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Monday, January 23
Soul and gospel singer Otis Clay celebrates the release of his latest album, Truth Is, tonight at Evanston Space, 1245 N. Chicago Ave. in Evanston. Tickets are $15-35. Doors open at 7pm, show is at 8pm. All ages.
The 12th annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, aka Sketchfest, runs Jan. 3-13 at Stage773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Four stages feature 25 shows tonight beginning at 5pm; see the full schedule for details. Tickets to each show are $15.
Revelation Records celebrates its 25th anniversary with Rev 25, a two-day music festival at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St. Tonight's lineup stars Gorilla Biscuits, Youth Of Today, Down To Nothing, By A Thread and 32 Frames. Tickets are $33 in advance, $37.50 day of; two-day passes are available for $66. Doors open at 7, show's at 8pm. 17+
The 16th annual Fillet of Solo Festival runs Jan. 3-20 at the Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., and the Heartland Studio Theatre, 7016 N. Glenwood Ave. Tonight's performances are Story Club at 7pm and Write Club at 8:30pm at Lifeline, and enSOLO at 7pm and Eric Warner at 8:30pm at Heartland Studio. Tickets for each show are $10, or buy a festival pass for $30.
The Vulgar Boatmen play Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., tonight, with Kerosene Stars opening. Tickets are $12. Doors open at 9pm. 21+
See one of the inspirations for Django Unchained -- Sergio Corbucci's 1966 spaghetti western Django -- Friday and tonight at midnight at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. Tickets are $9.25.