WBEZ | Cinco de Mayo http://www.wbez.org/tags/cinco-de-mayo Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Weekend Passport May 4th http://www.wbez.org/series/weekend-passport/weekend-passport-may-4th-98824 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/The 16.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Cinco de Mayo is here at last! Entice your senses with <a href="http://luchavavoom.com/">Lucha VaVoom</a>&rsquo;s Cinco de Mayo Spectacular. This Saturday, Lucha VaVoom puts on a comedy-burlesque-wrestling show at the Park West Theatre, 332 W. Armitage Avenue. The show is for adults over 18 only. It begins at 9:30pm. <a href="http://luchavavoom.com/tickets/cinco-de-mayo-chicago/">Tickets </a>are $25 at the door. You can also order online.</p><p>Next, <em>Worldview</em> takes you to the Orient and back with <a href="http://www.silkroadrising.org/live-theater/re-spiced-a-silk-road-cabaret" target="_blank"><em>Re-Spiced: A Silk Road Cabaret</em></a>. The show is playful, provocative, occasionally subversive and always entertaining. A cast of eight perform a musical pastiche of Asian and Middle Eastern images in American and British song and prose. Songs range from The Bangles&#39; &quot;Walk Like an Egyptian&quot; to Toby Keith&#39;s &quot;Red, White and Blue.&quot; <em>Re-Spiced</em> challenges you to think about how we consume pop culture about the &quot;others,&quot; and leaves you wondering who&#39;s who? <em>Re-Spiced</em> is at Pierce Hall in the Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington Street. <a href="http://boxoffice.printtixusa.com/silkroad/eventcalendar" target="_blank">Shows</a> are Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 4pm and 8pm, Sunday at 4pm.</p><p>Lastly, sixteen kids from one of the largest slums in Gujarat, India&rsquo;s northern region, perform a 90-minute dance-drama called <a href="http://ekatva.org/">Ekatva</a>, or &quot;Oneness.&quot; It&#39;s based on the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. Chosen from a group of 250, the kids have trained over the past year and will debut in Chicago this weekend, 7pm at the <a href="http://athenaeumtheatre.org/" target="_blank">Athenaeum Theatre</a>, 2936 N. Southport Ave. <a href="https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9665070" target="_blank">Tickets </a>range from $55 for premium seating to $25.</p></p> Fri, 04 May 2012 15:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/weekend-passport/weekend-passport-may-4th-98824 Music Thursdays with Tony Sarabia and Richard Steele: Cinco de Mayo http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/music-thursdays-tony-sarabia-and-richard-steele-cinco-de-mayo-98772 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/3060162542_6703463f0b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Tony Sarabia:</strong></p><p>Here’s my ideal way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo: a plate of <em>arroz con frijoles</em> accompanied by a stack of my mom’s homemade flour tortillas and Miguel Aceves’ grito blaring from the stereo.</p><p>That is the essence of my childhood growing up in a Mexican household. We didn’t speak Spanish in our home (common among a certain generation of Americans of Mexican descent); we left that to the music.&nbsp;</p><p>What better way to celebrate a regional Mexican holiday than by surveying the country’s rich musical heritage? That’s what Richard Steele, Vocalo's Silvia Rivera and I are doing for this week’s edition of Music Thursdays.</p><p>Before we get to the music though, a word about Cinco de Mayo: In the state of Puebla, the holiday is referred to as <em>El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla</em>, which means "The Day of the Battle of Puebla."</p><p>On May 5<sup>th</sup> 1862, 4,000 men from the Mexican army routed the better-equipped French army, who also outnumbered them. &nbsp;Historians say the battle is an important event in United States history because the win by the Mexican army prevented Napoleon from re-supplying Confederate troops during the Civil War.</p><p>But primarily, Cinco de Mayo is celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.</p><p>Okay, on to the music. Earlier I mentioned the “grito.” The grito is the shout, cry or <em>ay, ay, ay</em> that is peppered throughout lots of &nbsp;Mexican ranchera or Mariachi music. But it is also a response from listeners of many types of Mexican music from ranchera to conjunto and son Jarocho. If the music moves you, then feel free to let loose with a grito.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/fEHCk3Qac5s" width="480"></iframe></p><p>In songs, it’s mostly male singers who use the grito but every now and then we’re blessed with a female singer giving her all in a grito. We get a taste of that from famed Mexican singer and actress Lucha Villa singing a tune that never fails to get a roomful of emotional Mexicans throwing down with the gritos.</p><p>"Volver Volver" is a ranchera, which is Mexican cowboy music that came of age during the Mexican Revolution. "Volver Volver" is an anthem to love and longing and was written by Fernando Z. Maldonado, who also recorded under the name Fred MacDonaldo (go figure). It’s a beautiful, sad sounding piece of music and I challenge you to NOT let out a grito when you hear the song.</p><p>This next number is sometimes performed in the ranchera style but here it’s a moody bolero by Trio Alazan. "Maleguena," or "Maleguena Salerosa" is about – what else, love. The singer tells the story of a man who’s in love with a woman from Malaga, Spain but she doesn’t want him because he’s too poor. He understands her rejection. Trio Alazan is part of a genre known as trios romanticos.</p><p>Next we liven things up with a Son Huasteco. Son Huasteco comes from the northeast cattle country of Mexico and is known for its driving 6/8 beat and three instrument lineup of violin, the eight stringed huapanguera and the five stringed jarana huasteca, which is about the size of a ukele. One of the best Son Hausteco bands is Mexico’s Los Camperos de Valles which has been playing music since 1974.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5VDege8R_Ew" width="480"></iframe></p><p>Here is their rendition of "La Llorona (The Crying Woman)." The legend of La Llorona is a story that I and many other Mexicans were <a href="http://literacynet.org/lp/hperspectives/llorona.html">told as kids</a> and used as a warning against not listening to your elders or parents. Read it and then let out a loud grito. Feliz de Cinco de Mayo!</p><p><strong>Richard Steele and Silvia Rivera:</strong></p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/p0Az7ULwdvU" width="480"></iframe></p><p>Selena was known as “The Queen of Tejano” for her Tex-Mex style of music. She was only 23, and this Mexican-American was well on her way to becoming an international superstar: She had the talent, the looks and the personality. But in 1995, with an English album on the way, the young singer was gunned down in Corpus Christi, Tex., by the president of one of her fan clubs.&nbsp;It was a huge news story and one of the saddest tales associated with the music business.</p><p>The song performed here by Selena is “La Carcacha.” It’s about a woman, her boyfriend and his raggedy car.&nbsp;The song lyrics explain that she doesn’t care if the guy is rich or handsome, only that he treats her right.&nbsp;The music video for “La Carcacha” was shot in Monterrey, Mexico, and was the first video ever for Selena.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sWzcyUyx2zQ" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Juan Gabriel had a tough childhood.&nbsp;He was the youngest of 10 children, and his father died before he was born.&nbsp;At age 13, he left school and began doing carpentry work.&nbsp;That was around the same time he started writing songs. A bit later, he began singing at local clubs in Juarez.&nbsp;In 1971, he got a recording contract with RCA Records, changed his name from Alberto Valadez to Juan Gabriel, and recorded his first big hit. The song was “No Tengo Dinero” (I Don’t Have Money) recorded for his first studio album.&nbsp;The rest is history.</p><p>He is one of the most important songwriters and performers in contemporary Mexican music.&nbsp;Gabriel has recorded with numerous artists and has sold more than 40 million albums. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xdfik2FRhck" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Learning about Carla Morrison’s birthplace might be a real geography lesson for some. She’s from a city called Tecate, in the Mexican state of Baja California.&nbsp;The next question could very well be: How did this incredibly talented Mexican-American vocalist get the last name Morrison?&nbsp;It turns out that her dad left Mexico as a very young teenager and ended up in San Diego, where he was adopted by an American whose last name is Morrison.</p><p>Carla Morrison has this unique personal vocal style that draws people in.&nbsp;Her songs convince you that she can feel your pain and the love that might be part of that experience.&nbsp;She’s not shy about sharing her own experiences through her music. Her performances include her guitar and keyboard work.&nbsp;Last July she was in Chicago for the first time at the “Darkroom” on West Chicago Avenue. She’s also been heard on NPR.This recording is a love ballad called “Compartir” (To Share). &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 03 May 2012 11:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/music-thursdays-tony-sarabia-and-richard-steele-cinco-de-mayo-98772 This week in food events: May Day, Cinco de Mayo and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-04/week-food-events-may-day-cinco-de-mayo-and-more-98686 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mexicobreakfast.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 399px; " title="Breakfast in Los Cabos, Mexico (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)"></p><p>Spring is in the air, with a whole week of market openings and festivals, as well as the fascinating Smart Museum Symposium: Of Hospitality. The Friday dinner is sold out but I'll be there and will report back. In the meantime, happy May Day and Cinco de Mayo this week!</p><p><u><strong>Monday, April 30</strong></u></p><p>Watch chef&nbsp;<a href="http://publicanqualitymeats.com/">Paul Kahan</a>&nbsp;make a blood mortadella, ramps, and squid salad—and a pork belly, chorizo, and clams&nbsp;entrée&nbsp;<a href="http://fearnoartchicago.com/paul-kahan-executive-chef-publican-quality-meats/">here</a>—as an&nbsp;<em>amuse-yeux</em>&nbsp;to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&amp;eventId=4411385&amp;pl=mayne">Fear No ART's monthly Dinner Party</a>&nbsp;the Mayne Stage. Kahan's food will be paired with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ommegang.com/">Brewery&nbsp;Ommegang</a>&nbsp;beer.</p><p><u><strong>Tuesday, May 1</strong></u></p><p>Celebrate May Day and University of Illinois Chicago workers at <a href="http://www.uic.edu/jaddams/hull/_programsevents/_kitchen/_rethinkingsoup/rethinkingsoup.html">Re-Thinking Soup</a>, the free weekly soup and bread lunch program at the Hull-House Kitchen. "Listen to a selection of significant moments in U.S. labor history, curated from artists&nbsp;Deborah Strattman&nbsp;and Steve Badgett's installation '<a href="http://suspension.steverowell.com/stratman-badgett/">Polygonal Address System</a>.'" And as always, "eat delicious, healthy soup" with bread provided by Nicole's Crackers.</p><p>The inaugural <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/345281082200069/">Ground Up Chicago farmers market at Browntrout</a>, with "child-friendly chef demos and adult-friendly specialty cocktails"&nbsp;kicks off the new "Chicago chef collective committed to building a local and sustainable farmer-chef connection through education, access, and support."</p><p>The <a href="http://growinghomeinc.org/support/10years/">Growing Home 10th birthday party and annual benefit</a> at the Notebaert Nature Museum features Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Goose Island Beer, Candid Wines, and much, much more—including Steve James, director of the award-winning film <em><a href="http://interrupters.kartemquin.com/">The Interrupters</a></em>.</p><p><a href="http://www.chicagosculinarycrossroads.org/">Chicago's Culinary Crossroads</a> launches as&nbsp;"[r]estaurants throughout Chicagoland present special tasting menus, featured items or desserts, cocktails, or beers inspired by the cuisines of the NATO nations. In addition, internationally renowned chefs from some of the NATO nations will be paired with participating restaurants to collaborate on menus that truly reflect their nation’s cuisines...And, at each restaurant, diners can collect "passport" codes that may be entered online to win a VIP weekend for two to <a href="http://www.illinoisrestaurants.org/associations/2039/chicagogourmet/">Chicago Gourmet</a>."</p><p><u><strong>Thursday, May 3</strong></u></p><p>The first <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/404177916273953/">Meet the Market</a> of the year opens at <a href="http://balenachicago.com/">Balena</a>, hosted by the Green City Market Junior Board. "Both food and drink will feature the seasonal produce of <a href="http://www.ellisfamilyfarm.com/">Ellis Family Farms</a>. The <a href="http://deathsdoorspirits.com/">Death's Door Spirits</a> cocktails sales benefit the Green City Market.</p><p>Drink free beer as art again at "<a href="http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/calendar/event-details/index.php?guid=CAL-402882f8-34a921f9-0134-aee6a964-0000015aeventscalendar@uchicago.edu">The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art</a>" within the exhibition Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art at&nbsp;the Smart Museum of Art. "[G]uest bartenders will be poets and teaching artists from Young Chicago Authors."</p><p><u><strong>Friday, May 4</strong></u></p><p>The <a href="http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=200">Festival Cinco de Mayo</a> in Little Village is one of the "biggest Mexican festivals in the Midwest...this third annual gala...will again feature plenty of live music, authentic foods, arts and crafts, activities for families and children, and much more."</p><p>Frau Ingrid demonstrates the classic German seasonal trio of <a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/241442">Schnitzel, Spargel (asparagus) and Spaetzle</a> at Dank Haus, the German American Cultural Center. For more information, contact Heidi.</p><p><u><strong>Saturday, May 5</strong></u></p><p>The <a href="http://www.greencitymarket.org/calendar/event.asp?id=608">Green City Market outdoor market opens for the season</a> with a chef demo by Spiaggia's Top Chef&nbsp;Sarah Grueneberg.</p><p>The <a href="http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/symposium/">Smart Museum's Symposium: Of Hospitality</a> presents a full day of free panel discussions and performances, including the Soup &amp; Bread: Radical Hospitality One Pot at a Time closing reception at the Logan Center. The Friday dinner is full but sign up now for fascinating line-up of speakers and topics, including a Food Truck-o-Rama lunch featuring artist Michael Rakowitz's food truck as art, <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/enemykitchen">Enemy Kitchen</a>.</p><p>The two day <a href="http://www.greenfestivals.org/">Green Festival</a> at Navy Pier an organic cooking stage as well as a local, organic food court, and an organic beer and mead garden—a mead garden!</p><p>"The editors of Epicurious and Chicago's top chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists invite you to join...[t]he first-ever <a href="http://epientertains2012.eventbrite.com/">Epicurious Entertains Chicago</a> at the Chicago Illuminating Company" with two days of classes, dinner, and a BBQ—each event available&nbsp;à la carte.</p></p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 08:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-04/week-food-events-may-day-cinco-de-mayo-and-more-98686 Something You Should Eat (Cinco de Mayo edition): Guacamole from Adobo Grill http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-05-03/something-you-should-eat-cinco-de-mayo-edition-guacamole-adobo-grill- <p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="281" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/23135685?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;color=c40215" width="500"></iframe></p><p>It may seem like a tired trend, but while many new Mexican restaurants attempt to duplicate it, you have to hand it to <a href="http://www.adobogrill.com/">Adobo Grill </a>for being one of the first in town to make tableside guac a staple part of the experience, as much as a shaken-and-strained margarita. For Cinco de Mayo this week (one of the least important holidays on the calendar by the way; the <em>simchas torah</em> of Mexico), I thought it only appropriate to showcase something from the Mexican kitchen. There is only one Adobo left in Chicago now - the original, in Old Town (Yorktown and Bucktown have long since closed). There's another one in Indianapolis, and they still make it the same way: fresh serrano chiles, onions, garlic and salt, mashed in a lava <em>molcajete</em>, then the incredibly soft and creamy Mexican avocados I only wish I could find in my local grocery store, folded in and mashed with some tomatoes and fresh cilantro. They're going to have some special menus and live music in honor of Cinco de Mayo this week, so check the website or give them a call to make reservations. Buen Provecho!</p></p> Tue, 03 May 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-05-03/something-you-should-eat-cinco-de-mayo-edition-guacamole-adobo-grill-