WEDNESDAY JUNE 26
Becoming Redwood 2013 International Screenings Program FREE
Ever since his hippie parents split up, 11-year-old Redwood has been living with his dope-dealing father in Canada. But when the law finally catches up with Dad, Redwood’s life is turned upside down, and he must move to California to live with his mother, her radicalized new husband, and other eccentric family members. Throughout, the boy navigates the vagaries of childhood, the counter-cultural 70s milieu of his elders, and an obsessive love of golf in this hilarious tale of growing up.Claudia Cassidy Theater/ Chicago Cultural Center, 6.30pm Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to theater capacity. FREE
78 E. Washington Street, 2nd floor
SIGNAL at Czech That Film
Two hotshot pranksters claiming to represent a cell phone company arrive in a small town to scout locations for a new signal tower. Big money is allegedly at stake for the lucky property owner chosen. It’s a lucrative living for the two young conmen Filip and Kaja, who reap assorted goods and services in bribes, not to mention offers of a more personal nature from local women, before the word gets out that the celebrated guests of this rural burg may not be who they seem.
Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago 8pm
164 N. State Street | Chicago Hotline: 312.846.2800
Speechless / Sin Palabras at Chicago Latino film festival Film in the Park FREE
Lian, a Chinese immigrant on her way to the United States, is stranded in Bogota, left behind by those who secured her transport from China by way of Ecuador. Alone, penniless and unable to understand the language, she sits in a bench, right across the street from the hardware store where Felix, an aspiring artist, works. Nursing his wounds from a recent breakup, Felix decides to help Lian, ignoring the language barrier that initially separates them. Felix’s generous acts speak louder than words in this tender and simple love story.
KOSCIUSZKO Park 8pm FREE
2723 N Avers.
Jacco Müller & Victor Ghannam at World Music Wednesday
Flamenco guitarist Jacco Müller and oud master Victor Ghannam have successfully collaborated to create a unique blend of flamenco and Middle Eastern music with underlying influences of rock, jazz, and belly dance.
The dynamic duo who have worked together previously on “Viento del Desierto” in 2009, have come together once again to produce a fresh and innovative sound that effectively combines different worlds and cultures to produce a high quality record: Palace of Dreams. At this concert they will perform a mix from the new album with other compositions.
Old Town School of Folk Music 8.30pm FREE ($10 suggested donation)
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago 773.728.6000
Tito Puente Tribute by Angel Melendez & 911 Mambo Orchestra at City Winery
Angel Melendez & 911 Mambo Orchestra is catalogued by many to be the best in Chicago. The 911 Mambo Orchestra is a 20-piece Palladium-style Mambo Band. With multiple rows of brass including a row of Saxophones, a row of Trumpets, and a row of Trombones, this band makes a festival jump!
City Winery 7pm $15
1200 W Randolph St, Chicago
Chicago SummerDance (06/27-09/15) FREE
Dance to the sounds of 44 different live bands and get into step with dance lessons beforehand. Glide across the restored 4,900-square-foot, 100 percent recycled, open-air dance floor designed by Chicago artist Dan Peterman. Swing, waltz, cha-cha…or simply enjoy the music. All FREE!
Flamenco Guitar Techniques and Falsetas (Melodies)
Flamenco guitarist Jacco Muller will examine several flamenco guitar techniques such as rasguedo, arpegio, pular, and others. Students will also learn some falsetas for tangos and bulerias.
Old Town School Of Folk Music 7pm $20
4544 N Lincoln Ave
The Jungle Book (June 21 – August 11)
The jungle springs to life in a music-filled spectacle that chronicles young Mowgli’s adventures growing up in the animal kingdom. Based both on Rudyard Kipling’s time-honored children’s tales and the classic Disney film—and with a score featuring the movie’s best-loved songs and original Indian-inspired music and dance—this spellbinding world premiere is the theatrical event of the season.
The Albert Theater 170 N Dearborn Street Chicago, T: 312.443.3800
Friday June 28
2013 Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival (06/28. 29 & 30)
2 stages of live music, Theatre, dance and performance arts, Family activities, Local artists on display, Lula Cafe sangria, local food vendors, and more!
Los Vicios De Papa, Jugo De Mango, Jamaican Queens, William Cepeda featuring AfriCaribe, Angel Alvarez and The Edwin Sanchez Project,
2644 N. Milwaukee Ave (on Milwaukee Avenue just north of the square )$5 per day or $10 for a three-day wristband pass.
Sénéké at Global Dance Party
pronounced (Sen-ney-kay) is a Mandingue word of West Africa, meaning Cultivation. Sénéké is an ensemble of committed artists, under the leadership of founder and director Sekou Condé, that skillfully teach and perform traditional forms of West African music, song and dance. Sénéké advances the concept of cultivating rhythmic patterns of expression based on harmony, love, and understanding; peaceful modes of living can be achieved for all human beings through the comprehension of the many treasures that can be found in traditional African cultures. West African Dance Lesson with Idy Ciss.
Old Town School of Folk Music 8.30pm $10 | 4545 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago
CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS (Eye on India Festival) (6/28, 6/29, 6/30)
Conference of the Birds metaphorically maps out the journey of the human ego and the quest for truth. In this classic tale, the birds of the world take flight on a pilgrimage to find their celebrated king, but the dangers and hardships encountered along the way cause many in the flock to abandon their search. In the end the small number of birds that survive uncover a profound secret.
Pierce Hall, The Historic Chicago Temple, 77 W Washington St Tickets are $10
Afrobeat Battle CHI vs NYC ! Chicago Afrobeat Project Vs EMEFE at Martyrs
Chicago Afrobeat Project: Afrobeat cannot stand still. As the genre’s tempting sounds continue a resurgence across the globe, Chicago Afrobeat Project (CAbP) remains true to its original vision of breathing the intensity of Chicago’s rich music scene into the infectious sounds of afrobeat. Rather than become caricatures of the genre, CAbP slips a reverent nod to the tradition while delivering an energized originality different from any other band on the afrobeat scene today.
EMEFE is created by Miles Arntzen, drummer with Antibalas and Superhuman Happiness, after he discovered the amazing power of Fela’s music. In the same way that Fela used this music as an escape from and confrontation against the Nigerian authorities, EMEFE uses its music to fight the inner authorities that we put on ourselves, each for our own specific reasons
Martyrs 9:30pm – $10adv/$12door
3855 N Lincoln – Chicago
Saturday June 29
Cambalache and Son Jarocho Exchange Project
Cambalache, meaning exchange, is a Chicano-Jarocho group based in East Los Angeles. Founded in 2007 and led by César Castro (sonero, maestro and luthier from Veracruz, Mexico), Cambalache plays and promotes traditional son jarocho through performance, music workshops, and educational demonstrations. In the spirit of the fandango, a traditional celebration of music and dance, Cambalache engages its audience through participatory performances.
Son JarochoExchange Project : the globalization of a cultural movement Moderated by Juan Díes, ethnomusicologist and co-founder of Sones de México Ensemble
National Museum of Mexican Art 2pm $12
1852 W 19st, Chicago
Pablo Menéndez & Mezcla Jazz All-Stars Direct from Cuba!
Direct From Cuba Fusing Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz, Mezcla’s music is a genuine celebration of the culture and musical roots of the Pearl of the Antilles. A ray of Havana sunshine that inspired Carlos Santana to call them “the cleanest, freshest water I have ever tasted!” Mezcla brings together several veteran masters with some the best of young players on the scene today. The all-star quintet includes conga/bata drum master, Afro Cuban babalao priest Octavio Rodriguez, the celebrated super-percussionist Roberto Smith “El Capitan”; veteran bass-monster Jose Hermida and multi-instrumental wizard Julio Valdez, as well as guitarist and band leader, Pablo “Mezcla” Menéndez.
Old Town School of Folk Music 8pm $20
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago
Funkadesi at City Winery
Funkadesi proudly hails from Chicago, representing the diverse multi-ethnic communities within the city. What distinguishes Funkadesi as a group is each band member’s unique and uncompromised cultural/musical contribution merging to create one unifying sound and vision. Chicago Reader’s Best of Chicago 2012 named Funkadesi the Best International/World Music Band 2012
8pm $22 1200 W Randolph St Chicago
Amadou and Mariam at Park West w/DJ Warp
Malian husband-and-wife duo began recording in the 1980s after meeting at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind. Their songs began with sparse arrangements, with Amadou on guitar as support for Mariam’s singing. By the 1990s, their Afro-blues was fleshed out with Syrian violins, Cuban trumpets and Indian tablas, to create a sound that encompasses African blues-rock, Western pop and funk.
Park West 8pm
322 W. Armitage, Chicago
Mehran Jalili and Maya Tatiana, Solo Flamenco guitar and dance show
Uncommon Ground 10pm $5
3800 North Clark Street, Chicago
Le Funk du Monde – Milwaukee Ave Arts Festival Afterparty (a global funk dance party) FREE
w/(((SONORAMA))), DJ Sound Culture, Slo–>Mo
Elastic 9pm FREE
2830 N. Milwaukee 2nd Floor, Chicago
Wednesday July 3
THE ROOTS ROCKERS CLUB at The Dock on Montrose Beach
The Roots Rockers Club covers the entire umbrella of Jamaican music. These young Chicago musicians play a mix of Roots, Dub, Ska, Rub a Dub, Rocksteady and Dancehall – guaranteed to give a one of a kind reggae experience. other performers at this night: DJ SHOTTAS aka TOMAS and special guest KINKY P
This event is absolutely FREE to the public. The Dock on Montrose Beach is kid and pet friendly. This beach side restaurant and bar offers an array of craft beer, cocktails, and a full menu.
The Dock at Montrose Beach 5pm-10pm
200 W. Montrose Harbor Drive, Chicago
DJ Rekha LIVE! Curator of Basement Bhangra
DJ Rekha is an eclectic DJ, producer, curator and founder of Basement Bhangra™. She was named “Ambassador of Bhangra” by the New York Times as well as “one of the most influential South Asians in the United States” by Newsweek | Also on turntables: Jimmy Singh + DJ Rice
TANTRIK Doors 9pm
800 W Chicago Ave | Chicago
Red, White & You w/Special Guest, DJ SULTAN spins International, Desi, & Club trax
LADIES FREE ALL NIGHT. GENTS $10 ALL NIGHT RSVP Hamed@ABCDchicago.com
Nv Penthouse Lounge 9pm
116 W Hubbard St, Chicago