by Lisa Schulz
Internet-famous absurdist rapper Riff Raff returns to Chicago before his new album Neon iCon drops next week. In Soundboard Leor Galil writes, "Riff Raff won me over in 2012 with a steady stream of flashy, gonzo YouTube videos. His animated personality, inexplicably compelling non sequiturs, and mush-mouthed Houston drawl make even his least consistent tracks palatable—and his best performances shine." Check out the Chief Keef collaborator tonight at Concord Music Hall.
Dance duo the Nexus Project, which performed in the city last November, returns for a gallery performance at Chicago Artists Coalition. Jena Cutie writes, "Michel Rodriguez Cintra and Benjamin Holliday Wardell's new dance takes its cue from the playful group exhibit that surrounds them, but where 'Quasi-Choreography' features visual art transformed by the intervention of other artists, the Nexus Project draws on the audience. After starting with a ten-minute duet set to vocals by a folksy choir, the dancers check in with attendees to see how they'd like the dance to evolve, then incorporate suggestions into their choreography while everyone else takes a snack recess—food and beverages are provided."
Author Anna Blessing signs copies of her book Locally Brewed: Portraits of Craft Breweries From America's Heartland tonight at Piece with select beers on tap from local breweries like Two Brothers, Three Floyds, and Metropolitan.
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