Taste of Latin America (August 24th-26th) FREE
For foodies and non-foodies alike, Latin American cuisine can be both exotic, yet sometimes hard to discover in a city like Chicago which, unknown to many, is home to consulates from 17 Latin American countries! Visitors will be treated to flavorful delights ranging from the islands of Cuba and Puerto Rico to South America’s Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela and, of course, Mexico. In addition to food, wines and arts & crafts, the fest will feature a “Taste of Latin America Culinary Stage presented by Sysco Chicago” as well as an entertainment stage.
3700 W. Armitage Avenue between Ridgeway and Avers.

PATANG (THE KITE) Directed by Prashant Bhargava, India
Set against the dynamic and colorful spectacle of India’s largest kite festival, the Uttarayan, Prashant Bhargava’s debut feature tells the story of Jayesh, a Delhi-based businessman who returns to his Gujarat roots with his young daughter Priya. Ostensibly going home to Ahmedabad to relive his childhood memories and introduce his daughter to the tradition of kite-flying, Jayesh has some unexpected news for the family’s future. He plans include selling off the family home, moving his relatives into a modern condo, while also trying to avoid unresolved issues from his past which leads to unexpected consequences.
Facets Cinémathèque 7pm & 9pm $9 general admission
1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago

Joe Walega and the Happy Hearts Orchestra (Polka music and dance) FREE
The 16th annual Chicago SummerDance series presents free Polka dance lessons by Paul Collins and live music by Joe Walega and the Happy Hearts Orchestra , performing Polka music and dance instructed by Ethnic Dance Chicago
6 – 7 pm: Polka dance lessons by Paul Collins
7:30 – 9:30 pm: live music and dancing featuring Joe Walega and the Happy Hearts Orchestra
Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden
601 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Featuring Le Bagatae Dance & Drum, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, Ayodele Drum and Dance, and Master Artists from Guinea, Senegal, and Mali ..
Harold Washington Cultural Center 8PM
4701 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL

Natya Dance Theatre Company dancers Amulya Gampa and Vidya Govind, with members of the Natya Company. A great, family-friendly introduction to Indian dance! This performance is part of “Beats of Life, Rhythms of Heritage,” a seven-part performance series presented by Natya Dance Theatre in collaboration with Chicago’s Indo-American Heritage Museum. Performances featuring renowned local and international artists that bring the music and dance of India to Chicago audiences will continue throughout 2012, at various venues
Indo-American Center 4pm FREE
6328 N. California Avenue, Chicago

Charanga Tropical (Cuban Salsa) FREE
The 16th annual Chicago SummerDance series presents free Salsa and Cha Cha dance lessons by Nino DiGiulio and live music by Charanga Tropical, performing Cuban Salsa music.
Charanga Tropical is a nine-piece salsa ensemble that performs classic and modern Cuban music. The sound is harmonically rich and infectiously rhythmic, inspiring visions of mojitos and Caribbean sunsets. Featuring musicians from throughout the Americas, this band knows how to fill a dance floor and start a party! Using an instrumentation that dates back to the roots of Cuban music, Charanga Tropical blends the old with the new to create a sound that is classic yet modern. Music that is rich in harmony and melody, fantastic for listening and superb for dancing. The repertoire of Charanga Tropical features rarely heard danzones and a spicy variety of son, salsa, cha cha cha, and timba. The members of the group include master musicians from Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States. Their collective accomplishments include tours to Asia, Europe, and South America, platinum recordings, master degrees, and multiple Latin Grammy nominations.
Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden
601 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Taste of Latin America (August 24th-26th) FREE

PATANG (THE KITE) Directed by Prashant Bhargava, India at Facets Cinémathèque $9 general admission
1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago


Brasil Fest Chicago
The first-ever outdoor celebration of Brazilian culture in the Midwest! Chicago’s Brazilian (and Anglo-Brazilian) artistic community will come together for an unforgettable day of music, Samba, bossa nova, Brazilian jazz, capoeira and maculêlê performances, dance and Zumba lessons, capoeira and percussion workshops, dance, children’s activities, and more!
Roda de Choro conducted by Julie Koidin, Grupo Axé Capoeira, Percussionist extraordinaire Felipe Fraga (tentative), Breno Sauer Sextet, Gingarte Maculêlê and dancers, Luciano Antonio Project & Passistas Samba Dancers, Dance Lesson by Dill Costa, Bossa Tres Quintet, Samba One Brazilian Dance Group
Paulinho Garcia, Dance lesson by Edilson Lima, Chicago Samba & dancers and more
Logan Square (Kedzie Boulevard and Logan Boulevard) 12pm-6.45pm

Gary Núñez & Plena Libre With Chicago Afro Puerto Rican Ensemble
Four-Time Grammy Nominee Plena Libre is the Music of Puerto Rico as it should be experienced live!! Captivating and moving audiences over the course of a fifteen-year, thirteen-album career, this fine-tuned 10-piece Puerto Rican-based ensemble of virtuoso musicians has only gotten better with age, as evidenced by their four recent Grammy nominations. Plena Libre has created an all-new exciting repertoire along with new choreography, compelling new stories told from the stage between songs, and an overall presentation sure to win the hearts of both aficionados and newcomers to their sound. Plena Libre infuses their contemporary Caribbean compositions with a deep sense of the unique indigenous musical traditions, known as plena and bomba, which developed on the island over a century ago.
Mayne Stage 7pm
1328 W. Morse Ave. Chicago


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