02/22 | Lone Piñon – World Music Wednesday FREE


Lone Piñon is an acoustic trio from Santa Fe, New Mexico whose music celebrates their region’s cultural roots. Using violin, accordion, guitar, guitarrón, upright bass and harmony vocals in Spanish, English, and Nahuatl, the group has revived and updated the Chicano stringband style that once flourished in New Mexico, bringing a devoted and explosive musicianship…

02/25| Daughter/Dokhtar at 27th Annual Festival of Films from Iran


Giddy girl power meets the complications of life in a layered story in which college-age Setareh’s longing for self-determination comes up against her traditional father’s passionate but controlling love. An impulsive but forbidden trip to see a school friend off to college abroad goes awry, stranding Setareh in far-off Tehran, the object of her angry…

02/15 | Gros Ngolle Pokossi -Album Release Party – World Music Wednesday


Gros Ngolle Pokossi, a Cameroonian musician who specializes in electric bass with extensive experience in performing live, recording, and composing Afrobeat, jazz, funk, ethnomusic and pop.  Gros has had the honor of working with Decording Society, Trilok Gurtu, Claude Chalhoub, Nneka, and Frank McComb among many other talented musicians. Gros’s current personal project is Gros Pokossi…

02/10 | Planeta Azul & the Passistas Samba Dancers – Global Dance Party


Planeta Azul, led by Luciano Antonio, is a fusion of uniquely gifted artists who bring forth a consistent, robust & full sound. Whether performing original works or interpreting Brazilian classics, the blend of grooving harmonies and soul leaves audiences wanting more. Made up of some of the most highly regarded musicians in the Chicago music…

02/11 | Ladysmith Black Mambazo


Ladysmith Black Mambazo celebrates over fifty years of joyous and uplifting music. Within their singing are the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions. In those fifty plus years, the a cappella vocal group has created a musical and spiritual message that has touched a worldwide audience. Their singing efforts have…

01/26-29 | Feathers of Fire in Chicago


A Persian Epic is a visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play and an all-age adventure, created by Hamid Rahmanian, an Iranian-American graphic designer and filmmaker who recently created a new edition of Shahnameh, in collaboration with Larry Reed. The play unfolds an action-packed magical tale of star-crossed lovers from the 10th-century Persian epic Shahnameh (The Book…

01/25  Ilusha Tsinadze – World Music Wednesday FREE


Georgian born singer and guitarist, Ilusha [Tsinadze], brings his life story to the stage through a captivating take on Georgia’s venerable folk traditions. Born in Tbilisi and raised in New York, Ilusha introduces mountain songs and village dances into conversation with the global city, connecting two worlds separated by mountains and seas, history and culture….

Spotlight 12/13-18


No Borders: Ixcanul | Afro~Cuban~Jam | Bossa Tres | WORLD Rhythm Circle – come and drum with us at Worlds | Gonzalo Cordova: Latin American Guitar & Canción |  Maracujaz Duo Live @WDCB Jazz Thursdays! | Imagination Night | MCA Stage: Tatsu Aoki “Reduction” | Trio Ellas | The Mokili Trio | Christmas Shopping bazaar…