Memories of Now: Un-American

The Japanese American Service Committee presents UN-AMERICAN: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II with featured speaker Richard Cahan, author.Exactly 75 years ago, the United States government rounded up more than 109,000 residents of Japanese ancestry and sent them to far-flung prisons for the duration of World War II in the name of security. Many were forced to abandon their land. Many gave up their personal property. Each lost a part of their lives. It is a shame of America.Amazingly, the government hired a crew of photographers to document the entire process—from

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Exhibit Celebration: Chicago Streetwalk

Exhibit celebration at the Swedish American Museum and a chance to meet with the photographer Mats Alfredsson. “For me, street photography is to discover and document what others usually don’t see. Small human events in the public space, which normally go unnoticed, but in the frozen moment leaving traces. My passion for this classic genre is based on a genuine interest in people of all ages and social classes. Last autumn I release my first book, Chicago Streetwalk. The book is all about Chicago. A city I often return to. A legendary city that offers everything I like about street photogr

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Paints and Pints

Back by popular demand, Paints and Pints is back at the Irish American Heritage Center. Channel your inner Picasso with an evening of art, food and drinks in our Fifth Province Lounge. Paints and Pints features a painting session with instructor Kathy Kelly, where aspiring artists can create a painting of their choice, and bring home their canvas creation. Paints and Pints  tickets are $45 for IAHC members or $50 for general admission. The cost features art materials, canvas and a choice of one soft drink, glass of house wine or domestic beer. After class, patrons can enjoy live music in the

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Chente Ydrach at the SRBCC

Chente Ydrach performs at the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center. Después de una gira totalmente vendida en los teatros más importantes de PR, el comediante Chente Ydrach viene con su show de stand up a los Estados Unidos. Luego de presentarse en Connecticut, Nueva York, Florida y Texas, el viernes, 31 de marzo de 2017 se presentará a las 7:30pm en una actividad de recaudación de fondos a beneficio de los programas artísticos del Centro Cultural Segundo Ruiz Belvis. No te pierdas esta única función y ven con tus amistades a disfrutar con Chente Ydrach. 21+

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Tea with the Unsinkable Molly Brown

Have tea with the Unsinkable Molly Brown at the Irish American Heritage Center‘s Saturday Morning Tea Series. The Teas showcase notable women in history and literature. Molly Brown (1867-1932) was born Margaret Tobin in Hannibal, Missouri.  Her parents were Irish immigrants and survivors of the Great Famine.  Brown was a survivor of the Titanic disaster of 1912 and it was the press who gave Maggie her famous nickname. Teacher and performer Lynn Rymarz will portray Brown in a one woman performance. Tea with The Unsinkable Molly Brown is Saturday, April 1 at 11am. Tickets are $25 for ad

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Nobody’s Talking To Me

Following the massive success of his play, It’s the Real McCoy, writer Tommy Marren has another blockbuster Irish comedy coming to the Irish American Heritage Center. “Nobody’s Talking To Me” is set in rural Ireland in the late 1960’s. The celebration of a 50th wedding anniversary should be a happy occasion, but not for the Conways. The couple haven’t spoken a word to each other for 10 years. Only the couple’s relatives who live in the same house as the estranged couple, know the secret. Disaster strikes when the local parish priest decides to surprise the couple on their anniver

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$20

Celebrating 40 Years of the Swedish American Museum

Come and help the Swedish American Museum celebrate the culmination of the Museum’s 40th Anniversary year, its history, its future and all of the people who have made the Museum the great place it is. Serving hors d’oeuvres from Tre Kronor and Wikstrom’s Specialty Foods, accompanied by wine and a champagne toast. Music by Like Minds Trio. Activities include scavenger hunt, 40 years history video, and sharing your memories of and love for the museum on our “memory walls”. Sponsored by Swedish American Museum Board of Trustees and the Celebrating 40 Years Part Committee.

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Easter Craft Workshop for Adults

Adults are invited to this special workshop at the Swedish American Museum to create Swedish Easter decorations, treats and more. Cost is $10 for members; $15 for non-members. Kids ages 12 and older are welcome to join in on the fun so long as they register in advance and attend with an adult. Pre-registration for this event is required.  

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Easter Craft for Children

Looking for something to do with the kids as we gear up to celebrate Easter? Join the Swedish American Museum for Easter-themed crafts at the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration. They will have fun learning about all the fun Swedish Easter traditions from creating Easter trees with feathers to dressing up as witches! All ages are welcome to attend with a caregiver for this free (with admissions) program. While there is no additional cost to attend, reservations are appreciated and can be made via email to snyman@samac.org.  

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Free with Museum Admission

Casa Italia Film Series: “ll papà di Giovanna” (Giovanna’s Father)

“Spring” back into cinema at Casa Italia! Casa Italia is launching the spring 2017 installment of its popular film series with renewed vigor.   Titled “The Best of Both Worlds,” the series will alternate Italian cinema and American documentaries from March to June.   Among them are several award-winning films. “ll papà di Giovanna” (Giovanna’s Father)Pupi Avati’s award-winning 2008 drama about an overprotective father who overlooks the warning signs as his daughter descends into madness and murder. In Bologna in the late 1930s, Michele Casali teaches design at the same in

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Night at the Museum

Join the National Hellenic Museum for a sleepover! Explore the Museum by flashlight and dig through Greek history and culture. Families will make crafts, hear mythological stories, learn Greek dance, watch movies, and bake classic Greek cookies.For children ages 4-14 and their parents, grandparents or guardians.Register at: www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/night-at-the-museum/

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Opening Reception: In Silence

In Silence – A Multimedia Trilingual Exhibition at the Polish Museum of America What is the best and most precious gift we can give to one another and to ourselves? One of the answers is silence—and the peace that silence brings. We live in challenging times, and personal moments of quiet and solitude are essential to our well-being and existential struggles. The opening of a multimedia exhibition entitled “In Silence” will take place on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642. The exhibition include

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$10

Japanese Cooking Class: Obento

Join the Japanese American Service Committee for this cooking class about creating obento. Create a well-balanced and tasty Japanese lunch box that is fun to eat! 

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$55-65

Neighborhood Walk with Gregg Hertzlieb

Hertzlieb will lead participants on a 30-minute walk in the immediate area around the museum. Participants are invited to bring their cameras or iPhones. Curator Linda Dorman will facilitate discussions with participants, with the goal of taking pictures of interesting sights and selecting pictures from the session that are particularly successful, formally and conceptually. The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art is pleased to present “Natural Inclinations,” an exhibition of social media generated photography by seven Chicago-based artists. While each of the artists, Oscar Arriola, Steph

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FREE

Hejsan – Story & Craft Hour

John Ericsson, Engineer Join the Swedish American Museum at 11 a.m. at the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration for a story and craft hour on the third Friday of each month, September through June. All ages are welcome to attend with a caregiver for this free (with admission) program. While there is no additional cost to attend, reservations are appreciated and can be made via email to snyman@samac.org.  

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Free with Museum Admission

Casa Italia Film Series: “And They Came to Chicago: The Italian American Legacy”

“Spring” back into cinema at Casa Italia! Casa Italia is launching the spring 2017 installment of its popular film series with renewed vigor.   Titled “The Best of Both Worlds,” the series will alternate Italian cinema and American documentaries from March to June.   Among them are several award-winning films. “And They Came to Chicago: The Italian American Legacy”Director Gia Amella will be on hand to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this sweeping documentary that explores the community’s many contributions to the Windy City from the 1850s to the present. Narrated by Tony

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Distinguished Speaker Series: David Kramer

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago Business and Professional Group and Kyiv Mohyla Academy Foundation are pleased to present the Distinguished Speakers Series 2017. Three upcoming afternoons of thought-provoking insights and discussion with Johanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Alexander J. Motyl and David Kramer will be held at the galleries of the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art.   David J. Kramer is Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy at the McCain Institute. Before that, he served as President of Freedom House. Mr. Kramer served eight years in the U.S. Department of Sta

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$10

Shubukai Spring Recital

SHUBUKAI SPRING RECITAL with Toyoaki Shamisen Sunday April 30, 2017 at ELASTIC Arts, 5pm Japanese Classical Dance and LIVE Music Admission Free For the past 40 years, as one of Chicago’s traditional cultural arts icons, Shubukai (formerly Fujima Ryu of Chicago), has been providing a community platform for the presentation of Japanese Classical Dance. Shubukai presents the Spring Recital with its shamisen (Japanese 3-stringed lute) ensemble, Toyoaki Shamisen. Both collaborative and separate repertoire will be performed, perpetuating the legacy for performing arts diaspora here in the M

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Byrne and Kelly in Concert

Byrne and Kelly, international stars of Irish group Celtic Thunder return to the Irish American Heritage Center in 2017, after a sold-out concert last April. What began as Celtic Thunder’s Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly performing a series of shows together called “Acoustic By Candlelight”, has turned into what is now known as Byrne and Kelly. Driven by vocal harmonies, the duo seamlessly dives into combining genres like traditional Irish and Americana to create a fresh, Celtic folk sound. Byrne and Kelly in Concert is Friday, June 9, 2017 at 8pm and tickets are $55 for premium seating, which

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31st Scottish Festival & Highland Games

The Scottish Festival & Highland Games hosted by the CHICAGO SCOTS features an extravaganza of activities and attractions- from the iconic caber toss, bag-piping and highland dancing to Celtic rock music, rugby and the dogs of Scotland. Whether you’re Scottish by birth, heritage or simply by inclination, this family-friendly event is a chance to celebrate Scotland and Scottish culture while supporting the oldest not-for-profit in Illinois. Friday, June 16th: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 17th: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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