Sure, Riot Fest rocked. But was King Crimson there? Hell, no. Luca Cimarusti recommends checking the prog-rock legends. "The band won't write or perform any new material; instead, [King Crimson mastermind Robert] Fripp will reinterpret old Crimson songs with . . . three drummers acting as the music's center of gravity." See them at the Chicago Theatre; read Soundboard for more.
Local director Jennifer Reeder's pop-noir films explore women in the middle of breakups and breakdowns, and her new short about a week in the lives of three teenage girls, Blood Below the Skin, is no different. Tonight at the Gene Siskel Film Center she previews the work along with screenings of her short A Million Miles Away and her "Forevering Triology"; a discussion with Reeder follows.
Chloe Riley recommends heading over to Theater Wit and checking out The Coward, Stage Left Theatre's latest production. "Stage Left artistic director Vance Smith's production joyfully tackles the subjects of masculinity and guns (those most masculine-looking members of society) with a dynamo cast, a soundtrack including the Stones and orchestrated Lady Gaga, and blood, sooo much blood," she writes.
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