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 | The annual Eye on India festival (June 7-July 14)
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)
El paseo 2 (The Trip 2) at Chicago Latino Film Festival /Film in the park FREE
Comedy about the Calvo’s family vacation road trip to Cartagena, including Lucho, his wife, Gloria, their children, Natalia and Andres, Grandmother Isabel, and their pet, Homero. What sets out to be a perfect holiday by the beach suddenly shifts when Patrick, Gloria’s ex-boyfriend, happens on the scene. In the midst of improbable situations, El Paseo 2 turns into an entertaining excursion into the hearts of a Colombian family.
Piotrowski Park (4247 West 31st Street) 8pm at dusk FREE
All that Glitters (Tout ce qui brille) at 2013 International Screenings Program FREE
Ely and Lila, having grown up on the “wrong side of the river”, yearn for a life of glamour, luxury, and sophistication in Paris. Deploying ingenuity, lies, and a bit of seduction, the young women manage to pass into a world that is not their own. But at what price? With humor, verve and a touch of the absurd, this coming-of-age story tests the limits of friendship, family, and forgiveness as the two discover that all that glitters… 100 minutes. French with subtitles. *post-screening discussion. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to theater capacity. Films are unrated. Viewer discretion is advised
Claudia Cassidy Theater 6.30pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, 2nd floor
Thursday July 11
Jungle Book Days with the Chicago Public Libraries FREE
Be like King Louie and learn to imitate Mowgli and the characters of The Jungle Book!
These interactive story sessions, accompanied by 10 Indian musicians, 10 Indian dancers and 10 actors/narrators from the Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts, will bring Kipling’s tales to life through story, music and dance at Chicago Public Library branches and other venues across the Chicagoland area. For families and kids of all ages.
Various Libraries Around Chicago 6.30pm For families and kids of all ages
Fanfare Ciocarlia at Martyrs’ w/ DJ RomaSoul 8pm $15
Fanfare Ciocarlia are one of the world’s greatest live bands, their energy and ingenuity having won them fans from Melbourne to Memphis, Tokyo to Toulouse. Having learnt their craft at the feet of their fathers and grandfathers Fanfare’s members proudly approach every concert as a challenge to both entertain audiences and keep the true spirit of Gypsy music alive.When Fanfare Ciocarlia – the brass orchestra from the “hidden” village of Zece Prajini in north-eastern Romania – take the stage the crowd receive 100% Gypsy music.
DJ RomaSoul : Balkan Beats with a lot of Chicago influence… Romasoul is originally from Sarajevo, but has been residing in Chicago since 1995. A mixture of global sounds, bass and house music all laced with balkan gypsy flavor are served up in a dancefloor ready style. RomaSoul curates and is the resident of the Balkan Invasion every 3rd Friday at the Subterranean in Chicago, she is also the producer of the Underground! Balkan Fest.
3855 N.LINCOLN CHICAGO, 773.404.9494
“SAVITRI” DANCING IN THE FOREST OF DEATH (Eye on India Festival) 07/11 & 12
Savitri – dancing in the forest of death is the story of a woman’s journey of loss, search, discovery and spiritual freedom through love. The original Savitri is a relatively minor character in the Mahabharata: a princess whose royal husband (demoted to being a wood-cutter because of his father’s blindness) is carried off after only a year of marriage by the God of Death, Yama. Savitri challenges Yama, in an attempt to win back the life of her husband Satyavan. Traditionally, and through many different interpretations over the centuries, she has been seen as a pious woman upholding ideals of patriarchal Hinduism: “epic” perhaps in the sense that epic poetry upholds and sustains the founding myths of a societal system. Savitri – dancing in the forest of death is Thresh’s latest theatre-dance production re-visioning the ancient epic story of the princess Savitri.
The performance of Savitri is developed as a dialogue between Preeti’s traditional roots in classical Indian dance-theatre and her provocative modern theories of movement and expression. The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago 7.30pm $25
Friday July 12
Fanfare Ciocărlia (Romanian Gypsy Brass Band) & Chicago Balkan Dance Ensemble (Hora, Brâul, Hațegana, Lăutărească) at Summer Dance 6pm FREE
When Fanfare Ciocarlia – the brass orchestra from the “hidden” village of Zece Prajini in north-eastern Romania – take the stage the crowd receive 100% Gypsy music. Their furious live blast appealing to punks and headbangers, jazz and funk fans, world music aficionados and those who simply love music that sounds absolutely unique.
Grant Park/Spirit of Music Garden, 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago FREE
Veranda8 Presents Contemporary Indian Art (A Night of Art and Fashion)
Thread-based Art and Fashion by the Delhi-based collaborative Gunjan & Rahul with a special guest performance by Rajasthan Josh. $10 donation to Eye on India at the door.
Space1858 at 1858 W. Grand, Chicago 9:00 – 12:00 pm
“SAVITRI” DANCING IN THE FOREST OF DEATH (Eye on India Festival) The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago 7.30pm $25
Sierre Leone’s Refugee All Stars at Square Roots Chicago festival
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war and enflamed the passions of fans across the globe with their uplifting songs of hope, faith, and joy. The band is a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship and emerge with optimism intact. From their humble beginnings in West African refugee camps Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands.
South Stage 8.45pm-9.45pm Located at the Corner of Lincoln & Montrose
Samba Night at Revolver Bar with Swing Brasileiro (PAGODE DO MARCAO)
Playing the best of the Samba to you dance all night long. Dill Costa, Heitor Garcia, Andre Ramos, John Beard and Marcos Oliveira.
The Revolver Bar 10pm-2am NO COVER
3759 North Damen Avenue
Mehran Psychedelic Rock/Flamenco- Special Guest Artist, Flamenco dancer, Maya Tatiana
“Mehran’s skillful guitar work and imaginative compositional approach shine through, however, resulting in an intriguing mélange of romantic, Middle Eastern, Spanish, Latin, Brazilian, smooth jazz, and experimental themes and tonalities with a political edge.” Barry Cleveland, Guitar Player Magazine:
Katerina’s 10pm $10
1920 W. Irving Park Rd. Chicago, Il 60613, 773-348-7592
Saturday July 13
Square Roots Chicago festival : African Drum Circle for Families, Dill Costa Quintet, Boukman Eksperyans, Fatoumata Diawara, The Meditations, & more
BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION IN CHICAGO
French organizations of Chicago, in partnership with the Consulate General of France in Chicago, unite for Bastille Day 2013! Join the French, French-speakers, and lovers of French culture to celebrate the French National Day!
FREE event featuring bal populaire, French food, kids corner, French music and entertainement and more…
DALEY PLAZA 4:00PM-10:00PM Free admission!
VIBRATIONS: A Global Fusion Musical Experience
10th Anniversay Celebration of Sadhana School of Indian Music in Chicago. Featuring top musical artists worldwide such as Grammy Nomine & Hollywood composers Pt.Ronu Majumdar-Bansuri! Grammy Award Winner, Pt. Wishwamohan Bhatt- Mohan on the Veena, United Nations Awardee, Pt. Durga Prasad Majumdar on the Pakhawaj. From Berkley University, George Brooks on Saxophone, Well known guitarist from Chicago, Fareed Haq. Renowned Tabla artist Ramadas Palsule. Grammy Nominee Dafnis Prieto on the Western Drums.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall 6.30pm
220 S Michigan Ave, Chicago
Sunday July 14
Square Roots Chicago Festival : Old Town School Reggae Ensemble, Old Town School Afro Beat Ensemble, Bachaco, Hands On Gamelan Workshop, Rajasthan Josh, more
RAJASTHAN JOSH at (Eye on India Festival)
Monday July 15
Fatoumata Diawara + Alasdair Roberts and Friends at Downtown Sound/ Millennium Park FREE On her debut album, singer/songwriter Fatoumata Diawara—whom the Telegraph calls “the most beguiling talent to hit the world music scene in some time” and Mojo calls a “spell-weaving new voice”—uses elements of jazz, pop, and funk along with her ancestral Wassoulou tradition.
Downtown Sound at Millennium Park 6.30pm FREE
Wednesday July 17
Chicago SummerDance – In The Parks w/Mixed Motion Art (Salsa, Mambo) & El Caobo (Latin DJ)
6-7pm – Mixed Motion Art (Salsa, Mambo) 7-9pm – El Caobo (Latin DJ)
Ping Tom Park, 300 W. 19th St. 312.746.5962 (Field House)
REGGAE BEACH PARTY AT THE DOCK *MONTROSE BEACH*
FEATURING LIVE REGGAE BAND “ROOTS VIBRATION” and IRIE REGGAE SELECTIONS BY PAPA G, DJ SHOTTAS
The Dock at Montrose Beach 5pm
200 W. Montrose Harbor Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60640
Mojada (ends 08/11)
From the playwright of last season’s critically-acclaimed Oedipus el Rey, Mojada is a breathtaking re-imagination of Euripides’ Medea transported to Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. With her husband Jason and companion Tita in tow, Medea crosses into the United States illegally to escape a past filled with betrayal. Once here, she is caught in a struggle to adapt to the new country and to keep her family from breaking apart. Alfaro’s stunning modern take on the Greek myth tackles American immigration, family, tradition, mysticism, and the explosive moment when they all collide.
Victory Gardens/Zacek McVay Theater, 2433 North Lincoln Avenue | Chicago, Tickets: 773.871.3000 ($20 tickets w/code ARTEYVIDA)
En el ombligo del cielo (In the Middle of Heaven) at Chicago Latino Film Festival/Film in the park FREE
Rain or shine, these free admission screenings will start at dusk (approximately 8 pm) FREE
Calumet Park (9801 South G Ave.)