04/19 | Herencia de Timbiquí at OTS FREE


“Herencia de Timbiquí is one of the most exciting tropical music acts out of Colombia in recent years.” – WorldMusicCentral.org While Colombia is often synonymous with Cumbia, the music from the Pacific Coast, like that of Herencia de Timbiquí, remains largely unexplored. Herencia de Timbiquí works to preserve the ancestral roots of the marimba de…

04/08 | Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited at OTS


Known as “The Lion of Zimbabwe,” Thomas Mapfumo is one of the best-known African artists on the world music scene today. He successfully introduced the traditional sacred music of the metal-pronged Mbira and Ngoma drumming into the mainstream through his music. Known for championing African culture and causes, Mapfumo has been a driving force in…

STOMPING GROUNDS |FREE| 04/03-06/02


Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theatre, Mexican Folkloric Dance Company, Muntu Dance Theatre (African and African-American),Trinity Irish Dance Company, GuGu Drum Group of Shanghai. Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) spotlights Chicago’s exceptional and diverse percussive dance community with the third annual citywide STOMPING GROUNDS series, culminating with the grand finale at the…

Bossa Blue at The Hideout 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26


Bossa Blue takes you back to the whisky soaked juke joints and jazz clubs where The Blues first found the subtle pulse of Bossa Nova jazz. Led by award-winning singer-songwriter Brad Cole (who splits his time between is hometown of Chicago and NYC when he’s not on tour), is a unique blues and bossa nova-inflected…

04/05 | Düm Rhythm Celebration – World Music Wednesday| FREE


This electrifying show features Raquy Danziger on Turkish style darbuka/dumbek drumming. The ensemble performs intricate and dazzling compositions comprised of rhythms from Turkey, Egypt, Iran and India as well as funk, samba and hip hop beats. A treat for the eyes as well as the ears, this show is carefully choreographed with many theatrical elements…

03/22 | Tarek Abdallah and Adel Shams El Din – World Music Wednesday


Egyptian duo Tarek Abdallah and Adel Shams el Din celebrate the Golden Age of the Egyptian oud on their debut release, Wasla. Tarek hails from Alexandria, and is well-versed in the traditional repertoire of the Egyptian oud. Adel is an Alexandrine of an earlier generation; a master of the riqq frame drum and co-founder of…

03/22-04/09 | A disappearing Number (play)


TimeLine presents a new and rare staging of this exquisite, internationally acclaimed play about love, math, and how the past and future connect. In 1913, a clerk in rural India named Srinivasa Ramanujan sends a letter to famed mathematician G.H. Hardy, filled with astonishing mathematical theorems. In the present, a math professor and a businessman…

03/16 | Kandyan Dance: The Expression of Sri Lanka


Kandyan dance is a versatile performing arts tradition from Sri Lanka. Encompassing energetic movements, oral traditions and rhythms, the Kandyan form has attracted the likes of modern dance pioneers, such as Ted Shawn over the years. Master Kandyan dance choreographer, researcher and performer, Sudesh Mantillake, is an acclaimed soloist, and has been recognized internationally. We…