WBEZ | Weekend Passport http://www.wbez.org/series/weekend-passport Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Weekend Passport: street art meets gallery show, meet Greek gods and Austria's comedy shepherds http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/weekend-passport-street-art-meets-gallery-show-meet-greek-gods-and-austrias-comedy <p><object height="18" width="100%"> <param name="movie" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F56657314&amp;auto_play=false&amp;player_type=tiny&amp;font=Arial&amp;color=ff7700"></param> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param> <param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed wmode="transparent" allowscriptaccess="always" height="18" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F56657314&amp;auto_play=false&amp;player_type=tiny&amp;font=Arial&amp;color=ff7700" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="100%"></embed> </object> <div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP86492795232.jpg" title="A masked supporter of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot waves a feminist flag from a balcony of a building at the court in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. A Moscow judge has sentenced each of three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison on hooliganism charges following a trial that has drawn international outrage as an emblem of Russia's intolerance to dissent. (AP/Misha Japaridze)" /></div><p>Friday has been designated &ldquo;Free Pussy Riot Global Day.&rdquo; Rallies will be taking place across the country in support of the Russian band Pussy Riot. A Moscow judge sentenced the band to two years in prison on hooliganism charges Friday. Igor Golubchik, the host of the Russian-language call-in show <a href="http://vashe.com/" target="_blank">Vashe Radio</a>, tells us how the local Russian community is reacting.&nbsp;</p><p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.46402189461514354" style="font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ZORE64.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 5px; height: 311px; width: 300px; " title="(Zhou B. Art Center)" /><a href="http://zbcenter.org/" target="_blank">ZORE by Mario Gonzalez Jr at Zhou B Art Center - Friday, August 17th, 7pm - 10pm / 1029 W. 35th St / free</a></span></b></p><p>Chicago artist Mario Gonzalez returns to his native city for his first one-man gallery exhibition, at Bridgeview&#39;s Zhou B Art Center. A fusion of street art, graffiti and large-scale abstract painting, Gonzalez&#39;s work under the name &#39;ZORE&#39; has been showcased internationally, with recent shows in Europe and Asian galleries.</p><p>The opening reception of the exhibition, curated by Sergio Gomez, is free and open to the public as part of Zhou B&#39;s&nbsp;<em>3rd Friday Openings</em>&nbsp;series.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.46402189461514354" style="font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/GMM-logo1-300x150_0.png" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; " title="(National Hellenic Museum)" /><a href="http://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/exhibits/current-exhibits/gods-myths-and-mortals/" target="_blank">Gods, Myths and Mortals at the National Hellenic Museum - Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 5pm / 333 S Halsted St / Adults: $10, Seniors: $8, Students: $8, Children 3-12: $7, Children under 3: free, </a></span></b><b style="font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; "><a href="http://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/exhibits/current-exhibits/gods-myths-and-mortals/" target="_blank">members: free</a></span></b></p><p>Explore ancient Greek culture and beliefs in this family-focused interactive exhibition from the National Hellenic Museum. Visitors can enter a world populated by figures and landmarks from Homer&#39;s epics, from a 12 foot tall Trojan horse, to a kareoke enabled siren&#39;s cave.&nbsp;</p><p>Also on display is a replica of the Antikythera Mechanism, a computing machine often referred to as the world&#39;s oldest known computer. The event runs through September 21st.</p><p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.46402189461514354" style="font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/moizi-schwab.jpg" style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; height: 428px; width: 300px; " title="(Moizi &amp; Schwab)" /><a href="http://www.dankhaus.com/" target="_blank">Moizi and Schwab Rock the USA at DANK Haus - Sunday, August 19th, 8:00 pm / 4740 North Western Avenue / $20</a></span></b></p><p>If you&#39;re already laughing at the idea of an Austrian comedy duo, then Moizi and Schwab&#39;s work is halfway done.The duo, who bill themselves as Austria&#39;s &quot;comedy shepherds,&quot; are making three stops in their US tour, performing English language routines on international news, funny accents and misperceptions of Austria.&nbsp;</p><p>The trip is being filmed for Austrian television, documenting the duo&#39;s journey through the country, so spectators might one day see themselves on Moizi and Schwab&#39;s Austrian program back home.</p><p>DANK Haus will be selling German sausages, pretzels and beer half an hour before the event, free parking at the M&amp;B Bank&#39;s parking lot at Western &amp; Gunnison.</p></p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 09:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/weekend-passport-street-art-meets-gallery-show-meet-greek-gods-and-austrias-comedy Weekend Passport: Indie meets MPB, Fukushima's hula girls and a Midwestern celebration of Japanese culture http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/weekend-passport-indie-meets-mpb-fukushimas-hula-girls-and-midwestern-celebration <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/145d7f6e6129aca0cba6276273f04f1e_2bij_8bfn.jpeg" style="margin: 5px; float: right; height: 278px; width: 275px; " title="(Agnes Lopez)" /><strong><a href="http://soulphonetics.com/post/28658360903/friday-august-10th-soulphonetics-taxim-present" target="_blank">Mônica da Silva at Taxim</a></strong> <em>Friday, August 10th, 10:00 p.m. at 1558 N. Milwaukee Ave. / 21 and over / $5 cover at the door</em></p><p>Mônica da Silva&#39;s story is one of cultural cross-overs: She was raised between Detroit and Belém, Brazil, sings lyrics in English, Portuguese and three other languages, and performs a blend of indie-pop, bossa nova and Brazilian MPB.</p><p>Da Silva returns to Chicago Friday on a tour promoting her 2011 album,&nbsp;<em>Brasilissima.&nbsp;</em>She and her band member, Chad Alger, have Chicago roots: They met in the city while pursuing seperate musical careers, and started collaborating after&nbsp;da Silva answered an ad Alger placed on Craigslist. The two have released two albums and were recently featured on Putumayo World Music&#39;s 2012 compilation <em>Brazilian Beat</em>.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/HulaGirls_web.jpeg" style="float: left; margin: 5px; height: 141px; width: 225px; " title="" /><strong><a href="http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/news/display_news.php?article=2012_international_screenings_program__apr_11__sept_29" target="_blank">Fukushima Hula Girls at Chicago Cultural Center</a></strong>&nbsp;<em>Saturday, August 11th, 2:00 p.m. / Claudia Cassidy Theater, 77 E. Randolph Street,&nbsp; 2nd floor. / limited seats available / in Japanese with English subtitles / free</em></p><p>The town of Iwaki, in Japan&#39;s Fukushima prefecture, has a history tied to hardship and unlikely comebacks.&nbsp;<em>Fukushima Hula Girl</em>&nbsp;documents the small town&#39;s latest chapter, driven by a Hawaiian beat. A rural mining town until the 1960s &mdash;&nbsp;when energy demand switched from coal to oil &mdash;&nbsp;Iwaki found an unlikely new industry: a Hawaiian-themed resort built around the community&#39;s natural hot springs. For 45 years, <a href="http://www.hawaiians.co.jp/" target="_blank">Spa Resort Hawaiians</a> powered the local economy and brought tourists from around Japan to Iwaki.&nbsp;</p><p>But in February of 2011, the earthquake, tsunami and meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant devastated the prefecture&#39;s environment and economy. The documentary&nbsp;follows the resort&#39;s response to the catastrophe and follows Spa Resort Hawaiians as it provides shelter in the initial days of the disaster and works to convince a wary public to return to Iwaki.&nbsp;</p><p>The free screening is part of the Chicago International Film Festival&#39;s&nbsp;9th annual International Screenings Program, and is presented in partnership with the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/jic.chicago" target="_blank">Japan Information Center</a> at the <a href="http://www.chicago.us.emb-japan.go.jp/" target="_blank">Consulate General of Japan in Chicago</a>.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/6947366192_1d6b71bac5_n.jpeg" style="float: right; margin: 5px; " title="(Midwest Buddhist Temple)" /><strong><a href="http://www.ginzachicago.com/" target="_blank">57th Annual Ginza Festival at the Midwest Buddhist Temple</a></strong> <em>Friday, August 10, 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, August 11, 11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, August 12, 11:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. / 435 W. Menomonee Street /&nbsp; $10 on Saturday night for performance, $6 for adults, and $5 for students and senior citizens all other times</em></p><p>Named after a famous Tokyo entertainment district, Old Town&#39;s Ginza Festival brings a celebration of Japanese culture and art to Chicago. For three days, the <a href="http://midwestbuddhisttemple.org/" target="_blank">Midwest Buddhist Temple</a> hosts demonstrations of martial arts, traditional Japanese minyo and taiko music, flower arranging, caligraphy and more. This year, five Waza craftpeople will attend the festival with wares inspired by Japan&#39;s Edo period, displaying traditional pottery, tenugui towel art, bamboo sculptures and crafted dolls.&nbsp;On Saturday night a live concert kicks off with Yoko Noge&#39;s Japanesque Band, which will perform a blend of traditional Minyo folk and Chicago blues. Throughout the weekend, Rev. Ron Miyamura will deliver short talks on dharma, and will welcome festival-goers into the Buddhist temple.</p></p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 11:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/weekend-passport-indie-meets-mpb-fukushimas-hula-girls-and-midwestern-celebration Weekend Passport: Playground mishaps, an Afro-Cuban tribute and Persian love emergencies http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/weekend-passport-playground-mishaps-afro-cuban-tribute-and-persian-love <p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Grue4.jpg" style="height: 400px; width: 600px; " title="Mouzam Makkar and Tim Martin portray Kayleen and Doug through 30 years of accidents, injuries and friendship in Gruesome Playground Injuries. (Tyler Core Photography)" /></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.rasakatheatre.com/2.html" target="_blank"><em>Gruesome Playground Injuries</em> at Rasaka Theatre Company</a> </strong><em>Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 4:00 p.m.; Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division; Tickets $25, Senior Citizens $20, Students $15</em></p><p>Catch the&nbsp;last three performances of Rajiv Joseph&#39;s two-person play about a playground daredevil, a self-harming masochist, and 30 years of cuts, bruises and friendship between them. Steppenwolf graduates Mouzam Makkar and Tim Martin portray Kayleen and Doug, two star-crossed, screwed-up soulmates as they navigate life&#39;s injuries.</p><p>Rasaka Theatre Company bills itself as the &quot;Midwest&#39;s first South Asian American ensemble,&quot; but according to Director Lavina Jadhwani this play is &quot;the least South Asian thing we&#39;ve done so far.&quot; Jadhwani pursued the rights to perform the play in Chicago after reading through it on the steps of her back porch and being moved by the&nbsp;&ldquo;unusual, intimate friendship between two deeply flawed but deeply likable characters.&rdquo;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.oldtownschool.org/concerts/2012/08-15-2012-Havana-630PM/" target="_blank">Havana at Old Town School of Folk Music</a> -&nbsp;</strong><em>Sunday at 6:30 p.m.; 4545 N. Lincoln Ave; Tickets $15&nbsp;</em></p><p>When Havana founder and bassist Richie Pillot died in May, the band lost its leader of 15 years, and the Afro-Cuban jazz scene in Chicago&nbsp;lost an influential musician and tireless promoter. On Sunday night, Pillot&#39;s band play a tribute to their leader, their first time playing together since playing at his wake earlier this year.</p><p>Two iterations of the band will perform, the most recent line-up of Havana, which played in residence every Tuesday night at Cafe Bolero, and a lineup of band members from the original group, now calling themselves &quot;Havana Kings.&quot; Carlos Garcia, longtime timbalist for Havana, said that while playing the show would be a tough emotional experience, he looks forward to paying tribute to Chicago&#39;s &quot;Afro-Jazz bootcamp leader,&quot; and promises to play &quot;until they kick us out.&quot;</p><p><strong><a href="http://grantparkmusicfestival.com/2012-season/the-four-seasons-of-buenos-aires" target="_blank">The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires at Millenium Park</a> -&nbsp;</strong><em>Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Harris Theatre, Millenium Park; Free</em></p><p>Spring might be a distant memory, and the promise of a cool fall seems months away, but you can at least experience the trip through nature&#39;s calendar in this weekend&#39;s free perfomance of&nbsp;Ástor Piazzolla&#39;s four tango compositions <em>Estaciones Porteñas&nbsp;</em>or&nbsp;<em>Four Seasons</em>.&nbsp;</p><p>Violinist Chee-Yun performs with the Grant Park Orchestra, conducted by Carlos Kalmar in these free weekend showcases of Argentine and Spanish classical music. In addition to the&nbsp;Four Seasons set, selections of works by Alberto Ginastera and Manuel de Falla will be performed.</p><p><a href="http://www.bookcellarinc.com/event/bill-wolak-and-mahmood-karimi-hakak-poetry-reading" target="_blank"><strong>Mahmood Karimi-Hakak read&nbsp;<em>Love Emergencies</em> at The Book Cellar</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;-&nbsp;</strong><em>Friday at 7:00 p.m.; 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.; Free</em></p><p>For an evening of cross-cultural poety reading and discussion, The Book Cellar is hosting Mahmood Karimi-Hakak and Bill Wolak as they discuss and read from their joint publication,&nbsp;<em>Love Emergencies</em>.</p></p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/weekend-passport-playground-mishaps-afro-cuban-tribute-and-persian-love Three seats for the world stage http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/three-seats-world-stage-101240 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Olympic%20stadium%20AP.jpg" title="The London 2012 Olympic Stadium with the Orbit tower, left, in the Olympic Park. (AP/Sang Tan)" /></div><p><u><a href="http://www.worldchicago.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=24&amp;Itemid=21" target="_blank"><b>WorldChicago Opening Ceremony Viewing Party</b></a>;&nbsp;</u><u><strong>Dave and Buster&#39;s, 1030 N. Clark</strong>; Friday, 6:30 p.m.</u><u>;&nbsp;</u><u>&nbsp;$30 (advance registration)</u></p><p>Celebrate the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics and mingle with an international crowd &mdash;&nbsp;including past Olympians &nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;&nbsp;at WorldChicago&#39;s viewing party Friday night. In Partnership with International Trade Club of Chicago, American Women for International Understanding-Chicago Chapter, Midwest Chapter of U.S. Olympians and Paralympians and World Sport Chicago</p><p>Attending Olympians include:</p><ul><li>Rower Tony Brooks, Olympian-Rowing (1972, 1976) Vice President, Midwest Chapter of U.S. Olympians and Paralympians</li><li>Cassandra Francis, Elite Rower</li><li>Dr. Allison Jones, U.S. National Team Modern Pentathlon and Shooting</li><li>Twila Majkowski, Olympian (1976) Cross Country Skiing</li><li>Stephanie Miller, Pan American Games Gold Medalist, World Championships Team Member(2003) Olympic Trials Archery (2012)</li><li>Danielle Slaton, Olympic Silver Medalist (2000) Soccer</li><li>Hungarian Bela Szabados, Olympian, (1992, 1996, 2000) Swimming for Hungary</li><li>Steve Williams, Track &amp; Field Sprinter, World&#39;s Fastest Man (1973, 1974) and World Record-holder</li></ul><p>Mingle, compete in a trivia contest at the cash bar or retreat to a quiet conference room dedicated to viewing the festivities. Dinner buffet included in ticket price, advance registration strongly preferred.</p><p><a href="http://www.celebrateclarkstreet.com/" target="_blank"><strong><u>Celebrate Clark Street Festival</u></strong></a><strong><u>; </u></strong><u><strong>Clark Street between Morse and Touhy</strong>; Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.; suggested donation ; $5 per person, $10 per family</u></p><p>Stroll down Clark Street through the world of Pan-Latin music, culture and food. Experience 20 bands across two stages and two days of performances from headliners Mali&#39;s SMOD and New York&#39;s Los Empresarios, to Janka Nabay, the king of bubu, a frantic dance beat with origins in Sierra Leone. Food and craft vendors will line the streets throughout the festival. Donations support the Rogers Park Business Alliance.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Xn-X4V2oTXE" width="601"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u><a href="http://eyeonindia.com/chicago/">Y</a><a href="http://yosolofestival.com/" target="_blank">o Solo Theatre Festival of Latino Solo Shows</a>; Flatiron Arts Building, 1575 N. Milwaukee, Room 336; showings vary</u></strong><u>;&nbsp;</u><u>July 26-August 12; festival pass $35, student festival pass $20, single show $15, single show (student $10)</u></p><p>Step into a collage of the Latino experience, told through the individual stories of six solo performers at this unique collaboration between Chicago art and theater companies Teatro Vista and Collaboraction. Each show features a pair of one-person plays written and performed by Latino playwrites about their experiences growing up Latino and American &mdash; and sometimes, somewhere in between.</p><p><strong>Juan Francisco Villa in <em>Empanada for a Dream</em></strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/H7unGcGb0-A" width="601"></iframe></p><p>Festival producer and performer Sandra Delgado hopes the solo shows&#39; power of specificity hits home with audience members, no matter their background. &quot;In the unique solo there lies a universality that everyone can see in themselves,&quot; she said. &quot;I want people be inspired to own their stories and tell their stories. Everyone&#39;s story is imporant.&quot;</p></p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/three-seats-world-stage-101240 Mexican wrestling + Shakespeare? It's Weekend Passport! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/mexican-wrestling-shakespeare-its-weekend-passport-100880 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mexican%20wrestling%20Macbeth.jpg" title="(Courtesy of The Mammals)" /></div><p><strong><u>Mexican Wrestling <em>Macbeth</em></u></strong><u>; </u><u>Zoo Studios, 4001 N. Ravenswood, Suite 205</u><u>; </u><u>Saturday July 14 thru July 28; 10:30 p.m.; $15</u></p><p>The Mammals, a Chicago-based theater company, lives up to its desire to tell stories &ldquo;in all sorts of mediums.&rdquo; This weekend they present an unusual take on the bard&rsquo;s classic play: &ldquo;What happens when Mexico&rsquo;s favorite lady <em>luchadores</em> have to fight it out over the coveted role of Lady Macbeth!!!&rdquo; they ask. The answer, apparently, is &ldquo;mayhem, mystery and Aztec Mummies.&rdquo;</p><p><strong><em><u><a href="http://www.silkroadrising.org/">The Mummy and the Revolution</a></u></em></strong><strong><u>; </u></strong><u>The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington; Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. (Saturday shows SOLD OUT); $5</u></p><p>According to their website, this political farce by playwright <a href="http://www.silkroadrising.org/live-theater/the-mummy-and-the-revolution/about-playwright-yussef-el-guindi">Yussef El Guindi</a> is &ldquo;<em>Abbott and Costello</em> meets the Arab Spring.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;An Egyptian revolutionary, an American collector of antiquities, and a reanimated mummy&rdquo; star in a play that, in the words of sponsor Silk Road Rising, reminds audiences that the &ldquo; &lsquo;new&rsquo; Middle East is never too far from the same old same old.&rdquo;</p><p>This staged reading of the play is followed by a Q &amp; A with the author.</p><p><strong><u><a href="http://eyeonindia.com/chicago/">Eye On India Festival</a>; </u></strong><u>locations vary; </u><u>July 12-22; FREE</u></p><p>This ten-day festival offers a &ldquo;rich blend of Indian classical and world music along with an interesting mix of Indian art and culture from the fields of literature, film, cuisine and dance.&rdquo; Offerings include musical performances at the Old Town School of Folk Music and a conversation with Indian actress Sharmila Tagore.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 12:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/mexican-wrestling-shakespeare-its-weekend-passport-100880 Weekend Passport: Voices of Burma, Brazilian music and belly dancing http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/weekend-passport-voices-burma-brazilian-music-and-belly-dancing-99938 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Luciano%20Antonio%204.jpg" style="height: 387px; width: 620px;" title="Luciano Antonio performs at the 2011 Chicago Jazz Festival. (Photo by Marc Perlish)" /></div><p>Friday&rsquo;s <em>Weekend Passport</em> starts with an Oriental adventure and leaves you in a cozy European café.</p><p><em>The Art Works Projects, in collaboration with D. Soyini Madison and the Northwestern Oral History and Performance as a Social Action Institute, presents <a href="http://explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/events/dca_tourism/voicesfromburma.html" target="_blank"><strong>Voice of Witness: Testimonies and Images from Burma</strong></a>, June 10, 3 p.m. &ndash; 5 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center.</em></p><p>First, a vivid portrait of Burma created by a dynamic combination of photography, dramatic readings and music. World-class photographer Christian Holst contributes images from the exhibit <em>BLOOD/STONES: Burmese Rubies</em>, currently on display at the Field Museum. Dramatic readings come courtesy of <em>Nowhere to Be Home</em>, the eighth book in a series by Dave Eggers and Dr. Lola Vollen, which brings to light the human rights crisis in Burma. Music collected from Loas, Burma, China and Thailand will punctuate the program.</p><p>Then, former Burmese soldier turned advocate Myo Myint joins conversation with the audience at an informal reception after the performance.</p><p>More on his story here:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/33691303" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p><p><em>Chicago Shimmyfest <a href="http://www.bestbellydancechicago.com/shows.html" target="_blank">10 year Anniversary Gala Show</a> at the <a href="http://www.adventurestage.org/pages/vittum_theater/45.php" target="_blank">Vittum Theater</a>. Saturday June 9. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.</em></p><p>Next, we celebrate women of the Orient at the <a href="http://explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/events/dca_tourism/voicesfromburma.html" target="_blank">Jasmine Jahal School of Dance&#39;s</a> <strong>10<sup>th</sup> Annual ShimmyFest</strong>. When you hear the term &ldquo;oriental dance,&rdquo; you may not jump straight to this:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" scrolling="no" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/x9m2-mOosm8" width="601"></iframe></p><p>Better known as &ldquo;belly dancing,&rdquo; Oriental dance is a celebration of music and women. &ldquo;In the western world, the dance is often misunderstood,&quot; said <a href="http://www.jasminjahal.com/" target="_blank">Jasmine Jahal</a>, the Producer, Creator, Artistic Director and owner of Jasmine Jahal Dance Company. &quot;By taking it to the theater, I hope to reverse the many stereotypes about belly dancing and to expose the public to its beauty as a fine art.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;Some of the most famous belly dancers are over 40,&quot; Jahal said. &quot;It&rsquo;s not about sexuality. It&rsquo;s about the beauty that comes with age and maturity.&rdquo;</p><p>Saturday&rsquo;s show is the highlight of ShimmyFest with group performances by Jahal&#39;s Chicago students and solos by workshop attendees from all over the country.</p><p><em>Luciano at Cafe Ciao, 939 West Madison</em>,<em> Saturday June 9 and every Saturday, 10 p.m. to midnight. </em></p><p>Finally, we relax to the sounds of Brazilian music. <a href="http://www.lucianoantonio.com/home.html" target="_blank">Luciano Antonio</a> performs original music at Café Ciao this Saturday June 9. Enjoy European style treats while Luciano croons Musica Popular Brasileira (music popular in Brazil).</p><p>Safe travels!</p></p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 10:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/weekend-passport-voices-burma-brazilian-music-and-belly-dancing-99938 A night in Spain, tango obsession and world sports http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-05-31/weekend-passport-night-spain-tango-obsession-and-world-sports-99723 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Trio_thumb.jpg" title="The Las Compañeras Dance Company, directed by Melody Vasquez, performing at last year's Night in Spain. oto by St. John Cantius Church)" /></div><p>Men classically dominate the global sports scene. Their female counterparts go unnoticed, especially in developing nations. Elizabeth Stanton, a journalist and documentary filmmaker, traveled to Ecuador on assignment. She noticed a void in coverage of female sports. Thus, she created the <a href="http://throughhereyesproject.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">&ldquo;Through Her Eyes Project,&rdquo;</a> a multimedia experience consisting of large-scale photos and short documentary installments profiling Ecuadorian women in sports.</p><p>&quot;I came back after working at the <em>New York Times</em> because I noticed that there was little work being done regarding women sports in developing countries,&quot; Stanton said. &quot;I wanted to do a project that would profile these women and tell stories that weren&rsquo;t being told.&quot;</p><p><em>Through Her Eyes opening reception; Chicago Art Department at 1932 S. Halsted Street from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday June 1. </em></p><p>If sports aren&rsquo;t your preferred way to break a sweat, why not try Tango? Sexy is an understatement when you describe the music and dance concert&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chopintheatre.com/event.php?id=2224&amp;pageId=now" target="_blank"><em>Tango Obsession</em>,</a> featuring <a href="http://www.ian-ani.com/fr_home.cfm" target="_blank">Ian+Ani</a> and the <a href="http://tango21chicago.com/home" target="_blank">Tango 21 Dance Company</a>. The innovative music duo is made up of Ian Maksin, a Russian native and cellist, and pianist Ani Gorgova, a native of Bulgaria. Gorgova&#39;s small frame is no indication of how she pounds the black and white keys! This is the second year they will incorporate dance into their show. This year features the Tango 21 Dance Company, lead by Jorge Niedas, and dancers from the Geoffrey Ballet Company. Check out their trailer:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Yscijw91RKE" width="560"></iframe></p><p><em>Ian+Ani&rsquo;s Tango Obsession premieres Friday June 1 at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 West Division Street at 8 p.m., Saturday 8 p.m. (sold out) and 3 p.m. Sunday June 3.</em><em> Tickets available at the door.</em></p><p>Nothing tops off a weekend abroad like a &quot;Night in Spain.&quot; St. John Cantius Church wraps up this season&rsquo;s concert series with an evening of dancing, music and food. The Chicago landmark (it really is on the Chicago Architectural tour) alternates Spanish dance by Las Compañeras, and the music of Joaquin Turina, Manuel Ponce and Ernesto LeCuona. Soprano Amy Conn also performs. Top that off with local restaurants donating food to last the night... &quot;<span class="short_text" id="result_box" lang="es"><span class="hps">Es demasiado</span> <span class="hps">bueno para ser verdad&quot;</span></span> (It&#39;s too good to be true)!</p><p><em>St. John Cantius Church, 825 N. Carpenter Street, presents a <a href="http://www.cantius.org/go/events/detail/a_night_in_spain/" target="_blank">Night in Spain</a> Saturday June 2 starting at 6 p.m.</em></p><p><span class="short_text" id="result_box" lang="es"><span class="hps">Buen Viaje</span><span>!</span></span><span class="short_text" lang="es"><span> Safe Travels!</span></span></p></p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 08:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-05-31/weekend-passport-night-spain-tango-obsession-and-world-sports-99723 Weekend Passport: Immigration theater, Greek masks http://www.wbez.org/series/weekend-passport/weekend-passport-immigration-theater-greek-masks-99049 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/419604_10150666961318259_182300968258_9063843_56184008_n.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Friday's <em>Weekend Passport</em> takes you to Mexico, Greece and into the work of a Holocaust survivor who reflects her life experience in her paintings.</p><p>First, to Mexico where <a href="http://teatroluna.org/season/living-large-in-a-mini-kind-of-way/" target="_blank">Teatro Luna presents</a><em><a href="http://teatroluna.org/season/living-large-in-a-mini-kind-of-way/" target="_blank"> Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way</a></em>,&nbsp; by playwright Diane Rodriguez. "Diane’s play asks some specific questions to illustrate different aspects of the&nbsp;immigration drama," says Alexandra Media, Executive Director of Teatro Luna. Based on a true story, <em>Living Large</em> asks us, "What would you do if you didn't have a social security number, and how far would you go for those nine precious digits that could change your life?" You can catch&nbsp;<em>Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way </em>at the <a href="http://teatroluna.org/" target="_blank">Teatro Luna Theater</a> located at 3914 North Clark Street. Shows on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.</p><p>Next, explore kids get a chance to learn about Greek culture with the <a href="http://www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org/" target="_blank">Chicago Children's Museum's</a> series <em><a href="http://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/passport-world-greece-3/" target="_blank">Passport to the World: World Music May</a></em>.&nbsp;The <a href="http://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/" target="_blank">National Hellenic Museum</a> teams up with the Children's Museum where kids get a chance&nbsp; make ancient Greek shields and cyclops masks and learn&nbsp; Greek dance with the <a href="http://ellasdance.com/" target="_blank">Ellas Dancers of Chicago</a>. There will also be special performances by&nbsp;<a href="http://neoleahellenicdancers.com/Home.php" target="_blank">Neolena Hellenic Dancers</a>. At the end of the day kids will battle off against each other with their new Greek gear (WARNING: This event may get too cute). A wide spread of Greek treats are available as well so the kids won't go hungry. <em>Passport to the World: World Music May</em> is hosted by the Chicago Children's Museum, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Navy Pier.</p><p>Then: What do you get when you combine <span id="internal-source-marker_0.15610435207320672">a Venezuelan, a Mexican, two Americans and two French guys</span>? The psychedelic music collective <a href="http://chichalibre.com/" target="_blank">Chicha Libre</a> - duh! They call themselves "musical cannibals" and it's apparent why when you hear their unique blend of musical influences. They perform Saturday at the the <a href="http://www.oldtownschool.org/" target="_blank">Old Town School of Folk Music</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Finally, Vera Klement is an established painter with a lot to say. Her Russian-Jewish family escaped to Poland when she was a young girl; they later fled to the U.S. to escape the Holocaust. Her latest exhibit opens on Friday at the Zolla Lieberman Gallery. The opening runs from 5 to 8 p.m.</p><p>Enjoy your globetrotting right here in Chicago.</p></p> Fri, 11 May 2012 10:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/weekend-passport/weekend-passport-immigration-theater-greek-masks-99049 Weekend Passport May 4th http://www.wbez.org/series/weekend-passport/weekend-passport-may-4th-98824 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/The 16.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Cinco de Mayo is here at last! Entice your senses with <a href="http://luchavavoom.com/">Lucha VaVoom</a>&rsquo;s Cinco de Mayo Spectacular. This Saturday, Lucha VaVoom puts on a comedy-burlesque-wrestling show at the Park West Theatre, 332 W. Armitage Avenue. The show is for adults over 18 only. It begins at 9:30pm. <a href="http://luchavavoom.com/tickets/cinco-de-mayo-chicago/">Tickets </a>are $25 at the door. You can also order online.</p><p>Next, <em>Worldview</em> takes you to the Orient and back with <a href="http://www.silkroadrising.org/live-theater/re-spiced-a-silk-road-cabaret" target="_blank"><em>Re-Spiced: A Silk Road Cabaret</em></a>. The show is playful, provocative, occasionally subversive and always entertaining. A cast of eight perform a musical pastiche of Asian and Middle Eastern images in American and British song and prose. Songs range from The Bangles&#39; &quot;Walk Like an Egyptian&quot; to Toby Keith&#39;s &quot;Red, White and Blue.&quot; <em>Re-Spiced</em> challenges you to think about how we consume pop culture about the &quot;others,&quot; and leaves you wondering who&#39;s who? <em>Re-Spiced</em> is at Pierce Hall in the Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington Street. <a href="http://boxoffice.printtixusa.com/silkroad/eventcalendar" target="_blank">Shows</a> are Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 4pm and 8pm, Sunday at 4pm.</p><p>Lastly, sixteen kids from one of the largest slums in Gujarat, India&rsquo;s northern region, perform a 90-minute dance-drama called <a href="http://ekatva.org/">Ekatva</a>, or &quot;Oneness.&quot; It&#39;s based on the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. Chosen from a group of 250, the kids have trained over the past year and will debut in Chicago this weekend, 7pm at the <a href="http://athenaeumtheatre.org/" target="_blank">Athenaeum Theatre</a>, 2936 N. Southport Ave. <a href="https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9665070" target="_blank">Tickets </a>range from $55 for premium seating to $25.</p></p> Fri, 04 May 2012 15:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/weekend-passport/weekend-passport-may-4th-98824 Weekend Passport April 13th http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-13/segment/weekend-passport-april-13th-98211 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/YtoBarradaExhibit.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Each Friday on our Weekend Passport segment, Jerome and global citizen <a href="http://www.pasfarda.org/NarimonSafavi.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Nari Safavi</a>, one of the founders of <a href="http://www.pasfarda.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Pasfarda Arts and Cultural Exchange</a>, help you find a way to experience another country without having to buy a plane ticket.</p><p>This weekend, renowned Spanish director <a href="http://www.venturapons.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Ventura Pons</a> is in town for the <a href="http://chicagolatinofilmfestival.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Latino Film Festival</a>. He&#39;ll be accepting the <a href="http://chicagolatinofilmfestival.org/film-awards/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Gloria Award</a> for his work as the one of the most prominent Catalan filmmakers. Fans will have a chance to meet him this Saturday at the <a href="http://www.landmarktheatres.com/market/chicago/chicago_frameset.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Landmark Century Theatre</a> after a screening of his 2000 film, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0277578/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;"><em>Anita No Perd El Tren</em></a> (<em>Anita Takes a Chance</em>). The director will stick around after the show for a Q &amp; A session.&nbsp; You can also see a screening of his latest film, <em>Year of Grace</em>, tonight at 6:00pm at the <a href="http://www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/amc-river-east-21" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">AMC River East Theater</a>.</p><p>Also, the <a href="http://adfilmfest.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Architecture and Design Film Festival</a> is having a panel discussion on the exportation of culture called <em>Architect as Diplomat: Embassies and What They Communicate</em>.&nbsp;The panel is based on the ideas presented by Jord Den Hollander in his film, <em><a href="http://www.missionstatements.nl/1/synopsis.asp" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Mission Statements</a>. </em>The film explores how the architecture of embassies functions in the society where they are placed. You can weigh-in on whether exporting culture through architecture is good or bad, see how it&#39;s done, and learn about the role architecture plays in the international conversation tonight at 5:30pm at the <a href="http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Music Box Theater</a>. The event is free and panelists include Dutch architect and filmmaker Jord den Hollander and architect and architecture historian <a href="http://www.som.com/content.cfm/eric_keune" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Eric Keune</a>. The panel is moderated by <a href="http://www.victorialautman.com/about.shtml" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Victoria Lautman</a>.<br /><br />Last but not least, <a href="http://www.artic.edu/webspaces/interlink/hamzawalkerbio.html" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Hamza Walker</a>, the associate curator and director of education at the <a href="http://www.renaissancesociety.org/site/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Renaissance Society</a>, tells <em>Worldview </em>about&nbsp; <a href="http://www.renaissancesociety.org/site/Exhibitions/Intro.Yto-Barrada-Riffs.625.html" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">RIFFS</a>, an the exhibit featuring the work of photographer <a href="http://www.ytobarrada.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Yto Barrada</a>. The photographs&nbsp; depict a socio-political and autobiographical portrait of the developments that have taken place around the city of Tangiers in last 15 years. The exhibit runs through April 22, but there&#39;s a free lecture this Sunday at 2pm called <em>Globalization on the Margins, Tangiers&rsquo; Socio-Spatial Fabric</em>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Happy travels!</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 10:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-13/segment/weekend-passport-april-13th-98211