Spotlight 01/16-01/20


LA RAFLE  (Jan.18-24) (movie)
Scenes of carefree children at play in the narrow but neighborly streets of Montmartre in the early summer of 1942 give way to the darkness of the imminent threat for the Jews of Paris in this heart-rending drama. Director Rose Bosch meticulously reconstructs the roundup of 13,000 Jews, who were then confined to a stadium in the shadow of the Eiffel tower. A world-weary Jean Reno plays the harried Jewish doctor who attempts to minister to the captives, aided by the young Protestant nurse (Mélanie Laurent). In French with English subtitles. Gene Siskel Film Center 312.846.2800

Band of Oromo Youth Association of Minnesota
Band of Oromo Youth Association in Minnesota has been performing throughout the North America for more than two decades. They are known for their talent as well their determination to promote the Oromo (the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia) cause throughout the world.
The Old Town School of Folk Music 8.30pm FREE ($10 suggested donation)
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago 773.728.6000

PowerPlay FYI
Chicago is a music destination with a thriving local scene as well as a performance destination for artists worldwide. PowerPlay FYI draws from this diversity of styles and influences to build an exciting and addictive repertoire of Soul, R&B, Jazz, Funk, Latin, Rock, Swing and original compositions
Cafe Laguardia 2111 W. Armitage Ave, Chicago 773-862-5996

Oromo Dance Workshop
A rare opportunity to learn a dance moves from one of the indigenous people of East Africa, the Oromo with members of BOYA. The Oromo people are the single largest ethnic group in Ethiopia and live mainly in Ethiopia and Kenya. Their dance moves and rhythms are unique and are rarely seen in most North America cities. Take this opportunity to learn two different moves that are popular among Oromo people and that are also fun to learn. While you are learning these amazing dance moves taught by the master dance group, BOYA, you will have the chance to learn about the music and history of the Oromo people. Open to all levels and ages
The Old Town School of Folk Music 7pm-8.20pm $20
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago 773.728.6000

“Signature Works” at National Museum of Mexican Art
Opening reception 6pm-8pm 1852 W. 19th street, Chicago 312-738-1503

Opening Our Eyes (documentary) 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Mother/daughter filmmakers, circle the globe on a 99-day journey around the world, seeking people who are making a positive difference in our world. They discover the power of the individual – the power within each of us. The global power of “one”. It was life changing.
Greenheart Center | Garden Level 746 N. LaSalle Dr. Chicago
RSVP with Martha at or call 312-264-1645

Musical Majesty Artshow, Two Day Art Event celebrating African American influence on music through canvas (01/18 & 01/19 FREE)
Join artists Adam Guichard, Paul Branton, James Nelson, Darno Demby, Angelica London, Adrienne Powers, Lindsey Bates, Damon Hendricks and Martha Wade as we celebrate African American influence on music through canvas. These artists have been working vigorously to create new artworks that emphasize the story of the African diaspora and how African American music has influenced American culture. This event will be a 2 Day Event, Friday, January 18th, from 6pm to 12am and Saturday, January 19th, from 6pm to 12am. There will be live painting by Martha Wade and Adrienne Powers. Steve Hatchett will be enlightening the crowd with his newest poetic verses. Mike H20 will be djing.
The Grand Ballroom 6pm to 12am FREE
6351 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago

Swing Brasileiro at Global Dance Party
Spend an evening with Chicago Samba superstars, Swing Brasileiro, who deliver an authentic snapshot of the diversity and intensity found in Brazilian music.
The Old Town School of Folk Music/The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 8.30pm $10
4545 N Lincoln Ave 773.728.6000

CLUB DIVINE at Bodhi Spiritual Center( Take a movement journey through expanded Love, Compassion, Dancing and Devotion with the Divine)
an evening of Dancing, Prayer, Ceremony, Laughing, Healing Chanting, and Loving each other. Artists, healers, musicians and performers from the Bodhi community and all of Chicago.
Bring your friends, children. Bring your mother. Bring your father. Bring everyone.
Bodhi Spiritual Center 9pm-1am Early Bird $10 Door $15
2746 – 2750 N. Magnolia, Chicago

Q4 at MultiKulti 9pm
1000 N Milwaukee Av, Chicago

Dj Double O at The Conga Room (Bachata, Salsa, Cumbia and Merengue)
The Conga Room at Vintage Night Club 9pm-2am NO COVER
223 W. Lake Street, Chicago

The Balkan Invasion feat. Black Bear Combo & RomaSoul
Black Bear Combo is Chicago’s ONLY Brass/Reed Gypsy/Balkan band! A raucous mutt inspired by traditional music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans filtered through their own free jazz and rock backgrounds.
DJ Romasoul is originally from Sarajevo, but has been residing in Chicago since 1995. Creating a mixture of global sounds and house and elektro music Dj Romasoul aka Maja Bijedic has made people dance across a wide variety of venues in Chicago.
Subterranean 10pm-2am $5
2011 W. North Ave, Chicago

Sunny Side Up and Soul Phonetics Present Winter Warmer
Join Sunny Side Up and Soul Phonetics as we warm things up with some of the hottest sounds from around the world
DJ’S 4BZ Mwelwa, Cawell James, and Christian Vera providing a mix of global grooves…Reggae,Forro, Kizomba, Salsa,Bomba, Bachata, Samba, Merengue, Afrobeat, Ndombolo, Rai, House, Son, Soukous, Calypso, Zouk, Soca, Cabo love, Broken beat, Coupe decale, Capoeira…
LOKaL 10pm – 3am  NO COVER
1904 West North Avenue

Chicago Aissawa Project at Las Manos Gallery (A fundraiser for Morocco Scholarship Fund)
Chicago Aissawa (pronounced “eye-saah-wah”) is a percussion ensemble dedicated to Moroccan style polyrhythm and the use of music as a trance-healing tool. Since 2007, they have experimented with weaving drum patterns into compositions, accenting them with folkloric horns, reeds and flutes.
Las Manos Gallery 7:30-9pm Cover donations for Morocco Scholarship Fund
1515 W. Foster Ave, Chicago

Dj Carlos Guate and DJ Kimani at HotOn1Salsa Party Time @ Paris Cafe
Salsa, Merengue,bachata, Cha-Cha-Cha, Cumbias, Kizomba
Paris Cafe 8.30pm $5
5301 W Belmont, Chicago

Caravan Serai Dance Party: Lamajamal, Black Bear Combo, DJ Warp, Erika Ochoa, and more!
This World Music dance party derives its name from Caravan Serai, roadside inns where travelers could rest and recover from the day’s journey along the Silk Route from India and Persia to Syria and the Balkans. The dance party lineup includes gypsy surf band Lamajamal, raucous brass/reed sextet Black Bear Combo, abstract international spinmeister DJ Warp and Middle Eastern dance performer Erika Ochoa, among others
City Winery 7pm show $12
1200 W Randolph St, Chicago (312)-733-WINE

HotOn1Salsa and Dennis Pa’Samba Dance Social
Music: Salsa, Mambo, Bachata, Cha-Cha and Cumbia
Dennis PaSamba Dance Company / Studio 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM $5
4020 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

Peruvian Professionals Networking Event
Chicago Urbanite and Peruvian Young Professionals of Chicago invite you to a fun networking event for Peruvians and anybody interested in Peru. Join us and make new friends, expand your list of business contacts, give back to our community, enhance your social networks, and learn about Peruvian culture.
The theme for this event will be the Anniversary of the city of Lima
Machu Picchu Restaurant 4 to 7pm
3856 N Ashland Ave, Chicago

Milonga La Baldosita:
7-8 PM All Levels Tango Class, takes place on the 2nd dance floor
7-12 AM Milonga La Baldosita, on the main dance floor
$15, includes ONE FREE DRINK and TANGO CLASS. Food will be available for purchase–– check out the $5 special menu Alhambra is offering only to us TANGO PEOPLE!
Alhambra Palace Restaurant, 1240 W. Randolph Street, Chicago


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