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My Morning Jacket
7 p.m. at Charter One Pavilion; $46
Expect to see a return to the reverb-to-the-heavens Southern Kentucky soul for this quintet, which will kick it old school from Z (2005) and the more progressive Evil Urges (2008), and maybe a few new ones from an expected album in the next year or so.

Jason Adasiewicz
5:30 p.m. at Museum of Contemporary Art; free
See the jazz composer/percussionist at the Tuesdays on the Terrace series.

Rosh Hashana Boot Camp
6:30 p.m. at Spertus Institute; $18
Learn tricks of the Jewish cooking trade with Spertus kosher catering executive chef Laura Frankel.

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Jersey Shore viewing party
9 p.m. at Uncle Fatty’s Rum Resort; free
Make sure you GTL early, so you’ll be ready for tonight’s episode. Uncle Fatty’s is serving up $1 drinks and beers for the viewing, along with Jersey Shore-related contests.

DJ Jazzy Jeff, Cool Kids
10 p.m. at Beauty Bar; free
Old school meets new as Will Smith’s one-time sidekick plays from his solo projects. Joining him is the one of the hottest acts on the local hip-hop scene, Cool Kids, playing a DJ set.

Dancin’ in the Park
6 p.m. at Willye B. White Park (1610 W. Howard St.); free
Learn the basics of steppin’ and hip-hop moves with teachers from Old Town School of Folk Music, then practice them yourself at this two-hour event.

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Vox Arcana
10 p.m. at Hideout; $7
This local improvisational music trio headed by Tim Daisy is part of the Hideout’s Immediate Sound Series. They can loosely be described as a clarinet/cello jam band … but in a good way.

Grant Park Music Festival
6:30 at Millennium Park; free
Kora player Toumani Diabate joins the Grant Park Orchestra.

VIPretty Party
6 p.m. at Elle Homme Medical Spa; $25
Pamper yourself with mini-massages, waxings, facials and a gift bag that should be well worth the price of admission.

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‘Top Gun’
Dusk at Chicago History Museum (outside); free
Is it bad that we always rooted for Val Kilmer’s character to wipe that stupid grin off Maverick’s face? Yeah, probably. Anyway, bring back that lovin’ feeling for Kelly McGillis and Tom Cruise as part of the Movies in the Parks series. Also showing tonight: "The Blind Side" (Fulton River Park, 601 W. Kinzie St.) and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" (Smith Park, 2526 W. Grand Ave.)

Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Alter Boys
9:30 p.m. at Buddy Guy’s Legends; $10
Voted Milwaukee's best blues band by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry earlier in his career, the Reverend aligned himself with harpist Madison Slim and a crew of Chain Smoking back-up singers to jam his own breed of chug-a-lug funk and blues. Expect a raucous romp at one of Chicago's best blues venues.

One Man Chicago ‘Meet the Men’ Happy Hour
6 p.m. at Rockit Wrigleyville; free
Meet the 20 contestants for the One Man Chicago pageant, which awards $5,000 to the winner’s charity of choice. Check out the contestants here, and then go mingle with them tonight with free apps and $5 “One Man Martinis.”

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Smashing Pumpkins
8 p.m. at Metro; $100
The Pumpkins play a special benefit show for Madina Lake bassist Matthew Leone, who was hospitalized after intervening in a domestic dispute on the street. Hopefully you got lucky in the weekend raffle for tickets, because they are just about sold out. But true Pumpkins fans will find a way in, even if it means “negotiating” with one of the guys who hang out on Clark and Waveland before Metro shows. Just tell ‘em Our Town sent ya, and they’ll give you a discount. (Note: Don’t really do this.)

Mark Broussard
8 p.m. at SPACE; $30-$40
Didn’t win a raffle ticket, or just don’t want to drop a hundo on the Pumpkins? How about a more low-key show in Evanston with this soulful R&B crooner, who is touting his new album Keep Coming Back. While the album is getting rave reviews, he’s even better in person.

Bordello Artist Series
7:30 at Studio L’Amour; $60
Aspiring artists, don't miss this opportunity to draw the human form in its most alluring and sultry with this life drawing class, a more sedate version of the popular Dr. Sketchy's series. Meant to evoke a salon-soft, absinthe-tinted vibe, "Bordello" will let members of the public practice their art with stars of the neo-burlesque. This month's theme is "Scenes from a German Brothel," so remember to bring plenty of blue.

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Movies in the Park
The summer-long Park District series features child’s-play fantasy "Where the Wild Things Are" at Cricket Hill (Montrose and Simonds). "The Longshots," about the first girl to play Pop Warner football, plays at Union Park (Ashland and Lake). For a little international flavor, see Cuban import “El Premio Flaco” at Mozart Park (2036 N. Avers Ave). All shows are free.

Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, Bomba Estereo
6:30 p.m. at Millennium Park; free
Sultry soul singer Naomi Shelton will melt the stage with her raspy, powerful lyrics as part of the New Music Mondays series.

8 p.m. Hamburger Mary’s; $5 per card
This ain’t your grandmother’s bingo game. Drag queen Velicity Metropolis makes calling out bingo numbers as raunchy as possible at this adults-only game.

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8 p.m. at Ravinia; $27-$50
Rock your lobster off with the popular ‘80s band, which teams with the Dirtzy Dozen Brass Band for what shapes up to be a rather raucous show at Ravinia.

Beer and Brats Party
5-8 p.m. at Chicago Marriott Downtown; $10
Join famed brewers John and Jake Leinenkugel as they pair home-made sausages with their brews, including the extra-refreshing Summer Shandy.

Carnivale University: Tequila 101
6:30 p.m. at Carnivale; $25 (RSVP required)
Learn about the origins of tequila while sipping and sampling at the popular River West Latin American spot.

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Chicago Sidewalk Sale
9 a.m.-3 p.m. today and tomorrow at Daley Plaza; free
Shop from dozens of local stores for clothing, jewelry and accessories as the downtown event marks its fourth year.

Classic TV Re-Runs!
7:30 p.m. at Mary’s Attic; $10
Watch live interpretations of classic TV shows at this monthly series in Uptown. This month features animation domination, including “The Simpsons,” “South Park,” “Family Guy” and “Beavis and Butthead.”

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
9 p.m. at Lincoln Hall; $12-$14
LA-based lo-fi mad scientist Ariel "Pink" Rosenberg will play just about anything (armpit, mouthed drum bits, etc.) to get the right sound – which should make a rather interesting live show. Fellow Tinsel Towner Puro Instinct and Memphis’ Magic Kids open.

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Saved By the Bell Trivia Night
7:30 p.m. at Ginger’s Ale House; $5
Test your knowledge about Zach, Slater, Kelly, Screech and the Bayside gang at this Lakeview pub.

Dating For Nerds Trivia Night
7 p.m. at Holiday Club; $20-$25
Keeping with the trivia theme, show all the other singles how big your brains are at this mixer, which includes one free drink.

Kent Burnside
9:30 p.m. at Buddy Guy’s Legends; $10
The grandson of blues virtuoso R.L. Burnside, Kent brandishes the same, inherent master-tweak soul, of which he dubs "cotton field disco." Equipped with a five-piece band, and strung-out on lap-steel pulls, Kent digs his Americana, as well.

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Erwin Helfer, Ken Saydak
8 p.m. at SPACE; $12-$20
The 72-year-old Helfer found blues while an undergrad at Tulane in New Orleans, studying classical piano. Back in Chicago, fate led him to the wife of boogie-woogie pioneer Jimmy Yancey, of which he entered the professional key-plunker world as her accompanist until her passing in '86. That led to the launching of his own record label, Red Beans, and a formidable set of years as the preeminent post-war authority, from socks-in-the-air rollick to hard-nosed electric. Setting up the evening will be fellow Chicagoan Ken Saydak, another sideman-turned-dynamo with more credits in liner notes than the blues festival this year, and just a wee heel-kick of a country heart.

Movie Night at Lincoln Hall
7 p.m.; free
Celebrate the memories of the old 3 Penny movie theater with a double feature at Lincoln Hall. Tonight’s all about Mel Brooks, with screenings of Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs. May the Schwartz be with you.

Beyond Flan: A Latin Desserts Course
6 p.m. at Fox & Obel; $35
Learn the secret to making Latin sweets like dulce de leche from Pamela Fitzpatrick and Laura Zimmerman Maye, co-authors of "Dulce: Desserts in the Latin American Tradition." Samples and wine are included, and you can also buy copies of their book.

Single City is a twice-weekly blog about the Chicago dating scene written by Sun-Times Media Wire reporter Sally Ho. Got a question? Email her!

There are many conquests on the average Single Life’s Bucket List – crazy sexual escapades, dates with a millionaire and the race to see how many people you can make out with on one backpacking trip through Europe, are common items.

But it is speed dating that is perhaps among the most synonymous for such a youthful list of reckless dating and mating. And like an elderly man who checks off sky diving, speed dating is an exciting unknown that you’ve probably “always wanted to try,” although the fear of throwing up in your mouth was also omnipresent.

On a warm June evening, I had 17 mini-blind dates in under two hours thanks to an event for college educated 20- and 30-somethings that was organized by Date and Dash (

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Canadian Tuxedo party
7 p.m. at Faith & Whiskey; free
Celebrate Canadian Independence Day (July 1) by dressing up in the classiest of Canadian attire (i.e. denim from head to toe). Drink specials include $1 Labatt Blue cans and $3 Canadian Club whiskey shots/drinks and a $100 cash prize will be awarded for the best “Canadian Tuxedo” costume. Sounds like a party, eh?

OakFest fireworks
159th and Central, Oak Forest; free
Since the city canceled the big annual July 3 show, you’ll have to get a little creative to get your fireworks fix this year. Kick off the weekend right by road tripping out to Oak Forest for this annual festival, which has an aerial display tonight and on July 4. As an added bonus, you can watch some PCW wrasslin’ tonight too.

Cindy Lauper
8:30 p.m. at House of Blues; $37.99–$43
Let me just get it out there that I may have watched a little too much of Celebrity Apprentice – even after Blago got kicked off. Whew, so happy to get that off my chest. Also, I kinda wanted the wrestling chick to win. Also, True Colors has been in my head all day. OK, I’ve said too much already …

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RuPaul's Drag Race

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” viewing party
5:30 p.m. at Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
Is there anywhere else you’d want to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race? House diva (and former contestant) Jade will make an appearance.

Joanna Connor & Lance Lewis
8:30 p.m. at Harlem Avenue Lounge, free
Slide guitar heroine Joanna Connor enlists her longtime drummer for this duet in Berwyn. Expect her to cut the frills and let her Bonnie Raitt likeness burn as bright as the judgment day guitar work that led her to both Chicago and Blind Pig Records in the late '80s.

Laugh It Up, Kid
9 p.m. at Schubas, $5
Join local funnymen Adam Burke, James Fritz and Joe Kilgallon and others as they take the stage for this joke marathon.

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Broadway in Chicago
6 p.m. at Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park; free
Who needs to pay Broadway prices to see Broadway acts? Get a taste of Chicago shows like Billy Elliot the Musical, Wicked, Disney's The Lion King, and Million Dollar Quartet, as well as a preview of Shrek the Musical, without spending a dime.

Huntsville, On Fillmore (feat. Nels Cline)
7:30 p.m. at Millennium Park; free
This week’s New Music Monday show brings us Huntsville, a twangy, meditative group joined on stage tonight by Wilco guitarist Nels Cline and drummer Glen Kotche. They'll also tease their own more curiously erratic experimentations under the On Fillmore moniker, of which they're on their fourth record now, with bassist Darin Gray.

National 40-ounce Week
All week at the Fifty/50
The upscale Wicker Park sports bar again celebrates that ubiquitous urban favorite – the 40 – with a week of specials and events. Get a different brand of 40 every day this week for just five bucks. Today’s special: Colt 45. Like a wise man once said, It works every time.

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Tuesdays on the Terrace: Julia Huff
5:30 at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Local product Julia Huff takes the stage at the MCA to show off her nu-jazz skills. The singer, who is also an aspiring actress and model, impresses with her beauty, then dazzle with her vivacious voice.
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DM Stith, Inlets, Silje Nes
7 p.m. at Andrew Rafacz Gallery
Stith has impressed with his debut LP, Heavy Ghost, with swooning bursts of piano and horns adding to his brooding mood music.Opening are two baroque pop newbies, one from Brooklyn (Inlets) and one from Norway (Silje Nes).

Movies in the Park
6:30 p.m.; free
The Park District’s annual summer film festival continues today, with two shows. Check out the classic "Breakfast at Tiffany's" at Erie Park (630 N. Kingsbury St.) and Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in "The Wedding Singer" the Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark St.). Both shows start at 6:30.

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Edible Audible Picnic and New Music Monday
Noon and 7:30 p.m. at Millennium Park; free
See two great shows for free today at Millennium Park. First Martin Dosh (known just as Dosh to his fans) takes the stage at noon for an Edible Audible picnic. Then, at 7:30, The Books, Via Tania play this week’s New Music Monday show. So much music for just one day. Good thing it’s the longest day of the year!

First day of summer party
11:30 a.m. at Hub 51
Celebrate the first day of summer (and the longest day of the year) with half-priced drinks off of Hub’s new cocktail menu. Our pick: Pomegranate mojitos for four bucks.

34th International American Spanish Dance Festival
10 a.m.-9 p.m. at Northeastern Illinois University; 5500 N St Louis Ave
Choose from a number of Spanish dance classes, or just come and watch, as this two-week festival put on by Ensemble Español continues. If you can’t go today, be sure to make it to the festival’s “Flamenco Passion” gala this weekend.

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Aziz Ansari: The Dangerously Delicious Tour
7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the Vic Theatre; $35
You probably recognize him from NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” or as host of the recent MTV Movie Awards, but check out Ansari at his funniest with comedy troupe Human Giant (most notably the Shutterbugs series). Tonight is his second show at the Vic, part of the TBS Just For Laughs Chicago tour in town all week.

Rhymefest, Schadenfreude, The Jordan Years
9 p.m. at Martyrs; $10
After winning a 2005 Grammy for the Kanye West-performed song "Jesus Walks," Rhymefest (aka Che Smith) appeared to be the next artist from Chicago to break into the mainstream. While a superstar career hasn’t yet panned out, he’s still churning out albums like his newest, El Che. It's been a long time coming for the local legend, and this event will be your chance to show your appreciation for all the work he's put in. In addition to Rhymefest and The Jordan Years (a contemporary funk band featuring Wes Restless of The Gent$), the night will also feature guest appearances by Schadenfreude, radio DJs Eddie & Jobo and furniture gurus, the Walter E. Smithe Brothers (yes, you read that correctly).

Martinis, Manicures and Massages
7-10 p.m. at The Uptown Lounge
Grab the girls and pamper yourself with Sky Vodka specials packaged with manis and rub-downs at this Uptown hangout. There will also be $3 beer bottles and $5 bombs all night.

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The Thing with Joe McPhee
9:30 p.m. at Hideout; $10
If you haven’t seen vivacious jazz trio the Thing play live before, well, you should. This is part of the Hideout’s Immediate Sound Series.

Queer Queens of Qomedy
8 p.m. at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells St.; $22
Lesbian laugh-inducers Poppy Champlin (from HBO’s All Aboard Rosie's Family Vacation), Vicky Shaw and Sandra Valls conclude their three-night series. Although the show focuses on gay-centric themes, they promise a funny show no matter if you’re “gay, straight, bi or tri.”

The Silver Project
9 p.m. at American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St.; free
ATC celebrates its 25th anniversary with five nights of shows, spanning the past 2 ½ decades. Tonight kicks things off with themes from 1985-89. Included shows: Mission Burrito by Rolin Jones (directed by Anthony Moseley), The Science of Happiness by Naomi Iizuka (directed by Lisa Portes) and The Third Date by Justin D.M. Palmer (directed by Megan Shuchman).

T.J. Miller

Chicago Underground Comedy presents: Secret Big-Time Local Comedy Showcase
8 p.m. at Beat Kitchen; $15
To kick off the Just For Laughs Chicago fest, some of the city's favorite comedians will perform sets at this Roscoe Village venue, including Adam Burke, Cameron Esposito, Sean Flannery and T.J. Miller (of such films as "Cloverfield," "She's Out Of My League" and the upcoming "Gulliver's Travels").

Fiestas Puertorriquenas
4-10:30 p.m.; free
The annual celebration of Puerto Rican culture kicks off today with live music, food and drink, arts and crafts vendors and more. Stay tuned for more fun all week long.

King Khan & BBQ Show: Live at the Empty Bottle
7 p.m. at Delilah's; free
Even if you weren't there before this garage act made it semi-big (well, they played -- and killed -- at Pitchfork), you can pretend you were by watching this concert film from a 2005 show down the road at the Bottle. Make sure to load up on $2 cans of American beer.

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The Cool Kids
noon at Millennium Park; free
Over the past three years The Cool Kids have been leading figureheads in the party-rap movement. Their rise to fame has been pretty astounding, but now that a little time has passed it's time to see if they have the creative chops to establish longevity (after all, they did call themselves "the new black version of the Beastie Boys"). If they're looking to test run some new material, midday at Millennium Park would be the perfect place to gauge reactions. It's not completely clear whether it'll be a DJ set only or a full performance, but either way you'll likely get at least some indication of where The Cool Kids are going during the hour-long set.

Tony Allen
6:30 p.m. at Millennium Park; free
You'll have time to grab some more picnic food (or, you know, work a little) before heading back to the park for the evening show, featuring pioneering Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen. Although Fela Kuti receives much of the accolades for the sound, it was Allen who served as the engineer, laying down the marathon-long percussive blueprints. To put it into perspective: if Fela is the James Brown of Afrobeat then Tony Allen is Clyde Stubblefield.

Collision Theory
7:30 p.m. at Links Hall; $10-$12
Curated by Links Hall Artistic Associates,Rachel Damon and Dan Mohr, this show offers musicians and dancers colliding in improvised performance. This final installment includes a video retrospective of the show's run, plus collaborations between Adriana Durant and Charles Rumback and Frank Rosaly and Zachary Whittenburg.

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