Spotlight 03/01-03/31

SPOTLIGHT March 2012

Rudiments of Reggae Drumming Instructional workshop with G.D. Hemmings
G.D. Hemmings is a professional reggae drummer from Negril, Jamaica. Learn the rudiments of reggae drumming as taught on his instructional DVD in an exciting and fun filled workshop. G.D. will provide both theory and practice for reggae drumming exploring eleven different topics.
Old Town School of Folk Music 7pm-8.20pm $20
4545 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago 773.728.6000

Lamajamal at Echo Effect Event @ The Art Institute of Chicago
This season, the Art Institute, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago examine the “echo effect”—how works of art are adapted, reproduced, interpreted, and transformed over the centuries—through conversation, dance, music, and words.
The Art Institute of Chicago/Fullerton Hall 6pm-7pm Free with admission

Global Late Nite Featuring DJ’s Monna & Mwelwa! @ Underground Wonder Bar!
The mix: House, Zouk, Cumbia, Reggae(ton), Salsa, Rumba, Bachata, Samba, Kizomba, Merengue, Afrobeat, Baile, Ndombolo, Rai, Son, Soukous, Calypso, Funk, Soca, Cabo Love, Coupe Decale
Underground Wonder Bar 10.30pm-4am COVER: Free with password: AKASUBA otherwise $5
710 N. Clark Street TEL: (312) 266.7761

Kinobe & The African Sensation
Ugandan master musician and vocalist Kinobe returns to the stage of Old Town School with his trio The African Sensation.
Kinobe is the new voice of Ugandan music, the inspired synthesis of African roots and world music, of traditional and modern instrumentation. As an instrument-maker and teacher of traditional African instruments, Kinobe understands musical creation inside and out.
Old Town School Of Folk Music 8.30pm Free ticketed event. $5 suggested donation
4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago

47th Annual European Folk Festival
Taking place from Friday, March 23, to Sunday, March 25, the Annual European Folk Festival is one of the largest festivals in the U.S. showcasing the folk music, dance, and culture of the Balkans and Eastern Europe. This festival attracts enthusiasts from all over the country; guided by master dance teachers and inspired by virtuoso musicians you’ll dance, sing, and jam all weekend long! Be enthralled by splendid performances of music and dance at the Saturday evening concert. Enjoy dancing on a sprung, oak floor to exhilarating live music each evening at the dance parties. Sample mouth-watering delicacies prepared by expert Balkan cooks. Finally, don’t miss the Sunday evening post-festival dinner and party
International House, Assembly Hall
1414 East 59th Street, Chicago
Mira Awad
Israeli Palestinian singer, songwriter and actress Mira Awad was born in Rama village in the Galilee, to a Palestinian father and a Bulgarian mother. She was the first Arab singer to represent Israel at Eurovision, singing the first Israeli Eurovision song with Arabic lyrics and has collaborated with hip hop and opera artists alike. Mira has dedicated most of her career to raising a call for peace in her homeland.
Old Town School of Folk Music 8pm $20 General Public
4544 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago

Global Dance Party w/Chicago Samba
For more than 21 years, Chicago Samba has performed authentic Brazilian dance music mixed with the flavor of carnaval right here in the Windy City. The Global Dance Party is a new series on Fridays that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs.
Old Town School of Folk Music/Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 8.30pm $10
4545 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago

Sierra Maestra with Buya
The group Sierra Maestra is an outstanding nine-piece Cuban son band founded at the University of Havana in 1976. They have spent the past 35 years revitalizing, reinventing and preserving the Cuban son music tradition.They have taken this infectious dance music around the world and back and have redefined son for the new generation in the process.
Old Town School Of Folk Music 7pm & 10pm $28 General Public 773.728.6000
4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago

Vishtèn’s music is a hardy mixture of the French, Irish and Scottish styles of Eastern Canada, with fiery fiddling and powerful step dancing taking front and center. Their stage show re-creates the joy and energy of the “kitchen party,” the informal community gatherings where all are welcomed to sing, play and dance.
Old Town School of Folk Music 8pm $18 General Public/$16 Old Town School Members/$14 Seniors & Children
Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago

RAGAMALA DANCE and Sacred Earth (A celebration of the universal balance of body and nature, soul and earth )
RAGAMALA DANCE is a nationally and internationally acclaimed company that unfolds the beauty, elegance, poetry, and driving rhythmic complexities of Bharatanatyam, the ancient classical dance of southern India.
Dominican University Performing Arts Center
7900 West Division St. River Forest, IL 60305 708-488-5000

2539 North Kedzie Blvd, Chicago

Chicago Urbanite Anniversary Party
Special performances and dance lessons by Fabulous Yaasha Abraham from Passistas Samba Group (Brazilian Dance)
Nu Bambu (Urban Fusion, Reggae and Latin rhythms w/musicians from France, Venezuela, Peru, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the United States)
Directly from Laos via Chicago, Kid Jungle from Thee Authentic Fewsion (hip hop/breakdance)
9PM-10PM: Delicious Peruvian appetizers courtesy of sponsor Machu Picchu Restaurant
Silvie’s Lounge 9pm-2am $5
1902 W. Irving Park Rd, Chicago

HotOn1Salsa Monday @ Patron’s Hacienda!!
Salsa Class with Rick and Valerie: 8pm – 9:30pm
Salsa Party with DJ Double O: 9:30pm – 1am
Patron’s Hacienda 8pm $5
316 W. Erie St., Chicago

Bossa Tres (exotic and rhythmic sounds of Brazil)
Webster Wine Bar 9pm-11.30 NO COVER
1480 W. Webster Ave. Chicago – IL 60614

The Last Harvest: Paintings of Rabindranath Tagore (lecture)
William Radice, professor emeritus, University of London, draws on his long experience of translating Tagore’s poems, stories, plays, and songs to assess their unique literary qualities, national and global impact, and continuing appeal today. He will also consider why and how Tagore became a painter.
Fullerton Hall at The Art Institute of Chicago,6pm-7pm FREE
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

An Ka Fo Drum & Dance Institute Instructor with 16 years of instruction and West African dance experience!
In this traditional West African dance class you will gain knowledge of the dance, technique/nuances and history of each dance each week. West African dance embodies the relentless love of artistic expression through movement! We will dive into the rich and invigorating moves of Guinea, Senegal, Mali and Côte d’Ivoire… So please come and join us in this weekly traditional dance experience! For more information, call or text: 312-351-1293
Sherman Park (Field House Entrance) 6:30pm-8pm All levels/ All ages $10/$5 child
1301 W. 52nd St. (52nd & Racine) Chicago

“The Silent Wedding” (2008) by Horatiu Malaele – In Romanian with English subtitles
In 1953, the wedding of a young couple continues silently after the whole country is mourning the death of Stalin. The screenplay is based on a true story which took place in a small rural village in Romania.
Alliance Française 6.30pm FREE
54 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago

FELA! (March 27 through April 15) 30% Off! w/discount Code: AFROBEAT or  KUTI or SHRINE
The 3 Tony Award winning musical inspired by Nigerian Afrobeat legend FelaKuti’s life and work is on tour now and coming to Chicago’s Oriental Theater!  FELA!, the most critically acclaimed musical of the season, received three 2010 Tony Awards®: Best Choreography, Best Costume Design for a Musical and Best Sound Design of a Musical! His story inspired a nation. His music inspires the world. FELA! tells the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation. Motivated by his mother, a civil rights champion, he defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity. FELA! is a triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, featuring Fela Kuti’s captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony Award® winner Bill T. Jones. For Tickets  800-775-2000 or visit www.BroadwayInChicago.comOriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph, Chicago

Albert Sierra and his Cuban Flavor (Cuban Folkloric and Jazz)
90 Miles Cuban Cafe, 2540 W Armitage, Chicago 773/227-2822

Bossa TRes
exotic and rhythmic sounds of Brazil
Ñ Bar 10pm NO COVER
2977 North Elston Avenue | Chicago IL  (773) 866-9898

Congolese percussion and dance artist Teber Milandou-Sita at Mofindu African Drum & Dance
A little about Teber; Born in Brazzaville, Congo, Teber Milandou-Sita began playing in many small ballets, ending with The National Ballet for 4 years.
The Leader of TAMBOURS SANS FRONTIERES since 2006 and Co-Founder in 2000 with Mbayero and Kaela, Teber teaches traditional Congolese percussion and dance in Chicago and widely throughout the U.S.
Rumble Arts Center 6pm-7.30pm $12
3413 W. North Ave. Chicago

Angel d’Cuba
Multi-instrumentalist, composer and vocalist Angel d’Cuba is the former singer of Cuban super-group Mezcla and recorded for three Grammy-nominated projects. Since making his home in Chicago 15 years, he has become a fixture in the local Latin music scene. Come celebrate the long awaited release of his first solo album Heritage featuring 10 original songs performed by his full band. Sign up for the Cuban Popular Dance Workshop with Victor Alexander on Thursday, March 29.
Old Town School Of Folk Music 8.30pm Free ticketed event. $5 suggested donation
4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago

Anoushka Shankar and Guests: Traveler
Shankar breaks new ground as she melds the rhythmically intense music of Spain with the vibrant, ancient forms of Indian classical tradition. Immersing herself in flamenco, fandango, and tango, Shankar crafted hybrid works that employ the traditional Indian instrumentation of sitar, tabla, and bansuri flute together with flamenco guitar, voice, and percussion .
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University  50 Arts Circle Drive  Evanston, IL 60208  Phone: 847.491.5441

Fiestas at Old San Juan- SRBCC Annual Concert
The San Sebastian Street Festival takes place every year in Puerto Rico and it is known for endless fun, music and dancing. By replicating the San Sebastian streets in Old San Juan, SRBCC will give everyone a chance to experience what it feels to be in Puerto Rico during this festival.
Logan Square Auditorium 6.30pm $35 (before Tuesday March 27th) & $40 afterwards $10 for children
2539 N Kedzie , Chicago

Cuban Popular Dance workshop with Victor Alexander
Explore the world of Cuban popular dance with professional Cuban dancer Victor Alexander. Victor will demonstrate and teach the basics of Casino and other popular dance styles in Cuba.
Old Town School of Folk Music 7:00 PM to 8:20 PM $20
4545 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

Luciano Antonio Tesouros Da MPB
On this solo performance playing the music of Chico Buarque, Milton
Nascimento, Djavan, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Villa-Lobos and many
Cafe Ciao 10 – midnight No Cover
939 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 850-2426

WOMEN OF THE WORLD: Ugochi and Megitza LIVE!
In celebration of International Women’s Month, two of Chicago’s most renowned international performing artists for the first time on one stage!
UGOCHI and The Afro Soul Ensemble (A.S.E.) are taking over the world. Her musical interests span all corners of the globe. Ugochi was born to Nigerian parents in Chicago. She credits both worlds with being the catalyst for her unique word, sound power and singing ability.
MEGITZA is a true concert revelation – an unusual voice, charisma and beauty. Her newest album, recorded in studios across the U.S. and Poland, will be released this year. Megitza’s compositions creatively reference Eastern European folk music, combining the traditional with the modern sounds of jazz, pop, rock, and Americana.
Mayne Stage 9pm
1328 W. Morse Ave. Chicago

Nowruz Parade (Nowruz is an ancient tradition that commemorates the rebirth of nature with the coming of each Spring)
Daley Plaza 50 W. Washington St. starting at 12pm

Sound Culture & Gozamos Anniversary Pachanga – The party of the season for Chicago’s cutting edge globalistas!
Featuring UPROOT ANDY (Que Bajo?! NY Tropical Bass), VICIOS DE PAPÁ Live (Latin Ska), SOULPHONETICS (Dance Syndrome), Video Mixing by (((SONORAMA))), Samba Dancing by FOLIA TROPICALIA, and DJ SOUND CULTURE Remixing the World!
Pilsen Loft 9pm $7 Advanced RSVP guarantees admission
1100 W. Cermack Rd. Chicago

People Lounge 10pm NO COVER
1560 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago


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