Concert: Balkano, LunchBreak – Music Without Borders, Chicago Cultural Center, April 1

LunchBreak – Music Without Borders: Balkano

Klezmer and Balkan music group Balkano performs a free lunchtime concert as part of the Music Without Borders Friday series.

LunchBreak’s Music Without Borders Friday concerts feature music styles from around the world.

Apr 1, 2011
12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., Randolph Cafe
Chicago, IL 60602


46th Anniversary Spring Festival of Eastern European Dance and Music, International House, March 25-27

March 25-27th

46th Anniversary Spring Festival of Eastern European Dance and Music

A Folkdancing Extravaganza at International House. Fearured teachers this year include Atranas Kolarovski, Ahmet Luleci, Ventzi Sotirov, Chris Bajmakovich, Ljupco Milenkovski, James Stoyanoff, and others.

International House


Balkan Orthodox Festival at St. Mary Romanian Church, September 25

Balkan Orthodox Festival will be held at St. Mary Romanian Church (4225 N Central Ave Chicago, IL 60634-1800) church phone:  (773) 736-1153, 847-800-6522 (John Kisereu)

9/25: soccer, chess, and a ping-pong tournament will happen during the day, in the evening, there will be a dance party with Orchestra Wallachia and a DJ

12:00pm – lunch

2:00pm – concert with Bulgarian, Greek, Macedonian, Romanian, and Serbian folklore dance performances

Emir Kusturica and the No Smoking Orchestra to Perform at the Copernicus Theater; July 10-11

Emir Kusturica and his band The No Smoking Orchestra will perform two shows at

The Copernicus Theater
5216 West Lawrence Avenue
8pm on July 10 and 11

For a very brief overview about the history of The No Smoking Orchestra (comprised of some of the original members of the group, Zabranjeno Pušenje), visit the band’s website, or their wikipedia entry.

Director Emir Kusturica to Speak at Alliance Française; July 9, 6:30pm

Alliance Française de Chicago is partnering with the Chicago Film Festival to invite the controversial and acclaimed director, Emir Kusturica. He will speak with Time Out Chicago film editor Hank Sartin about his creative process. The event is open to the public. The entrance fee is $5 for Alliance Française members and $10 for non-members. Wine will be served after the talk.
Date:  July, 9th; 6:30pm
Place:  Alliance Française de Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Ave.
For those not familiar with Kusturica, he is a native of Sarajevo and arguably the most famous film director from the Balkans.  His films (“Time of the Gypsies”, “Black Cat, White Cat”, and “Underground”, which won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or/Golden Palm in the 1994) often feature music soundtracks by Goran Bregović and the No Smoking Orchestra.

Workshop on Language Variation and Change: “Little Leagues and Big Leagues: The Bases of the Balkan Sprachbund,” Victor Friedman, May 24

Please join us on Monday 5/24 at 3:30 pm in Cobb 107 for a
presentation in the Workshop on Language Variation and Change by our
very own Victor Friedman:

“Little Leagues and Big Leagues:  The Bases of the Balkan Sprachbund”
Monday 5/24
3:30 pm
Cobb 107 (5811 S. Ellis Avenue)

Victor Friedman
University of Chicago

Reception to follow.