Douglass Park forum, jazz, Chicago trivia, Studs and Spikes

From 5-7 PM, the Chicago Park District has organized a listening session seeking community dialogue about visions for Douglass Park. The park district’s Douglass Park Community Engagement Forum takes place this evening at the park’s field house (1401 S. Sacramento). This is an event for community input on imagining Douglass Park’s future. Maybe you have concerns about the Park hosting a wealth of music festivals or suggestions for ways to use the park that would benefit residents over private businesses. I dunno, just brainstorming! If you’ve got thoughts on Douglass Park, let the Chicago Park District know. Note: To speak, you must sign up on-site by 5:30 PM, but even showing up to listen sends the message that people are invested in the park’s future, whatever that looks like. A map of Douglass Park is available at the Chicago Park District website. (MC)

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Gossip Wolf told us earlier in August about local jazz composer and drummer Jeremy Cunningham and his recent albums, including the July release A Better Ghost. Cunningham has been in residency at Andy’s Jazz Club (11 E. Hubbard) on Wednesday nights this month, and tonight you have two opportunities to see Cunningham play with his Happenstance ensemble. Sets start at 6 PM and 8:15 PM; each showtime is a $15 reservation (which you can book in advance at Andy’s Jazz Club’s website) and all ages are welcome. (SCJ)

Jeremy Cunningham’s Happenstance group plays Don Cherry’s “Guinea”.

Quick: what year did the Great Chicago Fire take place? How many stars are there on the Chicago flag? If you were able to answer those questions without consulting the rest of the internet, maybe you should gather some fellow Chicagophiles and hit the Den Theatre (1331 N. Milwaukee) tonight. The Den’s Bar and Lounge hosts Wednesday Night Trivia, and the theme this evening is “All Things Chicago,” with prizes for winning teams like tickets to upcoming theater and comedy shows at the Den as well as a $75 gift card to a Wicker Park restaurant on the line. Patrick McCormack emcees, and the trivia starts at 7 PM. There’s no cover, and you can purchase drinks and snacks from the bar. Keep in mind that the bar and theater at the Den are cashless (payment can be made by credit card or several tap-to-pay options). (SCJ)

It’s the third installment of Studs and Spikes, the newest queer goth and punk party happening at Berlin (954 W. Belmont). This party is one to keep your eye on because each installment thus far has been sensitive to a different facet of what it means to be goth, punk, and/or queer. Studs and Spikes showcases the range of the community, promoting a creatively fluid environment while maintaining a dark and disciplined core. Tonight’s lineup includes performances by Hide, Panic Priest, and Embrasa as well as DJ sets by They/Them K-Ultra and Flores Negras. Open to those 21 and older; $10 cover at the door and 10 PM kickoff. Masks are encouraged, and proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for entry. (MC)

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