Roosevelt University Latin Jazz Ensemble
The Roosevelt University Latin Jazz ensemble directed by percussionist Ruben Alvarez is one of the few collegiate Latin jazz ensembles offered in the Chicago Area. The ensemble's primary objective is to teach the historical development of Latin jazz, to develop student performance proficiency on traditional Afro-Latin percussion instruments, rhythms, and musical styles, and to develop a repertoire based on traditional and contemporary arrangements of these musical styles. Just this past September, the Latin Jazz Ensemble performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival, a huge accomplishment for these budding musicians.
Gaston Acurio is easily Latin America's most famous chef, he has more than 30 restaurants in 16 cities and hosted a popular Peruvian cooking show, called "Aventura Culinaria". The August 12th opening of Chicago's Tanta marks Acurio's –third- outpost in the United States. Much of the menu at this trendy River North restaurant is traditional Peruvian cuisine… so, you'll find signatures like Anticuchos(meat skewers)…Causitas(a whipped potato appetizer) and Paiche(an Amazon river fish) on the menu. It is one of the toughest reservations to get in Chicago! You'll hear from owner/partner Veronica Beckman and Jesus Delgado, the Executive Chef and 'driving force' behind this latest Gaston Acurio restaurant.
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Dr. Lorenzo F. Munoz
Lorenzo Munoz was born and raised on the island of Puerto Rico and for much of his childhood, thought he would be a career politician. But a neighbor who happened to be a surgeon sparked Munoz's interest in medicine. Munoz went on to become a neurosurgeon and has been at RUSH University Medical Center for 15 years now. He specializes in the treatment of complex brain and spinal cord tumors. Munoz and Dr. Aidnag Diaz have devised a new program to help brain tumor patients get the help they need as quickly as possible. This spring, they launched 312-RUSH-MET, to give patients almost immediate access to Dr. Munoz and his expertise.
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Chief Judge Ruben Castillo
Ruben Castillo is the Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The first in his family to attend college, Ruben attended Loyola University while working as a clerk in the Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County to put himself through college. After receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, he went on to attend Northwestern University where he earned a law degree in 1979. Throughout Ruben's career he has received notoriety for being the first Hispanic Federal Judge in Illinois in 1994 and then in July 2013 he was the first Hispanic Chief Justice for the Northern District of Illinois.
Paco Ideation is a multi-cultural marketing firm founded by Pablo Acosta and Ozzie Godinez, two gentlemen who have a few decades of experience in the advertising industry. After working for other agencies, they started their own business in 2006. To date the agency has worked with such clients as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Chicago White Sox, Amway and the list goes on and on. Since its inception, Paco Ideation has produced creative TV, Radio, Print and Digital spots to promote a product or service being offered by the client.
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Jesus Manteca-Priego immigrated from his native Mexico with his parents when he was just 10 years-old. And while he is following his father's footsteps into the medical field, he has –also- become an accomplished photographer. In fact, this Chicago man has published a couple of beautiful coffee table books and sells his works at local art shows. No one knows his talents better than the –patients- at the Chicago doctor's office where he now works, you see this talented photographer began bringing his photos in to work… and one of the doctors in the practice was so impressed, he offered Jesus the chance to display his work on all of the waiting room walls. Patients say his beautiful pictures of flowers help to both brighten their day… and ease their minds!