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Chicago Latino Music Festival
Halloween At Navy Pier
CHICAGO-favorite E. Faye Butler is cast in the iconic role of Rose in Gypsy: A Musical Fable, the revision of the classic, heart-wrenching story of a mother who raises her daughters to strive for success in the production at Porchlight Music Theatre through November 25. The renowned musical has been described by many observers as the greatest of all American musicals and is thought to be based on the life of internationally known striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee. The musical––with a cast including (above, left to right) Daryn Whitney HarrellButlerAalon Smith and Jose Antonia Garcia––features a number of songs that have become some of the most popular in theater, including “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “Small World,” “Together (Wherever We Go),” “Let Me Entertain You” and “Some People.” wwwporchlightmusictheatre.org.
HSI's 'Jazz with Pizzazz' 40th Anniversary Gala
The Musical Gypsy at Porchlight Music Theatre
A Halloween celebration at Navy Pier will include some wicked fun and free “HalloWheel” (or Centennial Wheel––rides for the first 1,031 pre-registered guests. To register online, go to www.eventbrite.com. After submitting an RSVP for the first-come, first-served tickets, guests must present their reservation ticket at the Pier Park box office for redemption. After rides on the “HalloWheel,” the fun continues with trick-or-treating throughout the Pier. Attendees are urged to bring their own bag for their collections of various treats from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Halloween. There will be several sites on the Pier that will be distributing candy provided by American Licorice Company and Mars Wrigley Confectionery. 
HABILITATIVE Systems, Inc. (HSI) celebrated 40 years of building healthy communities for underserved people who are faced with disabilities and human services needs in Chicago. At its anniversary reception and gala at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, supporters were entertained by R&B vocalist Chanté Moore, who rose to fame with songs such as “Love’s Taken Over,” “It’s Alright” and “Chanté’s Got a Man.” Emcees Art Norman and Deborah Crable highlighted the agency’s mission to use a comprehensive approach that includes prevention, intervention, treatment, research and care management to build healthy communities. Honorees at the event included U.S. Rep. Danny Davis and popular metorologist and philanthropist Tom Skilling. The agency’s president and CEO, Donald J. Dew, who has led the organization since 1990, also was presented with an award for his dedication and leadership.
THE 13th annual Chicago Latino Music Festival continues through November 18 and features a wide variety of musicians, including famed guitarists Fareed Hague, Goran Ivanovic and Eduardo Fernández as part of a lineup to perform at several venues in various neighborhoods around Chicago. The festival, the only Latino-focused classical musical festival and one of the few in the United States, highlights a broad range of classical music, celebrating Spanish and Latin American composers from the colonial period to current times. Performances will include a world premiere from famed Yucatan-based composer Javier Álvarez, whose effort developed with the assistance of Latina Girls Code and The People’s Music School. The Chicago Latino Music Festival is a program of the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago. For more information, go to http://latinomusicfest.org.
Photograph by James Richards IV