It’s day one of the Chicago House Music Festival and Conference, which runs through Sunday 9/18. Today’s the symposium portion of this free four-day event. At the Logan Center for the Arts (915 E. 60th), there will be a slate of panels focused on the history, culture, and business of house music: the House Music Entrepreneur’s Journey (5:30-6:30 PM), Comeback or Come Up? House Music in 2022 (7-8 PM), and a Fireside Chat with veteran dance music executive Patrick Moxey (8:30-9:45 PM). Participants are industry veterans such as DJs, producers, label owners, and music journalists including The TRiiBE cofounder and editor-in-chief Tiffany Walden. The rest of the weekend will involve music, music, and—did we mention music? Check out DCASE’s website for a complete schedule, including a headliner performance by Ten City on Friday night. (MC)
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If you have an urge to s-t-r-e-t-c-h tonight, there’s two unique yoga classes to keep in mind. At 6 PM in Washington Square Park (901 N. Clark), instructor Gary Alexander teaches an outdoor basic yoga class for all levels . . . and your dog! Leashed and calm pooches are welcome to participate; bring a mat and no registration required. At the same time a little further north, DANK Haus German American Cultural Center (4740 N. Western) hosts instructor Janina Dunklau, as she offers a multi-level yoga class in both German and English: all levels of both yoga and German language knowledge (or lack thereof) are welcome. It’s $5 to join in the fun, and the class takes place outside on the center’s outdoor terrace. Check out Facebook for more information. (SCJ)
Cheese, glorious cheese! If you’re enamored with the stuff, and want to learn more about how it’s made, check out tonight’s Intro to Cheese class at the Palmer Square specialty cheese shop Beautiful Rind (2211 N. Milwaukee). This hour-long workshop will tell you a little cheese history, give you tips on how to care for your cheese and feature a tasting of five different styles. If you can’t make it in person, there’s virtual option (information for that will be given to you after booking tickets). It’s $35 and bring extra to buy some more dairy goodness when you’re done! Sign up for class at Tock. (SCJ)
A 1986 commercial for cheese; the theme song is based on a song from the musical Oliver!.
Are there any concerts tonight? Of course—it’s Chicago! Here’s a few shows featuring musicians that we’ve previously written about . . . Tonstartssbandht, the psych/postrock/art-rock duo of brothers Andy and Edwin Mathis White plays Sleeping Village (3734 W. Belmont), with local band Charlie Reed opening; show starts at 9 PM and advance tickets are available. Reader contributor David Anthony told us this week about Chicago punk band Alkaline Trio’s return to the stage for a sold-out concert tonight at Metro (3730 N. Clark); if you didn’t catch tickets for that, you can see them on Friday night as part of this weekend’s Riot Fest at Douglass Park (advance tickets are here). On a more experimental note, the Instigation Festival returns to Chicago this weekend to bring together improvisors from New Orleans, Chicago, and beyond. Festival shows this weekend inhabit Elastic Arts Foundation (3429 W. Diversey, second floor), Constellation, and Hungry Brain. Tonight’s show at Elastic features small groups including musicians Doug Garrison, Helen Gillet, Jason Marsalis, Dan Oestreicher, Mars Williams, and more. It’s $15 at the door and the first set starts at 8 PM. If you can’t make it in person, Elastic provides a livestream (donations welcome); go to Elastic’s website for details. (SCJ)