July 03-July 10

Ongoing events

Chicago SummerDance (06/27-09/15) FREE | Chicago Latino film festival Film in the Park FREE | The Jungle Book (June 21 – August 11) | International Screenings Program FREE | Chicago Tango Week (July 4-July7)

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
Nv Penthouse Lounge 9pm
116 W Hubbard St, Chicago

Thursday July 4
21st Annual International Festival of Life (07/4-7)
More than 70 Reggae, World Music, R&B, Gospel, Latin, Rock, blues, Jazz and other international, national and local acts will entertain on three stages in Union Park. Two hundred vendors/exhibitors will display, sell, sample, brand and promote a wide array of products, from arts & crafts, textiles and jewelry to electronics, books and services, among others. The food court will consist of more than twenty food vendors with an international flair. From the celebrated Jamaican Jerk Chicken, lamb and fish to African, American, Italian, Asian, Mexican and other cuisines. There will also be fun and games for kids of all ages.
Union Park, 1501 West Randolph St, downtown Chicago, west loop.Chicago, Illinois 60605

Friday July 5
Karsh Kale Soundsystem (Indian Dance Music) & Kalapriya Dance (Bharata Natyam, Bollywood, Bhangra) | FREE | at Chicago Summer Dance
Karsh Kale is widely regarded as a pioneer of global fusion and electronica as his music has inspired and defined the worldwide club phenomenon known as “Asian Massive” or “Asian Underground” in the early part of the decade.
Dance Lessons: 6-7pm ǀ Live Music & Dancing: 7:30-9:30pm | Grant Park/Spirit of Music Garden, 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago

Salman Rushdie’s brilliant, sprawling 1981 novel was long considered unfilmable, so it took Rushdie himself, functioning as screenwriter, executive producer, and narrator, to do justice to the beast. History and magic are resonantly entangled in an epic tale that centers on two boys, one rich, one poor, who are born at the moment of India’s independence in 1947, switched by a politically confused nurse, and sent along divergent paths as their nation splits, goes to war, splits again, and endures despotism under Indira Gandhi.
Gene Siskel Film Center/School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N. State Street | Chicago,Hotline: 312.846.2800

Studio Ghibli Returns (July 5 through August 1)
Ghibli fans of all ages have discovered the abundant charm and awe-inspiring artistry of Hayao Miyazaki’s extravagant fantasies including SPIRITED AWAY, PRINCESS MONONOKE, CASTLE IN THE SKY, and NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND. His gentle and tolerant visions of childhood have made KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE and MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO enduring classics for many families and adult cinephiles alike.
Takahata’s much-requested tragic masterpiece GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES was not available for theatrical exhibition in the U.S. last year, but we are pleased to add it to this series.
Gene Siskel Film Center/School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N. State Street | Chicago,Hotline: 312.846.2800

Juniors Sports Bar in Pilsen 9pm, $8
2058 W. Cermak Road, Chicago

Fatbook,  DJ Slacky J, A Special Appearance By: Bloco Maximo
Fatbook is an 8 piece Chicago based group of musicians that draws influence from all over into our own soulful sound – Funk, Reggae/Dub, Jazz, RnB, Hip-Hop, West-African and Brazilian music, and a lil’ epic Rock. Our members’ experiences around the world have influenced who we are as people and the music we create. We make music that is fresh, colorful, and rooted in groove.
Bloco Maximo (formed in july 2011) is a new Chicago based percussion group that brings the awesome sound of Brazilian batucada from the Pelourinho and the Sambodromo – combining the traditional sounds of timbal, repique, surdo, caixa & tamborim in a funky, energetic dose of wall-to-wall rhythm.
DJ Slacky J, The host of the Reggae Vibes Show on 88.7fm Wluw
Double Door Doors 8:00PM / Show 9:00PM
1572 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

Saturday July 6
Luisito Rosario (Salsa) &  Latin Rhythms (Salsa) at Chicago SummerDance FREE
Dance Lessons: 6-7pm ǀ Live Music & Dancing: 7:30-9:30pm | Grant Park/Spirit of Music Garden, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Sones de Mexico Ensemble featuring Son Monarca, Camerino Utrera, & Andres Flores | Martyrs’ 8pm $15
Sones de Mexico Ensemble (Son Jarocho and other regional styles of folk music from various parts of Mexico)
Camerino Utrera Luna is a member of one of the most important families in the Afro-Mexican Son Jarocho folk music and dance tradition of the state of Veracruz
Andres Flores is a renowned master of the traditional jarana (folk guitar), pandero (tambourine) and folk dance form Veracruz.

“America the Beautiful” a night of fashion & music at Multi Kulti
ESSO! will perform their Afrojam and Funk beats, DJ SOMOS (Latin World Fusion), Josh Niemier (Tribal Rock), Dame Haze (Hip Hop), DJ JustJazz (Deep House/Tech). fashion designs by Native American, American, Brazilian, Caribbean fashion designers with a special segment of traditional ethnic clothes provided by Unieros friends.
Multi Kulti 9pm suggested donation
1000 N Milwaukee av, Chicago

Sunday July 07
JUST LIKE A WOMAN (ends July 10) at Facets Cinémathèque
Just Like A Woman stars Sienna Miller (Factory Girl) and Golshifteh Farahani as two women who meet as they journey from Chicago to New Mexico, both escaping broken marriages. Iranian actress Farahani plays an Arab immigrant fleeing her marriage in Chicago, while Miller plays a woman who leaves her cheating husband to pursue a secret passion for belly dancing. From an outsider’s perspective, they have little in common, one a receptionist at a computer repair company, the other a mini-mart-owning Algerian immigrant. But both Chicago women yearn to break free of their troubled home lives, and when fate intervenes, their paths intersect in this free-spirited road movie in the vein of Thelma & Louise.
Facets Cinémathèque 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago

Wednesday July 10
Chicago SummerDance – In The Parks w/Dendé & Band (Afro-Brazilian Bloco – Samba Dance Band) and Dill Costa (Brazilian Samba)
6–7 pm – Dill Costa (Brazilian Samba) 7–9 pm – Dendé & Band (Afro-Brazilian Bloco – Samba Dance Band)
Jackson Park 63rd Street Beach, 6300 S. Lake Shore Dr. 773.256.0903 (Field House)


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