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My Name is Flor Contemplacion…

2 Mar

Join Venus Collective in supporting this amazing production in observance of International Women’s Day

Nara Movement Project in Cooperation with Calles y Sueños presents …

My Name is Flor Contemplacion: I was hanged this Afternoon
by: JB Capino

“On 17 March 1995, at about 6am, Flor Contemplacion, a Filipino migrant domestic worker aged 42 and the mother of four children, was hanged at Changi Prison on the order of a Singapore court. In the days and weeks immediately before and after the hanging, millions of Filipino citizens rose in protest at the death of a woman widely believed to be innocent.”

Directed by: Giau Truong
Performances by: Aimee Algas, Ginger Leopoldo and Je Nepomuceno

Calle y Sueños
1901 S. Carpenter, Chicago IL

Friday March 4 – 8 PM
Saturday March 5 – 8 PM
Sunday March 6 – 6 PM

Tickets are $15 General Admission and $10 for Students.
For more information please email us at
pls call 312-401-9929

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About Calle y Sueños:

“Calles y Sueños”, was founded in the 80’s by several Latino artists, as a creative response to the once prevalent artistic void that existed in Chicago’s Latino arts community. The intention was to nurture change and liberation that was expressed on a multitude of levels. Culturally and politically, the artistic community that was created by “Calles y Sueños” till this day continues to cultivate its Latino roots and plant new seeds. Its ever-evolving identity continues to germinate into new manifestations. As the community of “Calles y Sueños” grows, we still realize we are a “transplanted people growing in a jungle of alienation, racism and economic hardship.” Our roots and branches are connected by the intermediate hope of our creativity.


Featured Comedic Artist: Gwen La Roka

9 Oct

The Venus Collective are very excited to have GWEN La ROKA as our first comedic artist, and organizer of Venus 2010…

Gwen La Roka has just recently grabbed a hold of the microphone,

but since then she has managed to take the comedy scene by storm.

Skilled in the arts of break-dancing, emceeing, writing, spoken-word,

and acting; Gwen seamlessly combines these talents and others to

keep crowds laughing with her highly energetic comedy routine.

Never forgetting her Mexican/Guatemalan cultural roots, Gwen holds

nothing back while entertaining crowds with stories about her

escapades growing up in a Latin household to living as a skinny girl in the Windy City.

Gwen’s commitment to grassroots activism and social justice has

inspired her to keep crowds laughing while giving a voice to many

often marginalized communities.  Similarly, Gwen finds audiences

enjoy her often quirky, real, yet clean viewpoint on touchy topics such

as body image, sexual identity and her scoliosis diagnoses.

Gwen recently claimed 1st place in Mikey O’s Annual “Last Loco

Standing” comedy competition, making her the first female Last Loca

Standing to win the title. Additionally, she has shared the stage with

some of comedy’s most loved and respected comics such as Patti

Vasquez (TBS), Alex Ortiz (BET), and Shayla Rivera (Comedy Central).

Gwen also appeared as one of Chicago’s 2010 “Comadres of

Comedy”, alongside Ana Belaval (WGN News) & Patti Vasquez.

Gwen’s honest comedic approach, meshed with her physical humor,

enables her to bring together diverse crowds from all ethnic

backgrounds in solidarity, while reminding us that we are all one in

the same, here to live life with a little laughter in our hearts.

Club Appearances:

• Zanies – Chicago, Illinois

(Queer Queens of Comedy)

Corporate & University Events:

• HISLEA – Hispanic Illinois State

Law Enforcement Association

Chicago, Illinios

• Northeastern Illinois University –

The Black Heritage Month of

Northeastern Illinois University;

Floetry & Poetry. An Evening of

Improv and Poetry

Visit Gwen La Roka’s Facebook page:



8 Oct

We are so thankful to have La Pixie as a performing poet at Venus 2010!

La PiXie Urban Poetess Bio

Sandra Posadas, “La PiXie,” is a Puerto Rican woman born and bred in Humboldt Park, Chicago, Illinois.She has her B.A in Early Childhood Eduction form Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. Sandra is currently finishing her M.A. in Bilingual/Bicultural education at De Paul University in Chicago. She is a teacher, published artist/illustrator, artisan, performance poet and actress. As an original cast member of the Vida Bella Ensemble,she successfully co-wrote her first production in 2007, Brown Girls Singing, which was successfully staged at University of Chicago and Jane Addams’ Hull House  as part of Teatro Luna’s Women of Color Playwritng competition(curated by Dr. Coya Paz). As a cast member of the Vida Bella Ensemble, she has also traveled to Colorado, California, and New York performing the award winning play, The Brown Girls’ Chronicles: Puerto Rican Women and Resistance.  She participated as a cast member of the Teatro Luna’s 10 x10 project. Currently,Sandra is part of  two other projects; The Guild Complex’s Poetry Performance Incubator series titled Tour Guides as an ensemble member of writers/perfomers and part of the rotating ensemble cast of Beast Woman Performance Series at The Green House Theater.

Sandra  has published her poetry in several anthologies including Stray Bullets; An Anthology of Chicago Saloon Poetry(Tia Chucha Press) and The Journal of Ordinary Thought (Fall 2009 and Winter 2010) She also performs at various Chicago venues and has presented her art work at various local venues including The 2010 Logan Square Arts Festival, Wright College, The University of Illinois at The Chicago Symposium for Women of Color and The Creative Feminist Alliance at De Paul University. She was recently the featured poet at Proyecto Latina. She’s not afraid to live life authentically and is all about telling it like is. Sandra believes strongly in that art can educate. She believes in using art as knowledge and transformation so that all participants and spectators examine themselves in relation to their place in society. Through different modalities that she uses, whether visual, interactive, or the performing arts, the audience can explore, reflect, analyze and transform the reality in which they are living.

For more info please go to La Pixie’s Website:


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10 Sep

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~ Just BE: Soul Revival ~ VENUS 2010~
Sat Oct 9th
1100 W Cermak Rd
Chicago IL 60602

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