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carlosbannerNicaraguan-born Chicago artist and printmaker Carlos Barberena mixes up traditional calacas and current events. Wall Street, Mickey Mouse, McDonalds, Halliburton, British Petroleum and other icons look better as muertos, don’t you think? [Mas…]

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chijngatupelobeerThe anti-Trump forces in Chicago didn’t just march last week — they drank a specially-brewed anti-Donald cerveza in protest too.

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ChingaTuPelo2Last week, when Chicago students organized to protest a Donald Trump campaign rally, some demonstrators carried big prints of this image, by Carlos Barbarena. Our Spanish isn’t perfect, but apparently Carlos was making a point about the Donald and his hair.

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[Dan McClintock is an artist, animator and illustrator.]

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The Chicago Reader shared an excellent obituary of artist Jose Guerrero.

goattacosIn Chicago, baseball fans love their loser Cubs.  Some say the Cubs’ bad luck is the result of the 1945 Curse of the Billy Goat that has thwarted the home team’s dreams. Now a local bar is urging patrons to fill up on goat tacos before going to Wrigley Field to defeat the evil curse. Is this witchcraft or wishful thinking?

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Prickly City by Scott Stantis: Maybe we’re in the wrong hood (toon)

by Cartoonistas January 28, 2015 Cartoons
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Chicago cartoon star Scott Stantis, creator of Prickly City, had changing demographics (and gentrification?) on his mind when he drew and wrote this two years ago: For those of you who may not recognize the characters with Winslow and Carmen, they are from the comic strip La Cucaracha by my friend, Lalo Alcaraz.

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La Cucaracha: Ju got mail! (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz January 15, 2015 Cartoons
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La Cucaracha: Self-haters gonna self-hate (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz January 14, 2015 Cultura
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Cheap Chinese chanclas choke Chuy’s Choo Repair

by Comic Saenz July 25, 2014 El Now
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(PNS reporting from CHICAGO) Chuy’s Choo Repair on Ashland has been fixing heels, stretching boots and giving new soles to tired oxfords since 1956, but owner Eddie Calderon doesn’t know how long he can keep his shop open. Calderon (photo, right), whose father opened the business when he returned to Chicago after the Korean War, […]

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Subcommandante Marcos retires, will work on restaurant

by Santino J. Rivera May 29, 2014 El Now
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(PNS reporting from CHIAPAS, MX) Subcommandante Marcos, leader of the Zapatista rebels (EZLN) in southern Mexico, has announced that he is leaving the group’s leadership. He said he no longer spoke on behalf of EZLN but will instead focus on his restaurant empire in Chicago.

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Mexican immigrants wash Chicago’s glass houses in ‘Paraíso’ (video)

by Verdana Bold March 7, 2014 Cultura
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Dangling from ropes on the sides of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers, a crew of immigrant Mexican window washers faces death every working day. That’s why they embrace life. They’re both Paradise (Paraíso.) [Spanish with English subtitles.]

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Chicago’s Casa Aztlan may be dead, but Aztlan lives (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA January 17, 2014 Cartoons
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Forget that ‘Duck’ guy, Steve Yamamoto is a Free Speech Hero (video)

by SIR GAY IRONSTONE January 2, 2014 Cultura
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You can exercise your First Amendment rights as a homophobic racist fool on A&E or as an anti-corporate viral video dude on the Internets. You be the judge. A Chicago employee of the Safeway/Dominick’s supermarket chain (which is closing 72 stores eliminating 6000 jobs) was suspended after he posted this YouTube video — Thanks, Safeway […]

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Rebel Diaz: ‘I’m An Alien’ [music video]

by MOON GUAC September 4, 2013 Cultura
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From Chicago to the Bronx, Rebel Diaz makes music that fights racism and celebrates indigenous people. Is there something familiar about this song’s chorus? I’m An Alien includes a sample from Sting’s Englishman in New York. PREVIOUSLY ON NEW JACK CITY:

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Rick Bayless is National Council of La Raza’s ‘Mexican of the Year’

by Santino J. Rivera September 21, 2012 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from GRINGOLANDIA) After being awarded the prestigious Order of the Aztec Eagle by the Mexican government in June, culinary guru and TV star Rick Bayless has been selected by the National Council of La Raza as their 2012 Mexican of Year. “Generalissimo” Bayless (as he has been dubbed by NPR’s Scott Simon), famed for […]

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Young undocumented immigrants line up to apply for Deferred Action

by Lalo Alcaraz August 15, 2012 El Now
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(PNS reporting from CHICAGO) Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children are applying today for a deportation reprieve under a new program established by the Obama administration. DREAMers will receive a two­-year deferment of deportation proceedings. If approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, those DREAMers can also apply for a […]

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