Posts tagged "culture"

Mexico calls me home

Mexico calls me home
Have you ever thought of quitting your job and moving to another country? I did it in 2002. I left my job as a reporter at the Chicago Tribune and moved to Mexico, country of my ancestors, a place that called me home after more than a century. I moved to Guadalajara where I found... Read more »

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar March 2014

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar March 2014
Check out these upcoming cultural events in Chicago: Art classes for children and adults. National Museum of Mexican Art. Saturdays, March 1 to 22 for kids, $50. Saturdays, March 29 to April 26, $80 for adults. 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago. Dance. “Brazos y Abrazos,” The Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center, March 13 to 16,... Read more »

Chicanísima Advent Calendar: 24 days 'til Christmas

Chicanísima Advent Calendar: 24 days 'til Christmas
I will count down the days ’til Christmas with the Chicanísima Advent calendar. I will post an original photo from December 1st to December 25th designed to lift your spirits for the holiday season. This first photo is from the National Museum of Mexican Art’s Mercado Navideño, Christmas Market, that runs today from 10 a.m.... Read more »
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How a friend helped me find my home in Pilsen

How a friend helped me find my home in Pilsen
Two and a half years ago, I moved to Pilsen. I knew it was the neighborhood where I wanted to live as it is a center of Mexican art, culture and food in Chicago. On 18th Street, you can find Mexican bakeries, restaurants, art galleries and thrift shops. It is a neighborhood full of murals... Read more »

Pilsen cheers Chicago Marathoners

As the runners in the 2013 Chicago Marathon turned east on 18th Street from Ashland Avenue into Pilsen, they were met by drums, mariachi music and supporters waving Mexican flags. All marathoners were greeted with cheers, but those wearing Mexican shirts and running gear won over the crowd. “Where are the tamales?” one of the... Read more »

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: August in Chicago

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: August in Chicago
Here is a sampling of a few events happening this month in Chicago’s Latino community. If you haven’t yet seen the play Mojada by Luis Alfaro, this is your last weekend. The play is a reinterpretation of Euripedes’ Medea set in the Pilsen neighborhood. The play ends Sunday at the Victory Gardens Theater. On Sunday,... Read more »
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Frida Kahlo on her death and birth days

Frida Kahlo on her death and birth days
Frida Kahlo has become one of Mexico’s most celebrated artists. This Friday marks the 58th anniversary of her death and last Friday was the 105th anniversary of her birth. When she was alive, her work and life was eclipsed by her famous muralist husband Diego Rivera. Last year I saw an exhibit of Rivera’s work... Read more »

Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz wed and Spain wins the World Cup. But you won't find me waving the Spanish flag and cheering !Ole!

I have a love-hate relationship with Spain. Cruz and Bardem starred together in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” I love Spanish actors like Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, and you may have heard that they recently tied the knot. They are one beautiful, talented Oscar-winning couple. I love Penelope in all of the films by one of... Read more »