Started in Australia in 2009, No Lights No Lycra is a weekly lights-out dance party that has hit such cities as Berlin, Glasgow, Vancouver, and Brooklyn. The event provides a "friendly, nonthreatening, drug- and alcohol-free environment" for people to "experience liberated physical movement." Chicago's party is tonight at Defibrillator.
Karen Shimmin and Willy Nast host Essay Fiesta, an evening of live readings from personal essays. Tonight's readers are Ian Belknap, Jackie Koester, Erika Price, Dave Stinton, and Paul Whitehouse.
Douglas Pearce has an obsession with Nazi objects, something that incited protests and show cancellations when he came to Chicago ten years ago, but after three decades of Death in June, the Reader's Monica Kendrick says, this shouldn't come as a surprise. According to Kendrick, "Pearce is most guilty of the sin of abstraction, of channeling historical horror into a ritualized aesthetic. And he does it so very well." Death in June plays Reggie's Rock Club tonight; Et Nihil opens.
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