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Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

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Photograph: Carlie Armstrong
Yo La Tengo

In its sixth year, CIMMfest is a sprawling affair spread across the city—venues include the Metro, Concord, Double Door, City Winery, the Logan, Subterranean, Hideout, Empty Bottle, Concord, Lincoln Hall, LSA and more. With dozens of music-centric films and live bands, it can be a task to navigate, so we'll cut to the highlights. Yo La Tengo headlines the first night, neo-disco act Escort the second. Italian psych legend Goblin plays its score to the classic horror flick Suspiria at Metro on May 3. Nineties rock dudes Jimmy Chamberlain (Smashing Pumpkins) and Scott Lucas (Local H) team to provide a live score to Sergei Eisenstein’s pioneering silent protest film Battleship Potemkin (No, really). Notable documentary cover the lives of Nick Cave, Joe Meek, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and the history of Christmas music. Visit the website for more info.

Event website: http://cimmfest.org/
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