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Sunday, September 7, 2008


The Dead Science at Neumo's

Tonight's concert marks the final night of the Dead Science's weeklong Festival of Culture to celebrate their new album, Villainaire. A week sounds like an excessive party, but it's appropriate for the album's treatises on decadent excess (and time and morality and the Wu-Tang Clan). Conceptual stunts aside, the Dead Science are at the height of their musical superpowers on Villainaire, and their live show is bound to be a spectacle of sophisticated rock bombast and avant jazz prowess. With allies Past Lives and Talbot Tagora. (Neumo's, 925 E Pike St, 709-9467. 8 pm, $7, all ages.)



'I Served the King of England'

Just in time to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Prague Spring comes this charming adaptation of the charming 1971 novel by Bohumil Hrabal, one of the great writers (along with Kundera, Havel, and Skvorecky) of that hopeful, doomed era. I Served the King is a gallows- humor comedy about a young man who just wants to own a fancy hotel and make sweet, sweet love to pretty young ladies. He is constantly battered by the forces of Czech history—Nazis, Communists—but never loses his light, scheming spirit. (See movie times, www, for details.)

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