For the first time in its eighty-year history, the National Dance & Music Ensemble of Serbia is visiting the United States and making a Labor Day weekend stop in downtown Chicago. Founded in 1926 in the town of Krusevac by the workers in a small wagon factory who wanted to celebrate and perpetuate their Serbian folk heritage, today the 250-member ensemble is made up of industry workers from a variety of companies and Krusevac high-school students who perform throughout Europe with an orchestra of traditional Serbian instruments—including the button accordion, the frula, a type of recorder and the tamburica, a type of mouth organ—to which members dance spectacular Serbian folk dances such as the two-beat circle dance called the kolo in colorful, authentic Serbian costumes. (Dennis Polkow)
Sat/5pm, Harris Theater, 20 E. Randolph, (312)334-7777. $20.