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Anthony Janas makes sound art by sailing a boat

Plus: Everytown for Gun Safety hosts a big punk benefit at Township, and Fiesta del Sol celebrates ten years of its house-music festival.

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Since 2011, Chicago-based experimental radio platform Radius has broadcast some 600 episodes of far-out sound art, both live and prerecorded. These days it's hosted on WIIT 88.9 FM and streams online at, and at 7 PM on Friday, July 29, local musician Anthony Janas will perform one of the series' most ambitious pieces yet. In Water Has Nothing to Say and Neither Do I, Janas will perform on a treated sailboat—basically a 25-foot daysailer outfitted with hydrophones and contact microphones, the sounds of which he'll filter through a modular synthesizer as he sails from Adler Planetarium to 31st Street Beach. The audience can listen live onshore with handheld radios provided by the organizers. Ahoy Captain John Cage!

If dry land is more your thing, on Friday, July 29, Township hosts Drop Your Weapons, a benefit for anti-gun-­violence alliance Everytown for Gun Safety. The alliance, which claims three million members, works with lawmakers to pass common-­sense gun laws—a damned good cause! The benefit will include sets from righteous punks such as Tim Kinsella, Josh and Eli Caterer of the Smoking Popes, and Vortis. Stick around for a silent art auction of work by the likes of Jay Ryan, the Jesus Lizard's David Yow, and the Mekons' Jon Langford, as well as drink specials from Revolution Brewing and raffle prizes from local bars and restaurants.

Lollapalooza ain't the only four-day festival with an anniversary to celebrate this weekend! House of Sol kicks off its tenth year Thursday, July 28. It's part of Fiesta del Sol, a long-running fest that benefits Pilsen Neighbors Community Council—and which launched House of Sol in 2007 to honor Chicago's house-music community. This year's lineup has 34 terrific DJs, among them juke mastermind Gant-Man (Friday, 9:30 PM), global bass duo Soulphonetics (Saturday, 3 PM), and house heavy DJ Heather (Sunday, 7 PM). House of Sol is free and takes place at 1500 W. Cermak.  v

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