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Concertline: 'Represent Africa,' Walkmen, '24 Hour Party People,' more

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A look ahead at shows worth seeing (and hearing) this week ...

Near South Side venue the Shrine has started "Represent Africa," a monthly showcase (third Thursday of each month) of musicians "of African origin based in America." Next week is the second installment, hosted and headlined by Brooklyn-based but Ghanaian-born MC and filmmaker Blitz the Ambassador, supporting his latest album "Native Son" (featuring his hero Chuck D).
At 8 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Shrine, 2109 S. Wasbash. Admission is free. Call (312) 753-5700;

It's that time of year again, when Berwyn's own Jim Peterik -- he of the wide-ranging rock resume, from the Ides of March ("Vehicle") to Survivor ("Eye of the Tiger") -- gathers his like-minded mainstream music vets for an annual supergroup performance of sorts. Two, in fact. For this year's events, Peterik will be joined by Mike Reno (Loverboy), Rik Emmett (Triumph) and Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger), so expect hits from each of those bands.
At 8 p.m. Jan. 13 at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. Tickets: $45-$80. Call (630) 942-4000;
The second show, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Lincoln-Way West High School, 21701 Gougar Rd. in New Lenox, benefits the school. Tickets for Jan. 14 are $30-$60; call (815) 462-6200.

Trivia: When he's not performing his slick rock ballads and still reminiscing about the "Summer of '69," Cannuck rocker Bryan Adams is a respected photographer, recently capturing fashion icon Daphne Guinness in several Bowiesque get-ups. He's back in Chicago this week after postponing an October show due to illness.
At 8 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets: $38-$78. Call (800) 514-ETIX;

Happy new year, and here's a band that boasts songs titled "New Year's Eve" and "In the New Year" in its quiver. Taking a brief break from recording the follow-up to 2010's splendid "Lisbon" album (singer Hamilton Leithouser reports the new songs "rock really hard"), the Walkmen likely will try out some of the new material during this special Chicago show, part of the Tomorrow Never Knows festival.
At 9 p.m. Jan. 14 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark. Sold out.

The hilarious Steve Coogan portrays Tony Wilson in "24 Hour Party People," this 2002 film retelling the tale of Manchester music label Factory Records. (Spot the cameos by Mark E. Smith and Howard DeVoto, plus a pre-"Shaun" Simon Pegg.) This screening is part of a series hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, hosts of Chicago Public Media's "Sound Opinions."
At 7:30 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport. Tickets: $9 advance, $10 door. Call (773) 871-6604;

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