2013 Human Rights Watch Film Festival (April 8 through May 6)
Through the eyes of committed and courageous filmmakers, the festival showcases the heroic stories of activists and survivors from all over the world facing human rights issues. The featured works put a human face on threats to individual freedom and dignity, and celebrate the power of the human spirit and will to prevail. Discussion with filmmakers is a key component of this year’s festival. Confirmed guest appearances are noted with film descriptions, with more pending.
April 19-25. “Girl Rising!” Meet 9 girls from 9 countries – striving beyond circumstance, pushing past limits. Their dreams, their voices, their remarkable lives -captured in an unforgettable feature film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. With stories written by renowned writers from each girl’s country and narrated by esteemed actors Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Kerry Washington, Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Salma Hayek, Chloë Grace Moretz, Selena Gomez, Freida Pinto and
WEDNESDAY APRIL 24
Joan Soriano (Afro-Dominican’s sacred traditions with bachata)
Joan Soriano blends Afro-Dominican’s sacred traditions with bachata, imparting his music with down to earth spirit and dance-ability. “Soriano’s skills on the six-string glisten without being flashy…quietly poetic.” – NPR’s Fresh Air
Born in the rural countryside near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano infuses steel string bachata with equal parts romance and grit. Joan is the seventh of fifteen siblings. As a boy he received little formal education, instead helping his father to work the family’s land. But Joan’s destiny was for music not agriculture. Fashioning his first guitar from fishing line and a discarded metal box, he joined his young brothers and sisters to form a family band. Nicknamed “Los Candes” (after their father Candelario) it became a neighborhood sensation. At age 13 Joan hitched a ride to Santo Domingo and went on to nurture his talent working with some of the island’s greatest bachata stars.
Bachata is essential to Dominican culture and draws upon a variety of influences from Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Old Town School of Folk Music 8.30pm FREE! ($10 suggested donation) RESERVE TICKETS 773.728.6000
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625 • 773.728.6000
PEÑA NIGHT AT FOLKLORE ARGENTINE RESTAURANT
A night of argentine atmosphere, live folklore and tango, a wine tasting and food. There will be culture.
Folklore 7pm $15
2100 W Division St, Chicago
EXCURSIONS w/DJs CORDELL JOHNSON, JAMES VINCENT
Excursions is a monthly exploration into the diverse sounds of deep house music in Chicago! Heavily infused with rhythms of the Afro-Latin diaspora, this musical journey encompasses a variety of influences from Broken Beat & Tech House to Jazz-Funk, Classic & Nu-Soul. With a prime directive of “building community thru music”, resident dj’s Cordell Johnson and James Vincent bring it all together for a diverse audience of music lovers and dancers who seek excitement on a dance floor!
SUBTERRANEAN 9pm-2am Free B4 10pm, $5 thereafter
2011 W. North Ave, Chicago
THURSDAY APRIL 25
NOA (Achinoam Nini) – Israeli Songbook, feat. Yoed Nir String Quartet. Musical Director Gil Dor
Noa’s strongest influences come from the singer-songwriters of the 60s, like Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. These musical and lyrical sensibilities, combined with Noa’s Yemenite roots and Gil Dor’s strong background in Jazz, Classical and Rock, have created Noa and Gil’s unique sound, manifested in hundreds of songs written and performed together. Noa plays percussion, guitar and piano.
City Winery 8pm
1200 W Randolph St, Chicago. (312)-733-WINE
FRIDAY APRIL 26
Fareed Haque’s Hymn of the Ancients at Mayne Stage (2 for 1 ticket offer w/code ANCIENTS while supplies last)
Chicago’s Fareed Haque amasses a who’s who of classical Indian music for this rare performance featuring Hindustani vocalist Nirmalya Roy, Tabla virtuoso Subrata Bhattacharya, Indrajit Banerjee on sitar and Fareed Haque on acoustic.
Fareed Haque is a modern guitar virtuoso. Steeped in classical and jazz traditions, his unique command of the guitar and different musical styles inspire his musical ventures with tradition and fearless innovation. Voted ‘Best World Guitarist’ by Guitar Player Magazine in 2009, his acclaimed 2009 release “Flat Planet” was twice #1 on the World Jazz Radio charts.
Mayne Stage 1328 W. Morse Ave. Chicago 8.30pm
Soham Dance Space launches a monthly show of Founder/Director Anjal Chande’s solo work that frames classical Indian dance within a contemporary lens.
Dance artist Anjal Chande performs original solo repertoire and works-in-progress in the intimate Soham Dance Space studio located in Chicago’s Wicker Park. Witness live dance up close and personal and enter Chande’s world where she weaves together music, poetry and philosophy with topical and humanistic themes. Chande’s work, rooted in bharatanatyam technique, seeks to bridge the traditional and contemporary with an audience outside the classical dance world.
Soham Dance Space 8pm $10
922 N Damen Avenue, Chicago
Mathew Tembo Afropop Ensemble – Global Dance Party
Mathew Tembo is an award-winning Afro-Pop and Reggae musician of the highest caliber, hailing from Zambia in Central Southern Africa. He is an important ambassador of Zambian music both in America and abroad.
The 2009 Songlines review by Martin Sinnock referred to him as a worthy successor of both the reggae superstar Lucky Dube and the creator of Chimurenga music Thomas Mapfumo.
Old Town School of Folk Music/The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 8.30pm $10
4545 North Lincoln Avenue, Box Office: 773.728.6000
The Sultan’s Dilemma” written by Tawfiq Al Hakim (discount code “Sultan” ) (International Voices Project (IVP) April 26th – April 28th
When a Mamluk slave ascends the throne without being emancipated, he must be sold and earn his freedom from his new master. Should he follow the law and risk losing the throne or take back his throne through force?
Tawfiq Al-Hakim’s literary classic explores the nature of power and freedom.
Performed entirely in Arabic with English subtitles by an international cast, this adaptation will be a North American premiere.
The International House at the University of Chicago.
1414 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637
Forro Night at Revolver Bar with Swing Brasileiro
Revolver Restaurant & Wine Bar 10pm-2am NO COVER
3759 N. Damen Ave., Chicago
SATURDAY APRIL 27
CARNAVAL IN CHICAGO Pt. II – Brazil’s Discovery Party !
live music by Chicago Samba Band, Samba1 Brazilian Dance Group. A Flashback Trip to the most popular songs played in the past 20 years but also will have a special selection of the New ones, fresh and bold to a wonderful evening filled with happiness, beautiful people and the unique Brazilian Energy. Caipirinhas Brazilian drinks and food by Sinha.
Logan Square Auditorium 9pm
2539 N. Kedzie Blvd. Chicago
Underground! Balkan Fest: Ode|Black Bear Combo|RomaSoul
Tribal Belly Dance Performances by Prabvi GuaLoa & Tatiana Fonseca
Hq 9pm $10
1914 N Milwaukee 3rd Floor, Chicago
DANCE SYNDROME : feat. DJ LA PERLA
#Latin Jazz #Samba #Bossa #Break Beats #Baile Funk #Salsa Dura #Batucada #Afro Beat #Disco #Deep House #Cumbia #Dub #Reggae #Reggaeton #Tropical Bass #Carioca Funk #Moombahton #Hip-Hop #NuCumbia #Boogie #Bugaloo #World #Global #Goodness
Taxim 10pm-3am | 21+ NO COVER ALL NIGHT
1558 N. Milwaukee, Chicago
WEDNESDAY MAY 01
P’indékuecha is a musical group of the indigenous P’urhépecha people of the western Mexican state of Michoacán. First formed in 1999, P’indékuecha, or “Customs” in the P’urhépecha language, perform the native genres of abajeño, son, and pirekua using violin, guitar, bass, and vocals. They were quickly recognized as cultural ambassadors for the state of Michoacán and have performed extensively throughout Mexico and the U.S. as well as in Madrid and Havana.
Old Town School of Folk Music/Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall 8.30pm FREE! ($10 suggested donation)
4544 North Lincoln Avenue Box Office: 773.728.6000