10 Things to Do This Weekend: March 23-26

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater brings its unique, mixed-dance style to Chicago. (Courtesy of Paul Kolnik)Alvin Ailey Dance Theater brings its unique, mixed-dance style to Chicago. (Courtesy of Paul Kolnik)

1. Marvel

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater moves and grooves in the city this weekend, fusing ballet, modern dance, jazz and African dance techniques in its program of new and classic works.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. $33-$115. | MAP

2. Say hello

Who are today’s “Hidden Figures”? At the event Hidden Figures-Revealed, meet five women working in the STEM industry, including astrophysicist and TED fellow Jedidah Isler, and learn about the challenges they face today, compared with those depicted in the Academy Award-nominated film.

Details:  7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. $20. | MAP

3. Move it

Soulquarians Night gets you in weekend mode with the music of Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Common, The Roots and others. Cash bar and menu available.

Details: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday at Punch House, 1227 W. 18th St. No cover. | MAP

Punch House hosts Solquarians Night to celebrate musicians like Erykah Badu and The Roots. (Courtesy of Punch House)Punch House hosts Solquarians Night to celebrate musicians like Erykah Badu and The Roots. (Courtesy of Punch House)

4. Reminisce

Grab your denim jacket and lacquer your ‘do with Aqua Net before coming face to face with Bon Jovi. The five-member band brings its This House Is Not For Sale tour to Chicago.

Details:  7:30 p.m. Sunday at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St. Tickets: $19-$531. | MAP

Bon Jovi front man Jon Bon Jovi is performing in Chicago Sunday at the United Center. (Artur Bogdanski / Wikimedia)Bon Jovi front man Jon Bon Jovi is performing in Chicago Sunday at the United Center. (Artur Bogdanski / Wikimedia)

5. Salsa

The three-day Chicago Salsa & Bachata Festival boasts international performers and DJs plus dance classes for all levels, including two-left-feet beginners.

Details: 9 a.m.-4 a.m. Friday through Monday at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5550 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets: $25-$300. | MAP

6. Listen

Awaken your senses as the Chicago Tap Theatre partners with France’s Tapage and Spain’s Tap Ole in “Liaison.” The trio performs together and individually throughout the show, providing audience members a glimpse into the wide variety tap has to offer.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Athenaeum Theater, 2936 N. Southport Ave. $30-$37; $23 for students. | MAP

7. Donate

For her 26th birthday, Jesseca Rhymes is throwing herself a big birthday bash. And she’s got a somewhat unusual request: the gift of feminine hygiene products. But they’re not for her – they’re for homeless women in Chicago.

This is the third year Rhymes has held the Never Go Without Fundraiser, and she hopes this year’s is the biggest. “A lot of people told me they didn’t realize this is a need,” Rhymes told Chicago Tonight. The afternoon soiree includes food, a mimosa bar, door and raffle prizes and two “awesome” female DJs, said Rhymes.

Details: 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Chicago Party Animals Loft Venue, 1133 W. Fulton Market. $25-$40. | MAP  

Never Go Without Founder Jesseca Rhymes (Courtesy of Rebecca Healy)Never Go Without Founder Jesseca Rhymes (Courtesy of Rebecca Healy)

8. Indulge

Weekend eggs gets an upgrade at the Bluegrass Brunch. Chicagoan Jay Stanek provides musical accompaniment to a brunch menu inspired by southern comfort foods, including smoked Bloody Marys and fresh made pastries.

Details: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at The General Restaurant & Mercantile, 2528 N. California Ave. No cover; menu prices vary. | MAP

Enjoy brunch, cocktails and blue grass music at The General this weekend. (Courtesy of The General Logan Square)Enjoy brunch, cocktails and blue grass music at The General this weekend. (Courtesy of The General Logan Square)

9. Support

La Casa Norte, a housing program that offers services to Chicago’s homeless population, hosts Unveiling Homelessness: #Voices, a night of spoken word, poetry and song from those who have been supported by the organization. Tickets include cocktails and appetizers, along with the chance to bid on artwork by homeless youth.

Details: 6-11 p.m. Friday at Prairie Production, 1314 W. Randolph St. $50. | MAP

10. Dig

Put your antiquing skills to the test at the Randolph Street Market Festival. With more than 125 vendors selling antiques, vintage goods, artwork and food, you’ll want to carve out a few hours for this one.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at the Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd. $8. | MAP

Events listed are subject to change. We recommend double-checking times and locations before you head out the door. Want to share your upcoming events with us for consideration in a future roundup? Send us an email.


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