Weekend Passport March 9th

March 9, 2012

Worldview's "Weekend Passport" is a new weekly feature. We help you travel the world without having to leave the city. Every Friday, we'll bring you new and exciting ways to experience the cultural diversity of our region. Nari Safavi, president of Pasfarda Arts and Cultural Exchange joins us today. So get ready to plan your weekends!

First up, try your hand (and feet) at Swedish dancing. This Friday at 7:30, The Swedish American Museum in Andersonville invites everyone to learn the Swedish Waltz. This is the second dance lesson in a series of three, but don't worry if you missed out on the first one, you'll still fit right in. Dance instructors Linda and Paul Maur say prepare for a whole lot of twirling, so be sure to wear your best ball gown! If you can't make it tonight, be sure to head over on March, 30th to learn the Hambo, the national dance of Sweden. The museum is located on 5211 North Clark Street. Dancing starts at 7:30.

 

The 15th Annual European Union Film Festival is at the Gene Siskel Film Center, featuring films from all 27 EU countries. From Denmark, Putin's Kiss will play on Saturday at 2:00. The documentary tells the story of Masha Drokova, the teenager who rose to fame by "kissing Putin". It follows her journey from youthful right-wing political firebrand to something deeper and more aware. If you can't get enough of the E.U. film fest, Chicago-based critic Jonathan Rosenbaum will host a screening of the Spanish experimental film AITA on March 19th. The Gene Siskel Film Center is located at 164 North State Street.

World Music enthusiasts should head to the University of Chicago's International House on Sunday to hear the Middle East Ensemble perform traditional and classical Turkish music. The concert starts at 6:30 and is free to the public.  U of C's International House is located on 1414 East 59th Street.

 

Lastly, head on over to Navy Pier to celebrate Lithuanian Independence Day. On March 11, 1990, Lithuania was the first Soviet Republic to declare independence from the Soviet Union. The free event will celebrate with food, dance, music and more! Artists will display their work. There will be plenty of activities for kids as well as adults. That's Sunday March 11, 12-5 pm.  Navy Pier is located at 848 East Grand Street.

Happy travels!