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Artists and Musicians join creative forces:
Pilsen Soundtrack 2.0 @ Pilsen Open Studios Oct15-16.


Chicago,IL - October 6, 2011 –

Withdigital downloading of music becoming the norm, album cover art for records andcds has become less of a staple and more of a nostalgic memory.
But theproducers of Pilsen Soundtrack 2.0 are determined to fight back that trend. Theyhave included a twenty-page art booklet pairing seven of Chicago’s mostnoteworthy artists with seven outstanding musical acts. Both Artists and musicians have rootsin the vibrant and culturally wealthy Pilsen neighborhood.

“Artand music go together,” says PS 2.0 producer Jaime Rodriguez Garza. “We don’t feel we have tosurrender to economic trends or conditions. We want to present art in all itsdimensions. We have the talent andthere is no reason to take shortcuts.”

Coproducer Lupillo Ponce adds, “Music is mentally visual and visual art isrhythmic. Our cd and book prove that, just as the LPs from the 60’s and 70’sthat we loved so much did. I wouldbuy records based on the art alone.”

Thehighly anticipated second compilation album and art book PILSEN SOUNDTRACK 2.0is scheduled for release on October 15th 2011, as part of the 9th annual 18thSt. Pilsen Open Studios artwalk at Zona Libre Gallery / APO Community Arts andCultural Center at 1438 West 18th St. in Pilsen


Thissecond compilation CD features 7 Chicago musical acts ranging in genres fromhip hop, Puerto Rican bomba, spoken word, ska, reggae to classical music. Inaddition, the album also contains a 20-page art booklet insert, featuring 7different visual artists that live or work in Chicago’s Pilsen community.

Thealbum release will take place at the APO Community Arts and Cultural Center.The release party will also be this years Pilsen Open Studios officialafter-party




Rockotitlan Chicago presents:
PILSEN SOUNDTRACK 2.0 RELEASE PARTY
Saturday, October 15th, 2011
Zona Libre Gallery/Stage at A.P.O.
1436 W. 18th St, Chicago IL 60608
Doors open at 8
Free entrance with album purchase, $15
Entrance without album purchase, $10

All artist featured in the Pilsen Soundtrack
will perform and visual art will be on display (and silentauctioned)
www.rockotitlanchicago.com

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PILSENSOUNDTRACK 2.0
Themission of the album is to support and promote independent artists across theChicago land area. In accord with Phillip Morris’ music lyric “It’s hard tostart a revolution if you sit around and do nothing”, the artists featured onthe album and art book have worked diligently to spread their visions ofcultural preservation and social justice through the creation of art.

Aboutthe artists:
HectorDuarte has dedicated himself to creating paintings and murals that provokeindividuals to reconsider their views and current policies on immigration.While many artists continue to follow the haughty white wall gallery format,Victor M. Montañez has challenges us to redefine art by painting interactive“touch friendly” pieces and inviting community members and patrons toparticipate in the creation of art by sharing artistic intent.


Besides Duarte and Montañez, the artbook features Robert Valadez, Diana Solis, Jose Luis Piña Morales, Frank Diazand Alfonso "Piloto" Nieves.

Themusical group Buya has devoted themselves to the preservation of thetraditional music of Puerto Rico, bomba. Each of the 14 artists/musician/bandincluded in the compilation contributes to their respective communities intheir own unique ways. Rockotitlan Chicago is proud to continue supportingindependent artists and their many initiatives.

MusicalArtists on the Pilsen Soundtrack are: Maria Luz Carballo (blues), PhillipMorris (hip hop), Buya (bomba), Malafacha (ska/reggae), Ivan Resendiz(classical guitar), Ruben H. Amaro (rock) and Cafe con Milk (spoken word).

Includedin the art book/Cd are foreword by Catalina Maria Johnson PhD and StephanieMarriquez, also features bios by artist/editor Benjamín Anaya. The PilsenSountrack series is an independent initiative by Rockotitlan Chicago,Producciones Azules and independent artists.
The sevenartworks featured in the PS2.0 will be on display at the Zona LibreGallery. As if that alone is notenough, an additional thirteen musical acts and thirteen additional outstandingvisual artists will join forces for an unprecedented creative weekend of artand music that will blow minds and capture hearts.


Clickhere for updates and more info.


9thANNUAL 18th St. PILSEN OPEN STUDIOS
ThisOctober, a collection of over 50 artists’ studios, alternative spaces,galleries, and cafes from around the Pilsen neighborhood will gather once againto host one of the city’s largest independently-produced open studios.

The 9thannual 18th Street Pilsen Open Studios will take place October 15-16, 2011, asone of the premier events of the citywide Chicago Artists Month. Extending fromWestern Ave. to Halsted (16th St. to 24th St.), the event will largely featurethe work of artists residing in the Pilsen area, as well as other local,national, and international artists invited to exhibit at select galleries.Last year, over 4,000 people descended onto Pilsen to enjoy a celebration ofart, culture and community. This year, over 80 artists will be showcasing theirwork in more than 40 studios, alternative spaces, and cafes.

As thecultural heart of Chicago’s Mexican community, Pilsen is home to a formidablemural movement, a national arts center, and a community of residents andartists fiercely proud of where they live. This energy fueled the creation of18th Street Pilsen Open Studios, which unlike other events, is focused onshowcasing independent artists’ studios. Montserrat Alsina, artist and owner ofColibri Studio/Gallery in Pilsen, has served as Director of the event the lastfour years, which is continually produced entirely by the local artiststhemselves. Colibri (2032 W. 18th St.) will serve as the central hub, offeringmaps, information, and will also be the boarding and departing point forspecial buses dropping off visitors to the different sites.
Formore info visit:www.pilsenopenstudios.net

ZONALIBRE: Music Stage & Gallery (1438 W. 18th St. #21 on Map)
As partof the Pilsen Open Studios, Zona Libre will host the cd release party andwill feature an aditional 12 reknown artists. Sculpture, photography, painting,body art, mixed media and installation work will be exhibiting on one of thebiggest studios in the 50+ artwalk this year. Artsists include Charlie deLeonardis, Chrystal L. McGrew, Tommy Reyes, Chaun PridGeon, Doug Britt-Reyes,Lara Kaage, Fausto Lopez, Rene R. Montañez, Victor M. Montañez, QuintanaStudio, Alma Dominguez and Jackie Orozco. Plus, live musical performances willbe playing throught both days.
Clickhere for updates and more info.



RockotitlanChicago is an independent cultural and artistic production and promotionorganization working in Chicago & surrounding suburbs producing concerts,art shows and community events since 2000. Rockotitlan prides itself inpresenting multi-cultural events with local and international music and art.


For interviews, mp3's and high res photos please contactJaime Garza at rockotitlanchicago@gmail.com
More info: www.rockotitlanchicago.com

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We love Irv's Bike shop on 18th and Racine. Friendly, knowledgable, and cheap.
 
One thing I love about bicycle stores is they often double as community centers. Irv’s Bike Shop, a mom-and-pop store in Pilsen that marks its fortieth anniversary this month, is a great example. “We have a family vibe because it’s family and close friends that work here, and our customers see that,” says staffer Veronica Ortiz, whose brother-in-law Enrique “Henry” Ortiz owns the shop and husband Ricardo “Rick” Ortiz manages it. “And our shop is considered loyal to the neighborhood because we’ve been part of the community for so long.”
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960 W 18th Chicago, IL 60608
960 W 18thUSIllinoisChicago60608
(312) 666-8601simonesbar.com
$$Bar & Grill, Brunch RestaurantToday 11:30 am – 2:00 am
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"The sweet potato fries weren't bad either."
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Warren Skipper
a month ago
This is one my favorite spots. It has everything, good food, nice vibe, a cool retro-movie showing bar, tables and benches for groups, a back bar and lounge for the super-socials plus a patio for a relaxed feel. Their burgers are surprisingly very good! Matter of fact, everything I've ordered has been good. The location is nice too: plenty of street parking, walking space, bike racks and a Divvy station! What more could you want?!
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Paul Ramoie
3 months ago
Quinoa pizza was excellent! Creative twist on a classic favorite. Loved the creative repurposing of decor pieces; if that's an interest, definitely give this place a try. Cider was refreshing as well.
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Eli R
7 months ago
The food is decent and the portion size is more than enough! We ordered the empanadas as appetizers and were delicious. The spinach was my fav and chipotle chicken was my husbands fav. Definitely try these along iwth the sweet potatoe fries. I tried steak sandwich and my husband pilsen burger. The pilsen burger is definitely worth it! It was a huge burger that tasted delicious! The room was packed but it was a laid back and fun environment. The decor is fab, the food is great, the prices are reasonable. The only thing is get there early for a good spot by the bar if you want to watch the game. Definitely will come back.
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Ryan Paul
8 months ago
Really cool bar with above average bar food. They used all old arcade parts for the decor and it is super unique. It gets crowded on the weekends and there used to be a dance party on saturdays nights but it has been awhile since I've been there. I've gone for lunch about 20 times though and am never disappointed.
Dave Wright
2 months ago
Saturday night on Memorial Day weekend. Heard this place was ok. Brought in an empty beer can which the bouncer saw and set it on the bar and they kicked me out. Didn't let me get the food I paid for, didn't let me talk to my friends who were up stairs. Heard my other friend got kicked out for making an impression later that night. A lot of bad vibes from the workers. It's basically a Latino only bar.
Kyle Meacham
2 months ago
It does enough of the right things and sacrifices the rest. Great beer selection for a great price. Food is on point for bar-style food.
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Hollina U
8 months ago
Pilsen is quickly turning into one of my favorite neighborhoods in Chicago, and Simone's a great reason why it should be on other people's lists. My friend wanted to check out out this bar for drinks after her wedding, so we decided to scope it out. The bar is pretty interesting, with most of its furniture being refurbished from other materials-- such as the wire cage loft area being made from batting cage doors, pinball table lights over the dining tables, and just a real hip feel to the whole place. You have to seat yourself at this establishment, which my friend mentioned such an anarchist type of attitude puts stress and pressure on the newly arrived patrons to constantly be scoping out spots and hoping to score a table before your competition does. We definitely had our eyes on a couple of tables and were wishing people would stop taking forever to put on their coats and leave. I ordered the pumpkin cocktail which was delicious AND strong-- much better than some other pumpkin cocktails I've had this season. The rumchata cocktail was pretty good too. I think my highlight of the night were the flaky, delicious empanadas. I usually hate empanadas because they're too breaded and heavy, but these were light, buttery and delicious. We got the chipotle chicken (my favorite!!) and spinach empanadas. The sweet potato fries weren't bad either. The fried pickles were alright, and the buffalo chicken wings taste like all other buffalo chicken wings. Good service up till when we wanted to pay for the bill, but it's nice because the other servers were more than helpful in getting our drink orders and the final bill to us. Definitely a great place to check out if you're in the neighborhood.
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Zorin Dobson
10 months ago
I have to say I enjoyed my experience very much here. I came here trying to soak up the last bit of that pre-fall outside time before it got too cold but it turned out to be too cold on that Sunday afternoon when I stopped by here. Still, meeting up with my friends for drinks, they also had some good options to hold me over on my completely empty stomach. The portabella fries were great and a very memorable dish. It was one of those things that you feel man I wish I would have thought of that. The thinly sliced portabella mushrooms had this beautifully crisp texture on the outside with a nice tender earthy mushroom on the inside. I also tried the mixed fries which is ingenious as it helps you to not be undecided between the regular and sweet potato fries. It recreates that magic feeling you get when you have that one lonely fry in the middle of your onion rings and multiples it fifty fold. Also the chipotle ketchup and maple aoili for dipping boldly compliment the crisp fries. The price is really good considering I had 5 drinks and two appetizers for $50 tip included. BTW, the music is awesome (if you dig nineties R&B with a little soul mixed in)
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