Knight Moves Chess Club This club was founded in 1989 by Héctor R. Hernández, Branch Manager of the Rudy Lozano Branch of the Chicago Public Library. It has met continuously, on a weekly basis, for the last 28 years. It offers three to four, free chess tournaments a year which are open to all. The most important of these tournaments is the Chicago Latino Chess Championship, held every year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. It draws up to 126 players! This year's edition will be its 25th. Our club has been nationally recognized as one of the Top Fifty Library Programs for Young Adults by the American Library Association. Chess Life, the official publication of the United States Chess Federation, has recently featured our chess program. The club has produced many city, state and national champions ranging in age from kindergarten to high school. The club, which meets every Thursday at 6 p.m., continues to attract many players of all ages. Knight Moves Chess Club members will be on hand at Pilsen Fest to take on all comers! For more information call the library at (312) 746-4329. Video.
BRINCO DEL CHINELO Chinelos are a kind of traditional costumed dancer which is popular in the Mexican state of Morelos, parts of the State of Mexico and the Federal District of Mexico City, especially the boroughs of Milpa Alta and Xochimilco. The tradition arose from the blending of indigenous and Catholic traditions, most notably Carnival, with its permission to be masked and to mock. Chinelos mock Europeans and European mannerisms from the colonial period up to the end of the 19th century. The Chinelos tradition is strongest in Morelos, especially around Carnival, but Chinelos now appear at other festivities such as Pilsen Fest. This performance will be in collaboration with the national conference El Chinelo es Folklor.
GROUND MOTION For most people break dancing is a form of Dance, but for Nick "MOKS" Olvera it's a way of life. Growing up in Pilsen in the 80s and 90s Nick fell in love with hip hop at an early age. Which is now led him to numerous Awards and championships from around the states and a great reputation. Teaching kids around the city and doing many workshops in different states has had him reach many goals in life. Nick doesn't do it for money and fame but to share his passion in hopes for other kids and people around the world will discover their passions as well.
YOUmedia is a studio space at Rudy Lozano Chicago Public Library designed specifically for middle school students. Students can hang out, mess around and geek out on projects to create their own artwork, music, animation, stop motion, 2D and 3D design, photos, and immerse themselves in modern tabletop games. YOUmedia is an open environment where students choose what they want to do, and receive coaching and assistance from the library mentor Vivian Alvarez and expert Erin Haptas. And of course there are books, too!
CIELITO LINDO is a modern Latino musical family formed by the Lucero 9. Featuring dad Juan on guitar and vocals, sons Diego 15 (guitarron, ukelele, vocals), Miguel 14 (trumpet, vocals), Antonio 12 (vihuela, vocals), Carlos 11 (guitar, vocals), and daughter Lilia 9 (maracas, vocals), with occasional guest performances by daughter Maya (6), son Mateo (4), and mom Susy. The band's repertoire reflects their cultural influences inspired by mariachi and their Latino heritage with music such as sones, huapangos, and rancheras from Mexico, canciones Cubanas, and Puerto Rican boleros. They also include some family favorites like, “No Tortillas” by Godfather of Chicano music, Lalo Guerrero; and songs in english ranging from oldies a cappella, to modern pop rock songs on ukulele. Called the “Chicago Von-Trapp Family” by Chicago Tonight, their powerhouse vocals and smooth harmonies tend to surprise, delight, and “knock the socks off” audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
FLAMENCO POR MÉXICO
HERMANOS SALCEDO Flamenco is an art form that was born in Andalucía, a region in southern Spain. It was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Mexican flamenco artists get together in a performance of cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), and baile (dance). "Flamencos por Mexico" is a concert that exalts the Mexican community through the arts. Hermanos Salcedo is a Mexican group formed by all siblings. The group features Andrea (flamenco guitar and bass), Braulio (percussions), Diego (guitar, bass and flute) and Hector Hugo (flamenco guitar). The group was formed in 2004 in Mexico where they performed in various cities of the state of Jalisco, sponsored by the Secretary of Culture of the State of Jalisco. Since 2005 they reside in Chicago, where they have performed at many notable venues and universities such as the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Field Museum, Mexican National Museum and various other important venues.
VANESA ROIMICHER (Dancer) A native of Chicago with Cuban, Argentinean, and Spanish heritage, Vanesa holds a degree in dance from Northeastern Illinois University. In 2006, she joined renowned Spanish dancer, Ms. Azucena Vega's Soul and Duende Spanish American Dance Theatre company with which she studied and performed for 5 years. With them she performed in many different venues across the Chicago land area, Indiana, and New York. Vanesa has also studied with other renowned Spanish dancers such as Carmela Greco, Juan Mata, Ana Gonzalez, and Vida Peral.
RUBEN CARLOS RODRÍGUEZ Born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México. He began studying flamenco in April 2000 at the Flamenco Dance Academy of Sabas Santos. While studying with the latter he performed with his Group Sevilla having the opportunity to appear in various locations in central and northern Mexico. In June of 2000 he took a summer course at the Cristina Heeren Foundation in Seville, Spain. He has performed through Mexico with different flamenco groups and projects. He has taken classes and courses in Mexico and Spain with masters such as: Rafael Campallo, El Junco, José and Carmen Greco and Alba Heredia, amongst others.
SCALES & TALES An educational Encounter with Exotic Animals. For over 20 years, Scales & Tales and Beth Wagner have been providing Chicagoland with professional, insightful and just plain fun animal shows. Always a hit with kids and parents alike, Beth and her animal crew make even the most timid person comfortable enough to encounter her menagerie. Featured in Chicago Magazine and The Chicago Tribune, Scales & Tales is on its way to becoming a Chicago institution. Each Scales & Tales Educational performance is geared to the audience age level. And, everyone is encouraged to touch, pet and ask questions about any of their tame, handleable animals. Their techniques blend warmth and wisdom, drawing on personal knowledge and experience. This creates a fascinating show, tailored to suit a wide range of needs including specific studies in the environment, endangered species, predator-prey relationships and animal care and compassion.
PATRICIA CARLOS DOMÍNGUEZ For the last 20 years, as a writer, director, and producer, Patricia Carlos Dominguez has written and produced original works of Children’s Theater, and has brought important works of theater for adults from Mexico to Chicago. She also designs and presents numerous workshops, based on the culture and traditions of Mexico, to children, teachers, and parents. She has published a book, “Tsipeni y Joselito,” which is bilingual, Spanish and English, and deals with bullying. She received her B.A. Degree in Romance Languages from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her M.A. degree in Spanish Literature from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Como escritora, directora y productora, en los últimos 20 años Patricia Carlos Dominguez ha escrito obras de teatro para niños, y ha traído importantes obras para adultos de México a Chicago. Su trabajo está basado en la cultura y las tradiciones mexicanas. Recibió el título en Lengua Romance de la Universidad de Illinois en Chicago, y realizo la Maestría en Literatura Española en la Universidad Roosevelt en Chicago.