April showers us with events

It may be a little damp and dreary outside, but there are loads of ways to warm up with some cultural events this week.

FRI 4/8 

At 5:30 PM tonight, catch a free performance by Xochitl-Quetzal, the dance troupe founded by Henry Cervantes that’s keeping the Concheros dance tradition alive. As the event host—the International Museum of Surgical Science (1524 N. Lake Shore Dr.)—explains: “Learn about indigenous Aztec ceremonies and rituals, and experience the Xochitl-Quetzal community celebrating their roots through dance.” In addition to experiencing music and costumes from the Chichimecas, Aztecas, and Mexicas, you’ll glimpse how indigenous Mexican culture survives in Chicago today. You can register in advance at Eventbrite. (MC)

There’s no shortage of EXPOrelated events tonight. Two standouts for me are the Barely Fair (4146 N. Elston) vernissage from 6-10 PM, and the open house at Mana Contemporary (2233 S. Throop) from 6-9 PM. While there will be lots of art—plus artists, collectors, gallerists, and curators—at the latter, there will also be a talk about “HOLLYWOOD 24,” an exhibition currently on display at Mana, and a silkscreen demo hosted by Hoofprint. This takes place in the fifth-floor cafe at 6:30 PM. Plus, there’s in-progress work by Baby Blue Gallery’s inaugural artist-in-residence Cat Bowyer, who uses the studio as a site of ritualistic play to create altars to joy in spite of patriarchy. High Concept Labs presents choreographer-writer Shalaka Kulkarni and composer-performer Meredith Haines, who will each perform 15-minute excerpts followed by discussions of works in early development. And then there’s . . . well, you get it: there’s a whole lot of art! More information at manacontemporary.com. (MC)

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