MARCH MADNESS Steppenwolf’s adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s The March begins
previews 4/5 and features seven Steppenwolf ensemble members, including Mariann
Mayberry, left, and Martha Lavey.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 4.04.12 through Tue 4.10.12:
classical Steans Musicians
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Zach Medearis, the singer and guitarist for Outer Minds, a local garage-psych outfit that was recently showcased at SXSW in Austin. On 4/7 at The Empty Bottle, the band headlines a release party—with Mannequin Men, Summer Girlfriends, and Radar Eyes—for its first full-length record. The show starts at 10; admission is $8 at the door or free with RSVP at emptybottle.com.
Early Friday, I’ll be going into my recording space on Carroll and Sacramento to do some mixing for the record Outer Minds has coming up, probably in September. It’s going to be called Look Behind the Mirror or Behind the Mirror. It’s sixties garage and psych—similar to the [self-titled] LP we put out in March—but the music is definitely moving into a darker realm. Dissonance is always cooler than consonance. After that, I’ll probably get some lunch at Big Star or Arturo’s Tacos with my friend Todd from Hozac Records. Then I’ll be working at Very Best Vintage, which my girlfriend [Shanti Clark] owns. She’s running a one-woman shop, so I help her out whenever I can.
Saturday, I’m going to Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana for the bachelor party of one of my best friends. I don’t do casinos—what’s the point of wasting money that I barely have? But I’m doing it for [my friend]. Then I’m coming back, getting my gear, and heading to the show. Outer Minds is pretty good friends with the other bands. Our drummer, Ryan Costello, is married to the bass player in Summer Girlfriends, and we’ve played with Mannequin Men and Radar Eyes a couple times. We love those guys. With four bands, it’s a full night, but if we can drag ourselves anywhere after, we’ll probably go The Continental. It’s a bar we all hate yet love at the same time.
Sunday will probably be my day for regrets and apologies. That’s usually what I do on Sundays.
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
galleries Russell Tyler
Add Tyler to the growing list of painters in the school of more is more—at least when it comes to applying paint to canvas. He squeezes a rainbow of oils directly from tubes or brushes them on in pasty globs. Werewolves, monsters, and other fantastical creatures appear to bubble up from the surface.
GO: 4/6–5/18. Ebersmoore, 350 N Ogden, Ste 100. ebersmoore.com
Photography: (THE MARCH) JOEL MOORMAN; (MEDEARIS) COURTESY OF CANDERSON/HOZAC RECORDS