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The quintessential cheeky British girl first earned notice in 2006 for her debut album “Alright, Still.” Lily Allen’s latest work, “It’s Not Me, It’s You,” stays true to her sassy Mockney style, but with a more electronic, less retro sound. The singer has true vocal chops and can put on a solid live performance. Aside from having one of the more ridiculous band names out there, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head offers ironic electropop, providing the perfect warm-up for this concert. 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine. Tickets, $26.50. Call (312) 559-1212 or visit Tickets purchased for this show originally scheduled at the Vic will be honored.

More events this weekend after the jump ...

The Texas musician Alejandro Escovedo’s blend of rock, folk, blues and classical music has impressed the critics and won him a large base of fans. He’s in concert at 7 and 10 p.m. on Saturday at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. Special guest Carrie Rodriguez will also perform. Tickets are $21 to $25. Call (773) 728-6000 or visit

Paintings, prints and photographs from Mexican artists both in Mexico and the United States produced in the last 80 years, from one of the largest corporate collections in America, are now on display in “Miradas: Mexican Art from the Bank of America Collection,” through Aug. 30 at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th. Artists include Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Gabriel Orozco and more. The exhibition is free. Call (312) 738-1503 or visit

Rapper Lil Wayne headlines the Sears Centre, 5333 Prairie Stone in Hoffman Estates, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. T-Pain, Gym Class Heroes and Keri Hilson will open. Tickets are $62 to $202. Call (847) 649-2270 or visit

The Chicago Improv Festival, the world’s top improv festival, announces its 2009 event, “One World, Many Laughs,” Monday through April 19. More than 75 ensembles from six countries on 11 stages will include Frangela — Frances Callier (a Chicago Improv Festival Founder) and Angela Shelton — and The 313, a Los Angeles-based group of comics who are originally from Detroit (where the area code is 313). Tickets will be $20 or less. Visit

Indie darling and whistler extraordinaire Andrew Bird plays to a hometown crowd in the gorgeous, art deco Civic Opera House. His newest album, Noble Beast, made it to Number 12 on the Billboard 200 chart, so you may have to scour the city for tickets. 8 p.m. Friday, Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker. Tickets, $25.50-$33. Call (312) 902-1500;

"A Chorus Line," the legendary Broadway musical about, well, landing a spot in the chorus line of a Broadway musical (and so much more), returns to Chicago for a limited engagement, Tuesday through May 3 at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts/Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph. Tickets, $18-$85. Call (312) 902-1400; NOTE: “Every Little Step,” a new documentary comparing and contrasting the original stage musical with its current revival, opens at the Music Box Theatre, Landmark Renaissance and the Evanston CineArts on May 15.

Grothemburg, the winners of "The Original Improv Gladioators: Season Three," presents its show, “The Couch,” in which the cast and a guest improviser will take on the
problems of a new “patient” each week. The light-hearted and thoroughy worthless
therapeutic exercise is at 11 p.m. on Fridays through April 24 at the Cornservatory,
4210 N. Lincoln. Tickets, $10. Call (312) 409-6435;

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