Friday's best bets: Raphael Saadiq, Big City Swing First Fridays
MUSIC - Raphael Saadiq
Consummate soul man Raphael Saadiq has fronted R&B heroes Tony! Toni! Toné!; collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Joss Stone and D’Angelo (to name but three); and released five solo albums—the latest of which is the smokin’ Stone Rollin'. Expect to work up a sweat dancing to its deliciously retro grooves tonight. Park West, 8pm, $30, 18 and older.
ART & DESIGN - "Polyamory"
Erin Nixon and Patrick Bobilin say good-bye to their gallery by inviting other artists running exhibition spaces to show their work. Contributors include Robin Juan (HungryMan Gallery), Bill Gross (65GRAND), Vincent Uribe and Allison Kilberg (LVL3), Kirk Faber (Kirk's Apartment) and Elliot Reed. Noble and Superior Projects (1418 W Superior St, no. 2R, 773-782-6565, nobleandsuperior.com). 6pm. FREE.
DANCE - Big City Swing First Fridays
Big City wants you to Sugarfoot, Drop and Pop, Mess Around and Slip Slop. This popular monthly begins with a 45-minute lesson before setting all comers loose on the dance floor. No experience, partner or special attire is required—it's even BYOB for those in need of a little liquid encouragement (water and snacks are on the house). Bit City Swing Studio (1012 W Randolph St, 312-243-0700, bigcityswing.com). 7:45pm–midnight; $10.
MUSIC - Charles Lloyd & Zakir Hussain
Long a leading torchbearer for Coltrane's concept of the tenor sax as a vehicle for spiritual uplift, saxophonist Charles Lloyd is currently experiencing the latest of numerous resurgences since his initial 1960s heyday. He shares the stage with Indian-percussion genius Zakir Hussain before a second set from Lloyd’s New Quartet, featuring piano polymath Jason Moran. Symphony Center, 8pm, $21–$72.