a drawing of Steve Krakow
Secret History creator Plastic Crimewave, aka Steve Krakow, as drawn by his own (apparently magical) hand Credit: Steve Krakow

Join Andersonville residents and celebrate the holidays the Swedish way, with St. Lucia and the Lucia Procession. Lucia girls, in white robes and candle crowns, were crowned at noon at the temporary Nordic House in the Wrigley building downtown. This afternoon a procession walks up Clark Street in Andersonville (starting at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark, at 4:45 PM) followed by a 5 PM musical performance near the Christmas tree at 1500 W. Catalpa. More music, readings, and a final St. Lucia procession starts at 7 PM at Ebenezer Lutheran Church (1650 W. Foster). All events are free with no tickets required. (TA)

Last week Gossip Wolf let us know that south-side native Manasseh plays the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (220 E. Chicago) tonight as part of their Soundtrack series, which asks local musicians to perform in response to the themes explored in a current exhibit. Manasseh will be backed by the ensemble the Fam, featuring Brandon Cameron, Blake Davis, Lisha Denise, Lamonté Norwood, and Remon Sanders as they explore original arrangements in response to work of artist Martine Syms. It starts at 6 PM and the performance is free with admission to the museum (and residents of Illinois enjoy free admission on Tuesdays). (SCJ)

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Manasseh recorded this performance at the Chicago Public Media Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio.

Reader contributor Steve Krakow’s Secret History of Chicago Music visits our music pages on a regular basis with deep research into overlooked Chicago musicians and bands complete with original illustrations. Tonight you can enjoy a live version of the column as Krakow hosts soul singer Renaldo Domino (whose 60s discography has been reissued by Numero Group), as well as Reader contributor Aaron Cohen, the author of Move On Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power. The three gents will discuss pivotal Chicago soul and R&B music starting at 7:30 PM at Gman Tavern (3740 N. Clark); tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at Etix. (SCJ)