Sound healing is both an art and a science, and that’s why many boundary-pushing electronic musicians have worked in the (maligned! misunderstood! incredible!) territory of “new age” music. Local audio artist and healer Mirza Shams (who DJs and performs as Naxo) knows this overlap well. That’s why they host sound healing sessions through the Chicago Therapy Collective that you can join online or in person (5237 N. Clark, second floor). At noon today they’ll combine their vibe curation expertise with their medical and behavioral psychology background to encourage cultivating hope and renewal. Attendees are encouraged to donate $15-$25 to participate, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Register to receive the Zoom link or door code. (MC)
Don’t let the heat deter you from catching the Lawndale Arts Festival, which runs from noon-7 PM at Douglass Park (1401 S. Sacramento). Free parking, free food, free fun—need I say more? OK, just a little: at 5 PM, the music collective TechTonic Black will be performing Autophysiopsychic, another installment of their neighborhood-specific programming that runs all summer long and asks, “What does an Afrofuturist aesthetic look like and mean to the Lawndale community?” Exploring intersections of technology and healing, they create performances that imagine empowerment for both mind, body, and earth. (MC)
Chicago playwright and journalist Paula Kamen first wrote her documentary play, Jane: Abortion and the Underground, back in the 90s. With the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, it’s still sadly relevant. Kamen’s play delves into the history of the Jane Collective, which started in Hyde Park in 1969. During its three-year history, the collective provided safe underground abortion services to over 10,000 women. (Their story was also highlighted in the recent HBO documentary, The Janes.) Chicago director Iris Sowlat, currently an MFA candidate at Amherst, directs a staged reading for Violet Surprise Theater Company of Kamen’s play tonight at 7 PM at Berger Park Coach House (6205 N. Sheridan). Tickets are pay what you can, with a suggested donation of $15, and proceeds benefit the Midwest Access Coalition, which provides financial assistance for people seeking abortions in the midwest. A representative from MAC will participate in the talkback after the reading. As of press time, tickets were sold out, but walk-ins are possible, and a digital version will be made available for anyone making donations to MAC through eventbrite.com. (KR)
Another Saturday, another chance to enjoy music in Chicago. And our writers have many options for you, starting with some daytime outdoor sounds. Back Alley Jazz returns to the streets of South Shore today, as contributor Hannah Edgar reported this week. Check out Edgar’s article for a list of performance times and lineups, including the kick off at 12:30 PM with the Tommy Bradford Band (at Paxton and 74th). All events are free and all-ages, including the 7 PM afterparty at the Quarry (2423 E. 75th). Further north, you can catch the first day of LatiNxt at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand), starting at 2 PM. LatiNxt is also free and open to all ages, and features 17 performances on two stages per day, and the lineup was curated by local Latinx collective Future Rootz. Check out contributor Catalina Maria Johnson’s recommendations here.
Later tonight, the music doesn’t stop–those into drill will want to make the trek to Joliet to catch PGF Nuk (Reader senior writer Leor Galil wrote about PGF Nuk’s new release Switch Music). The rapper headlines a show at the Forge (22 W. Cass, Joliet) starting at 6:30 PM. It’s open to all ages, and advance tickets are available. Local band Lifeguard play Color Club (4146 N. Elston) tonight starting at 7:30 PM in another all-ages show (advance tickets are available here). Blues lovers will love Melody Angel and her band, who are at Rosa’s Lounge tonight (3420 W. Armitage) at 9 PM (reserved seating is available). And Gossip Wolf told us this week about a benefit show happening tonight on behalf of the Chicago Abortion Fund: Boybrain, Aweful, Heet Deth, and Djunah will hit the stage at 9:30 PM. That’s hosted at Liar’s Club (1665 W. Fullerton), and open to those 21 and over. (SCJ)