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'HavanBlue' PICTURED: Melanie Manale-HortAhmad Simmons. | PHOTO BY CHERYL MANN

"Havana Blue" PICTURED: Melanie Manale-Hortin and Ahmad Simmons. | PHOTO BY CHERYL MANN

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Updated: May 13, 2013 6:13AM


You don’t have to be Beyonce or Jay-Z to visit Cuba. To luxuriate in the irresistible dance and music of the island all you have to do is head to the Auditorium Theatre at 50 E. Congress at 8 p.m. April 13 to see “Havana Blue,” a joint program by River North Dance Chicago and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. Choreographer Frank Chaves, artistic director of River North (who was born in Cuba), and Robert Davis, founder of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, spent nine days in Havana as part of a cultural exchange . Now they’ve put together a program exploring the origins and evolution of Cuban jazz and music of the Afro-Cuban diaspora, with a major collaboration in the title work, as well as individual pieces by each group. Tickets, ($32-$76) call (800) 982-2787; . — Hedy Weiss


DJ X spins salsa, meringue and batcha during the Latin-themed, late-night “Pajama-Jamm” party starting at 11 p.m. April 12 at Nacional 27, 325 W. Huron. Pajamas welcome. A contest will be held for the best nightwear. Admission is $10 (waived for women). Call (312) 664-2727; .


Billy Bragg’s “Tooth and Nail” tour, with special guest Kim Churchill, is 8 p.m. April 12 at City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph. Tickets are $45-$65. (The April 13 show is sold out.) Visit .


Puppetry, comedy and mischief collide when Jim Henson’s Miskreant Puppets put on Stuffed and Unstrung (Censored), a bawdy live show rated “R,” for language and themes, at 7 p.m. April 14 at Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet. Tickets are $42; $49. Visit .


Simultaneous celebrations of the 10th Annual International Tom Hanks Day in Chicago, benefitting Hanks’ favorite charity, Lifeline Energy (social enterprise that helps advance technology and eco-friendly initiatives in underdeveloped countries), are noon to 4 p.m. April 13 at Headquarters Beercade, 950 W. Wolfram and Uncle Fatty’s Rum Resort, 2833 N. Sheffield. A $5 donation is suggested. Visit .

Emmy Award-winner Ed Asner is President Franklin D. Roosevelt in “FDR” at 7 p.m. April 17 at the Performing Arts Center at Governors State University, 1 University Park, University Park. Tickets start at $15. Call (708) 235-2222.


Rufus Wainwright performs in support of his new album “Out of the Game” at 8 p.m. April 14 at Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. Tickets are $80. Call (773) 728-6000; .


Asphalt Orchestra: Unpack the Elephant, an electrifying 12-piece choreographed marching band, makes its Chicago area debut 7:30 p.m. April 12 at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Bienen School of Music, 50 Arts Circle, Evanston. Tickets are $18; $10, students. Call (847) 467-4000; .

Aaron Neville performs in support of new album “My True Story” at 7:30 p.m. April 16 at North Shore Center, Skokie. Tickets are $65-$75. Visit


Widespread Panic performs at 7:30 p.m. April 12-13 at UIC Pavilion. Tickets are $44. Call (800) 745-3000; .


The DOSE Market, featuring fine food and fashion, returns 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14 to River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois. Admission is $10. Visit .


Christian revivalist Jesus Culture presents “One Night,” an evening of worship and ministry with Banning Liebscher and the Jesus Culture Band, at 7 p.m. April 17 at Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River, Rosemont. Tickets are $23-$33. Visit .


Comedian/actor Chris Tucker performs stand-up at 8 (sold out) and 11 p.m. April 12 at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets are $55.50-$75.50. Visit


A third show has been added to the rambunctious, high-energy production “Stomp,” at noon April 14 at Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena, Aurora. Tickets are $39.50-$49.50. Limited tickets remain for the 8 p.m. April 13 and 4 p.m. April 14 shows. Call (630) 896-6666; .


The A-Squared Project: Art + Abolition Music Festival, benefitting Traffick Free’s programs to combat human trafficking, is noon to 10 p.m. April 13 at Columbia College Conway Center, 1104 S. Wabash. Tickets are $10. Visit .


Courtney Smith (Miss Black Illinois) is the guest host for Stop the Violence Fashion Affair for Charity, an afternoon of art, fashion and fun by resident artisans of the Lacuna Artist Lofts, 2150 S. Canalport, 2-6 p.m. April 13. Activities include a fashion show, vendor expo, spa services, manicures, music and art showings. General admission is free. Visit


Phil Angotti of The Idea and Steve Dawson of Dolly Varden perform during the Music of Paul McCartney and Rose Wine Pairing at 8 p.m. April 15 at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph. Tickets are $25, includes five wine pairings; $10, for music only. Visit .


The sixth bi-annual She-nannigans’ Comedy Challenge begins 7 p.m. April 18 at She-Nannigans’ House of Beer, 16 W. Division. The remaining comic at the end of the 13-week competition (July 18) wins $500 cash. No cover or purchase minimum required. Call (32) 642-2344; .


Brit rockers the Virginmarys, perform in support of their debut album “King of Conflict” and its breakout single “Just a Ride,” at 7:30 p.m. April 14 at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont. Iamdynamite and Ballroom Boxer are also on the bill. Tickets are $10. Visit .


he 19th Annual World’s Fair Memorabilia Show, which includes a large segment celebrating the 80th anniversary of the 1933-34 Chicago Century of Progress World’s Fairs, along with the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition, is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14 at Elk Grove Village Holiday Inn, 1000 Busse, Elk Grove. Admission is $6.
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