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Chicago – Albany Park Arts

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Yes, Chicago is a melting-pot where America is being forged, yet again, as we speak! Immigrants are coming in from all over the world, filled with hopes and dreams which we can see expressed in their real-life success and in their real stories.

This moderate middle-class suburb is surrounded by more affluent ones, but it has been where new American lives have been built for more than a century. My father’s family started here after their immigration from Europe and there still are vestiges today of that Eastern European Jewish community in Albany Park, along with those speaking another 40 or so languages!

My family has long since moved-on to other parts of Chicago (we’re into our 4th generation of Chicagoans) or on to other parts of America. Albany Park is now 30% Korean, and also has a large Latin American contingent.

Last time I wrote about Albany Park Theater Project for teens as a way to meet-the-people of today’s Albany Park. Here are a few more places to check out the Cultures and Arts there.

At Northeastern University ofn Thursday, March 29th, 2012 check out the Lecture Series “The Acccidental Activist” at 7pm.

Visit the Triad Myriad at North Branch Projects for the exhibit at 3550 W. Lawerence Avenue, with Katie Chung, Amy Sinclair and Jon Ten Brink.

North Branch Projects is also one of 3 venues for the ongoing “ESPACIOS OCUPADOS: DEFINING 99%” seen around Chicago.

This Art Festival is an international art exhibit program with the goal of presenting creative responses by contemporary Caribbean, Latin American, and Latino/a artists showcasing recent occurrences happening around the globe: immigration rights protests in America, street riots in London, uprisings in Egypt, and the various “Occupy” events.

This collective exhibit effort opens-up common  “humanity” using imaginary and collaborative processes within and outside their respective communities. See it.

Calles y Sueños-Chicago
28 Jan. – 18 Feb. 2012 — FINISHED

Maya Essence – Casa Guatemala
17 Mar. – 14 Apr. 2012

North Branch Projects – Albany Park
12 May – 9 Jun. 2012

“Participating artists suggest how these current matters have impacted or continue to influence the Caribbean, Latin American and “diasporic” Latino/a community around the globe”.

The artists have produced work in many media – digital, drawing, mixed techniques, painting, performance and photography.

There will be community panel discussions between local activists, artists, and arts professionals. Interestingly, the Exhibitors represent different Latino/a generations of artists who are established and respected in the art world as well as others who are upcoming.


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Chicago – Theater Albany Park Project

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Chicago and New York are America’s biggest melting-pots. Come here to see-the-world walk by! Chicago’s history of welcoming immigrants is just as strong today as it was when my father’s family came there more than a century ago from Eastern Europe.

In fact, when I saw this Public Television piece about the Albany Park Theater Project for teens, my interest piqued, as I believe this was the neighborhood my father grew up in a century ago. Incredible.

I visited this neighborhood as a young teen more than 50 years ago and went to high school there for a few months while we visited from overseas.

It was a safe neighborhood then. My sister and I walked to school, alone. No problem. Now, more than 40 languages are spoken in the neighborhood and the teens there have lots to deal with; however, this artistic group of kids is rising above some difficult circumstances and are inviting you into their lives.

This is a chance to see a slice of America rarely shown in order for you to understand real-stories, from the teen actors themselves. The project also helps tutor the teens and the steadiness of all of this produces the first college-bound children in their families. They have received critical acclaim for their plays.

I will have to confirm that my family did live within the boundaries of what is called Albany Park today, but regardless I will pay attention to what’s going on in the Albany Park Theater Project Project next time I visit, and I think you should learn more here, too.

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Chicago – Albany Park Community

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Albany Park is one of Chicago’s moderately middle-class neighborhoods. It’s surrounded by more-affluent neighborhoods and lies on Chicago’s famed North-side. The neighborhood is still an immigrant mecca, as it was for all of the 20th Century.

It’s a relatively low-crime area, but as Chicago is a huge city, anything can happen anywhere, at anytime. Please always be aware of that.

Certainly, the city is a great deal different than when my father was a teenager there, with Al Capone and other nefarious gangsters roaming the streets, spraying the streets with bullets, regularly in the 1930’s. Yet, as much as there are amazing cultural opportunities in this city, like all major American cities, there are still deep-problems, too.

Wherever you are staying, be sure to ask the staff about the lay-of-the-land, for certainly there are areas to be aware to stay away from.

And, you must decide on which public transportation options you feel comfortable with, too. Also discuss this with your hotel staff. Sometimes the time of day makes a difference. There’s always a way to safely get to your destination. Millions do that everyday in the city!

The core of downtown around State Street and the famous museums and art galleries near Lake Michigan are certainly a tourist magnet, and you may opt for some accommodations in the core, rather than the residential sections, but I encourage you to ask about good neighborhoods to visit so you can really see the working-heart of the city.

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