Even though Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials was formed in the 70s, it wasn't till the 80s that the band achieved viable success in its native city of Chicago. The band's good time party tunes inspire a happy go lucky sentiment amongst listeners and the Imperials are one of the more in demand bands to book at a festive gathering.
Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & CultureNovember 22, 2014 8:00 PM
3015 W Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
Iconic poet and Puerto Rican Nationalist Julia de Burgos led a life of tragedy and hardship, but left behind a legacy of hope any beauty to her island and the world. Carmen Rivera traces her life, capturing her passionate writing and advocacy with hardships and inner turmoil in "Julia de Burgos: Child of Water". A renowned poet, feminist and advocate for Puerto Rican independence, de Burgos challenged colonialism, racism and sexism when it was dangerous to speak up for the oppressed.
Legends of the pop punk scene for over 25 years now, Screeching Weasel has become synonymous with the genre. Now famous punk institutions such as Warped Tour, Epitaph and Fat Wreck Chords owe plenty to the band that has been instrumental in keeping The Ramones' knack for short, punchy punk rock and catchy hooks alive. The band formed in the suburbs of Chicago in 1986, and despite several hiatuses and lineup changes, lead singer/guitarist Ben Weasel has kept the band active, resurfacing with new albums or tours from time-to-time to help show the up-and-comers how it's done. First World Manifesto--Screeching Weasel's first new album in 11 years--was released in 2011 to commemorate the band's 25th anniversary.