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On Exhibit: Holy Hot Wheels!

As part of Miguel Luciano’s La Mano Poderosa Racetrack, visitors to Humboldt Park’s Galeria Tinta Roja can line up pairs of Hot Wheels cars smack in the middle of a ten-foot-tall fiberglass replica of Christ’s punctured hand. Given a nudge, the cars speed down a 20-foot track as a TV monitor (“the stigmonitor”) rolls looped […]

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On Film: the real Humboldt Park

When director Antonio Franceschi approached 26th Ward alderman Billy Ocasio early last summer for help shooting on location in and around Humboldt Park, the alderman needed some convincing. Filmmakers who’d shot in the neighborhood before had more often than not contributed to its image as an impoverished wasteland of hustlers, heroin addicts, and homeless people. […]