Tango

From classic tango to ancient melodies from the Inca Trail, Chicago offers an incredible collection of worldly experiences in July. Playwright Luis Alfaro returns to Victory Gardens with a poignant and timely adaptation on Euripides' "Medea". Grab a seat under the stars for the free outdoor screening of Wim Wenders' documentary, Buena Vista Social Club and more.

Chicago Tango Week 2013 (July 4-7)

This year installment of the fiery perennial festival features live music by Redwood Tango Ensemble on Friday, July 5. Plus, all night milongas, performances, 10 tango instructors and world-class performers including, Claudia Codega and Esteban Moreno. Get a grasp on the ‘crusada,' one of the signature steps of Argentine tango, with an intensive beginner program led my Emily Ortiz and Vladimir Estrin. DJ Horacio Godoy, of La Viruta in Buenos Aires, will lead a two-hour presentation on the history of tango music and dance.

Grant Park Music Festival Presents Caminos del Inka, a Musical Journey (July 12-13)

A spectacular multimedia tribute to the vast empire of the Incas and the ancient melodies of the Inca Trail, an extensive network of pathways connecting Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile and Argentina. Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads the Grant Park Orchestra in a musical journey through South America in a program featuring Robles' El Cóndor Pasa, Lena Frank's Illapa, Tone Poem for Flute and Orchestra, among others. Two free concerts, July 12 and Saturday, July 13 at 8 pm at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.  For open rehearsals schedule, please visit: http://www.grantparkmusicfestival.com/

Mojada (July 12-August 11)

A highly anticipated adaptation of the classic "Medea" by playwright Luis Alfaro. Chay Yew directs, "Mojada," takes the stage on July 12 and runs through August 11, at the historic landmark Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, in the heart of Lincoln Park. This poignant spin on the classic is set in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood to tell the story of Medea, a young, gifted curandera, or healer, an undocumented immigrant running from a past filled with betrayals, caught in a struggle to adapt to a stark American world. Presentation times vary, Tuesday - Saturday, 7:30 pm; Saturday, 4 pm; Sunday, 3 pm. 

Buena Vista Social Club Screening at Millennium Park (July 30)

The Millennium Park Film Series will screen Wim Wenders' "Buena Vista Social Club," the film documents the stunning comeback of Havana's Golden Era music and the musicians brought together by guitarist and producer, Ry Cooder, including Compay Segundo and Ibrahim Ferrer. The film begins at 7:30 pm. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy a night of legendary Cuban music.

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