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The Al Jarreau Tribute At Winter's Jazz Club
Fiesta del Sol
 THE Color Purple, the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival, is on tour across North America, arriving in Chicago on July 17 and running through July 29 at the Auditorium Theatre. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the Academy Award-nominated film starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover and Margaret Avery, the stage production has been described as giving “an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story” with superb acting and a moving musical score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues. The powerful and emotional musical focuses on women who love and support each other, their interactions with the men who disrespect and abuse them, and their captivating journey to triumph in the South. For more information and tickets, go to www.broadwayinchicago.com.
The Tempel Lipizzans 
The Color Purple: The Musical 
AT Winter’s Jazz Club, the Jo Ann Daugherty Trio performed a special tribute to legendary jazz artist Al Jarreau, a seven-time Grammy Award-winner who attracted fans in the jazz, pop and R& B worlds during a career that ended with his death in 2017. In the memorable performance that highlighted tunes from Jarreau’s extensive songbook, the trio was joined by vocalist Bruce Henry and popular guitarist Henry Johnson to showcase the musical range that Jarreau exhibited. During the show, both Henry and Johnson displayed their vocal abilities on favorite Jarreau tunes such as “Alonzo,” “Closer to Your Love,” “In My Mind,” “We Got By,” “After All,” We’re In This Love Together” and “Moonlighting,” the theme from the popular ’80s TV show "Moonlighting" that starred Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd. Jarreau, who died days after he retired, had been described as “the most technically gifted singer working in jazz-fusion today.”
THE Tempel Lipizzans’ internationally renowned breed of performing horses are showcasing their amazing abilities through September 2 as part of Tempel Lipizzans’ 60th anniversary at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek. In the show, the famous white stallions are enchanting through the beauty of synchronized movements while exhibiting the unity between horse and rider. Set to music, highlights include the “Airs Above the Ground” leaps in which few breeds other than the Lipizzan are able to perform and the "Quadrille: Ballet of the White Stallions," in which four highly trained adult horses perform difficult, dance-like movements in spectacular unison. As a special part of the anniversary celebration through July 25, Latin America’s only Lipizzan herd, the Chile-based Escuela Clásica Lipizzana, unite the Lipizzans of the Americas in a tribute to the Tempel Lipizzans’ leadership. For more information on Tempel Farms and its Tempel Lipizzans, go to www.tempelfarms.com.
DESCRIBED as “the largest Latino festival in the Midwest” with more than a million attendees each year, the 46th annual Fiesta del Sol comes to Pilsen on July 26-29, showcasing activities for the entire family. Spanning an eight-block area along Cermak Road, the festival highlights live entertainment on two stages, carnival rides, a variety of food, art exhibits and workshops, a special area designed for children’s enjoyment, educational resources for parents and youths, a soccer tournament and more. The festival includes about 100 booths that feature a variety of Mexican food, including tacos, tamales and tostadas. Sponsored by the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council (PNCC), the four-day event serves as the main fundraiser for PNCC’s annual scholarship program and the organization’s community organizing efforts.