Spotlight 01/04-01/09

THE RABBI’S CAT (Jan. 4 – 17) at Gene Siskel Film Center
Adapted from the quirky French comic books of Joann Sfar, this delightful adult-targeted animation is set in Algiers in 1920, where a rabbi’s lean and feisty cat miraculously gains the gift of speech along with a witty intelligence and sly philosophical bent. His crush on his master’s voluptuous daughter temporarily thwarted, the curious feline becomes party to the rabbi’s adventures on a trip through the Sahara in search of a lost Ethiopian city.

Winter Dance | Winter’s version of Summer Dance (January 4 – 6)
Winter Dance 2013 will be held January 4 – 6 in the Yates Gallery located on the 4th floor of the Chicago Cultural Center. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Winter Dance will bring people of all ages and skill levels together with free, introductory one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors followed by music and dancing. The diverse musical lineup showcases popular dance styles.
Chicago Cultural Center/4th floor/Yates Gallery

Wired Fridays (a series of LunchBreak concerts featuring DJs and electronic music (Jan 4 to May 24)
From ambient to dance, the world of DJs and soundscape artists will be uncovered each Friday through May.
Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Cafe FREE 12:15 – 1:00 pm

Global Late Nite @ Underground Wonder Bar! Featuring DJ’s Corey Bless & Mwelwa!
Underground Wonder Bar 11pm-4am Free with password: AKASUBA before 12am, $5 thereafter
710 N. Clark Street, Chicago

HotOn1Salsa @ Paris Cafe First Saturday!!
Salsa Class: 8:30pm – 9:30pm,
Party Time with DJ Carlos Guate and Dj Kimani: 9:30pm – 3am Playing the best Salsa,Merengue,Bachata,Cumbias, Top40’s, House Music, Kizomba and more!!
Cafe Paris $5
5301 w Belmont, Chicago

Strictly the best Reggae, Dancehall, Hip-Hop, House, Funk and more.
TAXIM 10:30pm-3:00am / 21+ Free with RSVP till midnight/$5 after
1558 N. Milwaukee Ave


Maracujaz (Bossa Nova / Latin / Tropical)
From cool, breezy bossa novas to upbeat sambas, Maracujaz takes you on a musical trip to Brazil and Musica Popular Brasileira!
Ras Dashen Ethiopian Restaurant 7:30 P.M.- 8:45 P.M NO COVER
5846 N. Broadway,  Chicago

The Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo
From a couple of prodigiously talented Chicago-based guitarists. Kapsalis, a player possessed of exquisite grace and touch and also, when he desires, blinding speed, brandishes a steel-string acoustic throughout. Croatian native Ivanovic, a widely acknowledged virtuoso in his own right, sticks with a nylon-string classical model. The music these two young men make together defies simple classification. Roughly, what I hear are Balkan folk and classical elements mixed with variously colored strains of Gypsy, jazz, pop, world and even rock styles. Whatever it is, it’s heady stuff that’s technically dazzling yet accessible. Kapsalis and Ivanovic are gifted composers, and they and their instruments intermingle beautifully together.
Websters Wine Bar Chicago 9pm FREE
1480 West Webster Avenue, Chicago, 773-868-0608


Omer Avital & His Band Of The East
My new group’s aim is to genuinely bring the earthy essence of Middle Eastern & North African music together with the living tradition of hard swinging, spiritually uplifting Jazz ~ Omer Avital
Old Town School of Folk Music/Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall 8.30pm FREE ($10 suggested donation)
4544 N Lincoln Ave. 773.728.6000


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