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THURSDAY 11/15

Poster PartyTHE ART OF ROCK Anyone who’s ever flown solo to a rock show and arrived a bit early has no doubt spent some time perusing the upcoming show posters—it’s amazing how the perfect splash of color or irreverent image can grab your attention. Incidentally, in addition to cool indie bands, cool indie labels and cool indie record stores, Nashville also has its fair share of accomplished indie screen printers. This event will meld regional artisans with the events they promote, showcasing the art and music side by side. Print Mafia, Ten Sixty Six, Boss Construction, Grand Palace, Rock-C-Art, Cotton & Steel and Status Serigraph will all have work on display. On the bill are Von Guarde, Cougar Fight, Glossary and Kyle Andrews, who recently released the wonderful EP Find Love. Let Go. Check out “Lackluster Love” immediately—though if you’re feeling down, it’s plaintive magic might just be the nail in the coffin. 8 p.m. at Exit/In —LEE STABERT

Start Whistling “Sweet Georgia Brown”DR. “JUMPIN’ JOHNNY” KLINE With today’s athletes skating through sham degree programs just to get to the big-dollar game, the tale of Jumpin’ Johnny Kline is particularly inspiring. After a 1950s stint playing hoops with the Harlem Globetrotters—a game that’s impossible to lose—Kline returned to Detroit in the 1960s and descended into a nine-year bout with drug addiction, a game that’s impossible to win. After cleaning up his act, he returned to Wayne State University, earning bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in history and the philosophy of education. Kline, who recently moved to Brentwood, will give a presentation titled “From Harlem Globetrotter to Addict to Ph.D.,” in which he’ll talk about his storied past and promote the national launch of his Youth Athletic Enrichment Program, an after-school outreach program for middle-school athletes. 5-7 p.m. at Vanderbilt’s Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center —JACK SILVERMAN

MusicJAMES KING King James, as bluegrass wags like to call the soulful Virginia singer, recently suffered a health scare, but updated reports had him out at the bowling alley, so he ought to be in good shape—and good spirits—for his first Nashville appearance in some time. A favorite on the Rounder Records roster, King is an artist so heavily invested in his material that he can bring himself to tears in the course of a three-minute song, and so convincing that he can drag all but the most hard-hearted audiences along with him. Energetic banjo man Adam Poindexter is back for a second stint in the band, adding his experience with the King style to that of right-hand man Kevin “Waldo” Prater (mandolin, tenor vocals), while more recent arrivals John Wade (bass) and Adam Haynes (fiddle) provide steady, sympathetic support. 9 p.m. at Station Inn —JON WEISBERGER

MusicCEDRIC BURNSIDE Mississippi native Cedric Burnside never hesitated to follow in the footsteps of his blues iconoclast grandfather R.L. Burnside. Long his grandfather’s drummer, Cedric began his musical career at 4 as the story goes, when he started playing alongside his uncle Garry, then 6, one of R.L.’s sons. Now nearing 30, Cedric and Garry call themselves Burnside Exploration. They specialize in modern, sturdy electric blues covers and originals that immediately call to mind the fun-loving mentality of R.L.’s best. (Sample song title: “Bitch, You Lie.”) The duo have played before big crowds around the country in recent years, opening for jam bands like Widespread Panic and North Mississippi Allstars. Cedric himself has played with performers like Kenny Brown and Bobby Rush, and even has a claim to Hollywood: He played drums alongside Samuel L. Jackson in last year’s Black Snake Moan. 9 p.m. at The Basement —BEN WESTHOFF

FRIDAY 11/16

MusicTHE PHYSICS OF MEANING There’s a casual majesty to this Chapel Hill, N.C., chamber-rock troupe. They’re led by one-time Polyphonic Spree violinist Daniel Hart, who moved from Texas to the Triangle and joined the Bu Hanan Collective. Working with talented songwriter/musicians such as David Karsten Daniels and Alex Lazara (The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers) among others, Hart picks up where the Spree and his earlier outfit, Go Machine, left off. His rotating cast delivers earnest, elegantly alluring music which lilts and glides—sometimes quite simply, on melancholy strums and a wash of glimmering keyboards, other times overflowing with orchestral grace and a fluttering pace reminiscent of John Vanderslice or a heavily sedated Beulah. It still rocks, but with a measured, textured gait recalling the passage-driven arrangements of Yes and Peter Gabriel. 9 p.m. at the 5 Spot —CHRIS PARKER

Emerging ArtistsEMERGENCE! Every other year Nashville Ballet presents this add-on to its regular season, which offers opportunities for developing and/or local artists to explore original music and dance. Here, three Blair School of Music composers—including Michael Kurek, who made a critical contribution to last season’s excellent Bluebird Cafe at the Ballet 2 program—partner with a trio of choreographers, including Kimberly Ratcliffe, herself a performer in the ballet’s resident company. Nov. 15-16 in Vanderbilt’s Ingram Hall —MARTIN BRADY

All That JazzKENNY BARRON He’s hardly unknown, but when you delve into his discography, it becomes clear that Kenny Barron is one of jazz’s unsung heroes. Besides his 40 or so recording dates as bandleader, Barron was the pianist of choice for some of jazz’s biggest names, often at the peaks of their careers. He was in Dizzy Gillespie’s band in the early ’60s, followed by stints with Freddie Hubbard, Yusef Lateef and Ron Carter. Among his recording credits are dates with Stan Getz, George Benson, Elvin Jones, Jon Faddis, Buddy Rich, Jim Hall, Barney Kessel, Ella Fitzgerald and Jimmy McGriff—and that’s just cherry-picking from the first two of his six pages of recording credits at allmusic.com. Simply put—dude can play, and the chance to hear him in the intimate confines of Nashville Jazz Workshop’s Jazz Cave is a no-brainer. 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday at the Jazz Cave; Barron will also do a workshop for middle- and high-school students, 10 a.m. Saturday at the Jazz Cave. —JACK SILVERMAN

MusicTHE EVENS As the frontman of legendary punk bands Fugazi and Minor Threat and co-founder of Dischord Records, Ian MacKaye has proven himself to be both a prolific songwriter and a keen businessman. Viewed as the moral godfather of the hardcore and straight-edge scenes, MacKaye seems to start accidental revolutions by simply speaking his mind and doing his work. He keeps busy these days with his newest band, the Evens, a lo-fi (yet still intense) duo with Amy Farina, formerly of Washington, D.C.’s, The Warmers. Though the Evens could easily cash in their punk-royalty status in exchange for the best gigs in town, the band schedules the dates themselves and prefers to play small, nontraditional venues, including art galleries, libraries and community centers. 8 p.m. at Gallery Mystique (3653-C Trousdale Drive) — JAIME LEES

Yart Y’allWATKINS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN’S ANNUAL YART SALE For this holiday extravaganza, Watkins College transforms its campus into a giant yard sale, featuring paintings, sculpture, pottery, photography, collage and drawings by the school’s best and brightest. The items at this all-day sale will be priced between $5 and $100, making it a can’t-miss event for frugal collectors and early gift-shoppers alike. The cost of admission is one canned food item for Second Harvest Food Bank. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday & Saturday —JOE NOLAN

Music (and) ArtBLUE MAN GROUP The prime satirical target of Blue Man Group’s “How to Be a Megastar 2.1 Tour” is the ego-stuffed arena rock star, and the fans who pump their fists in the air to demonstrate their support. The problem is that arena rock stars are few and far between these days and, if anything, fans are too laid-back. Oh well. The three mute blue dudes remain engaging and funny, even as their downtown New York performance art shtick demonstrates some wear and tear. The huge band behind the trio can whip up an arena rock wallop, and the visual special effects incorporated into the show still dazzle. Also, opening act, San Francisco DJ Mike Relm, has a smart approach—blending in video clips with smashed-up music. There are plenty worse ways to spend your arena-rock dollar. 8 p.m. at Sommet Center —WERNER TRIESCHMANN

MusicUMPHREY’S MCGEE At their loosest, Umphrey’s McGee manage to sound disciplined and a bit ironic, making them one of the more interesting jam bands working the circuit. The South Bend, Ind., sextet like to lay James Brown-style guitar licks over funk drumming, and they break up their structures with hints of fusion and prog-rock. Sometimes, as on the superb “40’s Theme,” they suggest the eclecticism of ’70s groups such as The Meters or Cymande. Like most jam bands, they get a little prolix, but they write good songs with funny lyrics—“40’s Theme” rhymes “pork fritter” with “on the shitter”—and the musicianship is first-rate. On their latest, Live at the Murat, they keep “Push the Pig” going for 11 minutes. By turns abstract and reflective, the song contains lyrics that function as a built-in critique of the jam-band ethos: “There are limits to the gimmicks / That your mind can play.” 8 p.m. at City Hall —EDD HURT

MusicNANCI GRIFFITH Nanci Griffith has made a number of transitions since beginning her career as a country-folk singer in Austin, Texas. The onetime kindergarten teacher tried her hand at Nashville, made a stab at pop while living in L.A. and even offered the over-ambitious, orchestra-backed The Dust Bowl Symphony in 1999. Last year’s Ruby’s Torch surveys atypical torch songs from an eclectic array of artists including Jimmy Webb and Tom Waits. Indeed, Griffith has proved particularly proficient at covers, thanks to her idiosyncratic delivery. Her gentle, airy Texas drawl can be as arid as the landscape, and she fares best with the kind of straightforward rootsy material that provided her start. Indeed, it’s the dusty Grammy-winning ’93 release Other Voices, Other Rooms that stands out as her best. 8 p.m. at Ryman Auditorium —CHRIS PARKER

MusicAMERICAN BANG Newly minted American Bang play their first local headlining gig under the new moniker this weekend at Exit/In. It’s been a whirlwind few months for the former Bang Bang Bang boys—their song “Move to the Music” has been featured in a ubiquitous Verizon Wireless commercial and they are coming off a long support gig for The Donnas. Who knows where things will go from here, but it seems like they’re enjoying the ride. 9 p.m. at Exit/In —LEE STABERT

SATURDAY 11/17

MusicTHE BLAKES On their recent self-titled debut, this Seattle trio rev up the kind of early ’70s R&B that their label Light In the Attic usually reissues, and uses it to set fire to the bed-headed, post-Strokes pop the Brits have been dishing up. This long player starts off with “Two Times,” arguably the hardest song on the slab, which flatly states, “I don’t want a thing from you,” but includes a confession to being a vampire and an admission that “I just want to make out.” “Run” and “Commit” scamper down the imagined sunny streets for which Seattle and London kids seem to share a wistful affinity. And like fine American louts, The Blakes get all cocky with boogie brio on “Picture” and “Magoo.” And even if “Modern Man” is, yeah, a Strokes rip, at least there’s good grittiness to it. 5 p.m. at Grimey’s —ERIC DAVIDSON

Think Global, Act LocalMOTHERS WITHOUT BORDERS This benefit, sponsored by the communally creative InterPlay organization, strives to raise awareness of the dire human rights situation in strife-torn Sudan. While much of the recent international focus has been on the civil conflict in western Sudan’s Darfur region, the entire country has been in serious upheaval for decades due to the complex historical animosity between Arabs and Africans, Muslims and Christians. This event will raise funds to help maintain a safe house for orphaned girls in the capital city of Khartoum and features performances by the Acholi Sudanese Dance Troupe, Pacha Mamas—featuring the voices of Marquetta Dupree, Vivian Slade and benefit organizer Angela Holley—and other InterPlay talent. For information about the target project, visit motherswithoutborders.org. 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Universalist Church (1808 Woodmont Blvd.) —MARTIN BRADY

Calling All MamacitasMAMAMADE 2007 For God sakes, baby needs new shoes. And, let’s face it, your two-legged critters’ toes are starting to poke through even those flexible Robeez. So buy some new wares for your baby’s dogs and support mothers who are peddling them at this third annual sale of items and services from creative mothers. There are all sorts of happies—as we say in the South—that you need; you just don’t know it yet. Handmade Christmas tree ornaments in the shape of coffee mugs, original art, greeting cards, chemical-free baby butter, baby Ts and onesies from Los Pollitos Dicen, dolls made from recycled vintage fabric and stuffed with cotton and all sorts of other lovingly created gifts and creations will be on sale. But buyers, don’t let the mama part fool you—there will also be hand-made jewelry and custom quilts, handbags and furniture for those with mature thyroids. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at New Song Christian Fellowship (2949 Nolensville Pike) —LIZ GARRIGAN

MusicEUROS CHILDS What’s in a name? That which we call Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci would by any other name sound as sweet. But as time has gone on, it’s become nearly impossible to mention Euros Childs’ former band without also mentioning that, yes, they were quite good in spite of that awful name of theirs. Fans of the acclaimed Welsh group and of unabashed pop music in general should brighten at this chance to see Childs in the flesh. His latest solo effort, The Miracle Inn—so named for a waterfront shack in Childs’ hometown where, as he puts it, “usually shite heavy metal bands from Pembrokeshire” would play—is a buoyant, celebratory collection of folk-rock that’s reminiscent of Gorky’s best work and that, even in its more somber moments, retains a palpable sense of wonder. 9 p.m. at The Basement —STEVE HARUCH

MusicDAVID KILGOUR David Kilgour suffuses ’60s psych-folk jangle with buzzing atmospheric drone, creating a vibrant watercolor pastoral. Shiny hooks glitter in the shimmering textures of songs fueled by Kilgour’s crisp tenor. The dulcet ring of his strumming suggests a marriage of Mojave 3’s prickly beauty and the lavish warmth of an understated Love. Kilgour led New Zealanders The Clean, whose music in the late ’70s and early ’80s for label Flying Nun would influence a generation of bands from The Bats (with ex-Clean bassist Robert Scott) to The Chills and The Verlaines. Kilgour’s latest, The Far Now, is yet another stunning set of beautifully supple music. 9 p.m. at The Basement with Euros Child —CHRIS PARKER

Animal PlanetDAN MATHEWS The outrageous protest antics of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have given the group a media profile that most human rights organizations would kill for. Longtime propaganda chief Dan Mathews was responsible for attention grabbers such as the racy “I’d rather go naked than wear fur” celebrity ad campaign, and his recent autobiography, Committed: A Rabble-Rouser’s Memoir, reveals his work to be a reflection of the man. A gleeful name-dropper with a touch of the outlaw, Mathews worked as a model and actor—and dabbled briefly in prostitution—before landing at PETA, where he united a love of animals with his gift for getting noticed. Committed proves he has a gift for writing, too. It’s a thoughtful book that is likely to entertain even devoted carnivores. 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Brentwood —MARIA BROWNING

Meet a StatesmanFORMER GOV. WINFIELD DUNN BOOK SIGNING For Winfield Dunn, dentistry was a launching pad to the state’s highest office. At 43, this neophyte GOP pol ran and captured the governorship. During four years in office (at the time, the state constitution prevented him from running for a second term), he was a contemporary of several notable governors (Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, anyone?), created Tennessee’s Department of Economic and Community Development and established statewide kindergarten, among other things. Now active on local boards, Dunn has written the tome From a Standing Start: My Tennessee Political Odyssey, a memoir of both the campaign trail and his time as governor. Dunn will sign his new book 12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday at Bookman/Bookwoman Books and 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Second Annual History Book Fair and Holiday Celebration at the Tennessee State Museum. —LIZ GARRIGAN

The Holiday for the Rest of UsPLOWHAUS’ SIXTH ANNUAL FESTIVUS HOLIDAY ART AND GIFT SHOW It’s that time of year again, when Plowhaus uses the holiday season as an excuse for a party—and an affordable buying-bonanza for creative gift-givers. Festivus features work by Beth Seiters, Tiffany Denton, Carrie Mills, Landry Butler, Janet Lee, Tracy Ratliff, Denny Adcock, Lynne Carter, Toni Swarthout, Marlynda Augelli, Jan Kendy, Belinda Yandell, Stacy Klinger, DJ Justice, Stephen McClure, Lois Moreno, Franne Lee, Andee Rudloff, Stacy Irvin, Jonnie Downs, John Holland, Jodi Reeves and painter John “Jet” Barcus, who’s oddball still-lifes of work boots and skulls are more unsettling than his horror movie star portraits. Opening reception, 7-11 p.m.; through Dec. 24 at Plowhaus —JOE NOLAN

MusicSTEEP CANYON RANGERS With the August release of their third album for Rebel Records, Lovin’ Pretty Women, North Carolina’s Steep Canyon Rangers have fulfilled the promise of their 2006 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year award. Some of the credit goes to manager Don Light, who suggested that hit songwriter and bluegrass veteran Ronnie Bowman produce the disc. And some goes to Bowman, who helped to tighten up the quintet’s sound without polishing all the edges off. But most of it goes to the group itself. Banjo man Graham Sharp’s songwriting grows ever finer and more distinctive, plowing traditional ground with a new blade, and the rest of the band’s interpretive skills are keeping pace. The Rangers have grasped an often-overlooked essential—great bluegrass channels its elemental emotionalism through carefully crafted expression—and as a result, they’re one of the most consistently enjoyable young acts on the circuit today. 9 p.m. at Station Inn. Also playing Grimey’s on Thursday, 15th at 6 p.m. —JON WEISBERGER

ArtSMALL PACKAGES This season-ending exhibit at Cumberland Gallery doubles as a holiday sale, offering smaller, more affordable work by many of the gallery’s talented artists. This year, Small Packages features pieces by more than 40 of them, including favorites Barry Buxkamper, Billy Renkl, Marilyn Murphy and Johan Hagaman. Buxkamper makes use of collaged elements in his fantastical narrative paintings, while Renkl includes drawing and painting in collages that incorporate designs from antique books and maps. Hagaman uses concrete and wire to create lighthearted, dream-inspired sculptures while Murphy’s drawings and paintings play with titular and visual puns. Opening reception 6-8 p.m.; through Dec. 22 at Cumberland Gallery —JOE NOLAN

SUNDAY 11/18

Muppet MayhemELMO MAKES MUSIC When a new music teacher arrives on Sesame Street and learns that her instruments are missing, it’s time for musical improvisation—Muppet style. Elmo, Zoe, Big Bird and the rest of the fluffy gang fashion a jug band using everything from rubber duckies to trash can lids and cookies jars. Behind the cacophony, there’s a melodic lesson: Everyone can make music. In this case, music is everything from “C Is for Cookie” to “The Hustle.” They’re songs that are sure to get stuck in your head—here’s hoping they’re loud enough to drown out Elmo’s singing. Nov. 15-18 at Municipal Auditorium —CARRINGTON FOX

MusicMAN MAN Man Man are energy dictators. Donning white outfits and war paint under their eyes, this five-piece from Philly does not tune or issue witty banter between songs—and there are absolutely no long pauses. They want the room to swell alongside their eclectic circus rock, often leaving more introspective highlights from last year’s Six Demon Bag off their set list for fear of vibe deflation. Beating on random objects with an aerobic fervor, Man Man create an indie rock version of Stomp, while lead singer “Honus Honus” jabs at his Fender Rhodes and leads gruff, melodic chants. The band is currently on tour with Modest Mouse and recently signed to Anti- record label, home of Tom Waits, Nick Cave and the late Porter Wagoner. The Nashville gig is a quick departure from the tour and a chance to headline. Expect to see these Men Men with a host of new songs and, yes, a ton of energy. 9 p.m. at Mercy Lounge —JEREMY RUSH

The Future, Circa 1926FAMILY WEEKEND CLASSICS: METROPOLIS Without Fritz Lang’s gargantuan 1926 sci-fi epic of literal class struggle, there would be no Batman, no Blade Runner, no Brazil, no Star Wars Episodes I, II or IV, no Madonna “Express Yourself” video. It nearly sank the German film studio UFA with its two-year shoot and vast expense—more than 37,000 extras were employed on enormous sets that required elaborate process shots with mirrors—but it impressed Adolf Hitler and Josef Goebbels enough for them to try drafting Lang to work for the Nazis. Even missing at least 20 percent of the original footage, it’s still a pounding piston of a film, a feat of futurist imagery—the reason it’s showing this weekend (not last weekend, as I mistakenly wrote in the last issue) in the Belcourt’s “Family Weekend Classics” series. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Noon Nov. 18-19 at the Belcourt —JIM RIDLEY

Kick Off Your Sunday ShoesFOOTLOOSE Nashville School of the Arts is Music City’s answer to Fame: a secondary school devoted to nurturing artistic aspirations. The kids take regular academic courses, but they also get some early exposure to the realities of show-biz—both its triumphs and disappointments. This stage version of that strangely iconic 1984 feature film about hyperactive high-schoolers seems like a good vehicle for the young NSA talent pool. John Newsom directs the cast of 32, with Nathan Lee in the leading role of Ren McCormick, a Chicago teen who moves to a small town and finds that local officials have banned dancing and rock music. Phillip Grand, Raven Dunn, Byron Harvey and Deanna Dickey co-star. Nov. 15-18 at Nashville School of the Arts —MARTIN BRADY

MONDAY 11/19

Family ValuesFOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO Next time haters whip out Leviticus as proof homosexuality is evil, director Daniel G. Karslake proposes that you fight back with your own Scripture fu. In his activist documentary, Karslake profiles four gay Americans who have found the support and love of their families, including Episcopal bishop Gene Robinson and Chrissy Gephardt, daughter of former Rep. Dick Gephardt. He also talks to Bible scholars who dispute the claim that God reserves his wrath for the gay. Wondering how to come out to your parents? Here’s your Hallmark card. The Sundance hit makes its Nashville premiere with one showing, co-sponsored by the Nashville Film Festival and Human Rights Campaign. Tickets are $10 or $8 for NaFF Film Circle members. 6:45 p.m. at Green Hills Commons 16 —JIM RIDLEY

TUESDAY 11/20

Christmas CornponeBILLY BOB’S HOLIDAY HOEDOWN The first of the area’s major holiday-inspired stage shows is a Boiler Room Theatre special: an original musical spoof promising to intersect National Lampoon-style wit with Hee Haw corn. BRT co-founders Lewis Kempfer and Jamey Green are the masterminds behind the story, set in Piney Grove, Ala., in which a lovable redneck and his wacky family search for the true meaning of Christmas. The material features original songs and bluegrass arrangements of seasonal standards, performed by some of the company’s favorite players, including Stephen Henry, Megan Murphy, Lauri Bright, Sondra Morton-Chaffin and Jack E. Chambers. Nov. 16-Dec. 23 at The Factory at Franklin —MARTIN BRADY

Food for ThoughtBREAD & WORDS BENEFIT The Department of Languages and Literature at Austin Peay State University, along with the university’s Center for the Creative Arts, will provide sustenance for body, mind and soul at the 13th annual “Bread & Words” benefit to promote hunger awareness. Participants will share a simple meal provided by volunteers, followed by readings from Austin Peay faculty and students, including Amy Wright, Joey Grisham, Cati Montgomery, William Sinclair, Jared Combs and Amanda Campbell. Guitarist Chuck Emery and harmonica player Jeremy Crouse will provide music. A $5 donation is requested, with all proceeds going to Clarksville’s Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen and food pantry. For more information, call (931) 221-7031. 7 p.m. reading; 6 p.m. meal in the UC Ballroom at Austin Peay —MARIA BROWNING

MusicTHE ROCKET SUMMER The Rocket Summer provide an alternative to all those dour, world-weary rockers with a chip on their shoulder. Bryce Avary has released three albums as the ebullient power-pop act, recording all the instruments himself—he performs live with a band. Using $15K he borrowed from his father, Avary recorded his debut, Calendar Days, in 2002. It was re-released the next year, and Hello, Good Friend followed in 2004. On the latter Avary experiments with piano, adding Ben Folds flavor to his punchy, positive punk-pop bounce. Last summer he released his major label debut, Do You Feel. While not as central, the piano is still prevalent throughout, contributing a strong R&B undercurrent to the album’s polished air. Avary’s plush tenor harmonies and the larger-than-life production occasionally feel overripe, but he demonstrates a welcome breath of bad attitude with his screed on newly minted emo acts, “A Song Is Not a Business Plan.” 8 p.m. at Rcktwn —CHRIS PARKER

WEDNESDAY 11/21

MusicREVEREND HORTON HEAT For 20 years, Jim “Reverend Horton Heat” Heath has been on a nonstop world tour singing country-tinged punkabilly anthems of cars, sin, sex and substance abuse. Drawing on real-life experiences from his rough-and-tumble lifestyle, the Rev makes no attempt to break any musical ground or reinterpret classic roots rhythm and blues for the new generation. Instead, he stands as a living testament to the way juke joints sounded long before we were debating whether or not to smoke in them. His latest Revival, produced by Dave Alvin (The Blasters, X) and mixed by the legendary Ed Stasium (Ramones, Talking Heads), stays true to that spirit of authenticity. Thursday night, the Rev and his congregation will provide a heavy dose of pre-Turkey Day hell alongside fellow raucous rockers Hank III & Assjack and Nashville Pussy. 9 p.m. at Cannery Ballroom —SETH GRAVES

Texas Medicine and Railroad GinI’M NOT THERE/FILM TRIBUTE TO BOB DYLAN How best to honor the pop hero with a thousand faces—the Midwestern kid who sheds skins faster than a greased rattler, reinventing himself as a folkie, a rocker, a Christian, a soothsayer out of time, and God or Greil Marcus only knows what else? By making a tapestry of those outgrown suits, as Todd Haynes does in his audacious biopic. Wannabe hobo bluesman (Marcus Carl Franklin) meets protest singer (Christian Bale) meets fame-bedeviled family man (Heath Ledger) meets weird-Americana outlaw (Richard Gere) in Haynes’ personality-crisis narrative, with a dazzling Cate Blanchett the main attraction as the nervy electro-Judas incarnation. The movie opens next Wednesday, to be accompanied throughout the run by other Dylan films that clearly inspired Haynes—including Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz (midnight Nov. 23-24), D.A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back (Dec. 4-5) and Sam Peckinpah’s gorgeous Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (Dec. 16-17). As a real coup, Oscar-winning documentarian Murray Lerner will be on hand Dec. 2 to present The Other Side of the Mirror, which compiles his footage of Dylan’s transformative performances at the Newport Folk Festival, culminating in the epochal 1965 electric performance. Opens Nov. 21 at the Belcourt Theatre —JIM RIDLEY

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