Music

Show: Rufus Wainwright “Coming after several heavily orchestrated albums, a full-blown re-creation of Judy Garland’s famous Carnegie Hall concert, and his first opera,

  • Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright’s latest record, All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu—a collection of piano and voice performances—can’t help but feel stripped down,” writes Peter Margasak. “But Wainwright’s songs remain dense with harmony and movement, his singing is still florid, and in some ways the new album—recorded shortly after the death of his mother, idiosyncratic folk singer Kate McGarrigle—is as loaded with information as anything he’s done.”

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449 N. Clark St., 312-334-3688, rickbayless.com/restaurants/xoco.html