5 things to do today: Thursday, July 25
29th Annual Newberry Book Fair Browse more than 120,000 used books in more than 70 categories, most going for $2 and under—a fair price, indeed. Newberry Library. 8pm.
Sex Panther Los Angeles party boys Sex Panther amped up the club scene in Hollywood and Vegas with their long-haired version of house music. The unserious attitude has paid off and dovetailed with EDM's renewed popularity. If they're not your bag, Milk N Cookies, Gus Karas, DJ Gordo and Torio are also on the bill. The Mid. 10pm. $20, free before 11:30pm with R.S.V.P. to clubtix.com.
14th Annual Creative Arts Therapies Benefit Concert Students and faculty from the Anixter Center’s New Focus Program stage a performance, in support of the Jane Ganet Sigel Award, which assists students working toward a career in dance/movement therapy. Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. 7pm. $10–$20.
Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz: Dee Alexander The city's free jazz weekly returns for its ninth season, dedicated to the memory of series founder and Millennium Park executive director Helen Doria. Dee Alexander has a voice as clear and smooth as baby oil, and the local singer kicks things off in a program titled Funkin' with Acoustic Soul: Tribute to James Brown and Jimi Hendrix. Unplugged James Brown funk with jazz vocals? We're curious to see how that comes out of the wash. Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion. 6:30pm. FREE.
OPERA & CLASSICAL
Chicago Symphony Orchestra: "Song of the Night" Conductor James Conlon leads the CSO through the progressive tonality of Mahler's Symphony No. 7. Ravinia Pavilion. 8pm. $25–$50, lawn $10, dining package $60.