5 things to do today: Thursday, May 9
Kill Paris + Haywire OWSLA records' Kill Paris blends booming electro, slap-bass funk and the label's trademark dubstep oomph. Smart Bar. 10pm. $12, before midnight $10, advance $8
GAY & LESBIAN
Frathouse Thursdays Just try to find elbow room at this throwback to the house party days of college when beer pong, 20-ounce brews and hot boys ruled. Scarlet Bar. 9pm.
Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires There's a pain and longing in certain voices that has to be earned. While it's a bummer it took sixtysomething soul belter Charles Bradley decades to release an album, his 2011 debut, No Time for Dreaming, was a stunner. Struggle, death, heartbreak are all debris and dust kicked up by his gale-force pipes. The Daptone crooner returns with an equally great R&B platter, Victim of Love. Metro. 9pm. $26, advance $21.
UPDATE: The Charles Bradley concert has been postponed due to a death in the family. The date has not been rescheduled. Bradley is slated to return to Chicago for Lollapalooza.
Daughter Boyfriend-girlfriend (and another) trio Daughter makes brooding, experimental folk, layering Elena Tonra's Feist-like voice over Igor Haefeli's ghostly soundscapes. The Londoners' debut, If You Leave, was recently released by dream-pop stalwart 4AD. Lincoln Hall. 9pm. $14.
OPERA & CLASSICAL
Oklahoma! …where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain! The Lyric tackles its first of five annual Rodgers and Hammerstein productions. This is not exactly rescuing gems from obscurity, but a way to bridge audiences in the opera and theater worlds. More power to them. John Cudia stars as cowboy Curly McLain in his Lyric debut. Wait, does this mean we can wear flannel and denim to the opera house? Civic Opera House. 2pm; 7:30pm. $47–$163, matinee $32–$148.
Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way Borders—especially the economic divide that separates recent immigrants from Mexicans who have lived in the States for decades—figure prominently in Diane Rodriguez’s play, remounted after a successful Teatro Luna run last year. The Los Angeles–based artist tackles this compelling matter of intracultural tension by spinning it through an untidy domestic drama told on a tidy front lawn, with uneven results. Living Large is commendable for asking provocative questions without providing pat answers, but taking more time with those questions would allow us to consider the answers more fully. 16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center. 7:30pm. $18.