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Events Wed Jun 11 2014

Go "Pa'lante" this Friday with the Culture Creators

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This weekend marks the annual Fiestas Puertorriqueñas, or Puerto Rican Festival and Parade, one of the largest Latino events in the country. Centered around the gorgeous Humboldt Park, the festival lasts for four days, and includes a parade on Division Street, as well as food, music, and games in the park.

In the midst of all the festivities, local artists and community activists hold events to educate residents and address social justice issues and cultural identity. On Friday, June 13, the Culture Creators will host a Pop-Up Shop (and Bar) at 2628 W. Division St. Founded by Michael Reyes, Culture Creators is an online label "dedicated to highlighting alternative, radical, and progressive Latino forms of cultural expression, and a platform for those who create it."

Reyes is a poet, playwright, and community organizer who is touring nationally with his play, "Crime Against Humanity", which was co-written with Luis Rosa, a former political prisoner. He has shared the stage with historical figures Lolita Lebrón and Dolores Huerta, musical acts Boca Floja and Dead Prez, and poets Tato Laviera and La Bruja.

Reyes will perform alongside Eddie Alvarado and Melissa DuPrey. Alvarado, also known as The Prince of Pain, is a local spoken word artist. DuPrey is a Chicago comedian, writer, and actress who made her Goodman Theatre debut in 'Luna Gale' this year. As a company member of Teatro Luna, she has written and developed the one-woman show, SEXomedy. These three Chicagoans, or "Culture Creators", are performers whose work promotes the "meeting of education and art with entertainment and activism".

Seating is limited, so get your advance tickets online for $15 ($25 if you'd also like a T-shirt). Showtime is at 8pm, and there will be an after-party on site that offers a chance to mingle with the performers. $3-$5 drink specials will be available all night.

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