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April 23, 2010

STD–4/23 TO 4/29

Friday | April 23

Although Semi Precious Weapons’ cameo in Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” video ended in death, the glam rock band and reigning queen of the charts have quite an amicable relationship in real life. The occasional guests on Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour will be in town headlining their own tour with Nico Vega and Breedlove. (2011 West North Avenue, 8 p.m., $12)

Saturday | April 24

Just because Blink-182 is “on hiatus” doesn’t mean that you can’t hear Tom DeLonge’s voice, as he also fronts the space rock band Angels and Airwaves. The group just released its third studio album Love and is currently making a science fiction film of the same title based on the album. (1106 West Lawrence Avenue, 7 p.m., $25)

Dance the night away at the Chicago Swing Dance Society’s exchange, Ida’s House of Lindy and Blues. Saturday night’s blues dance will feature a performance by the Shirley King band (whose father, B.B. King, is also in town). There will be a late-night dance afterward at the Checkerboard Lounge. (Ida Noyes Cloister Club, 9 p.m., $8)

Sunday | April 25

Blues and jazz saxophonist Red Holloway will be appearing with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra in its tribute to Eddie Johnson. Holloway will be performing arrangements of “Ben Webster with Strings,” while trumpeter Art Davis will play arrangements of “Chet Baker with Strings.” (International House, 3 p.m., $8)

Monday | April 26

Much to the chagrin of middle-class parents in the ’50s, filmmakers exploited the growing popularity of rock and roll among teenagers by marketing rock films to encourage more widespread acceptance of the new sensation. Such was the case with Don’t Knock the Rock, starring Bill Haley and the Comets and disc jockey Alan Freed. This follow-up to Rock Around the Clock also exposed Little Richard to a mass audience. (Max Palevsky Cinema, 7 p.m., $5)

Tuesday | April 27

Since Icelandic (or is it better to call it Hopelandic?) band Sigur Rós announced its indefinite hiatus at the beginning of the year, lead singer Jónsi Birgisson has been busy with the release of his new album Go and its promotional tour. He will be appearing at the Vic Theatre with neo-traditional folk band Death Vessel. (3145 North Sheffield Avenue, 7:30 p.m., $34)

Wednesday | April 28

While Baskin-Robbins may not be as generous as its free-cone–loving Vermont competitor, the ice cream chain will be hosting 31 Cent Scoop Night. In addition to dishing up cheap sweets, Baskin-Robbins will also be accepting donations for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. (500 East Roosevelt, 5 p.m., free)

Thursday | April 29

Ever since the English Bedford-Lorry truck was introduced to Sudan in the late ’50s, local craftsmen have been modifying the truck to transform it into the ideal vehicle for both regular and off-road driving. The history of the “Sifinja”—so dubbed because of the truck’s malleability—is documented in the German film Sifinja: The Iron Bride. The screening is a part of the Politics in Africa conference sponsored by the Committee on African Studies. (Cobb 307, 7 p.m., free)

The U of C chapter of the National Organization for Women will be sponsoring a Take Back the Night Rally this Thursday. Take Back the Night is an internationally held march and rally against rape and other forms of sexual violence against women. (Bartlett Quad, 6 p.m., free)

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