Tonight Chicagoans have more than one reason to be thankful for living in this wonderful city. We have four wonderful events going on tonight. These are:
We have three parties to choose from to celebrate Brazilian Carnival tonight. These are your options:
Brazilian Carnaval 2012 com Swing Brasileiro
Mayne Stage (1328 W Morse, Chicago).
9 p.m. – 3 a.m.
$15 in advance $20 at the door. Buy tickets at www.maynestage.com.
Here is a video that I took from last year’s celebration:
Noite de Samba – Especial de Carnaval com The Paulinho Garcia Quartet
Katerina’s (1920 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago).
10 p.m.- 1:30 a.m.
Chicago Samba’s Official Carnaval
Logan Square Auditorium (2539 North Kedzie Blvd).
10 p.m.- 3 a.m.
$15, at www.chicagosamba.com.
Also, if you are looking to learn or brush up your Samba skills before heading to these parties, then go to a free Samba workshop offered by Passistas Samba presents at Brazil in Chicago School. 2212 W Sunnyside Ave Chicago
CHICAGO SALSA CONGRESS
Salsa Congresses celebrate the rich cultural legacy of Latin and Afro-Caribbean music and dance. The Chicago International Salsa Congress is Chicago’s Premier Latin Music and Dance event of the year, bringing you total immersion with an array of workshops, dance productions and live entertainment. This event runs through tomorrow at the Westin O’Hare on 6100 West River Road in Rosemont. For more information go to http://www.chicagosalsacongress.com
CHICAGO FLAMENCO FESTIVAL
Currently celebrating its 10th year, the Festival’s opening reception was on February 9 and the final performance will take place on March 12th. More information at http://www.chicagoflamencofestival.com/. Here is a video of our own Chicago Flamenco Company, Ensemble Español:
PERUVIAN WINTER CULTURAL PROGRAM
The Department of Modern Languages of DePaul University and the Peruvian Arts Society present their Winter Cultural Program today at 6pm at DePaul University Schmidt Academic Center Room 161 on the Lincoln ParkCampus, 2320 N. Kenmore Avenue (between W. Belden and Fullerton ). Visitors may park in the Sheffield parking facility, 2335 N. North Sheffield or the Clifton Parking Deck, 2330 North Clifton Avenue . The topic for this event is the life and literary work of Jose Maria Arguedas, one of the most notable figures of 20th century Peruvian literature. Arguedas is especially recognized for his intimate portrayals of indigenous Andean culture.This is a free event that will include a special performance by the group I dance with, Peruvian Folk Dance Center. Here is an adaptation in puppetry of one of Arguedas stories:
I hope you get to go to any of these fabulous events. And if you do, I would love to hear from you. Chicago is truly a global cultural destination. Take advantage of it and enjoy it!