Saturday, June 16, 2007

July events @ Tianguis

Wednesday, July 11th @ 7 p.m.
Tianguis Bookclub
A final opportunity to join the book club discussion on the award winning, and Pulitzer Prize finalist: The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea. Free.

Thursday, July 12th @ 7 p.m.
Hooks and Needles
Our stitching circle meets monthly on 2nd Thursdays. Open to everyone: Beginners and crochet/knitting veterans. Free.

Wednesday, July 18th @ 7 p.m.
Ask a Mexican!
Gustavo Arellano author of the hilarious book Ask A Mexican returns to Chicago and will be doing a reading and book signing at Tianguis. RSVP required, space is limited.

Thursday, July 26th @ 7 p.m.

Reading featuring Raúl Niño and his exquisite new chapbook Book Of Mornings.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

LUNATIC(A)S, Teatro Luna's new show

Our friends over at Teatro Luna are once again doing what they do best. We went to see this show last Friday. I cried, I laughed, and laughed so hard I cried.

Don't miss the CRAZIEST show of the season! Teatro Luna's LUNATIC(A)S. That crazy stuff you don't want to admit you do? We'll confess it for you - you can just sit back and RELATE! I promise.

June 7-July 15
@Chicago Dramatists
Thurs @ 7:30, Fri/Sat @8pm, Sun @ 3pm
$15 general admission/$10 students
For tickets and info call 773-878-LUNA or e-mail


Don't miss Teatro Luna's latest show, LUNATIC(A)S. Audiences love it and the critics do too! Here's a sampling of what they have to say:


Few theatrical endeavors capture the essence of the modern-day female better than Teatro Luna... This is chick lit without the bad writerly flourishes; Cosmo magazine without the quizzes or the how-to-please-your-man confections. Teatro Luna, of course, brings a funky Latina point of view to the table, and its shows are executed with a precision and liveliness that is hard to resist...the show as a whole contains some of the strongest observational humor you will find this side of "Sex and the City,"

funny feministas....blistering, hilarious honesty about the everyday insanities they experience as women and as Latinas...

...this is pure comedy with a capital "C"."

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Bookclub: The Devil's Highway, recap

Our bookclub discussion for The Devil's Highway was last night. There will be one more opportunity to share thoughts on the book in July, stay tuned for the date and time.

For now, I want to take a quick moment and follow up on last night's book club discussion. We had a nice exchange of ideas, regarding the book and the immigration issues it touches on. Some shared personal stories, or family anecdotes, it was definitely a book that struck a chord with many. One participant said she appreciated how the book humanized the immigrants crossing and a few regretted not having a novel format because we were left wanting to know more. I wondered if perhaps this was Urrea's way of conveying that desperation and feeling of not knowing feelings that perhaps the families left behind still live with.

Different passages stood out for a few of us. For me it was page 32, its a meager list of effects found on the victims that reads like a poem, for another person it was the top of page 165 that names the GPS coordinates that identifies where the journey ends for some victims, for another person it was page 128 that describes how walkers strip nude to escape the heat and how the clothing is found,"eerily neat, carefully folded and left in nice little piles."

Did you read the book and didn't have an opportunity to join us? Are there any thoughts you would like to share before the next book club discussion. We encourage you to post a comment here or send it to