Night market, music, Destroy Your Art, and moreSalem Collo-Julin and Kerry Reidon August 25, 2022 at 5:25 am

The final Argyle Night Market for the season happens tonight from 5-9 PM, filling Argyle Street between Kenmore and Sheridan with food vendors, community booths, local business, activities for the kids, a beer garden, and music. Tonight’s market offers a special tribute to John “Vietnam” Nguyen, a rapper, spoken word artist, student, and activist who grew up in the area and participated in the Chinese Mutual Aid Association’s Multi-Cultural Youth Project. Nguyen attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he had received a scholarship to the university’s First Wave program, which is centered around spoken word and hip-hop culture. He unfortunately drowned in an accident in 2012 in Madison’s Lake Mendota, and the loss was felt far and wide in the communities that he created both at Wisconsin and back home. The Chicago-based artist and activist collective Elephant Rebellion was formed shortly after Nguyen’s death in tribute to his legacy, and members will be performing tonight at the market along with members of Kuumba Lynx, CRASHprez, and other friends. You can find more information at the Argyle Night Market Facebook page. (SCJ)

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If you’re looking for music tonight, there’s more than a few options out there–here’s a few! Gates open at 5 PM at the Salt Shed (1357 N. Elston) for an outdoor concert from British R&B singer Jorja Smith, with Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins opening at 7 PM. If you get there on the early side, you can check out a rotating retail market of vendors and grab food or drink from an array of local restaurants and culinary pop-ups. Check out the Salt Shed’s website for a detailed FAQ, and go to Eventbrite for advance tickets. The Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont) boasts an emo-tinged night with Ogbert the Nerd, Arcadia Grey, Superkick, and Snow Ellet. Doors open at 7 PM and the music starts at 8 for this 17+ show; purchase advance tickets at Ticketweb. And multi-instrumentalist Sam Thousand brings a live group to Pilsen Yards (1163 W. 18th St.). There’s no cover, but be prepared to purchase food and/or drink. (SCJ)

Burn, filmmaker, burn! Destroy Your Art invited four independent movie creators to make original short films and then get a chance to destroy them in front of an audience tonight at the Music Box (3733 N. Southport) starting at 7 PM. Reader contributor Kathleen Sachs explains more here, and mentions a blowtorch–let’s hope that everyone remembers their safety masks! A list of the participating filmmakers and advance tickets are available at the Music Box Theatre’s website. (SCJ)

Lincoln Lodge (2040 N. Milwaukee) presents My Best Friend Is Black, a live comedy variety showcase for Black performers. (“Of course, we encourage people of all backgrounds to come out and laugh with us! We also strongly encourage reparation donations from those with 0% melanin, especially if you have a Black Best Friend.”) Showtime is 8 PM, tickets are $12, and proof of vax and masks are required. This month features Ontonio Kareem, Daryn Robinson, and Arlieta Hall. For more information and reservations, see thelincolnlodge.com or eventbrite.com. (KR)

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