Weekend Alert

If you're a laugher, dancer or wine drinker, consider yourself booked for the next four days. This weekend the MUSIC + MOVEMENT FESTIVAL shimmies on, City Winery hosts a big name performer and an icon tells jokes at The Chicago Theatre. Take the champagne off ice and celebrate like this guy, it's time to make plans for the weekend.

Havana Blue (4/13)

As part of the MUSIC + MOVEMENT FESTIVAL, River North Dance Chicago is teaming up with Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic to explore their shared roots in Cuban/Afro-Caribbean culture. As a sucker for salsa, I rarely pass up an opportunity to shake my hips to a driving drum beat.

Billy Bragg at City Winery (4/12 - 4/14)

Make City Winery a part of your visit to Chicago. Randolph Street attracts people with good taste and City Winery's rotating music series is on point. Billy Bragg hits the stage this weekend. So if you're into social activism, R.E.M., or--as is typically the case--both, then learn the words to "A New England" and head to the West Loop. Post haste!

Chris Tucker at the Chicago Theatre

They don't make movies like they used to. 16 years ago I snuck into Money Talks, thus beginning a crazed, junior high-aged obsession with Chris Tucker. After Rush Hour in the summer of '97, I was hooked, a fiend itching for martial arts-rooted hijinks. But it left as quickly as it came, and soon I was on to-I don't know-the American Pie series or something. Well, this week I reconnect with a childhood idol at the Chicago Theatre.

Meek Mill at the House of Blues (4/14)

I became a fan of Meek Mill after hearing his song "Ima Boss." That kind of brash self-aggrandizing really resonates with me. If his live performance is half as inspiring as his album, I'm going to buy a pet tiger this weekend.

Motown in Motion (4/14)

Detroit's premier dance company, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, will celebrate the music that put Motown on the map with their own playful, theatrical interpretation. If you double down on acts like The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Gladys Knight, and Smokey Robinson, the world miraculously becomes a better place. You're welcome.

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