Each year, citywide percussive dance organization the Chicago Human Rhythm Project collects ensembles and hoofers to perform with their resident company BAM!, in honor of National Tap Dance Day. This year, the show appropriately moves to the DuSable Museum of African American History and honors the leading women of tap dance, particularly—and quite rightfully—Dianne “Lady Di” Walker. Ms. Walker has served as a mentor to a generation of young dancers and her performance at last year’s Rhythm World concert series was so steeped in gratitude, humor and humanity as to bring myself and my companion at the show to near-tears. CHRP represents the best in creative community building—nurturing, mutual respect and no small amount of fun—and performances like Windy City Rhythms make the audience feel like part of the family. (Sharon Hoyer)
At the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 East 56th Place, (773)281-1825. May 15 at 5pm. $15-$25.