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When: Sun., March 20, 8 p.m. 2011

As a sideman and collaborator, guitarist Marc Ribot has lent his strings most famously to Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, and John Zorn, but the list goes on and on: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, the Lounge Lizards, McCoy Tyner, Wilson Pickett, Foetus . . . you get the idea. Adaptability is his calling card. Given how many projects he has going at any given time—he's also a key member or bandleader in Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings, who have a new album out on New West, and Los Cubanos Postizos—you wouldn't think he'd have much time for solo work, much less solo work that requires a great deal of introspection and premeditation. But that's just what last year's Silent Movies (Pi) is: a haunting, lyrical instrumental record, it's far more understated than usual for Ribot, and its wordless commentary follows images invisible to the listener that Ribot seems to see with great clarity. Some of the films he's "scored" on this album really exist, others don't—but all of the pieces paint vivid scenes and unspool engrossing stories. For this show he'll perform his live accompaniment to Charlie Chaplin's first full-length film, the 68-minute comedy drama The Kid (1921), and play a short solo set. Fun facts: Jackie Coogan, the child actor who played the kid in question, would later fly gliders for the army in World War II and costar as Uncle Fester in the original TV version of The Addams Family. —Monica Kendrick

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