Friday | April 12
Have the numerous frat and apartment parties not satisfied your dancing appetite? Do you want to experience a real Latino dance party in the company of real professionals? Then come celebrate Chicago Dance Month at the Old Town School of Folk Music, where Cuban singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Angel d’Cuba will lead the dance party with a wide selection of Latin tunes. It’s promised to be a very “hot party.” 4545 North Lincoln Avenue, 8:30 p.m., $10.
Saturday | April 13
If you thought that, with SASA’s “All-Nighter,” cultural shows have come and gone for this academic year, you were sorely mistaken. OLAS (Organization of Latin American Students) will be hosting its cultural show “Tradiciones” in Mandel Hall today. The show will include 19 different dances, including salsa, bachata, and Brazilian capoeira. If you’re worried about getting too famished before seeing countless hip gyrations, you can buy a ticket that will include a Latin American meal in Hutch Commons, catered by Pilsen’s Nuevo Leon and 90 Miles Cuban Cafe. 5706 South University Avenue, dinner at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m., tickets $10 including dinner, or $5 for just the show.
Does the idea of owning vinyls sound appealing to you? How about the opportunity to take part in the biggest vinyl fair in the Midwest? More than 50 vendors will take part in the Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP) Fair, which runs all day today. If you suspect staying at the fair for the entire day is a challenge you would consider taking up, but are afraid you’ll collapse from exhaustion, Dark Matter coffee will be there to save you. Costa Rican food from Irazú and vegan fare from Handlebar will also be making appearances. The event will take place in West Town’s Plumbers Hall. 1340 West Washington Boulevard, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., $25 at entrance, $7/$5 if you come with a Record Fair flyer or ad.
Sunday | April 14
Books and zines from over 40 publishers will be featured in Writer’s House’s Pop-Up Book Fair, hosted by Curbside Splendor at the Empty Bottle. Accompanying the inevitable page-flicking will be live music performed by Mr. Mayor and the Highballers, Warm Bones (a new project by Russ Woods of Tiny Folk), and If Trees Could Write. Hit the books outside of the Reg this Sunday. 1035 North Western Avenue, 2 p.m., 21+, $5 entrance at the door, free with RSVP.