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Friday, January 27

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Markos Zúniga @ Garrett Ripley's

Markos Zúniga, better known as the "Kos" in the Daily Kos and co-author of the new book Crashing The Gate, makes an appearance tonight at Garrett Ripley's (712 N. Clark) from 5:00 to 7:00. The event is free and open to the public.

Joint Benefit for Local Dance Companies

For $15, you can support the work of three local dance companies. Synapse Arts Collective, Creative Arts Melting Pot (CAMP), and The Anatomical Theatre come together for a benefit performance this evening at 10:30pm. At Links Hall (3435 N Sheffield). For more information e-mail

Etta James & the Roots Band @ House of Blues

There just aren't that many opportunities you get to hear a legend perform, and Etta James isn't going to be around forever. You might remember her early hits like "Roll With Me Henry" and "I Just Want to Make Love to You", she's now covering contemporaries like Prince and Marvin Gaye. Not only is James recording with the same enthusiasm of youth well into her R&B "senior years", but she's still hot, vocally and physically. This R&B queen not only has three Grammy awards, but she also holds a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, a Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award and is a W.C. Handy Foundation honoree. James sings tonight at the House of Blues along with The Roots Band starting at 8:30pm. Tickets are $45 via the usual suspects.

Jazz Links Jam Sessions @ HotHouse

The Jazz Institute of Chicago, in partnership with HotHouse, presents a free (no cover!) program featuring elementary and high school student musicians jamming with professionals. 5 to 7 PM. 31 E. Balbo. For more information, call 312-427-1676, or visit the website.



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