Posts tagged "Spain"

Roberto Bolaño lives on

Roberto Bolaño lives on
Roberto Bolaño Ávalos, the late novelist and poet, was born on this day in 1953. Much has been written about this enigmatic writer who was born in Chile, lived in Mexico and then moved to Spain. His most known novels are “The Savage Detectives,” and his posthumous novel “2666.” Mónica Maristain, a  journalist and friend... Read more »

The Pilsen Picasso: Francisco Mendoza, 1958-2012

The Pilsen Picasso: Francisco Mendoza, 1958-2012
Francisco Mendoza, 53, an artist and a teacher, left his mark in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Every day thousands walk by his murals at the 18th Street Pink Line “L” stop. His mosaic murals grace Orozco Community Academy in Pilsen. Among his many other works is a mural at the YMCA in South Chicago, the neighborhood... Read more »

Crossing the border

Crossing the border
“Where is your visa?” the immigration officer demanded at the airport outside Barcelona, Spain. A young Moroccan woman, who didn’t speak Spanish, shrugged her shoulders as if she didn’t understand the question. “Your visa? Your identity card?” the officer implored. I was standing in the line next to her and the immigration officer looking at... Read more »
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Bin Laden's victims were from around the world

Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, is dead. It’s a huge victory for American President Barack Obama. The relatives of his victims must also feel there has been justice. But this does not only impact Americans. Of the 3,000 people who perished at the Twin Towers, around 20 percent were born outside the... Read more »

Lila Downs and Buika pay homage to Chavela Vargas

Lila Downs I first saw Lila Downs perform almost 15 years ago at a party in Mexico City. She performed jazz standards at the house of the American ambassador. Over the years, I’ve seen her perform at least a dozen times in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Chicago. Her best performance I’ve ever seen was Friday... 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 »
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Mexico could censor Twitter

A politician in Mexico is proposing a law that could regulate social media sites like Twitter. Nazario Norberto Sánchez said that social networks like Twitter help narcotraffickers to drunk drivers, according to an article in the Global Post published this week. “We have to regulate these websites to make sure there aren’t people breaking the... Read more »

Yasmin Levy brings Ladino music to Chicago

What is Ladino? That’s Ladino with a “D” not Latino with a “T.” Yasmin Levy Ladino is the language of the Jewish people of Spanish origin who were kicked out of Spain in 1492 by the Catholic rulers Isabella and Ferdinand. They continued to speak Ladino, also known as Judeo-Spanish, in the countries to which... Read more »