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IPRAC "Navi-Jazz" Concert


Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (IPRAC) presents the 3rd Annual Navi-Jazz Concert featuring Edgar Abraham & His Latin Jazz Project (Endel Dueño, Paoli Mejias, y Antonio Quijano). Saturday, December 10, 2011 * @7pm doors open at 6:00pm * Club Mambo 3336 N. Milwaukee Ave. * Tickets $25.00. More info and tickets here.


SPONSORED BY: Baker & McKenzie * Southwest Airlines * Verizon * Hoy * Third Fifth Bank * FV Plumbing  

Annual Pancake & Waffle Breakfast and Artisans Holiday Bazaar
To Benefit the Campaign to Free Puerto Rican Political Prisoners and Holiday Commissary
Sunday, December 11, 2011 9:30am -12:30 pm
Casa Puertorriqueña,
1237 N. California
For more info contact Miguel at miguelm@boricuahumanrights.org

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¿Quien Mató a Pinto Gandía?
(Who killed Pinto Gandía?)

A novel by writer and poet Carlos Quiles, based on the disappearance of the Puerto Rican Nationalist leader Julio Pinto Gandía in 1976.
Precio de venta $10.00. Spanish edition only.


Juan Antonio Corretjer
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
2739 W. Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622

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Paseo Boricua
Parranda Puertorriqueña

On Saturday, December 5th, ¡Humboldt Park NO SE VENDE! and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center celebrated the holiday season with its annual Paseo Boricua Parranda. Over 50 community residents paraded down La Division and los asaltos included the following businesses: Papa's Cache, Luquillo Barbershop, Café Colao, La Cosecha del Paseo Boricua, Jayuya Barbershop, La Bruquena, Yauco Food and Liquor and the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Beti Guevara and Frank Díaz graced the parranda with their guitars and traditional parranda songs as parranderos accompanied them on the guiro, maracas, cow bells and tambourines. The parranderos enjoyed chicken and tostones from Papa's Cache, hot chocolate and quesitos from Café Colao, and drinks from Jayuya, Yauco and La Bruquena. We would like to thank those businesses mentioned and the participants of the parranda for keeping this Puerto Rican/Latin American tradition alive. See the short movie here!
World AIDS Day 2011

On December 1st Vida/SIDA joined communities across the world in commemorating World AIDS Day, a day to honor the lives of the 33 million people who have died from AIDS-related illnesses and the 90,000 others who continue to live with HIV/AIDS. More pictures here.

Approximately 150 Humboldt Park residents, community leaders, and youth from 3 area high schools gathered at La Casita de Don Pedro for the Altar, and candle lighting ceremony to honor those who had passed away from AIDS related illnesses in the community. José Lopez, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, and State Representative Maria Antonia "Tony" Berrios spoke about the importance of supporting people with HIV and fighting homophobia within the Latino community.  The candlelight vigil followed, as the group marched in a procession to Roberto Clemente High School holding candles, carrying signs that read "Fighting for a cure", and calling out the names of those who passed away from AIDS-related illnesses. Read more at La Voz de Paseo Boricua.

"This is Our Humboldt Park" Photography Exhibition


The Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center, in partnership with the University of Illinois-Chicago Institute of Policy and Civic Engagement and School of Public Health cordially invite you to attend a celebration for the 12 Latina/o youth who participated as co-researchers in an educational project designed to provide a voice to the diverse experiences and expressions of the Humboldt Park community. The event, located in the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, will include an original photography exhibition of the youth's work. We believe that this is an important opportunity to recognize the young people who, through their efforts, are seeking to improve the well-being of this community.


Where: Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture 3015 W. Division St., Chicago, Illinois 60622
When: Friday, December 16, 2011, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
**Free off street parking on site. Refreshments (comida criolla) will be served.

This event is free and open to the public

DSBDA Welcomes La Cosecha to Paseo Boricua

La Cosecha on Paseo Boricua
2701 W. Division

Great news for Paseo Boricua as we end the year on a plus with the opening of two new businesses. La Cosecha (2701 W Division St.), which opened in September for Fiesta Boricua is now fully loaded with fresh produce. They have fine Puerto Rican coffee like café Don Pello from Ciales, Puerto Rico. They also have ahí dulce, fresh plantains (green or maduros), as well as other favorites from la cocina criolla. La Cosecha also has fresh fruit and a juicer where you can get amazing freshly squeezed orange juice to go.

La Cosecha's reopening brought in lots of support from community residents and workers, as well as several restaurant owners like Victor García from Papa's Cache, Pablo Espinoza, owner of Nellie's Restaurant, Roberto Tañón, owner of La Bruquena Restaurant, and Jaime Cruz, owner of Latin American Restaurant. All were there to take advantage of the fresh produce that La Cosecha has to offer.


La Cosecha wants to provide fresh produce at affordable prices to an area considered a food desert. It also seeks to provide an alternative diet to those residents who suffer from diabetes and asthma. View pictures here