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News Bulletin: CIMMFEST (Chicago International Music and Movies Fest) is on this weekend (April 18-21) with a lollapolooza lineup of movies and live events. Don’t let the weather keep you from catching part or much of this exciting event. CIMMFEST is a unique happening, celebrating the inseparability of movies and music.

Festival co-directors Josh Chicoine and Ilko Davidov have worked tirelessly to make this their best outing. I salute their vision and organizational chops to provide Chicagoans with a festival in the true sense–70 music-centric films from 27 countries, over 50 bands and live events spread over 14 venues.

As Chicoine and Davidov say in the festival program, “more venues, more stars, more up-and-comers, more legends, more everything!”

Chicago has become America’s summer music capital with Pitchfork and Lollapolooza but I admire the local, very indie, scrappy vibe of CIMMFEST. Their opening night was plagued by the weather which cut into the turnout for the tribute to composer/musician Van Dyke Parks last evening.

Tonight, you should run to catch the funk and bugaloo sounds of the Funky Meters along with the bluesy notes of J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound at the Congress Theater. And there are 3 other live shows performing tonight at the Hideout, Logan Square Studio and Township.

I plan to camp out at the Music Box Theater which will be screeing 10 features documenting 50 years of The Rolling Stones on Film. Another can’t miss documentary and a Chicago premiere is “AKA Doc Pomus”, a fabled songwriter who wrote some iconic songs of the early rock ‘n’ roll era. But perhaps my age bias is showing.

Admission to most events is $10 with tickets for live performances at $20-25. I’d recommend buying a weekend pass for a reduced price of $50 and just going from one venue to the next. Whatever you do, I think you should put a few CIMMFEST programs on your weekend “To Do” list.

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