Girl Named Nino and three members of the L-Theory Collective // Courtesy of Josa Comstock Photography, LLC

Sound check: Dance shows and benefits with Girl Named Nino, RubyGld Smoke, Max Happy Fest; plus an industry happy hour

Girl Named Nino partners with L-Theory Dance; Rotten Mouth headlines Max Happy Fest; RubyGld Smoke hosts a Symphony of Change benefit show; and Gman Tavern invites the Chicago music scene to an artist and industry happy hour.

Girl Named Nino and L-Theory

The L-Theory Collective dance troupe takes back the stage with three performances of its “SoundVision” show, built upon and with adaptations of songs by Tbilisi, Georgia, native Girl Named Nino. The alt-soul artist will accompany the performances live. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, and noon Sunday, May 22, at Three Brothers Theatre, 221 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $35. (224) 419-4325 or

Rotten Mouth

Get Max Happy

Tying together music, skateboarding and mental health and addiction awareness, the Max Happy Fest in Woodstock is all about building community. The festival, posted up outside of Liquid Blues on the Woodstock Town Square, rallies local artists and vendors for its second annual gathering, which highlights an art exhibition, skateboarding trick showcases and competitions, local food and drink vendors and entertainment from Rotten Mouth, Stan P. Band, Canyyn, Watch City and more. Admission is free for the full-day outdoor festival, but donations are gladly welcome to benefit the Warp Corps’ goal of building a Community Center in Woodstock for youngsters to express themselves through art and adventure sports. “Music, art and skateboarding have all been overwhelmingly positive forces in my life,” said Clay Mutert, event coordinator at Warp Corps and Rotten Mouth lead singer. “I’m grateful to have the opportunity to cultivate this street fest in my hometown and expose the next generation to those same positive outlets that have helped me.” Noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Liquid Blues, 126 N. Benton St., on the Woodstock Town Square in downtown Woodstock. Free, but donations are welcome. Visit for more information about the cause and Facebook for updated details on the event.

MOVEMENT for a cause

RubyGld Smoke and Sisters of Element bring the tunes, while Symphony of Change brings the movement this Sunday to a dance and musical benefit show for the arts in Chicago schools. The MOVEMENT fine art experience — which includes performances by teaching artists as well as an art exhibition by the Black ARTStreet Experience, vendors, concessions and a cash bar — takes place at Oak Park’s Madison Street Theater and will raise funds for school dance programs through RubyGld Smoke’s Symphony of Change arts nonprofit program. 7 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Madison Street Theater, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. $30-$50.

Hey, let’s get together

GMan Tavern is extending the invitation to a special Chicago music scene Artist & Industry Happy Hour — not only musicians, but also the engineers, producers, photographers, journalists, podcasters, designers, promoters and everybody else who makes the scene the wonder that it is. Reunite with old friends, meet some new ones and make a billion connections while Gman serves up drink specials and host Dean Sinclair slings tunes and keeps the informative chats rolling. 4-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at Gman Tavern, 3740 N. Clark St., Chicago. Free; but 21+.

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