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  1. The League's Steve Rannazzisi and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekendRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Dec 8 | Chicago Reader

    Escape the cold at one of the plentiful events happening in Chicago this weekend. Here's some of what we recommend: The cast of the comedic roast show Character Assassination takes on the oompa loompa in the Oval Office Fri 12/8.

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  2. Chicago Public Schools inspector general: Forrest Claypool...Read the original story w/Photo

    Friday Dec 8 | Chicago Reader

    Chicago Public Schools inspector general Nicholas Schuler is recommending the firing of CPS chief executive officer Forrest Claypool. Schuler's investigation found that Claypool "engaged in a 'full-blown cover-up' by altering records and lying to mask the true purpose of a bill for legal advice he requested to ward off a probe by the district's watchdog," according to the Tribune .

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  3. Drummer Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O deftly walks the line...Read the original story w/Photo

    Friday Dec 8 | Chicago Reader

    Few jazz musicians combine love of tradition with mordant wit like drummer and bandleader Matt Wilson . That combination is perfectly suited to his Christmas Tree-O project , which sanguinely essays holiday themes-both classic and schmaltzy-with gusto and ardor.

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  4. Sound artist and composer Olivia Block turns to the pianoRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Dec 8 | Chicago Reader

    On most of Olivia Block's records, what she does to sounds matters much more than how they were originally made; using field recordings, instrumental passages, or electronics, she cuts, distorts, and layers the material until even the quietest passages feel packed with multiple meanings. But in concert, things can happen for a long time without intervention; the sustained organ notes and prerecorded electronics of 132 Ranks , which she performed last April at University of Chicago's Rockefeller Chapel, turned the building's interior into one giant instrument for an hour.

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  5. Veteran Chicago reedist Dave Rempis settles into a gripping solo practice with LatticeRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Dec 8 | Chicago Reader

    Chicago reedist Dave Rempis is well established as one of the city's finest improvisers, a player who can adjust and adapt to fluid, unexpected musical situations with stunning alacrity, sensitivity, and ingenuity. But his ability to live in the moment doesn't mean he's not a thinker and a planner.

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  6. Country singer Marty Stuart salutes the cosmic vibe of America's southwest on Way Out WestRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Dec 8 | Chicago Reader

    Sat 12/16, 8 PM, Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln, $40, $38 for members, all-ages Few active country artists possess the deep knowledge and love of the tradition's history and lore of singer-songwriter Marty Stuart , who's evolved into a gray eminence with a mixture of elegance and unquenchable curiosity. His latest album, Way Out West , draws upon this background to send a trippy love letter to the southwest, cowboy culture, and the drifter lifestyle.

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  7. John McCowen shares his research on the contrabass clarinet with a riveting new solo albumRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Dec 8 | Chicago Reader

    Although clarinetist John McCowen is a founding member of the Chicago art-rock band Wei Zhongle, I only encountered his playing long after he moved to California for graduate studies at Mills College. Earlier this year his contributions to a tape by the Vibrating Skull Trio knocked me out; his overblown lines push things into the red and pulse with intense energy.

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  8. Baltimore band Us & Us Only find harmony in the brackish waters of indie rock on Full FlowerRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Dec 8 | Chicago Reader

    On July's Full Flower , Baltimore's Us & Us Only play indie rock reminiscent of the brackish waters that split the eastern part of the state of Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay. The genre is open to mixing many different things; Us & Us Only's version is multilayered, charmingly timid and tender to the touch.

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  9. Dreamy post-punk trio Dehd celebrate the release of two records in oneRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Dec 8 | Chicago Reader

    One of the best local releases of 2016 was the debut self-titled tape from Dehd on the prolific Maximum Pelt Records. The trio of guitarist-vocalist Jason Balla , bassist-vocalist Emily Kempf , and stand-up, cymbal-less drummer Eric McGrady explored dreamy, hazy postpunk with beautiful vocal interplay; simple, plunky guitar; and a dark, behind-the-beat throb.

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  10. Daymaker makes sloppy punk For ChicagoRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Dec 8 | Chicago Reader

    "Condos are killing my country / my city gets nothing / burning like a rash from my undies / my city gets nothing," Erin Delaney warbles before unleashing her full-throttle yowl on "Condos," the anti-gentrification single Chicago's Daymaker's released in June. The band comes staggering in, sloshing loose feedback wails around the song's can't-get-it-out-of-your-head indie-pop hook.

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  11. Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto tries the unplugged approach in her search for new formulasRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Dec 8 | Chicago Reader

    In 2000 the Brazilian pop singer Bebel Gilberto -daughter of the brilliant bossa nova pioneer JoA o Gilberto-achieved a breakthrough with her album Tanta Tempo , a masterful blend of sensual bossa nova grooves with gentle club flourishes that, like Starbucks, quickly became a model of middle-class sophistication. Though the music remains lovely if a bit toothless, in the years since its release she has struggled to parlay this approach into something fresh.

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  12. Chicago electronic duo Belmont & Clark builds TMB Limited's...Read the original story w/Photo

    Friday Dec 8 | Chicago Reader

    The Minimal Beat began life as a music blog in 2011, and like many music blogs that came before it, it has branched out into other ventures, including a weekly radio show on Loyola's WLUW. In 2014 it launched a label, TMB Limited, which boasts a small but varied catalog of releases, including slick contemporary yacht rock , jangly garage-pop , juiced-up electro-pop , and far-out experimental recordings .

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  13. Chicago hip-hop honors linchpin DJ Timbuck2 with the third-annual Timbuck2 Forever fundraiserRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Dec 8 | Chicago Reader

    In December 2015 world-class DJ and WGCI on-air personality Timothy Jones, better known as DJ Timbuck2, died from stage-four renal cancer at the age of 34, leaving the Chicago hip-hop community bereft . Jones had been involved in the scene since before he could legally enter most clubs; in the early 90s, he apprenticed with Common's right-hand DJ, Twilite Tone, who was friends with his older sister.

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  14. The year's best box sets, honorable mentionsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Dec 7 | Chicago Reader

    As I mentioned last week , I couldn't fit everything in my annual column of gift ideas that I thought was worthwhile. On Friday I wrote about a couple terrific music-related photography books, and today I'm highlighting some additional box sets.

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  15. Kim Foxx gets a report cardRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Dec 7 | Chicago Reader

    As Cook County state's attorney Kim Foxx's first year in office has drawn to a close, a group of independent justice system observers have published a new report evaluating her leadership thus far. Foxx ran against former state's attorney Anita Alvarez on a reformist platform , vowing to institute a variety of changes to the prosecutor's office, from greater data transparency to changes in criminal charging practices.

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  16. Have sportswriters changed their minds about football teams that let the opponents score?Read the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Dec 7 | Chicago Reader

    Former Bears kicker Robbie Gould kicks one of four field goals he has made against the Bears on December 3. Times change. Does sportsmanship? Does the code of the warrior on the playing field, or the sportswriter pondering the combat from the Olympian aerie of the press box? Perhaps.

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  17. The Delta's Adam Kamin creates a cocktail with lobster guts and lobster ice cubesRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Dec 7 | Chicago Reader

    Lobster tomalley , also known as "the green stuff," is a digestive gland in lobsters that performs the functions of the liver and pancreas. Or as Adam Kamin , beverage director and partner at the Delta , calls it, "lobster guts."

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  18. Hubbard Street Dance gifts us with an evening of works by Crystal PiteRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Dec 7 | Chicago Reader

    Crystal Pite's evolution as a choreographer has been driven by a proverb: "Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours." Theater audiences want to feel represented by the performers, and Pite seeks to create that connection through dance. 1 comment

  19. Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool's very bad day, and other newsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Dec 7 | Chicago Reader

    Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer Forrest Claypool had a bad day Wednesday. The district's "inspector general has turned over to the Chicago Board of Education the still-secret findings of an ethics investigation that Claypool tried to block," and has recommended that Claypool be fired, the Sun-Times reports.

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  20. In Violet, a scarred heroine goes in search of a miracleRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Dec 6 | Chicago Reader

    When we first catch sight of her, waiting at a Greyhound Bus stop in the mountain hamlet of Spruce Pine, North Carolina , the eponymous 25-year-old heroine of Violet looks like any young woman on the verge of an adventure. What we can't see is, ironically, what's most obvious to the people she meets over the course of this 1997 musical set in 1964: a grotesque facial scar, the result of a freak accident she suffered as a child.

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