Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: Hispanic Heritage Month

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: Hispanic Heritage Month
Photo by Teresa Puente

There are many Latino events in Chicago this month as Sept. 15 marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month.

On Friday, Sept. 6, a concert in Pilsen, "Rise Up, Tear Down," is being organized by Moratorium on Deportations Campaign (MDC). It features Shining Soul, a band from Arizona that plays music about the U.S.-Mexico border and politics. It will be from 8 p.m. to midnight at Chi-town Futbol, 2343 S. Throop St. Suggested donation $5 to $10.

Also opening Friday night Sept. 6, is the film, "Una Noche." Set in Havana, the film tells the story of Cuban youth and their struggle to survive. The film is directed by Lucy Malloy, who also had the support of Spike Lee, in making the film. In an interesting real-life twist, the two lead Cuban actors are now seeking political asylum in the United States. The film runs through Sept. 12 at the Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

Mexican Independence Day will be marked by various parades and celebrations this month. The festivities kick off  Friday night Sept. 6 at the Little Village festival and runs 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will be a parade Sunday, Sept. 8, at noon that will travel west on 26th Street from the archway to Kostner Avenue.

On Sept. 14, there are two parades. The downtown parade hosted by the Mexican Civic Society of Illinois will start at noon at Columbus Drive and Balbo Street. The same day there is a parade, also at noon, at 18th Street and Halsted Avenue hosted by the United Merchants of Pilsen.

On Sept. 15, the famous "grito" or cry for Independence will be held at Petrillo Music Shell at 9 p.m., 235 S. Columbus Drive.

There also will be celebrations on the Sept. 15 in Cicero with an 11:30 a.m. parade at 59th Avenue and Cermak Road and the "grito" at 7 p.m. at Cicero Community Park, 34th Street and Laramie Avenue. For more suburban events see the calendar at the Mexican Consulate.

The National Museum of Mexican Art will open its annual Day of the Dead exhibit this month. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the death of José Guadalupe Posada, the artist who created La Catrina, a famous symbol of a woman with a skeleton face wearing a fancy hat. The opening reception is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and the exhibits runs through December 15.

On Saturday, Sept. 14 there will be a mercadito in the zocalo in Pilsen featuring arts, crafts and food. It runs from noon to 6 p.m. at 1815 S. Paulina. It is sponsored by The Resurrection Project, the Pilsen Community Market, local businesses and nonprofits.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, will be the Pilsen-Little Village Nonviolence Education Conference: Heal The Hood, Heal The World. It will feature best selling Chicano author Luis Rodriguez. The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Instituto Del Progreso Latino located at 2520 S. Western Ave.

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