Soul food, International Voices Project, Perturbator, Glassing

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Jordan Wimby, aka The Melanin Martha, returns to Monday night foodball tonight with a prix fixe plate of “classic and reimagined” soul food, including crispy bacon and micro-veggies and a sweet fried Buffalo chicken leg. Advance orders are sold out, but a limited amount of food will be available for walk-in orders. Arrive early if you can; MNF kicks off at 5 p.m. at the Kedzie Inn (4100 N. Kedzie). Stick around for a custom cocktail collaboration created by Wimby and Kedzie owner Jon Pokorny. (SCJ)

If everyone is a scene, then your drama atlas for the next two weeks is International Voices Project, opening tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Instituto Cervantes in Chicago (31 W. Ohio). Now in its 12th season, IVP (the brainchild of Executive Director Patrizia Acerra) offers six free readings of translated plays by writers around the world. This is the first in-person presentation since the COVID-19 shutdown (they offered a digital version in 2020 and 2021), and IVP partners with other local businesses to bring the work to life. Tonight’s reading, for example, is by Spanish playwright Juan Mayorga The cartographerpresented in collaboration with Water People Theater. Blanca, a woman from present-day Warsaw, hears the story of a ghetto cartographer who decided to map the dying world around him and goes in search of this legendary artifact. The readings take place every Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 a.m. to 28/09; other games are The Shroud Makerby Palestinian-born playwright Ahmed Masoud and loosely based on the true story of a woman from the Gaza Strip who makes shrouds for the dead in the besieged territory; Give me a happily ever aftera look at life’s “bumpy ride” by Norwegian Marius Leknes Snekkevag; Turks, Fire by German playwright Özlem Özgül Dündar, based on the deadly 1993 arson attack in Solingen, Germany, in which young men with neo-Nazi ties burned down the home of a Turkish immigrant family; a trio of coins from Ukraine (Call them by their name, Peed-Upon Armored Personneland Dictionary of emotions in wartime by Tetyana Kitsenko, Oksana Gritsenko and Elena Astasyeva, respectively); and Totentanz: Black Night, Black Death by Polish Ishbel Szatrawska, set up during the COVID quarantine in Bergamo, Italy. While performances are free, programming is subject to change and reservations are required, so check out ivpchicago.org for information and tickets. (KR)

If you’re looking for music tonight, there are a few options featuring musicians and ensembles that our writers have already covered. Reader Contributor Monica Kendrick told us last year about French multi-instrumentalist and black synth artist James Kent, who performs as Disruptive. Kent co-headlines A Bill Tonight at Park West (322 W. Armitage) with Los Angeles noise rock band Health; opens Street Sects begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available for this 18+ show. And the noise doesn’t stop: Head to the Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont) to catch Austin, Texas via Chicago band Glassing performing with local noisemakers Meth. and the Chicago collective Anatomy of Habit. This show is open to ages 17 and up and begins at 8 p.m. (SCJ)

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