1 hour ago

Mom and Dad is a bracing Mad magazine-style satire

1517 W. Fullerton Ave.

    Mom and Dad is a bracing Mad magazine-style satire
    click to enlarge The opening credits sequence of Brian Taylor's (which begins a weeklong run at Facets tonight) is meant to resemble something out of a 1970s exploitation movie, with split-screen effects, colored filters, and a Dusty Springfield ballad on the soundtrack.
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3 hours ago

March to the Polls and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend

...in Mom and Dad, a dark comedy making its Chicago debut tonight at Facets Cinematheque (1517 W. Fullerton). The Reader's Leah Pickett writes, "Cage and Blair, both giving their best performances in...

...the script and recreations of its fight scenes. The show plays at Nox Arca Theatre (4001 N. Ravenswood). 7:30 PM, donations accepted

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...produced pop-ups themed after Twin Peaks, Stranger Things, and The Room—transforms the Rookery (2109 W. Chicago) into the set of The Shining at Room 237. The evening features Stephen King trivia...

Sun 1/21: Visual artist Brian Dettmer flies in from New York to join locals Anthony Adcock and Michael Dinges for the closing day of "Concrete, Paper, and Plastic," an exhibit of work in those three mediums at Aron Packer Projects (213 W. Institute). 1 PM, free

Sun 1/21: Chistosos en Chicago is the Laugh Factory's (3175 N. Broadway) first stand-up show entirely en español. Proceeds benefit Enlace Chicago and Puerto Rican Hurricane Relief. 9 PM, $15

    March to the Polls and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend
    click to enlarge This weekend events include a march through downtown, a recreation of a terrible film, and plenty of other goings-on. Here's some of what we recommend: Fri 1/19: Dr. Phil Willink from the Shedd Aquarium visits the Chicago Maritime Museum, located inside the Bridgeport Art Center (1200 W.
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17 hours ago

All eyes on Art Design Chicago

"Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, unite 1968-1975" Through 3/25, DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton, 773-325-7506, museums.depaul.edu.

    All eyes on Art Design Chicago
    It's a little ironic that the impetus for Art Design Chicago, the hugely ambitious, yearlong celebration of Chicago's art-making history-from the fire of 1871 to the turn of the 21st century-came from the west coast, as seen through the eyes of an east-coast critic. But that's how it happened.
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24 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Shred-pop pioneers Sleigh Bells learn to thread the past with the present

Wed 1/31, 8 PM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark, $26, all-ages

    Shred-pop pioneers Sleigh Bells learn to thread the past with the present
    After building a reputation as the world's first great shred-pop standard-bearers-bolstered by hardcore-breakdown guitar riffs that sonically resemble something close to a New Year's Eve glitter bomb-the duo of vocalist Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek Miller went outside their element for their fourth full-length record, 2016's Jessica Rabbit. The results were mixed.
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    Yeah! Love her!

23 hours ago

Jane Goodall and Hedy Lamarr: Bold, beautiful, and brilliantly unschooled

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story ★★ Directed by Alexandra Dean. 90 min. Music Box, 3733 N. Southport, 773-871-6604, musicboxtheatre,com, $11.

Jane ★★★ Directed by Brett Morgen. PG, 90 min. Fri 1/19-Thu 2/1. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, 312-846-2800, siskelfilmcenter.org, $11.

25 hours ago

Samantha Fish turns from blues to roots rock, and vice versa

Wed 1/31, 8 PM, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, $25, $20 in advance

    Samantha Fish turns from blues to roots rock, and vice versa
    In the past, eclectic roots exploration with a beat was the purview of rootsy rock acts like Rod Stewart or the Band. More recently, the torch has been picked up by blues acts. Valerie June's last couple of albums-including last year's excellent The Order of Time-mix roots traditions and swagger into a boiling stew worthy of the Rolling Stones or Dylan.
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25 hours ago

Swedish rapper Yung Lean makes his strongest contributions to global hip-hop with The Stranger

Wed 1/31, 6 PM, Concord Music Hall, 2047 N. Milwaukee, $22, $20 in advance, all-ages

    Swedish rapper Yung Lean makes his strongest contributions to global hip-hop with The Stranger
    In the early 2010s, Yung Lean arrived as an oddity: a white Swedish rapper who blurred together a clutch of hip-hop sounds made by black musicians from the U.S. As with any case of an artist taking inspiration from a foreign culture wholesale, it seemed like something was lost in Yung Lean's translation-a fact that hasn't been lost on Lean.
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25 hours ago

Maryland R&B singer Brent Faiyaz spins gold all on his own on Sonder Son

Tue 1/30, 8 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, sold out, 18+

    Maryland R&B singer Brent Faiyaz spins gold all on his own on Sonder Son
    Goldlink's runaway 2017 hit "Crew" would be nothing without the buttery-smooth vocal hook from Brent Faiyaz. Raised in Columbia, a Maryland suburb that rests on an axis between Baltimore and D.C., the 22-year-old tried his hand at being an MC before he received a Twitter DM from a stranger advising him to stop rapping and focus his on other aspects of his music.
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25 hours ago

New York synth merchants Forma push into more meditative terrain on Physicalist

Sun 1/28, 8:30 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, $8

    New York synth merchants Forma push into more meditative terrain on Physicalist
    New York trio Forma promised some changes with Physicalist, its 2016 debut for Kranky Records, but while it did retreat from the techno flirtations they served up on their 2014 EP, Cool Haptics (The Bunker New York), the first half of the album offered a familiar approach.
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25 hours ago

Virtuosic Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov makes his solo debut in Chicago with a performance of Shostakovich’s epic 24 Preludes and Fugues

Sun 1/28, 2 PM, Mandel Hall, University of Chicago, 1131 E. 57th, $39, $21 under 35, $11 student, $1 under 18, all-ages

    Virtuosic Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov makes his solo debut in Chicago with a performance of Shostakovich's epic 24 Preludes and Fugues
    In 2016 the prolific Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov made his overdue Chicago debut with his frequent collaborator, the great German violinist Isabelle Faust. Now he's back for a solo performance of one of the most remarkable works of the 20th century for his instrument: Dmitri Shostakovich's Preludes and Fugues.
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