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Pizza, Fried Chicken and Ice Cream Release Party March 14

One day Chef Won Kim and Edmar decided to make a zine about the culture of food and asked a few of their friends to contribute.  They used to joke about how all people want to eat is pizza, fried chicken and ice cream so that’s what they called the zine. Come out for the release party on March 14th 5pm at Kimski.  Professor Pizza Anthony Scardino will be making some pies, Dana Bickford Cree will be providing the ice cream and Kimski will serving up the fried chicken.

With Contributions by:

Adam Mattucci
Cecil Thomas
Allison o Flinn
Tasha Fouts
Larry Miller
Pete Ternes
Michelangelo Flores
Calvin Frederickson

DERBY DAY – Saturday, May 4

Maria’s Packaged Good & Community Bar (960 W. 31st. St.) will be hosting an afternoon viewing of the 2013 Kentucky Derby otherwise known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” or the more poetic “The Run for the Roses” on Saturday, May 4. Inaugurated in 1875 in Louisville, Kentucky at the beautiful Churchill Downs racetrack. the Derby is the first leg of the US Triple Crown; followed by the Preakness Stakes and then the Belmont Stakes.
Keeping to long standing tradition, Maria’s expert mixologists will be serving their own take on the much-beloved mint julep, an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint and a sugar syrup plus other specialty bourbon drinks including the “11th Ward Old Fashioned” (Jim Beam, organic sugar cubes, bitters, Luxardo cherries, orange peel), the “Jim Jam” ( Cabin Still bourbon, Averna Amano, raspberry jam) and our famous “Maria’s Manhattan” (Rittenhouse Rye 100, sweet vermouth, bitters, Luxardo cherries). You can also choose from our wide selection of bourbons, ryes and moonshine and of course, our huge selection of over 450 craft beers.
So, get a good seat at the bar rail to watch the afternoon’s pre-eminent stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds. Otherwise, all bets are off!

Saturday Street Eats

You know the routine. Saturday nite 6-9pm Food trucks including but not guaranteeing! : Don Rafa, La Adelita, Tamalespaceship, Cup Cakes for Courage, Meatloaf-A-Go-Go!!!

Hooray for the Mixtape / Revolution Brewery Party

Join us for Luis’s Mixtape Freak out along with Revolution Brewery Party with free samples of Rev brews..

Friday July 6: Spins and Needles

July 4th: Future Past Music

DIGGIN’ DUSTIES: Sofrito – International Soundclash Record Release & Listening Party

Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar, Strut Records & Dusty Groove America presents DIGGIN’ DUSTIES: Sofrito – International Soundclash Record Release & Listening Party Raw dancefloor rhythms from Africa, the Caribbean and South America Featuring Global Groove Merchant Joe Bryl Wednesday, June 25 – 8PM-2AM – Free, No Cover For our Wednesday, July 25 installment of our “Diggin’ Dusties” residency, Maria’s Package Goods and Dusty Groove America is showcasing the latest Strut Records release titled “Sofrito – International Soundclash: Raw dancefloor rhythms from Africa, the Caribbean and South America”. Hosted by global groove merchant Joe Bryl, the evening will kick off at 8PM with a listening party of this highly anticipated compilation. There will be giveaways of this release made available through Strut Records. So, arrive early before they disappear! Strut link up again with Sofrito, leading lights in the new generation of collectives celebrating heavy Tropical music. Fuelled by the unquenchable thirst of DJs Hugo Mendez and Frankie Francis to turn up new music and explore sounds from across the ages, Sofrito has built a unique reputation since it began life in the warehouses of East London in the mid 2000s. Now, following the success and critical acclaim of their debut compilation in association with Strut, Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque, Hugo and Frankie bring the long-awaited follow-up, Sofrito: International Soundclash. The new selection effortlessly mixes the old with the new, plucking dusty gems from Trinidad, Colombia, Dominica, Congo, Cameroun and beyond. Exclusives include the deep Pacifico sound of Grupo Canalon’s “La Zorra y El Perol” – a new project from Nidia Góngora, singer with Quantic’s Combo Barbaro – a previously unreleased track by UK/Kenyan sensations Owiny Sigoma Band, and a Tropical Treats edit of Haiti’s dynamite Les Difficiles de Petion-Ville. Other highlights include an incendiary lesson in Soca groove from Lord Shorty, stunning up-to-the-minute carnival sounds from Guadeloupe’s Mas Ka Klé, all backed up by deep bassline Cadence, synthed-out Soukous and other Afro Latin encounters. Over the last year Sofrito have brought their inimitable vibes to clubs across the world – sharing the stage with Haitian Ra Ra collectives in Paris, running all-night sessions in Bogota alongside Quantic, warehouse parties with the Owiny Sigoma Band in London and sweaty parties in illicit lofts in Brooklyn. Their “Sofrito Super Singles” vinyl series continues to make waves on the underground, unleashing raw dancefloor edits and attracting the likes of Daphni (aka Dan Snaith), DrumTalk and Sweden’s Tropical Treats to contribute guest re-works. For this release, visual maestro Lewis Heriz interprets Sofrito’s fresh perspective on the world with a specially designed cut-out globe on a pull-out poster to accompany the CD and Double LP. The record release will be followed by our own international soundclash featuring the hottest global sounds available at Dusty Groove America (1120 N Ashland Ave, Chicago) including African, Brazilian, Caribbean, Latin, Reggae and other burning world beat rhythms. The event is free. The Sofrito release can be purchased at Dusty Groove ( – Joe Bryl


Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar and Global Soul Productions presents JUNGLE BOOGIE: BIG BEATS FROM THE TROPICS Featuring Global-trotting DJs Joe Bryl and Clark Quente With the temperatures reaching record highs in Chicago; so does the dancefloor action heat up at Maria’s (960 W. 31st St.) with the monthly world beat residency titled “Jungle Boogie: Big Beats From The Tropics”. Taking place on Wednesday, July 18 (and continuing every 3rd Wednesday of the month) “Jungle Boogie” will focus on the funky, soulful and dynamic diaspora dance rhythms of the Caribbean, South America and Africa. Headed by global soul specialists and world beat ambassadors DJs Joe Bryl and Clark Quente, “Jungle Boogie” will be a tropical and topical overview of the wide ranging jamming sounds that fill up the hot-spot discos in the tropics. We begin our excursion from the crescent-shaped Caribbean islands of Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba and Trinidad to the lands of the subcontinent South America of Columbia, Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina and cross the Atlantic touching down in its motherland of Africa in Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Angola and South Africa. This polyrhythmic passport to adventure will feature the captivating and percolating rhythms from the soulful sounds of Rocksteady, Reggae, Dub, Calypso, Zouk, Soca, Steelband and Ska; the Latin-tinged tones of Rumba, Salsa, Son Cubano, Mambo, Cumbia and Reggaeton; the uniquely Brazilian styles of Samba, Bossa Nova, Axe, Choro and Funk Carioca to finally the street style grooves of Highlife, Afro-beat, Makossa, Township Jive and Afro-funk. But the main purpose of the night is to elevate your feet while we educate your mind into the spirit of this tropical discotheque that we’re dubbing “Jungle Boogie”. As the Kool & the Gang song says, “Get down, get down, Jungle Boogie (Get it)”. Each evening will feature a revolving series of select rare videos from our archives featuring live performances from the southern hemisphere. Maria’s expert mixologists will also concoct some tasty treats to put you in the right mood and groove to quench your thirst after putting on some sweaty south of the border dance moves. Festivities begin at 8PM and continue until 2AM. There is no cover. For further information contact Joe Bryl at 312.493.5807 or

Richard Steele Comes to Bridgeport

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 @ 4:30pm

In the past, Bridgeport was the center of Chicago political power and a symbol of black versus white racial tension. Today, our mayor lives north of Roosevelt, and the racial make up of Bridgeport is divided as much Hispanic and Asian as white. These changes have come as Chicago continues to be one of the most segregated cities in the country. On June 27, Richard Steele heads to Bridgeport, to Maria’s Package Goods and Community Bar, to talk with residents and visitors about what it used to mean to be a black person in Bridgeport after dark and what it means now. Can a place change?  What does it take? We’ll talk about those questions and hear your reflections on how change–or not–in Chicago’s neighborhoods affects us all. This event is another conversation in WBEZ and Vocalo’s “Race: Out Loud” series.

Saturday Street Eats

You know that this is the best day of the week. Saturday. From 6-9pm we get the best food trucks in Chicago to visit our little part of town. Join us for the goodness. Bridgeport Pasty, Taquero Fusion, Sweet Ride, Pleasant House, Tamale Foodie, Sammich Box will be in the parking lot from 6-9pm. Dj Stan Woo on the decks..