Its been a whirlwind weekend for me but it was a beautiful way to close-out the summer and kick-off the fall.
Last night Proyecto Latina hosted Adelita Pata de Perro at the Carlos y Dominguez Fine Art Gallery in Pilsen. I got to see new work by Jenny Priego and see the many beautiful friends that stopped by to check it out. There were two things that made this night exceptional: it was our first exhibit opening for a monthly feature and second it was the first time we moved our third Monday night date to a Saturday–just so you know we are back to our regularly scheduled program in October.
Last night’s raffle winner for two tickets to Aguijon Theatre’s, Las Soldaderas is: Janine Garcia.
Also, on Friday I was at the opening night for Vida Breve, the Day of the Dead exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art. I was excited to see the culmination of months worth of work with the great women from El Stitch y Bitch for an altar dedicated to our crafty ancestors. Although I had seen different parts of the project be developed the amazing final outcome–when all elements came together–left me awed. The icing on the cake for this project was to have Naomi Martinez aka Monstrochika share her wonderful skill to painting an altar element that included my poem.
This September’s Mexican Independence celebrations in the city have placed a special emphasis on the bicentennial and an unexpected occurrence was the focus on Adelita–check out Catalina Maria Johnson’s story on 848 and learn about local projects that are Celebrating the Heroines of the Mexican Revolution. Stephanie Manriquez also explores the subject of Soldaderas and the origins of Mexican Cuisine in this week’s Extra News.
And the revolutionary wavelength continues beyond the fiestas patrias…
- This week Chicago Mayor Richard Daley announced he will retire. Looking at his legacy is a good way for Latinas to start schooling ourselves as we prepare to vote for the next city leader: The Chicago News Cooperative summarizes it nicely by topic.
- I wonder if the city’s new leader will share anything in common with Monica Marquez who is, “the first out lesbian and the first Latina to sit on the Colorado supreme court,” according to Advocate.com.
- Failing to hire adequate and qualified translators has been a need that I’ve observed in my local press, public hearings and instructions for a new piece of furniture. So, its not really surprising that its also on a list of recommendations for the Hispanic National Bar Associations report on Few and Far Between: The Reality of Latina Lawyers.
A couple of not-to-be-missed events this coming week are:
- Strong and Chata: We Are All Narizona, artists respond to immigration policies that attempt to erode dignity and strength. Curated by Paloma Martinez-Cruz and includes work by Jackie Orozco. Opening reception is next Saturday, Sept. 18, 8-12 p.m. at The Beer Run Gallery, 1104 W. 18th St.
- Bless Me Madrina a new play by Yolanda Nieves. opens Friday, Sept. 17th from 7-10pm at the Chicago Center for Performing Arts.
Finally, we are raffling two tickets to Bless Me Madrina for next Friday, Sept. 17th. To enter your name into this drawing, leave a comment that includes a way to contact you: an email or link back to a website/blog. We close the drawing at 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, September 14, 2010.