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The Paleta Project

The Paleta Project

Paletas are the colorful, delicious popsicles popping into the hands of Chicagoans from carts pushed most often by Mexican immigrants. This traditional street fare becomes street fair with Free Street Theater’s latest endeavor in collaboration with  artist and activist Ricardo Gamboa. As summer Artist-in-Residence Gamboa will hustle with Free Street teens to create spectacle performances for the Chicago Park District and street interventions using paletas, paleta carts, and questions of community importance.
There are several chances to catch a show, and to taste one of the delicious paletas specially crafted for Free Street by our sponsor Paleteria Las Tarascas.
July 12 at Anderson Park
July 18 at Kenwood Park
July 25 at Shedd Park
August 2 at Wentworth Garden
August 21 at Avondale Park
(all performances at 5:30)
Gamboa and teens will examine everything from commodity and tradition, to notions of exchange and transaction, and class and mobility through highly physical, comedic, and socially conscious performance. Gamboa will also be conducting workshops for community residents as well as developing his own paleta cart performance as part of his summer residency with Free Street.
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