A Magical Cirque Christmas, concerts, and a sound bath

Last night A Magical Cirque Christmas opened at CIBC Theatre (18 W. Monroe), starring magician Lucy Darling (aka Carisa Hendrix) as hostess. Hendrix’s alter ego is a 1920s-style screwball dipsomaniac with a special talent for making bottles of booze and cocktails appear and disappear. She’ll be joining a lineup of circus artists in this family-friendly show, which also features a playlist of favorite holiday songs. It runs through 12/11 (Wed 2 and 7:30 PM, Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM); tickets are $16-$96 at broadwayinchicago.com. (KR)

Here’s some music options for tonight, with links to coverage from our music writers:

Third Coast Percussion brings Rituals and Meditations, a program featuring three world premiere compositions by contemporary composers, to DePaul University’s Holtschneider Performance Center tonight. The concert opens with a performance of Triple Point, a work created by Chicago composer and bandleader Ayanna Woods in 2017 when Woods participated in the ensemble’s Currents Creative Partnership program. (7:30 PM, 2330 N. Halsted, $27-$52 with discounts for members and students with valid ID, all-ages, tickets at DePaul’s box office site)
Post-punk and darkwave band the Soft Moon, led by California singer-songwriter Luis Vasquez, plays the Metro tonight, and Reader contributor Noah Berlatsky previewed the show and the Soft Moon’s latest album, Exister, for our latest issue. Nuovo Testamento and DJ Scary Lady Sarah open. (8 PM, 3730 N. Clark, $26, 18+, tickets at Etix)
Blind Boys of Alabama bring their Christmas Show to City Winery tonight. The living legends of gospel music have collaborated with artists from multiple genres throughout their careers, and were nominated for a Grammy this year for their single with banjo player Béla Fleck, an interpretation of the Civil Rights Movement anthem “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free,” originally popularized by Nina Simone. (8 PM, 1200 W. Randolph, $45-$68, all-ages, tickets at the venue’s website)
DJs Ron Carroll and Alan King bring Afro Disco night to Celeste in River North; expect deep house in a cocktail lounge atmosphere. (9 PM, 111 W. Hubbard, no cover but food or drink purchase is expected, 21+) (SCJ)

Feeling misaligned and unready for the end of the year? A sound bath meditation session might be in order. It’s a sonic immersion into the sounds of drums, gongs, crystal singing bowls, and other instruments which create a wall of vibration that many feel help center their energy. You can just do this at home by turning the stereo up, to some extent, but the people of Mecca Elevated are offering a fancier sound bath experience tonight at Cerise, the rooftop bar at Virgin Hotel Chicago (203 N. Wabash). A $40 entry fee gets you a fully guided meditation experience (bring your own yoga mat and/or blanket to lie down on) along with a post-sound bath complimentary cocktail. Tickets for this 6:30 PM event are available at Eventbrite, and there’s a second session scheduled for Wed 12/21 if the stars don’t align for you tonight. (SCJ)

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