How much Pozole can you eat?


In case you have not noticed we all have daytime jobs, to–you know–pay the bills.  Although, I confess we have sometimes wondered: What if Proyecto Latina  was our full-time project?  Let us dream, we know how to keep our feet firmly planted on the ground, but who can blame us for such an active imagination, we are after all writers and/or artists and creating is like air for us.

I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by more artists in my 9 to 5 gig.   Working for Pros Arts Studio has given me the opportunity to get acquainted with other creatives and develop an even deeper appreciation  for the disciplines they work in–beginning with Giselle Mercier, who continually nudges me toward new levels of potential.  I’ve learned about the humbling nature of clay from Nicole Marroquin, had the opportunity to co-instruct the Tejer y Poder class with Thelma Uranga– an experience that expanded my horizons to the possibilities of fiber arts and I have witnessed the exceptional commitment to our youth from Delilah Salgado who uses street art to guide teens in the youth produced summer festival, We R Hip Hop.

I’m also immersed in a non-profit world in a community based setting where we have to depend heavily on community and foundation support to survive.  We offer free art classes, the kind I only dreamed about as a young person, these take place in a modest basement studio of Dvorak Park. They are out-of-school time programs that include a community clay studio and a circus arts workshop and can always benefit from one more ally.

Enter the 3rd Annual Pozolada on Saturday, March 19th, 2011, a fundraiser to support the community programs mentioned above.  The premise is simple: Each ticket purchase includes food, drinks and dessert, at the end of the night you get a one-of-a-kind bowl to take home.  Pozole is donated by community members and local restaurants, this year we are having traditional pozoles–including rojo, verde and blanco–as well as more contemporary versions that include a vegetarian pozole.   I’m particularly excited that we will be pairing this delectable offering with Latin Vintage Sounds courtesy of  (((Sonorama))).

Consider this my personal invitation to you–yes, you—to join me and the Pros Arts Studio community. My mom will be making a pot of her pozole, I know I’m biased but hers is my personal favorite.  Save room for seconds and thirds, there will also be signature pozoles from El Faro and De Colores.

3rd Annual Pozolada
Saturday, March 19, 2011
From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Held at Casa Juan Diego,
2020 S. Blue Island
Chicago, Il 60608

Advance tickets for Pozolada are $25, tickets at the door are $30, tickets for youth under 12 are $10.  You can buy your tickets online at www.prosarts.org.

10.17.10 Domingo Newsbytes…

It’s a gorgeous autumn day and the city seems to be exploding with arts events. There is definitely no shortage of things to do this weekend.

On Friday, I had the opportunity to go to the Lila Downs concert at the Chicago Symphony Center. As a teenager I got the opportunity to work at this venue. While working there I noticed there were no Latinos in the audience or on stage. Coming back to the Chicago Symphony Center to see Lila Downs made me feel so proud to see a Latina on stage and Latinos in the audience. I’m delighted that the Chicago Symphony Center is diversifying its programming. I will definitely be going back! As I was roaming the lobby area I caught a glimpse of author Sandra Cisneros standing in the line for the bathroom. How cool that she came out to support Lila!

On another note, our reading series is Monday, October 18 at 7pm  is Proyecto Latina @ Catedral Cafe in Little Village. Come out and hear the lovely work of Linda Rodriguez! We want to congratulate Linda because we just found out that her book, “Heart’s Migration,” won the 2010 Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence. Read more about Linda…

The National Museum of Mexican Art will be holding their first annual Revolucionarios Awards honoring the contributions of  Mexicans in the arts. Felicidades to Tanya Saracho who is one of this year’s winners.

Do you like  mouth watering albondigas? Well blogger Maura Hernandez  shares her recipe at the Blogolicious conference.

While we didn’t have an opportunity to score an interview with Lila our friends at Arte y Vida did. Check it out.

One of my favorite Chicago foundations turned 95 years-old this week. Feliz Cumpleaños to The Chicago Community Trust!

NALAC Regional Arts Training Workshop is coming to Minneapolis on October 22 & 23. Check it out if you can!

Now we need to pick your brain. We need to know if you like the Domingo Newsbytes and if we should continue to keep this as a regular feature. Do you read it and find it useful or do we give it the ax. Let us know in the comment section or you are welcomed to drop us a line at info@proyectolatina.org


Domingo Newsbytes: 06.13.10

Domingo Newsbytes: 06.13.10

One of the things I was reflecting on recently, is how wonderful it is to see so many Latinas on the move. These women are always a great source of pride and inspiration and I’m delighted to be able to spotlight some of these women and the work they do.

This week our hermanas at the Chicago Foundation For Women’s Latina Leadership Council will be holding their summer fundraiser to raise funds for the Maria Mangual Unidas Fund @ Teatro Luna’s Generic Latina 2010 production on Thursday, June 17, @ 6:30 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. performance Chicago Dramatists Theatre. We hope to see you there! Register Today!

Our next Proyecto Latina is on Monday, June 21 @ 7pm @ Cafe Catedral in Little Village featuring Alicia Vega from Palabra Dulce. Read more…

Did you get a chance to check out the Céu interview by Veronica Vidal? Well if you haven’t check it out and discover the captivating music of Brazilian songbird Céu.

Partner Dance Press and is putting together an online anthology. The deadline is coming up this week so remember to submit. Read more…

Here is this week’s Domingo Newsbytes: Crude oil continues to gush in the Gulf of Mexico and spread to the coasts of Louisiana. Latinas are in the trenches of the clean-up efforts of the oil spill. These women are working hard to try to protect our environment. They’ve been working 12 hours a day unloading oil containment barriers, or “boom,” from trailers.  The “boom” forms a protective barrier around marshland to protect it from the waves of crude oil. While these jobs impact these Latinas economically there are concerns of reproductive health issues for women living or working near shoreline areas. Imagine if you are born in the United States of America and you are denied citizenship because your parents are undocumented? Crazy talk right? Well apparently not folks! Arizona Republicans will be introducing legislation this fall that would deny birth certificates to children born in Arizona – and thus American citizens according to the U.S. Constitution – to parents who are not legal U.S. citizens. This new proposed law is brought to you courtesy of the same person that created Senate Bill 1070 Sen. Russell Pearce, a Republican from the Mesa , AZ district. Action Steps You Can Take against this proposed law include: Writing Op-Ed pieces in your local newspaper, supporting organizations like MALDEF and American Civil Liberties Unions and other nonprofit organizations within Arizona you can also contact via  email to President Obama expressing your concern about this proposed legislation. Use your voice! If you have suggestions on what else we can all be doing collectively please share them in the comment section. (Image by: Jared Rodriguez )

On lighter note if you were one of the 9,000 people that watched the Mexico vs. South Africa soccer game than it will come as no surprise that this year’s second annual Siempre Mujer Magazine (June/July issue) has declared Rafa Marques as the Sexiest Soccer Player chosen by their readers. I have to say as I watched him score a goal he looked pretty good from where I was standing;) What do you think is he a Papucho or not?

This week I was walking around my neighborhood when I saw a little kid eating a Popsicle. I delighted at the thought of making my own popsicles this summer. I had seen the plastic Popsicle molds at the store and wanted to run out and get them.  Than I remembered that plastic is really bad for our planet. I thought of a poor dolphin choking on my plastic Popsicle molds (plastic doesn’t deteriorate) so I refuse to buy the plastic kind.  So what’s the alternative? Stainless steel popsicle molds! I found them on Fake Plastic Fish which is a website offering alternatives to plastic.