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Under The Picasso - April & May Schedule

Daley Plaza Farmers Market

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents FREE cultural programs year round weekdays at Noon at the Daley Civic Center located at 50 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602.

Performances begin @ 12 Noon (schedule is subject to change)


Tuesday, April 5

National Stepper’s Society

Join the National Stepper’s Society for a lunchtime dance hour.


Friday, April 8

Lincoln Trio

The Lincoln Trio chamber ensemble performs music by Armenian composers and others featuring Desiree Ruhstat, violin; David Cunliffe, cello and Marta Aznavoorian, piano.


Monday, April 11

The Journey

The Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago perform traditional African dance while creating new works influenced by African, Caribbean and African-American cultural traditions.


Tuesday, April 12

Equal Pay Day Rally

Rally to raise awareness for the issue of pay discrimination based on gender.


Wednesday, April 13

Gor Mkhitarian: Armenian Folk Guitar

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Gor Mkhitarian blends traditional Armenian folk music with Western influenced rock.


Thursday, April 14

Enosis Day

The Federation of Hellenic American Organizations celebrate Enosis Day with a speaking program, flag raising and wreath laying, followed by followed by traditional dancing.


Friday, April 15

Mother Diva’s Spring House Music Lunch Jam

Dance Music Authority Magazine www.dmaclub.com and Mother Diva Show Promotions presents 2 year Anniversary of Daley Plaza House Music Lunch Jam with DJS, Rodney Perkins, Don Medina, Vernell Byrd and Eric Bell.  

Special Guest Speaker: Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County Dorothy Brown will be presenting event with a special Resolution Acknowledgment

Hosted and Produced by Madam Ambassador of House Music Valencia 'Mother Diva" Dantzler 


Monday, April 18

Spring Music Festival

The musicians of the Salvation Army College for Officer Training present a lively festival of music and creative arts including performances by the CFOT Brass Band and the United Cadet Chorus.


Wednesday, April 20

House Muzic For Lunch

Enjoy the lunchtime dance party with an hour of House Muzic on the plaza.


Thursday, April 21

Choir and String Performance

Visitation School’s 8th Grade Girls Choir and Strings perform a variety of World, Folk, Gospel, Classical and popular favorites.


Friday, April 22

Mark Gavoor Ensemble

Enjoy the sounds from the Mark Gavoor Ensemble.


Thursday, April 28

From Armenia: The Bambir

The Bambir, heralded as Armenia’s most famous rock band performs progressive rock will perform a lunchtime concert.



April 4 - 29

Chicago-based artist Jackie Kazarian's monumental painting, Armenia (Hayasdan) is a semi-abstract landscape with images and text drawn from Armenian history and culture, including ancient maps, illuminated manuscripts, church architecture and the lacework of the artist's Armenian grandmother. The painting is the same size as Pablo Picasso's famous painting Guernica.


Monday, May 2

2016 Law Week Celebration

Annual celebration of Law Week: Miranda: More Than Words. Speeches will be given by Association members and music will be provided by the Chicago Bar Association Barristers Big Band, which is made up entirely of attorneys.


Tuesday, May 3

Polish American Committee

Chicago’s Polish Community will celebrate their contributions to city with a flag raising and program.


Tuesday, May 3

National Stepper’s Society

Join the National Stepper’s Society for a lunchtime dance hour.


Wednesday, May 4 & Thursday, May 5

World Fair Trade Day  9am–6pm

Chicago Fair Trade and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection presents’ the World Fair Trade Day Celebration. On Wednesday, May 6th at noon, WBEZ will broadcast Worldview live from the marketplace. Fair Trade and local Chicago business owners will share their stories of how fair trade is transforming communities and the different ways people here can be involved.


Monday, May 9

Spring Showcase Preview

The CPS Advanced Arts Program provides CPS High School Juniors and Seniors Honors and Advanced Placement coursework in the performing, visual and culinary arts.


Tuesday, May 10

Romanian Dance Groups “Mioritza” and Hora”

A brief history of the importance of Romanian Independence Day followed by music and folk dances from different regions of the country.


Wednesday, May 11

Asian American Heritage Month

Award ceremony and dance promoting Asian culture, heritage and recognizing individuals for their community service.


Thursday, May 12Daley Plaza Farmers Market

Farmer’s Market Kick-Off  11:30am–1pm

The Chicago Farmers Market at Daley Plaza opens for the season beginning at 7am until 3pm. Enjoy a brief program at 11:30am when COUNTRY Financial and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events reveal the winner of the 9th Annual Reusable Bag Design Contest. The year's artistic theme is "Our Farms, Your Tables" and the winning design will appear on bags distributed throughout the season while supplies last. Live music will follow the program.


Friday, May 13

Croatian American Day

Traditional Croatian folk songs, dance and music performed by various Chicago Croatian Folk Ensembles.


Monday, May 16 – Friday, May 20

Asian American Festival  10am–6pm

Come enjoy authentic ethnic cuisine, cultural performances, arts exhibition, Asian-inspired activities and retail products. For more information visit aafmaychicago.org Noon to 1pm MONDAY, MAY 23 & TUESDAY, MAY 24 The ALS Association of Greater Chicago presents Walsher Clemons, a Chicago based band performing a blend of rock, funk, jazz and pop music that keeps you hanging on every guitar solo.


Thursday, May 26

Housequake Memorial Weekend Kick-Off Tribute to Prince & Janet Jackson Birthday Fan Jam

Dance Music Authority Magazine & Mother Diva Show Promotions presents the afternoon house music work out set you don't want to miss.

Get out your Raspberry Berets "The Kind You Find at The Second Hand Store", your purple wardrobe, and a big hoop earring with a key in it. Come and enjoy a  house music tribute to Prince and 50th birthday tribute to Janet Jackson featuring Celebrity Disc Jockey DJ Sean Legend, WKKC 89.3 FM DJ Brian Frazier, Gary Indiana- DJ Ron Adams, I Love House Music Fridays DJ Hula Mahone.

Hosted & Produced by Madam Ambassador of House Music Valencia "Mother Diva" Dantzler 


Saturday, May 28Chicago Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony

Chicago Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony

The City of Chicago will honor the men & women who gave their lives in service to their country while protecting our nation’s freedom. The Wreath Laying Ceremony will begin at 11am at the Eternal Flame on Daley Center Plaza. The Parade on State Street begins at Noon from Lake Street to Van Buren Street.


Tuesday, May 31

Edison Drummers

The Edison Drummers, a group of 45 Chicago Public School students. The 4th-6th graders write and perform original rhythms influenced by Japanese, African and Afro-Caribbean drumming.