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The UniverSoul Circus returned to Washington Park this year after a break during the initial COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in 2020, to the delight of families looking for a fun excursion. The organization features many BIPOC performers and offers clowns, motorcyclists, dance troupes, contortionists, aerial ballerinas, and plenty of interactive moments with the audience members so the kids can get up and play along. Throughout their run (which goes through Mon 10/31), UniverSoul features guest ringmasters sometimes culled from the community, and tonight rapper and south sider Katie Got Bandz, who recently got featured in Nicki Minaj’s “Super Freaky Girl Queen Remix”) takes the reins. Tonight’s show starts at 7 PM, with more shows scheduled for Sat 10/29 (11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, and 7:30 PM), Sun 10/30 (11 AM, 3 PM, and & PM) and Mon 10/31 at 7 PM. Entry is near S. Cottage Grove at Payne Dr., and tickets are available at Ticketmaster. (SCJ)

Tack Room (1807 S. Allport) is hosting a free night of Stevie Nicks-inspired drag. From 9-11 PM, sip witchy drinks by candlelight while being haunted by a chance to win spooky good prizes. Performer Wanda Screw will be joined by musician Kevan Eftekhari to get all the white-winged doves singing “ooh baby, ooh.” Better break out the platforms and jumpsuits for this one. (MC)

Here are some more music options for tonight with links to past coverage by our music writers:

  • Reader contributor Jack Riedy teams up with Metro’s Jill Hopkins to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Prince’s album 1999 with a dance party featuring hours of Prince and Prince-related music at Gman Tavern (3740 N. Clark, 8 PM, free, 21+).
  • Trumpeter Marquis Hill visits SPACE in Evanston for “New Gospel Revisited,” a WDCB-sponsored concert (1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston, 8 PM, $20-$25 tickets at Eventbrite, all-ages).
  • R&B artist and Chicago musician Marcus Atom performs tonight at Golden Dagger along with DJ and producer Timmy V (2447 N. Halsted, 8:30 PM, $15 tickets at Ticketweb, 21+). (SCJ)