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Monday, May 23

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Dosh, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Hylozoists @ Schubas

"Andrew Bird's drummer friend" might catch the ear of a lot more of y'all, but that hardly does justice to the man known as Martin Dosh. He's done prolific work with the ground-breaking Anticon crew, and has done enough experimenting with drum machines and other delights to warrant sharing a bill with technicolor tripped out tunesters Black Moth Super Rainbow. The BMSR have tunes with titles like "Neon Syrup For The Cemetary Sisters", which speak for themselves. Rounding out the bill (or at thirteen listed current members, making up a majority of it) will be Toronto's Hylozoists, whose use of glockenspiels, pedal steel drums, and other delights aren't quite as wavy with the gravy, but will ensure no break to the evening's far-out groove.

Victoria Vox @ Legal Grounds Coffee House

Singer/songwriter (and ukulele player) Victoria Vox performs tonight at a kick-off concert for the 2007 Chicagoland Ukulele Jam Festival. The concert happens tonight at 8:00 PM the Legal Ground Coffee House; the festival happens tomorrow, also at the coffee house. See the festival Website for full details. Legal Grounds: 1300 Maybrook Square, Maywood. (708) 615-9000.

Chicago HER-RAH 2007

The International Centre for Women Playwrights and Around the Coyote present Chicago HER-RAH 2007: A Festival of the World's best Women Playwrights and Their New Plays. Teh festival will feature staged readnigs of new, production-ready plays written by women from all over the world. The hope is that the festival will provide a platform for these plays to reach full production by professional theatres. All-festival passes can be purchased for $15; tickets for individual performances are $5 each. Admissions is on a first-come, first-served basis and reservations are not accepted. A full schedule of events can be found on the website. Around the Coyote is located at 1935 1/2 W. North Ave. Call 773-342-6777 for more information.

Can't Stop the Serenity @ Portage Theater

Joss Whedon's sci-fi western Serenity returns to the big screen, as part of the charity event Can't Stop the Serenity. Spanning across 9 countries, Chicago joins 50 other cities looking to raise over $100,000 for Equality Now, an organization aimed at ending human rights violations against women (last year the event raised over $65,000). Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee. Tickets: $15. Doors open at 6:30 PM, show at 7:30. More information here. It may be chilly, so consider bringing a Brown Coat.

Artistry of Wine @ Penninsula

Support the Foundation on Fighting Blindness by eating and drinking the night away at the swanky Penninsula Hotel on Friday June 22nd. Chefs from Nomi, Avenues, Roy's Chicago, Sushi Wabi and plenty more will be serving up tasty treats while Christine Blumer (The Winediva) and Bob Bansberg (Ambria) guide you through matching wines at each station. Tickets are $150 and available here.

Literago Launch Party

Literago, Chicago's newest literary website, celebrates its successful launch with a party tonight at the Halfway House, 1539 N. Damen, from 8pm to midnight. There will be a raffle, booze and dancing to the tunes of DJ Intel and DJ Spoolwork. 21 and over; more info here.

Rebirth Brass Band & Occidental Bros Dance Band @ Martyrs

It's been nearly twenty years since they first started brewing things up, and even though the guys in The Rebirth Brass Band are all grown up and something of an instituion, they still know how to swing that down-home funk and turn the party out. They're hitting Chicago to headline two shows at Martyrs' this weekend. Tonight has playing with The Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, which is about as top-notch of a billing and you ask for. 3855 N. Lincoln. Show starts at 10pm. Tickets are $15. 773-404-9494.

Musica Latina @ Millennium Park

The Grant Park Music Festival season at the Pritzker Pavilion continues with tonight's performance of music by Villa Lobos, Brouwer, Estevez, and Lecuona. 6:30 PM. Free. For more information, visit the website.

Fiery Furnaces @ Empty Bottle

Garage-pop darlings The Fiery Furnaces return to their home turf for a cozy and causal headlining set at the Empty Bottle this evening. Originally from Oak Park, the sibling duo of Eleanor and Matt Friedberger caught a good amount critical acclaim from their albums on the Rough Trade label, as well as from having toured with the likes of Sleater-Kinney, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Franz Ferdinand, and Man Man. They're currently working on their fifth LP and making a quick circuit around the East Coast and Midwest. This evening will allow you to catch them in a more intimate environ that what they've been playing of late these past couple of years. The Dios open. 1035 N. Western. Show starts at 10pm, tickets are $15.

 

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