Alex Weisman and Lawrence Grimm in My Name Is Asher Lev
  • Lara Goetsch
  • Alex Weisman and Lawrence Grimm in My Name Is Asher Lev

Looking for something to do today? Agenda‘s got you covered.

Los Angeles hip-hop trio Clipping. perform at Schubas. Of their latest Sub Pop release CLPPNG, Leor Galil writes that the album “[pushes] their harsh noise-rap toward self-consciously vile extremes in subject matter—their lyrics are as over-the-top as the gleefully gross explosions of blood and body parts in a Troma horror movie.” See Soundboard for more.

It’s September, but that doesn’t mean a Chicago institution can’t pretend it’s October. The Berghoff Oktoberfest kick-starts the fall drinking season at Federal Plaza and features German beer, German food, and (at least some) German live music, featuring performances by the Johnny Wagner Band, Wedding Banned, the Party Faithful, and Spoken Four.

Tony Adler, our senior theater critic, recommends My Name Is Asher Lev, Timeline Theatre’s staging of Aaron Posner’s play adapted from the Chaim Potok novel, currently in production at Stage 773. “Except for the ridiculous—and occasionally unreliable—beards Lawrence Grimm has to wear in his multiple roles as patriarchs, the Jews here are unencumbered by pseudoromantic ghetto tropes,” writes Adler.

For more on these events and others, check out the Reader‘s daily Agenda page.