Spotlight 03/20-03/27

Discounted ticket offers !

03/21 | Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird CD Release Concert for “Bad Old Songs” (*$10 advanced tickets w/ code: BIRD at ticket checkout*)

03/25 | Sones de Mexico Concert at The Goodman Theater ($10 with the promo code CONCERT)

Ongoing events

The 16th Annual European Union Film Festival (ends March 28)
From March 1 through 28, the Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes you to the 16th Annual European Union Film Festival, the largest showcase in North America for the cinema of the European Union nations. This year’s festival presents the Chicago premieres of 61 new feature films, providing a broad picture of the creativity of Europe’s most adventurous filmmakers.
Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N. State Street | Chicago

The Festival of New Spanish Cinema (ends April 03)
In its fifth consecutive year, the Festival of New Spanish Cinema consolidates itself as the most important itinerant festival of contemporary Spanish Cinema in North America. Once again, the festival will screen some of the riskiest and most innovative Spanish films of the year.

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

Angel d’Cuba Quintet
w/Featuring: Angel d’Cuba – vocals, Brett Benteler – bass, Jean Leroy – drums, Ogie Merced – congas, James Cornolo – guitar/tres cubano
Carnavale 7:30 – 11:00
702 W. Fulton Market, Chicago

Goran Ivanovic Spring Concert! at Katerina’s
Goran Ivanovic – solo & special guests. Works by Paganini, Villa Lobos, Piazzolla, Tarrega, Granada & Ivanovic
Katerina’s 8pm $10
1920 W. Irving Park Rd. Chicago,773-348-7592

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

Nowruz – Persian New Year Celebration w/DJs Armin and Arshan
On Thursday March 21st and with accordance with the traditional celebration of the first day of spring, Shabeh Jomeh and Crimson Lounge will produce this year’s Nowruz celebration, literally translated to a “New Day.” DJs Armin and Arshan will serenade the enthusiastic crowd with a mix of traditional Persian music, Pop and electronic dance music. If you have never experienced a Persian new year celebration, this is your chance. Otherwise, join us just to celebrate the fact that summer is almost here!
Crimson Lounge Chicago 9pm
333 N. Dearborn, Chicago

Wired Fridays w/Agúzate at Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Cafe FREE
One of the few music promotion organizations in Chicago specializing in Afro-Latin music and culture, Agúzate is also a DJ collective founded in 2003 by Omar Torres-Kortright and Abner Bardeguez. The duo specializes in Puerto Rican, Cuban and Colombian vintage Salsa, Latin Funk, Boogaloo and Latin Soul.
Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Cafe 12 Noon – 1 pm FREE
78 E. Washington St, Chicago

Flamenco Trio featuring Chiara Mangiameli, Patricia Ortega and David Chiriboga (Dinner show)
Little Bucharest Bistro 7.30pm- 9.30pm RESERVATIONS REQUIRED (773) 604-8500
3661 N. Elston, Chicago

Hamid Al-Saadi at Old Town School Of Folk Music
Vocalist Hamid Al-Saadi is the leading authority on the Iraqi Maqam tradition, and the only living performer who has mastered all of the intricacies of the Maqam repertoire and its variations. The centuries-old Iraqi Maqam tradition, which is unique to Iraq and is one of the most sophisticated musical forms in the Arab world, was proclaimed by UNESCO on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2003. Once ubiquitous throughout Iraq, this tradition is in danger of extinction. The two most important maqam singers of the 20th century, Yusuf Omar and Mohammed Al-Gubbenchi, gave Hamid their blessing by naming him the main purveyor of the Maqam in his generation. This concert marks his US debut performance, and he will be accompanied by Amir ElSaffar on santur, Dakhel Ahmed on jowza, Ahmed Dakhel on qanun and percussion, and Sabah Kathom on percussion.
Old Town School Of Folk Music 8pm $25
4544 N Lincoln Ave 773.728.6000

Tangata Ensemble with Richard Scofano at Global Dance Party
This Chicago ensemble, led by Uruguayan violinist Victoria Moreira, combines talent from Argentina, Uruguay and the U.S., echoing the teeming port cities that gave birth to the music and dance of tango.
Old Town School Of Folk Music/ The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 8.30pm $10
4545 N Lincoln Ave 773.728.6000

The Teatro Buendía production of Pedro Páramo at The Goodman Theater  (03/22-03/31)
Havana’s formidable theater innovators Flora Lauten and Raquel Carrío stage one of the greatest magical realism tales in Latin American literature—Juan Rulfo’s 1955 novel Pedro Páramo. The story follows a son who returns home to meet his father and reveals how one man’s unchecked appetite destroys both everything he loves and the town that made him great. The novel galvanized writers such as Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel García Márquez to raise the voices and laughter of forgotten people, and encouraged writers and readers alike to listen to the dead living among us.
Goodman Theatre 170 N Dearborn Street Chicago,T: 312.443.3800

Holi Celebrate India’s festival of Colors! Music by: Jimmy Singh & DJ Krush
Holi- the festival of colors is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Indian festivals. It’s an occasion that brings in unadulterated joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, and of course lots of bright colors! Holi colors will be available to color your faces!
TANTRIK 9pm $10
800 W Superior | Chicago

Ana Moura at City Winery
Internationally admired Portuguese fado singer Ana Moura stops by City Winery in the midst of her world tour. The mesmerizing Moura, 32, puts a contemporary intimate spin on fado, Portugal’s centuries-old version of the blues. Among her many credits, Moura has performed with the Rolling Stones, and is the youngest fadista to be nominated for a Dutch Edison Award.
City Winery 8pm
1200 W Randolph St, Chicago , (312)-733-WINE

FIRE STAR Live and Direct from Jamaica, International Recording Artist at Boocoo Cultural Center
Featuring: Ras Arcane, Nego Hights, Princess Kazayah
Boocoo Cultural Center 6pm-10pm $10
1823 W. Church Street, Evanston, IL 847-864-8164/

Nomadic with Ode and DJ Romasoul
Journey from the world fusion rock sounds of Ode to the high energy Balkan rhythms & new remixed bass driven sounds of DJ Romasoul. The night will be filled with wild and unique music that is known for its insatiable dancability. A Nomadic party is an upside down party. It’s a place where the tables are for dancing! This monthly party will be moving to a neighborhood near you so look out!
Township 10pm10$
2200-2202 N. CALIFORNIA, Chicago

Katerina’s 10pm $10
1920 W. Irving Park Rd. Chicago 773-348-7592

World Music Saturday w/ DJs Mwelwa and Guest DJ SOMOS of Taste Da Flavour DJ Collective!
LOKal 10pm
1904 West North Ave

Taxim 11pm-3am
1558 N. Milwaukee, Chicago

Philippine Fest Chicago (Piyesta Pinoy sa Chicago) FREE
Celebrate the culture of the Philippines featuring performances by Sama Sama Project, PACF Performing Arts, The Apuli Brothers, GMA Pinoy TV, Hataw Pinoy Chicago, UIC-FIA Battle of the Bamboo contestants, Chicago Angklung Rondalla Ensemble, De Paul Asian Cultural Exchange, Hinsdale Fil-Am SDA Rondalla, Transfiguration Dance Troupe, St. Isidore Simbang Gabi Dance Crew and more! Cuisine provided by Sunda New Asian.
Presented in partnership with the Consulate General of the Philippines and the Philippine American Cultural Foundation
Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens 12pm-5pm

Altan (The hottest group in the Celtic realm~Boston Globe)
Over 25 years of playing together, Altan have established themselves as one of the most important live acts to play traditional Irish music in Ireland and on the world stage.
The Old Town School of Folk Music/Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall 4.30pm & 8.30pm
4544 N Lincoln Ave :: 773.728.6000

Kalapriya Dance Company with Lyon Leifer, Sara Ranagathan, and Ravi Iyer MUSIC + MOVEMENT FESTIVAL
MUSIC + MOVEMENT FESTIVAL welcomes some of the best of Chicago musicians and dance companies for a celebration spanning February through June of 2013. In a series of collaborations, 11 dance companies will pair off with musicians to create brand new works.
Kalapriya Dance Company is influenced by contemporary cultures of South Asia and performs various styles of Indian dance nationally and internationally. For their studio performance, Kalapriya welcomes Lyon Leifer on flute, Sara Ranagathan on veena, and Ravi Iyer on mridangam.
The Katten / Landau Studio 3pm
425 S Wabash, 4th floor | Chicago

Five years ago Argentine musician and composer Gustavo Santaolalla, together with Uruguayan musician-producer Juan Campodónico, conceived of a group that would be a collective of Argentine and Uruguayan artists dedicated to creating “contemporary music of the Rio de la Plata,” the body of water that separates the two countries. The project, which debuted under the name Bajofondo Tango Club, was an alliance of producers, musicians, and singers that took shape in the recording studio. What began as studio-based project combining programming and samples with acoustic and electric instruments has now evolved into an eight-member group including a VJ who triggers images in real time along with the music. They liberally add elements of Latin American roots music, moving their sound beyond “tango-tronica.”
The Old Town School of Folk Music/Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall 7pm & 10pm
4544 N Lincoln Ave 773.728.6000

Sones de Mexico Concert at The Goodman Theater
featuring traditional Mexican and Cuban favorites as well as songs from the production of Pedro Páramo sung by members of the cast from Cuba and Mexico.
Goodman Theatre | In the Owen 7.30pm ($10 with the promo code CONCERT)
170 N Dearborn Street Chicago, 312.443.3800


“If you want to experience music that can transport you to another dimension, lift you to new levels of consciousness, or otherwise blow your mind, then Alash is the ticket.” – V.O.I.C.E.S
Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage.
The 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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