Cajmere at the 2011 Decibel festival in Seattle Credit: iamdonte via FlickR

This wolf is a big fan of Wired Fridays, the noontime gatherings that turn the Chicago Cultural Center into a dance club every first and third Friday of the month. If you prefer to spend your lunch break getting down instead of gobbling fries, there’s no better place to be. The Cultural Center always books great locals to spin, and Friday, December 4, features house legend Curtis A. Jones, aka Cajmere! He recently appeared on the digital EP The Loft by Italian producer Riva Starr, released through Jones’s Cajual Records. His set is sure to be a Friday-afternoon energy fix better than a second cup of coffee; it’s free and takes place on the Cultural Center’s first floor, near the north entrance.

Also on Friday, December 4, the Empty Bottle hosts the third annual Cuddlestock. Tall Pat Records namesake (and Reader contributor) Patrick Sullivan organizes this mini garage-rock festival, which features Gossip Wolf faves Flesh Panthers, Clearance, and the Rubs. This wolf is also keen on bluesy openers Glyders, who release a self-titled seven-inch the night of the show—on Tall Pat, natch! Admission is $8 or free with RSVP.

On Friday, December 11, Chicago experimental metal quartet Scientist—with members of Yakuza, Taken by the Sun, and Making Ghosts—release their second album, 10100II00101, tracked with Sanford Parker at Minbal. Gossip Wolf doesn’t know human science (or what all those numbers mean), but it’s easy to understand the album’s plunging-­knife riffs and melodic vocals, which include guest appearances by the Atlas Moth’s Stavros Giannopoulos and Anthony Cwan of Without Waves. On Saturday, December 5, Scientist plays with Yakuza and Two From the Eye at the Empty Bottle.  v

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