Proyecto Latina Recap – Ruth On The Rocks

Proyecto Latina Recap – Ruth On The Rocks

If you didn’t get a chance to come to Proyecto Latina this past Monday here is a visual snippet of a hilarious evening with our feature Ruth Guerra. She brought us everything from stories about the tooth fairy to blind dates.

We had a fabulous audience full of great chismes including this one anonymous one:

My acupuncturist says that my uterus is angry because I have not had a baby yet. I think my uterus is being a little unfair.

If you were at Proyecto Latina that evening or at other Proyecto Latina events and had a blast at our event let us know. Send us your comments or feedback at

Ruth recounting the time she ended up calling the calling the Columbia College radio station and ending up on a hilarious blind date. As I was sitting there watching Ruth do her thing I could help think, “Wow! What a wonderful storyteller Ruth is!”

Ruth Guerra is all smiles with Irasema Gonzalez (left) and myself at Cedahlia’s Café.

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Domingo Newsbytes

Domingo Newsbytes

Happy Chinese New Year! It’s now the year of the Tiger and we hope you are getting ready to pounce into the year with good vibes and prosperity. This Sunday is also Valentines Day! Double Happiness! We hope you aren’t running down the street being chased by a cupid with sharp arrows instead we hope it’s filled with heart shaped candy, lots of love and maybe even some flowers.

This week the Chicago Foundation for Women announced the awardees of this year’s IMPACT Award and among them was Veronica Arreola. Felicidades!

Proyecto Latina kicks off Monday, Feb. 15th with Ruth On The Rocks @ Cedahlias Cafe @ 7pm so bring something to share and some chisme for the chisme box!

Here is our weekly round up of Latinas in the news:


Pros Arts Studio Mobil Lab at Dvorak Park offers a free computer lab for people looking for jobs online or want to improve their computer skills.

Extra Newspaper Columnist Rebecca Sanchez reports that in the Little Village neighborhood food distribution from 2008-09 has increased by 95%.

North Carolina school secretary loses her job for translating to Spanish-speaking parents.

Health & Wellness

Latinas tend to have higher rates of diabetes than non-Hispanic white women, but there’s a silver lining, says psychologist Jane Delgado in her new book, “The Latina Guide to Health: Consejos and Caring Answers.”

America Ferrera talks to Bust Magazine about Hollywood racism.

During the week if you see stories about Latinas or that impact the Latina community send us the links and we will post them in our Domingo round up. Send to

February Feature: Ruth on the Rocks

February Feature: Ruth on the Rocks

Ruth Guerra is Ruth on the Rocks at the February 2010 Proyecto Latina.

This month Proyecto Latina is thrilled to present writer/performer Ruth Guerra. She will be doing a reading/performance called Ruth On The Rocks that explores the act of dating and casual encounters from the point of view of several women’s ideal image of what it should be.

Arrive early to grab a chair, settle-in, and sign up to share some of your work and drop a friendly chisme in the Chisme box.

Ruth Guerra hails from the south side of Chicago, the Back of the Yards neighborhood where eating tacos de la Internacional, cruisin’ to house music, and the ability to hinder the stockyards’ stench are just some of the wonderful attributes that contribute to her personality. As a kid, she watched shows like El Palomo, Chiquilladas and Kids Incorporated, encouraging her to create and perform her own sketches and routines for friends and family in her parents’ garage. Her love for the windy city, took her to Second City where she learned the art of improvisational theater and performed with several ensembles. Shortly after, she discovered a new found love in storytelling and moved on to do theater. Her theatrical debut was in 2005 with Teatro Americano and since has been performing with different groups in the city. Ruth recently embarked on a memoir writing journey where she sticks to her roots as she documents her life experiences in Chicago.

Monday, February 15 @ 7PM – FREE
Cedalhia Cafe
1010 S. Western
Chicago, IL

Street parking available

Photo by Thelma Uranga. Thanks to our venue sponsor: Cedahlia Cafe.

Domingo Newsbytes

Domingo Newsbytes

Its Superbowl Sunday–we hope the team you’re rooting for wins–we are happy to share a couple of touchdowns of our own this week. First, make sure to check out our most recent audio essay, The Firefighter’s Hat by Yolanda Cardenas–the story generated some encouraging comment feedback and we were also happy to see it tweeted by Fire Daily a Chicago portal for and by firefighters. Second, we are also happy to introduce Proyecto Latina alumna, Thelma Uranga as our newest contributor. Thelma is a photographer and Stitch y Bitch founder and she will be helping us with photo assignments. Her first is the portrait at the top of this post, Ruth Guerra our February 15th, 2010 feature–event details coming soon.

Now, our weekly roundup:

Leading health concerns for Latinas
Via Wise Latinas Linked we found out that: Breast cancer is the number one cancer killer of Latinas, most of it due to late detection, their post features an organization in California that aims to change that. Another leading hazard is heart disease, according to the American Heart Association, via My Latino Voice, Hispanic women on average develop heart disease ten years earlier than their Caucasian counterparts. On a more positive note, Spanish-speaking mothers are creating an advantage for their children–they’re turning off the t.v.

Bolivia tackles gender equality in government
One new appointment as a result of these efforts is Nemecia Achacollo, a 39-year-old mother and grandmother who rose through farmworkers unions, was recently tapped to become minister of land and rural development just days after she became a member of congress.

Literary Latinas
Editorial consultant Marcela Landres interviews founding publisher of Palabra Magazine, elena minor. Palabra is a Chicano and Latino literary magazine, check out their guidelines and consider submitting your work. Author Zetta Elliott took an innovative approach to publishing her novel, A Wish After Midnight, about a black-Latina teen who travels back in time.

Also of note…
The cover story for Cafe Magazine this month is Blacktino, the issue includes profiles of people and families living the Afro-Latino experience including local freelance curator and DJ Sadie Woods. We’re kind of bummed that we can’t link you to the stories but you can find free copies of this magazaine at various distribution points throughout the city–I usually grab a copy in Pilsen.