July 18- July 24


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

Thursday July 18
Colombian Vallenato Button Accordion Workshop at Old Town School Of Folk Music
Join us for a free Colombian style button accordion workshop with the touring Vallenato King – Beto Jamaica. Beto is versed in the following styles; merengue vallenato, paseo vallenato, son vallenato, puya vallenata, pasebol, cumbia, chande y guaracha. Students are encouraged to bring an accordion but it is not required for attendance or participation
Old Town School Of Folk Music 7pm
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago

Chicago Summer Dance| Tum Balalaika Klezmer Band (Traditional Russian, Yiddish, Klezmer and Gypsy Music)
& Ethnic Dance Chicago (Klezmer Dances – Freylekhs, Sher, Hora, Nigun and Kolomeike)
Dance Lessons: 6-7pm ǀ Live Music & Dancing: 7:30-9:30pm
Grant Park/ Spirit of Music Garden, 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago,

Friday July 19
The Work and Life of a Chicago Mexican Artist and Activist: Jose Gamaliel Gonzalez
Let’s celebrate Jose’s 80th birthday with his biggest art show ever, with familiar and rarely and/or never seen works–plus the DVD launch.
This event is hosted by LACASA Books and Carlos & Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit will be a retrospective of Jose’s artwork and include artwork from his studies in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, and the Art Institute of Chicago
Born near Monterey, Mexico, and raised in a steel mill town in northwest Indiana, González studied art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Notre Dame. Settling in Chicago, he founded two major art groups: El Movimiento Artístico Chicano (MARCH) in the 1970s and Mi Raza Arts Consortium (MIRA) in the 1980s.
With numerous illustrations, this book portrays González’s all-but-forgotten community advocacy, his commitments and conflicts, and his long struggle to bring quality arts programming to the city. By turns dramatic and humorous, his narrative also covers his bouts of illness, his relationships with other artists and arts promoters, and his place within city and barrio politics.
Carlos & Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery 6pm-9.30pm
1538 W. Cullerton Street, Chicago

Chicago Summer Dance | Matuto (Forró & Appalachian) &  Edilson Lima (Forró) FREE
Dance Lessons: 6-7pm ǀ Live Music & Dancing: 7:30-9:30pm
Grant Park/ Spirit of Music Garden, 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago,

Las Guitarras de España + Morphtet at the Hideout 07/19
Las Guitarras de España (The Guitars of Spain) is a “world music” ensemble, with a “Spanish guitar twist,” that performs a fusion of Cuban son, rumba, R&B, Latin-jazz, blues, and African percussion with an underlying flamenco music and dance focus. From the start, the ensemble has presented traditional Spanish guitar music along with traditional flamenco forms in collaboration with music and musicians from other genres and cultures.
The Morphtet is a piano-based acoustic ensemble, currently in trio form. We are a barrelhouse piano ensemble that stomps right into reggae, soul, and stride. We tackle new standards and lay around with old boogie woogie drinking buddies.
The Hideout 10pm $10
1354 W. Wabansia Ave, Chicago

The International Bass Invasion w/ DJs Soulphonetics & RomaSoul!
Chicago’s hottest world bass music djs Soulphonetics and RomaSoul get together for an unforgettable and unstoppable dance party this Friday in the downstairs lounge of Subterranean!
Subterranean 10pm-2am $5 cover
2011 W. North Ave.

Saturday July 20
Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival (07/20&21)
Evanston’s lakefront will be transformed into a Global Village this weekend for the 28th annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, a two-day celebration of global diversity. This free event features visual art from more than 100 countries, family crafts activities, international cuisine, and live music, dance, and spoken word performances. Attendees experience the colors, sounds, and aromas of world cultures — they can learn a folk-dance from a faraway country, and experience the intriguing spices and seasonings of new ethnic foods.
Attendees will enjoy continuous performances throughout the weekend by Occidental Brothers Dance Band International (Central and West African dance music), Isle of Klezbos (all-female klemzer band from NYC), Matuto (Afro-Brazilian bluegrass), Kuumba Lynx (featuring 2013 Louder Than a Bomb slam team champs), Las BomPleneras (all-female Puerto Rican bomba and plena), Mexican Folkloric Dance Company, Bollywood Groove, Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble, Bilingual Wiggleworms, and many others.
Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church Street, Evanston

8th Annual “Celebrate Clark Street Festival (7/20 & 21)
Two stages of live World Music curated by Sound Culture Center for Global Arts and Glenwood Sunday Market, Wonderful ethnic food, Entertainment for children, A diverse art, craft market | Zumba (Christa South from Dance SPA), Juniors de Tierra Caliente (Mexican Regional), Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta (Psychedelic Cumbia – Chicha), Vicios de Papa (Latin Ska), Sangre Michoacana (Mexican Regional), Rocambu Jazz (New Orleans Jazz), Mathew Tembo (Zambian Reggae Fusion), H’Sao (Central African from Chad), Beto Jamaica Rey Vallenato (Colombian Vallenato), Funkadesi (Indian/ Reggae/ Latin Fusion).
Clark Street between Morse and Estes Suggested Donation: 1pm-11pm $5/person, $10/family
Proceeds help fund programs such as the Mile of Murals project and the Glenwood Sunday Market in Rogers Park.

Frida on our mind art exhibit by Latina Art League
celebrating Frida Kahlo’s birthday at Under the Bridge Gallery on July 20, 2013 with art inspired by Kahlo. Exhibiting artists include Luz Maria Castillo, Carmina Cortes, Luz Elivier Godina, Laura Gomez, Karina Gomez, Natalie Galindo, Star Padilla and Maria Villarreal. The evening will consist of music, appetizers and of course artwork inspired by Kahlo. Guests are encouraged to dress like the iconic artist Frida Kahlo and best dressed will receive prizes.
Under the Bridge Gallery 5pm-10pm
10052 S. Ewing Ave., Chicago

REGGAE BEACH PARTY – CAFFE’ OLIVA AT OHIO STREET BEACH (every Saturday)
IRIE VIBES and GREAT food and drinks on the Beach in the heart of Chicago, Ohio Street Beach right next to Navy Pier. 550 E. Grand Ave
Caffè Oliva 5pm-10pm
550 E. Grand Ave., Chicago

Sunday July 21
8th Annual “Celebrate Clark Street Festival
Two stages of live World Music curated by Sound Culture Center for Global Arts and Glenwood Sunday Market, Wonderful ethnic food, Entertainment for children, A diverse art, craft market | Zumba (Christa South from Dance SPA), Fuerza Juvenil (Mexican Regional), Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub (Jamaican Dub), Zamin (Indian indie post pop fusion) , Esso (Afrojam Funkbeat),  Sangre Michoacana (Mexican Regional), Ode (Balkan Gypsy Dance), Seneke (West African Percussion), Lido Pimienta (Latin Alternative), Boogat (French Canadian Latino Rapper)
Clark Street between Morse and Estes Suggested Donation: 1pm-10pm $5/person, $10/family
Proceeds help fund programs such as the Mile of Murals project and the Glenwood Sunday Market in Rogers Park.

Badi Assad, Special guest Paulinho Garcia
On stage, the Brasilian Badi Assad reveals herself as one of the most complete and virtuoso artists of the moment. With a charming of a diva she sings, plays guitar, dances and makes her own body as percussion – everything at the same time!
Her experimentations with the voice, her classical guitar training technique and her tireless thirst for innovation, helped her to attract a huge number of loyal fans all over the world. “I think I have something to share, not only for those who appreciates my guitar or voice, but also my soul. I would like to share my music to all of those who likes pop, jazz, classic, rock or Brasilian music, it doesn’t matter.”
City Winery 8pm
1200 W Randolph St

Global Late Nite Underground Wonder Bar Featuring DJs Kino, Mwelwa & Corey Bless!
The mix: Reggae, Zouk, House, Salsa, Punta, Bachata, Samba, Kizomba, Kompa, Merengue, Afrobeat, Ndombolo, Cumbia, Soukous, Calypso, Soca, Cabo Love, Coupe Decale, Kwaito
Underground Wonder Bar 10pm-5am COVER: Free with password: AKASUBA before 12am, $10 thereafter
710 N. Clark St., Chicago

Wednesday July 24
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Internationally acclaimed Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela are back on the road again in 2013, bringing their unique instrumental blend of metal, jazz and world music to The Chicago. With career sales in excess of 1.2 million albums, blockbuster movie scores, and sold out tours worldwide, Rodrigo y Gabriela have certainly made their mark. Their appeal is boundless, their scope limitless, and the music timeless; clearly, we have only begun to see what this duo is capable of.
The Chicago Theatre 7.30pm
175 N State St, Chicago

Broche de oro (The Gold Brooch) at Chicago Latino Film Festival Film in the park
Raul Marchand Sanchez (“12 Horas”) delivers a delightful comedy about three elderly friends –Rafael, Anselmo and Pablo­– who escape from a retirement home for a fun weekend at the beach where Rafael’s grandson is competing on a surfing contest. On the way, the three friends discover that you are never too old to enjoy life. A huge box office success in the island, “The Gold Brooch” features a heartwarming performance by actor and filmmaker Jacobo Morales.
Hermosa Park at dusk FREE
2240 N. Kilbourn Ave

The Billionaire (Top Secret: Wai Roon Pun Lan)
Thailand’s answer to The Social Network, The Billionaire tells the story of real-life business prodigy Aitthipat Kulapongvanich. Recounting his remarkably swift rise to wealth and power, the film follows Aitthipat from making money on competitive online gaming, through family bankruptcy and dropping out of school, to starting a massive fried seaweed business, all while he was still a teenager. This fast-paced biopic highlights both the intoxicating highs of success and the turbulent effects it has on family, friends, and romance.
Claudia Cassidy Theater 6.30pm  ADMISSION IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, 2nd floor

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