8 p.m. at Lincoln Hall; $20
Once upon a time, Josh Rouse was your basic — if especially talented — Midwestern alt-country artist. Then he moved to Spain in 2006, and became what he is today: an alt-country artist with some serious global flair. He’ll be promoting his latest batch of affecting, internationally flavored tunes, “El Turista,” during this show at Lincoln Hall.
8 p.m. at Theatre Building Chicago; $0-$20
In theater, the mentally ill and the disabled are too often used for cheap drama or insensitive laughs. But what if they got a chance to tell their own stories, to be creators instead of characters? This show, devised by the Thresholds Theatre Arts Program, will give you the chance to find out. It’s free, but a $20 suggested donation goes to support the program.
Addicted to Aidan
8 p.m. at J Bar
The James Hotel bar’s regular Addiction Thursdays event takes on a “Sex and the City” theme tonight in support of Carrie’s ex, Aidan, who makes an appearance in the new movie. The original flick will play on the big screen all night, and $6 signature cocktails will include the Scout-tini and the Nice Guy Finishes First Fizz. It pays to get there early, as the first four guests will get a “Sex and the City 2” swag bag as well as have a chance to win tickets to the movie. Check out more Sex and the City 2 parties in Chicago.