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…

03/08 | Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal – World Music Wednesday


Ballake Sissoko the Malian master of the traditional harp, or kora; Vincent Segal the French cellist with the unlikely background in trip-hop; and the elegant. After years of touring together Sissoko and Segal have created their own hybrid tradition, one that draws on the ancient well of West African troubadour songs, the rich heritage of…

Idan Raichel – Piano & Songs – 3/20-03/21


“This one-man Middle East peace accord makes music that is an ambitious celebration of multicultural diversity…thrillingly bridges the traditional and the modern.” – The Times of London International sensation Idan Raichel, well-known and loved as the leader of the Idan Raichel Project and partner with Mali’s Vieux Farka Touré in the Toure-Raichel Collective, is making a bold new move…

03/23 | Muntu Dance Theatre, African Dance Performance at Newberry Library FREE


Through this African dance and drum performance, Muntu will strive to create an atmosphere of communal participation, encouraging and inspiring audiences and participants to join in the celebration! In the Bantu language, “muntu” means “the essence of humanity.” It’s what the Muntu Dance Theatre seeks to express in its work and to touch in its…

03/26 | With Clothes on Our Backs and Music in Our Hearts w/Shalizar Ensemble


Shalizar Ensemble Presents The Music and Poetry of the 7 Banned Countries Many wonderful guest artists will be featured, with a reception to follow, all in support of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Evanston 939 Hinman Ave, Evanston, Illinois 60202, Doors open at 4:45 pm Show starts at…

02/22 | Lone Piñon – World Music Wednesday FREE


Lone Piñon is an acoustic trio from Santa Fe, New Mexico whose music celebrates their region’s cultural roots. Using violin, accordion, guitar, guitarrón, upright bass and harmony vocals in Spanish, English, and Nahuatl, the group has revived and updated the Chicano stringband style that once flourished in New Mexico, bringing a devoted and explosive musicianship…

02/25| Daughter/Dokhtar at 27th Annual Festival of Films from Iran


Giddy girl power meets the complications of life in a layered story in which college-age Setareh’s longing for self-determination comes up against her traditional father’s passionate but controlling love. An impulsive but forbidden trip to see a school friend off to college abroad goes awry, stranding Setareh in far-off Tehran, the object of her angry…