Thaddeus Tukes and the Chicago Freedom Ensemble Credit: Michael Jackson for Chicago Reader

If you’re seeking a rootin’ tootin’ good time that’s really outta this world, look no further than the Cosmic Country Cookout at Judson & Moore (3057 N. Rockwell, Building 5). From 2-10 PM, the organizers behind the Cosmic Country Showcase, a campy quarterly revue that happens at the Hideout, host an expanded version of the regular event as a day-long fest. Not only is the bill packed with a mix of boundary-pushing country artists inspired by the psychedelic spirit of Gram Parsons (Tobacco City, Boulevards, and Lavender Country—to name a few!), but there’s also going to be a photo booth, food, and “general store,” all designed to immerse you in a funky day that feels far, far away from reality. Admission is $15. Online advance tickets are sold out, so get there early if you wanna get in! (MC)

If Ross Johnson could read your mind, love—well, maybe he can! The psychic performer has landed at the newly renovated Rhapsody Theater (1328 W. Morse), where you can catch him today at 3 PM in A Funny Thing Happened . . . Tomorrow! Johnson has been doing his blend of mind reading, second sight, and mental projection for three decades. HIs current stand at the Rhapsody runs Wednesdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM in an open run, and tickets are $35-$75 at (KR)

The Chicago Music Association was created in the year 1919 to provide a performance venue for classically trained Black musicians who had been denied access to major concert halls and opera houses in other jurisdictions. And 103 years later, the association is still active in the world of music education and appreciation, by awarding financial scholarships to young musicians and hosting free concerts featuring the work of Black composers. Today, you can assist in the cause by attending Allegro by the Lake, the Association’s annual fundraiser, which starts at 4 PM at the historic South Shore Cultural Center (7059 S. South Shore). Performers include musicians Tammy McCann and Thaddeus Tukes, and advance tickets are available through Eventbrite. (SCJ)

Bendición Dry Bar is teaming up with trauma-informed hypnotherapist Jenna Borrelli to host a workshop on working through creative blocks. Through both guided meditation and discussion, participants will gain self-reflection tools and troubleshooting strategies to help them work through those times when the creative faucet’s on but nothing’s coming out! What causes creative blocks? How can we manage them? Grab your notebook and find out. The group meets today at Jimmy Beans Coffee (2553 W. Fullerton) from 4:30-6:30 PM, and while this event is free (mocktails will be for sale), you’ll want to register in advance to guarantee a spot. (MC)