Last week Diana lamented that summer is passing her by much too quickly. I’m glad to report that she’s managing to get some fun into her schedule. I got to catch up with her yesterday when she invited me to join her for the Goodman’s Latino Theater Festival’s reading of El Nogalar by Tanya Saracho. Afterward we strolled down to Millenium Park and enjoyed a beautiful summer afternoon sipping cocktails and people watching. We caught up with our perspective projects and I realized that our crew of women is a busy bunch this summer.
- Thelma Uranga and me are instructing Tejer y Poder, a knit and crochet class that is an After School Matters program at Pros Arts Studio. Thelma recently received a plug in a round-up article about Radical Art and Yarn in Chicago Art Magazine.
- Coya Paz is gearing up to host a preview of her next show-in-progress: The Americans.
- Diana Pando is putting the finishing touches on her first 10 minute play, Thirst, which is part of Teatro Luna’s, 10×10 play festival.
We are also super excited about Proyecto Latina tomorrow. Our feature is writer Cristina Correa, who will share flash fiction and maybe something more with us. We’re returning to the lovely Cafe Catedral in Little Village. I’ve got a little something new to share, so bring something with you and join me for the open mic, and we’re hoping that the Chisme Box will break last month’s record.
As for the world beyond my immediate vacuum:
- Humor me, I know that there are much more serious things going on in the world but the news about Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem did incite an awww, how sweet reaction when I first read about it this week.
- Alla is part of the lineup at the Pitchfork Music Festival this weekend and I’m also super excited that one of my favorite bands is getting covered by Cafe and the Chicago Tribune.
- A huge misunderstanding for educator and director Lisa Portes–juggling groceries, her children and a phone call to her husband, she inadvertently walked out of a Whole Foods without paying for an item. Whole Foods is responding with a strict policy that will not allow her to return. I can’t help but wonder what creative response an incident like this may inspire in an artist.
- Another story to raise eyebrows is the decision to credit the murders of hundreds of women and girls in Ciudad Juarez as the inspiration for a new fashion line. Jezebel breaks it down here.
- Finally, in an interview about the production of her play Real Women Have Curves, Josefina Lopez says, “If nobody hears your voice, you better shout louder.” She got more words of wisdom and she talks about a new play in progress inspired by Arizona happenings that she drafted in two days.
That’s all for now, have a wonderful week!