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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 […]

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Community leaders, residents come out in support of Emanuel’s call for peace

Before the start of Memorial Day weekend, community leaders and residents across the city joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a series of orchestrated peace events on Friday May 23 and Saturday May 24. The events were part of a new campaign called Chicago Summer of Faith and Action where residents and neighborhood youth, along with prominent civic […]

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Esta Semana Santa, líderes católicos en Pilsen hablan de la reforma migratoria

La Pascua, la fiesta más importante del calendario católico, se celebra este año el 20 de abril — un año y nueve días después de que el Cardenal Francis George publicara una declaración oficial de la Arquidiócesis de Chicago en apoyo a la reforma inmigratoria. El propósito de esa declaración fue animar a la comunidad […]

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Nicaraguan-born printmaker shows satirical works at local gallery

Self-expression against corporate imperialists never gets old, and this time, the artist embraces a tradition of transgression and never gets his hands dirty. The Nicaraguan-born, Chicago-based printmaker Carlos Barberena’s provocatively-titled exhibition “In Greed We Trust,” substitutes our religious devotion (God with a capital ‘G’) with the destructive lust of one of the deadly sins (Greed […]