Chicago House Music Symposium, Cheese Workshop, Music, and More

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It’s the first day of Chicago House Music Festival and Conference, which runs until Sunday 18/09. Today is the symposium portion of this free four-day event. At the Logan Center for the Arts (915 E. 60th), there will be a slate of panels focused on the history, culture, and business of house music: the House Music Entrepreneur’s Journey (5:30-6:30 p.m.), Comeback or Come Up? House Music in 2022 (7-8pm) and a fireside chat with veteran dance music executive Patrick Moxey (8:30-9:45pm). Participants are industry veterans such as DJs, producers, label owners and music journalists, including The TRiiBE co-founder and editor, Tiffany Walden. The rest of the weekend will involve music, music and – did we mention music? Check the DCASE website for a full schedule, including a headlining performance from Ten City on Friday night. (MC)

If you feel like stretching tonight, there are two unique yoga classes to keep in mind. At 6:00 p.m. in Washington Square Park (901 N. Clark), instructor Gary Alexander teaches an outdoor basic yoga class for all levels. . . and your dog! Leashed and calm pooches are welcome to participate; bring a mat and no registration required. Meanwhile, a little further north, DANK Haus German American Cultural Center (4740 N. Western) welcomes instructor Janina Dunklau, as she offers a multi-level yoga class in German and English: all levels of yoga and knowledge of the German language. (or lack thereof) are welcome. It’s $5 to join the party, and the class takes place outside on the center’s outdoor patio. Check Facebook for more information. (SCJ)

Cheese, glorious cheese! If you’re in love with the material and want to know more about how it’s made, check it out tonight Introduction to cheese class at Palmer Square Beautiful Rind Specialty Cheese Shop (2211 N. Milwaukee). This one-hour workshop will tell you a little history of cheese, give you tips on how to take care of your cheese and offer a tasting of five different styles. If you can’t get there in person, there is a virtual option (information will be provided to you after you book tickets). It’s $35 and bring extra to buy more dairy when you’re done! Sign up for a course at Tock. (SCJ)

A 1986 advertisement for the cheese; the theme song is based on a song from the musical Olivier !.

Are there any concerts tonight? Of course, it’s Chicago! Here are some shows featuring musicians we’ve written about before. . . Tonstartssbandht, the psych/postrock/art-rock duo of brothers Andy and Edwin Mathis White play Sleeping Village (3734 W. Belmont), with local band Charlie Reed opening; the show starts at 9 p.m. and advance tickets are available. Reader contributor David Anthony told us this week about the Chicago punk band Alkaline trio back on stage for a sold-out concert tonight at the Metro (3730 N. Clark); if you haven’t grabbed tickets for it, you can see them Friday night as part of this weekend riot party at Douglass Park (advance tickets are here). On a more experimental note, the instigation party returns to Chicago this weekend to bring together improvisers from New Orleans, Chicago and beyond. Festival shows this weekend take place at Elastic Arts Foundation (3429 W. Diversey, second floor), Constellation, and Hungry Brain. Tonight’s show at Elastic features small bands including musicians Doug Garrison, Helen Gillet, Jason Marsalis, Dan Oestreicher, Mars Williams and more. It’s $15 at the door and the first set starts at 8 p.m. If you can’t make it in person, Elastic is offering a livestream (donations are welcome); visit the Elastic website for more details. (SCJ)

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