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Saturday, January 21
Ride your bike to work today and you'll earn free Eli's cheesecake and Caribou coffee, tea and hot chocolate at Winter Bike to Work Day in Daley Plaza from 6:30 to 9am.
Rebekah Heller, bassoonist and keeper of the low reeds for the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) today performs two solo pieces for bassoon at art gallery/performance space Corbett vs. Dempsey (1120 N. Ashland, upstairs from Dusty Groove Records) at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are FREE, but RSVP is required, and space will fill quickly.
The Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, presents a free screening of Devil In A Blue Dress, a film adaptation (which starred Academy Award winner Denzel Washington) based on the novel by best-selling author Walter Mosley. The event, held tonight from 7pm-11pm in the Claudia Cassidy Theater, will be followed by a post Q&A with Mosley. Free; seating is first come, first served. For more information, call 773-296-1108.
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 2nd Story at 7pm and Stir Friday Night at 8:30pm at Lifeline, and Sweat Girls 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 Swiss mime company Mummenschanz comes through Chicago this weekend on their 40th anniversary tour. Fans of "The Muppet Show" may remember this innovative troupe from one of the original series' episodes. YouTube may also be of help here. Mummenshanz performs tonight at 7:30pm at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park; see the theater's Website for details and tickets. Harris Theater: 205 East Randolph Drive. (312) 334-7777.
The Tomorrow Never Knows music festival runs Jan. 16-20 at several venues around town. Tonight's shows are listed below. Shows are ticketed individually, but you can also purchase a five-day pass for $100. 18-and-over unless otherwise noted.
The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Kurt Braunohler Cameron Esposito 8pm; $15
Delocated Witness Protection Program Variety Show Musical Guest: Archer Prewitt 10pm; $20
The Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave. The Walkmen Father John Misty 8pm; sold out
Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave. Free Energy The Orwells Boats Wedding Dress 9pm doors; $15
Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. Niki & The Dove SSION Onuinu Vacationer Moon Boots 9pm doors; $15
Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark St. Slam Jeff Derringer 10pm; $10 in advance, $12 before midnight/$15 after. 21+
She's Crafty, Chicago's all female Beastie Boy Tribute Band, is starring in their very first solo concert at Underground Lounge, 952 W. Newport Ave., tonight at 8pm. $10 at the door, which includes a raffle ticket for door prizes. 21+
Vertigo Sky Lounge at the dana Hotel, 2 W. Erie St., celebrates the relaunch of Fire & Ice, its outdoor rooftop ice bar, with a party from 8pm to midnight tonight. Call 312-202-6060 or email email@example.com for reservations.
Brain Frame "performative comix" reading series holds its tenth installment at the Gallery Formerly Known as Happy Dog, 1542 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd floor, tonight at 9pm. Readers include Ezra Claytan Daniels, Sara Drake, Lyra Hill, Grant Reynolds and Andy Roche. Refreshments will be available, as well as prints, posters and related Brain Frame merchandise. $7 at the door.