How to have fun in Chicago: July 29- August 4

7/30: “The Bad Intentions” at Latino Cultural Center

Spanish with English subtitles
Enjoy traditional Peruvian food plus wine and beer followed by the screening of the 28th Chicago Latino Film Festival box office hit ‘The Bad Intentions’ (Las malas intenciones) by Peruvian director (born in Chicago) Rosario Garcia Montero. With the return of her ever-depressed, pill-popping and now pregnant mother, eight-year-old Cayetana prepares for battle convinced the birth of her brother will end her life. She slips into fantasies with Peruvian war heroes to find acceptance and existence far from her reality – a life of neglect expressed in her malicious behavior, devious planning and cruel wishes. Read More

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7/30: Buena Vista Social Club at Millennium Park

A group of legendary Cuban musicians, some in their nineties, were brought together by Ry Cooder to record a CD. In this documentary, we see and hear some of the songs being recorded in Havana and watch as many of these musicians resurrected their careers. 1999 (105 min.) Film will begin at 7:30 pm.

7/31: Sexomedy with Melissa DuPrey

SEXomedy is a raw and edgy comedy show of one’s woman attempt to reveal her truth about sex. In it, Melissa unveils her many tales of frustration, surprise, and pleasures in the bedroom. Read More

8/1: Novalima Concert and After-Party

Founded by four friends from Lima with a shared passion for both traditional Afro-Peruvian music and modern DJ culture, Novalima searches for the common ground between tradition and innovation. Their efforts have helped bridge the divide between the Peruvian mainstream and the Afro-Peruvian community, a minority population that has struggled against discrimination and the threat of cultural dissolution for generations. Read More

8/2-4 Cuban Fest 

Featuring performances by:
Cachao Mambo All Stars, timba superstar Manolín “El Médico de la Salsa,” and award-winning salsa singer Jerry Rivera. Also, Xiomara Laugart, “La Voz de Cuba,” will beperforming with violin virtuoso Alfredo de la Fé’s orchestra. Read More

8/3-5: Lollapalooza Fest and After-Parties

Lollapalooza is Chicago’s biggest music festival. Each year in August, music legends from the alternative, hip hop, punk and pop world join more than 100 bands and musicians in Grant Park for a  3-day musical event that brings hordes of people from all of the city, suburbs, and beyond.  Tickets are sold out, but if you can somehow get one, check out the performances by The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, New Order and Thievery Corporation on Friday, Mumford and Sons on Saturday and The Cure on Sunday. Click here for the complete lineup and here for a list of after-parties starting this Wednesday.

8/3-4: The World of Faeries Festival at Raas Park

This is an annual fest about wizards, dragons, unicorns and anything else related to that fairies world. The festival also has  live acoustic music, fairy art and handcrafts. Read More

8/4 Belize Day in The Park

Try food, crafts, and music from Belize at Hawthorne Race Course(3501 S Laramie Ave). Read More

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