Music, and more, this weekend

Buddy Holly and the Birth of Rock and Roll.

If you love live jazz or rock from the 1950s and 1960s, a couple of concerts at Evanston Rocks, 1012 Church St., may strike your fancy.

Swing, Soul and Sinatra with [email protected] is a jazz concert on Friday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $8. The Buddy Holly and the Birth of Rock and Roll show will take the stage Saturday, Jan. 20, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Check Evanston Rocks for more information.

Devils and Deceit abound in a Winter Chamber Music Festival performance by Northwestern University’s Bienan School faculty and special guests. Pieces by Guiseppe Tartini, Bela Bartok, and Igor Stravinsky will be performed at Pick Staiger Concert Hall on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30.

MLK Days

Northwestern University presents a variety of activities and performances this weekend and into next week celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Afrocensored, a play exploring the lives of three black women from different walks of life, will be performed at the Shanley Pavilion, 2031 Sheridan Road, on Thursday and Saturday at 8 p.m.  

Chains on Chocolate, a play examining slavery throughout America’s history, will be performed at the same venue on Saturday at 2 and 10 p.m.

And New York Times columnist and CNN commentator Charles M. Blow will speak on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. at Ryan Auditorium, 2145 Sheridan Road.

The program website lists all activities, times and dates.

For Kids

The Noyes Cultural Arts Center has a Hands On Art Summer Camp Preview for children ages 7-12 on Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call 847-448-8263.

Kohl’s Children’s Museum is offering Winter Wonderland Kiddie Train rides through holiday lights of outdoor Habitat Park Exhibit, on Friday from 5:30-8 p.m. Tickets are $27/non-members, $17/members.

‘Tis the season for ice skating. Evanston has three outdoor ice skating rinks, at Baker Park, Bent Park, and Leahy Park, and Northwestern’s outdoor rink is free and open to the public at the Norris University Center. Check here for more information.

If outdoor skating doesn’t work out, there’s always the indoor option at the Robert Crown Center. Public skate hours include Friday 7:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, 4-5:30 p.m. and 8-9:30 p.m. Admission and skate rental charges apply. For more information, check the center's website.

In case your kids haven’t spent enough time with Elsa, Anna and Olaf, the film Frozen is being shown at the main branch of the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. There is no charge.

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