Barnett on the 18th; and Chvrchs on 25th. The May issue of the Illinois Entertainer has a more extensive list of albums coming out this month.

A picnic basket full of Ravinia shows went on sale today, including Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys (June 1); John Fogerty and ZZ Top (June 12);  Jackson Browne (June 15); Roger Daltry (June 23 and 25); Janis Ian (June 24); and Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang (July 8).

Other shows that went on sale today include The Hot Stove Music event hosted by Theo Epstein at Metro on June 8; The FitzGerald’s annual American Music Festival from June 29 to July 3; Peter Himmelman at SPACE on June 27; Fleetwood Mac at the United Center on October 6; and Death Cab For Cutie at the Auditorium on October 7. For an extensive listing of upcoming concerts in the Chicago area, check out the final page of this week’s Reader.

The Breeders, whose new album All Nerve has been getting rave reviews, will be at The Vic Theatre this Tuesday night.

Haim will be at The Aragon Ballroom next Friday, May 11.

Birdland, writer Simon Stephens’ musical about the chaotic life of a rock and roll superstar, continues its run at Steep Theatre through May 12.

Graham Parker with James Maddock, performs at City Winery Chicago next Thursday, May 10.

The Buddy Holly Story has kicked off a month-long run tonight at the American Blues Theater. Lili-Anne Brown directs the Alan Janes play; with music directed by Michael Mahler.

Lookingglass Theatre Company will be staging Jules Verne’s 20,000 League’s Under The Seas from May 23 through August 19. Adapted by David Kersnar and Althos Low, the production promises ecounters with “the monsters of the sea—and those inside us all.” I’d like to sit in on the auditions for the giant squid.

Amplified: Chicago Blues, an exhibition honoring Chicago’s blues heritage, opened this month at the Chicago History Museum and will run through August 10, 2019. The exhibition will focus on Howlin Wolf, Little Brother Montgomery, Little Walter, Magic Sam, Big Joe Williams, Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, and Muddy Waters. The Chicago History Museum is located at 1601 N. Clark Street. Admission is $19 for adults.

33 To Nothing runs through May 27 at A Red Orchid Theatre. Aaron Holland plays the lead vocalist of band that’s coming undone due to emotional struggles among its members.

There will be a Special Wednesday Night Screening of the original Planet Of The Apes at The Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge on May 16. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the film. Tickets for the Pickwick screening are $10/$8 Advance, and there will be prelude music provided by Jay Warren.

There will be an opening reception on May 12 for the Tony Fitzpatrick: The Secret Birds at the DePaul Art Museum. On May 23, Fitzpatrick will have a conversation with Chicago Tribune writer Rick Kogan from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.


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