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Weekend Passport: Images of hope and a Afro-Cuban dance party

(Adam Nadel/Malaria Consortium)
Malaria: Blood, Sweat and Tears at the Field Museum. Opens Friday June 29. Doors open 9:00 a.m. Free for members.

In 2010, an estimated 655,000 people died of malaria, and 86 percent were children under five. Malaria: Blood Sweat and Tears is an exhibition of photographs following the impact of malaria in Cambodia, Uganda and Nigeria. Despite being a curable disease, 45 percent of the world’s population remains at risk.

Photographer Adam Nadel designed the exhibition to educate the west about the history of Malaria. He traveled to those countries in the fall of 2009 and captured the effects of the disease on film.

Here is the story behind the picture at left:

“Allen Nanawewje does not have a mosquito net. But her brother does. Many families, due to extreme poverty, are forced to prioritize who will receive both malaria treatment and  preventative devices such as mosquito nets. Those who receive mosquito nets, food and treatment are more likely to survive, and gender and age are often the determining factors when parents make these difficult decisions.

'I get bitten a bunch of times at night. I get sick five times a year, I think. When I get sick, I stay in bed. I am not lying in my bed; this is not my mosquito net.  I do not have a mosquito net. My brother does, but I don’t.'”

James Sanders and Conjunto featuring Papo Santiago at Katerina's, Saturday 10:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. $10 at the door. 21 and older.

The perfect combination of African and Cuban music is the band Conjunto, lead by James Sanders, jazz violinist and world musician. The seven piece ensemble consists a unique mix of traditional afro-Cuban music with jazz idioms. Katerina Carson, owner of Katarina's says the featured vocalist, Papo Santiago is a trip. He's a sight to hear." Drinks and food are available through the end of the show, not to mention a lot of dancing. The intimate venue is the perfect place to click your heels to the congas.

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