Kathi Marquesa has been telling me about working in Chicago’s text-book publishing industry in the early days of media consolidation. But, she says, “I do other things too besides work for a living.” She's referring to a dance studio she manages in North Center, but there’s barely a breath before she adds: “I don’t know why I don’t get paid for all these other things . . .”
I have a dance studio that’s flamenco-related. I like to bring together people who have an interest in dance, music—flamenco especially—and see what we can work out, what can we produce, what can we present. I think people in this city collaborate with me because it’s not about me; it’s about flamenco. I like to be behind the scenes. Let me help you look good, and Let me publicize your wacky concert. A lot of artists don’t know how to promote themselves. A lot of it is word of mouth and getting something from a trusted source.