Friday, June 26, 2020

“SummerDance in Place” Offers At-Home Dance Parties Across Chicago


Reimagined Series presents 30-minute dance lessons followed by 60 minutes of music on Wednesdays, July 1–29, at 5:30 p.m.and Saturday, July 4, at 5 p.m.

CHICAGO, IL — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced the full lineup for "SummerDance in Place,” a new citywide, at-home version of the summertime tradition, Chicago SummerDance. Presented by DCASE with the Chicago Park District, the reimagined series is filmed in Millennium Park and at Chicago Park district locations, featuring skyline views and iconic imagery that residents have been missing. Chicagoans are encouraged to plan smaller, socially-distant dance parties in their homes and backyards, on front porches and elsewhere with up to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors — and connect via the broadcast or social media.

Following the traditional SummerDance model, each program will start with a 30-minute dance lesson, followed by 60 minutes of music performed by local artistsDance and music styles include House, salsa, swing, Bollywood and more every Wednesday in July at 5:30 p.m. There will be a special Fourth of July edition on Saturday, July 4 at 5 p.m. at

On July 8, 15, 22 & 29, broadcast media partner WTTW will expand access to thprogram by airing and streaming the same SummerDance in Place” dance lessons and music on WTTW Prime (11.2), also at 5:30–7 p.m.

For more than 20 years, the joy of Chicago SummerDance has united residents and visitors alike — both professional and citizen dancers — to celebrate a diverse range of dance and music styles,” said Mark Kelly, Commissioner of DCASE. “Of course, things are different this summer, but we’re finding new ways to kick up our heels and get our groove on virtually — and in small groups — while prioritizing health and safety.”

The special edition of SummerDance in Place” on July 4 at 5 p.m. is part of the City of Chicago’s Fourth of July programmingSignature events to celebrate Independence Day also include the Virtual Chosen Few Picnic & House Music Festival (12–9 p.m. at and the Grant Park Music Festival’s virtual Independence Day Salute (6:30–7:30 p.m., These free special events are presented by the City of Chicago and its partners in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

SummerDance in Place is produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in collaboration with the Chicago Park District. Additional support was provided by the Millennium Park Foundation and WTTW.

For more information, visit and join the conversation on social media using #ChicagoSummerDance.

Like many other cultural presenters, the City of Chicago and DCASE made the difficult decision to cancel the Chicago SummerDance programs that take place in Grant Park and other Chicago Park District locations out of an abundance of caution related to large public gatherings. Chicago will move into Phase 4  ‘Gradually Resume’  of its Protecting Chicago plan on Friday, June 26, allowing for additional businesses and public amenities to open with limited capacities and appropriate safeguards. Although progress has been made in order to move to Phase 4, all residents should continue to abide by important guidance including: physically distancing and wearing a face covering; limiting non-business, social gatherings to 50 persons for indoor events and 100 for outdoors; staying at home if you are considered vulnerable, feel ill or have come into contact with someone with COVID-19; and getting tested if you have symptoms. For more information and updates on the City’s response to COVID-19, text COVID19 to 78015, email or visit

SummerDance in Place Schedule
View all programs at
Wednesday, July 1, 5:30–7 p.m.
Music: DJ Deeon
Dance InstructionImania Detry

Special Fourth of July Edition
Saturday, July 45–6:30 p.m. (Please note the time)
Music: Afinca’o
Dance Instruction: Latin Street
Part of the City of Chicago’s Fourth of July programming including the Virtual Chosen Few Picnic & House Music Festival (12 – 9 p.m. at and the Grant Park Music Festival’s virtual Independence Day Salute (6:30 – 7:30 p.m.,

Wednesday, July 8, 5:30–7 p.m.
Bollywood & Bhangra
Music: DJ iLLEST
Dance Instruction: Bollywood Groove

Wednesday, July 15, 5:30–7 p.m.
Music: The Flat Cats
Dance Instruction: May I Have This Dance

Wednesday, July 22, 5:30–7 p.m.
Music: Carpacho y Su Super Combo
Dance Instruction: Latin Rhythms

Wednesday, July 29, 5:30–7 p.m.
Line Dancing
Music:  DJ Chico (Adrian Kirkland)
Dance Instruction: Fre2Dance
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Year of Chicago Music
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) have designated 2020 and 2021 as the Year of Chicago Music. This citywide, year-long focus on music is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. The City of Chicago and its partners working with the local music industry will launch a marketing campaign for Chicago music; provide additional financial grants for musicians and music projects; encourage dialog around inclusion and equity; and call on civic, philanthropic, arts and business leaders to support the music industry. Recognizing that in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the music industry has moved to #dostuffathome, DCASE is partnering with Do312 to highlight local music venues and musicians who are now sharing "Music in the Key of Chicago" on virtual platforms. Start exploring music in the key of Chicago at and, and join the conversation on social media using #YearofChicagoMusic and #ChicagoMusic.

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For more information, visit

Monday, June 22, 2020

MUCHO MUCHO AMOR, New Netflix Original Documentary Releasing July 8th - Loving Look at the Life and Legacy of the Infamous Latinx Icon and Astrologer Walter Mercado! We could use some Walter now!


A Muck Media Production
In Association with Key Rat, Inc & Topic Studios
A Netflix Original Documentary Releasing Globally July 8th
 Directed by Cristina Costantini, Kareem Tabsch
Produced by Alex Fumero
Featuring Walter Mercado, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Eugenio Derbez and Raul de Molina
Official Selection
World Premiere - 2020 Sundance Film Festival
2020 SXSW Film Festival
2020 Miami International Film Festival Closing Night Gala
2020 True/False Film Festival
2020 Full Frame Film Festival


About the film MUCHO MUCHO AMOR
Every single day for decades, extravagant Puerto Rican astrologer, psychic, and gender nonconforming legend Walter Mercado charmed the world with his televised horoscopes. Equal parts Oprah, Liberace, and Mr. Rogers, Walter was a celebrated daily part of Latin culture, who at his peak reached over 120 million viewers.

Since childhood, Walter was regarded as a healer, but his greatest miracle might have been his personal transformation from shy farm boy to flamboyant showman. Walter enthralled much of the world with sequined capes, opulent jewelry and pressing horoscopes that shared a message of love and hope to his devoted viewers — until one day he mysteriously disappeared.

Over a decade later award-winning documentarians Cristina Costantini (Science Fair) and Kareem Tabsch (The Last Resort) plus producer Alex Fumero (I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson) received unprecedented access to Walter during his post-fame seclusion and invite us into his home and interior world. With MUCHO MUCHO AMOR, they capture Walter’s final two years, when the pioneering icon grappled with aging and his legacy, as he prepared for one last star-studded spectacle.

About Director/Producer CRISTINA COSTANTINI
Cristina directed SCIENCE FAIR, which won audience awards at Sundance and SXSW in 2018, as well as an Emmy and a Critics’ Choice award for best first-time director. Cristina previously worked as an investigative journalist, covering detention centers, sex trafficking and the opiate epidemic. Her investigative work has been recognized with a GLAAD Award and a duPont. She is a partner at Los Angeles-based production company, Muck Media.

About Director/Producer KAREEM TABSCH
Kareem directed THE LAST RESORT, an official selection of DOC NYC distributed by Kino Lorber. His short DOLPHIN LOVER premiered at Slamdance and won Best Short Doc at LA Film Festival. Former Program Director of The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Kareem is the co-founder of South Florida’s largest art-house theater, O Cinema.

About Producer ALEX FUMERO
Alex is a producer and creative developer. He most recently oversaw I Think You Should Leave (Netflix) and prior to that served as Vice President of Original Programming for HBO, in Alternative and Comedy where his projects included Random Acts of Flyness, 2 Dope Queens and Chris Gethard: Career Suicide.



YEAR 2020 | COUNTRY U.S.A. | RUN TIME 96 mins
Instagram: @MuchoAmorMovie
Twitter: @MuchoAmorMovie