Events

All SRBCC programs receive partial funding from CityArts Grants from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, The Illinois Arts Council, Driehaus – MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, and Field Foundation of Illinois.

March 2019

Bello Amanecer 2019 Arts and Culture Series

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center presents,

Direct from Puerto Rico… 

Orgánico y Medicinal | Totin Agosto y La Liga Rumbera | Free

Annual Abolition of Slavery Celebration

March 22, 2019 | SRBCC | 4048 W. Armitage Ave. | Chicago IL | 7:30 PM

For its yearly celebration of the Abolition of Slavery in Puerto Rico, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center brings a group of Puerto Rico’s top rumberos to pay tribute to Totin “Arará” Agosto. Known extensively in the island’s Afro-Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban music circles, Agosto has been singing, and composing rumbas, bombas and plenas for decades with groups like Los Majaderos de Cachete Maldonado, Rumbaraza, La Liga Rumbera and Yuba Iré.

After serious health complications in recent years, including the difficult period after Hurricane María, Totin is back, stronger than ever. His life story is one of redemption and resilience. Rumba is his cure, giving an appropriate title to his first solo album: “Orgánico y Medicinal” (Organic and Medicinal).

This historic album includes 7 original compositions by Totin Agosto and two classics.

Produced by Discos Omó Ifá (Beto Torrens y Rafael Maya) Orgánico y Medicinal came to fruition after three live recording sessions at Pasillo Sonoro in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico with the help of sound enginieer Antonio Caraballo.

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April 2019

The International Latino Film Festival,

The Chicago Latino Cultural Center Center

and Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center present

Puerto Rico y Cuba Son de un Pájaro…

04.06.19 | 7:30 PM |Filiberto | Puerto Rican Film by Freddy Marrero

PUERTO RICO Y CUBA SON DE UN PÁJARO…
The Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center and the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago celebrate Puerto Rico and Cuba with two special screenings. These screenings are part of SRBCC’s 2019 Arts and Culture Series: “Bello Amanecer”.

Filiberto – Genre: DocumentaryPuerto Rico/Venezuela/2017/75 min.
Directed by Freddie Marrero AlfonsoEnglish and Spanish w/ English Subtitles

English:
Icon, legend, the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitive and, on September 23, 2005, martyr to Puerto Rico’s independence movement after being killed by a sniper during an FBI-led raid at his home in the center of the island. Agree or disagree with his politics, one cannot deny that Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, commander-in-chief of the Boricua Popular Army “Los Macheteros,” is a pivotal figure in Puerto Rico’s recent political history. Through archival footage and one-on-one interviews, Marrero Alfonso brings to life a turbulent time while painting the portrait of a man who never betrayed his beliefs.

Direct from Cuba:

04.09.19 |7:30 PM | Havana, from on high | Cuban Film by Pedro Ruiz

PUERTO RICO Y CUBA SON DE UN PÁJARO…

The Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center and the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago celebrate Puerto Rico and Cuba
with two special screenings. These special screenings of the Chicago Latino Film Festival are part of SRBCC’s 2019 Arts and Culture Series: Bello Amanecer

Havana From On High – Genre: DocumentaryCuba/Canada /Venezuela/Spain/2018/80 min.
Directed by Pedro Ruiz
Spanish w/ English Subtitles

ENGLISH
Nestled above a decaying district of Havana is a secret village, hidden from the clamour of thestreets below. Its residents, like many others, have been forced upwards by the chronic shortage of housing. In the elusive quest for happiness, they have developed survival tactics as clever as they are tenuous. These unique characters now bear witness to a society that is in the process of a major historical transformation after 60 years of revolutionary government.

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May 2019

Bello Amanecer 2019 Arts and Culture Series

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center presents…

Direct from Puerto Rico:

Chef Xavier Pacheco | Sociedad Criolla Chicago Edition

May 17, 2019 |SRBCC | 4048 W. Armitage Ave. | Chicago IL | 7:30 PM

Sociedad Criolla and Segundo Ruiz Belvis present…

Farm to Table After Hurricane María
Chef Xavier Pacheco from Puerto Rico

As part of his first public appearance in Chicago, Chef Xavier Pacheco (Anthony Burdain’s Parts Unknown, La Jaquita Baya, Lote 23, Sociedad Criolla) comes to Chicago for a series of events highlighting the culinary industry in Puerto Rico, including this community conversation about the current status of the Farm to Table movement on the island. As an important voice in the wave of local cuisine, Xavier Pacheco will address the empowerment of independent farmers through collaborations with local Chefs after Hurricane María.


July 2019

Bello Amanecer 2019 Arts and Culture Series

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center presents,

Direct from Puerto Rico… 

Y no había luz

Closing of “El Circo de la Ausencia”

El Circo de la Ausencia, an exhibit by Y No Habia Luz until July 2019 at The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Visit nmprac.org

Read the interactive story by WBEZ’s Bill Healy here.

Hear SRBCC’s Executive Director Omar Torres-Kortright’s interview with Worldview’s Jerome McDonnell from WBEZ here.

Our funders include The Driehaus Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, MacArthur Foundation, and The Field Foundation of Illinois.

All programs are supported in part by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events’s City Arts Grant and receive operational support from the Illinois Arts Council.