Post Tagged with: "India"

17May
2010

Laughter Yoga

“Laughter is the best medicine,” you might have heard. That adage — probably more credible than “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” — is the basis for a form of yoga, appropriately called laughter yoga. We attended a laughter yoga workshop with our friend Allie yesterday at the Old Town School of Folk Music to try out the practice, and because an hour of laughing sounded like the perfect Sunday activity. Laughter yoga originated in India about 15 […]

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2Mar
2010

Akram Khan and Cross-Cultural Dance

Akram Khan’s bahok came to Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art Stage this past weekend, and since Karina works at the MCA we were able to secure tickets to the show before the rush. We were eager to attend; Karina had been hearing all of the (well-deserved) hype at work, and Tara is taking a Cultural Studies of Dance class at Northwestern and learning how to talk about dance, the issue of what’s an “authentic” cultural representation and how a message is communicated to an audience. But even if we had just wandered into the show, we’re certain we would have been just as riveted throughout the entire entertaining and thought-provoking 75-minute show.

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1Dec
2009

Samba and Bhangra in New York

It’s December 1st, which means the class schedule is adjusting at the prestigious New York City dance school The Ailey School (run by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater). But don’t freak out—we’re not professional dancers, either, and that’s why we love (and clearly recommend) the Ailey Extension. The Extension is the part of Alvin Ailey devoted to teaching “real people” how to dance. No experience necessary! But you still get the high ceilings and mirrored studios the spoiled Ailey School students […]

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17Oct
2009

Shortchanged at the Chicago International Film Festival

This past Friday we headed downtown for the U.S. debut of Barah Aana (translation: Shortchanged) at the Chicago International Film Festival. It was an intimate and exciting setting, and we actually ended up seated behind the very talented and down-to-earth director, Raja Menon. Trailer (without subtitles) The Indian independent film was entertaining and thought-provoking, laden with commentaries and reflection about India’s newly-developed social structure. As Menon described it succinctly, the movie was about dignity— the necessity, cost and implications—told through […]

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2Oct
2009

Chicago World Music Festival

After the World Music Festival closed last week with a (free!) blowout night at the Chicago Cultural Center, we have some new favorite bands. Check out our reviews below, and hear for yourself with our audio and video. Mikrokolektyw These two Poles played the whole concert with furrowed brows, at least until the killer drum solo near the end. The result of this intense concentration? A simple lineup of instruments (heavy on the trumpet, snare, and cymbals, with an occasional […]

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