The Mix — Cool Things to Do 01.18.13
January 16, 2013 5:58PM
Anthony Gonzalez of M83 | Paul Morigi / Invision for Virgin Mobile/AP Images
Updated: January 16, 2013 6:05PM
NOW YOU KNOW
Chicago’s annual multi-day, multi-venue winter music festival Tomorrow Never Knows returns in 2013 with a typically rich lineup, continuing through Jan. 20 at Lincoln Hall, Schubas, the Hideout, Smart Bar, Metro and the Vic Theatre. A full schedule and tickets are available at www.tnkfest.com. Here are a couple of suggested must-sees: the double bill of the Walkmen and Father John Misty is liable to be a gritty slice of wacky pie (Jan. 18 at the Vic); plus, fans of Maps & Atlases and/or M83 can find common ground within the cinematic scope of Geographer’s indie-pop (Jan. 20 at Schubas). – Thomas Conner
The Chicago Sinfonietta, with special guests Grammy Award-winning opera singer Eric Owens, clarinetist Anthony McGill and the Mosaic Gospel Choir performs a Martin Luther King Jr. tribute at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. Tickets are $26-$50. The orchestra also performs at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at Wentz Concert Hall, North Central College, 171 E. Chicago, Naperville. Tickets are $40-$50. Visit www.chicagosinfonietta.org .
REISER’S FUNNY LIFE
Comedian/actor Paul Reiser, brings his stand-up routine, “Paul Reiser Up Close and Personal,’ based on ridiculous situations experienced in everyday life, to town 8 p.m. Jan. 18 and 7, 9:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Zanies Rosemont, 5437 Park, Rosemont. Tickets are $30, plus two-item purchase. Visit www.rosemont.zanies.com .
‘MYTH’ MAKES TRACK
San Francisco indie rock band Geographer performs at 9 p.m. Jan. 20 at Schuba’s Tavern, 3159 N. Southport. Family of the Year, Royal Canoe and the Hudson Branch open. Tickets are $15. Visit www.schubas.com.
‘HANDEL’ WITH CARE
Powerhouse talent Rodrick Dixon (tenor), Alfreda Burke (soprano) and Karen Marie Richardson (alto), joined by more than 200 musicians and Chicago jazz artists, salute Martin Luther King Jr. Day with two performances of “Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz Gospel Messiah,” a contemporary version of George Frideric Handel’s 1741 oratorio “Messiah,” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 and 2 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress. Tickets are $30-$74. Visit www.auditorium
Comedian Brian Regan keeps the laughs coming with a wholesome act made funny by well-timed physicality and wit during a performance at 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets are $39.75-$49.75 Visit www.ticketmaster.com .
Don’t have an inkling of what a vinyl record is? Enthusiasts and newcomers are invited to the “Off the Record: A Listening Party” from 8-11 p.m. Jan. 19 at Logan Center for Arts, 915 E. 60th. The new series from the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, features new recordings, live performances and an interactive session that includes questions and answers. Admission is free. For an update on future sessions, visit www.cityofchicago.org/dcase .
STILL LIGHTING FIRES
Jose Feliciano, whose early success includes turning the Doors’ “Light My Fire” into a timeless love ballad and making the Hispanic “Felize Navidad” a holiday staple, is still topping the charts. In August, the Latin pop singer and acoustic guitarist released “The King,” an Elvis Presley tribute album, in August 2012. Feliciano performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 23-24 at City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph. Chicago-based techno-world beat artist DJ Sound Culture opens. Tickets are $45-$65. Visit www.citywinery.com/chicago .
THE YOUNG RAPSCALLIONS
Celebrity trivia alert: This rock quartet features drummer Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Yes, McLovin (“SUPERBAD”) is in a band, and there’s no Irish R&B to be heard. (Whither Phantom Planet?) Printers Row and Penthouse Sweets open at 7 p.m. in the Montrose Room at the InterContinental O’Hare hotel, 5300 N. River Rd., Rosemont. Tickets: $12-$20. Call (866) 777-8932; www.ticketweb.com.
Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves is joined by contemporaries Lizz Wright and Angelique Kidjo and musicians Geri Allen (piano), Romero Lubambo (guitar), James Genus (bass), Terri Lyne Carrington (drums) and Munyungo Jackson (percussion) to perform the music of Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln and Odetta along with songs made famous by the late Billie Holiday and other female jazz greats during Sing the Truth!, a program honoring female performers, at 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. Tickets are $37-$83. Visit www.cso.org .
DON’T MISS IT
Andrea Vinson, associate artistic director of Najwa Dance Corp. and teaching artist at Joffrey’s Middle School Dance Club, leads a special guests-participation African Dance Class in honor of MLK Day at noon Jan. 21 at Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph. The session, hosted by Joffrey Ballet’s African Dance Master Class, includes live drum music. Tickets are $15. Participants must register at (312) 784-4600; or online at www.joffrey.org/mlk .
The Shakespeare Project of Chicago performs Thomas Heywood’s Elizabethan tragedy “A Woman Killed With Kindness” at 10 a.m. Jan. 19 at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton. Admission is free. Other performances are at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette; 2 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel. Visit shakespeareprojectchicago.org .