Saturday, January 25, 2014

Saturday Slumgullion

The Revo Lution Theatre Company’s Staged Reading Series will present Kevin Wiczer’s Deranged Inhabitants tomorrow night at the Burton Place Bar and Grill at 1447 N. Wells Street in Chicago. Steve Carter Ruppel directs cast members Jonatham Coffin, Erin Heidt Makowski, Jeff Botelhos, Iena Arkelious, and Kevin Higginbotham in this tale of a man who lives within the walls of his home until an Avon Lady comes calling. The show starts at 6:00 PM.

Sci-fi rockers Tomorrow The Moon, featuring Bad Examples guitarist Steve Gerlach, are among the four bands performing next Thursday, January 30th at The Beat Kitchen on Chicago’s north side. Check out this artful and eye-popping video for “He Saw Red. Frosting, who like Tomorrow The Moon have had two CDs favorably reviewed here on BHT, are also on the bill, along with The Dead Woods and Katasstrofist. The music starts at 8:00 PM.

Singer-guitarist Jeff Lescher from the critically acclaimed power pop band Green is inviting about 40 fans to join him in his living room for a solo show in early February. Lescher lives in Milwaukee. 

Take A Walk On The Charitable Side. The Empty Bottle in Chicago will be the scene of Perfect Day,  a Lou Reed tribute show to benefit Lurie’s Children’s Hospital, on Sunday, March 2nd. The participating bands are Supercell Mothership, Energy Gown, Phil Angotti And Friends, The Red Plastic Buddha, Tangleweed, Puritan Pine, Time Flower, and The Luck Of Eden Hall. Tickets are $10, and the tribute kicks off at 7:00 PM.

And in other Luck Of Eden Hall news: Butterfly Revolutions Volume 1 and 2, both of which did well on the Broken Hearted Toy 2011 and 2012 Favorite Releases lists respectively, are now available as a double LP on 180 gram colored vinyl. If you’ve heard this band’s authentic take on 1960s mind-bending psychedelic rock, you’ll agree it makes sense to create a Butterfly Revolutions Volume 1 and  2 vinyl set. It can be ordered at Norman Records, Clear Spot and other sites. 

Fruits de Mer, the U.K. all-vinyl indie label that released the fantastic Hollies tribute album, Re-Evolution, made an intriguing announcement on Facebook recently. It’s considering an American multi-act tour called Crabstock USA The Fruits de Mer Records Festival of Psychedelia. Hopefully, more details will be released soon.

As a collector of pop culture memorabilia, I’ve often wondered why female action figures are rendered far less realistically than their male counterparts. A recent post on the Doctor Who Facebook page displaying a new line of figures from the sci-fi series, revealed I’m not the only one who feels this way. The funniest comments regarded the Clara Oswald figure, which in no way resembles Jenna Coleman, the enchanting actress who portrays her. “Those are some of the worst figures I have ever seen,” read one comment.  Here are a few other observations: “Clara looks like a potato.” “Wow, they managed to make Clara ugly.” “Uh, why does the Clara figurine have MOFFATS FACE?” Writer/producer Steven Moffat occasionally gets flack for the changes he’s brought to Doctor Who, but I don’t think he’s responsible for these action figures.

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