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By Chuck Sudo in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 29, 2008 5:00PM

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Raul Midon has slowly developed a strong and dedicated fan base with constant touring behind his own hybrid form of soul songs steeped in pop sensibility, calling upon influences ranging from Stevie Wonder to Paul Simon to Bill Withers. His albums tend to be too slickly produced for our ears but in concert Midon is a powerhouse, stripping his songs down to their basic elements with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and his expressive voice. Midon will be at the Abbey Pub this evening.

Listen - Raul Midon: "Pick Somebody Up"

3420 W. Grace, 9 p.m., $20

Tonight is the final night to check out "Son de los Barricadas: Art and Resistance in Oaxaca," an exhibit of art from the Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca. The works of these artists, who do not sign their artwork in order to maintain their anonymity for fear of reprisal from the Mexican government, reflects the current conditions in Oaxaca brought on by Mexico's ruling party and their collective desire to see an Oaxaca where people live with justice and dignity.

Café Mestizo, 1646 W. 18th Street.

Ladies Night
"Girls Night Out" at WAVE in the W Chicago-Lakeshore Hotel is a specially prepared five-course sharling-plates dinner by chef Kristine Subido featuring a complimentary cocktail made from BORBA, a premium water enhanced with botanicals, antioxidants, and vitamins.

644 N. Lake Shore Drive, $25.

Viet Bistro hosts a Leap Year Champagne seminar this evening. Sommelier Rashed Islam and Shane Salois of Cream Wine Company will showcase recoltant bottlings (champagnes that are grown and made by the same vineyard), and chef/owner Dan Nguyen will pair the champagnes with complimentary appetizers. The seminar will feature the champagnes' uniqueness and address how they have survived all these years despite heavy competition and hostile takeover bids from bigger mass conglomerates.

1345 W. Devon, 7 p.m., $50, RSVP to 773-465-5720.

We'd be remiss without mentioning the free premiere of "Chic-A-Go-Go: The Movie" Sunday at the Portage Theater. The event will feature not only a screening of the digital film, but the premiere of a short children's music video, "Goblin Good Day." Everything gets started with a dance party right on the Portage's stage.

4050 N. Milwaukee, 3 p.m.