Monday, May 28, 2007


Come to
Colibri Studio/Gallery
2032 W. 18th Street
June 2, 2007

We are having an art show of 4 artists from Venezuela

Jenny Ramos
Montserrat Alsina
Edgar YaƱez
Eduardo Angulo
Reception from 6 to 9 pm

And afterwards our monthly "Fandango" with Sol Azul and Tarima Son
9:30pm till 12:30am
Suggested donation $8
Chicago Public Radio will be here!
Listen and dance to music from Veracruz....a little like the music from Venezuela and if we are lucky we will have food from here as well!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Pilsen to Pilsen Festival

Researcher and art critic Lenka Dolanova organizes this festival which combines and analizes the history of Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood and Plzen city in Czechoslovakia.

Saturday, June 9, 2007


  • 10-11 A.M. Busker - "Pilsen to Pilsen" streaming performance + Mexican band
  • 11 A.M. Busker - "It's Fun to Be Bohemian" documentary stereo-premiere
  • 1-4 P.M. Czechoslovak Heritage Museum (Oakbrook) - Opening panel discussion, exhibition "Czechs in America"

  • 4:30 P.M. Busker - Presentation of the documentary about Pilsen by Amanda Gutierrez
  • 6 P.M. Polvo - Lecture by Dominic Pacyga (Chicago's Czech Past: A Look at Pilsen and Czech California)
  • 6:30 P.M. Polvo - Lecture by Kenneth Corrigan
  • 7 P.M. Polvo - Discussion with the members of local communities
  • 8:30 P.M. Polvo "There is No Place Like Home" video screening by Czech students and professors


2159 W. 21st PL
Chicago, IL 60608

1458 W. 18th St., 1R
Chicago, IL 60608

Czechoslovak Heritage Museum
122 W 22nd St
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 472-0500

Pilsen, one of the most popular neighborhoods in Chicago, is located southwest of downtown. Czechs and Slovaks (who used to be known here as Bohemians) began to settle in this location in the 1870s while some sparse settlement existed there before (the first inhabitants were reputedly Irishmen in the 1850s). The neighborhood gained its name Pilsen (alias Plzen which is a city in the Czech Republic) after the pub called “At the city of Pilsen” which used to be here. Soon after its founding, Pilsen became the largest Czech settlement not only in Chicago but also in the USA. Today it is the center of the local (mostly) Mexican community.

Lenka Dolanova (1979) comes from the Czech Republic and is a Ph.D student in Art History at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague. During 2005-2006 she was a Visiting Student Researcher at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Pilsen Open Studios 2007

pilsen open studios is an artist run art walk that takes place during the third weekend in october. Each year artists, galleries, spaces and cafes open their doors during special hours. Over 30 spaces, 60+ artists from May St. to Leavitt St. and from 16th St. to 23rd st , will open their studios to the public.

If you are an artist who has a studio in Pilsen or a gallery/cafe and would like to participate please see web site below.

Go to for more info

Come to our meeting Friday May 11, 2007 @ 7:30pm

APO Building
office 1st floor
1436 W. 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608

see MAP