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The Chicago Human Rhythm Project continues its annual festival this weekend with JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance, three different programs featuring an international array of tappers. On Friday the lineup is all women, including the first lady of American tap, Dianne "Lady Di" Walker, and 87-year-old, Chicago-born Jeni LeGon, who began tapping professionally at the age of 13 and appeared with the likes of Count Basie and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. Also on the bill: Valeria Pinheiro, founder of Brazil's Vata Tap; Yako Miyamoto, whose Japanese troupe, COBU, blends tap with taiko drumming; and Americans Heather Cornell, Lynn Dally, and Dormeisha Sumbry. See the dance listings for the full schedule, which includes appearances by Lane Alexander, Derrick Grant, Idella Reed-Davis, and many others. Performances begin at 8 on Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, and 3 on Sunday, August 8, at Northwestern University's Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Dr. in Evanston. Tickets are $30, $25 for students. Call 847-491-7282.

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