WBEZ | Manifest http://www.wbez.org/tags/manifest Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Weekender: Art Fests, Punk Rock and Pop-Up Businesses! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-05/weekender-art-fests-punk-rock-and-pop-businesses-98793 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/lumpen%20times.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px;" title="SMALL Showroom (Lumpen Times)"></div></div><p>This weekend culture will descend upon us with all the intensity of a summer rainstorm. <a href="http://www.versionfest.org/">Version Fest 2012</a> launches its opening salvo by taking over Bridgeport - inside and out. And at <a href="http://www.colum.edu/manifest-2012/">Manifest</a>, Columbia College Chicago students will take part in the school’s Great Convergence, part of the day-long showcase of the varied cultural fruits of their labor from the past academic year.</p><p>Then a whole slew of celebrations are going down around <a href="http://chicagocincodemayo.com/">Cinco de Mayo </a>and <a href="http://www.chicagohash.com/">Polish Constitution Day</a> – no doubt the sounds of feasting and dancing will ring through many neighborhoods.</p><p>Sound is one of Chicago’s more abundant resources, from annoying sounds, like short sharp car honks to the soothing sounds of waves along the lakefront. Mainly we experience a steady stream of city-suitable sounds – sirens, air brakes, jack hammers, CTA announcements, lovers' spats, randomly yelled insults … You get the drill.</p><p>In the midst of that cacophony local artist Jason Lazarus has a plan: to create his own small sonic intervention.</p><p>Friday night at precisely 8:37, Lazurus will unleash a one-minute burst of noise. The name of the project is <a href="http://occupy837.com/">Occupy837</a>. Think of it as an arty twist on the old 420 – an act that is simultaneously solitary and collective in form.&nbsp;</p><p>Lazarus has been doing this alone fairly regularly. He’ll prop up a window in his apartment and let loose for 60 seconds, over a megaphone equipped with a siren. As he puts it, it’s a “wonderfully pathetic” moment of “me being loud and no one else doing it.”</p><p>But now he’s going public, by inviting the crowd gathered for Manifest to participate. He'll bring a big pile of thrift store pots and pans to a parking lot at 916 S. Wabash and ask people to grab some and bang away.</p><p>The project was initially inspired <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSNuPGkr8Fc&amp;feature=related">by protests in Iran <span style="text-decoration: underline;">a few years back</span></a>, when people would hit their rooftops and chant a set phrase in unison. Lazurus found it moving, an “elegant way to show solidarity and resistance at the same time.”</p><p>His political target is a bit closer to home: <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/05/03/151956938/do-campaign-ads-seem-more-negative-this-year-its-not-just-you">Super PAC </a>reform. Lazarus is concerned that these new actors and methods of financing campaigns have contributed to the “failure” of our political system.</p><p>Success or failure is something Lazarus himself has had to contend with on this project. “Victory will be either small, nil or big and … I’m so scared of this failing that I’m just going to do it and embrace it."</p><p>Lazarus' action may or may not effect political change. But he may help to reimagine how dissent and resistance work. As he puts it “sonic space is a wonderfully open and under-utilized space for protests. [If] there was a critical awareness over Chicagoland [so that on] any given night you might hear people yelling, honking, banging pots and pans together – you would know that for a minute of the day all those people are symbolically showing their resistance.”</p><p>I asked Lazarus if he might be a presence when the NATO Summit comes to town later this month. Instead he’s mulling a takeover of a different public forum. “I’m thinking maybe I’ll go to a White Sox night game and get 20 people to do an Occupy837 sonic, in the middle of baseball game, with 20,000 people in attendance.”</p><p>For a preview, head to Manifest, which is all day Friday. The rest of Weekender’s community-building events are below!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/beetle.jpg" style="height: 159px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://colectivoelpozo.weebly.com/index.html"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>1. Los Carralejas</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday - Sunday</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Theater by and for immigrants, exploring how Mexico's violence affects young people.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://teatroluna.org/luna-central/">Luna Central</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 3914 North Clark Street</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/american-psycho-christian-bale.jpg" style="height: 163px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0144084/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>2. American Psycho</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday and Saturday at Midnight</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Investment banking, red in tooth and claw -&nbsp; and axe!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.landmarktheatres.com/market/chicago/landmark%27scenturycentrecinema.htm">Landmark Century Centre Theater</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">2828 North Clark Street</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/reatard.jpg" style="height: 184px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEojGEN9MFo"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>3. Better Than Something</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">A documentary exploring the short life, time and music of punk rock musician Jay Reatard.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.thispublicworks.com/">Public Works</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">1530 North Damen Avenue</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/version.jpg" style="height: 180px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.versionfest.org/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>4. Version Fest</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday - Sunday</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Art types at work and play, throughout the month of May!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Bridgeport</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pol_mex.jpg" style="height: 190px; width: 241px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></div></div><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>5. Concert for Cinco de Mayo and Polish Constitution Day</strong></span></p><p>Sunday 4 p.m.</p><p>A concert featuring music from Mexico and Poland - sweet!</p><p>St. Bruno Church</p><p>4751 South Harding</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the <em>Weekender</em> podcast.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>What're you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.</strong></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 04 May 2012 11:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-05/weekender-art-fests-punk-rock-and-pop-businesses-98793 Symposium to discuss the future of Chicago theater http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-09/symposium-discuses-future-chicago-theater-86254 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-09/TheatreSymposium2011.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 102px;" title=""></p><p>The streets will barely be clear of the rubble of <a href="http://go.colum.edu/manifest/">Manifest</a>, Columbia College Chicago's spring arts festival (taking place this Friday the 13th, in defiance of augury) than the South Loop will erupt again with the first-ever international symposium on Chicago theater.&nbsp;</p><p>The modestly titled "Chicago--Theatre Capital of America Past, Present and Future" (next Wednesday, May 18, through Sunday the 22nd) brings the Chicago theater community together with its admirers from around the nation and across the world. More than 100 theater professionals, scholars and audience members will talk about how "Chicago theater" came to be the industry/brand name/phenomenon it is today, and what it will take to keep it on top of the American theater heap. You know those fundraisers where it's all the chocolate you can eat for four straight days?&nbsp; This will be that, but for theater lovers--so prepare yourself for a serious sugar high.</p><p>One scheduled session will focus on the work of Chicago playwrights, including Sarah Ruhl,&nbsp;Regina Taylor, Tanya Saracho,&nbsp;and Pulitzer Prize winners David Mamet and Tracy Letts, and on the evolution of Chicago as an incubator for playwrights. Another will celebrate the city's five winners of the Regional Tony Award, including new kid on the block Lookingglass. One panel will provide perspective on the historical roots of Chicago theater in everything from the 1893 Columbian Exposition to the 1960s civil rights movement, while another will consider the ebb and flow of culturally-specific theater in Chicago, whether Yiddish or Latino or African-American.&nbsp;</p><p>For star power, take in the conversation among actors Andre De Shields and Kate Buddeke and Tony-winning director Anna D. Shapiro, where they'll discuss why "alumni artists" of Chicago theater return to work here while carving out careers on Broadway. Also floating around: Jim Jacobs, the surviving co-author of the original <em>Grease</em>, and Bernard Sahlins, the father of the Second City empire.</p><p>Registration is $95 for the four-day event, with a student discounted price of $60. It's all open to the public: Register <a href="http://www.colum.edu/theatresymposium">here</a>, and see&nbsp;details of dozens of other programs.</p></p> Mon, 09 May 2011 15:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-09/symposium-discuses-future-chicago-theater-86254