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IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR BFI - English film producer Alison Owen and British singer Lily Allen arrive at the 57th BFI London Film Festival Closing Night and "Saving Mr Banks" screening at the Odeon West End, on Sunday Oct. 20, 2013, in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision for BFI/AP Images)

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Wendy Lehr and James Craven in “Driving Miss Daisy.”

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"Let Me Off at the Top" by "Ron Burgundy"

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Slim Dunlap, left, with Brien Lilja.


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The Five Spot: Our five faves of the moment

  • November 16, 2013 - 2:00 PM

1 Even as it rolls through 27 different artists — from the reunited Replacements to Lucinda Williams, Jeff Tweedy, Frank Black, Jakob Dylan, Steve Earle, Craig Finn and even ol’ John Sebastian — the lovingly crafted two-CD tribute set “Rockin’ Here Tonight” never loses the wry underdog voice and playful spirit of its subject, Minneapolis rock vet Slim Dunlap. Eighteen of the Dunlap covers were culled from the “Songs for Slim” series of auctioned 7-inch singles, and 10 more are new, including nuggets by Soul Asylum, Chan Poling and members of the Jayhawks. Simply a must-have for local and/or Americana music fans, it’s in stores for $15 or on iTunes for $9.99, benefitting Dunlap’s post-stroke medical care.

2 It’s easy to dismiss the play “Driving Miss Daisy” as a dated chestnut, especially after the 1989 Oscar-winning film version, but a new Jungle Theater production works, largely because of top-notch performances by Wendy Lehr and James Craven. At times you’ll wish you had two sets of eyes so you could watch each actor’s expressive face at the same time. It runs through Dec. 22.

3 “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” doesn’t come out until Dec. 20, but you can stay classy this Tuesday with the new book “Let Me Off at the Top!” — penned by none other than Ron Burgundy himself. The newsman is surprisingly frank about his rough upbringing in the coal-mining town of Haggleworth, Iowa, and shares intimate anecdotes, including his love affair with Katie Couric and the cockfighting ring he operated with our very own Walter Mondale. Look for it on the short list of Pulitzer contenders.

4 Not since “The Golden Girls” has there been such a happening TV home for actresses in their 60s as “American Horror Story: Coven.” Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy and Kathy Bates — as two formidable witches and a resurrected racist matriarch, respectively — are the top three reasons to watch this season, and they’ll soon be joined by No. 4 — guest star Stevie Nicks, who at 65 also shows no signs of relying on her AARP card. 9 p.m. Wednesdays, FX

5 The video for Lily Allen’s long-awaited comeback single, “Hard Out Here,” offers a perfectly executed and glaringly needed counterpoint to Miley Cyrus. The clip starts with the British snot-pop star on a surgical table being liposuctioned to launch her musical comeback. “I had two kids,” she apologetically explains, before launching into one of the all-time most riotous spoofs of female sexuality in the music business. “You should probably lose some weight because we can’t see your bones,” she sings to herself, one of the few lines clean enough for print. Worth the wait (weight?).

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