Jonny Craig has a pretty good idea of what his audience wants, regardless of the band in which he packages his efforts. The former singer of Emarosa, Dance Gavin Dance and Islands & Glaciers, Craig’s emo-rock presence is now gracing a new supergroup called Slaves. The debut, Through Art We Are Equals, marks Craig’s most processed effort yet, but also his most ambitious. With Myka, Relocate, Alive Like Me, Nightmares, Youth in Revolt, and Donella Drive. $12, 6pm Monday, the White Rabbit, 2410 N. St. Mary's, (210) 737-2221, sawhiterabbit.com. -- Matt Stieb
Rifftrax Live: Godzilla (1998)
It’s arguable what’s been the greater damage done—that to fake Tokyo by the rubber-suited-reptile set since Gojira’s 1954 debut, or that to the classic monster movie’s legacy by Roland “Blowed that national monument up real good” Emmerich’s steaming egg-sack pile featuring the late ’90s double-threat of terrible CGI and Puff Daddy rap-rock. Revel in its every kaiju-sized plothole while the guys from RiffTrax, aka Mike Nelson and fellow former Mystery Science Theater crewmates, heckle the Lizard King live in a nationwide hangout simultaneously broadcast to theaters nationwide. $12.50, 7:30pm Tuesday, Santikos Rialto, 2938 NE Loop 410; Huebner Oaks 14, 11075 I-10 W, fathomevents.com. -- Jeremy Martin
You're about to get stuck in the middle with the Quentin Tarantino classic, Reservoir Dogs. Diamond heists, double crosses and undercover cops are the name of the game in this fast-talking, macho crime caper. Put on a super snazzy all-black suit, stop referring to yourself by your real name and prepare to super-slo-mo-cool-as-fuck walk yourself with at least four of your friends to the Alamo Drafthouse because we're setting you up with one of the slickest, coolest movies to blast out of the '90s. Stop pointing that gun at my dad and come learn the relative importance of tipping, who starred in Get Christie Love!, and what to do when you enter a men's room full of cops carrying a briefcase full of marijuana. Don't give yourself any excuses to miss this on the big screen, the words "too fuckin' busy" should not be in your vocabulary. $9.50, 7:15pm Wednesday, Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes, 1255 SW Loop 410, (210) 677-8500 drafthouse.com.
Wed 8/20 - Fri 8/22
An inspiring documentary of climate activist Tim DeChristopher, Bidder 70 screens Wednesday in association with Bihl Haus Arts' multi-disciplinary exhibit "HOT!" DeChristopher's story demonstrates his personal commitment to climate justice through civil disobedience. Following the screening, four environmental poets will spark the collective conscience. The “HOT!” programming continues on Friday with a Turtle Medicine Wheel Water Ceremony led by Apache medicine woman Yvette Mendez. Free; film and screening: 7-9pm Wed, Woodlawn Theatre, 1920 Fredericksburg; Turtle Medicine Wheel Water Ceremony: 8pm Fri-noon Sat, Woodlawn Lake Park, 1103 Cincinnati; bihlhausarts.org. —Laura Carter
Unfairly grouped with the barrage of hair metal acts that swamped the ’80s airwaves, Queensÿrche were actually champions of progressive rock. Operating the musical canvas with sweeping guitar harmonies and beautiful compositions building anticipation with vivid lyrics and glass-breaking vocals, the band laid a foundation for future progressive mainstays like Dream Theater and Between the Buried and Me. While their most popular hit, “Silent Lucidity,” plays to a more somber sound, Queensÿrche’s discography is rampant with hard-rocking hits (“Walk in the Shadows”) and arena rock anthems (“I Don’t Believe in Love”). After being booted from the band and losing the rights to the name, lead singer and key songwriter Geoff Tate is bringing his incarnation of Queensÿrche on a farewell tour before changing the name. $22-$52, 8pm, Aztec Theatre, 104 N St. Mary’s, (210) 812-4355, theaztectheatre.com –Erik Casarez
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