Tuesday, December 05, 2006

an evening of films created by Shikshantar Andolan

Join Twine for an evening at Polvo, "Re-membering Nai Taleem".., an evening of films created by Shikshantar Andolan, The Peoples Institute for Rethinking Education and Development. This is an abbreviated version of the full festival, which is happening concurrently in India.

Friday: December 15th: 7:15pm

We hope that these films can invigorate our ideas about education.


  • Mera Atma Shikshak, Mera Karma
    Director: Vidhi Jain, Pravin Pagare, Tushar Kulkarni, Pannalal Patel
    Length: 68 minutes
    Language: Hindi With English Subtitles

    This film takes us into a profound conversation with Dayalchand Soni, a Gandhian educational thinker. Soni's wisdom challenges us to rethink some of our most basic assumptions around education while deepening our understanding of the possibilities that lie in nai taleem.

  • Children Being In the World
    Director: Amit, Manish, Jinan KB
    Length: 5 minutes
    Language: Music with English subtitles

    This Film explores natural learning ecologies of children living in non-letterate communities in India. What have we lost by distancing ourselves from Nature? How can we remember our biological instinct for learning?

  • Colors of Devotion
    Director: Suny Gandhrva and Ramawtar Singh
    Length: 28minutes
    Language: Hindi with English subtitles

    For hundreds of years, In The town of Nathdwara, Rajastan there has lived a community of artists connected to the temple of Shreenathji. Generation after generation has devoted itself to the Pichhwai art form. Now this learning community is struggling to keep the essence of its art alive in the face of modernity. Their experiences can help broaden our visions of education.

  • Cycle Yatra
    Length: 5minutes
    Language: music with English subtitles

    A group of friends travels on bicycles in Mewar, Rajastan India for one week using no money.

    Discussion and Response: We would love to hear your stories of integrated learning and we aim to create a spontaneous and informal response video to mail back to Shikshantar as a kind of exchange.

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1458 W. 18th Street 1R
Chicago (entrance on Laflin side)

Twine International is a not for profit in process committed to promoting art, ecology and social justice through ethical enterprises and integrated learning. If you are interested in learning more, contact Amy Mall at: premelamall@yahoo.com

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Lindsay Obermeyer:ODDS


Opening Reception: Friday, November 10 from 6pm to 9pm
November 10 – December 2, 2006

Lindsay Obermeyer’s “Odds” project will be exhibited for the first time at Polvo! Obermeyer employs the history and metaphors surrounding textile practices to study issues as diverse as medical ethics, mental illness,and gender. She explains: “My ‘skins’ or garments will reflect the impact of disease on the body. It will investigate the point at which the decorative elementcrosses over to the grotesque and uncanny, when a beauty mark becomes a tumor.” This project is partially supported by a Community Arts Assistance program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

Obermeyer has exhibited her work throughout the United States at venues such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Museum of Arts and Design (formerly known as the American Craft Museum). Her work has been included in three traveling exhibitions and several international exhibitions. It has been featured in numerous books and publications including the “Chicago Reader,” “American Craft”, “Fiberarts”, and “Reinventing Textiles: Gender and Identity”. Obermeyer has instructed studio and art education courses at National-Louis University, Northern Illinois University, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago among others. She is the recipient of two grants from the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs. She holds an M.F.A. and B.F.A. in the fiber arts and an M.A.T. in elementary education.

Mini-exhibit: Juan M. Villanueva (New York City)

Juan M. Villanueva will be showing his small paintings from his series entitled: "Seasons of Development". It is Villanueva’s search as described by the artist as a "...search for personal identity and sense of community drives all my art, whether the medium is oils or acrylics, public art and/or natural elements." He studied the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently resides in New York City where he is also actively involved with the Groundswell Community Mural Project, based in Brooklyn, New York.

Flatscreen DVD: Sita Moyo (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Sita Moyo was born in 1981, in South Africa. In 2004 she received her B.A Honors Degree in Visual Art from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, and 2000-2003 B.A. Degree in Fine Art and English Literature from the University of Natal. Moyo will show her animation piece, "Fall From Grace" depicting a metaphysical anatomy of the female body, using archaic and modern symbols in atmospheric landscapes. Last year, this piece was included in the 2005 Tehran International Animation Festival.

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1458 W. 18th St. 1R
Chicago, IL 60608
polvoarte@yahoo.com or 773 344 1940
HOURS: Saturdays from Noon-5pm or by appointment

Lindsay Obermeyer’s ”Odds” project is partially supported by a Community Arts Assistance program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Made in Pilsen

Made in Pilsen
a group exhibition of 23 Pilsen Artists

Opening Reception Friday October 20 from 5pm-10pm
thru December 22, 2006

Artists: Jesus Acuna, Saul Aguirre, Montserrat Alsina, Tim Arroyo, Rahmaan Barnes, Miguel Cortez, Roberto Ferreyra, Felipe Figueroa, Esperanza Gama, Maria Gaspar, Maria Layus, Jeff Abbey Maldonado, Mark Nelson, Ana Zoila Ojeda, Jose Luis Piña, Eufemio Pulido, Alejandro Romero, Abel Sanches, Pablo Serrano, Diana, Solis, Gerardo Villareal, Rebecca Villareal and Christopher T. Wood.

Prospectus Art Gallery
1210 W. 18th St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Propagation: curated by Sabrina Raaf

Propagation: curated by Sabrina Raaf

Industry of the Ordinary
Patrick Lichty
Andrea Polli
Michael Workman
Amy Youngs

also a mini exhibit: Christa Donner

Opening Friday October 13 from 6pm-10pm
October 13 - November 4, 2006

Propagation is an exhibition about artists, art writers, and curators who bypass traditional exhibition systems (eg. galleries, museums, magazines, etc.) by creating their own methods and systems for distributing their art or message. But more essentially, it's about how these culture authors' unique systems of dispersion may - in and of themselves - be considered as art. On view are diagrams generated by each exhibitor that map out aspects of their methodology, network, and organizational patterns. Also on display are video interviews with the exhibitors, documentation of their works as well as actual works, and distributive ephemera (pamphlets, cds, and other materials). This exhibition offers an opportunity for audiences to examine the shape and phenomena of these art generation, systemization, and distribution methodologies as art forms and end products - not just as production engines.

Whether they are formulating new parameters for the way art might look, the places it might be found, how it may be defined and who gets access to it, these exhibitors are all actively repositioning the artist - and art itself - in society today. They focus on issues of sustainability and renewable materials, such as found in the Queensbridge Wind Power Project by Andrea Polli and in Prototypes for Hermit Crab Shells by Amy Youngs. They also distribute their message on a street level - directly to the public - in an unfiltered, often unsolicited manner such as in the interventionist works of Industry of the Ordinary. They proliferate their messages through subversive tactics including skillful questioning of the intersections of info- and bio-tech on women’s bodies and work - such as found in the pamphlets, websites, videos and performances of subRosa. Last, they function as cultural agents and art system generators who continuously transfigure with ease and purpose between capacities such as artist, editor, author, critic, curator, art fair director [Michael Workman] and artist, activist, editor-in-chief, author, engineer, curator, and collaborator [Patrick Lichty].

This evolution of new art systems / practices / means / and methods is being designed in part out of necessity. The platforms of white-box galleries and glossy magazines can be too shallow, too focused, too irrelevant to the public, and/or too short term for the edgier concepts that culture authors seek to communicate. In other words, if culture authors wish to be world changing, than they need access to more powerful propagation systems in order to make their messages heard. Furthermore, the lack of funding for the arts in America has caused a real attrition in the numbers of experimental art spaces willing to host boundary-pushing works. Many artists unwilling to work more traditionally are therefore faced with the imperative to evolve the systems around them or to catalyze new ones.

I would like to thank the collective of Polvo for their 10+ years of fostering experimental arts in Chicago via exhibitions, listservs, web and print publications. The Propagation exhibition at Polvo is a demonstration of how non-profit organizations remain invaluable sites for presenting convention-breaking art to interested audiences.

Sabrina Raaf
artist, curator, Propagationist

About the curator:
Sabrina Raaf is a Chicago-based artist working in experimental sculptural media and photography. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at Mejan Labs (Stockholm), Wendy Cooper Gallery (Chicago), Espace Landowski (Paris), Ars Electronica (Linz), Opel Villas Foundation Art Center (Rüsselsheim), Artbots 2005 (Dublin), Stefan Stux Gallery (NYC), San Jose Museum of Art, Museum Tinguely (Basel), Kunsthaus Graz, ISEA (Helsinki), Klein Art Works (Chicago), Wynick/Tuck Gallery (Toronto) and Painted Bride Center (Philadelphia). She is the recipient of a Creative Capital Grant in Emerging Fields (2002) and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship (2005 & 2001). Reviews of her work have appeared in Art in America, Contemporary, Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, Leonardo Magaine, www.lab71.org, The Washington Post, and New Art Examiner. She received an MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Artist Bios:

Amy Youngs - http://accad.osu.edu/~ayoungs/

Amy M. Youngs creates mixed-media, interactive sculptures and digital media works, that explore the complex relationship between technology and our changing concept of nature and self. She has exhibited her works nationally and internationally at venues such as Springfield Museum of Art (Springfield, OH), Pace Digital Gallery (New York, NY), the Biennale of Electronic Arts (Perth, Australia), John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, Wisconsin), Circulo de Bellas Artes (Madrid, Spain), the Visual Arts Museum (New York, NY) the Art Institute of Chicago's Betty Rymer Gallery, Vedanta Gallery, Northern Illinois University Art Gallery (Chicago, IL), the San Francisco Public Library, Blasthaus, (San Francisco, CA) and Works (San Jose, CA). Her artwork has been reviewed in publications such as, The Chicago Sun Times, The Chicago Reader, San Francisco Bay Guardian, RealTime and Artweek. Youngs has published several essays, including one on genetic art in the journal Leonardo and another on art, technology and ecology in the international art publication Nouvel Objet in 2001. She has lectured on her work widely, including at the California State University, Long Beach, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston, Massachusetts), the Australian Center For the Moving Image (Melbourne, Australia) and the Perth Institute for Contemporary Art (Perth, Australia) and has participated in panels at conferences such as the Women’s Caucus for the Arts, the College Arts Association and the Biennale for Electronic Arts in Australia. Youngs is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and and the Art and Technology Program in the Department of Art at The Ohio State University. She was born in 1968 in Chico, California.

Andrea Polli - http://www.andreapolli.com/

Andrea Polli is a digital media artist living in New York City. She is currently an Associate Professor of Film and Media at Hunter College and received a Master of Fine Arts in Time Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Polli's work addresses issues related to science and technology in contemporary society. Her projects often bring together artists and scientists from various disciplines. She is interested in global systems, the real time interconnectivity of these systems, and the effect of these systems on individuals. She has exhibited, performed, and lectured nationally and internationally.

She is currently working in collaboration with meteorological scientists to develop systems for understanding storms and climate through sound. For this work, she has been recognized by the UNESCO Digital Arts Award 2003 and has presented work in the 2004 Ogaki Biennale in Gifu, Japan and at the World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva, Switzerland. Her work in this area has also been presented at Cybersonica at the ICA in London and awarded funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Greenwall Foundation. As a member of the steering committee for New York 2050, a wide-reaching project envisioning the future of the New York City region, she is currently working with city planners, environmental scientists, historians and other experts to look at the impact of climate on the future of human life both locally and globally.

She has recently presented the installation and digital print project The Fly's Eye, (2002) which creates a live movement and light analysis and deconstruction of the video image, at Le Centre de production DAÏMÕN in Quebec, the Politecnico di Milano University in Milan, Italy, at The Kunstgewerbe Museum in Berlin, Germany, at The Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, OH, at Apex Gallery in New York City, at the V Salón y Coloquio Internacional de Arte Digital in Havana, Cuba, and at SIGGRAPH '03 in San Diego among other venues.

Polli's longest running performance project, Intuitive Ocusonics, a system for performing sound using eye movements, began in 1996 and has been shown at V2 in Rotterdam, Holland; at the N-Space Art Gallery of SIGGRAPH '01 in Los Angeles, CA; at the Subtle Technologies Conference at the University of Toronto, Canada; and at Immedia, at the University of Michigan. Other performances and presentations include: The Monaco Danses Dances Forum, Monaco; ISEA, International Symposium on Electronic Art, Paris France; Invencao, Sao Paolo; and Imagina 98, Monaco. To support this work and the production of an Audio CD, Active Vision, she was awarded a 1999 artist's residency at The iEAR Institute at Rensellaer Polytechnic, a Harvestworks Recording Production Grant in New York, an Artist's Residency at The Center for Research in the Computing Arts at The University of California at San Diego, and a residency at Franklin Furnace in New York as part of The Future of the Present. She has also shown this work in venues throughout New York City, Chicago and the Midwest; in San Francisco, and in Finland, Iceland, Germany, Sweden, Greece, and the Phillipines.

Her performance work and research is documented in the article Active Vision in the October 1999 issue of The Leonardo Journal. A retrospective article about her work from 1991-1998, Virtual Space and the Construction of Memory, is published in the Spring 98 issue of The Leonardo Journal.

Industry of the Ordinary - http://www.industryoftheordinary.com/

Through sculpture, text, photography, video, sound and performance Industry of the Ordinary are dedicated to an exploration and celebration of the customary, the everyday, and the usual. Their emphasis is on challenging pejorative notions of the ordinary and, in doing so, moving beyond the quotidian.

Industry of the Ordinary were formed in 2003. Their first performance, Dropping 163 lbs: Daley Plaza, involved approximately 75 performers who dropped 163 lbs of white clothing on Daley Plaza in Chicago. 163 lbs is the average weight of an American adult.

subRosa - http://www.cyberfeminism.net

subRosa’s name honors feminist pioneers in art, activism, labor, science, and politics: Rosa Bonheur, Rosa Luxemburg, Rosie the Riveter, Rosa Parks and Rosie Franklin.

subRosa is a reproducible cyberfeminist cell of cultural researchers committed to combining art, activism, and politics to explore and critique the effects of the intersections of the new information and biotechnologies on women’s bodies, lives, and work.

subRosa produces artworks, activist campaigns and projects, publications, media interventions, and public forums that make visible the effects of the interconnections of technology, gender, and difference; feminism and global capital; new bio and medical technologies and women’s health; and the changed conditions of labor and reproduction for women in the integrated circuit.

subRosa practices a situational embodied feminist politics nourished by conviviality, self-determination, and the desire for affirmative alliances and coalitions.

Michael Workman - http://www.bridgemagazine.org/online/

Michael Workman is the President and Director of Bridge NFP, a Chicago-based 501 (c) (3) organization. Workman is President of the Bridge Art Fair, an international exposition of new art that hosts large-scale exhibitions in Chicago, Miami and London. Bridge manages commercial leases for several properties in Chicago, including the Network of Visual Art space at 840 West Washington and unit 3D at 119 North Peoria, providing affordable studio and exhibition space to dozens of individual artists, graphic designers and gallery/artist-run spaces including Bucket Rider, F2 Lab and Garden Fresh. Workman writes a column on visual art, Eye Exam, for the Chicago alternative weekly NewCity, serves as Chicago correspondent for the bi-monthly Italian art publication, Flash Art and the UK-based art magazine Contemporary. Workman regularly lectures at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, Columbia College Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. His writing has appeared in catalog essays for the Chicago Cultural Center and his fiction, journalism and critical writing has appeared in New Art Examiner, The Chicago Reader, zingmagazine and elsewhere.

Patrick Lichty - http://www.badideamachine.com/lichtyfolder/ and http://www.voyd.com/voyd/

Patrick Lichty (b. 1962, Akron, Ohio) was born into a family with a long involvement in and support of the arts. His mother, a exhibiting artist of numerous art and craft media, immersed him in textiles, painting, ceramics, print and other techniques during his upbringing. Simultaneously he was also exposed to technology in the form of the emerging genres of electronics, video games, and later personal computing when his parents bought him an Atari 800 computer in 1978. Instead of following the desires of many adolescents of the late 70's in wanting to program the next Pac-Man or Space Invaders, he was interested in drawing and creating music with his personal computer.

Upon graduation from high school, family convinced him that computers and electronics was a field with great potential. Lichty then followed this advice to complete two degrees in electronic engineering at the University of Akron (Ohio, US), but also followed studies in Art and Asian Studies. In addition, free time was devoted to continuing interests in design, painting and digital imaging.

In 1990, while studying postgraduate Glass and Art History at Kent State University, Lichty met theatre historian Leigh Clemons and Sociologist Jonathon Epstein. Clemons would later become Lichty's scholarly collaborator (and spouse), and Epstein became partner in the media group, Haymarket Riot. During the first half of the 1990's, Lichty and Epstein created a number of works on media and culture, including Americans Have No Identity, but they do have Wonderful Teeth, The Sociology of Jean Baudrillard, and Haymarket Riot's MACHINE.

By the mid 1990's, the World Wide Web burst upon American culture, and advances in personal media production allowed the individual to create media art available only to institutions. From this, early web artworks following his love of art and theory, such as (re)cursor and video like Haymarket Riot's WEB were created, which caught the attention of corporate activists cum art group RTMark. From the mid 90's to the early 00's, the critical work started with Haymarket Riot continued in collaboration with RTMark in creating visuals and animation for exhibitions and video, culminating in 1999's Bringing It to YOU!, which was featured in the 2000 Whitney Biennial.

Solo work continued as well, exploring the nature of narrative structure in online spaces. These include 1998's Metaphor and Terrain, a 'sculptural' essay examining interface as art object, 1999's Grasping @ Bits, another hyperessay looking at issues of art and intellectual property rights, and 2000 Smithsonian American Art Museum commission SPRAWL: The American Landscape in Transition. This last piece consisted of a hyperdocumentary consisting of over 190 minutes of interviews, various texts, and 32 panoramic vistas of areas in his home town of North Canton, Ohio that were in the midst of rapid change due to the housing boom of the late 90's.

After 2000, Lichty's artistic and scholarly practice would further expand from solo and collaborative works to include numerous curatorial projects, including (re)distributions: Mobile Device and PDA Art, columnist for ArtByte Magazine, and the assumption of the Executive Editor position at Intelligent Agent Magazine (NYC), in partnership with Whitney Museum of American Art digital arts curator, Christiane Paul. In addition, his service to the New Media community also expanded by becoming Chair of the Inter-Society of Electronic Art's (ISEA's) Cultural Diversity Committee, and Executive Curator of Microcinema International's Mobile Exposure cellphone video festival.

In 2001, the RTMark visual collaborations would catch the attention of another activist group, The Yes Men. This group's comical stunts, calling for humane treatment of global populations by organizations such as Dow Chemical, EXXON, the US Government, and the WTO, were featured internationally from ArtNews to the BBC. Lichty's slapstick animations from bizarre management schemes to fast-food waste reclamation projects were core illustrative components of the group's presentations, and featured in Bluemark's documentary, The Yes Men, which showed at the Sundance, Berlin, and Sydney film festivals.

After over a decade in the New Media art world, a desire share his experience through teaching required that Lichty seek a terminal (MFA) degree. In 2004, he entered Bowling Green State University's Digital Arts program under advisor Gregory Little. While planning to graduate in 2006, Lichty has served as Representative-at-Large for BGSU Graduate Student Senate, the BGSU Public Arts Committee, and is member of Phi Kappa Phi with a 4.0 GPA. He remains in his former duties, and is most recently featured in the exhibition, Dreaming of a More Better Future, at the Cleveland Institute of Art with Kevin and Jennifer McCoy and Vito Acconci.

1458 W 18th Street 1R(entrance on Laflin St.)
Chicago, IL 60608
hours: saturdays from noon-5pm or by appointment

This exhibit is part of Chicago Artists Month, the eleventh annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant visual art community. In October, 250 exhibitions of emerging and established artists, openings, demonstrations, tours, open studios and neighborhood art walks take place at galleries, cultural centers and arts buildings throughout the city. For further information, call 312/744-6630 or visit www.chicagoartistsmonth.org. Chicago Artists Month is coordinated by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

Oviedo vs. Aguirre in Pilsen

Jesus Oviedo
Saul Aguirre
painting, printmaking and installation

Pilsen Open Studios
October 21-22 from 11am-7pm
thru Nov 5th by appt.only

Jesus Oviedo Studio
2224 W. Cermak Rd. 1st floor
Chicago, IL 60608

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Tracey Rose @ polvo


Mini-exhibit: Cape Town: Contemporary Prints by Sipho Hlati, Velile Soha and Ernestine White
Flatscreen: Sonia Báez-Hernández

Opening Reception: Friday, September 15 from 6 pm to 9pm

September 15 - October 7, 2006

This will be Rose’s first solo exhibition entitled, "¿Le molesta que dé de pecho aqui?" in Chicago. The "broken" Spanish title comes from her recent performance piece she did in the Canary Islands. Rose explains, "I wrote and performed in Spanish where I de-mythologised Christopher Columbus, it was at opening of the exhibition ‘Olvida quien soy’ at Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno in Las Palmas, the audience grew irritated and participatory while I read and reread this text in broken Spanish."

Rose will be a visiting artist and lecturer with the Liberal Education Department at Columbia College Chicago, Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, Columbia College Chicago and the SAIC Visiting Artists Program and Performance Department. Her work reflects on the cultural, economic and political differences that mark the world today, along with identity-related and ethnic issues. Rose graduated from the Fine Arts Department from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Her career as an artist started at that moment, with a series of exhibitions that included the Johannesburg Biennial (1997) and most recently, her work has been included in the critically acclaimed exhibit, "Africa Remixed" travelling in museum venues around the globe.

Mini-exhibit: Cape Town: Contemporary Prints by Sipho Hlati, Velile Soha and Ernestine White

Sipho Hlati, Velile Soha and Ernestine White represent three generations of Cape Town based print media artists in South Africa. The work explores history, identity politics and artistic experimentation. Their exhibit histories include museums such as the South African National Gallery and galleries such as Bell-Roberts Gallery. These works had traveled with an exhibit curated by Jesus Macarena-Avila and Anna McCullough Tyler with Beacon St. Gallery, Elgin Community College and Northern Illinois University. Amongst the exhibited work, White will show her newest series. She explains: "In my recent body of work titled ‘Banal Illusions’ I explore the relationship between the camera, myself and my immediate environment in an effort to begin to understand the role (power) one has in altering one’s perceptions of reality. At first glance, the environment seen ordinary; they are places that signify a human presence."

Flatscreen: Sonia Báez-Hernández

Sonia Báez-Hernández holds a MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MA in Sociology, from University of California, Los Angeles, and an ABD from the European Graduate School and a BA in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico. She has exhibited her work at the Museum of Modern Art, Dominican Republic; Juchitán Casa de Arte y Cultura & Calles y Sueños, Mexico and the Printmaking Society, Los Angeles; International Miniature Exhibit Del Bello Gallery, Toronto and other locations.

Báez-Hernández will be showing documentation of her performance work, "Trans-Body" with Polvo. She explains: "’Trans-Body’ unveils multiple fragments of my body transformation and my becoming-woman. My body enters into a rigid territory through breast cancer, mastectomy, chemotherapy, and breast reconstruction. Breast cancer or illness is aporia, anguish and confusion." Performance, choreography, voices and costume by Sonia Baez-Hernandez, videography and editing by Jean-Rene Rinvil with music and voice by Diego Pérez. She will be a visiting artist with the Liberal Education Department at Columbia College Chicago where her documentary, "Territories of the Breast" will be premiered (co-directed and co-produced by Jean- Rene Rinvil/ Sonia Baez-Hernandez and music by Diego Perez). For details see www.vf-media.com

This exhibit is co-presented by and partnering with the Liberal Education Department at Columbia College Chicago, Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, Columbia College Chicago, Radioarte, and the SAIC Visiting Artists Program and Performance Department. Light refreshments provided by Nuevo Leon Restaurant, 1515 W. 18th Street.


1458 W 18th Street 1R(entrance on Laflin St.)
Chicago, IL 60608
hours: saturdays from noon-5pm or by appointment

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Day of The Dead

Dia de los Muertos 2006:
Rooted in Tradition

Opens Friday September 22, 2006
from 6pm - 8:30pm

Carmen Arias family
Jose E. Chapa family and Radio Arte
Zarco Guerrero
Luna Negra Dance Theater
Delilah Montoya
Museo de Artes e Industrias Populares de Patzcuaro,Michoacan
Talcott Fine Arts and Museum
Academy Chicago Public School
UNAM / ESECH / Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas
Roberto Valadez

Jesus Barraza
Miguel Angel Cano Mesquita
Castillo Orta family
Tony de Carlo
Nicolas de Jesus
Luis de la Torre
Tony Dominguez
Armando Gomez de Alba
Ricardo Gonzalez
Angel Hernandez Bucio
Victor Herrera
Jose Hugo Sanchez
Luis Jimenez Jr.
Pedro Linares family
Ricardo Linares
Jeff Abbey Maldonado
Elsa Muñoz
Gabriel Navar
Eduardo Oropeza
Salvador Pizarro
Deborah M. Rael-Buckley
Antonio Ramirez
Israel Reza
Nino Rodriguez
Alejandro Romero
Juan Soriano
Consuelo J. Underwood
Jerry Vigil
Xavier Viramontes

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum
1852 W. 19th ST
Chicago, IL 60608


Back to Basics- Part One

Kathleen Judge
Peter Powers
Kaylee Wyant
E Williams
Lisa Yu
John Essen
Gabriel Villa
Duk Ju L. Kim
Andrew Paczos
John Salhus.
Late evening performance by
''Church Van?''

Opening Reception: Friday- September 8th - 6 p.m.

1255 W.18th St. Chicago 60608
Sept 8-23- Open Saturdays Noon to 5pm
Appointments 312-666-3237
for more info and upcoming shows please visit:

poetry @ mestizo

Proyecto Latina: More than Poetry
open mic
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2006 @ 7 p.m.

Lupe Martinez
singer | songwriter | musician
from Almost Rosario and Alla

At Cafe Mestizo / Tianguis Books
1646 W. 18th Street

Join the Proyecto Latina network: www.myspace.com/proyecto_latina

For event details: www.tianguis.biz

About Lupe...
Lupe Martinez is a singer, songwriter, and musician. She is currently a member of the two bands, Almost Rosario and Alla. She's been playing guitar and singing about 10 years, and writing her own songs for the past seven. She performs at various Potbelly Sandwich Works locations throughout the city and she sometimes performs at weddings, parties and bars. For details on Lupe's projects and to listen to her work: www.myspace.com/lupesings

Pablo Serrano @ Cafe Mestizo

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Exhibition Opportunity for artists

All artists participating in this year's Pilsen Open Studios are invited to participate in the opening reception/collective exhibition on Oct. 20th, 2006

Send 3 photos of 3 works that are no larger than 36" H x 24" W

Israel Hernandez
Prospectus Gallery
1210 W. 18th St.
Chicago,IL 60608
(tel. 312-733-6132)

deadline- Sept 16, 2006. Gallery takes 40% of all sales.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

5th Annual Pilsen Cultural Celebration, 2006

AUGUST 12 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
AUGUST 13 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

HARRISON PARK (Between: Damen & Wood)


Danza Azteca (Prehispanic Dance Ceremony)
Humberto Carrizales (Flamenco Guitar)
Nahuales (Punk Rock)
Magnolia Project (Bolero Jazz)
Frequency Below (Jazz Rock)
Fandanguero (Son Jarocho)
Putrefacción (Grind Metal)
Explosión (Cumbia)
Caliente (Ol' School Rock)
Diana Paez (Trova Rock)
Malafacha (Ska)

Colectivo Musical (Trova)
Folk Dance Group
Tlalmanalli (Prehispanic Music)
Opio (Spanish Rock)
Community Artists (Rock Pop)
Blues 5 (Blues)
Son del Viento (Son Jarocho)
Dali (Spanish Rock)
Gwen Mitchell Trio (Electric Consciousness Music)
Doppen Ganger (Ska)
Salsation Theatre Company (The Fanta Menace)

For more information please contact: roysurreal@yahoo.com

Sunday, July 30, 2006

pilsen open studios


pilsen open studios is an artist run art fair that takes place in october. each year artists, galleries, spaces and cafes open their doors for special hours during a weekend. If you are an artist and would like to participate email us if you live between racine - western and 16th and cermak.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Paintings by Casper

Paintings by James
Jankowiak aka Casper
Music by Jesse De La Pena

When: Friday, July14, 6 to 10 p.m.
Wine & Desserts- No Cover

Where: Kristoffer’s Cafe & Bakery
1733 South Halsted
Chicago, Illinois 606008

Free Parking At Chicago Community Bank (18th & Halsted)
Directions: Mapquest through www.kristofferscafe.com website

Monday, July 10, 2006

benefit for the Pilsen Environmental Rights & Reform Organization (P.E.R.R.O.)

"It's Your PERRO-gative: A Night for Cleaner Air and Conscience"
"Es su PERRO-gativa: Una noche
benefit for the Pilsen Environmental Rights & Reform Organization (P.E.R.R.O.)

Saturday, July 15, 2006
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Decima Musa Restaurant
1901 S. Loomis

featuring bands:

Allá /// Subatomico /// and possibly more!

We will be celebrating our successful campaign to achieve pollution reduction from the H. Kramer foundry in Pilsen, and providing information about the largest sources of pollution in Chicago: the two coal-burning power plants in Pilsen and Little Village. We will also provide information about how residents and community leaders can get more involved in making Pilsen's environment cleaner and healthier. Please join us and forward this message along. Hope to see you Saturday!

Karen Sheets
Member, P.E.R.R.O.

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P.E.R.R.O. is a group of Pilsen residents that formed in 2004 to fight the disproportionate amount of pollution in the Pilsen neighborhood. Its mission is to increase awareness about environmental justice and the effects of pollution and forge a dialogue among residents, businesses, industry and social and religious organizations in order to create a healthier community and living environment for all.

Largely because of P.E.R.R.O.'s efforts, the H. Kramer foundry at 1345 W. 21st St. will be upgrading its pollution filters by early 2007.

However, Pilsen and Little Village remain neighborhoods with some of the worst air quality in Chicago, due in large part to the old coal-burning power plants at 1111 W. Cermak and 3501 S. Pulaski, whose high levels of pollution continue to be allowed because the plants were last rebuilt in the 1950s. Cleaner technology does exist, however, and we need your support to demand it be used. With so many families and children in the Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods, this is of vital importance. A study has shown that these two power plants, which sell electricity to Com Ed, cause more than 40 premature deaths, 550 emergency room visits, and 2,800 asthma attacks each year. Seven in ten Latinos live in areas that violate federal air quality standards, and Chicago is known as the asthma capital of the nation.

For more information, see www.pilsenperro.org/coalpower.htm

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About the bands...


Chicago's Allá is the creation of producer Jorge Ledezma, his brother Angel Ledezma, and chanteuse Lupe Martinez. Recorded over four and half years in six different studios in two different continents using over a dozen studios musicians, THIS IS the new ambitious psychedelic pop sound of Latin music.

Allá takes sonic cues and production tricks from the Brazilian Tropicalia movement, Motown & R&B, the German krautrock experiments of the early 70's, the lush romantic harmonies of traditional Mexican Trio music and the Brain Wilson & Phil Spector Wall of Sound symphonic pop nuggets of the '60s. Allá sounds everything and nothing like their forebears.



¿Qué es P.E.R.R.O.?

La Organización sobre Derechos y Reformas Ambientales de Pilsen (P.E.R.R.O.)

P.E.R.R.O. es un grupo de residentes de Pilsen que se formó en 2004 para luchar contra la cantidad desproporcionada de contaminación en la vecindad de Pilsen. Nuestra misión es aumentar el conocimiento sobre la justicia ambiental y los efectos a la salud de la contaminación. Tambien queremos forjar un mejor diálogo entre residentes, negocios, industria y organizaciones sociales y religiosas para crear una comunidad y medioambiente mas sano para todos.

En gran parte debido a estas iniciativas, durante 2006, la fundición de H. Kramer en 1345 W. 21st St. aumentará sus filtros para controlar la polución de humo que suelta. Se espera que se actualice para los principios de 2007.
¡Ayude limpiar su vecindario — ayude a P.E.R.R.O. como voluntario!

Somos un grupo de voluntarios. Cualquier persona con un poco de tiempo puede ayudar hacer a Pilsen una comunidad mas limpia y sana para vivir. ¡Si quiere ayudar, lo necesitamos!

Para mas información llame a Karen al 312-280-5107 o visite a nuestra sitio bilingual: www.pilsenperro.org


Thursday, June 29, 2006

El Muro @ Meztli

Galeria Meztli y Organizacion Cultural
Grupo de Teatro "El Tecolote"


De: Egon Wolff

Una historia de inmigrantes mas alla
de las fronteras humanas.

Alfonso Seiva
Olga Figueroa
Juan R. Cruz
Armando Solis
Janeth Velsquez
Jorge Ramirez
Estrella Gonzalez
Mario Torres
Gerardo Quintero Rivera
Felix Gordillo
Norma Brizuela
Eric Ortega
Javier Ramirez
Salvador Abarca
Jess Salinas
Jorge Abarca

16 DE JUNIO AL 15 DE JULIO, 2006



INFO: 312-738-0860
Alfonso Seiva 773-297-0063

and Cultural Organization
556 W. 18th st.
Chicago, IL. 60608

Friday, June 16, 2006

Polvo is going to San Antonio

Polvo is going to San Antonio to participate in their Contemporary Art Month festivities and art events. We will be in their motel art exhibit below:

CAM 2006 Official Kickoff @ Motel 3

* Artist(s): 500X Gallery (Dallas), Art Palace/Ali Fitzgerald (Austin), The Donkey Show/Heather Johnson (Austin), duchamp ta mere/Philippe Blanc, Katherine Bovee & Namita Gupta Wiggers (Portland), Jack the Pelican/Margaret Evangeline & Anne Eastman (Brooklyn), Okay Mountain/Jared Steffensen (Austin) & testsite, A Project of Fluent~Collaborative/Cauleen Smith (Austin), Polvo (Chicago)

* Organization: Contemporary Art Month
* Event Location: Johnson Courts/Motel 3 4302 South Presa
* Dates: Jun 30–Jul 31
* Times: Open during special events, Sat & Sun 12-6PM & by appt.
* Reception Date: Friday June 30, 6PM-12AM, Saturday July 1, 3PM-12AM
* Contact(s): Anjali Gupta
210.533.5762, info@camsanantonio.org

This year CAM made an extra special effort to draw choice national and international talent into our midst, especially other art collectives and artist-run galleries. In doing so, we want to encourage local talent to merge and mingle with these folks, show them your work, drag them around town and expose them to what San Antonio has to offer. Motel 3 will be open to the public by appointment all month long and will also be hosting an array of third party events showcasing local talent, so check www.camsanantonio.org for updates.

artists from polvo participating:
Adriana Baltazar
Allison Rentz (Atlanta, GA)
Amie Robinson (New York)
Deb Sokolow
Dolan Geiman
Edra Soto

Jesus Macarena-Avila
Jaime Mendoza
Maria Gaspar
Miguel Cortez
Scott Kildall

plus more...

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Game of Chance Figurative Paintings by Jeff Abbey Maldonado

Opening Friday June 23, 2006 from 5pm-10pm

Prospectus Art Gallery
1210 W. 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 733-6132

Chicago, Illinois—Prospectus Art Gallery will showcase a retrospective exhibition of the Pilsen-based artist, Jeff Abbey Maldonado. The show will feature higlights of Maldonado’s work since 1999. Twenty paintings, all acrylic on canvas, make up the exhibit which will open with a reception at Prospectus Art Gallery on June 23. The exhibit will run through August 4, 2006.

The characters of Maldonado’s featured work are a reflection of contemporary man’s condition. Like the characters of French novelist Michel Hollenbecq, Maldonado’s protagonists reveal a mysterious aura always in conflict with beauty while they sink in solitude wherever they may be. For writer Jeff Huebner, is “a contemporary artist who is acutely preoccupied with the quest to realize, and define, one’s most authentic identity amid our shape-shifting palimpsest of places and histories and mythologies. Since the early 1990s, he has worked in a wide variety of media that, animated by figurative, abstract, and ancient imagery, has mined the overlapping layers of the so-called American character and experience. Yet he also strives to relate a transnational story, a story beyond borders”.

The exhibition will take place in the Pilsen neighborhood, the heart of today’s Mexican Renaissance. Prospectus Art Gallery is located at 1210 W. 18th Street, Chicago, Illinois.




6:30 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.


Meztli Gallery
556 W. 18th St.

INFO: 312-738-0860

Monday, June 05, 2006

Xabier Barandiaran @ polvo

Join the discussion!

"Hackmeeting and Hacklabs: technopolitics and reality hacking in
south-european autonomous networks"

Presenter: Xabier Barandiaran - Series Talk #2
Monday June 12, 7-9pm

Polvo - 1458 W. 18th St. 1R | Chicago IL |
Co-Sponsored by AREA Chicago Art/Education/Activism and CriticalArtWare
www.areachicago.com | www.criticalartware.net

Details Below:
Title and Abstract of the talk
Short Bio of Xabier Barandiaran
Title and Abstract of the talk:
"Hackmeeting and Hacklabs: technopolitics and reality hacking in
south-european autonomous networks"

For the last 6 years a number of autonomous collectives called HackLabs (hacker or hacktivist laboratories) have been created at different squat social centers and other self-managed spaces around europe. The network of hacklabs has now more than 40 nodes (most of them located in Spain and Italy) dedicated to build-up community based free-software and open access spaces for skill sharing and collective intelligence, technopolitic experimentation and direct action on several digital struggles (cybercontrol, digital rights, intelectual property, etc.). HackLabs were born as a result of Hackmeetings: underground self-organized hacktivist meetings where grassroot activist and geek culture meet to discuss, exchange and coordinate different knowledge, resources and initiatives around technologies and politics. The talk will focus on a set of trajectories within the hacklabs and hackmeeting networks: the experience of Metabolik (one of the first hacklabs in europe), the distributed and self-managed organization of spanish and european hackmeetings and the recent direct action campaing against intellectual property (CompartirEsBueno.Net). Emphasys will be made on philosophical background, discussion on technopolitical tactics and opportunities for coordination.

Some references:

Presenter Bio

Xabier Barandiaran is a PhD student and researcher on Cybernetics, Neurophilosophy and Artificial Life at the University of the Basque Country (Europe), member of the autonomous server SinDominio.Net, the hacktivist laboratory Metabolik BioHacklab (located at the social squat center Undondo Gaztetxea), the spanish and european HackLabs.Org network and the recent copyleft activist campaing "CompartirEsBueno.Net" (SharingIsGood: a spanish network of hacktivists and media-activists against intelectual property regimes and the media-culture industry). He has also been involved on other grassroots movement such as alternative education, social desobedience, anti-war movements and squatting. Xabier has also co- organized and activelly participated on a number of HackMeetings (self-managed technopolitical meetings that take place in squatted social centers in europe), Copyleft Conferences and other parallel events, workshops and seminars. His work has been devoted to
development and promotion of free-software tools for social movements, direct action and coordination of autonomous technopolitical networks as research on free technologies & culture, community based digital self-management and hacktivism.

AREA's ongoing and irregular "Infrastructure" series, which will continue with meetings, screenings, shows, dinners, writings, readings over the next few years. The framework of the series will focus on the questions of longevity, sustainability, institution building, and mutual aid relationships involved in the process of creating self-organized infrastructure. To imagine an existence beyond the rent gap speculation, beyond the non-profit (NGO) industrial-complex and beyond the academy - we must imagine another Infrastructure!

AREA Chicago is a biannual publication focusing on the intersections of Art/Education/Activism in the city of Chicago. The website is currently having technical difficulties but is generally available at www.areachicago.com

ABOUT criticalartware:

criticalartware is an [application/platform/concern] compiled at the turn of the twenty first century to address hyperthreaded hystories of new media, [software-as-art/art-as-software] and [connections/ ruptures/dislocations] between early moments of {conceptual|code}- based art forms such as artware and Video Art. By drawing [parallels/ paths] between the [concepts/discourses] of these early moments, criticalartware hopes to critically question and [re]connect the current context to its rightful unruley past: a multitude of [personal/subjective] hyperthreaded [her/hi/hy]stories.


Friday, June 02, 2006

A night of documentary, discussion and spoken word

A night of documentary, discussion and spoken word

The number of lives and childhood dreams lost in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict keep adding up. For nearly four decades, a people have lived under the world's longest military occupation, depriving them of basic human rights, security, livelihood and dignity. A screening of Sundance Awards winner James Longley's 2002 documentary Gaza Strip, followed by a discussion by award-winning Palestinian American journalist Ray Hanania and finishing off with Kevin Coval, author of Slingshots (A Hip-Hop Poetica) will refresh our memories, expand our knowledge, and give us a new perspective on what a certain corner of the world continues to endure today.

Caise D. Hassan, contributor to publications such as Bitter Lemons, Lebanon's Daily Star, Khaleej Times, L.A. Times, and the Houston Chronicle will be the night's moderator.

THE DOCUMENTARY: 6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

"If you spend much time in the Gaza Strip you realize that most of the kids there are pretty much like that one — they're surrounded by an impossible situation — but they're still just kids and usually they act like it."

THE DISCUSSION: 7:45 p.m. - 8:20 p.m.
Ray Hanania is an award-winning Palestinian American journalist, author and stand-up comedian. He writes for several newspapers in the United States including Newsday and the Orlando Sentinel, and in the Middle East for the Sharq al-Awsat in Palestine, Arab News in Jiddeh Saudi Arabia and Yeditoh Ahronoth in Israel. Hanania has worked in journalism for more than 30 years, mostly covering Chicago City Hall. But he has been a peace activist, serving as national president of the Palestinian American Congress in the 1990s. He is also a filmmaker and produces online documentaries on the Middle East and Arab American history at www.ArabAmericanTVOnline.com.

Hanania will discuss the situation on the ground in Palestine in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip where he visits annually. His last visit was early last year. His presentation will address the deteriorating economic situation in Palestine, the deteriorating political situation and the rising trends of extremist voices that continue to exploit the failure to achieve peace there. A Christian, Hanania will also discuss the deterioration of the Christian presence in Palestine.


THE SPOKEN WORD: 8:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Kevin Coval is the author of Slingshots (A Hip-Hop Poetica). He will be reading select poems from this work. He has been hailed by WGN Radio as the "voice of the new Chicago, whose work should stand up there with Carl Sandburg." Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors, Founder of Louder than A Bomb: The Chicago Teen Poetry Festival and Curator of Chicago's Hip-Hop Theater Festival, Kevin has been writing, performing, teaching and organizing in Chicago for 10 years.


Caise D. Hassan is a Chicago area writer for the Future Arabic Community Newspaper and online contributor to the Southwest News Herald. He has published on the Middle East in publications worldwide. Currently, he is researching a book on the 1987 Palestinian Intifada.

Saturday, June 24th, 6-9 pm

Sonotheque nightclub
map1444 W Chicago Ave
21 and over
View Map/Directions
Full Spectrum is sponsoring this event.
Contact: Luis at fspectrum@yahoo.com

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Southkore PUNK festival

The Southkore Shall Rise Again

Southkore Records puts on the first-ever all-Spanish punk festival this weekend. Eric looks into how this came to be.


Rancho Huevos is a shoddy house in Bridgeport that sometimes puts on shows. Tonight, Treinta/Treinta is playing. It looks as if at any moment their singer Swave will bring down the supports with a swing of one of his massive arms. The crowd is a healthy mix of trad skins, gutter punks, regular joes, and some well-dressed spillover from the show at the Texas Ballroom down the street. The lineup includes half a dozen different flavors of punk, from political to skate punk to grindcore. The recently reunited Sin Orden are elder statesmen of the scene. Intifada, whose members are all still in high school, is one of the youngest. Condenada is a bilingual girl group with members of Reaccion and Human Order. The headliners are Hit Me Back, from Los Angeles, and Cinder, a skate-punk act from Spain.

That was a year ago.

The rash of venue closings that swept through the city last year did relatively little to affect the punk scene. Great venues like El Colibri, Transmission, the Needle House, the Crevice and the Command Center pop up and disappear so quickly that there's little time to mourn them. The average lifespan of a good punk house is only a year. It probably comes as no surprise that cops and landlords are no fans of loud music or liberty spikes and that a lot of punks have trouble making rent. According to Cris Balls, who lives at Huevos and plays guitar in No Slogan, "My experience is that every place I've ever lived in, you know going in that they're not going to renew your lease at the end of the year."

30/30 performing at Needle House

From the very beginning, Latinos have played an important role in shaping the sound of Chicago punk rock. In the late '60s, Santiago Durango's family moved to the city from Colombia. He would become one of the founding members of Big Black and Naked Raygun. It was Los Crudos, though, who emerged from Pilsen in the mid-1990s, that many American bands credit with inspiring them to sing in Spanish. Today, Chicago has one of the most vibrant Latino punk scenes in the nation, but it didn't come easily. When Southkore formed in the late 1990s, there was a general feeling that Southside bands weren't getting the same breaks as their contemporaries on the other side of the Loop.

All of the larger (or at least legitimate) all-ages venues in the city — the Fireside Bowl, the Metro, etc. — were on the North Side and whenever bands came in on tour, it seemed like they had all the same groups, coming from all the same places, opening up for them. Southkore began as a collective made up of members of bands from Pilsen, Little Village and Back of the Yards. Despite some initial success, they folded soon thereafter. With some people pulling the collective towards community activism, others towards the musical aspects of their neighborhood scene and still others refusing to work on anything but their own pet projects, there were simply too many members to get anything done.

A couple years back, a smaller Southkore decided to give it another try. While retaining their original goals, their main objective was to record the bands that had been playing for years and never been able to put out records. Their first release was a 7-inch of Non Fiktion Noiz, which wasn't ready until the band's final show. Sitting at a table at the Skylark on South Halsted, Benny Hernandez explains the problems with releasing the album, "Our white friends, and these bands on the North Side ask us why we don't go on tour more often. Why we don't put out albums quicker. They don't understand that we come from a different socioeconomic background, that a lot of us can't take off because we have to work to support not just us but our parents and our families." Swave adds, "And if you can imagine going on tour for four weeks or six weeks, when one of the guys in your band is undocumented, it's a logistical nightmare. Every one of us has had to put some bill on hold, pay the phone or the gas a month late to get these albums out."

Tras de Nada

Records by No Slogan and Eske followed, and then Ratas De Ciudad. Ratas was their first CD, a compilation of all the bands they'd spent the last few years recording. It was released at the first Southkore Fest, which took place in an old factory at the end of the summer in 2004. Due to a printer error, they had no inserts for the jewel cases and took down addresses, over three hundred altogether, at the door, so they could mail the booklets out later. The show featured about a dozen bands from the comp and the neighborhood, and even a couple friends from up North. The cops showed up a couple times when kids had wandered up to the roof, but were finessed away by Condenada's Mariam B, who then threatened to kick the shit out of anyone who caused them to return.

Over the next year the Southside scene exploded. Barriers dropped as Southkore teamed up with Criminal IQ for a holiday show at the Abbey Pub. Bands from the Pilsen/Little Village scene played alongside the likes of Caustic Christ and Kylesa, with legendary punk dinosaurs like the Subhumans and MDC, and with international bands like Skitsystem, Riistetyt and Gouka. Southkore even put out a couple albums by North Side bands like Fourth Rotor and the Pedestrians, and now two years after the first Southkore Fest, they're ready to put on a second.

This time, they're doing everything legit. The show will take place at The Black Hole, an arcade in Little Village, with a new theme. All of the bands playing Southkore Fest 2 are Latino. It is the first fest of its kind in the country and it's bringing in bands from as far away as Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. When I asked why Southkore would organize a fest that would exclude some of its own bands (like the Pedestrians and the Rat Bastards), Swave explained that Latino punk bands tend to get marginalized at festivals like this. Ten years ago, Los Crudos was the Latino punk band in the city, prompting them to write their only English-language song, "That's Right, We're That Spic Band.

"There won't be any 'token' bands at this festival, and you won't see the same bands you'll see everywhere else."

When I asked Benny the same question, he put it slightly less diplomatically. "This fest is like a big fuck you to white punk America, not only are we taking over your country but we're taking over your scene."

Southkore Fest 2 takes place at The Black Hole, 3045 W. 26th, on the 2nd and 3rd of June. In addition to the music program, there is a film program at Meztli Gallery, 556 W. 18th Street, on Saturday the 3rd, featuring the documentary "Beyond the Screams" and a talk with its director Martin Sorrondeguy (of Los Crudos and Limp Wrist). More information at www.southkorerecords.com.

Southkore Records


Wednesday, May 24, 2006


This SATURDAY, MAY 27TH @ 6 P.M.

Join us for a a bilingual reading and benifit for


Held at Cafe Mestizo/Tianguis Books
1646 W. 18th St.

"We must come to understand that stifling a woman's imagination is too
costly a price to pay for servitude." ---Helena Maria Viramontes

Hosted by:
Silvia 'Ilxica' Rivera

*Achy Obejas
*Juan Carlos Domecq
*Maria A. Beltran-Vocal
*Juana Goergen
*Paul Martinez Pompa
*Irasema Gonzalez

This event is free but we do kindly ask that you consider a donation to
Mujeres Latinas en Accion.

Mujeres Latinas en Accion is currently celebrating its 30th year. Part
of their mission is to empower women and youth to become self reliant
and able to take full advantage of available opportunities to improve
the quality of life. For more information on their programs and
services visit: www.mujereslatinasenaccion.org

For event details: www.tianguis.biz

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Bring no GREEN($): trade

Colectivo Tiempo de Caracol invites you to bring something to trade:

Bring no $$ but bring something to trade with someone else.

Saturday May 27th from 10am-4pm
Sunday May 28th from 10am-4pm

Where: La Plaza Aguila, 18th and Blue Island

Call 773.656.4285 for more info

**Bring no Money....No Dirty Laundry! Keep it Clean!**

old (1999) pilsen photos

This is a collection of Photos I took during the summer of 1999. Enjoy...

Above is an alternative/cultural space called "Calles y Sueños/Casa de Arte y Cultura", and it existed on 19th and Carpenter from 1994-2000. The small murals are now gone.

Before the Seven Three Split gallery(Who since moved to Los Angeles) there was El Viejo Cafe on 18th and Morgan.

And before Kristoffer's Cafe there was the Hardware Cafe.

Cafe Jumping Bean

In 1999 Polvo was on Cullerton and Wood

Mural by Marcos Raya and others.

Mural by Aurelio Diaz

Mural by Jeff Zimmerman

hunger strike: immigrant activists in Pilsen

I want to inform you on a hunger strike with immigrant activists: Elvira Arrelano and Flor Crisostomo since May 10th, 2006. Please help them to spread the message to the Bush administration about calling "an immediate moratorium on raids and deportations and the seperation of families until Congress fixes its broken immigration laws".

You can help and support them by many ways, first, by coming and sharing your energies to them or by the following:

1. Helping with megaphone in the street, since many of the protestors are fasting, their energies are low.

2. Supplying bottled waters or hot tea, maybe you can get to sponsor this yourself or find donations.

3. Going on 18th street to pass out fliers around spreading the word about the hunger protest.

4. If you are an artist or a poet, they want to plan for Friday a visual and sound manifestation.

5. If you a journalist or photographers: please support the cause by documenting and spreading the word out.

If you can help with any of these, please call Victor Arroyo 773.403.3637 otherwise one can find them at:

Plaza Tenochtitlan: located in the corner of loomis, Blue Island street and 18th streets

This week's schedule is:

Tuesday, May 23: 12 noon until 8 night

Then starting Wednesday, May 24: 12 noon until Tuesday, May 30, they will be sleeping outside at the plaza.

Then will be a mass protest on Thursday, June 1: 8 am to 4 PM 55 E. Monroe, corner of Wabash and Monroe.

Thank you for your support!