02/27 | The Persian Concert w/Wanees Zarour at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. Director Wanees Zarour leads the 40-piece ensemble, composed of university students and community members, through the music of Persia. Guest vocalists and instrumentalists infuse the stage with a feast for ears and eyes at this standing-room-only event. (it’s actually a seated event – come early to get a seat!) Free, donations requested: $10 general, $5 UChicago students and children.
02/27 | DOS SANTOS ANTI-BEAT ORQUESTA at CumbiaSazo! Dance Party ft NICKODEMUS (Turntables on the Hudson, NYC). DOS SANTOS ANTI-BEAT ORQUESTA: Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta rocks the sounds of popular pan-Latin American dance genres—from cumbia to salsa. Their gritty, grassroots approach captures the “golden age” of streamlined tight-knit ensembles that shook sweatbox dance floors with raw and fierce energy throughout Latin America in the 1970s and 80s—honest dance music with no frills and no fear, anchored by piercing guitars, garage organs, and spirited percussion.
02/27 | Beguiled Cinema presents the Iranian film FISH & CAT is many things. It’s a frighteningly effective tribute to American slasher films, an absurdist black comedy, a poignant allegory about inter-generational strife in Iran, and a mind-blowing formal experiment. The film unfolds in an unbroken 130-minute shot, but not in “real time”– the story contains flashbacks, flash-forwards and possible hallucinations. It takes place around a secluded lake where a group of college students congregate for an annual kite-flying competition. There’s only one business in the area: a restaurant run by a couple of strange old cooks who just might be serving their customers human flesh. The roving camera circles the action, revisiting the same events from different perspectives and raising the question as to what, if anything, we see is real. Brilliantly executed and full of surprises, FISH & CAT announces writer-director Shahram Mokri as a major filmmaker. 8pm FREE BYOB Transistor Chicago 3441 N Broadway St, Chicago
Pablo Helguera: Librería Donceles (ends 04/24) (a traveling Spanish-language bookstore). Conceived by New York-based artist and educator Pablo Helguera, Librería Donceles is a traveling Spanish-language bookstore. Originating in Brooklyn in 2013 and named in reference to Mexico City’s well-known street of book stalls, the second-hand bookstore has traveled to Miami, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle and draws attention to the dearth of access to books in Spanish. The store will be the locus of salon-like gatherings (tertulias) for conversations, performances and readings in partnership with literary center Contratiempo and others. After the close of the exhibition in Chicago, the installation will end and the books will be dispersed to Chicago schools and non-profit organizations. FREE Admission, Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington St. Garland Gallery, 1st Floor South Chicago
Also today ; Winter Tribal Stomp Chicago at Worlds of Music Chicago | A Voyage to South America: Andean Art in the Spanish Empire | Yom L’Mokereem 2016: A Day of Appreciation featuring Muntu Dance Theater | Yahya Didn’t Keep Quiet یحیی سکوت نکرد / Yahya Sokout Nakard at 26th Annual Festival of Films from Iran | More