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 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

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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: