{This Weekend} Chicago’s First Music Fest of the Season, Alvin Ailey, and More!

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Alvin Ailey at the Auditorium Theatre

When: Friday, March 6th – Sunday, March 15th (Thursdays – Sundays, times vary)

Where: Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway

Why you may want to attend: Alvin Ailey, the historically ground-breaking and universally acclaimed dance theater company, is making its home in Chicago at the Auditorium Theater once again. Check out our exclusive interview with Alvin Ailey dancer Akua Noni Parker.

More info: Auditorium Theatre

Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

When: Friday, March 6, 2015 8 p.m.

Where: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, 220 S. Michigan Ave

Why you may want to attend: “Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma celebrates the 15th anniversary of his Silk Road Ensemble. Since the ensemble’s founding, Ma and his fellow musicians have sparked the imaginations of audiences all over the world…”

More info: CSO

Snowstorm Winter Music and Arts Festival

When: Saturday, March 7th 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Where: Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave

Why you may want to attend: “The first ever winter music and arts festival [being brought] to Navy Pier. The event will feature top talent, art spectacles and a one-of-a-kind setting in which to celebrate the end of the season. Snowstorm will feature artists Moby, RJD2, ASTR, [and more]! Wear your best winter whites.

More info: Snowstorm 2015

Talib Kweli & Immortal Technique

When: Sunday, March 8th 9 p.m.

Where: Metro, 3730 N. Clark St.

Why you may want to attend: “After nearly 20 years of releasing mesmerizing music, Talib Kweli stands as one of the world’s most talented and most accomplished rappers.Whether working with Mos Def as one-half of Black Star, partnering with producer Hi-Tek for Reflection Eternal, releasing landmark solo material or collaborating with Kanye West or Madlib, Kweli commands attention by delivering top-tier lyricism, crafting captivating stories and showing the ability to rhyme over virtually any type of beat.”

More info: Metro