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Friday, June 4, 2010

Have An Afro-Inspired Summer! MIMI’s Guide To An African–Inspired Summer In Chicago

Written By: Mazuba Kapambwe and Fanele Chester—From food to festivals, having an afro-inspired summer in the city of brotherly love, Chicago, is at your fingertips with these activities:

1. Festivals: African and Caribbean Fest of Life, Washington Park from July 2 - 5 ($10) and Africa Festival of the Arts, September 3 - 6.

2. Food: Ethiopian Diamond; Demera Ethiopian Restaurant; and Yassa African Restaurant (Senegalese) ... the list is long here!

3. Theatre: Sizwe Banzi is Dead, Court Theatre on June 13.

4. Sports: World Cup, July 11 at Soldier Field, hosted by the South African General Consulate.

5. Clubs: The Shrine "From Fela to Funk: Revolutionary Sounds," June 9th; Wild Hare (1/2 price for college students); and Reggae Thursdays at Subterranean (FREE for ladies).

6. Dance: Tamboula Ethinic Dance Company Workshop and Afro-Haitian Dance Workshops until June 7th.

7. History: Africa Speaks Exhibition (ongoing) and African Presence in Mexico (August).