Fresh Start to Your Week: 2/19 – 2/21

From snow to rain, this February has been a little all over the place. Thankfully the events are all on point with wonderful concerts and great discussions, so get out there and have some fun in our city! Let's give your week a fresh start! MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19th Ana Tijoux presents Roja y Negro @ Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln Ave., 7:00PM & 9:30PM, All Ages WHAT: From hip hop to the classic Latin songbook SO WHAT: Ana Tijoux has established herself in the hip hop world by producing some amazing verses in her native Spanish hat transcend language barriers. Now she has switched over to a more intimate and classic sound for her new project Roja y Negro: Canciones de Amor y Desamor. Drawing from Chilean songs of yesteryear and some originals, her new sound is a refreshing take on the old school classics. NOW WHAT: Tickets are $25 for each show! Ladylike cafe mustache Ladylike @ Cafe Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee Ave., 8:00PM, 21+ WHAT: Another edition of this storytelling series that aims to be a safe space for everyone, inclusive of all femme identifying and non-binary individuals. SO WHAT: Ladylike, the storytelling show where women tell the most disgusting and revealing stories they've got, will be taking over Cafe Mustache for two hours of fun! Hosted by Carly Ballerini, this edition will feature Madeleine Russell, Elise Fernandez, Ariel Atkins, Sarah Mowrey, Elyse Nylin, and Stephanie Weber! NOW WHAT: This event is 21+ and there is a suggested donation of $5! Free Monday: Cafe Racer / Ethers / GOSH! / Max Pelt DJs @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave., 8:30PM, 21+ WHAT: A nice record release party SO WHAT: Cafe Racer will be celebrating the release of Famous Dust, their second album of chill laid back tunes, with an excellent night at the Bottle. Joining them will be the garage rock sounds of Ethers, the dream pop of GOSH!, an the Max Pelt DJs throughout the night! Check out Andrew Hertzberg's thought on Cafe Racer's album here! NOW WHAT: It's free! The Gold Web Party @ Deadbolt, 2412 N Milwaukee Ave., 9:00PM, 21+ WHAT: Auditory lunacy brought to life by wild musical creatures SO WHAT: It honestly doesn't get any more glam as The Gold Web. This band of winged, glittered, and face painted musicians mix their gonzo theatrical stage shows with some flashy and utterly catchy songs. The band is hypnotizing as they churn out surreal synths and manic beats.  They'll be celebrating the release of their new album Acidchrist Superspice & the Candyboys. With an album title like that songs like "Emperor" at their disposal, this show should not be missed. NOW WHAT: It's a free show, just go and enjoy! TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20th Author of Call Me By Your Name @ American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave., 6:30PM, All Ages WHAT: André Aciman, author of the book that inspired the Oscar-nominated film, discusses the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' mansion in northern Italy. SO WHAT: The novel won the Lambda Literary Award for Fiction; the film adaptation was released last year. The film received a 10-minute standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival, received eight nominations at the Critics' Choice Awards, and three Oscar nominations, including best picture. NOW WHAT: Seating at this program is first-come, first-served. Free with museum admission or $5 suggested donation. Register here. Books will be available for sale before and after the event. Palm / the spirit of the beehive / The Hecks @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave., 8:30PM, 21+ WHAT: Fresh tunes for your Tuesday night SO WHAT: Palm will be headlining this great night at the Bottle with their complex tunes that are highlighted by Eve Alpert and Kasra Kurt's inventive harmonies. Joining them will be the spirit of the beehive and their impressive live performances and the noise rock of local band  The Hecks. NOW WHAT: Tickets are $12 for this stellar lineup WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21st Porches & Girl Ray In The Round @ Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St, 6:00PM, All Ages WHAT: Two amazing bands performing in the round SO WHAT: Thalia Hall's In The Round series, which sees the stage  in the center of the main floor letting the audience circle around the band continues with a fantastic show! The evocative sounds of Porches' interesting and intricate songs will headline the night while Girl Ray's beautiful pop tunes will open the night! NOW WHAT: Tickets are $22.26 for this amazing In The Round lineup! Shuga 3 Year Anniversary Party @ Shuga Records, 1272 N Milwaukee Ave., 7:00PM - 10:00PM, WHAT: A little anniversary part get together for this cool record store SO WHAT: Shuga Records will be celebrating their third year in Chicago a great get together. Flamingo Rodeo will be performing in store at 7pm, the store will be giving away an Enjoy the Ride Records mystery test pressing, and they'll be having a two day say (50% off used records, tapes, CDs, and posters & 15% off new titles) NOW WHAT: It's free, go and celebrate the occasion by buying some rekkids. Half Gringa & The Nunnery @ The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee Ave,., 9:30PM ,21+ WHAT: Amazing musicians performing in an intimate spot SO WHAT: Half Gringa's music embodies the merging of Latinx and Midwest identity with evocative songs about the wonders of life, from grandiose mountains  to the Chicago bars we're all used to. Joining her will be The Nunnery, whose majestic voice layers onto itself for a meditative musical experience. NOW WHAT: It's free, there's no excuse to miss out on this.
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Julian Ramirez