THURSDAY MARCH 14
WILAYA (aka TEARS OF SAND)
This visually stunning drama offers a fascinating look at the culture of the Sahrawi people, a stateless ethnic group many of whom live in refugee camps in northwest Africa. After living sixteen years with a foster family in Spain, a young Sahrawi woman returns to her family at a refugee camp named Wilaya. Suspended between two cultures, she is stifled by her new home’s traditionalist ways, which she challenges by becoming the first female truck driver in the region. The widescreen desert vistas and Aziza Brahim’s haunting solo voice music cast a spell in this often wordless movie. In Spanish and Arabic with English subtitles. HDCAM video. (MR)
GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER 6pm
Vick Lavender Ensemble Album Release Party
V.L.E. (Vick Lavender Ensemble) is a seven-piece collaborative band specializing in sophisticated live house music and is the brain child of Producer/DJ Vick Lavender. Hitting the scene in 2008 after Vick’s stint with Mr. A.L.I., another live band which he co-founded with then partner Jere McAllister, V.L.E. was created with the intent of bringing something different and electrifying to the world of house music. V.L.E. brings to its audience the essence of many types of music that incorporate soulful house with world music influences.
Mayne Stage 8pm
1328 W Morse, Chicago
FRIDAY MARCH 15
Sean Cleland & Friends at Global Dance Party
Join Sean Cleland, from the Irish Music School of Chicago, and his musical friends, as they present an evening of lively Irish traditional music, rollicking songs and traditional Irish social dancing. Come learn how to do set dancing and Ceili dancing with fun, easy-to-learn group dances then practice your dancing to the exhilarating music of Sean and his friends.
The Old Town School of Folk Music 8.30pm $10
4545 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago
The Balkan Invasion feat. Black Bear Combo & DJ 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.
Subterranean 9pm $5
2011 W. North Ave, Chicago
SATURDAY MARCH 16
HOLI – India Festival of Colors Party w/DJ SAJAN VADALI and DJ JONNY 5
Bolly Remix-Arabic-Bhangra-House-Hip Hop-Top 40 | Guests can throw HOLI colors at each other all evening…inside!
COMP ENTRY 10P-11P W/ RSVP TO Hamed@ABCDchicago.com. White tops encouraged (warning: they will get colored).
311 Lounge Chicago 10pm-3am
311 N.Sangamon, Chicago
Global Late Nite @ Underground Wonder Bar! DJ’s Corey Bless, Kino & Mwelwa!
The mix: House, Zouk, Reggae, Salsa, Bachata, Samba, Kizomba, Kompa, Merengue, Afrobeat, Ndombolo, Cumbia, Soukous, Calypso, Broken Beats, Soca, Cabo Love, Coupe Decale, Kwaito
Underground Wonder Bar (downstairs lounge) 10.30pm-5am Free with password: AKASUBA before 12am, $5 thereafter
710 N. Clark Street (312) 266.7761
REVEL! (Strictly the best Reggae, Dancehall, Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul and more)
Resident sound selectahs – BLAKISH & PAPA G. +special guests
TAXIM 10:00pm-3:00am / 21+ RSVP for complimentary admission till midnight/$5 after through the following link >>> http://dfrproductions.com/rsvp.php
1558 N. Milwaukee Ave.
THE CHICAGO EXCHANGE: EL CHOPO TIANGUIS CULTURAL
w/MAGIC CARPET and DJs SOULPHONETICS | A community networking event focusing on the arts, activism, community and resource sharing.
1000 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
SUNDAY MARCH 17
La Chiva Gantiva at Old Town School of Folk Music
frenetic carnival-punk racket that detonated like a Molotov cocktail of rock, rap, soul and ferociously funky Latin rhythms. – The London Times | reproducing Colombian rhythms of yesteryear, like less well known rhythms such as champeta, chirimia, and mapalé, La Chiva Gantiva uses traditional Caribbean instruments such as la tambora, el alegre, el llamador, and maracones. The group also incorporates bass guitar, clarinet, and saxophone, which reflect the diverse influences of the group:
The Old Town School of Folk Music 8pm $20
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625 • 773.728.6000
Amazing India at “Neighborhoods of the World” series FREE
The dance and music of Chicago’s Indian community centered around Devon Avenue takes center stage at Navy Pier. The afternoon celebration is presented in partnership with the Consulate General of India and the Indo-American Heritage Museum and features performances by Chitrahar Cultural Academy, Alka Nayyar and Anjali Julkha, Natya Dance Theatre, Kalapryia Center for Indian Performing Arts, Anila Sinha Foundation, Satrangi Garba Group Indiana, Punjabi Association and Aavegh. Browse unique folk art from vendors including Passage to India, Regal, Deccan Foot Prints: Manvee Vaid, Resham and Sanaya Beauty Salon.
Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens 12pm-5pm Free Admission!
MONDAY MARCH 18
TUESDAY MARCH 19
WEDNESDAY MARCH 20
Zamin is a Chicago-based band that blends classical instrumentation with soulful Hindustani vocals and an indie rock approach to songwriting. The band creates energy, tension and intimacy with unique acoustic sounds. “Zamin” means “earth” in Hindi, and lyrics from their first album are in Urdu, while their newer lyrical material is written in English. The members include Zeshan Bagewadi, Josh Fink, Eric Seligman, Genevieve Guimond, and Ethan Yeshaya.
The Old Town School of Folk Music/Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall 8.30pm FREE! ($10 suggested donation) RESERVE TICKETS
4544 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
THURSDAY MARCH 21
Las Guitarras de España, Special guest Los Hombres Perdidos at City Winery
“This is flamenco music, sort of — its roots are in the classic, guitar-driven sound, but Las Guitarras add jazz, rock, blues and everything else into the pot. The result is brilliant.” Chicago Tribune
City Winery 8pm
1200 W Randolph St, Chicago
Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird CD Release Concert for “Bad Old Songs” (*$10 advanced tickets w/ code: BIRD at ticket checkout*)
“Bad Old Songs”, the fourth album from Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird is a dark and intimate follow-up to their award-winning “Lost Causes” (2011, Oriente Music). Originals like Kahn’s wicked Berliner ostalgie ballad “Good Old Bad Old Days” and the anti-love blues “Love Lays Low” meet polyglot reinventions of Yiddish folk songs and classics from Leonard Cohen and Franz Josef Degenhardt. In the desolate borderlands between Berlin, Detroit, New York, and Yiddishland, these Bad Old Songs are the midnight reveries of a lost time that is yet to come.
Mayne Stage 8pm
1328 W. Morse Ave. Chicago