Jon Langford | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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The combination of Jon Langford and the Museum of Contemporary Art calls up some fond memories for me--I'll never forget the Mekons' 1997 MCA presentation of Pussy, King of the Pirates, which was one of Kathy Acker's final performances. This time around Langford's staging an autobiographical multimedia piece, The Executioner's Last Songs, which is partly inspired by the trio of anti-death penalty albums of the same name he's released with the Pine Valley Cosmonauts. He'll be joined by (among others) Sally Timms, violinist Jean Cook, and bassist Tony Maimone, who's best known for his work in Pere Ubu but has also done some Mekons time. In March Langford will release his third solo album, Gold Brick (ROIR), a biting and wistful collection of sweet Americana--he's still pretty jaded, but his jarring Welsh twang surges and falls with hope and despair so constantly you can get seasick. See also Saturday. Fri 1/20, 7:30 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago, 312-280-2660 or 312-397-4010, $22. All ages.

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