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Gossip Wolf: Jeff Parker vs. Hurricane Sandy

Plus: A Propeller Fund grant for the Comfort Station and a new EP from singer-songwriter Angela James

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Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker was one of many stuck in NYC during and after Hurricane Sandy. He arrived the day before the storm hit for a weeklong gig with Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds at the Village Vanguard, and luckily he was able to stock up on supplies: eggs, canned goods, water, wine. Though he had no power or hot water for a couple days, Parker says, "I practiced a lot and I was able to write some music." His gig was unsurprisingly canceled, and he caught a flight out on Sat 11/3. Parker says the city is handling the aftermath pretty efficiently, though there were some "super Armageddon" situations—while taking a cab to the airport at 4:30 AM, he saw half-mile lines of cars outside gas stations.

Gossip Wolf has taken a shine to the folks who run Logan Square's Comfort Station (2579 N. Milwaukee), which shows visual art, screens movies, and hosts free concerts. Turns out this Wolf isn't the only one: the Propeller Fund, which gives arts grants to Cook County residents, just awarded the Comfort Station a cool $2,000! On Fri 11/9 the fund celebrates its 15 grant recipients for 2012 at Mana Contemporary (2233 S. Throop), and Chances Dances will DJ.

Local singer-songwriter Angela James sang a knockout set of Gal Costa tunes in September as part of the Whistler's Playing Favorites series, but at heart she's a country girl. Born in eastern Tennessee and raised singing along to Kenny Rogers and Willie Nelson, James is self-releasing her debut EP, Down and Out, this week, and this Wolf loves her lilting alto and the heaps of steel guitar. James and her band, which features her husband, Jordan Martins, on guitar, play a release show at the Empty Bottle on Sat 11/10 with Rough Magic.

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