Explore the world while staying close to home. The Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich has planned a series of cultural programs during the month of March exploring dance and culture from around the globe. Events are family-friendly, free and registration is not required unless noted.
The Cajuns: Their History, Culture, Language and Song
Sunday, March 3 from 2-3 p.m. – Midway Ramblers Cajun Band entertains and inform about the Cajuns in this lively family program. For all ages. No registration required.
Monday, March 4 from 7-8:15 p.m. – World traveler Bill Helmuth takes us on an armchair tour of this exotic Brazilian city of 10 million. Visit exotic places like Sugar Loaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer statue, Copacabana Beach and the colorful Carnival Parade! Registration is required for this program.
Picasso: Painting, Sculpture and Collage
Tuesday, March 12 from 7-8 p.m. – Art Excursions looks at selected works from Picasso’s long career including Chicago’s monumental sculpture in the Daley Plaza. This workshop serves as a preview for the Art Institute’s first retrospective of Picasso to take place from Late February through May. Registration is required.
The Sounds of Ireland
Friday, March 15 at 2 p.m. – Local musician Seamus O’Kane brings to life his favorite traditional Irish tunes during a performance on the Library’s first floor. This program is for all ages and no registration is required.
Chicago Korean Dance Company
Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. – Enjoy the festive sights and thunderous sounds of traditional Korean dance and music performed by the Chicago Korean Dance Company. Established in 2009, the ensemble will entertain in colorful silk hanboks, traditional Korean dresses. This must-see performance includes a number of folk dances. For all ages and no registration is required.
Pastiche Steel Ensemble
Saturday, March 23 from 3-4 p.m. – The tropics are coming to Ela Library! Pastiche Steel Ensemble is Chicago area’s premier steel ensemble breaking boundaries of steelpan performance with original compositions and arrangements, as well as familiar music. A tour de force in the music world, Pastiche comes as a refreshing new sound sure to leave audiences wanting more. Performance will also include details about the young art form of steelpan, its culture and its future.
Linda Gorham, Storyteller: Folktales Around the World
Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m. – Nationally known, award-winning storyteller, Linda Gorham inspires and energizes audiences by using movement, humor and sometimes zaniness as she tells imaginative multicultural folktales and trickster tales that are updated with “attitude.” Her stories will amuse, stimulate and make you laugh out loud. Don’t miss this fun, interactive event. This program is for all ages and no registration is required.
In addition to these programs, participate in the Library’s Postcard Promotion. Win a variety of fabulous prizes by attending Multicultural March events. Pick up a postcard at any of the programs and receive a stamp for each event you attend. Drop your postcard in our raffle mailbox between March 24 and April 8. The lucky winners will be announced April 9. One entry per family.
Information provided by the Ela Area Public Library. Call 847-438-3433 or visit the Library’s website at www.eapl.org for registration or more information.