Dancing with Caili Quan in North Philly, a Thank You, Places encore, and the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

The Weekly Roundup, May 25-June 1

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Cuban musician Cimafunk poses in a floral-print button down, halfway unbuttoned, looking away from the camera
Cimafunk mixes funk, hip-hop, Cuban, and Afro-Caribbean music and will perform at World Café Live. (Photo by Larisa López.)

Coming up this week, the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival kicks off its 11th year with a hybrid festival featuring dozens of films. Then, World Café Live debuts its Puerta Abierta series featuring a summer of music from Latin American artists and Caili Quan dances for the neighborhood at Teatro Esperanza. Don't forget to show some love to the young Philly artists as the Future Is Us Collective throws a block party for under-25 creatives. Finally, Thank You, Places keeps its comedy improv running with two more shows in case you missed them this past winter and spring.

Caili Quan – Nichos Project
Thursday, May 26, 7:30pm
Teatro Esperanza, 4261 North 5th Street, Philadelphia

Esperanza Arts Center concludes its winter-spring season with the premiere of a new work by BalletX alum Caili Quan. The performance is inspired by stories from neighborhood area youth and their families. The event is free.

Puerta Abierta
May 27 through August 19, 2022
World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

World Café Live will launch its new Latin music series, Puerta Abierta, this weekend. The series features the diasporic sounds of Latin culture throughout the summer. Artists include Xenia Rubinos (May 27), Renee Goust and Audry Funk (June 23), and Cimafunk (August 19). Some events are free, too. Check out the full schedule online.

Thank You, Places
Friday, May 27 and Friday, June 24, 8pm
ComedySportz Philadelphia, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia

Thank You, Places: An Improvised Musical gives two encore presentations, following up on their successful run of monthly shows since this past fall. The Broadway-style musical is made up on the spot, created from a single audience suggestion.

The Young People’s Art Mart
Saturday, May 28, 3-7pm
Crane Arts Building, 1400 North American Street, Philadelphia

The Future Is Us Collective, the Young Artist Program, and Creative Resilient Youth will host a festival featuring artist vendors and youth-led community organizations and performers for an afternoon block party celebrating creatives under 25. Fashion designers, musicians, photographers, food vendors, and more will be in tow along with a youth town hall, music performances, and an installation at the Crane Arts Building.

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival
May 29 through June 5
Various locations and streaming online

The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival is back for its 11th year, featuring dozens of shorts, documentaries, and narrative features. Check out the full schedule online.

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