HALL PASS So what if this week’s big indie-rock gigs at Lincoln Hall and Schubas
(Markéta Irglová, Handsome Furs) are sold out? Take the opportunity to expand your
musical horizons with James McMurtry, Allen Toussaint, and Deborah Voigt.
For those whose New Year’s resolution was “Hear more live music”: Don’t-miss picks for Wed 01.12.10 through Tue 01.18.11
opera Discovery Series: The Girl of the Golden West
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
Jesse De La Peña
Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals (a.k.a. people we like): the longtime hometown hip-hop DJ Jesse De La Peña, who spins alongside the house DJ and producer Ron Trent at the afterparty following Saturday’s Winter Block Party for the Hip-Hop Arts.
"I usually spin the third Friday of every month at Simone’s, in Pilsen, but I have this week off, so I’m hoping to get some dinner with a couple of buddies who’ll be playing with me on Sunday at Crocodile. We’ll be doing Ethiopian food. I only go one place: Addis Abeba, in Evanston. One of my favorite chefs, Demess, used to be at the old location on Clark. He took a break for a while, but he recently came back, which is all the more reason to go. It’s a little treat to myself.
"Saturday is the Winter Block Party. It’s my first time playing the event itself. Last year, we scheduled the afterparty at Crocodile and brought everyone over for a Prince/Michael [Jackson] tribute. This year, on Sunday, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, we’re paying homage to him with a dance party at Crocodile, Freedom to Dance, featuring DJs Uncle Milty, Major Taylor, and myself: free pizza, drink specials, and no cover from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. I’m there every Sunday, but it’s always good when people have the next day off [for MLK Day]. That makes it easier to go out on a Sunday night.”
GO: The Third Annual Winter Block Party for Chicago’s Hip-Hop Arts runs Jan 15 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Some activities require admission, but De La Peña and Trent spin at the free afterparty, starting at 10. Chicago Urban Art Society, 2229 S Halsted. wbez.org/events
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
lit/lectures Cornelia Maude Spelman
In her just-released memoir, Missing, the local children’s author turns to a more intimate story—that of her mother. Spelman first began to comb through her family history after connecting with a college friend of her parents, the late New Yorker editor and writer William Maxwell. Relive Spelman’s subsequent correspondence and friendship with Maxwell in this 2008 story from Chicago’s archives, then hear her read from Missing this weekend.
GO: Jan 16 at 4:30. Women & Children First, 5233 N Clark. corneliaspelman.com
Photography: (Toussaint) Courtesy of Chicago Symphony Orchestra; (Voigt) Dan Rest/Lyric Opera of Chicago; (De La PeÑa) Eddie QuiÑones