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Before there was Wicked, there was Children of Eden, and before there was Beyoncé, there was Destiny’s Child. Michelle Williams, Bey’s former bandmate, stars in this concert presentation of Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz’s 1991 musical based on the book of Genesis. (Not his first foray into biblical musicals; he also wrote Godspell 20 years earlier.) There are two shows only—today at 2 and 8 PM at the Cadillac Palace (151 W. Randolph); tickets are $41-$91 at broadwayinchicago.com. (KR)

A few concerts scheduled tonight were recommended by our music writers. Reader contributor Monica Kendrick wrote a preview of this evening’s 7 PM Sabaton show for our latest issue, saying that the Swedish power-metal veterans “deliver poetic lessons in military history.” Dutch symphonic metal band Epica opens, and tickets are still available (at the Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence, all-ages). And at 8 PM, the European multi-instrumentalist and sound artist Clara de Asís makes her Chicago debut at Elastic (3429 W. Diversey, second floor, all-ages); Reader contributor Bill Meyer says that de Asís “uses played and collected sounds as prompts to focus the power of the listener’s attention on the potentialities of the sound fields around them.” (SCJ)

Looking for a little spooky fun to get you into the Halloween mood? Haunted: The Improvised Ghost Hunters returns to the Cornservatory (4210 N. Lincoln) this month on Saturdays at 10 PM. It’s a longform narrative improvisation satirizing (with love) paranormal investigative TV shows like Ghost Hunters and Ghost Nation. $10 tickets are available on Eventbrite. And if you’re looking for a more cinematic late night horror experience, Music Box Theatre’s month-long Music Box of Horrors series delivers tonight with a screening of 1994’s Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (11:59 PM, 3733 N. Southport). Advance tickets ($8-$11) are available at the Music Box website. (SCJ)


Children of Eden

Children of Eden, Village Players Theatre. Not as polished as Porchlight Theatre’s 2002 revival, Diane Fisher Post’s staging offers the partial recompense of homespun warmth and community-theater camaraderie. An Old Testament spin-off of Godspell by composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz, this playful gospel musical ranges from the Creation to the Flood to gently expose God as a…

Swedish power-metal titans Sabaton continue to explore the Great War

Founded in 1999, Swedish power-metal veterans Sabaton cast a microscopic gaze on the horrors of war with a sweeping, majestic, and anthemic sound that walks the line between empathizing with humans on the battlefield and glorifying the unglorifiable. Their records deliver poetic lessons in military history (usually European), and though they aim to stay as…

In her first Chicago appearance, Clara de Asís collaborates with Aperiodic to model the aesthetic virtues of nonintervention

Clara de Asís is a Spanish-born, France-based multi-instrumentalist and sound artist who uses played and collected sounds as prompts to focus the power of the listener’s attention on the potentialities of the sound fields around them. The crackle of static and the decaying reverberations of struck metal on her new collaboration with Ryoko Akama, Sisbiosis…