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SWANLIGHTS BY ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS October 5
New York–based indie melody makers Antony and the Johnsons, featuring trans lead vocalist Antony Hegarty, follow up their 2009 LP, The Crying Light, a gorgeous and ethereal ode to the natural world, with Swanlights. Their fourth full-length studio LP will be accompanied by a 144-page art book of the same name featuring Hegarty’s collages, paintings, photography and writings. Swanlights will be available at Reckless Records (3126 N Broadway).
FLOAT November 11
About Face Theatre held its inaugural XYZ Festival of New Works all over town last fall. One workshopped entry, Patricia Kane’s Float, returns for a full run as the centerpiece in XYZ’s sophomore year. It tells the tale of six Midwestern women grappling with religion, sexuality and each other as they build a holiday parade float. The XYZ Festival (aboutfacetheatre.com) kicks off October 8 and happens at venues around town. Float runs November 11–December 12 at Theater Wit (1229 W Belmont Ave).
AMY SEDARIS November 13
We know what we’re giving thanks for this November. The quirky, sensational author of the 2007 New York Times best-seller I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence returns with a handbook for the recession-stressed. In Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People (Grand Central, $27.99), Sedaris teaches us how to make great gifts from nothing, including crafting for Jesus and the secrets to unreturnable homemade presents. We can’t wait. Meet Sedaris at Borders Bookstore (830 N Michigan Ave).
BURLESQUE November 24
Bitch slap alert! The new film Burlesque is Showgirls meets Chicago meets All About Eve. Christina Aguilera stars as an ingenue with the dance moves and vocal chops to dethrone megawatt diva Cher, who plays the queen bee at a whorish (we mean glamorous) nightclub. We hope it’s so bad it’s good. Alas, costars Stanley Tucci and out actor Alan Cumming threaten to make this thing legit. In theaters everywhere Thanksgiving.