06/23-09/14 | Chicago SummerDance


The 21st Annual Chicago SummerDance Fridays–Sundays, June 23–September 14, 2017 Swing, waltz, cha-cha…or simply enjoy the music at the largest annual outdoor live music and dancing series in the United States. Dancers of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in introductory, one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors followed by live music…

04/23 | Salaam-Shalom (Arabic and Klezmer music)


Salaam and Shalom are the Arabic and Hebrew words for “peace.” A musical message of good will and harmony comes through the concerts in which the heritage of many cultures are shared and celebrated. Salaam, Shalom ! The Salaam-Shalom Music Project delivers its message of peace and interfaith cooperation through a musical collaboration of Arabic and Klezmer musicians. In…

04/20-05/04 | Chicago Latino Film Festival


The 33rd Chicago Latino Film Festival will take place April 20 – May 4 and will feature over 100 full feature-length and short films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States. All of the films will be shown in their original language with English subtitles where appropriate. The audience will also have the…

04/25 | Istanbul Kültür University Choir (Anatolian music) FREE


Come hear a group of talented Turkish students in their a cappella renditions of traditional Anatolian music. The choir is made up of undergraduate and graduate students auditioned from all schools of the İstanbul Kültür Üniversitesi. Ömer Yusuf Topçu, a native of Turkey, is a choir conductor, world music history, and western music instructor at…

04/15-05/04 | 16th Annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival


The Gene Siskel Film Center collaborates with the Chicago Palestine Film Festival to present the sixteenth annual festival representing the spirit and mood of contemporary Palestinian life. This festival is dedicated to exhibiting film and video work that is open, critical, and reflective of the culture, experience, and vision of the artists. April 15th @…

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…