Druthers and Exit Strategy

    Hiatus Picks the Week’s Best Bets

    “Freaks”
    MCASD / Oct. 11 / 7 p.m. / $5
    Tod Browning’s 1932 sideshow masterpiece still draws squirms and turn-aways 75 years later. These freaks are the real deal, with effect- and makeup-free midgets, feathered women and other carnival oddities. Browning’s lesser-known horror fest (you’ve probably seen footage of his 1931 “Dracula”) is really a facade for a tale of love and deception, as the midget Hans falls for trapeze artist Cleopatra, revealing a cesspool of betrayal, bigotry and, ultimately, brutality. (CM)

    Blitzen Trapper
    The Casbah / Oct. 17 / 8 p.m. / $12
    Yet another export from the wooded indie paradise of Portland, Ore., Blitzen Trapper are refreshingly uninterested in scoring Internet buzz-band points. Instead, their latest experiment in fuzz-pop — the grating, dawdling Wild Mountain Nation, ironically drooled over by Pitchfork and its army of imitators — camps out on the most remote water hole in the entire desolate state, channeling the eerie folk of the land’s eldest ancestors. They’re no doubt fawned over for that precious sense of modern authenticity so few are able to ground, but they should mostly be loved for not giving a damn in the first place. (SW)



    Exit Strategy

    Mount Eerie, moools & more
    Che Cafe
    Oct. 11, 7 p.m.
    $6

    Bobby W.
    Porter’s Pub
    Oct. 12, 12 p.m.
    FREE
    Sleeping People & more
    Che Cafe
    Oct. 12, 8 p.m.
    $6

    Hugo Wolf Quartet
    Mandeville Center
    Oct. 12, 8 p.m.
    $15
    “1408”
    Price Center Theater
    Oct. 13, 6 & 9 p.m.
    $3

    Over It
    Porter’s Pub
    Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.
    FREE
    Quartetto di venezia
    Neurosciences Inst.
    Oct. 16, 8 p.m.
    $17

    “Ratatouille”
    Price Center Theater
    Oct. 16, 6 & 9 p.m.
    $3

    7 generations, Die Young & Shallow Breathing
    Che Cafe
    Oct. 2, 9 p.m.
    $5

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