It was a long, strange trip alright, yet had it been decisively shortened a bit, Jerry Garcia might still be alive. The Grateful Dead main man was a casualty of not only drugs, smoking and a terrible diet but also of his band's relentless touring. Despite the years of overwork, the Dead still sparked hoodoo magic on some late-period road trips -- e.g., their 1989 tour, esteemed among Deadheads. On July 19 of that year's run, the band played its last-ever gig at legendary outdoor venue, Alpine Valley in Wisconsin. Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies gives us the filmed document of that touted show. You can see it locally at 7 p.m. tonight at Ronnies 20 Cine (5320 Lindbergh Boulevard; www.fathomevents.com). Tickets are $12.50.
Mon., May 4, 7 p.m., 2015