Since November, the Harold Washington Library Center has hosted an excellent free exhibit on the life and career of Reverend Clay Evans, corresponding with the establishment of a permanent archive devoted to him. The 92-year-old retired in 2000, after serving as an anchor for the city’s faithful for decades: among his countless achievements, the pastor and activist founded the famed Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, cofounded Jesse Jackson’s Operation PUSH, hosted the What a Fellowship Hour on radio and TV, and released a series of seriously smoking gospel recordings (which is why he’s in this music column). The exhibit runs through Sunday, March 4, and the preceding Saturday at 2 PM, Evans’s sister Dr. Lou Della Evans-Reid leads a 60-strong gospel choir in a joyous, rafter-raising free performance in the library’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. Amen!
Gossip Wolf digs the Hideout’s monthly experimental-music series, Resonance, which celebrated its third birthday in December. Resonance happens every second Wednesday, and recently its organizers launched a dance-centric spin-off, Midnight Resonance, that’s every first Saturday. So far it’s featured local footwork veteran Jana Rush (December), Philly Discwoman affiliate DJ Haram (January), and trans Bolivian-American producer Elysia Crampton (February). On Saturday, March 3, the series welcomes Bergsonist, aka Morocco native Selwa Abd, who works with blood-pumping house, lo-fi techno, and screeching acid to make her beautiful but disfigured electro tracks. Tickets for the midnight show are $5.
On Saturday, March 3, local four-piece the Evening Attraction drop their second album, The End, Again, whose advance singles recall the Zombies in their lovely baroque touches. That night they celebrate with a release show at the Empty Bottle that doubles as a Treehouse Records showcase; Lucille Furs and Rookie open. v
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