Mardi Gras traditions from around the world will be on display at International Carnival, with music, dance, artistic projects and festive foods representing the traditions of Brazil, Italy, Puerto Rico and North America. Live performances by Chicago Samba, La Tosca, Plena Project presented by Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center and Four Star Brass Band are also on the agenda.
Details: 1-5 p.m. Saturday at Navy Pier, Aon Grand Ballroom, 600 E. Grand Ave. Free / MAP
AT Make your own whipped soap you will learn how to properly whip, color and flavor your own soap. Led by Soap Junkii’s Quinn Mines-Taylor, you’ll walk away with your very own bespoke cleanser.
Details: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Chicago Factory, 4459 S. Marshfield Ave. $15 / MAP
Set in a South Chicago hotel in the late 1930s, “blues in the night” intertwines the stories of a trio of women who share their highs and lows of romance through iconic songs by Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Ida Cox and others. Learn more from reviewer Hedy Weiss.
Details: 3 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through March 20 at Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St. $50-$74/ MAP
Five-time Juno Award winner Jane Bunnett takes the stage with Maquequea six-piece collaborative ensemble that began as a project to record and mentor young Cuban female musicians.
Details: 7 and 9 p.m. Fridays at the Epiphany Centers for the Arts, 201 S. Ashland Ave. $30-$35 / MAP
Mild air temperatures this weekend (See the forecast here.) make the idea of wading around Lake Michigan more appealing, but the water will still be very cold. Dive into the icy waters or just dip a toe in the Chicago Polar Diving – in any case, you will support Special Olympics Chicago. BYO diving shoes, towel and a change of clothes. Costumes encouraged. This year’s divers include Sherman “Dilla” Thomas, chef Joe Flamm and Chris Witaske, creator of the Chicago Party Aunt Twitter account and Netflix series.
Details: 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Sunday at North Avenue Beach, 1601 N. DuSable Lake Shore Drive. No entry fee, minimum fundraising requirement of $200/ MAP
South Side photographer Rose Blouin visited Washington Park every weekend in the summer of 1987 to capture the importance of the eponymous park to its environment. “To Washington Park, with lovefeatures more than 30 images from his series.
Details: 3-7 p.m. Thursday to Saturday until March 19; Reservation required at the Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd. Free / MAP
“Somos la Plenacelebrates the life and legacy of Puerto Rican artist and percussionist Hector “Tito” Matos, who championed the Puerto Rican style of music known as plena before his death in January.
Details: 8-10 p.m. Saturday at the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 4048 W. Armitage Ave. $10-$40 / MAP
8. Line up
Irish dancers, marching bands and pipers are among the more than 60 entries in the Forest Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Details: 1:00 p.m. Parade at Madison and Van Buren Streets, Forest Park, free/ MAP
Described as an “alcoholic hybrid of your college museum outing”, the Chicago Brewsology Beer Festival takes over the Museum of Science and Industry after hours. Sample beers from local craft breweries and cider houses while exploring the museum.
Details: 7-11 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive. $50-$65 / MAP
Based in New York Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater takes the stage with a mix of new and classic works, including a play celebrating Robert Battle’s 10th anniversary as Artistic Director and the acclaimed “Revelations” that explores the deepest sorrow and most sacred joy of soul.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday at the Auditorium Theater, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive. $48-$138 / MAP
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