The Arts of Life Band perform at 2015's annual Charitable Chili Cook-Off. Credit: Courtesy the Arts of Life

If you’ve read Leah Pietrusiak’s 2011 Reader story on the Arts of Life Band, then you know that the group—a project of Chicago nonprofit the Arts of Life—includes members with developmental disabilities who are also kick-ass rock stars. This wolf has seen them play, and they rule! On Saturday, November 5, they host their annual Charitable Chili Cook-Off at the Arts of Life headquarters, judged by the likes of Hot Doug’s founder Doug Sohn and Chicago Fire star Doug Eigenberg. Your ticket gets you unlimited chili, gelato from Black Dog, and two Lagunitas beers. The Arts of Life Band are also accepting Indiegogo donations to fund the pressing of their first album­—please give if you can, because this wolf would love to see it in local shops!

Since releasing a three-song single for this Valentine’s Day, local postpunks Ganser have been on a tear—last month they toured with glitchy Memphis industrialists the Pop Ritual, and on Tuesday, November 15, they drop a tight new EP, This Feels Like Living, full of spidery guitars and enough heartbreaking melodies to make any Cure fan’s eyeliner run! On Thursday, November 10, they play the Empty Bottle with Lightfoils and Dead Leaf Echo.

Eager to check out a DJ night that’s out of the norm? Well, you’re in luck, because this week Moritat guitarist-bassist and 78 RPM fanatic Konstantin Jace starts a Thursday-night November residency at the bar of the Peninsula hotel (108 E. Superior), where he’ll spin shellac. Jace says he’ll play all genres—provided they existed between 1901 and 1959.

Chicago’s hip-hop scene recently lost two vibrant players. Bryan Snow Jr. (aka producer Space Snow), who wrote for Lyrical Lemonade and worked with Young Chicago Authors, died in a car crash last weekend. And Fake Shore Drive reports that Izerrick Aigbokhan, aka Smylez (producer of King Louie’s “Live & Die in Chicago”), passed away last week of a brain aneurysm.   v

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