Who are your Chicago Comadres?

Who are your Chicago Comadres?

I got word from  Ydalmi Noriega, coordinator for the Chicago chapter of Las Comadres that the next  comadrazo is this Saturday.  I plan to be there since they are always a lot of fun.  Below I’m also sharing an interview from our archives that originally aired on our former radio show at Radio Arte.  It took place after a comadrazo in 2009, when I got a chance to talk to Ydalmi about her work with Las Comadres.  At the time Ydalmi was the only Chicago coordinator, today there are three new coordinators helping out: Lupe Guevara, Raiza Medoza, Maribel Rodriguez. Check it out, I hope it inspires you to join us this Saturday.  Hopefully there will be more guava sangria.

Ydalmi Noriega on Las Comadres in Chicago 6:30

When: Saturday April 10, 2010 from 2-4 p.m.
Where: Home of Comadre Ydalmi Noriega in Pilsen.Street parking is plentiful on 23rd Street and on Damen.  Bring friends! Bring carino! And bring your favorite dish!  The theme is potluck: the hostess provides the location, the paper and plastic products and ice, the guests bring a dish for about 6 people.

Learn more about Las Comadres.
Get address details for Saturday’s comadrazo: lascomadres-chicago@yahoogroups.com.

Ever been to a comadrazo? Chime in via the comments section and let us know your  favorite part about it.

Tribute: Selena leads the way

Tribute: Selena leads the way

Today I take a stroll down memory lane and let Selena’s music lead the way.  A tribute to la reina de la musica Tejana on the 15th anniversary of her death that’s made me realize that although a lot has changed–Mario’s Ballroom is now El Volkan–there’s one thing that remains the same: Selena’s vibrant music and contagious rhythms can always get me dancing.

Tribute: Selena leads the way, 6:16 min

Share your own Selena stories or reflections in the comment section on this amazing woman whose life was cut short more than a decade ago.

Michelle Manzanales Unveils Paloma Querida

Michelle Manzanales Unveils Paloma Querida

Michelle Manzanales unveils the world premiere of Paloma Querida this March.

Last week, I had the opportunity to connect with choreographer Michelle Manzanales, also the acting artistic director of  Luna Negra Dance Theatre.  She talked about  the world premiere of Paloma Querida at the Harris Theatre at Millennium Park on March 27th.  Michelle graciously took the time to chat with me via phone in the lobby of a theatre, where rehearsals for her upcoming project are taking place.

Here is what Michelle had to say about how she went from a finance degree major in college to becoming up  a professional dancer and choreographer.

Michelle Manzanales, 6:31

Photo by Cheryl Mann featuring Martha Perdomo.

In this next segment Michelle chats with me on the choreography of Paloma Querida, the music of Chavela Vargas and Latina leadership in the arts.

Michelle Manzanales, 7:04

Linda Rodriguez: Journey to Ragdale and Heart's Migration

Linda Rodriguez: Journey to Ragdale and Heart's Migration

Listen to Diana Pando’s conversation with award winning poet Linda Rodriguez about her work as a writer, an activist and her recent residency at the Ragdale Foundation.  Linda is the author of Heart’s Migration and Skin Hunger, she also recipient of the Elvira Cordero Cisneros Award from the Macondo Foundation and the Midwest Voices and Visions Award from the Alliance of Artists Communities and the Joyce Foundation.

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Illxica's insomnia

Illxica's insomnia

Silvia Rivera, the new managing director for Vocalo. Image via Hoy News.

Silvia Rivera was the Proyecto Latina feature in March 2007, below is the piece she shared with us.  We’ve pulled it out of the vault to share with you because its a favorite and it made an impact on the women that heard it that evening two springs ago.  What made her feature so special that afterward women crowded around her and asked, how can I do that?   Silvia added sound to her short story and brought it to life for us.  She revealed a world of possibilities and went on to personally train and facilitate the technology and empower a small group of women with the ability to do the same.  We know that in her new post her reach and impact will be that much greater.

Illxica’s Insomnia, 7:18

The Firefighter's Hat

The Firefighter's Hat

Yolanda Cardenas reflects on growing up in Back of the Yards, a field trip to the neighborhood firehouse, and a missed opportunity for her father.

Yolanda Cardenas with her father, Felipe Cardenas in 1976.


The Firefighter’s Hat by Yolanda Cardenas 7:57

“Chicago missed out on an exceptional firefighter but I never missed out on an exceptional father.”