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30 August 2017 | 12:00 pm

The Chicago Jazz Festival this year celebrates the centenaries of Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and Ella Fitzgerald, each tribute in the headline spot at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion one night of the fest. Gillespie’s tribute by Jon Faddis is Thursday. Monk’s is by MacArthur genius Jason Moran, a pianist who painstakingly researched and reimagined a 1959 Monk concert at New York’s Town Hall. Ella’s is by Sheila Jordan, Dee Alexander, Spider Saloff and others. (Rebirth Brass Band headlines the fourth night.) For those who think jazz ending at 9:30 p.m. is like clapping on 1 and 3, the homeless music venue Hothouse hosts aftersets for $15-$20 on Friday (at Alhambra Palace, 1240 West Randolph St.) and Saturday (Citlalin Gallery Theater, 2005 S. Blue Island Ave.). Aug. 31-Sep. 3. Free. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. & Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.

The Collaborative Works Festival likes to claim it fights against the invisibility of art song, the chamber form usually pairing a vocal soloist with just a piano. Well, now that the all-access festival passes are sold out, that’s a tougher argument to make. And speaking of tougher, you can still build your own piecemeal passes to the festival’s quartet of events by buying single tickets to soprano Susanna Phillips’s recital (Sep. 7, Ganz Hall), registering for her free master class (Sep. 8, Ganz Hall), buying single tickets to the finale featuring Nicholas Phan (Sep. 9, Merit School of Music) and lining up early for the first-come, first-served seats at the opener (Sep. 6, Poetry Foundation). Sep. 6-9. Free-$35. Various locations.

Months ago, when the production team behind “The Civility of Albert Cashier” scheduled its debut, they couldn’t have hit their timeliness target much closer to the bull’s-eye. The world-premiere musical tells the story of Jennie Hodgers, who enlisted in the Union army and fought in the Civil War as Albert Cashier, and then honorably left the service (defying the prophecy of his chosen last name) and lived with a veteran’s pension for a half-century before his secret was discovered. The trans performer Dani Shay gets top billing as Cashier. Aug. 31-Oct. 15. $30-$40. Permoveo Productions at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.

“For One” could not be more intimate. As the title indicates, the performance, which travels from room to room in an Edgewater mansion, stages its plays, five of them, each of 10 minutes, for a single audience member. The ones behind “For One,” the company (Re)discover Theatre, sell the tickets in time-stamped blocks of ten, each of whom experiences a combinatorically different path through the short-play house, with the promise that the audience member can affect the outcome. And presumably not tell the friends they arrived with what happened if they don’t want to. Aug. 30-Sep. 30. Free-$30. Gunder Mansion, 6219 N. Sheridan Rd.

Like “Moby Dick” and “At the Table,” a couple of other victory-lap remounts of plays that won Best Production at the Joseph Jefferson Awards, “United Flight 232” reassembles its lauded 2016 maiden voyage for another run. The harrowing and life-affirming play tells, in first person, a documentary tale of a 1989 flight that crash-landed in Sioux City, Iowa, after a major hydraulic failure, seating the horror of dreading the crash next to the oft-ignored dutifulness of the flight attendants and the mundane absurdity of beverage service minutes from disaster. Most passengers survive, deeply changed; based on the wowed reviews of the first run, the audience is, too. Sep. 1-Oct. 21. $15-$50. House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St.

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, a female-focused company, cleverly bandwagons on a straight-to-streaming version of a Margaret Atwood novel by adapting the same book for the stage, opening Friday. “Alias Grace” (Which novel did you think I meant?) dramatizes the 1843 murder of housemaid Grace Marks’s employer and his housekeeper, and the amazing aftermath, when Marks claims to have no memory the day of the murder and then-acceptable forms of psychiatric quackery are used to attempt to recover it. The Netflix six-parter drops in November, by the way. Sep. 1-Oct. 15. $18-$38. Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Ave.

Beach volleyball spikes in the general interest every four years but serves up sand-sprayed two-on-twos even in the off years. Starting Thursday, the Association of Volleyball Professionals plants its nets at Oak Street Beach for its 2017 championship weekend, where fans can ogle the bump-set-spike artistry for four days for free in general-admission seats. The association recommends arriving by 12 p.m. Sunday to guarantee a seat for the 3 p.m. finals. Or book private boxes for four or corporate boxes for 20 (email contact@avp.com). Aug. 31-Sep. 3. Free-$75 individual tickets; $410-$500+ boxes. Oak Street Beach, 1000 N. Lake Shore Dr.

In a world where the Edinburgh Fringe Festival ranks as the undisputed if terminologically dissonant center of fringe, the Chicago Fringe Festival occupies the fringe of the fringe. The 12-day festival links performance spaces around Jefferson Park with 47 shows selected by lottery, guaranteeing by the power of probability a wide gamut of genres and oddities. Titles in this year’s mix include “Even God Knew I Was Gay,” “Narratives of Achromatopsia” and “30JJ or Bust: The World Is My Underwire.” The shortish shows and proximate venues mean showgoers can spend hours hopping from place to place, selecting from four or five options in each time slot like they’re constructing a burrito. Aug. 30-Sep. 10. $5 admission button plus $10 per show; multi-show passes $41-$180. Various locations.

It may not have landed the Obama library, but Washington Park remains the home of the sprawling diaspora celebration the African Festival of the Arts. The large, lively Labor Day tradition aligns vendors of vibrant clothing, jewelry and handicrafts and areas devoted to African traditions such as quilting and drumming, along with a luminous live-music lineup. Thursday’s performances schedule the Nigerian singer-songwriter Wizkid and the local Taylor Bennett, brother of Chance the Rapper. Sunday is headlined by the Haitian musician Wyclef Jean. Sep. 1-4. Free-$40 per day; $40-$250 fest pass. Washington Park, 5100 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

“Making ‘Em Move: A History of Animation” is a 13-week exploration of the history of animation, traveling from the 1926 German film “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” to 2015 Pixar movie “The Good Dinosaur” and 2016’s French-Japanese flick “The Red Turtle.” At each session, a film illustrative of the development of animation as a genre for both children and adults will screen, followed by a lecture and discussion with Professor Donald Crafton, professor emeritus of film at Notre Dame. Tuesdays at 6p.m., Sep. 2-Nov. 28. $5-$11 per film. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

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