You'll be floored by this fiddler. (photo via MySpace)
8 p.m. at SPACE; $15-$25
Best known as the fiddler for CMT starlets, Nickel Creek, Watkins hit the solo ground running with the enlistment of John Paul Jones as producer and a barnhouse full of collaborators - from Gillian Welch to Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench. Though she stacks the deck with accessible covers of Jimmie Rodgers, Jon Brion and Tom Waits tunes, Watkins follows up with genuine arrangements that make old-time country feel new again.
Chicago International Movies & Music Festival
7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Cultural Center, 2215 W. North; $20
The four-day fest kicks off tonight with an opening party featuring Chicago premiere screenings of "Universalove" and "William S. Burroughs: A Man Within" plus musical performances by Thee Majesty and Penny Arcade.
Forgotten Chicago Silent Auction & Giveaway
8 p.m. at Cunneen's; free
Join Forgotten Chicago -- an organization aimed at finding and celebrating the city's lesser known architecture and infrastructure -- in celebrating Chicago's 173rd birthday tonight with an auction of "books, photography and ephemera." RSVP on Facebook.