This week's top arts and entertainment picks around town, from the guy who's paid to pick them:
Christina Aguilera is at the Wolstein Friday
It looks like Christmas out there, so it's fitting that the Great Lakes Brewing Company
is tapping the last two kegs of its popular Christmas Ale today. Apparently, today is Brew Year's Eve, which marks the end of Prohibition or something like that. We'll drink to that.
It's ironic: Writer David Sedaris
bitches about his childhood all the time. But let's face it, if he didn't have those fucked-up stories to share, he'd still be working part-time at Macy's. He's at Oberlin College's Finney Chapel tonight.
Minnesota trio Low
has been at the forefront of the slowcore movement for almost 15 years now. Their new record, Drums and Guns
, came out a few weeks ago, but we recommend 2001's Things We Lost in the Fire, a brilliant mix of simmering riffs and rumbling grind. They're at the Grog Shop tonight.
Eleven years ago, singer-songwriter Chris Knight
, armed with only an acoustic guitar and a copious amount of alcohol, recorded a batch of songs in his Kentucky trailer. For years, alt-country fans have swapped copies of what became known as the "trailer tapes." Last week, The Trailer Tapes
joined Knight's four albums as an official release. He plays a solo acoustic show at the Beachland Tavern tonight.
Unlike former Mouseketeer Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera
hasn't becoming a tabloid mess. In fact, last year's Back to Basics
is an ambitious and very listenable collection of old-school R&B, torchy jazz, and hip-hop-kissed pop. The frantic "Ain't No Other Man" was one of 2006's best songs. Expect a dazzling performance from Christina and her crew at the Wolstein Center tonight. --Michael Gallucci