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Mick Jenkins, Muppet Festival and some good dogs


There will be some major concerts this weekend as part of Tomorrow Never Knows, the big puppet convention, and the kickoff of Chicago Restaurant Week.

The Chicago rapper has a new studio album out — 2023’s “The Patience” — and is playing locally at the House of Blues.

8 p.m. Jan. 19, House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St.; limited tickets (ages 17+) www.houseofblues.com/chicago

Presented by the International Kennel Club of Chicago, the weekend-long event in Schaumburg features a puppy show, agility demonstrations, advice from breeders and canine experts and, of course, the main event; A three-day competition to reward the Best Breeds and Puppies. Best in Show.

Jan. 19-21, Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Drive North, Schaumburg; tickets start at $25 wonderfulamericandogshow.com

Make this “Weeks”. This year’s event runs for 17 days and offers prix fixe menus for brunch, lunch and dinner at more than 400 restaurants. Also check out the Tribune Food team’s recommendations: chicagotribune.com/dining.

January 19 – February 4, full list and menus of participating restaurants: www.choosechicago.com.

Chicago is currently the puppet capital of the world, and if you think that means shows geared mostly towards children, think again. Most a busy schedule next week is filled with adult shows by puppet artists from around the world. This weekend’s can’t-miss performance is “Song of the North,” performed by Iranian-American filmmaker and multimedia artist Hamid Rahmanian at the Fine Arts Building on Friday and Saturday.

At various venues in Chicago until January 28; For tickets and more information: ChicagoPuppetFest.org

Performing as part of the Tomorrow Never Knows festival organized by Lincoln Hall, GMan Tavern, Schubas and Sleeping Village, the experimental pop musician, also known as Taja Cheek, performs with her band alongside guests Trinity Star Ultra and Lipsticism.

9 p.m. Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport; tickets are $25 (ages 18+) and call 773-525-2508. https://lh-st.com/

Chicago’s house of improvisation, from the downtown bar to shows and movies like “Jane Austen Improvisation,” “The Devil’s Daughter,” “Voila!” The Improvised Musical” and the long-running Armando Diaz Experience.

Wednesday through Sunday, 1501 N. Kingsbury St. at iO Theater at; For tickets and more information: ioimprov.com


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