Ryan Dirteater rides Rosser/Flying C's MJ Timber Wolf for 83 during the first round of the Nampa Built Ford Tough series PBR. Photo by Andy Watson
PLENTY OF BULL
More than 35 professional bull riders saddle up for the PBR: Built Ford Tough Series Chicago Invitational
at 8 p.m. Jan. 12 and 2 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim, Rosemont. Tickets are $15-$125. Visit ticketmaster.com .
Tribute band Led Zeppelin 2 salutes Jimmy Page and Robert Plant’s iconic rock band at 9 p.m. Jan. 11 at the House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn. Tickets are $25. Visit houseofblues.com .
DON’T MISS THE ‘BOAT’
The Chicago Boat, Sports and RV Show runs through Jan. 13 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore. New attractions include the Lighthouse and Harbor Experience featuring boats docked at a makeshift harbor; the Water Center, where boating experts be on hand to answer questions; as well as the Rockin’ Rollin’ Bubbles water walking sports area. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 11; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 12; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 13. Tickets are $12. A $36 four-pack admission is available Jan. 11. Kids under age 15 get in free. Visit chicagoboatshow.com .
Bobby Bare Jr. performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 13 at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph. Angela James opens. Tickets are $15. Visit ciyty
Explore Pilsen’s creative community during the 2013 Chicago Arts District 2nd Fridays Gallery Night’s walking tour kick-off reception at 6 p.m. Jan. 11 along Halsted and 18th streets. The evening includes meeting with artists and gallery owners, viewing new exhibits and shopping. Admission is free. Visit chicagoartsdistrict.org .
Gift Theatre Company kicks off its 2013 subscription season with “TEN,” ten-minute, world-premiere plays by dozens of artists performed and directed by Gift ensemble members and guest artists at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 4 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 20. Admission is free. Call (773) 283-7071.
A ‘HARD BARGAIN’
Emmylou Harris (right) & Her Red Dirt Boys, performs in support of her new album “Hard Bargain,” featuring original songs written by Harris (three of which were co-written with Grammy- and Oscar-winning composer Will Jennings), at 8 p.m. Jan. 11 at Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee, Waukegan. Tickets are $37.50-$72.50. Call (800) 982-2787; nitelite.com .
Sway Dance Studio’s benefit masquerade ball is at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at Chief O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant, 3471 N. Elston. Festivities include performances by the studio’s staff and students and mini-dance lessons. Admission is $25, includes light appetizers. Visit swaydancechicago.com .
Pitch frozen turkeys at bowling pins during Schuba’s Second Annual Turkey Bowl in the tavern’s parking lot, 3159 N. Southport. Sign up begins at noon. Bowling starts at 1 p.m. The event is free. Visit schubas.com .
Sons of the Silent Age: Playing the Music of David Bowie performs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark. Also featured on the concert, in support of Rock for Kids, are Shirley Manson, Chris Connelly, Waco Brothers and Matt Walker. Tickets are $25. Visit metrochicago.com .
Grammy Award-winning singer Marc Cohn headlines at 8 p.m. Jan. 12 at Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago, Naperville. Tickets are $30-$40. Singer/songwriter Rebecca Pidgeon opens. Call (630) 637-7469; finearts.northcen tralcollege.edu/event/marc-cohn .
STILL GETTING ON
Old-school country rock band Pure Prairie League prove they can still thrill a crowd with timeless hits such as “Let Me Love You Tonight” and their biggest hit, “Amie,” at 8 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights. Tickets are $55-$65. Visit metropolisarts.com .
It’s big fun when little competitors hit the mat during Extreme Midget Wrestling at 9 p.m. Jan. 17 at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn. Tickets are $15-$20, at the door. Visit ticketmaster.com.
Chicago sisters Sarah, Gracie, Angel, Faith and Hannah Scarbrough, collectively known as Seventeen Sisters, are rebels with a cause, their edgy rock music addressing world concerns such as poverty, war and hunger. The siblings perform in support of their new track “Before the World Ends” at 8 p.m. Jan. 16 at Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee. My My My Miss Jackie and the Sass and Visionaire opens. Tickets are $7. Visit doubledoor.com .
DON’T MISS IT
Hip-hop artist Rakim performs at 9 p.m. Jan. 11 at The Shrine, 2109 S. Wabash. DJs Tony Touch and O-Zone share spinning duties. Tickets are $20. Must be 21+ over to attend. Visit ticketdriver.com/shrine/buy/tickets/event/76024 .
THE FLIP SIDE
A Flip Cup-style game, powered by audience suggestions, is the latest brainstorm of pH improv troupe’s pHLIP Cup at 8 p.m. Fridays through Nov. 21 at pH Comedy Theater, 1515 W. Berwyn. At the on-stage game’s end a team made up of audience members will be selected to play against the pH winning team. Tickets are $10; $5, for students. Visit whatisph.com/phlip.php .
“Tattoo II,” a photo exhibit on body art, opens at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at Chicago Photography Center, 3301 N. Lincoln. The exhibit runs through Jan. 27. Admission is free. The center hosts a hands-on tattoo photography workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 12. Tickets are $75; $50, for members. Visit chicagophoto.org .