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Feature Fiction
Chicago PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Aisha Tyler
COUNTRY: United States | 85 min.
SCREENING WITH: "Arcadian" - Symbion Project

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Thursday, November 9 @ 7:00 PM
Tickets: $10.00 | at the Door: $12.00
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Silversun Pickups composed and performed the score for this taut directorial debut from Criminal Minds and Archer co-star Aisha Tyler. Irish actor Emmett Hughes, who also wrote the script, gives a bravura, virtually solo performance as a Hollywood bad boy who, after getting sober, finding love, and landing a blockbuster part, finds his life unravelling in a series of phone calls as he drives across LA.

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Tom Rush

CIMMfest - The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

Live Music
Presented with: Old Town School of Folk Music

WHERE: Old Town School of Folk Music - 4544 N Lincoln Avenue
Sunday, November 12 @ 7:00 PM
Tickets: $40.00
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om Rush's impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the '60s and the renaissance of the '80s and '90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty, and Garth Brooks have cited Tom as major influences. His early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor. Subsequently, his Club 47 concerts brought attention to emerging artists such as Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin.

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Jaime Leopold and the Short Stories / Aubrey Peeples

Live Music
Presented with: The Grafton Pub

WHERE: The Grafton Pub - 4530 North Lincoln Avenue
Saturday, November 11 @ 8:30 PM
Tickets: Free
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A night of country music and "American quirk" with the stars of CIMMfest feature films The Last Hot Lick and Cowboy Drifter.

Jaime Leopold and the Short Stories
Led by the longtime bassist for famed psychedelic jug band Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, the Short Stories celebrate a wild deck of characters in a style they call "American quirk," songs tinged with folk, country, and "acid memory" of Jaime's early years in Haight-Ashbury.
 
Aubrey Peeples
You may know her as Layla Grant, the singing, scheming ingenue of TV's Nashville, but actress and musician Aubrey Peeples is a voice to reckoned with in her own right, lending classically trained pipes to a set of influences that span blues, swing, and classic country.

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The Nth Power / Ghost Note / MonoNeon

CIMMfest - The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

Live Music
Presented with: Martyrs'

WHERE: Martyrs' - 3855 N Lincoln Ave
Friday, November 10 @ 9:00 PM
Tickets: $20.00 | at the Door: $25.00
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Since they first came together at a 3 a.m. jam at New Orleans Jazz Fest 2012, the Nth Power have been defying and redefining all the conventions of what a band can be.This is a powerhouse quartet of world class players, ones who have powered the music of icons like Beyonce, Chaka Khan, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Big Daddy Kane, funk innovator Maceo Parker, Groovechild, jazz greats Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison to name a few. 

Multi-Grammy Award winning artists Robert Sput Searight and Nate Werth take percussion out of the shadows and into the spotlight with their new project, Ghost-Note. World renowned for their ongoing catalog with international sensation Snarky Puppy, this dynamic duo expands their rhythmical voice into a celebration of music in all its forms. This is music that takes listeners on a mind-blowing journey, inspired by the influences of James Brown, J Dilla, and the Beastie Boys, all the way to folkloric West African, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian samba grooves.

Dywane Thomas, Jr. also known as MonoNeon, is an American bassist and experimental musician. He is known for his presence on YouTube playing bass guitar and known for being one of the last people to work with Prince. Thomas also played with Grammy Award-winning R&B artist, Ne-Yo, on his fourth studio album. He is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. While Thomas is right-handed, he plays left-handed upside down on a right-handed bass guitar, which allows him to use heavy string bending on the upper strings. Thomas' slapping style/technique is unique because he is executing everything upside-down, but he still uses the thumb for slaps and fingers for pops.

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Silversun Pickups / Minus The Bear

CIMMfest - The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

Live Music
Presented with: JAM Productions, The Riviera Theater

WHERE: Riviera Theatre - 4746 North Racine Avenue
Wednesday, November 8 @ 7:00 PM
Tickets: Access with CIMMfest Silversun Pass Only!
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Silversun Pickups is among the most dynamic and creative rock bands of the modern era, hailed far and wide for their inimitable merging of ethereal melodies and pure sonic force.

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Lera Lynn

CIMMfest - The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

Live Music
Presented with: Old Town School of Folk Music

WHERE: Old Town School of Folk Music - 4544 N Lincoln Avenue
Saturday, November 11 @ 8:00 PM
Tickets: $26.00
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Singer-songwriter. Co-producer. Multi-instrumentalist. Lera Lynn juggles multiple roles on Resistor, an album that finds the Nashville transplant embellishing her Americana roots with a mix of spacey, left-of-center rock and experimental pop-noir.
“Resistor has this otherworldly quality to it, this darkness, this sense of atmosphere and space,” says Lynn. “We used a lot of baritone guitar, which at once roots and spears through everything, with the vocals floating above and around. There's a slow-burning intensity that at times sounds a little spooky. It's creepy and lovely.”

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Dark Star Originals / Six Strings of Separation

CIMMfest - The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

Live Music
Presented with: Martyrs'

WHERE: Martyrs' - 3855 N Lincoln Ave
Saturday, November 11 @ 8:00 PM
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Dark Star Originals: DSO 20 year class reunion! Featuring John Kadlecik, Mike Maraat, Kevin Rosen, Ahmer Nizam, and special guest John Kattke. An evening of Grateful Dead Music with original members of the Dark Star Orchestra to commemorate their first performance at Martyrs on 11/11/97.

Short Film: Six Strings of Separation Acclaimed luthier Tom Lieber, who began his career apprenticing with Jerry Garcia’s guitar maker, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead with a custom line of axes modeled on Jerry’s classic “Wolf” and “Tiger” guitars.

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Lee Ranaldo

CIMMfest - The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

Live Music
Presented with: Kickstand, Subterranean

WHERE: Subterranean - 2011 West North Avenue
Sunday, November 5 @ 8:30 PM
Tickets: $15.00
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Lee’s new album ELECTRIC TRIM was released September 15, 2017 on Mute Records. Nine new songs recorded in collaboration with Barcelona producer Raul ‘Refree’ Fernandez in New York City and Barcelona between April 2015 and April 2016, with help from many of the players associated with Lee’s recent music, and some new friends: The Dust - Alan Licht, Steve Shelley, Tim Luntzel - Nels Cline, Kid Millions, and Sharon Van Etten, who sings on 6 songs including a duet with Lee on ‘Last Looks,’. Six of the nine lyrics on the record were written in collaboration with American author Jonathan Lethem. Cover and album art by Richard Prince. This album extends the work of Lee’s previous two ‘song’ albums and moves into some rich new sonic territories and production techniques, experimenting with electronic beats and samples alongside the live players.

CIMMfest is screening the feature documentary, Hello Hello Hello: Lee Ranaldo: Electric Trim, on the year-long making of the album by filmmaker Fred Riedel (who did Lee’s Black Out video from Last Night On Earth).

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Opening Night – Living on Soul / Lili K plays Sharon Jones / Neal Sugarman DJ Set

Live Music
Presented with: CHIRP Radio

WHERE: Martyrs' - 3855 N Lincoln Ave
Thursday, November 9 @ 7:30 PM
Tickets: $12.00
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In December 2014, Daptone Records celebrated its 20th anniversary with a three-night revue at the Apollo Theater, the first multi-night residency at the historic Harlem hall since James Brown did it in the ’70s. Anchored by galvanizing performances by Antibalas, Budos Band, Como Mamas, and the dearly departed Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones, this concert film/documentary blend tells the Daptone story in words and music and captures the family dynamic driving this funk/soul powerhouse. 96 minutes / USA, / 2017 / Directed by Jeff Broadway and Cory Bailey.

Originally known for her stand-out guest features for Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa, Lili K established herself as a knockout solo star with the April 2015 release of her self-produced, full-length debut album RUBY. She’s done numerous TV appearances on ABC and FOX, has performed at major festivals including Made In America, North Coast Music Festival, and Pitchfork, and has garnered glowing praise from VIBE, Huffington Post, EW, Consequence of Sound, and many more top-tier music tastemakers. Jay Z’s entertainment streaming service Tidal dubbed Lili as their very first “Tidal Rising” artist, and the Chicago Reader named her “Best Jazz Musician” in 2015.After taking a step out of the spotlight to record her second album Planet of Flowers with The Lili K Band, Lili returned with exciting new visuals and projects. In November 2016, Lili released the single "Magic" via Mass Appeal. A song that combats sexism and misogyny, "Magic" has since been shared and promoted by rape crisis centers, domestic violence centers, and universities. In 2017, Lili landed a recurring role as a background vocalist on Season 3 of Fox's hit show Empire, and has been busy behind the scenes doing songwriting and vocal production for artists like The Suffers and Dafina Zeqiri.Lili and the Lili K Band are currently working on their second studio album, Planet of Flowers. It is slated to release in 2018.

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NEWVICES / Various Blonde / Mesha Arant

Live Music
Presented with: Sofar Sounds

WHERE: Oromo Cafe - 4703 North Lincoln Avenue
Saturday, November 11 @ 7:30 PM
Tickets: Free
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Newvices is a montage of 4 individuals musical endeavors. Taking tones from the past, they have found a way to release a feel of subtle aggression, with a hint of funk, to complete the experience that makes you want to move. The ambience and emotion represented have influences from very interesting perspectives, without losing an identity that is their own.

Ignite! Experiment! Boom! are all riotous cries of Various Blonde’s multi-instrumentalist frontman Joshua Allen. The Kansas City band wants to fuel your next party with it’s bombastic, dark, progressive style of experimental music that is a mixture of both pop and rock. The band has been described by Mills Record Company as, "Having all the sex appeal of The Weeknd and all the grit of Rage Against the Machine–the combination makes for a performance that is explosive."

Mesha Arant is a Chicago Singer/Songwriter

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