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Tips for Today: Al Green in NYC + Esperanza Spalding in L.A. + My Morning Jacket in Chicago + Matt Okine in London

New York

Screen shot 2012-08-20 at 4.26.31 PM.pngIt's going to be a soulful and smooth Wednesday night when you groove along with the legendary Al Green at The Beacon Theatre. The 63-year-old Reverand (who preaches at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis, TN) will be joined by his a 13-piece band, as well as his daughters Rubi, Kora and Alva on backing vocals. [NY Mag]

Mike O'Brien, 2012 PAPER Beautiful Person, SNL writer and the brilliant weirdo behind "7 Minutes in Heaven," takes to the UCB Theatre tonight for his one-man show, 45 Minutes of Things, where he does... 45 minutes of things, which we can only assume will be hilarious. [Time Out]

As part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Latinbeat 2012 festival, the 2011 Argentinian film, One Love, about a group of childhood friends reunited as adults, screens tonight. Star Elena Roger (who currently stars in Evita on Broadway) will be on hand after the screening for a Q&A. [FilmLinc]

Los Angeles

Screen shot 2012-08-20 at 5.21.21 PM.pngEsperanza Spalding, the great jazz bassist and singer who basically caused Justin Bieber fangirls to convulse in anger when she rightfully beat him out at 2011s Grammy's for "Best New Artist," sings to her fans tonight at Hollywood Bowl. She opens for the legendary Anita Baker. [LA Weekly]

Joshua Cohen will discuss and sign copies of his new book, Four New Messages, a collection of stories about unhappy young people living in a world fully dominated and controlled by technology, at Book Soup. [zing]


Screen shot 2012-08-20 at 5.33.34 PM.pngMy Morning Jacket and Band of Horses are two bands that have become immensely popular yet have still been able to successfully stick to their indie roots. The two bands play together tonight at Pritzker Pavilion in Millenium Park. [Chicago Reader]

Party time, excellent for real: It's an epic battle of the '90s goofy dudes! Tonight at Lincoln Hall there will be a double screening of Wayne's World and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. [Flavorpill]


Screen shot 2012-08-20 at 5.49.03 PM.pngLaugh it up tonight with a double set of the winners of Best Newcomers at the Melbourne Comedy Festival at the Soho Theatre. First place winner Matt Okine will perform a set called "Being Black and Chicken and Shit" which is oddly enough going to be about seafood, not chicken. Runner-up Ronny Chieng opens. [Time Out]

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