NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART The National Museum of Mexican Art offers children (ages 4-12) and families the opportunity to learn about art and culture through art workshops. Class themes are tied to the permanent and temporary exhibitions and integrate culture into the learning experience.
Creating Monarca Butterflies with 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 and Latin America, 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 de Mexico y America Latina. 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.
Creating Sculptures with clay and garbage with ALFONSO “PILOTO” NIEVES RUIZ is a self-taught artist who uses clay and garbage as his principal materials. Piloto has roots in both the Sierra Gorda de Guanajuato and the barrios of Querétaro. He was undocumented for almost 13 years and used art as a first language. Piloto does community-engaging art projects based on social justice and environmental issues. Alfonso has shown his art at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Expo Chicago, the lawn of the Field Museum, Navy Pier, Garfield Park Conservatory, CU Museum of Natural History, the Boulder Public Library, The Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, UIC, Elmhurst College, Museo MIT in Torino Italy, among many other venues. Most recently, Piloto co-created a 30-foot sculpture with Chicago’s muralist Hector Duarte. The sculpture is part of the Burnham Wildlife Corridor Gathering Spaces for the Field Museum and the City of Chicago. Piloto is working this summer in Puerto Rico, and the Rocky Mountains with United Cultures for Art and Nature. And this fall, he will be working at la Habana, Cuba, with sculptor Pedro Pulido and the community.
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 29 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 26th. 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.
VOJODEYL Radim Vojtek and Martin Deyl, long-time friends who performed together in a cymbalom ensemble, founded the VojoDeyl Duo in 2016. The impulse came from a popular Czech singer, Aneta Langerová, who invited Radim and Martin to perform with her on her tour. Radim Vojtek, a graduate of the Jan Deyl Conservatory for the Visually Impaired in Prague with a degree in violin and piano, has been in the public eye since his childhood years. His first achievement came at the age of eleven, when Radim, who was born blind, received the most outstanding talent award from the Czech Radio Foundation at a music festival for blind children. Few years later, the young violinist won the main prize in the Youth and Bohuslav Martinů National Competition. Since 2011 Radim has been performing with the cimbalom ensemble Falešnica. Martin Deyl has been playing guitar and winning music awards since elementary school. During his boyhood years, he also sang and danced in the children’s folk group Hluk. As a singer of the Kosenka brass band, Martin performed at many international festivals. In high school, he founded the band Alterna, which won the regional competition of high school bands in the Zlín district. Martin graduated from the Prague Conservatory where he studied bass and guitar. Currently, Martin teaches guitar at a Music School in Uherské Hradiště. At Pilsen Fest, VojoDeyl will be joined by Karolina Magdalena Kupczyk from Poland.
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.