Fresh Start to Your Week: 11/27 – 11/29

I'm sure that most people's Thanksgiving weekend was filled with family gatherings, online and in store shopping sprees, and plenty of good cheer! Let's keep the great feeling of the holidays going with the beginning of this week with some music, readings, crafts, and a few drinks. Let's give your week a fresh start! MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27th The Flat Five Fall Freak Out Residency @ The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave., 7:00PM, 21+ WHAT: The place you'll want to be at every Monday SO WHAT: The Flat Five are the super group that Chicago needs. Made up of Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor and Alex Hall, the band's debut album It’s a World of Love and Hope is made up entirely of songs by Chicago mainstay Chris Ligon.  Their sound is everything you could want from these music masters: sweet and twisted pop songs that will get stuck in your head. Now you can see them mix things up like the good ole days at this multi-month residency where they will be trying a whole mess of beautiful things every Monday night. This evening will include The Chris Foreman Organ Trio, featuring Alex Hall and Joel Paterson with guest vocalist Kelly Hogan NOW WHAT: There is no better way to spend $15 on a Monday night. Head out and experience this masterful group. Come to the Cabaret: A Book Release Party and Cabaret Show @ Davenport's, 1383 N Milwaukee Ave., 8:00PM WHAT: Davenport’s and the Phantom Collective present Come to the Cabaret: A Book Release Party and Cabaret Show SO WHAT: This book release party for Cabaret FAQ: All That Is Left to Know about the Broadway and Cinema Classic by June Skinner Sawyers, the latest release in the FAQ series by Applause Books will be a great way to delve into the all the wonder of the film, musical and cabaret backstory. The evening will consist of songs by Kander and Ebb, Brecht and Weill, and songs associated with Marlene Dietrich as well as a few surprise selections. Performers include Maddie Dorsey, Amy Montgomery, and Megan Elk. NOW WHAT: Tickets are $15 for this intriguing night! Emily Blue / Fay Ray / Byzmuti @ Emporium Arcade Bar Wicker Park, 1366 N Milwaukee Ave, 8:00PM, 21+ WHAT: Fresh music in the glow of pinball machine lights SO WHAT: Stop by the Wicker Park Emporium for an evening filled with some great tunes from three amazing Chicago based bands ! The night will be filled with unique sounds for the likes of Emily Blue and her infectious and vivid pop sound that is a delight to experience, the pristine melodic grooves of Fay Ray, and unique soundscapes of BYZUTi NOW WHAT: This show is 21+ and totally free! TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28th Holiday Market @ Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N Clark St., 6:30PM - 10:00PM, All Ages WHAT: The only Holiday Market in the city set against the backdrop of ZooLights. SO WHAT: Kick off your holiday cheer with Lincoln Park Zoo by visiting this amazing collection of local artisans, shops, and boutiques selling their amazing wares. It’s the perfect evening to do something festive, catch up with friends, and get some holiday shopping done. NOW WHAT: Admission is $10 and there is a $55 option which includes an animal adoption, a great way to support the zoo and help it continue being free and open 365 days a year. Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton @ Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St., 7:00PM, 17+ WHAT: Emily Haines is back with Choir of the Mind SO WHAT: Any new Emily Haines music is always a treat, whether it's with her band Metric or a song or two on a Broken Social Scene record. So to get another outing under her solo project Soft Skeleton, her first in ten years, you know it's going to be something special.  Haines powerful voice and interesting instrumentation of the album blend together for an exciting collection of songs. NOW WHAT: Tickets are $26 for seated GA and $86 for the VIP access which comes with a lot of goodies and early entry to the show. Emily Haines has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket will go to supporting women and girls through Planned Parenthood Foundation. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29th Hopped Up Tap Takeover with Revolution Brewing & Hop Butcher @ House of Blues, 329 N Dearborn St., 5:00PM, 21+ WHAT: An amazing pair of breweries comes to House of Blues SO WHAT: Hopped Up is and evening where a brewery takes over the taps at House of Blues. This evening will be special as it will be a dual tap takeover featuring beers starting at $4 from Revolution Brewing & Hop Butcher's solid lineup of delicious beers. There will be plenty of giveaways all night and The North 41 will be handling the live music. NOW WHAT: Entry to the event is free! After Work: Sam Trump @ The Robey, 2022 W North Ave., 6:00PM - 8:00PM, 21+ WHAT: Music at chill lounge SO WHAT: The Robey has a new series, After Work, where local artists will play intimate, stripped-down sets in their second floor lounge. Don't miss out on cocktail, beer & wine specials as you are serenaded by some of the best acts in Chicago. This week the series features a beautiful set by Sam Trump! NOW WHAT: This is series is free and a great way to discover new artists. Author Conversation: Carmen Maria Machado & Gina Frangello @ Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N Clark St., 7:30PM - 8:30PM WHAT: A reading and lively conversation with Carmen Maria Machado (award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties) and Gina Frangello (UIC professor, award-winning author, and former Rumpus editor). SO WHAT: Machado's Her Body and Other Parties received acclaim and award nominations before it was even published (and is shortlisted for the National Book Award). Women and Children First is a small-business bookstore and perennial champion of intersectional literature. Bringing the two together is going to be an explosively feminist event that will be the most inspiring thing you'll ever go to on a Wednesday. NOW WHAT: The event is free, but you should read Her Body And Other Parties beforehand. (You should read it even if you can't make it to the reading/conversation.) Read more about the event on the Women and Children First website.
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Julian Ramirez