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Friday, August 22, 2008

Latino Fest Wraps Up

Posted By on 08.22.08 at 09:35 AM

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The Goodman Theatre closes its fourth biennial Latino Theatre Festival this weekend with a family-oriented puppet theater piece, De la oreja al corazon. The Mexican production, performed in Spanish with English subtitles, concerns a young orphan who discovers that he has a gift for music. With the guidance of an elderly friend, the boy pursues his dream of becoming an orchestral conductor. Written by Mercedes Gomez Benet and directed by Emmanuel Marquez, De la oreja al corazon is meant to celebrate music's power to transform people's lives. 8/22-8/24: Fri 7 PM, Sat-Sun 3 PM, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-443-3800, $5-$15.

The show is complemented by a puppetry workshop, Sat 9 AM. Participants in the bilingual session can purchase discount tickets to that afternoon's performance and meet the cast after the show.

Also this weekend: Spanish dancer and performance artist Marta Carrasco and her ensemble perform J'arrive...! Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7:30 PM, $15. The show, described as "an exhilarating expression of obsession and seduction," features selections from the last 10 years of Carrasco's stage career. Friday's performance is followed by live music in the Goodman lobby.

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