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Stories From the West Side 2023


Stories From the West Side was a community concert event presented by James Sanders & Conjunto and Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre on April 30, 2022 at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center in Chicago. It followed two workshop listening sessions where community members told us about life in Latino Chicago, and we responded with improvised music and dance that formed the basis of the April 30 concert.

SRBCC Executive Director Omar Torres-Kortright was so inspired by the production that he sought funding to continue the program in 2023 with an expanded focus. We thank to the City of Chicago Departm
ent of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Neighborhood Access Program for their support.

The showcase performance of Stories From the West Side 2023 will be Saturday, August 12, 2023 at SRBCC. Check back soon for information on how to register for tickets.

We have completed
three free community listening sessions and workshops at San Lucas United Church of Christ
in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood on February 26, March 30 at SRBCC, and April 27 at Nixon Elementary School in the Hermosa neighborhood. We are now in the process of composing new works based on what we heard and will preview some of the music at two free Chicago Park District Night Out in the Parks shows on July 20 & 21.

To learn more about, view images, and watch videos from
Stories From the West Side 2022, click here. Bookmark this page and return often for updates on Stories From the West Side 2023.

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Photos by Herminio Rodriguez

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