Thursday, February 9 I DIEGO AMADOR TRIO Diego Amador is an acclaimed flamenco singer and pianist. Born into a gypsy family in Seville, Spain, he was steeped in flamenco tradition. By age 11, he had mastered the guitar and several other musical instruments and was already playing drums in the group Pata Negra. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear this unique multi-talented musician from Spain performing live in Chicago.
Thursday, February 9 to Sunday, February 19 I The Disorientation of Butterflies Jessie struggles with her obsession with death. No one, including her husband, her loving mother, her Type-A twin and even herself, understands why. This Chicago premiere is a musical that boldly lifts the veil on depression, probes the mystery of death, and discovers the value of life.
Friday, February 10 I Mercy for Animals Benefit Join The Playground Theater for a special show benefiting Mercy for Animals featuring “Process” and “Out of Character.” Mercy For Animals is a national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies.
Saturday, February 11 I Date Night: Passions of India Now We’re Cookin’ is adding a little international flair to their popular Date Night sessions with Chef Christine Kilroy’s traditional Indian menu. In addition to an overview of these traditional dishes, a description of the wealth of spices used and the simple procedures we can all replicate at home, Chef Christine brings a wealth of “local color” to her classes, based on her childhood in India and frequent trips to visit family, friends and favorite locales. Definitely not the typical Valentine’s Day meal, but you will agree that a little change is good for relationships! So bring your significant other and join Now We’re Cookin’. Menu includes Mango lassi, Vegetable Samosas, Chicken Seekh Kababs with cilantro-yoghurt chutney and Bhel puri (tangy indian snack).
Saturday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 14 I Valentine’s Latin Dance Night 2012 Ditch the old dinner-and-a-movie routine and impress your special someone with a night of romantic Latin dance! The night begins with complimentary champagne and hors d’oeuvres to get you loosened up and in-the-mood. Next you’ll indulge in a sexy Latin dance class, where you and your partner will learn the basics of the romantic rumba and sensual salsa. And the night concludes with professional demonstrations of the dances you’ve learned!
Monday, February 13 I “PAPAGORDO: EN CASA DE RAIMUNDO AMADOR” Directors Laura Llamas and Víctor Morilla are flies-on-the-wall in the home of gypsy guitarist Raimundo Amador. A few years ago, a list of the best Spanish albums of the last century was published and one name appeared more than any other: Raimundo Amador. Over three decades, Raimundo has gone from playing music in the streets of the roughest neighborhoods of Sevilla to sharing stages with Camarón, BB King and Björk. The title “Papagordo” comes from the name he is called by his grandson, and is particularly fitting for this intimate documentary. This isn’t the story of a guitar genius rather that of the customer at the fish shop, the father of six, the man who complains about his kidneys. A universal talent who ties together family, love and home in his art. This documentary won the “People’s Choice” award at the Beefeater International Festival of Music Documentaries in 2011. Los directores Laura Llamas y Víctor Morilla se colaron, como ratoncillos curiosos, en casa del guitarrista gitano.
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