7.25.10 Domingo Newsbytes

7.25.10 Domingo Newsbytes

Cast of Thirst: Left-To-Right: Claudia Martinez, Josie Dykas front Diane Herrar and Diana Pando in the back

I woke up this morning  reflecting on this week  and I can’t help but be blown away by the amazing amount of Latina talent and creativity that is emerging. Here are some quick highlights:

This week our reading series was packed over at Café Catedral. Folks got to see our feature writer Cristina Correa read her work and hear some new emerging Latina talent during the open mic portion like Awilda Gonzalez and Laura Nuñez.

Later during the week, I had the opportunity to see Aguijón Theater perform Soldaderas at the Goodman Theatre. The play is based on texts by Elena Poniatowska and performed in Spanish. Yesterday, my ten-minute play THIRST was performed by Josie Dykas, Claudie Martinez and Diane Herrera and directed by Nilsa Reyna at Teatro Luna’s first 10×10 play festival.  These ladies spent hours in the sweltering heat with no a/c rehearsing and one of them even came as far away as Elgin. Mil gracias! With all of these things in mind I encourage all of you to continue to keep creating and making sure you find an outlet to tell your story.

In August we will be hosting Sandra Treviño, guest curator for Proyecto Latina, she is lining up some musical features that will be performing at Café Catedral. Also, coming up the pipeline in September is Adelita Pata de Perro by Jenny Priego at the lovely Carlos & Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery in the Pilsen neighborhood. Check back for more details this week!

Finally, we are starting to draft up the schedule for our 2011 reading series, if you know someone that deserves to be nominated let us know and tell us why? Send your recommendations to info@proyectolatina.org


Felicidades to Carmen Giménez Smith her memoir Bring Down The Little Birds is coming out on August 5. The book asks, “How does a contemporary woman with a career as a poet, professor, and editor experience motherhood with one small child, another soon to be born, and her own mother suddenly diagnosed with a brain tumor and Alzheimer’s? Sounds like a good end of summer read!  Preview an excerpt.

While the Latina population continues to rise our visibility in mainstream media is pretty slim. A perfect example of this is the new CBS daily talk show that’s being lined up. The six hosts include: Julie Chen (CBS Morning Anchor), Holly Robinson-Peate (actress), Sara Gilbert (actress), Marissa Jaret Winokur (actress), Leah Remini (Actress) and Sharon Osbourne (Reality Star, Wife of Rocker). Why are there no Latinas on this daily talk show? I’m sure there is a Latina that is more than qualified to do this job. Drop the folks at CBS a line and ask them why there are no Latinas on the show?

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This week I was wandering around the Macy’s store on State Street when I passed by the MAC counter and cringed at their distasteful makeup line based on Júarez. While both MAC/RodArte have issued apologies and will change the name of the new makeup line it’s a great story of a bad marketing idea gone wrong and viral.  Latinas used their voice to give it a big thumbs down! We hope MAC keeps it’s promise and donates $100,000 to a cause in Juarez. Our friends over at Wise Latinas Linked also had an opinion on the MAC/RodArte makeup line fiasco. Here’s what they had to say…

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Tomorrow we pull out our Chisme Box and head over to Cedahlia’s for the next Proyecto Latina.  I am excited about our feature, Josie Dykas, she will be bringing us laughter via characters from her one-woman-show.  We hope you can join us.

I am particularly inspired by this weeks round-up of news links which all happen to be about women and inititatives in the Chicago area.  The Domingo Newsbytes is also getting posted a little later this Sunday because I spent the morning with family at a confirmation mass.  I was really captivated by the heart design on one of the stained-glass windows in the church–it reminds me of courage and hope.  Corazón, valor y esperanza: all fitting descriptions for the women below.

My name is Tania, and I’m undocumented The Coming Out of the Shadows Immigrants rights rally took place last Wednesday, undocumented youth “came-out” publicly and called on immigration reform and justice.  One woman leading the march was Tania Unzueta, profiled in the Tribune the same day. Columnist Mary Schmich  sums it up nicely, “Anyone who watches the march with an open mind will see that these young people aren’t aliens. They’re us. They are Chicago, and the immigration laws are squandering their energy and possibilities.”

The March issue of Contratiempo is dedicated to women and includes an article by Sandra A. Treviño, La Mujer en la Musica on the role that women play in the Latino music world.   Stephanie Manriquez provides a resourceful article regarding Mujer y Violencia.

Dare to Dream: exposing 8th grade Latina girls and their mothers to the benefits of higher education.

An important Latina history lesson via an event recap, the Windy City Times reports, “Chicago, in 1980, was not a friendly space for Latina lesbians, who saw a lack of public spaces.”  The article goes on to list some very important milestones and accomplishments that followed including a nod to Proyecto Latina co-founder Coya Paz.

Finally, get to know Maria Mendoza, part of the Salsation cast for CTRL+ALT+DEPORT and get ready for Tanya Saracho’s new play, El Nogalar.

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Happy Sunday!  Remember we are featuring Josie Dykas at the next Proyecto Latina on Monday, March 15th @ 7pm, held @ Cedaliah’s Café.  In the next week look for a new interview with Poet Linda Rodriguez author of Heart’s Migration and a creative audio piece from our archives that Silvia Rivera shared during her Proyecto Latina feature in March of 2007we also want to congratulate Silvia on her new post as the as Managing Director of VOCALO.

And now to our Domingo Newsbytes:

Belen Gonzalez has brought together 20 women to contribute at least $1,000 each to create a funding pool that will be matched dollar for dollar, thanks to the Arizona Community Foundation, to create a grant fund of at least $50,000 to support nonprofits serving our community.

It’s Oscar night! While we see very few Latin@’s at the event or on the big screen during the year, Chicago plays a big role in the production of the Oscar Award. Find out who and how the Oscars are made in this article written by Gisella Orozco.

A new study published in February 2010, AIDS in America — Forgotten but Not Gone, found that the prevalence of AIDS in some of these U.S. communities is actually worse than can be found in Africa.  Hispanic and Black women, whose increased risk of HIV acquisition is attributable in greater part to their vulnerable social and economic situations and their sexual networks than to their own risky behaviors.

Study reveals some Latina mothers unwittingly chart an obese future for their children. Even before researchers conducted their study on childhood obesity differences among white, black and Latino children, they hypothesized that black and Latino children would have higher rates of obesity-related risk factors in their early years.

Parents cringe as more Latino students go away to college. When Esther Cepeda goes to speak to students who are likely to become the first ones in their families to go to college she gives them a lot of valuable advice on going to the college. One of the things she likes to tell the students, “Go away,” to school. “That’s the part that makes parents cringe: the unparalleled fun of breaking away from all you know and becoming an independent adult for the first time ever”.

Tell us about Latinas in the news:  info@proyectolatina.org

03.15.10: Josie Dykas heals with laughter

03.15.10: Josie Dykas heals with laughter

Josie Dykas, founder of Urban Indigenous, is the Proyecto Latina feature for March 2010.

Save the date: Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 7 p.m.

Held @ Cedahlia’s Cafe, 1010-12 S. Western Ave. Chicago

For Proyecto Latina, Josie Dykas will be presenting characters from her one woman show.

Josie is Yaqui & Polish and originally from the south suburbs of Chicago. She has studied at many of the great institutions of improvisation including UCB(NYC), Second City & ImproOlympic(Chicago) where she had the privilege of being one of Del Close’s last students and interned with SNL’s Anne Beatts(LA). She was the Artistic Director of ¡Salsation! in ’02 & ’03 and performed in numerous reviews including “My Big Fat Quincenera”, along with Second City’s BrownCo ”Stylin’ n Racial Profilin’”.

While in LA she met with native comic, Charlie Hill and realized it was time to learn more of her Native roots. She had the honor to be mentored by elders of many different tribes (Yaqui, Aztec, Tongva, Chumash, etc). She has also ventured into stand up comedy. Credits include the the Icehouse and The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood.

Josie recently founded a multi-ethnic comedy troupe Urban Indigenous that has been performing to sold out audiences throughout Chicagoland. She is currently producing and co-directing the first full length run “Code of Ethnics” that opened March 27th. She is also working on a documentary about discovering her roots also titled “Urban Indigenous.”

Currently she works as an artist with NEIU’s 21st Century program teaching Native Storytelling and improv/comedy and for Duron Law Firm, helping families save their homes and recover overpaid taxes. Josie has always worked in social services including with mentally challenged adults, elders, children and the disabled. She has volunteered with many different Cultural, Spiritual/Religious and Socially Conscious Organizations. She hopes to help inspire the Native/Latino youth to use comedy as a vehicle of self expression while discovering their Native roots, “Helping our community heal through laughter.  We have to know our true history (personally & culturally), to deal with today, to change the future.”