Events

Please stay connected to us through social media (Facebook/Instagram) to see our latest information, including youth programs, classes, workshops, and concerts.

 

All SRBCC programs receive partial funding from Illinois Arts Council,  MacArthur Foundation, Driehaus Foundation, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Chicago Cultural Treasures, Sueños Festival, and Field Foundation of  Illinois.

 

Pintadas Comunitarias: El Proceso Creativo de COLECTIVO MORIVIVI

Friday, September 30th | Doors Open at 5:30 PM | Free 

Meet the artists and discover the creative process and proposed design of the mural dedicated to Julia de Burgos by Colectivo Moriviví, coming directly from Puerto Rico to invite the community to participate in this historic mural. Sign up for our “Pintadas Comunitarias” (Community Painting Sessions) to be held at Julia de Burgos Park (1805 N Albany Ave, Chicago, IL 60647) throughout the month of October.
 
Reception and snacks for participants courtesy of Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center. Presented and commissioned by Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center in partnership with Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail.

Bomba at the Powwow

October 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm CDT | Schiller Woods, Chicago, IL

Sharing a cultural experience through song & dance @ AIC 69th Annual Chicago Powwow. This will be a special collaborative performance of Indigenous song and dance between Intertribal Native American powwow culture and Puerto Rican Indigenous Bomba culture, featuring performers from the American Indian Center of Chicago and Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center.

All are welcome to witness and participate in powwow and bomba cultures.


Fabiola Méndez

Live Trio Performance and Negrura Documentary

Thursday, October 20th | Doors Open at 7:30 PM | $10 Donation 

Fabiola Méndez is a Puerto Rican cuatro player, educator, and composer that has taken part in a musical movement, crossing over the lines of genres such as folkloric, jazz & Latin.

Recognized for being the first student to graduate from Berklee College of Music with the cuatro as principal instrument (2018), Fabiola has worked and performed for artists such as: Totó La Momposina, Eddie Palmieri, Puerto Rican Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Philharmonic, and Pedro Capó, among others. She currently works as an independent
artist all around the Northeast and Puerto Rico, collaborating with organizations such as Celebrity Series of Boston, WBUR, MFA Boston, MassArt, and Agora Cultural Architects, as well as composing for animated TV productions for Sesame Workshop, Fred Rogers Productions, and WGBH.

Fabiola Méndez’s project Negrura (released in 2022) is an audiovisual storytelling experience that showcases the stories of Afro-Latinx folks from Boston’s Latin Quarter Cultural District. The film aims to create spaces for conversations about colorism, anti-blackness, discrimination, and racism within our own Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latinx community.  Music, at the core of the project, connects our voices to provide a space for self-reflection, support, and healing.

 

Part of new collaboration with Medalla Light, Fabiola Méndez will perform an acoustic set on Wednesday, October 19th at Barra ñ | 7:30 PM | 2970 N. Elston Ave. | Chicago. 

Join us for this free event and enjoy music by Fabiola and guest DJs Future Rootz.

 

Bomba LAB
 
FRIDAYS
SEPTEMBER  16th and 30th
OCTOBER 30th
NOVEMBER 18th
DECEMBER 2 and 16 
6:00 PM | SRBCC | 4048 W. ARMITAGE AVE.
 
 
 
 
 
 

BOMBA is the oldest musical tradition of Puerto Rico and one of the greatest expressions of the Island’s African ancestry.

Since its establishment in Chicago in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, enthusiasts, practitioners and teachers of Bomba had come through SRBCC to develop, share and cultivate their craft and honor this ancestral art form from Puerto Rico.

Created in and for the community SRBCC offers BOMBA LAB en el Centro, an intergenerational space to learn, practice and engage with the history and ever-lasting healing rhythms, dance and songs of Bomba.

To enjoy en familia! ALL ages and experiences are welcomed.
Free of cost. No registration needed. Every other Friday starting in September.

Kick off: Friday, September 16, 2022 | 6PM to 8PM

BOMBA Open Lab Dates:
SEPTEMBER 16 & 30th
OCTOBER 30th
NOVEMBER 18th
DECEMBER 2 & 16

¡Los esperamos! Para más información se puede comunicar a info@srbcc.org o llamarnos at 773.698-6009

For more information feel free to contact us at:
info@srbcc.org or phone at 773.698-6003

Photo by: Herminio Rodriguez
Dancer: Tai Ramirez
Subidor: Quincy Raggs

 

Recent Documentary Productions

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Abrazo Virtual 2021-2022
 
English Description
 
Join us as we celebrate Puerto Rican arts and culture from El Bastión, VSJ. Discover the story of a group of brave artists who rescued a dilapidated building in Old San Juan to create El Bastión, the home of Asociación Acirc. Enjoy performances by our hosts and a traditional plenazo “plena jam” directed by Leró Martínez Roldán with guests, including Los Pleneros de Don Segundo, Joe Medina and Adriana Santoni.
 
Descripción en Español
 
Acompáñanos desde la comodidad de tu hogar para celebrar el arte y la cultura puertorriqueña desde El Bastión, Viejo San Juan. Descubre la historia de un grupo de valientes artistas que rescataron un edificio en ruinas en el Viejo San Juan para crear El Bastión, el hogar de la Asociación Acirc. Disfruta de las actuaciones de nuestros anfitriones y un plenazo tradicional dirigido por Leró Martínez Roldán con invitados: Los Pleneros de Don Segundo, Joe Medina y Adriana Santoni.
 
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Recording: December 26, 2021, El Bastión, San Juan / 26 de diciembre de 2021
Aired on January 1, 2022 / Transmisión se llevó a cabo el 1 de enero de 2022
Time/Horario: 4:00 PM Chicago / 6:00 PM San Juan
Directed by Omar Camilo
Produced by Omar Torres-Kortright