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Out and About: Christmas in Mexico and Motown

Take yourself to 17th century Mexico City or to present-day Motown, France or New Orleans. Those are some of the musical options this week in Evanston.

A Mexican Christmas: Angels in the Convent, Dancing in the Streets
Imagine yourself in 17th-century Mexico City. It’s Christmas and the glorious singing of cloistered nuns soars over the walls of their convent and fills the square. On the other side of the plaza, a street band plays villancicos — joyful folk music of praise and celebration.
By The Newberry Consort at First United Methodist Church, 516 Church St., Sunday, Dec. 16, 3 p.m., tickets $40-$50

Paris Chansons
Paris Chansons is an exciting French band with a global twist! Recently featured on the CBS/KCAL news, they are known for their original renditions of French favorites from Aznavour, Dassin, Piaf, Macias, Adamo, Dalida, all the way to contemporary artists like Zaz.
At SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Friday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m., tickets $20-30

Flow Tribe
Natives of New Orleans, Flow Tribe is a funk/rock band who has performed at Voodoo Music Festival several times, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival five years in a row and counting, and many other festivals across the nation.
At SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Friday, Dec. 14, 10 p.m., tickets $15

A Motown Christmas with Motown Reflections
The Motown Reflections singing group is a group of four highly professional male vocalists who sings Motown, Soul and R & B.
At Evanston Rocks, 1012 Church St., Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 p.m., tickets $10

The Woman Who Rode Away
Musician, painter and educator Natalia Zukerman grew up in New York City, studied art at Oberlin, started her mural business Off The Wall in San Francisco, began her songwriting career in Boston, and now resides, writes, plays, teaches and paints in Brooklyn, NY.
At SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Sunday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m., tickets $15-25

Bars with Live Music

Rhythm Room Bar & Bistro (Century 12), 1715 Maple Ave.
Live music, Friday and Saturday evenings, 7-11 p.m., no cover

Celtic Knot Public House, 626 Church St.
Irish Music Session with John Williams, Sundays, 4-6 p.m.
American Roots Music by The Mudflaps, Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight

Pete Miller’s Steak & Seafood, 1557 Sherman Ave.
Live jazz, Sunday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.-midnight

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