Today kicks off the American Indian Center’s 69th Annual Chicago Powwow, which runs through Sunday (10/9). From 10 AM-6 PM each day, thousands will gather at Schiller Woods (events in Groves 12 and 13, entrance on Irving Park west of Cumberland) to share and reflect on Indigenous culture, preserving its heritage while contemplating its future. Expect art, food, vendors, and dancing—lots of dancing. There will be several dance contests throughout the weekend, as well as noncompetitive dance and musical performances. Tickets are $15 per day ($10 for children, seniors, and military personnel), or $35 for the weekend. Children five and under get in free. Group rates are available. Go to the center’s website for more information and a full schedule of events. (MC)
Indie music sensation Nnamdï is celebrating the release of his latest album in the most Nnamdï way possible: with a pancake party at House of Vans (113 N. Elizabeth). The pancake party—titled Nnamdï’s Pancake Haus—is an homage to the DIY venue he and his brother ran in their parents’ basement during the 2010s. Bands would play while the brothers served up pancakes. In this iteration, pancakes will be provided by Babycakes along with coffee by Dark Matter. In fact, Dark Matter is unveiling a special-edition Nnamdï blend: Please Have a Sip. At 7 PM, the night kicks off with a playback of Nnamdï’s new album followed by a round of musical chairs hosted by Nnamdï himself. Then Paper Mice perform, Ryan the Person DJs, and some sort of variety hour ensues (oooo!). This is free fun for all ages—but advance registration is required. (MC)
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre kicks off its season with the midwest premiere of Refuge by Satya Jnani Chávez and Andrew Rosendorf. The multidisciplinary bilingual musical piece (translation by Mari Meza-Burgos) uses magical realism in telling the story of a Honduran girl making the treacherous border crossing into Texas. Chávez and Valen-Marie Santos codirect, and Adolfo Romero created the original puppet designs in the show. The show opens in previews tonight at 7:30 PM at the company’s Howard Street Theatre (721 Howard, Evanston) and continues through 11/13, Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 6 PM. Tickets are $40 during previews, $55-$60 during the regular run ($5 discount for seniors). A three-course meal from Taco Diablo can be added on for $30, but must be ordered at time of ticket purchase. For reservations, visit theo-u.com. (KR)
Another music-filled Friday is possible as the city is filled with sound choices this weekend. After you’ve downloaded some of our recommended choices on Bandcamp (today is a Bandcamp Friday, which means that until midnight the streaming platform gives back sales revenue directly to the artists and record labels that use the service), consider these concerts for tonight . . .
In Logan Square, Music Fest Chicago seeks to highlight independent musicians with a series of shows throughout the weekend at Cafe Mustache (2313 N. Milwaukee), Easy Does It (2354 N. Milwaukee), and Cole’s Bar (2338 N. Milwaukee). All events are open to those 21+, and you can purchase an all-access pass at the Cole’s website. Daily schedules are available at the Music Fest Chicago Instagram; tonight’s highlights include Cordoba (8 PM at Cole’s), E. Woods (8:20 PM at Easy Does It), the Lipschitz (8:50 PM at Cole’s), Sacha Mullin (9 PM at Cafe Mustache), and Brittney Carter (11:45 PM at Cole’s).
More options: the World Music Festival continues its ten-day run tonight with a free rock, ska, and marimba-infused show from Son Rompe Pera, Malafacha, and DJ Kinky P (9 PM at Reggies Rock Club, 2105 S. State, open to those 18+). Check out more about the bands at our World Music Festival guide, where you can also preview what’s on tap for Saturday and Sunday. The Claudettes celebrate the release of their latest album, The Claudettes Go Out!, by going out and playing a show at the Hideout tonight (9:30 PM, 1354 W. Wabansia, 21+); tickets are available here. And Rhea the Second continues a residency at Golden Dagger (2447 N. Halsted) tonight. She’ll be joined by S-O-S, Christian JaLon, and DJ Legit (8 PM, open to 21+). (SCJ)