Art and Chocolate/Artist Óscar Romero and lecturer Carlos Heredia combine art and food in a unique one-day presentation at the new La Luz Gallery, at 1545 W. 18th Street, which takes place on February 11, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Titled “El Chocolate”, the presentation features a lecture on the myths and legends about this ancient beverage which was developed by the Mayan and Aztec civilizations. According to National Geographic, the Mayans discovered chocolate some 2,600 years ago, earlier than it was thought. Unlike us today, in which our chocolate drink is thin and watery, the ancient Mayas liked their chocolate drinks very thick and foamy. According to hieroglyphics left behind, chocolate was considered “the food of the gods” and the Mayas drank it morning, noon and night. To view the Romero drawings contact Arturo Jauregui, gallery owner, at email@example.com
Bolaño’s Epic Novel 2666 at Goodman Theatre/The Goodman Theatre in Chicago presents the adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s epic novel 2666. The novel deals with a group of European academics who are on the trail of an elusive German writer in Mexico. The trail leads the group to a border city, much like Ciudad Juárez, where women are being killed by unknown suspects. The play opened on February 6 and continues until March 13 of this year. The play was adapted by Tony Award-winning artistic director Robert Falls and Playwright-in-Residence Seth Bockley. The play lasts five hours with three intermissions. Bolaño, who was born in Chile, died in 2003 and was an award winning writer who lived for many years in Mexico and in Spain. For ticket information contact the Goodman Theatre at (312) 443-3800.
Performance by Febronio Zatarain/ Twenty songs of disenchantment and… Ayotzinapa is the name of the performance piece by local poet and writer Febronio Zatarain which plays at La Casa de Óscar López in Humboldt Park, 2628 W. Division St., Chicago, IL. Presentations begin on February 11 and continue until February 21, 2016. The performance deals with the conflict within one man after he breaks up with a love interest and also the mixed emotions he faces when he learns the news of the disappearance of 43 students at the Ayotzinapa Teachers College in Guerrero, Mexico. The presentation, which is directed by Raul Dorantes, includes music by Emiliano Rojas, Alycya Magaña and Zatarain himself. The performance is in Spanish with subtitles in English. Admission is $10 per ticket.
Benefit for UNIR/ Friends and supporters of the United Network for Immigrants and Refugees (UNIR) hold a benefit fundraiser for this organization which helps immigrants file their cases with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The organization has more than 30 years working to help people in Pilsen and the rest of the city. The benefit will be at Club Atlas, 1811 W. 21st Street, on Friday, February 26 from 6:30 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. Tickets are $25 each and there will be music, food and a cash bar. For more information, call (773) 934-7405.
Carlos and Dominguez Gallery to Close/ The popular Carlos & Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery on Cullerton near Ashland Avenue plans to close this summer, according to co-owner Lenny Dominguez. A retired high school principal and former magazine editor, Dominguez said it is too much work managing the gallery and that he and co-owner Patricia Carlos will rent out the space. Both then plan to dedicate more time to travelling in Mexico and pursue other artistic interests. The gallery opened 20 years ago and has had many excellent exhibits and memorable gatherings throughout the years. One of the latest was the book presentation of El Gran Circo Chico/The Great Little Circus, a book by the late Aaron Kerlow, which was published and presented by his close friend Marc Zimmerman. Without a doubt, many Pilsen artists and activists will miss this fine arts gallery. We wish Patricia and Lenny well.
Compilation by Antonio Zavala.
Antonio Zavala is a freelance writer who lives in Chicago and writes about the people and neighborhoods of Chicago.