5 things to do today: Friday, September 6
Little Village Fest Come celebrate Mexico's independence from Spain in this 24th annual Festival de La Villita. There will be 100 vendors serving authentic Mexican cuisine, music, carnival rides and arts and craft shows. 2600 S. Kostner Ave. 6pm–11pm.
Jay Haze + Mazi For a guy who sometimes goes by the name of Fuckpony (for Bpitch Control), Jay Haze is quite admirable. Musicially, the Philly-bred, Berlin-dwelling DJ has worked in various aliases and styles, hopping from hip-hop to house and techno, working remixes for Gui Boratto and Yann Tiersen's Amelie theme. The veteran also holds down a quarterly spot at Fabric in London. But what makes him a truly nice man is the charitable work he does in the Congo. So give him your money. Smart Bar. 10pm. $15, before midnight $10, before midnight with Facebook RSVP or valid student ID $5.
MamLuft&Co.: Maps The Cincinnati, Ohio–based company presents Maps, a performance combining modern dance and video projection that explores willfully getting lost in order to be found. Spilled Milk Stage. 7pm. $10.
Willis Earl Beal On his latest record, Nobody Knows., eccentric soul singer Willis Earl Beal splits his time between psychedelic folk song and stripped-down ballads that evoke dusty Smithsonian blues tapes. This performance at Schubas will serve as an album release show as well as a warm-up for his fall European tour. Schubas. 7:30pm. $12.
OPERA & CLASSICAL
Beethoven Festival 2013 George Lepauw's audacity in creating an XXL-sized classical music festival in Chicago is a story in and of itself, but the roster for the 2013 installment, entitled "LOVE," is simply astounding. The founder, president and Chicago resident has assembled a 9-day, 100-plus event affair that includes visual art installations, fashion shows, educational opportunities and new-music programming to interact with the Festival's classical core. Sherwood Conservatory Recital Hall. Noon. Gottlieb Hall, Merit School of Music. 6pm–10pm. Day pass $30, VIP $75, after 10pm $10 (Sept 6 and some Sept 7 events are free).