Last Saturday in Pilsen, everyone was clustered together, waiting for the lead police car to sound its sirens, move ahead, and begin the 14th Annual DÃa de Los NiÃ±os (Children’s Day) festival.
by Joy Crane •
Omar Valencia’s mother doesn’t have long to live. She has one more journey to make before her time is due, a final pilgrimage with her son back to her native Colombia. In anticipation of their departure, Valencia’s gallery, the Oxala on West 18th Street, celebrated the end of its eight year tenure this past Saturday night. But the sound of the door slamming was barely audible amidst the evening’s clamor: salutations of old and new friends, the clinking of wine glasses, children’s laughter, and red heels clicking to Latin American rhythms.