Weekend Events Around Town: 2/3 - 2/5

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George Clinton

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It’s not often the MCA requires “fashionably funky attire.” The Master of Funk himself, George Clinton, performs Saturday with Parliament Funkadelic in a benefit concert for the museum. Tickets for the show are $150 and include a dessert reception, but $1,000 gets you into the show, a cocktail reception, dinner by Wolfgang Puck and an additional performance by Nick Cave.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

African-American History Month

February is African-American History Month, and the Chicago Public Library is kicking off a month of events with a Saturday panel on Chicago record producer, Carl Davis. Davis, who worked at Vee-Jay and Okeh Records, produced hits for Gene Chandler, the Chi-Lites and Jackie Wilson, including “Get Down.” The panel, which will include Chandler, Chi-Lites leader Marshall Thompson, and V103’s Herb Kent, will discuss Davis’ autobiography. Admission is free.

Woodson Regional Library
9525 S. Halstead St.
Chicago, IL 60628

Estelle

British R&B singer Estelle’s single “American Boy,” co-written with Kanye West and will.i.am, was one of the top hits of 2008. Now’s she’s coming to Double Door on Friday to promote her latest album, All of Me, due out later this month. After the album’s first single, the house-inspired “Freak,” flopped last year, early reviews say the rest of the tracks are a return to form. Luke James and Natalie Oliveri open. Tickets are $20

Double Door
1572 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the South African band best known for its beautiful harmonies on Paul Simon’s 1986 album Graceland, plays two shows at the Old Town School of Folk Music on Friday night. Their latest record, 2011’s Songs From a Zulu Farm, received a Grammy nomination last month. Tickets are $45.

Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

Morbid Curiosity

Catch our segment on "Morbid Curiosity" and want to see more? Chicago antiques dealer Richard Harris has an unusual collection: over 1,000 pieces of art and artifacts of the morbid and macabre. The exhibit is largely split in two: The War Room and the Kunstkammer of Death. The War Room features five series of prints, from Jacques Callot’s Miseries and Misfortunes of War on the Thirty Years War to Sando Birk’s The Depravities of War, based on the Iraq War. The Kunstkammer, or cabinet of curiosities, includes 16th Century paintings of decaying skulls and Jodie Carey’s striking chandelier made entirely of plaster bones. Admission is free.

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

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