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It's almost impossible to categorize the "terrorist drag" artist Vaginal Davis. (That's her term, by the way.) She not only straddles the boundaries of gender and of art, music, writing, and video, she also pushes them—maybe further than you thought they'd go. She'll speak tonight at the School of the Art Institute—check out Sam Worley's feature for more info.
"Onetime Chicagoan Lindsay Powell, former vocalist for Ga’an, can hypnotize by doing very little," writes Leor Galil in Soundboard. "Many of the tracks she’s released as Fielded are so minimalist that the only thing holding the eerie synths together is Powell’s powerful, sometimes anguished voice." Catch Fielded's set at the Burlington.
At Harold Washington Library, science writers Mary Roach and Rebecca Skloot discuss Roach's book Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. Copresented by the Illinois Science Council.
For more on these events and others, check out the Reader's daily Agenda page.