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Making Ends Meet: Fiscal Challenges at Local Nonprofit

A longtime community organization that has brought culture and programs to Pilsen residents could be closing its doors soon. Casa Aztlan, a center that has been open for over 40 years on 1831 S. Racine Ave. has been unable to keep up with the demands of its property. The three-story building has been in foreclosure […]

Local Events: Arts and Entertainment

One World Jam – July 9  If you like music, poetry, theater or open mic then this night is for you. Every Tuesday this summer, MAGI Cultural Center, 2149 W. 21st St., in Pilsen is opening its doors for a night of collective artistic expression. Bring your writing, instruments or just your dance shoes and […]

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Cultural Exchange to Bring Son Jarocho Tradition and Culture to Chicago

A cultural exchange will teach local musicians about the roots of son jarocho, a musical folk style from Veracruz Mexico. The exchange will bring a total of 35 son jarocho artists from Veracruz to Chicago over the course of the year. They will participate in a series of concert programs and workshops highlighting the traditions […]

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Local Events: Arts and Entertainment

June 22: Bridgeport Record Fair Browse through vinyls, posters, prints and art at this one-day pop-up sale in Bridgeport. Part of Version Fest 2013, the Bridgeport Record Fair will feature a variety of record vendors, an art showcase and music from DJs including Sonorama, Tropicalazo, Miss Dez and Kevin Jones. At Maria’s Packaged Goods and […]

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Can Jobs Curb Violence?

Two groups team up to offer a job readiness program in Little Village. But are there enough jobs for youth in the city? Two community organizations are preparing at-risk youth and gang members for future job opportunities. Enlace Chicago and Ceasefire Little Village have partnered to offer a set of job-readiness workshops that teaches individuals […]

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Pink Panthers Program Promotes Girl Power

An after school program at Lara Academy, in Back of the Yards, helped girls throughout the year with issues unique to them–such as boys, puberty and bullying. Here is a video where students talk about how the program helped them. Un programa despúes de clases en la Academia Lara, en Back of the Yards, ayudó […]

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Senate Votes to Begin Debate on Immigration Reform Bill

  The Senate took the first step in immigration reform Tuesday by voting to begin debate on the highly contested bipartisan immigration reform bill. The 82-15 procedural vote easily surpassed the 60 votes required to launch debate on S.744. A similar 84-15 vote on the motion to continue debate was voted a short while after. […]

Local Events: Arts and Entertainment

June 10: Lumpen Release Party The Bridgeport-based Lumpen magazine is celebrating the launch of its latest issue and the introduction of a new magazine, Cholo, with a bit of booze and Korean BBQ at Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar, 960 W. W. 31st St. If you need more incentive, The Gate will be featured along […]

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Version Festival 13 to Reflect an Urban Operating System

Annual festival in Bridgeport to feature exhibitions, city and record fairs Organizers of Version Festival 13 are using an operating system as metaphor to describe the theme of this year’s cultural festival in Bridgeport. Urban Operating System or Urban OS will put the human in the technology-based network by presenting works and projects that promote […]

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Buenos Aires Artist is the Latest to Set His Brush Along 16th Street Corridor

Nicolas “Ever” Romero’s mural is the largest to be included in Pilsen’s Art in Public Places Initiative Buenos Aires-based artist Nicolas Romero likes to paint big. So, when the former graffiti artist, better known as Ever, was invited to fly to Chicago to paint one of his infamous murals as part of Pilsen’s Art in Public […]