For Immediate Release: May 9, 2003

Contact: Stephanie Hlywak, Director of Press Relations
(day) 312-362-9707
(evening) 847-372-7427
fax: 312-362-9708
email: stephanie@hothouse.net


HOTHOUSE SHUT DOWN IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO SOLD-OUT PERFORMANCE OF LEGENDARY
CUBAN BAND ORQUESTA ARAGON

At 8:45 p.m. tonight, Friday May 9, ten undercover officers of the Chicago
Police Department ordered HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo, and its management to cease
and desist all operations, claiming the non-profit performing arts venue was
operating with improper Public Place of Amusement licenses.

At the time of the citation, HotHouse was transitioning from a 7 p.m.
performance to a sold-out 10 p.m. show of the legendary Cuban charanga band
Orquesta Aragon. A crowd of ticketholders to the 10 p.m. performance had
formed an orderly line outside the venue in anticipation of the concert.

HotHouse management asserts that all licenses for the venue are in good
standing and proper order. Management believes that the raid, which will
cause untold financial losses to the venerable non-profit cultural center,
was politically motivated.

The crowd of ticketholders, many of whom had come from as far away as
Nebraska to see the rare performance of the Cuban orchestra, left the
premises in an orderly manner. The patrons of HotHouse, along with its
management and supporters, are looking to the City of Chicago and its
agencies for answers.



A non-profit performing arts center, HotHouse is dedicated to exposing
audiences to a wide range of cultural expression, encouraging respect for
our ethnic diversity, and promoting a greater understanding of differing
traditions and perspectives.

HotHouse, the Center for International Performance and Exhibition
31 E. Balbo Chicago, IL 60605 312-362-9707; 312-362-9708 fax
Visit our web site: www.hothouse.net
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Stephanie Hlywak
Director of Marketing and Press Relations
HotHouse, The Center for International Performance & Exhibition
31 East Balbo, Chicago, IL 60605
Tel. 312/362.9707
Fax 312/362.9708
www.hothouse.net