The Mix: Chicago Latino Film Festival, PrideArts Spring Fest and more cool things to do April 8-15

“Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It,” starring Rita Moreno, will be screened at the Chicago Latino Film Festival.

“Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It,” starring Rita Moreno, will be screened at the Chicago Latino Film Festival. | Courtesy Chicago Latino Film Festival

There’s much to check out online and in person in Chicago in the week ahead.

Celebrate Latino cinema

The 37th annual Chicago Latino Film Festival presents its always-impressive roster of 45 features and 36 short films this year in both virtual and drive-in screenings. The opening night drive-in film is Lissette Feliciano’s “Women Is Losers” (April 8), about a Catholic schoolgirl facing an uncertain future in 1960s San Francisco, followed by Mariém Pérez Riera’s salute to a great Broadway/Hollywood icon in the documentary “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It” (April 12), and Marcos Carnevale’s “El cuartito” (April 17), a high-stakes comedy-drama about immigration policy. Along with a long list of streaming films, the festival also offers a series of pre-recorded and live conversations with filmmakers. The festival runs April 8-18. Virtual tickets: $12, $100 (10 films). The drive-in films are screened at ChiTown Movies, 2343 S. Throop. Tickets must be purchased in advance: $55 per car. For a complete list of films, visit chicagolatinofilmfestival.org/films/.

Browse the art
Image courtesy of the artist and Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery
Omar Velázquez, “Colobo,” 2019. Velazquez’s work is among the art featured at Expo Chicago.

The free spring edition of Expo Chicago is a curated online event featuring a diverse list of 80 plus galleries and lots and lots of great contemporary and modern art. The five days of programming includes an evening with Theaster Gates (6:30 p.m. April 9), performances (including Jeff Tweedy, Glenn Kotche and Nels Cline of Wilco at 7 p.m. April 10), curator-led digital tours, an arts funder’s forum, artist talks, panels and much more. …read more

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