• Nina Nastasia

This year is the tenth anniversary of The Second City That Never Sleeps: Letters to Santa, the 24-hour holiday benefit organized by Heather Whinna that raises money to provide relief to needy families in the Chicago area. As usual the event takes place at Second City, beginning at 7 PM on Tuesday and concluding the following day at the same time. Comedians involved include TJ Jagadowski, Tim Baltz, and Brendan Jennings, but what attracts me is always the music lineup, and this year is no exception: the Mountain Goats, Jeff Parker, Danielson, Nora O’Connor, Robbie Fulks, Helen Money, the Blisters, and more. That “more” includes two artists making their first Chicago appearances since releasing new albums—Nina Nastasia and Bonnie “Prince” Billy.