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.

Israeli Folk Dance Troupe, Shalechet Aviv, to Perform at the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, July 18

Shalechet Aviv
Israeli Folk Dance Troupe
@ Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival
2:30pm, Sunday, July 18,

Dawes Park, Evanston

Shalechet Aviv’s movements have roots in Romanian Hora, the Arabic Dabke and traditional Yemenite life cycle celebrations. This troupe has traveled near and far to perform in a folk style reminiscent of dances from Eastern Europe and the Middle East that combined in the State of Israel.

Chicago Klezmer Ensemble at SPACE, June 16

Chicago Klezmer Ensemble
8pm Wednesday June 16
@ SPACE, 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

The Chicago Klezmer Ensemble has performed as far away as Amsterdam and Milan. The internationally acclaimed group rarely gives a full-length concert on its own turf, though. This is your chance to hear Chicago Klezmer Ensemble’s interpretation of Yiddish instrumental folk music in a concert setting.

Chicago Jewish Festival, June 13

Chicago Jewish Festival
11am-6pm Saturday June 13
St. Paul Woods , Morton Groove

The 2010 Greater Chicago Jewish Festival marks 30 years since the first festival.  It continues to feature three stages of music, dance and storytelling; a family stage; a Kosher Food Fair; an Art Fair and Organization Fair. KFAR is an organizational sponsor of the Jewish Festival.

U of C’s Golosa to perform at the Russian Literary Salon, June 19

Please join us to celebrate Russian culture and true folk music!  All songs were brought by Golosa – the members of which are practically all American students and professionals – from Siberia and will have English translations.  All of the proceeds from the event will go to their next journey to Russia – to bring back more beautiful songs.

The event will take place at the Computer Systems Institute, Saturday, June 19 at 6pm.

8950 Gross Point Road, Skokie

(There is free parking around the building and is only a ten-minute walk from the Skokie Swift Yellow Line for those who are not driving)

$15 regular/10 students (with ID) and kids will let you in.

Since a fairly big crowd is expected, it would be greatly appreciated if you could bring any kind of folding chairs or stools – in case we don’t have enough seats for everybody!

Please feel free – though you are not obliged! – to bring any treats or drinks.  It is always a nice addition to our lively socializing during the famously cheerful breaks between acts.

Contact : Alla  Dekhtyar, 773 275-0934.

Concert of Sacred Music of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Serbian Choir “Branko,” June 1-3

Concert of sacred music of the Eastern Orthodox Church
featuring Serbian Singing Society “BRANKO”  from the City of
Nis – Serbia one of the oldest church choirs in the whole Balkans
conducted by : Sara Cincarevic

With this American Midwest Tour Choir “BRANKO
is musicaly announcing a great Christian Jubilee
in 2013 – 1700 years from the Edict of Milan, issued by
St. Emperor Constantine, borne in the City of Nis


Wednesday May 26 – 7 pm.  Concert at St. Basil of Ostrog Church in Lake Forest, IL
Thursday May 27 – 7 pm.  Concert at St Mary’s Church in Whiting, IN
Friday May 28 – 7 pm. Concert at St. Nicholas Church in Indianapolis, IN
Saturday May 29 – 7 pm. Concert at Announciation Church in Homer Glen, IL
Sunday May 30 – 10 am. Divine Liturgy at St. George Church in Schererville, IN
Monday May 31 – 10 am. Divine Liturgy at New Gracanica Monastery in Third Lake, IL
3 pm. Concert at New Gracanica Monastery, Third Lake, IL on the occasion of Memorial Day
Tuesday June 1- 7 pm. Concert at St. Sava Cathedral in Milwaukee, WI
Wednesday June 2 – 7 pm. Concert at St. Athanasius Church in Evanston, IL
Thursday June 3 – 7 pm. Concert at St. Archangel Michael Church in Lansing, IL


Emil Viklicky at Chicago’s Club BluJazz, June 2 & 3

Via the Czech Legion Project:

In cooperation with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic,

we are pleased to announce a truly exceptional musical event.

*Emil Viklicky,* “The Janacek of Jazz” will be making his first Chicago appearance
playing with the amazing *Richie Cole *and some of Chicago’s finest musicians.

This event will be two nights only – June 2&3 – at *Club BluJazz* – Chicago’s newest jazz club – conveniently located at 1560 W. North. That’s just West of the Expressway (North Ave. Exit)
and just east of Ashland. You can make reservations at 773-360-8046 – or on their site
www.clubblujazz.com <http://www.clubblujazz.com>

Thanks to support by the Consulate General, this event is *only $10.*
Emil is known for adding Moravian folk harmonies to his jazz interpretations.
We think you will find it an “all-star” event and hope you can attend.

Club BluJazz not only provides an exceptional musical experience, they have
an excellent kitchen featuring light meals and appetizers.

Golosa: Upcoming Performances: May 23 and 25 (Elgin); Annual Spring Concert (U of C campus), June 2

Upcoming performances by the U of C’s Russian folk choir:

Dear friends of Golosa, the University of Chicago Russian Folk Choir:

This is a reminder of our upcoming performances in Elgin, as well as an announcement of our last show of the academic year, our annual concert in Joseph Bond Chapel on the U of C campus.

This coming Sunday and Tuesday, May 23 and 25, the Elgin Choral Union will perform the complete Rachmaninoff Vespers in Old Church Slavonic. We will open each of these shows with a set of our own songs, and the ECU will join us on a folk song to close the concert. More information regarding times, locations, and tickets are available from Elgin’s website:


Then, in two weeks, on Wednesday, June 2, 8:00, we will sing our annual concert at Joseph Bond Chapel on the campus of the University of Chicago.

Our spring concert is a wish for peace in a turbulent part of the world. Two choirs will bring together the music of Russia and the republic of Georgia – in harmony for one night, at least.

We are excited to host the incredibly talented Vazhkatsuri, a men’s a cappella ensemble performing the traditional music of Georgia. Georgian songs are instantly recognizable by their non-Western scale, and the men of Vazhkatsuri do full justice to these unusual harmonies.

Of course, Golosa will perform as well, singing a few of our old favorites, as well as premieres of some new songs! Don’t miss our last concert of the 2009-2010 season.

A map showing the location of Bond Chapel is at:


The chapel is in the lower left quadrant of the diagram.

There is no charge for admission to the performance.

Contact: golosa@golosa.org