06.20.10 Domingo Newsbytes

06.20.10 Domingo Newsbytes

A few weeks back I sat down with Luz Chavez, reporter for Gozamos.com and we talked about everything that Proyecto Latina does. If you have never attended but wondered, or better yet, if you joined us and now think its something your friend, prima or sister will like and can’t quite find a good way to explain what its all about–Luz captures it precisely. Hopefully then you will plan to join us tomorrow, June 21st for our first summer reading with Alicia Tellez of La Dulce Palabra. Bring something for the chisme box and note that we love to discover new talent via the open mic.

This week, we also posted our interview with architect Alicia Ponce. An interesting and bonus tidbit about Alicia Ponce is that she’s an alumna of Proyecto Latina, we featured her a few years back and besides leading the way in green construction with her consulting firm, I can personally vouch that she’s a pretty funny writer.

This past Thursday, I made it out to the Latina Leadership Council’s fundraiser for the Maria Mangual Unidas Fund, it included a special performance of Teatro Luna’s, Generic Latina 2010. After grabbing a quick bite and saying hello to a few friends I went to take my seat next to Diana when it occurred to me, “We went to see this show together the first time around.”

Diana’s eyes widened, “Oh my god, you’re right. Has it really been ten years?”

Yes, it has–and more on the play below–but first I gotta tell you that since then my Proyecto Latina co-founder, Diana Pando has been my personal oracle when I want to know about all Latin@ arts events taking place in this city. We recently started a conversation, that is still ongoing, about reviewing Latin@ theater that we hope to include you in on very soon.

Now speaking of reviews, back to Thursday night’s play. This summer, Miranda Gonzalez debuts as director of GL 2010 Not your Generic Latina, you can catch a review of the show here. That’s Diana in the comments section jumping into the conversation.

Also, in this week’s edition of Time Out Chicago, Theater editor, Kris Vire asks the following question about Tanya Saracho: “Why hasn’t a writer this talented gotten broader notice yet?” Believe me, we’ve been asking this question about a lot writers we know, Tanya’s answer is surprisingly simple and I hope escritoras will take note and carve out more time to nurture your art. Tanya also graced the cover of the same issue, I asked her what it felt like to be a cover girl, her response, “It feels like you wanna have that RuPaul ding in repeat WORK COVERGIRL.”

And while we are still on the topic of theater, I want to make sure to alert you to the project of another Proyecto Latina alumna, Yolanda Nieves‘ reading of her play-in-progress, Almost Broken will take place next Saturday, June 26th details below.  I had the opportunity to talk to to Yolanda some time back when she was mounting the first production of Vida Bella’s, The Brown Girls Chronicles, check it out.

And moving on to a completely different topic. I’ve read countless news stories on the hopeless situation in the Gulf of Mexico but there’s nothing like a well-told story to put some things into perspective. CNN posted this story as told by the survivors of the oil rig that ultimately lost 11 men the night of the explosion.  A haunting detail, one of the survivors says the following: “This well did not want to be drilled…It just seemed like we were messing with Mother Nature.”

That’s all for this week. Hope you are having a wonderful Father’s day!

Alicia Ponce leads the way to greener living

Alicia Ponce leads the way to greener living

At 6 years old, Alicia Ponce–a tom-boy that didn’t mind getting dirty while playing with dirt and rocks–observed her uncle, a civil engineer, directing at a construction site and got hooked on architecture. Three years ago Alicia founded ap.MonArch, an architecture, interior design, and green consulting firm. She talks to us about the challenges that led her to becoming self-employed–including a corporate structure where colleagues refused to learn the proper pronunciation of an ethnic name but conveniently dropped it into proposals to appear ‘diverse’. She’s passionate about green construction and design and also talks to us about her love of building and creating and being an educator at Columbia College Chicago–a job that she says, “keeps me on my toes.”

Alicia Ponce, 1 of 2, 7:04

Alicia Ponce, 2 of 2, 7:29

interview: Liza Ann Acosta. photo: Thelma Uranga.

5.29.10 Domingo Newsbytes

5.29.10 Domingo Newsbytes

Photo via Giulia Lasagni/MEDILL

It’s a gorgeous Sunday in Chicago! Hope you are lounging and getting ready to hang out with family and friends. Remember to take a moment to remember all of the men and women that are serving in the armed forces.

Our next Proyecto Latina is on Monday, June 21 @ 7pm @ Cafe Catedral in Little Village featuring Alicia Vega from Palabra Dulce. Look for the full details  later this week.

Now, here is this week’s Domingo Newsbytes:

More and more Latinas are converting to Islam. On Sunday’s  these women meet at the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview to study the Quran. Find out why more Latinas are turning to Islam.

On Saturday thousands of people converged in Arizona to march against the new immigration law that has caused much controversy. In an essay called Immigration Points That Make Me Sick , Reyna Amaya  shed’s some light on the immigration hysteria the many myths associated with immigration.

A few years back we met Gwen La Roca when we first featured her at Proyecto Latina . Now Gwen is on the move as a comedienne in Chicago.

Coming Soon:

An interview with Brazilian song bird Céu by Veronica Vidal

Latinas in the green work force: Interview with Green Architect Alicia Ponce by Liza Ann Acosta

Parents building community an interview with the E.D. of Telpochcalli Maria Velasquez  by Sany Minjares

Controlled Decay an interview with poet Gabriela Jaugueri by Diana Pando

Got Story Ideas? Let us know, we are pitchable! Info@proyectolatina.org or 312-498-4067

We are excited that Achy Obejas will have her own blog on Vocalo.org! It’s scheduled to go up in the next week. So check it out!  Speaking of Achy, she is part of Partner Dance Press and is putting together an online anthology. The deadline is coming up fast so remember to submit. Read more…

Playwright Tanya Saracho and friends are working to put together a Latino Theatre Directory to share with other theater companies looking for Latino talent. Send her your H/S and preferred method of contact along with title(s) / contact info? Send it to lasaracho@gmail.com