Northwestern took a lead into the fourth quarter. It's what they do.
The Wildcats let the win slip through their fingers. It's what they do, too.
Underdogs against an Ohio State team that has not lost since 2011, the purple and black attack at least gave the Buckeyes all they could handle. We Northwestern fans are used to choking. They don't call them the Cardiac 'Cats for nothing. However, the manner of losing was fairly new this past weekend.
1) Franz Ferdinand + Frankie Rose A decade onward from its debut single, Franz Ferdinand still dazzles with taut and rough disco rhythms, scratchy guitars, and wry sex talk. Alex Kapranos, a Dorian Grey of indie dance-rock, describes his group's new batch of tunes as “The Intellect vs. the Soul, played out by some dumb band.” He has a way with words (his food writing is particularly sharp). A Franz show is still relentless joy. God, we've missed them. Vic Theatre. Oct 10 at 7:30pm. $43.
2) Tricky Tricky's new False Idols, his tenth album, will undoubtedly be heralded as a comeback. I hope that isn't the case. Which is not to say that the new record from the raspy trip-hop innovator fails to live up to his '90s peaks. It does. It revisits the old dark nightclubs dug from the dirt, the gummy hashish loops and sexy purrs heard on Nearly God and Pre-Millennium Tension. It reminds you that Tricky is one of the coolest MFs given to music in the last quarter century. It reminds you why he was cast in The Fifth Element and poised to evolve rap into something seductive and futuristic. Metro. Oct 10 at 8pm. $29.
Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema The CFIC features current Israeli films, with a full day (October 7) dedicated to movies by and about women. Additionally, on the night of October 12, the festival showcases films depicting the Israeli Defense Force. AMC Northbrook Court 14, 4pm. $10–$12
"Jellies." Are you ready for these jellies? Inside brightly colored, bulbous display cases, groups of jellies bewitch with pulsating rhythms and odd assortments of appendages. Learn about the truly strange creatures and why recent spells of overpopulation, stemming from climate change, are harming the oceans. The popular show was recently extended through 2013. Shedd Aquarium. 9am–5pm. $34.95, kids $25.95.
Ballet West: The Lottery Literature and dance combine in this Val Caniparoli–choreographed retelling of Shirley Jackson's creepy 1948 short story, "The Lottery," about a fictional American town with a violent secret. Original musical score by Robert Moran. Auditorium Theatre. 3pm. $40–$86.
French Classics Conserved Throughout October, eight films by French auteurs such as Truffaut, Renoir and Melville—ones previously unviewable through legitimate channels—will be shown in either new or archival 35mm prints or digital restorations. Gene Siskel Film Center. 3:15pm, 5pm. $11 general admission, $7 students, $6 members.
Doug Stanhope Abrasive describes Stanhope. So does smart, pointed, political and fucking hilarious (we think he'd be proud that we just dropped an f-bomb). Reggie's Rock Club. 11:59pm. $25–$80.
Ballet West: The Sleeping Beauty This family-friendly classic returns ot the Auditorium Theatre newly conceptualized by Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute. But all the beloved elements remain in place: a handsome prince, men dressed as knights and a ballerina princess pirhouetting to live Tchaikovsky. Auditorium Theatre. 2pm; 8pm. $30–$90.
Look, nobody was expecting this to be good. But I'm guessing you were hoping "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball" were not the cream of the crop. Sorry, they are. As inane and awkwardly oversexual as Miley's two hit singles have been, they're rote radio pop compared to the WTF hee-haw hip-hop polka of "4x4" or the screeching cabaret dubstep of "FU." It's an awful, awful album with some truly strange productions that you'd expect more from Romanian Eurovision contestants.
I might have just made Bangerz sound interesting. It's not. It's called Bangerz. Half of the record is mundane love drivel riddled with Valentine candy clichés. The rest? A confused adolescent grinding a train wreck like a stripper pole. That's where I mined most of these lyrical gems. On Bangerz, Miley feels like she has no panties on, pisses herself. Put those two thoughts together and you get a positive?
"Lisa Alvarado: The Traditional Object" For her second show at Drag City's Soccer Club Club, Chicago-based artist Lisa Alvarado presents her fringed banners incorporating fabric, embroidery and paint. The bold, double-sided tapestries are both formal in their references to ceremonial crafts, such as indigenous banner-making, as well as colorfully abstract. Natural Information Society performs the night of the opening, and Bitchin' Bajas plays the closing reception. Both are catered by Land and Sea Department. Soccer Club Club. Opens Oct 4, 7–11pm.
"A Stranger in Your Arms" Organized by Jessie Devereaux, this multimedia exhibition transforms the hundred-year-old Comfort Station into a realm of "the obscure, the unnameable and the uncanny." Incorporating atmospheric screenprints by Brad Rohloff and smoke paintings by Kate McQuillen, the show also features taxidermy by Woolly Mammoth and a haunting sound/video installation by Wrekmeister Harmonies projected on the ceiling. Take off your shoes, lie down on the felt-lined floor and surrender to the strange. It's an October sort of thing to do. Comfort Station. Opens Oct 5, 7–9pm.
Startup Wars Web entreprenuers have their chance to break away from the usual bore of social events during a night of action-packed, company-versus-company competition. Giant Jenga, bags, and beer pong are the networking games of choice. Spectators can cheer on their favorite company and enjoy a Baderbräu beer on the sidelines as the startups jostle for bragging rights. 1871, Merchandise Mart. 6pm–11:30pm. Spectator $10, tournament $30.
Mordine & Company: I Haven't Gone There Shirley Mordine returns to her roots with The Dance Center's performance series, which she founded in 1974. This time, she's onstage with six performers and four musicians for a revival of I Haven't Gone There... (2010), inspired by Commedia dell’Arte. The quirky, meandering piece takes unexpected twist and turns, while members of punk marching band Mucca Pazza perform a lively Mark Messing–composed score. Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. 8pm. $26.
Music Box's first ever documentary festival opens tomorrow with The Informant, Jamie Meltzer's 2012 film about an Occupy activist who turned out to be an FBI mole. Check out reviews of some of the other films being shown during the weeklong Docs at the Box event, including Plimpton!, Our Nixon, Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie, The Trials of Muhammad Ali and Shepard & Dark. As for the rest of the week's new movies, here's what Time Out's film critics are saying:
"Earth dwells blue, airy and massive on the bottom edge of the frame, while shuttles and satellites pirouette with Kubrickian grace. ...Don’t expect the poetic presence of an ape or a monolith and you’ll be just fine."—Joshua Rothkopf on Gravity
"A mike shorts out, a bank of lights crashes down on technicians (Metallica comes this close to orchestrating its own Altamont), and a huge statue is toppled."—Joshua Rothkopf on Metallica: Through the Never
"The real undercurrent here is race; unsurprisingly, the players (including a shocking number of funky white boys) got on famously, but outside, churches were burning."—Joshua Rothkopf on Muscle Shoals
"Those with a yen for food porn (especially truffle fetishists) will feast. All others may want to order something else off the menu."—Stephen Garrett on Haute Cuisine
"[T]he film blossoms into something far richer than a simple tribute to a long, beautiful friendship—it becomes an ode to a long-lost era of bohemia, an insightful look into male psychology and pathology, a valentine to the art of letter writing and an illustration of how the past is never dead."—David Fear on Shepard & Dark
With four new television show's premiering tonight, you'd think at least one of them would be worth watching. Nope, you're better off sticking with your old favorites. At 7:30pm, CBS premieres The Millers, a family comedy about an older couple who moves in with their children after suddenly deciding to separate. In the same slot, NBC launches Welcome to the Family, a sitcom about two clans coming together after their teenage children conceive a child. Will & Grace star Sean Hayes return to TV at 8pm on NBC with Sean Saves the World, a musty multi-camera sitcom about a gay dad adjusting to life as full-time single father. Over on the CW, The Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals launches at 8pm.
When Thom Yorke assembled Atoms for Peace to play his 2006 solo debut, The Eraser, the tunes blossomed onstage. Red Hot Chili Peppers madman Flea punched up the basslines with his bouyant lead slap bass. Two ace percussionists—session ringer extraordinaire Joey Waronker and tribal junkyard drummer Mauro Refosco—emulated the polyrhythmic pitter patter of beats that Yorke so adores. Yorke smelled the success as much as the audience. This marked the start of his deep booty-shaking phase, which carried over into Radiohead.
Yet the 44-year-old Yorke must love the dichotomy between delicate studio work and sweaty live versions. The underrated album that resulted from the Atoms for Peace chemistry, AMOK, hid much of musicianship behind digital filters. Live, this remains a far different experience. Yorke melts into the mix and works as a conductor with his hips. Flea continues to be the most electrifying bassist alive (and kiss off if you can't stomach Anthony Keidis enough to appreciate RHCP). He must have given Yorke pelvis thrusting pointers.
Startup Wars Web entreprenuers have their chance to break away from the usual bore of social events during a night of action-packed, company-versus-company competition. Giant Jenga, bags, and beer pong are the networking games of choice. Spectators can cheer on their favorite company and enjoy a Baderbräu beer on the sidelines as the startups jostle for bragging rights. 1871, Merchandise Mart. 6pm–11:30pm. $10 spectator, tournament $30.
Steve Aoki + Waka Flocka + Borgore + Pharrell Williams Steve Aoki gets out of the club, Waka Flocka continues to build anticiaption for Flockaveli 2, and Pharrell takes a break from singing with robots as this cornucopia of performers gives audiences a taste of house, rap, hip-hop and everything in between. UIC Pavilion. 6:30pm. $15–$123.
"Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me!" Carl Kassel is the official scorekeeper and Peter Sagel hosts this hilarious NPR news quiz, recorded in front of a live audience at Chicago's Chase Bank Auditorium (and occasionally other locations). Tapings are Thursday nights, from 7:30pm to approximately 9:30pm. Check-in is at 6:30pm; doors are at 7pm. Tickets sell out fast, but there is a first-come, first-served waiting list sign-up at 6pm on the night of the taping. Visit the website for FAQs and more info. Chase Bank. 6:30pm. $25, advance $24.75.
Messing With A Friend Each week, legendary improviser Susan Messing and a different friend segue from scene to scene, creating characters and situations along the way that are weird, wild and wonderful. Annoyance Theatre. 10:30pm. $5.
Every food has its day and on Friday, it's National Taco Day. While we pretty much bow down to tacos all the time, here's an excuse—actually, six of 'em—to cancel dinner plans and eat cheap tacos instead.
Taco Joint Whether you find yourself in River North or Lincoln Park, stop by Taco Joint for three tacos for $5 from 3–5pm. Plus, if you Instagram your tacos with the hashtag #tacoday, you'll score free chips, salsa and guacamole. If you're stuck at work past 5pm, don't fret—all tacos will be $2 each after 10pm. Taco Joint. 158 W Ontario St; 1969 N Halsted St.
Cantina Laredo The upstairs lounge is dishing up half-priced tacos from 4–7pm; available fillings include pescado, carnitas, picadillo and more. Cantina Laredo. 508 N State St.
High Noon Saloon This Mexican-inspired saloon will be serving up specials like a smoked salmon taco for $4 and a cactus taco for $3. High Noon Saloon. 1560 N Milwaukee Ave.
HUB 51 This isn't exactly a cheap taco, but we want to eat it anyway—HUB 51 is offering a lobster taco drizzled with habanero butter and served with black beans, rice, fresh guacamole, pico de gallo salsa verde and house-made corn tortillas. The lobster tacos are $29 and other tacos on the menu will be available as well. HUB 51. 51 W Hubbard St.
Mercadito Mercadito just so happens to be turning four years old on Friday. While there aren't specials on tacos, there's a $4 gordita with a choice of steak, chicken or al pastor. There will also be a DJ and $4 Dos Equis drafts, $7 El Jimador Blanco shots, $11 Herradura Blanco shots and an $11 cocktail. Mercadito. 108 W Kinzie St.
Nacional 27 Chef Chico Vilchez is offering half-price tacos from 5pm–midnight on Friday. With an assortment of flavors like shrimp and scallops, chimichurri chicken, barbequed lamb and more, there's a filling for every taco-lover. Nacional 27. 325 W Huron St.
Tonight's fall TV premieres aren't exactly the season's cream of the crop. At 8:30pm, ABC launches Super Fun Night, a new comedy from actress Rebel Wilson and producer Conan O'Brien. Despite the pedigree, this comedy fails to deliver laughs. NBC premieres Ironside at 9pm, a remake of a 1960s drama that tries to reinvent the cop drama, but ends up looking like all the rest.
Lucky Plush Productions: The Better Half and Cinderbox 2.0 Lucky Plush, a company that describes itself as committed to a "palpable liveness" (which is how we'd describe our own dance moves, incidentally), presents two lively evening-length works in repertory: the premiere of Cinderbox 2.0 and The Better Half (2011). Both consider the ways that reality blurs with unreality, whether in media, film or other aspects of contemporary culture. Links Hall at Constellation. Cinderbox 2.0: Oct 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 13. $15-$20. The Better Half: Oct 5, 6, 10, 12. $15–$20.
Mordine & Company: I Haven't Gone There... Shirley Mordine returns to her roots with the Dance Center's performance series, which she founded in 1974. This time, she's onstage with six performers and four musicians for a revival of I Haven't Gone There... (2010), inspired by Commedia dell’Arte. The quirky, meandering piece takes unexpected twists and turns, while members of punk marching band Mucca Pazza perform a lively Mark Messing–composed score. Dance Center of Columbia College. Oct 3–5. $26.
Ballet West: The Sleeping Beauty This family-friendly classic returns to the Auditorium Theatre newly conceptualized by Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute. But all the beloved elements remain in place: a handsome prince, men dressed as knights and a ballerina princess pirhouetting to live Tchaikovsky. Auditorium Theatre. Oct 5. $30–$90.
ART & DESIGN
"A Study in Midwestern Appropriation" Michelle Grabner, co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, organized this group show about Midwestern artists' tendency to appropriate other artists' work, often in thoughtful, self-deprecating and humorous ways (instead of just carelessly ignoring notions of copyright). The exhibition features content-borrowing work by a solid lineup of artists from Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee and Minneapolis, in the form of sculptures, drawings, text-based work, photos and more. Hyde Park Art Center. 9am–8pm.
Comedians You Should Know This weekly night of comedy, curated by a group of funny dudes, puts local stand-ups on your radar. Timothy O'Toole's. 9pm. $10, advance $5.
Chicago Comedy Film Festival Comic actor Ray Chao hosts the two-day festival of features, shorts and webisodes. Some aim for funny, such as "A Little Something on the Side," the 11-minute film starring Justine Bateman and Stephen Tobolowsky (best known as Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day). Others focus in on the funny business—the doc Warm Beer Lousy Food tells the tale of Brooklyn's Crazy Country Club, which the filmmakers claim is the nation's first comedy club. ShowPlace ICON at Roosevelt Collection. Oct 4, 5pm; Oct 6, noon. $12, $39 for weekend pass (online purchase).
Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema The CFIC features current Israeli films, with a full day (October 7) dedicated to movies by and about women. Additionally, on the night of October 12, the festival showcases films depicting the Israeli Defense Force. AMC Northbrook Court 14 and Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University (Chicago campus). Oct 3–12. $10–$12.
Docs at the Box Nonfiction filmmaking takes over for a week during the Music Box's first documentary festival. Standouts include Our Nixon, constructed in part by three of his top former aides' Super 8 footage; Evocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie, about the late conservative talk-show host; a look back at the Anita Hill–Clarence Thomas controversy, Anita: Speaking Truth to Power; and Lenny Cooke, which examines the failure of the once-hyped basketball player to live up to expectations of NBA superstardom. For the full schedule, visit musicboxtheatre.com. Music Box. Oct 5–11.