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The first-ever Fifth Star Awards are tonight. As Reader culture reporter Deanna Isaacs has noted, the awards are a new undertaking by the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. And though it's unclear how the winners were selected, sculptor Richard Hunt, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago founder Lou Conte, and composer Ramsey Lewis will be among those honored. Not a bad cast. Lucky for us, the Millennium Park ceremony is free and open to the public.
Bowie fever has officially hit. In conjunction with the exhibit "David Bowie Is . . .," British writer Michael Bracewell talks to Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry about glam rock and his experiences with David Bowie. The event is sold out but you can (and should) stream it online.
Fay Davis-Jeffers, singer and keyboardist for defunct art-rock trio Pit er Pat, has gone solo under the name Fay and plays at the Empty Bottle tonight. In Soundboard Peter Margasak writes, "Her austere tracks have a machinelike veneer, but counterintuitively they also feel loose and homemade—she makes her experimental dance music without the benefit of a sequencer or a quantized digital grid, assembling samples with just her eyes and ears to guide her."
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