Today is the second day of Pilsen Open Studios, happening in the neighborhood from noon-8 PM along 18th Street and elsewhere in the area from Halsted to Western. Yesterday we mentioned where to catch some of our favorite highlights, but you can see a more complete list of vendors and activities on the Pilsen Open Studio’s Vendor/Event Map. (MC)
Tonight the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) brings singer-songwriter Margo Price to the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Maurer Concert Hall (4544 N. Lincoln). The Grammy-nominated country superstar will be in conversation with Jes Skolnik, Bandcamp Daily senior editor and past Reader contributor. Price will discuss her new memoir, Maybe We’ll Make It, and her approach to carving a path in an industry famously hostile to women. Then she’ll perform an intimate solo set and sign books. Tickets are $20-$35 (free for CHF members), and books are available as a $23 add-on (that’s 20 percent off the cover price. (MC)
Here are some music options for today with links to past coverage by our music writers:
- If you’re curious about Chicago’s Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir after reading contributor Robert Marovich’s review of their new album Legacy, you can catch members of the gospel ensemble online as they perform during the Christian Tabernacle Church service. It’s livestreamed to the church’s Facebook page every Sunday at 1:30 PM.
- Baltimore hardcore and rock band Turnstile headline the Aragon Ballroom tonight (6 PM; 1106 W. Lawrence, all-ages), where they’ll be joined by fellow Baltimorians: rapper JPEGmafia and indie rocker Snail Mail. Advance tickets are still available through Live Nation.
- The Flying Luttenbachers, described in Gossip Wolf last week as a “brutal prog squad,” bring their sonic assault to Liar’s Club this evening (1665 W. Fullerton), where they’ll be joined by Pittsburgh noise-rock band Microwaves and the grimy rock of Chicago band Something is Waiting. It’s a $10 show open to those 21+, and tickets are available at the door.
- My Agenda colleague and fellow Reader staff member Micco Caporale told us about rising art-punk band Automatic last week. They’re performing tonight at Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western) in a 21+ show with Chicago pop-punk band Clickbait opening. DJs from the Chicago label Beloved will start the show with a set at 8:30 PM. Advance tickets ($15) are available at Eventbrite. (SCJ)
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