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"Joe Henry writes his metaphor-rich songs like a man mesmerized by language, and he applies his honeyed, precise voice to his lyrics with obvious pleasure. But his meticulously detailed records also rely on gorgeous arrangements shaped by the distinctive contributions of top-notch musicians, including the sculptural grooves of drummer Jay Bellerose and the elegant rootsiness of pianist Keefus Ciancia," writes Peter Margasak in Soundboard. Catch Henry tonight at City Winery.
Sarah Nardi recommends checking out "Lunch Drawings," an art exhibit featuring work by Tony Fitzpatrick inspired by the death of Lou Reed. It's currently on display at Fireside Projects.
The Chicago History Museum hosts Speakeasy, a Prohibition-themed cocktail party featuring big-band music by Steve Anthony & His Society Orchestra, storytelling by Paul Durica (Pocket Guide to Hell), and an appearance by Al Capone's grandniece. Templeton Rye craft cocktails for all who attend. Costumes encouraged.
For more on these events and others, check out the Reader's daily Agenda page.