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May 23

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Hosted by Mykele Deville + Eco
Produced by Nancy García Loza + Isaac Gomez
Artists Soulphonetics, Enid Muñoz, Sebastian Olayo, Alejandro T. Acierto, Lily Be, Gabriela Ibarra + Brian Herrera

RADICAL NOURISHMENT. In the wake of the abuse of power that occurred at Dusek's, in the face of new immigration policies that puts this (and other immigrant communities) in immediate danger, in the context of gentrification and change in Pilsen over the years pushing out more and more people of color, what does radical nourishment look like? What does that look like through the framework of the art we consume to nourish & replenish ourselves? How does that interplay with a neighborhood like Pilsen? 

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Mykele Deville is an actor, curator, poet, and rapper from the West Side of Chicago. He most recently appeared in Octagon at Jackolope Theater. He performs poetry all over Chicago. He indulges in lo-fi liberation raps, the personal, and storytelling as his method on his 2 recently released mixtapes Super Predator and Each One, Teach One. He is also a member of the music based poetry collective, Growing Concerns.

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Nancy García Loza is a Chicago-based, Mexican-American writer and producer. She received her B.A. from DePaul University with a double concentration in Latina/o/x & Latin American Studies and Spanish. She serves as Co-Creative Director of The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists of Chicago – a service organization dedicated to furthering the Chicago Latinx Theater movement. From its launch, she has participated in El Semillero: ALTA Chicago’s Latino Playwrights Circle where she wrote and developed her first play: MACHA: a pocha sister story (ALTA Chicago - workshop). She is a national steering committee member of the Latinx Theater Commons (LTC) since its inception. She led the Chicago Host Committee for the 2015 LTC Carnaval of New Latina/o Work, co-producing the Carnaval’s Noche Victoria – a salonesque evening of performances showcasing the breadth of Chicago’s Latinx theater talent to over 200 LTC national conveners. From 2012-14, she served as Executive Director for Colectivo El Pozo, a Spanish-language theater collective. During those three seasons, she oversaw administrative duties, artistic collaborations, and new play development. In 2012, she served as Marketing Coordinator for the 2012 YO SOLO Festival of Latino Solo Shows (Teatro Vista & Collaboraction), a role she has revisited on a few more occasions with other productions/companies. She is an Artistic Associate at Teatro Vista. She is working on some plays, short stories, and more. In her day life, she is Director for Elementary and Latino Outreach at Junior Achievement of Chicago, personally overseeing 30+ school partnerships, overall charged with 150+ school partners and their corresponding volunteer base. She is a Board Member of Mujeres Latinas en Acción and Alumni Member of Mujeres’ YPAC.

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Isaac Gomez is a playwright, dramaturge, and the director of new play development at the award-winning Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, IL. He is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, Co-Creative Director at the Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists in Chicago (ALTA) where he runs and is a participant of El Semillero: ALTA Chicago’s Latino Playwrights Circle, an Ensemble Member with Teatro Vista, an Artistic Associate of Pivot Arts, a steering committee member of the Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) and an artistic community member at The Hypocrites in Chicago.

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Soulphonetics is a Chicago-based DJ/producer collective formed by Christian Vera and Caswell James. Together they've hustled diligently to bring the soulful sounds of house, hip-hop, jazz and all forms of Afro-Latin & Global electronic rhythms to the fabric of social consciousness. The eclectic duo firmly believe that music is an essential element for the nourishment of our mind, body and souls. SOULPHONETICS residencies include Parampampán, Loose Ends, Dance Syndrome, The International Bust Down, CHEEKY! and The Good Good.  They've also been featured in CumbiaSazo, Unisono Festival, Taste of Randolph & Brazilian Fest Chicago.  When not shaking asses in Chicago, SOULPHONETICS can be found in any litany of national parties like L.A.'s CulosAngeles, New York's iBomba to Milwaukee's Sound Travels' spinning a soul shaking mix of hip-hop, deep house, global bass, Afro-Latin beats & overall world infused goodness. Soulphonetics has collaborated with internationally renowned artists such as Giles Peterson, Anita Tijoux, Toy Selecta, Bomba Estereo, Mayer Hawthorne, Mexican Institute of Sound and Les Nubian, to name a few. They have also been featured guests of The Hip Hop Project (WLUW), The Groove Temple, Spacious, Future Rootz (WNUR), The Worldwide Show and Modern Macho (Gozamos).



 

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Enid Muñoz is a performer and writer. Most recently, she has worked with FEMelanin, a multi-disciplinary self-identified WOC collective. EPIC TALES from the Land of Melanin, created by FEMelanin, world premiered in Kid's Fringe 2016 and will make a come back for the AATE 2017 National Conference in May. Her work focuses on the Mexican-American experience, inclusiveness and raising awareness. 

 

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Sebastian Olayo (also known as Bash) is an amateur theater and drag performance artist born and established in Chicago, Illinois. Currently completing their Bachelors degree in Theater at Columbia College Chicago, they aim to use theater and drag practice to explore themes of gender fluidity, sexuality, identity through cultural renaissance, mental illness, and social justice. They are currently working with Free Street Theater on a play in development, Meet Juan(ito) Doe, set to premiere in September. Cindy Nero, their drag persona, is finishing up her incubation period and getting ready to take the Chicago scene by storm with her drag troupe, The Meme Girls. Sebastian is also the founder of Decolonizine, an upcoming online and zine platform that centers the voices of femme queer, and artists of color revolving around concepts of decolonization and social justice.

 

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Alejandro T. Acierto is an artist and musician whose work is largely informed by the breath, the voice, and the processes that enable them. He has performed and shown his work internationally at the Film Society of the Lincoln Center, MCA Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik. He has completed residencies and programs at Skowhegan, VCCA, the Banff Centre, among others. A founding member of Ensemble Dal Niente, Acierto holds an MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago, an MM from Manhattan School of Music, and a BM from DePaul University.

 

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Gabriela Ibarra is an interdisciplinary artist residing on the Southwest side of Chicago. She is an undergrad student at UIC majoring in Fine Arts and minoring in Psychology & Latino Studies. Currently, she is employed by the National Museum of Mexican Art as a Teaching Artist at Solorio Academy High School. She has experience teaching after school programs through the NMMA (c. 2012-2014), as well as co-teaching summer mural classes through Yollocalli Arts Reach (c. 2016). Her commitment to community is reflected through her practice as well as her line of work, participating in multiple venues (The Dojo, Carlos & Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery, Side Street Studios, Pilsen Outpost, La Catrina Cafe, Sullivan Galleries), most recently collaborating with three artists on an ofrenda for last years #30: Dia De Los Muertos Exhibition at the NMMA.

 

Brian Herrera is a self-taught graphic designer born in Veracruz, Mexico and residing in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. As a designer, illustrator, and printmaker, he does freelance work for various nonprofits, filmmakers, creative directors, and startups throughout the city. Currently, he is employed by the National Museum of Mexican Art as a Teaching Artist at Calmeca Academy. Herrera’s personal branding project, Attitude 7, focuses on creating illustrative work commenting on popular culture and commemorating cultural icons. His work has been shown in spaces across Chicago, such as Hairpin Arts Center, Columbia College, Zhou B Arts Center, and Pilsen Outpost, among others. His most recent projects have been the branding for the critically acclaimed Open TV web-series Brujos, as well as the branding for Ricardo Gamboa’s latest play Meet Juan(ito) Doe, administrated by Free Street Theater. He is currently working on a zine series in relation to being an undocumented immigrant, as well as new portraiture prints, to be released Summer of 2017.