WBEZ | The Vic http://www.wbez.org/tags/vic Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Video: Italian superstar Jovanotti wows America, one jam at a time http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-10/video-italian-superstar-jovanotti-wows-america-one-jam-time-103211 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/jovanotti.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/51639818" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="600"></iframe></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F63784146&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=ffe12b" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>He might not be a household name in America, but in Italy, Jovanotti is akin to a famous pop star like Justin Timberlake: he sells out stadiums. Now, he&#39;s trying to convince local audiences that his funky hip-hop and rap-inspired jams are something they can get behind too. Currently living in New York City, Jovanotti (born&nbsp;Lorenzo Cherubini)&nbsp;described himself as a &quot;pilgrim&quot; on&nbsp;Wednesday&#39;s <em>Worldview</em>:</p><p>&quot;I am here on a pilgramage. I was born in Rome and I used to see American people coming to Rome to see the ancient roots of their culture. I&#39;m doing the same thing in reverse. I&#39;m here to pay my tribute to my musical culture, where I come from. That&#39;s America, that&#39;s funk, that&#39;s hip hop, that&#39;s American song writing. This is the music that really changed my life when I was a kid and so every musician born in my situation in Italy has this kind of depth with this country, which this incredible musical heritage.</p><p>I&#39;m trying to spread my music all over, wherever I can. Wherever they invite me, I go.&quot;</p><p>He and his band are performing at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jamusa.com/Venues/Vic/ConcertDetails.aspx?ConcertId=5050">The Vic Wednesday night&nbsp;</a>at 7:30 pm. Plus, watch them just jam in studio during a pledge pitch break:</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/51644457" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="600"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-10/video-italian-superstar-jovanotti-wows-america-one-jam-time-103211 Weekender with Alison Cuddy http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-25/weekender-alison-cuddy-94263 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-22/brian-babylon.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/turkey 1.jpg" style="width: 560px; height: 373px;" title=""></p><p>For most of us Thanksgiving means turkey for dinner. But many use the holiday to ponder deeper relationships to the big, meaty bird. These days some folks go the <strong><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-talk-eng-turkey-slaughter-20111122,0,7655182.story">extra mile</a></strong> to make feasting on the bird more meaningful. Maybe they agree with Benjamin Franklin - who in jest deemed turkey a '<strong><a href="http://fi.edu/franklin/birthday/faq.html#21">more respectable bird</a></strong>' than America's national symbol, the eagle? But why stop at turkey? The birds are everywhere! Angry Birds, the popular mobile app, is now entering the <strong><a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/angry-birds-the-smurfs-holiday-toys-264997">stuffed toy market</a></strong>. And take a look at this <strong><a href="http://vimeo.com/30843599">creepy mash-up</a></strong> of Angry Birds and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. If that revenge scenario has you regretting the feast you just consumed check out Peggy MacNamara, artist in residence at <strong><a href="http://fieldmuseum.org/"><span class="Normal__Char" style="font-weight: bold;">The Field Museum</span></a></strong>. MacNamara’s not only drawn many of the bird specimens held by the Museum - 18 of her own <a href="http://www.peggymacnamara.com/"><span class="Normal__Char" style="font-weight: bold;">paintings </span></a>are also on permanent display.</p><p>Other picks for the weekend are below. And big thanks to The Chicago Film Archive for providing the vintage sounds of Chicago's holiday season (The Big Downtown Christmas, Charles Sharp, 1962).</p><p>Here are <em>Weekender</em>'s top 6 picks:</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/boys-noize.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 87px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.boysnoize.com/blog/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>1. Boys Noize</strong></span></a></p><p><a href="http://www.clubtix.com/themid/boys-noize---team-bayside-high---mayhem-tickets-66377">Friday 10pm-4am</a></p><p><a href="http://www.themidchicago.com/">The Mid</a> 306 N Halsted</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://southsidehub.org/2011/11/18/three-films-about-the-middle-east/">2. Films about the <img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/middle east.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 120px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="">Middle East</a></strong></span></p><p>Three films about Americans' Knowledge of the Middle East</p><p>Saturday 6pm</p><p><a href="http://southsidehub.org/">Southside Hub of Production</a> 5638 S Woodlawn Ave, Hyde Park</p><p>See a trailer for one of the films, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVVFX4ptNPA">Desert in the Coffeehouse</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-21/brian-babylon.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 141px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://comedybarchicago.com/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>3. Brian Babylon</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday 8pm and 10pm</p><p><a href="http://www.vocalo.org/">Vocalo</a>'s <a href="http://www.brianbabylon.com/Brian_Babylon/BRIAN_BABYLON.html">Brian Babylon</a> hosts hilarious Stand Up at <a href="http://comedybarchicago.com/">The Comedy Bar</a></p><p>157 W Ontario St (Ontourage)</p><p>See more of Brian's comedy <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NL-xgQ8C4sU">here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.roosevelt.edu/GageGallery.aspx">4. Prison </a><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/Supermax-Prison.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 106px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></strong></span></p><p>Photographs by <a href="http://lloyddegrane.com/">Lloyd DeGrane</a></p><p>Friday 9-6 Saturday 10-4&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.roosevelt.edu/GageGallery/Directions.aspx">Gage Gallery</a> 18 S. Michigan</p><p>Hear more from Lloyd DeGrane <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-22/capturing-life-behind-bars-94278">here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/yawn.jpeg" style="width: 160px; height: 116px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.yawntheband.com/YAWN/Home.html"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>5. YAWN</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday 8pm</p><p>w/ <a href="http://www.thekooks.com/">The Kooks</a> and <a href="http://www.thepostelles.com/">The Postelles</a></p><p><a href="http://www.jamusa.com/Venues/Vic/Concerts.aspx">The Vic Theatre</a> 3145 N Sheffield Ave</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/christ.jpg" style="width: 159px; height: 106px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.christkindlmarket.com/"><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">6. Christkindlmarket</span></strong></a></p><p>Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sunday 11am-8pm</p><p>Traditional German American Holiday Market and Chicago Institution</p><p>Daley Plaza 50 W Washington St</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the <em>Weekender</em> podcast.</p></p> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-25/weekender-alison-cuddy-94263