Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thursday Slumgullion

He’s been waiting to come back to Chicago to perform. Photo from Matthew Sweet's Facebook page.

There will be loads of well-crafted power pop at Park West tomorrow night, September 9, as Matthew Sweet draws from a repertoire that includes gems like “Girlfriend,” “I’ve Been Waiting,”“Byrdgirl,” and “Devil With The Green Eyes.” Material ReIssue, which includes bassist Ted Ansani and drummer Mike Zelenko from the original Material Issue, with Phil Angotti replacing the late Jim Ellison on lead vocals, will be tapping into International Pop Overthrow and other of the trio’s impressive original albums, as Sweet’s opening act.

WXRT is offering listeners who still mourn the recent loss of Leslie Witt to ovarian cancer a way to honor the longtime air personality and help find a cure for the disease that claimed her life. The station, working with the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance’s “30 Days Of Teal” campaign, is selling teal t-shirts printed with the WXRT logo for $30 on its website. All of the profits will go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fun Alliance.

To the Artmobile, Robin! Although the Gold Coast, Old Town, and Wells Street art fairs passed through the rearview mirror a while ago, there are a lot of opportunities left for Chicagoans to admire culture in an outdoor setting. This weekend, there’s The Renegade Craft Fair in Wicker Park, with CHIRP Radio and Reckless Records DJs on hand; and the Lakeview Festival Of Arts on Broadway between Belmont and Hawthorne, with The Red Plastic Buddha, Mooner, Cathy Richardson Band, and Ellen Miller Blues Project among the live acts. The Ravenswood Art Walk also takes place this weekend. Next Saturday and Sunday will mark the return of The West Loop Art Fair, which made a classy debut in 2015.

The Chicago Fringe Festival winds up its 2016 celebration of theatre, dance, storytelling and film around Chicago’s Jefferson Park neighborhood this Sunday, September 11.

Riot Fest
2016 arrives next Friday, September 16 and rocks through September18 in Douglas Park. Sleater-Kinney, Smoking Popes, Fitz And The Tantrums, Bob Mould, The Specials, Death Cab For Cutie, and The Flaming Lips are among the acts scheduled to perform this year.

Minstrel Palooza, the celebration of the Minstrels music store in Niles, returns for its second year on Sunday, September 18, from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Home House Of Music And Entertainment on Rand Road in Arlington Heights. Van Go, Cliff Johnson and The Raine, and Cracked Actor are among the acts that will be performing.

The current issue of Streetwise, with the “Young Chicago Feminism” cover story, has listings for several upcoming events in Chicago. Pick up a copy from a vendor in the downtown area or in your neighborhood.

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