OUT OF AFRICA: The Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago presents "Transformation," the Chicago-based African dance troupe's fall concert series featuring works by Sengalese choreographers, dancers, artists and folklorists. Tonight's performance will be preceded by a gala, award ceremony and silent auction. At the Gary Comer Youth Center, 6PM, $75.
FRENCH ACCENT: Facets Cinematheque once again brings intrepid Chicago film buffs the 12th-annual Festival of New French Cinema. Works by emerging French filmmakers, writers and actors will be showcased from Dec. 5-14. Tonight's Chicago premieres include "48 Hours in a Day" at 7PM and "In Mom's Head" at 9PM.
LATIN FLAVOR: Shake off winter's chill with some hot Latin beats tonight when HotHouse presents Chicago-based bandleader, musician and sonero (a traditional Latin term for an improvisational singer) Papo Santiago at HotLoft (above Fizz Bar & Grill). The Puerto Rican-born Santiago has shared the stage with some of Latin music's most legendary performers throughout his career. 9PM, $12 in advance, $14 at the door.