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Harold Washington Library celebrates the Reverend Clay Evans with a free gospel concert 

Plus: The Hideout’s dance-centric new Midnight Resonance series books Bergsonist, and the Evening Attraction party for album number two.

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click to enlarge The Reverend Clay Evans (at left, in white shoes) leads members to the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church's new building for its opening day on April 8, 1973. - COURTESY CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY
  • The Reverend Clay Evans (at left, in white shoes) leads members to the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church's new building for its opening day on April 8, 1973.
  • Courtesy Chicago Public Library

Since November, the Harold Washington Library Center has hosted an excellent free exhibit on the life and career of Reverend Clay Evans, corresponding with the establishment of a permanent archive devoted to him. The 92-year-old retired in 2000, after serving as an anchor for the city's faithful for decades: among his countless achievements, the pastor and activist founded the famed Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, cofounded Jesse Jackson's Operation PUSH, hosted the What a Fellowship Hour on radio and TV, and released a series of seriously smoking gospel recordings (which is why he's in this music column). The exhibit runs through Sunday, March 4, and the preceding Saturday at 2 PM, Evans's sister Dr. Lou Della Evans-Reid leads a 60-strong gospel choir in a joyous, rafter-raising free performance in the library's Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. Amen!

Gossip Wolf digs the Hideout's monthly experimental-music series, Resonance, which celebrated its third birthday in December. Resonance happens every second Wednesday, and recently its organizers launched a dance-centric spin-off, Midnight Resonance, that's every first Saturday. So far it's featured local footwork veteran Jana Rush (December), Philly Discwoman affiliate DJ Haram (January), and trans Bolivian-American producer Elysia Crampton (February). On Saturday, March 3, the series welcomes Bergsonist, aka Morocco native Selwa Abd, who works with blood-pumping house, lo-fi techno, and screeching acid to make her beautiful but disfigured electro tracks. Tickets for the midnight show are $5.

On Saturday, March 3, local four-piece the Evening Attraction drop their second album, The End, Again, whose advance singles recall the Zombies in their lovely baroque touches. That night they celebrate with a release show at the Empty Bottle that doubles as a Treehouse Records showcase; Lucille Furs and Rookie open.  v

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