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Concert for Cinco de Mayo and Polish Constitution Day
Chicago is home to vibrant, thriving Polish and Mexican communities, both of which are celebrating holidays this week. Mexicans commemorate their unlikely victory over the French in the 1862 Battle of Puebla on May 5 – Cinco de Mayo; while Poles celebrated Constitution Day, honoring the 1791 signing of the country’s first Democratic constitution, on May 3. St. Bruno Church brings the two celebrations together Sunday for an evening of multi-cultural music-making with the Concert for Cinco de Mayo and Polish Constitution Day. The Polish Lira Singers and the Mexican Cuerdas Clasicas String Ensemble will play folk songs, hymns and patriotic anthems native to both countries.
St. Bruno Catholic Church
4751 S. Harding Ave.
Chicago, IL 60632
Dawoud Bey: Harlem, U.S.A. at the Art Institute of Chicago
As a young teenage boy growing up in New York City, Dawoud Bey discovered a passion for the arts after a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 1969 exhibition Harlem on My Mind. Ten years later, as a resident at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Bey had his first solo showing, a series of 25 black and white candid photographs of the New York borough’s residents entitled Harlem, U.S.A. The photo collection is being shown in its entirety for the first time since that 1979 showing at the Art Institute of Chicago, with another five portraits set to be revealed later this year. Capturing subjects from barbers to church ladies to young trendsetters, Bey gives the viewer an intimate peak inside 1970s black Harlem through the faces of the people who lived there. Harlem, U.S.A. will be on display through Sept. 9.
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Peggy Macnamara: Field Work at the Elmhurst Art Museum
As the Field Museum’s artist-in-residence, Peggy Macnamara has spent three decades entrenched among the museum’s skeletons, stuffed specimens and figurines, artistically cataloging the collection with a sketch book and watercolors. A collection of her larger works, and the specimens that inspired them, are currently on display at the Elmhurst Museum of Art. “The paintings are very pretty,” said Aaron Ott, curator at the Elmhurst Art Museum. “There’s often a resistance in the art world against pretty thing. That’s where I think Peggy’s artwork is interesting. You can look at her work as beautiful paintings. But if you want to look at them as scientific representation, you can do that, too.” Macnamara’s work will be on display through June 1. Watch our recent story about Macnamara.
Elmhurst Art Museum
150 S. Cottage Hill Ave.
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Free Comic Book Day
Graphic novel lovers can revel in the day-long celebration dedicated to all things Marvel, D.C., and the like. Free Comic Book Day, happening Saturday across the nation, is exactly what it sounds like: participating stores give away comic books absolutely free of charge. A number of Chicago shops are participating this year, some of which are also hosting writers and events throughout the day. Image Comics artist Mike Norton is scheduled to drop by Challengers Comics + Conventions (1845 N. Western), and Thor writer Robert Rodi is scheduled to make an appearance at Dark Tower Comics (4835 N. Western.)
For participating stores and events, click here.