by Drew Hunt
There are few moviegoing experiences more painful than watching food porn on an empty stomach. Well, thank god for the Chicago Food Film Festival, where food simultaneously appears on the screen and on your plate. Featuring fondue, ramen burgers, low-country shrimp boil, and lots and lots of sugar. It continues through Saturday at Kendall College.
At Northeastern Illinois University, filmmaker Oliver Stone (Natural Born Killers, JFK) and American University professor Peter Kuznick discuss their forthcoming Showtime documentary The Untold History of the United States.
"Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, is one of the most notoriously unreliable performers in pop music, with a history of canceling shows (or bailing on them partway through) that runs all the way back to the beginning of her career. But there are few other musicians for whom it's so worth rolling the dice," writes Miles Raymer in Soundboard. You can (hopefully) catch Cat Power tonight at the Old Town School of Folk Music.
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