WBEZ | john waters http://www.wbez.org/tags/john-waters Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Weekender with Alison Cuddy: Hug trees, cluck with chickens and head bang to black metal art! http://www.wbez.org/blog/alison-cuddy/2012-03-23/weekender-alison-cuddy-hug-trees-cluck-chickens-and-head-bang-black-met <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-22/chicken.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-21/buenos aires trees.jpg" style="width: 560px; height: 420px;" title="Buenos Aires Trees (Alison Cuddy/Flickr)"></p><p>I've never literally hugged a tree, but I've sure spent a lot of time in, under and especially falling out of them.&nbsp;</p><p>And I gotta say I love 'em - whether they're inspiring one of the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWHEcIbhDiw">greatest bands of all time</a> or just <a href="http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Ents">getting badass</a> in <em>The Lord of the Rings</em> movie series (oh yeah, I'm a nerd!).</p><p>I'd thought Chicago was a bit of a leader when it comes to developing and sustaining its trees. After all we've established the <a href="http://www.chicagotrees.net/chicago-trees-initiative/">Chicago Trees Initiative, </a>a public-private partnership to increase our tree canopy (the area covered by foliage)&nbsp;to 20 percent by the year 2020.&nbsp;</p><p>We're also<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/23/science/earth/23adaptation.html?pagewanted=all"> planting trees suitable to our coming New Orleans-style climate</a> (we caught a glimpse of that future this past week - an unpleasant reality check embedded in the recent spell of warm weather).&nbsp;</p><p>Plus who would have imagined that even in tough and corrupt Chicago <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/streets/provdrs/forestry/svcs/tree_planting.html">you could make one call</a> and the city would come plant a tree on your street. Hey, we don't want no swamp oaks nobody sent!</p><p>But according to <a href="http://m.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and-lifestyle/2012/02/us-cities-are-losing-4-million-trees-year/1183/">this recent article, </a>Chicago is merely holding ground when it comes to urban coverage.</p><p>So start doubling down on those calls, peeps!</p><p>And if you're culturally inclined, there are other ways to show your appreciation for our city's trees. &nbsp;You could indulge in a little neighborhood yarn bombing (Rogers Park undertook a <a href="http://www.rogers-park.com/2011/07/knit-for-rogers-park.html">massive knit-in</a> last summer).&nbsp;</p><p>Or you could head to the Chicago Botanic Garden and participate in <a href="http://www.chicagobotanic.org/exhibitions/treewhispers.php">Tree Whispers</a>, a traveling collaborative effort (since 2000 - talk about rooted!) to document our collective tree craze. I like how the finished product resembles a <a href="http://www.art.com/products/p13935884-sa-i2782867/raul-touzon-close-view-of-tree-trunks-in-a-stand-of-birch-trees.htm">tall slim stand of&nbsp;birch trees</a>. If you <a href="http://www.chicagobotanic.org/visit/biking">bike there</a> you'll be doing trees an even bigger favor.</p><p>That's just one of Weekender's picks. The rest are below. &nbsp;So get out there, and enjoy a good tree hug!</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-21/black metal.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 135px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="https://www.facebook.com/BlackThornsintheBlackBox"><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">1. Black Thorns in the Black Box</span></strong></a></p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">Friday 7pm</span></span></p><p>Extreme, raw and fast films and videos, just like the black metal music genre. Bring earplugs!</p><p><a href="http://nightingaletheatre.org/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">The Nightingale</span></span></a></p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">1084 N Milwaukee Ave</span></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-21/rahsaan2.jpg" style="width: 241px; height: 178px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://not-of-this-world.com/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>2. Rahsaan Patterson</strong></span></a></p><p>Friday 8pm</p><p>The former child star (he played "The Kid" in the '80s TV show <em>Kids Incorporated</em>) lays down some smooth R+B beats.</p><p><a href="http://www.theshrinechicago.com/main.php">The Shrine</a></p><p>2109 S Wabash</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-21/james_murphy.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 159px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Murphy_%28electronic_musician%29"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>3. James Murphy</strong></span></a></p><p>Friday 10pm</p><p>The former member of LCD Soundsystem brings his hot self and cool electronica to town.</p><p><a href="http://www.themidchicago.com/">The Mid</a></p><p>306 N Halsted</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-21/folk music.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 160px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></p><p><a href="http://event.uchicago.edu/maincampus/detail.php?guid=CAL-402882f8-34f144db-0134-f20d8694-0000004ceventscalendar@uchicago.edu"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>4. 47th Annual European Folk Festival</strong></span></a></p><p>Friday - Sunday</p><p>A blast of Balkan fun - music, dance and more!</p><p>International House, Assembly Hall, <a href="http://www.uchicago.edu/index.shtml">University of Chicago</a></p><p>1414 E 59th Street</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-21/chicken.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 186px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></p><p><a href="http://www.learngrowconnect.org/node/3759"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>5. Basic Backyard Chicken Care</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday 10am-1pm</p><p>Could a chicken coop be in your future? Find out from a self-described Midwestern chicken consultant.</p><p><a href="http://christywebber.com/index.html">Christy Webber Landscaping</a>'s Rancho Verde</p><p>Behind 445 N Sacramento</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-21/TV-Tonight-Dance-Roseannes-Nuts-more-4C7HP2J-x-large.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 176px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></p><p><a href="http://www.thequ.co/third-delaware-this-saturday/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>6. Third and Delaware: The Ultimate Roseanne Dance Party</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday 10pm</p><p>She's a force to be reckoned with - and danced to!</p><p><a href="http://www.parlouronclark.com/">Parlour on Clark</a></p><p>6341 N Clark St</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-21/OfDollsandMurder3.jpg" style="width: 241px; height: 160px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.ofdollsandmurder.com/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>7. Of Dolls and Murder</strong></span></a></p><p>Sunday 7pm</p><p>A documentary about the doll-house dioramas depicting true crime scenes made by local heiress Frances Glessner Lee. Oh and legendary filmmaker John Waters narrates!</p><p><a href="http://www.glessnerhouse.org/">Glessner House Museum</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>1800 S Prairie Ave</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>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/alison-cuddy/2012-03-23/weekender-alison-cuddy-hug-trees-cluck-chickens-and-head-bang-black-met