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Thursday, August 25
The Music Box Theatre presents a new classic Thanksgiving tradition; the sing-along version of The Sound of Music, this afternoon at 4pm. If you've been here before, you know the drill: various props to help you participate in the film, on-screen captions to help you sing along, warming up before the film with additional sing-along songs, and a costume contest (most likely to be won by the cutest kid dressed as one of the Von Trapp children). Tickets are available in advance at a discount through the Music Box Website. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.
Viva Fest, a Latin musical festival, comes to the Aragon Ballroom,1106 W. Lawrence Ave., at 7pm. Grammy Award-winning pop singer Alejandra Guzman will headline, along with Hombres G, Miguel Mateos and Moenia & Moderatto. Tickets are $55.
Chance the Rapper (left) headlines at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., at 7pm. The 19-year-old rapper from Chicago recently partnered with Childish Gambino on his track "They Don't Like Me." Sir Michael Rocks and Milo & Otis will also perform. Tickets are $9 in advance or $12 at the door, all ages.
Curren$y will perform at the Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee Ave., at 7pm. The rapper has been gaining a lot of momentum in Chicago throughout the past few years, including his notably popular performances at Pitchfork and the Mad Decent Block Party last summer. Tickets are $25, 17+.
The Old Town School of Folk Music presents Meshell Ndegeocello, with special guest Jeff Parker, in a tribute to Nina Simone tonight in the school's main performance hall at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. There are two shows tonight, at 7pm and $10pm. Tickets are $30, $28 for members and $26 for seniors and children, available in advance from the school's website, or call 773-728-6000.
In 2004, Mavis Staples returned to her solo career after a roughly 10-year hiatus. Since then, the former member of the legendary Staples Singers, has made an incredible resurgence in the world of American soul and R&B, including a Grammy award for her most recent album, You Are Not Alone, which was produced by Jeff Tweedy. Staples returns to her hometown tonight and tomorrow night for two shows at the intimate City Winery. Tickets range from $48-$75. Doors open at 6pm and Kelly Hogan opens at 8pm. City Winery is located at 1200 W. Randolph Street.
Janus headlines the Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison Ave., tonight, with Heart-Set Self Destruct, Goodbye Good Sense, Sunset Empire and Dead Company opening. $10 in advance or at the door, which opens at 8pm. Show starts at 9pm. 21+
Local bluegrass band Cornmeal will play at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., at 8:30pm.
A special guest, Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band, will join Cornmeal on stage. Van Ghost, another Chicago-based band, opens. Tickets are $17, 18+.
The American Music Club frontman makes a solo appearance at Beat Kitchen (2100 W Belmont) to support his newest album Don't Be a Stranger. Gaberdine and Tim Larson open. Doors 8:30pm, show begins at 9:00pm. Tickets $12.
The Music Box Theatre and Drafthouse Films present a very special midnight movie this weekend: Miami Connection, a 1987 motorcycle ninja rock drugs film that appears as amazing as it sounds. Miami Connection screens tonight and tomorrow night at midnight. See the Music Box Website for details and to purchase advance tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.