Central Outsider: The Films of Maurice Pialat

February 05, 2016 at Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago.

February 5 – March 3
CENTRAL OUTSIDER: THE FILMS OF MAURICE PIALAT

Full schedule & tickets available at www.siskelfilmcenter.org/pialat

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From February 5 through March 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center, in partnership with the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France and the Institut français, presents Central Outsider: The Films of Maurice Pialat, a series of nine features and one short, all presented in 35mm, by the supremely individualistic French filmmaker.

Defiantly, resentfully, often self-destructively, Maurice Pialat (1925-2003) stood alone. He belonged to no school or movement. He has been likened to Renoir, Cassavetes, and Bresson, but such comparisons seem incomplete at best. His style is difficult to define and at times seems more like an anti-style.

Nevertheless, director Arnaud Desplechin said in 1996, “The filmmaker whose influence has been the strongest and most constant on the young French cinema isn’t Jean-Luc Godard but Maurice Pialat.”

Fitting in comfortably with neither the art house nor the mainstream, Pialat craved both commercial success and critical approval. Remarkably, he managed to achieve both. His films won major awards, and several of them enjoyed a box-office success far beyond that ever attained by his New Wave rivals. Yet, his attitude toward the filmmaking establishment, his collaborators, and his audience remained largely (and perhaps purposefully) antagonistic — most notoriously when he denounced a jeering audience after winning the Cannes Palme d’Or in 1983 for UNDER THE SUN OF SATAN.

Pialat avoided the Paris-centric orientation of the New Wave, setting his stories in the “deep France” of provincial and small-town life. Similarly, his preferred characters were drawn not from bohemia or the bourgeoisie but from the humbler ranks of shopkeepers, factory workers, supermarket cashiers — what he called “people who take the subway.” His subject-matter is intensely personal and often transparently autobiographical; critic Michel Boujut said, “Every film by Maurice Pialat is a film about Maurice Pialat.” His stories focus on dissolution — things coming apart or coming to an end: childhood, marriage, love, families, faith, life itself.

Although Pialat’s relationships with his actors were often acrimonious, he drew unprecedentedly authentic performances from the likes of Sandrine Bonnaire, Gérard Depardieu, Jacques Dutronc, and Isabelle Huppert by taking them out of their comfort zone. The same principle might be applied to his viewers: Pialat’s confrontational, combative style takes us out of our comfort zone, but the rewards are an unsentimental compassion and bracing candor achieved by few other filmmakers.

Films featured in the series: LOULOU, WE WON’T GROW OLD TOGETHER, VAN GOGH, UNDER THE SUN OF SATAN, POLICE, THE MOUTH AGAPE, GRADUATE FIRST, A NOS AMOURS, and NAKED CHILDHOOD.

Address: 164 N State St, Chicago
Central Outsider: The Films of Maurice Pialat

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SANDRA & SAVAGE – 80’s Disco Legends in Concert

April 09, 2016 at Copernicus Center in Chicago.

SANDRA & SAVAGE – 80’s Disco Legends in Concert
Sandra & Savage, two of the most popular singers of the New Wave / Italo Disco genre from the 80’s will rock Copernicus Center on April 9, 2016, at 7:30 pm.

April 9, 2016 ~~ 7:30 to 10 pm
Tickets & Info: http://copernicuscenter.org/sandrasavage/

Address: 5216 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago
SANDRA & SAVAGE – 80’s Disco Legends in Concert

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Analog Dreams Retro Synth Party

February 06, 2016 at Emporium Arcade Bar in Chicago.

DJs Polar & Stats visit Wicker Park for another episode of Analog Dreams – we’re dreaming of a world where the eighties never died.

Analog Dreams (formerly Disco Sinistro) is Chicago‘s (and maybe the U.S.’s first) exclusively retro synth party. With influences spreading out across modern genres like outrun electro, future eighties, synthwave and retrowave, as well as classics like italo disco, synthpop, new wave and synthwave, Analog Dreams is a neon-soaked alternate reality where it never stopped being 1986, the Countach is still the ultimate automobile, and everyone knows karate.

Address: 1366 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
Analog Dreams Retro Synth Party

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#NeoThursdays New Wave Night at Debonair 01/21/16

January 21, 2016 at Debonair Social Club in Chicago.

Chicago‘s original Throwback Thursdays – #NeoThursdays, now at Debonair Social Club

-Main Floor: LIVING ON VIDEO – All videos all night – with DJ Jeff Moyer and Kamar Khan.

-Downstairs: TECHNIQUE: Eddie Riot and Leo Saucedo playing the best 80s remixes, Italo and more

$2 house cocktails and cans of 312 (Sponsored by Goose Island.) Kitchen open all night!

Bottle service available from 10-11 p.m. Spots are limited so contact bottles@debonairsocialclub.com for reservations and info. 1 free pizza for every 6 guests booked!

Neo bartenders, door, and support staff welcome Neo regulars and new friends.

Password for free admission before 11:00 is: HYPNOTIC TANGO

21+
POSTS

Address: 1575 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
#NeoThursdays New Wave Night at Debonair 01/21/16

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Angelus, Mystery Train, John San Juan – Tue 2/2 @ Marytrs’

February 02, 2016 at Martyrs’ in Chicago.

8pm – $7 – 21+

Angelus is a songwriting vehicle of singer/writer/guitarist John Mead: music, art, writing. Mead’s band, made up of keyboardist/vocalist Lindsay Weinberg, bassist Greg Nergaard, and drummer Benji Shefler, performs songs featuring lyrics of dark romance and searching colored by shades of Stones and Zeppelin guitars and classic soul grooves.

Mystery Train has played together now for fifteen years. Their soulful harmonies, twin lead guitar attack, and funky rhythm section power the original tunes of their four songwriters as well as an occasional masterful cover. The band includes sideman extraordinaire Alton Smith of Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel, Rachel Drew and the Bitter Roots, and sometimes Dolly Varden; Great Moments in Vinyls’ Richard Pettengill and Peter Manis; Peter Strand of the great Midwestern New Wave band Yipes!, and John Mead of Crumbs off the Table, Rachel Drew and the Bitter Roots, Little Queens, and Strider. Mystery Train is one of Chicago’s best bands, though its members’ lives as sought-after musicians working with other bands, as well as day gigs as educators and lawyers, keep them all too busy to play more than a couple gigs a year, so don’t miss them.

John San Juan is a singer/songwriter/multi instrumentalist who – in addition to leading and fronting local power trio Hushdrops for a small eternity – has also played with the likes of Liam Hayes, Kevin Tihista, Webb Brothers and many more. Tonight he debuts his new band.

Address: 3855 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Angelus, Mystery Train, John San Juan - Tue 2/2 @ Marytrs

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#NeoThursdays New Wave Night at Debonair 01/07/16

January 14, 2016 at Debonair Social Club in Chicago.

Chicago‘s original Throwback Thursdays – #NeoThursdays, now at Debonair Social Club

-Main Floor: LIVING ON VIDEO – All videos all night – with DJ Jeff Moyer and Kamar Khan.

-Downstairs: NEO LEATHER: Soft Leather with special guest DJ Reuben Wu of Ladytron

$2 house cocktails and cans of 312 (Sponsored by Goose Island.) Kitchen open all night!

Bottle service available from 10-11 p.m. Spots are limited so contact bottles@debonairsocialclub.com for reservations and info. 1 free pizza for every 6 guests booked!

Neo bartenders, door, and support staff welcome Neo regulars and new friends.

Password for free admission before 11:00 is: Playgirl

21+
POSTS

Address: 1575 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
#NeoThursdays New Wave Night at Debonair 01/07/16

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Gene Farris + Friends present: Worthy (Dirtybird)

January 23, 2016 at Primary Night Club in Chicago.

Saturday January 23rd 2016 – Primary Nightclub
GENE FARRIS + FRIENDS present: WORTHY (Dirtybird)
5 W. Division Street, Chicago, Illinois
10pm-5am | A 21+ Event

Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/1n4mtMj
For a VIP Experience, Email Bottles@Primarychi.com

WORTHY BIO
When it comes down to all the hype, his name says it all. He is Worthy. With an in-depth knowledge of production, mixing, and performance, Worthy has the insight to play for his audience, cultivating intense positive energy on the dance floor. From salty aired islands to dark club basements, over the past 10 years, Worthy has paid reverence to the traditional form of classic house while tripping off the mark and sinking into the euphoric less-charted territories of booty-clapping bass. As Carl Cox said, “The Worthy sound has always been powerful, rocking, funky, bass-driven music at its best, and for me this is the new wave in house music.” He establishes an energetic dance floor camaraderie that makes even the most skeptic hater’s booty shake.

Growing up in Washington DC, Worthy was inspired by the early American rave scene. Upon moving to New York in the late 90’s, he was exposed to artists like LTJ Bukem and Stacey Pullen whose music inspired him to play records across multiple genres, from techno and breaks to hiphop and drum n’ bass. In 2001 he swapped coastlines, moving to San Francisco to pursue his music career. There he teamed up with Claude Von Stroke and Justin and Christian Martin, becoming one of the four founding fathers of the Dirtybird party, Worthy’s breakout track, Irst Te, released on the Dirtybird label in 2007, quickly established his notoriety as a producer. With other bangers like Shy Look, Tric Trac (co-produced with Eats Everything) and the recently release track, Dip, Worthy has been rocking the Dirtybird” sound for nearly a decade now.

Concurrently, Worthy has established his own label, Anabatic Records, which has allowed him to be a bit more experimental with his production, and expand his reach as an artist. Some of the songs that have charted on sites such as Beatport include Concubia, Work The Walls, and Flashin. In 2014 Worthy released his debut full-length album, Disbehave, a genre-defying rebellion against the house producers status quo. Breaking down rules and boundaries, Worthy has sought to set himself apart from the mundane world of expectation, striking out to release something unexpected. Disbehave was accepted with critical acclaim and received notable press attention.

Early Spring 2015, Worthy will release a two part remix album of Disbehave with artists including Thugfucker, Stanton Warriors, Yolanda be Cool, Matt Tolfrey, and a slough of other amazing producers. He is also back with another Dirtybird release called “So Delicious”, among other tracks that will be due out later this year.

Address: 5 W Division St, Chicago
Gene Farris + Friends present: Worthy (Dirtybird)

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#NeoThursdays New Wave Night at Debonair 01/07/16

January 07, 2016 at Debonair Social Club in Chicago.

Chicago‘s original Throwback Thursdays – #NeoThursdays, now at Debonair Social Club

-Main Floor: LIVING ON VIDEO – All videos all night – with DJ Jeff Moyer and Kamar Khan.

-Downstairs: TECHNIQUE with Eddie Riot and Leo Saucedo

$2 house cocktails and cans of 312 (Sponsored by Goose Island.) Kitchen open all night!

Bottle service available from 10-11 p.m. Spots are limited so contact bottles@debonairsocialclub.com for reservations and info. 1 free pizza for every 6 guests booked!

Neo bartenders, door, and support staff welcome Neo regulars and new friends.

Password for free admission before 11:00 is NEWYEARNEWME

21+
POSTS

Address: 1575 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
#NeoThursdays New Wave Night at Debonair 01/07/16

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SOR Chicago Presents: Tribute to Heart and New Wave Show!

January 16, 2016 at Cobra Lounge in Chicago.

Music combinations don’t get much better than this!

Join us Saturday at Cobra Lounge for A Tribute to Heart at NOON followed by New Wave’s best at 3pm.

Parents, guestlisters, and kids under 18 are FREE. $10 at the door otherwise.

See you then!

Address: 235 N Ashland Ave, Chicago
SOR Chicago Presents: Tribute to Heart and New Wave Show!

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SOR Chicago Presents: New Wave and a Tribute to Heart Show!

January 17, 2016 at Cobra Lounge in Chicago.

Day 2 of this killer music combo features New Wave first followed by our tribute to Heart.

Sunday, January 17th
New Wave kicks off the show at NOON
A Tribute to Heart starts @ 3pm

Parents, guestlisters, and kids under 18 are FREE. $10 at the door otherwise.

Address: 235 N Ashland Ave, Chicago
SOR Chicago Presents: New Wave and a Tribute to Heart Show!

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