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Faiyaz Wasifuddin Dagar

“I just want to relax the spines of dhrupad listeners,” says Faiyaz Wasifuddin Dagar in the liner notes to one of his albums. “It’s not necessary that you understand music to enjoy it.” Dagar, for his part, understands dhrupad intimately–he’s part of a family that’s been playing the ancient form of Indian classical music for […]

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Riot Fest 2005

This festival features two days of national and local punk bands at the Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee. Tickets for each day are $27.50 in advance or $30 on the day of the show. A limited number of VIP passes are also available for online purchase. For more information call 888-690-9875 or see All […]

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These retrofuturist electro-popsters were long the oddballs in Warp’s hyper-wired IDM lineup, but these days they rank alongside Prefuse 73 as one of the label’s flagship acts. Tender Buttons, the new album from singer Trish Keenan and programmer and multi-instrumentalist James Cargill, lacks the ambitious sweep of their previous disc, Haha Sound, sometimes recalling instead […]

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Susan Howe & David Grubbs

David Grubbs (formerly of Gastr del Sol) had long been an admirer of poet Susan Howe, a 1996 Guggenheim Fellow and poetry and humanities professor at SUNY-Buffalo, when the Fondation Cartier in Paris first suggested the two collaborate on a live performance. That initial 2003 meeting has now resulted in Thiefth (Blue Chopsticks), their first […]

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Scales of the Pangolin

A sense of romance is conspicuously absent from the slick, sloppy, or analytical work that seems to make up most of the art shown in Chicago today. For those with a secret longing for subtlety and warmth, however, this evening of visual art and performance by fantastical, visionary queer artists is not to be missed. […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Engineering student Tyler Ing, 20, told the Free Press of London, Ontario, in October that his parents “looked at me real weird for a few minutes” at first but “now they’re proud. My mom shows the book to all her friends.” The volume in question is the 2006 edition of Guinness World Records, […]

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Born in 1957 in Lyon, France, pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard won four first prizes while studying at the Paris Conservatory and at 15 won the Olivier Messiaen International Competition. Four years later Pierre Boulez invited him to be a founding member of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, with which he played for 18 years. In the past decade […]

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The Collecting Urge

For their “Lost Cheerleaders” photo series, Luke Batten and Jonathan Sadler–the two-person collective New Catalogue–imagined that a “cheerleader bus overturned, and they all started wandering off in different directions. We also had the idea that they might be lost figuratively, like a lot of teenagers looking for something in their lives,” Sadler says. One cheerleader […]

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Polish Film Festival in America

The 17th Polish Film Festival in America runs Saturday, November 5, through Sunday, November 20, at the Beverly Arts Center, the Copernicus Center, and the Society for Arts, 1112 N. Milwaukee. Tickets are $8-$10; a festival pass, good for five screenings, is available for $45. Following are selected features screening Saturday through Thursday, November 5 […]

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So Much for Sober

Aaron Gingrich and Mychal Utecht, aka sketch-comedy duo Competitive Awesome, have stretched out a bit from the crisp but conventional funny of The Story of Joseph King. This makes for rougher sailing, but if less of the material works, more of it goes beyond well-oiled gagsmanship. Some sketches remain earthbound, like a riff on Jesus […]