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Morelia artist 2MIL debuts first solo show at Pilsen Outpost

Herson Aldair Piñon also known as “2MIL” is a 23-year-old self- taught artist from Morelia, Mexico. He has been working on acrylic paintings and pencil sketches for more than 2 and a half years. His first solo art gallery Pueblo Mágico opens on Friday, August 4th at Pilsen Outpost. 2MIL will give Chicago a taste of […]

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Ruido Fest 2017

Imagine the reverberation  from the echo of more than 1,000 souls, fans blasting out loud and making you feel goosebumps:   “Podrás imaginarte desde afuera,  Ser un mexicano cruzando la frontera  Pensando en tu familia mientras que pasas  Dejando todo lo que conoces atrás  Si tuvieras tú que esquivar las balas…”  That’s part of the lyrics of Frijolero, a classic song interpreted by the Mexico City rock band, Molotov, who closed the second day of Ruido Fest 2017 at Adams/Medill Park.   Ruido Fest has […]

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Ruido Fest Interview with Jessica Hernandez

Jessica Hernandez from Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas is a Gothic soul-pop band from Detroit Michigan. Jessica Hernandez is a second generation Cuban and Mexican American. Hernandez studied at Columbia College and still spends time in Chicago. This year was her first time performing at Ruido Fest, an annual Latin Alternative music festival on its 3rd year. She performed […]

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Pilsen Fest presents: Hello Seahorse!

Pilsen Fest presents a collaboration of music, ideas, arts and culture by Jenny and the Mexicats on August 22nd, 12 p.m.,  18th St. and Blue Island. For more information visit Pilsenfest.com   Pilsen Fest presenta una colaboración de música, ideas , arte y cultura de Jenny y los Mexicats. El 22 de agosto 24:00 , 18th St. y […]

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Local painter JoeMama brings whimsy to life on the SW Side

Joseph Mora welcomes me to his studio on 69th and Pulaski, where his paintings are displayed like colorful offerings in a shrine. The studio is his parent’s living room. And kitchen and bathroom and basement. His markers, paint tubs, half-finished canvases, silk screens and rubber squeegees are sprinkled throughout the house, which is already full […]

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Immigration advocates discuss implications of executive order

Advocates and leaders gathered at Pilsen’s Casa Michoacan on Friday to discuss the implications of President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Signed into law today, the executive order will provide temporary relief from deportation for the parents of U.S. citizens and residents who have been in the country for at least five years.  The order […]

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Affordable student housing complex hosts open house

  An off-campus student housing complex in Pilsen is seeking new residents this fall. Developed by The Resurrection Project (TRP), La Casa will hold a series of open houses starting Saturday Aug. 2. The idea is to show students attending colleges and universities across Chicago that they can find affordable living in the city while going to school. La Casa, […]

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A tribute to Alejandro Nava

Bonded by loss, an ensemble of artists paid meaningful tribute to a beloved peer Last Friday July 11, Prospectus Gallery in Pilsen hosted a posthumous homage group exhibition entitled “Remembrance” in honor of the late Mexican artist Alejandro Nava, (1956- 2014) who died of cancer in February. The exhibition consisted of paintings and drawings reflecting […]

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Nightmare in Pilsen: Horror short film series captivates movie lovers

Infamous for its onslaught of blood, guts and gore, horror movies are not for the faint of heart. Still, the adrenaline rush of terror guarantees that nothing on the screen is boring. A sense of dread and demons don’t hurt, either. In anticipation of the upcoming Little Mexico (LiMe) Film Festival, the organizers will be […]

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Building future basketball champions

Annual program teaches teamwork, builds community Last Saturday, July 12 all hands were on deck for the Hoops in the Hood program in Back of the Yards. Four local teams have signed up so far, representing different organizations and churches from throughout the community, including Holy Cross, St. Michael’s, Chicago Police Kids and Kops and […]