8 p.m. at The Shrine; $25
After collaborating with Ludacris on the hit single “Bulletproof” and successfully touring the late-night talk-show circuit, Raheem DeVaughn quickly established himself as one of the breakout stars of the year. He’s not quite a household name yet, but if his solo album, Love & War MasterPeace (due out February 8), lives up to the hype, you’d better believe he’ll be one of the most talked about artists of 2010. DeVaughn’s charisma and style are the bread-and-butter of his shows, so to have him croon live at an intimate place like The Shrine ought to make this a performance worth checking out.
8 p.m. at Neo-Futurarium; $5-$10
This hodgepodge of a show offers something for everyonehilarity, heartfelt sentiment, sarcasm, quick wit and engaging musical numbers. With only a simple backdrop, few costumes, some props and actors with a ton of explosive energy, the sketches deliver some of the most charming tales staged in Chicago. But what makes the show truly stand out are the third- and fourth-graders (students in Chicago Public Schools) who penned the stories that inspired the sketches.
7 p.m. at Cityscape Bar; free
Will we see another Chicagoan take home the grand prize — a new spouse — in the latest season of this singles competition? What scandals will there be this year? The journey begins tonight, and Cityscape (15th floor of the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza) offers a comfortable way to watch the proceedings, with $7 themed cocktail specials including the Flirtini (Skyy Passionfruit, X-Rated Fusion liqueur, cranberry juice, candied lemon), the Proposal (Absolut Rasberri, Razzmatazz, cranberry juice, Sprite, candied lemon) and the Wedding Cake (Absolut Vanilla, Amaretto, white creme de cacao, cranberry juice, pineapple juice and a light chocolate swirl). Just don’t drink too much — it’s a long way down.