The only downside to Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s wrap-up performances of their annual Rhythm World festival is trying to decide which show to attend. The series of showcases at the MCA theater are as much party as performance; the audience is always packed with tap dance and percussion enthusiasts—students and teachers of all ages from around the world who come to Chicago to spend the summer teaching, learning and jamming. JUBA! is the closing party—three nights of virtuosic music and rhythmic dance by the best hoofers alive—and the atmosphere is always electric. Wednesday night features dancers from Europe and Brazil, who demonstrate how they’ve adopted and adapted the American art form. Guest artist Jason Janas from Austin and his one-man show is the centerpiece of Thursday night, and Saturday provides a peek into CHRP’s upcoming twenty-fifth anniversary season. Regardless of the night you choose, the showcase of talent and joyful energy will delight your eyes, ears and heart. (Sharon Hoyer)
Chicago Human Rhythm Project at the Edlis Neeson Theater at the MCA, 220 East Chicago, (312)397-4010. July 30 and 31 and August 2 at 7:30pm. $25-$35.