WBEZ | theater http://www.wbez.org/tags/theater Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Cultural responses to the 1995 Chicago heat wave http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-13/cultural-responses-1995-chicago-heat-wave-112366 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/214559196&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">Cultural responses to the 1995 Chicago heat wave</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">This week marks the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Chicago heat wave that killed 739 people. We check in with Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones about artistic responses to the disaster and to other disasters both natural and manmade, including a recent play that dramatized the story of the Chicago heat wave.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;"><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><a href="https://twitter.com/ChrisJonesTrib">Chris Jones</a> is the theater critic for the </em>Chicago Tribune<em>.</em></span></p></p> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-13/cultural-responses-1995-chicago-heat-wave-112366 Bad Jews play explores faith and family http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-07/bad-jews-play-explores-faith-and-family-112332 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Centre-East-Interior-2009_low-res.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/213654507&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">Bad Jews play explores faith and family</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Bad Jews tells the story of Daphna Feygenbaum, a 20-something &ldquo;real Jew&rdquo; with an Israeli boyfriend. When Daphna&rsquo;s cousin Liam brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody and declares ownership of their grandfather&rsquo;s Chai necklace, a vicious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues. Playwright Joshua Harmon joins Morning Shift to talk about the themes behind his play. We also hear from director Jeremy Wechsler and actress Laura Lapidus who takes on the role of Daphna.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;"><strong>Guests:</strong> <em>Playwright&nbsp;</em></span><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Joshua Harmon, director&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Jeremy Wechsler, and lead actress Laura Lapidus</span></em></p></p> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-07/bad-jews-play-explores-faith-and-family-112332 Afternoon Shift: What is the artist’s responsibility to address social issues? http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2015-05-07/afternoon-shift-what-artist%E2%80%99s-responsibility-address-social <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/Flickr%20Todd%20Ehlers.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="(Photo: Flickr/Todd Ehlers)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204423139&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">The relationship between art and social commentary</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c2af537d-3061-51d7-1519-215ac7f67acb">Theater has a history of making political and social statements. From Shakespeare, to Tennessee Williams and August Wilson, playwrights have used the stage to address issues of public importance. Now, with events in Ferguson, New York and most recently Baltimore - many local theaters are reacting by creating opportunities for audiences to explore issues of race and inequality. </span>Isaac Gomez, Bobby Bierdrzycki, John Conroy and, Anthony Moseley are all involved in the arts and have personal experience crafting social commentary into theater. We bring you this conversation in two parts.<br /><br /><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul dir="ltr"><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-c2af537d-3061-51d7-1519-215ac7f67acb"><a href="https://twitter.com/isoteric8">Isaac Gomez</a></span> is literary manager for the Victory Gardens Theater.</em></li><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-c2af537d-3061-51d7-1519-215ac7f67acb"><a href="https://twitter.com/bobbyfloats">Bobby Bierdrzycki</a></span> is the curriculum and instruction associate for the Goodman Theatre.</em></li><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-c2af537d-3061-51d7-1519-215ac7f67acb"><a href="http://www.john-conroy.com/">John Conroy</a></span> is a former investigative journalist and playwright.</em></li><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-c2af537d-3061-51d7-1519-215ac7f67acb">Anthony Moseley is </span>Executive Artistic Director at <a href="https://twitter.com/Collaboraction">Collaboraction Theater</a>.</em></li></ul><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204423141&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Want to know where to find art in Chicago?</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c2af537d-3063-77e0-41e0-5f4e7759a3c3">A few weeks ago we talked to the </span>General Admission guys about why people DON&rsquo;T see art. We invited our listeners to join in with their own reasons for not seeing artistic events, and many of you said part of it was you just didn&rsquo;t know about them. So we had our General Admission podcasters do some research to bring you some great resources for finding art in the city.</p><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><a href="https://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-how-do-you-find-out-about-artistic">You can check out some of the resources we listed, by going to the Storify page linked in this sentence.</a></p><p dir="ltr"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-c2af537d-3063-77e0-41e0-5f4e7759a3c3">Guests:</span></strong></p><ul dir="ltr"><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-c2af537d-3063-77e0-41e0-5f4e7759a3c3"><a href="https://twitter.com/storyproducer">Tyler Greene</a></span> is co-host of WBEZ&rsquo;s General Admission podcast.</em></li><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-c2af537d-3063-77e0-41e0-5f4e7759a3c3"><a href="https://twitter.com/thejoypowers">Joy Powers</a></span> is a WBEZ producer.</em></li></ul><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204423550&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Chicago business with a focus on fair trade apparel</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">On April 29 - &nbsp;to very little fanfare - the Cook County Board passed an ordinance which ensures that no county offices would purchase uniforms or other items from garment vendors that employ sweatshop labor. And, in the Chicago, May 7 is the second day of World Fair Trade Day Festival celebrations. Harish Patel is the owner of Chicago-based, ishi vest - a company that specializes in organic and fair trade clothing. He joins us for this installment in our week long series of conversations with local small business owners in honor of Small Business Week.</p><p><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-c2af537d-3066-d555-fa29-a7b107b8e0f8">Guest: </span></strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/harishibrahim">Harish Patel</a> is owner of ishi vest.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/203497427&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Englewood residents negotiate the role Whole Foods will play in the community</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">It&rsquo;s going to be more than a year before Whole Foods opens a new store in Chicago&rsquo;s Englewood neighborhood. The company announced it&rsquo;s plans for Englewood a year-and-a-half ago. The lengthy timeline doesn&rsquo;t mean the community is sitting idly by. Residents are actively engaging with Whole Foods about the role of an organic grocery store in a food desert. WBEZ&rsquo;s Natalie Moore gives us an update.</p><p><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-c2af537d-3068-a3a7-ff69-54f156abd289">Guest: </span></strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore">Natalie Moore</a> is a WBEZ reporter.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204422239&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Has summertime finally arrived in Chicago?</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">It feels like the short but beautiful Chicago summer has finally arrived--but we all know it could feel like winter again in an instant. Joining us to explain this crazy late-spring weather is Gilbert Sebenste, meteorologist at Northern Illinois University.</p><p><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-c2af537d-306a-3a2c-5ea6-12e0e4764a54">Guest: </span></strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/Gilbert_S">Gilbert Sebentse</a> is a meteorologist at Northern Illinois University.&nbsp;</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204422796&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Tech Shift: What thunder looks like</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Lightning storms look cool - a brilliant flash of light in the dark, a massive bolt suddenly streaks across the sky. For the most part, we understand lightning. But what about thunder? Scientists from Southwest Research Institute have been conducting experiments to literally get a better picture of how thunder works. Dr. Maher Dayeh is a Space Physicist in the Space Science &amp; Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute and he joins us with details on the team&rsquo;s experiment.</p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-c2af537d-306b-8b7e-8edc-c6492a50abb2"><strong>Guest:</strong> <em>Maher Dayeh is a space physicist in the Space Science &amp; Engineering Division at </em></span><em><a href="http://www.swri.org/">Southwest Research Institute</a>.&nbsp;</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204422415&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Chicago&#39;s Jimmy Butler wins Most Improved Player</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">The NBA has announced that the Bulls&rsquo; Jimmy Butler has been voted the league&#39;s Most Improved Player. Not only did Butler win that accolade but it was a landslide! WBEZ sports contributor and Bulls aficionado Cheryl Raye-Stout joins us from the Bulls practice at the Advocate Center.</p><p><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-c2af537d-306e-b758-5378-d4297076942c">Guest: </span></strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">Cheryl Raye-Stout</a> is WBEZ&rsquo;s sports contributor.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204249224&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Curious City: What does the Lincoln Park Zoo do with all of its poo?</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">In this excerpt from our <em>Fecal Matters!</em> live event, experts explain how studying poo can keep zoo animals happy and healthy.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204422619&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Cook County chiefs discuss criminal justice issues</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">The top officials from Cook County&rsquo;s criminal justice system convened on May 7 for a panel discussion. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Sheriff Tom Dart, State&rsquo;s Attorney Anita Alvarez, and Chief Judge Timothy Evans all sat together politely. But they&rsquo;ve been known to butt heads and assign each other blame in the past. WBEZ&rsquo;s Patrick Smith was there and he joins us with a recap.</p><p><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-c2af537d-3072-4564-2794-6fbb3f2f3d9a">Guest: </span></strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/pksmid">Patrick Smith</a> is a WBEZ reporter.</em></p></p> Thu, 07 May 2015 16:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2015-05-07/afternoon-shift-what-artist%E2%80%99s-responsibility-address-social Afternoon Shift: What do grocery store labels actually mean? http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2015-05-04/afternoon-shift-what-do-grocery-store-labels-actually-mean <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/Flickr%20greeblie.jpg" style="height: 468px; width: 620px;" title="(Photo: Flickr/greeblie)" /></div><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/203926796&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false"></iframe></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Decoding grocery store food labels</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Americans are eating more eggs than they have in 30 years. But they are also now presented with more labels on their egg cartons than ever. Should you buy cage free, free range, natural, organic, vitamin enriched, vegetarian fed or pastured? Today we talk about new egg research while helping you navigate grocery store labels in general. &nbsp;WBEZ&rsquo;s food reporter Monica Eng joins us as well as Serena Schaffner, a spokesperson for the American Egg Board located right here in Park Ridge Illinois. &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-9ce48faa-20ed-9161-c99a-9c654f08dc64">Guests:</span></strong></p><ul dir="ltr"><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-9ce48faa-20ed-9161-c99a-9c654f08dc64"><a href="https://twitter.com/monicaeng">Monica Eng</a></span> is a WBEZ reporter.</em></li><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-9ce48faa-20ed-9161-c99a-9c654f08dc64">Serena Schaffner is a spokesperson for the </span><a href="http://www.aeb.org/">American Egg Board</a>.</em></li></ul></div><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/203926845&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false"></iframe></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Chicago Home Theater Festival coming to a living room near you!</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">The Chicago Home Theater Festival is hitting the town, travelling to different neighborhoods and bringing art to Chicago living rooms. The idea is to have theater performed in spaces you don&rsquo;t normally see as a venue - like a living room. It opens May 5 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. We&rsquo;re joined by Blake Russell, a performer and one of the producers of the Chicago Home Theater Festival, and Tameka Lawson, the executive director of I Grow Chicago in Englewood.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-9ce48faa-20ee-3f42-4f29-32ee6c0c0b84">Guests:</span></strong></p><ul dir="ltr"><li><em>Blake Russell is a performer and a producer of the <a href="http://www.chicagohtf.org/">Chicago Home Theater Festival</a>.</em></li><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-9ce48faa-20ee-3f42-4f29-32ee6c0c0b84">Tameka Lawson is the executive director of </span><a href="http://www.igrowchicago.org/">I Grow Chicago</a>.</em></li></ul><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/203926866&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false"></iframe></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Award-winning local architect talks small business in Chicago</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9ce48faa-20f0-f499-2bf8-d5c206f17457">In honor of </span>National Small Business Week we are taking a few minutes each day to meet small businesses from all around Chicagoland. First up: Old Town architect Trish VanderBeke, of P.K. Vanderbeke, Architect. In early May, she won the top prize for small projects from The American Institute of Architects&rsquo; Chicago chapter.</p><p><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-9ce48faa-20f0-f499-2bf8-d5c206f17457">Guest: </span></strong><em>Trish VanderBeke is a Chicago architect at P.K. Vanderbeke, Architect.</em></p><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/203926890&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false"></iframe></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Lead poisoning remains an issue for distressed Chicago neighborhoods</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9ce48faa-20f3-195f-574a-d046a6ba17f4">One fifth of children in Chicago&rsquo;s most distressed neighborhoods test positive for lead poisoning. That&#39;s according to a recent investigation by the </span>Chicago Tribune. City and federal funds for property inspections have dried up in recent years. Joining us to explain the findings and unpack some of the data in his piece is the Tribune&#39;s Michael Hawthorne.</p><p><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-9ce48faa-20f3-195f-574a-d046a6ba17f4">Guest: </span></strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/scribeguy">Michael Hawthorne</a> is a reporter at the Chicago Tribune.</em></p><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/203926906&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false"></iframe></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Remembering Russ Tutterow and Erin Myers</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9ce48faa-20f4-0b62-7c68-f6cee982bd68">T</span>he Chicago theater community is mourning the loss of Russ Tutterow. He was the first artistic director of the Chicago Dramatists, and he died May 4, 2015 from cancer. He was 68-years-old. Tutterow had stepped down earlier this year because of his declining health. The news came on the heels of another loss. Erin Myers, an actress who performed with the Hypocrites and many other Chicago theater companies, died May 3, 2015 after a short battle with cancer. She was 41. Chris Jones is the longtime theater critic for the Chicago Tribune, and he joins us.</p><p><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-9ce48faa-20f4-0b62-7c68-f6cee982bd68">Guest: </span></strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/ChrisJonesTrib">Chris Jones</a> is a theater critic for the Chicago Tribune.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/203925663&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Tech Shift: New study examines citizens&#39; feelings on open data initiatives</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Over the past decade many governments, including Chicago&rsquo;s, have put the spotlight on open data. But how do citizens really feel about these initiatives? A new study from the Pew Research Center found big splits in the public&rsquo;s awareness of open data and its value for users. John Horrigan, a Senior Researcher at Pew and one of the authors of that report joins us to explain.</p><p><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-9ce48faa-20f7-2c6e-dc7f-6cbaf8d095f9">Guest: </span></strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/JohnBHorrigan">John Horrigan</a> is a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/203926927&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">The Bulls head to Cleveland for round two of the playoffs</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Lebron James and the Cavaliers host the Bulls tonight in Cleveland for Game 1 in the second round of NBA playoffs. The Blackhawks lead the Wild 2 games to none. And, the Cubs square off tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals. Joining us to talk sports is WBEZ&#39;s Cheryl Raye-Stout.</p><p><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-9ce48faa-20f8-fa2d-c097-378812416c31">Guest: </span></strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">Cheryl Raye-Stout</a> is WBEZ&rsquo;s sports contributor.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/203926938&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Adolfo Davis resentenced to life without parole</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Life in prison without parole. That&rsquo;s the sentence that Adolfo Davis received on May 4 in Chicago. He&rsquo;s the first inmate in Cook County to have his sentence re-examined after a Supreme Court decision that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional. Davis was 14 when he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole. Now, at age 38, he received the same sentence. Patricia Soung, Adolfo Davis&rsquo; lawyer, joins us to discuss the case.</p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-9ce48faa-20fb-f5a9-9a1a-191d82e2db72"><strong>Guest:</strong> <em>Patricia Soung is an attorney and instructor at Loyola Law School.</em></span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/203926946&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Board considers which conditions could be treated with medical marijuana</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">As the state of Illinois waits for its first legal medical marijuana products to come online, patients had the opportunity to petition for more conditions and diseases to be added to the program. On May 4, the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board heard from patients and critics about fourteen conditions up for consideration. The board recommended PTSD and migraines, but denied diabetes and anxiety. WBEZ&rsquo;s Susie An was at the hearing and joins us with more.</p><p><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-9ce48faa-20fd-7ee1-c148-a231e84c3a0a">Guest: </span></strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/soosieon">Susie An</a> is a WBEZ reporter.</em></p></p> Mon, 04 May 2015 16:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2015-05-04/afternoon-shift-what-do-grocery-store-labels-actually-mean Morning Shift: Drawing a line on where guns can be drawn http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-09-10/morning-shift-drawing-line-where-guns-can-be-drawn <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Gun - Flickr - phoosh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today we take on the the gun debate and how a line may be drawn at certain locations. Where do you think guns should not be banned? Then, Chris Jones and Chris Vire give us a preview on plays and musicals Chicago theaters are planning to let grace their stages.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-61/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-61.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-61" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Drawing a line on where guns can be drawn" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 08:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-09-10/morning-shift-drawing-line-where-guns-can-be-drawn Chicago play takes on celebrity culture http://www.wbez.org/chicago-play-takes-celebrity-culture-107744 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/tomkatproject_photo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Six actors file into a black-box theater dressed all in black.&nbsp;</p><p>Julie Dahlinger, who portrays Hollywood star Katie Holmes, acts out verbatim dialogue from a Seventeen magazine interview, as her overprotective family from Toledo, Ohio, tells the audience how Holmes got the leading role in the late 90s teen drama<em> Dawson&rsquo;s Creek</em>.</p><p>Walt Delaney, as a scrawnier version of Cruise, is heartbroken after the end of his relationship with Spanish actress Penelope Cruz. He&rsquo;s always had bad luck with women, Cruise and his agent explain, and he blames it on his abusive father.</p><p>These quick-paced vignettes kick off <em>The TomKat Project</em>, a two-act play that takes on the most public of Hollywood relationships: the marriage and divorce of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes (known as TomKat in the tabloids).</p><p>The satirical play isn&rsquo;t just trying to be funny. <em>The TomKat Project</em> is trying to send a message about our obsession with celebrity.</p><p>The different characters in the play &ndash; 54 in total &ndash; are played by seven actors. One moment, an actress is playing Nicole Kidman. The next, she&rsquo;s playing Oprah for the public revelation of the TomKat relationship that comes, of course, through the infamous couch-jumping incident.</p><p>This world of celebrity gossip is all too familiar to the play&rsquo;s writer and narrator, Brandon Ogborn. He&rsquo;s an improv actor and aspiring TV and film writer with encyclopedic knowledge of the movie business. Tabloid chatter is like a newsfeed for his career.</p><p>But when news of the TomKat relationship flooded every media outlet, he got drawn into it as entertainment, like so many of us do.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ll have, like, Yasmina Reza plays in my bag and instead of reading those while I&rsquo;m waiting somewhere, I&rsquo;ll be reading <em>US</em> magazine about Tom and Katie,&rdquo; he said.&nbsp;</p><p>When Ogborn started writing a play about TomKat, he thought the couple would make good comedy. The eerie Scientology rumors that surrounded the TomKat relationship gave Ogborn plenty of material to work with.</p><p>The TomKat Project is complete with humorous reenactments of auditing sessions, the routine therapeutic meetings in Scientology in which Cruise supposedly revealed very personal details to fellow church members. Ogborn made David Miscavige, the head of the Church of Scientology, one of the main characters in the play.</p><p>But halfway through writing it, Ogborn had a realization that changed his approach to his subject: He started to question why 14-year-old girls and 45-year-old women end up having opinions about things like TomKat and Justin Bieber&rsquo;s haircut. And Ogborn realized he was making the same mistake as some of the public&mdash;he was buying into a tabloid version of events that probably wasn&rsquo;t true, or at least was greatly exaggerated.</p><p>&ldquo;You might be an A-hole for thinking what you&rsquo;ve read in tabloids over the years is true about these people, and about most other human beings that happen to have jobs in film and television and also happen to be attractive,&rdquo; Ogborn said.</p><p>Ogborn takes that dilemma onstage in the second act, as he plays himself. He shows himself as the narrator and writer of <em>The TomKat Project</em>, questioning why he believes what he reads in the tabloids and why he even wrote a play about the VIP couple in the first place.</p><p>He physically tussles with the character of Maureen Orth (played by Allison Yolo), the Vanity Fair contributor who wrote a controversial cover story about TomKat last year. Ogborn accuses Orth of trying to make a name for herself by writing about celebrities. She accuses him of trying to turn lowbrow nonfiction into highbrow theater. Ogborn escorts her out of the theater.</p><p>Ironically, Ogborn himself is making a name out of writing about famous people. The play sold out most of its run at Lakeview&rsquo;s Playground Theater, and took the stage last weekend at Just for Laughs Chicago. Now it&rsquo;s heading to Second City&rsquo;s UP Comedy Club on June 20, then moving on to New York&rsquo;s Fringe Festival in August.</p><p>A DePaul University sociology professor who specializes in celebrity culture doesn&rsquo;t share Ogborn&rsquo;s conflicted feelings on dishing about them. Deena Weinstein recognizes the stars are easy targets&mdash;she calls writing a play on the TomKat relationship &ldquo;kind of like shooting fish in a barrel.&rdquo;</p><p>But she says gossip about other people is a tradition that goes way back in time, and she sees meaning in it.</p><p>&ldquo;When we lived in small societies, we could gossip about people we know. Living in the metropolitan area, we don&rsquo;t know very many people about whom we can gossip but we all feel we know celebrities,&rdquo; Weinstein said.</p><p>She said many people today are increasingly isolated. They live farther from their families, and they may have hundreds of friends on Facebook, but only know a few of them well.</p><p>Weinstein says talking about Hollywood stars can provide a false sense of intimacy, and that can help some people feel less isolated.</p><p><em>Diana Buendía is a WBEZ arts and culture intern. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/buendiag" target="_blank">@buendiag</a></em></p></p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/chicago-play-takes-celebrity-culture-107744 A Chicago tourist's guide to New York theater awards season (and the occasional museum) http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2013-05/chicago-tourists-guide-new-york-theater-awards-season-and-occasional <p><p>A five-day visit to New York.&nbsp; Six shows, half good and half not-so.&nbsp; Three museums.&nbsp; Some of this is utterly evanescent; some will come to Chicago if you&#39;re patient; but some of it requires you to jump on a plane and go.&nbsp; Herewith a guide to your trip.</p><p><u><strong>What to see:</strong></u></p><p><em>Pippin</em> at the Music Box.&nbsp; There are plenty of people whose first response to the revival of <em>Pippin</em> was, &quot;Oh, I hate that show!&quot; but I&#39;ve always loved it.&nbsp; (No one is neutral.)&nbsp;&nbsp; The Broadway revival, faced with the challenge of eradicating otherwise ineradicable memories of Ben Vereen doing Bob Fosse&#39;s dances, makes two major changes to the original: Vereen&#39;s role is played by a woman (the excellent Patina Miller), and much of Fosse&#39;s athletic choreography gives way to actual acrobatics created by circus artist Gypsy Snider, including tumbling, trapeze, contortionism and human pyramids.&nbsp; This makes wonderful thematic sense, as the titular character spends the entire show seeking thrills.&nbsp; With superb performances by all concerned (a special nod to almost-certain-Tony-winner Andrea Martin as Pippin&#39;s remarkably nimble grandmother), director Diana Paulus&#39;s production should satisfy novices and <em>Pippin</em> cultists alike.&nbsp; Most likely it will play on Broadway until we&#39;re all as old as Granny, but the producers have just announced that it will begin a national tour in Denver in a few months.&nbsp; Presumably Chicago will either be one of the subsequent stops or will get a sit-down production of its own--in which case all those hours local performers spend on trampolines at the Actors&#39; Gym will finally come in handy. Magic to do, indeed.&nbsp; Open run.</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/RS7283_3macbeth-4_3_rx383_c540x380.JPG" title="Alan Cumming in Macbeth on Broadway (Getty Images)" /></div><p><u><strong>What to see if you can get there before July 14:</strong></u></p><p><em>Macbeth</em> at the Ethel Barrymore.&nbsp; Alan Cumming, whose reinvention of the MC in a revived <em>Cabaret</em> first brought him to the attention of American audiences, now reinvents an even more familiar figure, or rather figures: in a balls-to-the-wall performance of a lifetime he plays not just Macbeth but every other character in the play.&nbsp; Cumming is persuasive in every role, including the foundational one of a patient in a mental hospital whose recital of the play&#39;s text seems designed to enact or expunge some guilt of his own.&nbsp; It&#39;s a feat of acting, to be sure, as Cumming goes from Macbeth to Lady Macbeth simply by wrapping a blanket around his shoulders; but more, it&#39;s a feat of interpretation by Cumming and directors John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg.&nbsp; <em>Macbeth</em> often seems like a play about a singular incident experienced by singularly amoral and ambitious characters.&nbsp; Here, though, Macbeth is Everyman and -woman, experiencing &quot;tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow&quot; as an endless repetition of today--as do we all.&nbsp; And when the last line of the production is the same as the first--&quot;When will we three meet again?&quot; asked of the patient&#39;s two keepers--the play&#39;s universality is sealed.&nbsp; Cumming, familiar to many as Chicago fixer Eli Gold on television&#39;s <em>The Good Wife</em>, reverts onstage to variations on his native Scots accent to convey a preening Duncan, a resentful Banquo, a bereaved Macduff.&nbsp; And he does it with such conviction that when I remember the scene in which Macbeth and his Lady make love, I picture two actors on the stage--because how is it possible there could be only one?&nbsp; Get thee to New York before Bastille Day if humanly possible; if not, pray to the theater gods that he takes the show on tour next summer.</p><p><u><strong>What you hope you&#39;ll get a chance to see:</strong></u></p><p><em>On Your Toes</em> at City Center.&nbsp; The Encores! series unearths little-done musicals and revives them for 5-day runs.&nbsp; Ostensibly, these are staged readings, whose actors have book in hand; but at least for this production it&#39;s accent on the &quot;staged.&quot;&nbsp; In fact, the production was fully choreographed, by director Warren Carlyle in the first act and by George Balanchine in the second, and danced with precision by a company including principals of the New York City Ballet as well as musical comedy actors.&nbsp; Rogers and Hart&#39;s 1936 musical concerns a tap-dancing music teacher, an unappreciated composer, and their efforts to put up a show called &quot;Slaughter on Tenth Avenue,&quot; a show which consists of Balanchine&#39;s jazz-inflected ballet about a gangster and a chorus girl named Lola.&nbsp; (Is that where Barry Manilow got the idea?)&nbsp; The ballet moved from Broadway into the classical dance canon and has never moved back, til now.&nbsp; It&#39;s a perfect coda to the musical, and makes a marvelous contrast with the Act I finale, a send-up of modern dancing crossed with baggy-pants pratfalls which had the audience gasping with laughter.&nbsp; As the dance diva from hell via Russia, ballerina Irina Dvorovenko shows a real gift for comedy as well as flawless ballet chops.&nbsp; Yes, it&#39;s cruel to describe such a marvelous show and then point out that it can&#39;t be seen anywhere; but Encores! productions have occasionally led to full-scale revivals, and <em>On Your Toes</em> certainly deserves to join that storied group.&nbsp; Closed, but not forgotten: perhaps it will do a pre-Broadway tryout in Chicago.</p><p><u><strong>What not to bother with:</strong></u></p><p><em>Nikolai and the Others</em> at Lincoln Center.&nbsp; I went to see Richard Nelson&#39;s play, though I&#39;m not a fan of his historical dramas, because it was&nbsp; directed by Chicago&#39;s David Cromer, whose production of <em>Our Town</em> here and in New York was considered so revelatory.&nbsp; But there&#39;s nothing Cromer or any other director could do with this text, whose central conceit is that George Balanchine, Igor Stravinsky and a dozen other Russian emigres meet for a weekend in the country while Messrs. B. and S. are working on &quot;The Firebird.&quot;&nbsp; They&#39;ve all worked together or been married to one another or both, and one of them is wheezing so hard you know he&#39;s the Act I loaded gun which must go off in Act II.&nbsp; But adherence to Chekhov&#39;s law of stagecraft and minute attention to boring Russians aren&#39;t enough to turn this into Chekhov.&nbsp; We start off not knowing or caring about these people and end up the same way, even as they create what we know is a lasting work of art.&nbsp; The best moments come from the two New York City Ballet dancers whose rehearsals of &quot;Firebird&quot; convey the excitement of creation.&nbsp; The rest of the play just lies there like cold blini.&nbsp; I did, however, enjoy hearing the characters rag Balanchine about choreographing for Broadway (&quot;Of course, that&#39;s where the money is&quot;), knowing they&#39;re inveighing against &quot;Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.&quot;&nbsp; Through June 16.</p><p><em>The Big Knife</em> at the Roundabout&#39;s American Airlines Theater.&nbsp; This late Clifford Odets work is a naked piece of autobiographical special pleading, in which Odets portrays Hollywood as a monster destroying the morals and lives of otherwise good men.&nbsp; No doubt that&#39;s what it felt like to him as he spent years out there producing not too much and drinking himself to death; but, as a friend once said about Arthur Miller&#39;s equally autobiographical <em>After The Fall</em>, &quot;Why should I pay to listen to his therapy?&nbsp; He should pay me!&quot;&nbsp; Portraying a movie star whose guilty secret keeps him in thrall to the studio, Bobby Cannavale gets nothing to do but whine, though he can be an exciting performer who holds his own with Steve Buscemi and Michael Shannon on tv&#39;s <em>Boardwalk Empire</em>.&nbsp; But neither his character&#39;s secret nor the struggle with his conscience engages the audience in the slightest, and by the time he too submits to Chekhov&#39;s law we&#39;re wondering why the homesick playwright didn&#39;t just go home.&nbsp; Through June 2.</p><p><em>The Nance</em> at the Lyceum.&nbsp; Less a play than a showcase for Nathan Lane, Douglas Carter Beane&#39;s play concerns a performer in the twilight of burlesque whose specialty is &quot;pansy,&quot; exaggerated effeminacy shot through with double-entendres about homosexuality.&nbsp; Despite its fidelity to original routines from vaudeville (Ever wondered about that Three Stooges &quot;Niagara Falls&quot; bit?&nbsp; Or Austin Powers&#39;s &quot;Oh, be-have!&quot;?), the play is full of anachronisms, importing a Stonewall consciousness into the New Deal.&nbsp; Lane&#39;s thoroughly unpleasant character, a self-hating Republican gay man named Chauncey Miles, stands up for his right to perform &quot;pansy&quot; in a courtroom sequence straight out of <em>Philadelphia</em>.&nbsp; The lover he meets in a demi-monde automat (the charming Jonni Orsini) is completely at ease with his own gay identity and just wants to settle down and play house with Chauncey.&nbsp; Then one character wonders aloud, &quot;In 80 years, who&#39;s going to be wondering how to pay for Social Security?&quot;&nbsp; (Big laugh.)&nbsp; Beane succumbs repeatedly to the temptation to comment on his characters, so we never for a minute mistake them for actual people.&nbsp; Lane may well get a Tony (though go, Tracy Letts!) but even his skill can&#39;t save <em>The Nance</em>.&nbsp; Open run.</p><p><u><strong>The Visual Arts</strong></u></p><p>Of museums I can report:</p><ul><li>MoMA&#39;s not-so-new-anymore building has the worst people-circulation of any major museum so if there was something to see I couldn&#39;t find it;</li><li>The Neue Galerie, at which Ronald Lauder stashes his Klimt paintings, has a permanent collection consisting mostly of line-drawings (by Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kolkoschka) of women masturbating; and</li><li>The Metropolitan Museum has an amazing video/photography exhibit and an equally amazing painting exhibit, the latter of which comes to the Art Institute next month.</li></ul><p>The photography/video exhibit, &quot;Street&quot; by James Nares, at first appears to be a simple pan by a video camera across still photos of outdoor spaces in New York.&nbsp; Gradually, though, you realize the photos aren&#39;t still--they&#39;re slow-motion, taken with the kind of camera used to capture images of hummingbirds in flight.&nbsp; For more than an hour you sit watching the continuous pan across crowd after crowd, with people flicking cigarettes and kissing and picking their noses and crossing the street, all verrrrrrrry slowwwwwwly, and it&#39;s utterly mesmerizing, especially as set to music by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.&nbsp; The main exhibit is flanked by stills Nares found influential, and they include both motion-capture nature photography and shots of New York streets by Steichen and Steiglitz and Strand.&nbsp; More cruelty: the exhibit closes this weekend and there are no plans to re-open it anywhere else; but there&#39;s <a href="http://www.jamesnares.com/index.cfm/film-video/street/">a video clip on the artist&#39;s site</a>.</p><p>&quot;Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity&quot; is an assemblage of Impressionist paintings featuring people in fancy clothes.&nbsp; That sounds like an artificial basis for an exhibit but in fact the highly intelligent wall commentary explains how the portraits helped create and then chronicle the fin-de-[19th]-siecle Parisian middle class.&nbsp; Manet, Courbet and Degas paintings stand next to the original dresses in which their models were clothed.&nbsp; One entire room is dedicated to the significance of white gowns, another to black, and several rooms display the dandification of men that went hand-in-glove with widespread prosperity.&nbsp; It&#39;s an illuminating as well as beautiful exhibit which closes this weekend in New York and reopens June 26 at the Art Institute, where it will run through September 22.&nbsp;</p></p> Sun, 26 May 2013 13:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2013-05/chicago-tourists-guide-new-york-theater-awards-season-and-occasional No misprint: The New Regal Theater is on sale for $100,000 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-05/no-misprint-new-regal-theater-sale-100000-107186 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/_1010692.jpg" style="float: right;" title="" />The New Regal Theater &mdash; the 86-year-old South Side showplace that is one of the city&#39;s finest remaining examples of vintage movie palace architecture &mdash; is for sale. Asking price: $100,000.</p><p>A city landmark, the theater is being sold by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation which took ownership in 2011 after the bank holding the building&#39;s mortgage failed.</p><p>An FDIC spokesman said the New Regal, 1645 E. 79th St., had been under contract for $99,000, but the deal fell through and the theater has been placed &nbsp;back on the market.</p><p>The FDIC is responsible for the big building&#39;s upkeep &mdash; a motivating factor behind the cut-rate price. Chicago&#39;s U.S. Equities is <a href="http://www.usequities.com/dl/nrt_flr_1211.pdf" target="_blank">handling the listing</a>, but representatives from the company did not return phone calls seeking comment.</p><p>The New Regal has been closed since 2010 and faces some big-ticket repairs. According to the city&#39;s inspection reports, violations include &quot;severe structural damage&quot; on the building&#39;s four corners, each of which are &quot;are separating from building structure.&quot; In addition, the building has been cited for having dangerously loose and missing terra cotta, washed-out mortar, potentially unstable chimneys and more.</p><p>The conditions prompted Landmarks Illinois to place the theater on its &quot;Ten Most Endangered Places&quot; list back in 2011. Preservation Chicago followed suit a year later. The New Regal&#39;s exterior and interior are under city landmark protection.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/_1010667.jpg" title="" />A spokesman for the Department of Housing and Economic Development said the agency believes the low sale price is potentially good, given the building&#39;s condition.</p><p>&quot;It would enable a potential buy to invest more into the building than into the acquisition cost,&quot; said department spokesman Peter Strazzabosco.</p><p>Even with its problems, the New Regal is in far better condition than the landmark Uptown Theater which sold for $3.2 million in 2008. The Uptown, 4816 N. Broadway, bears the scars of 30 years of decay, vacancy and disuse &mdash;&nbsp;its owners believe it could take as much as $40 million to restore the place (WBEZ&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2013-05/mayor-emanuel-uptown-music-district-all-talk-no-action-107218">Jim DeRogatis recently</a>&nbsp;pegged the number at upwards of $70 million) &mdash;&nbsp;while the New Regal interior remains quite the showplace as photographer Matt Lambros documented in <a href="http://afterthefinalcurtain.net/2012/08/23/avalon-new-regal-theatre-2/" target="_blank">these spectacular images</a>&nbsp;from 2012.</p><p>Designed by John Eberson and built in 1927 as the Avalon Theater, the dazzling Moorish style building was inspired by an intricate metal Persian incense burner Eberson found in a Royal Street antique store in New Orleans.</p><p>The 2500-seat movie theater could also accommodate live shows. In 1985, the theater was later purchased by Soft Sheen products founder Ed Gardner and his wife Bettiann. The restored theater re-opened as the New Regal &nbsp;in 1987, in honor of the legendary Regal Theater, 47th and King Drive, that was demolished in 1973. The theater has had subsequent ownership since.</p></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-05/no-misprint-new-regal-theater-sale-100000-107186 Robert Sickinger dies, brought grassroots theater to Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-05/robert-sickinger-dies-brought-grassroots-theater-chicago-107108 <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/sickinger.jpg" style="height: 374px; width: 620px;" title="(Photo via bobsickinger.com)" /></div><p>When Robert Sickinger came to Chicago in the early 1960s, Chicago had great theater. But most of it - think The Goodman Theater - was largely confined to the Loop.</p><p>Sickinger, who died Thursday at the age of 86, was hired to be the director of the Hull House Theater, on Chicago&rsquo;s North side. When he arrived in 1963, the theater was still at the corner of Broadway Street and Belmont Avenue - the building&rsquo;s an athletic club now.</p><p>Donna Marie Schwan was Sickinger&rsquo;s assistant, and, eventually, his friend.</p><p>She said Sickinger, along with Paul Jans, the new executive director of Hull House, were looking to the past to do something new in theater.</p><p>&ldquo;They were basically trying to do something like what Jane Addams originally had in the community. So he went out in the community and had open auditions. I mean, sort of the original &lsquo;Chicago&rsquo;s Got Talent&rsquo;.&rdquo;</p><p>Those open auditions not only drew people who wouldn&rsquo;t otherwise have the opportunity or venue in which to perform or sing, they were a pipeline to Chicago&rsquo;s talented actors. Through them, Sickinger uncovered talents like actor Mike Nussbaum and Jim Jacobs, who eventually wrote Grease.</p><p>Those are some of the same people who went on to build Chicago&rsquo;s network of neighborhood theaters, to create spaces like Steppenwolf. And that, said Schwan, is how Sickinger transformed the city&rsquo;s theater scene.</p><p>Schwan said &ldquo;He basically brought grassroots theater to Chicago.&rdquo;</p><p>At Hull House, Sickinger developed a reputation for his fresh adaptations of classic plays.</p><p>But he was also known for the number of contemporary works he staged. Playwrights like Edward Albee, Eugene Ionesco, Harold Pinter and LeRoi Jones had Chicago premieres thanks to Sickinger.</p><p>Sickinger&rsquo;s tenure in Chicago was brief. He left for New York in 1969, after things went awry at Hull House. At the time of his death, he and his family were living between New York and Florida.</p><p>But Schwan said Sickinger&rsquo;s influence can still be seen in places like The Goodman Theater.</p><p>&ldquo;Chicago was very formal culturally. And what he did is he said &lsquo;let&rsquo;s bring in these wonderful works, these new works that are being done by our contemporaries, and see what they look like when they do them.&rsquo; And that was a phenomenon.&rdquo;</p><p>Still Schwan thinks his greatest gift was his ability to inspire everyone - theater owners, actors, and regular people like herself.</p><p>&ldquo;What happens when you create that kind of inspiration, where people have that kind of opportunity, it&rsquo;s an energy that is irreplaceable, you can&rsquo;t get that kind of energy going. That&rsquo;s why these tv shows about auditioning and talent are so popular, because people are discovering themselves and what they can do in a way they otherwise would never have had.&rdquo;</p></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 15:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-05/robert-sickinger-dies-brought-grassroots-theater-chicago-107108 Encuentro con los Artistas: Pedro Páramo http://www.wbez.org/amplified/about/encuentro-con-los-artistas-pedro-p%C3%A1ramo-106208 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/NMMA-Goodman_March17-panel1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Flora Lauten y Raquel Carrío, extraordinarias innovadoras de La Habana, ponen en escena una de las obras de mayor importancia dentro del realismo mágico de la literatura latinoamericana&mdash;<em>Pedro Páramo</em>, novela de Juan Rulfo escrita en 1955. La historia cuenta de un hijo que regresa a casa a conocer a su padre y revela la manera en la que la ambición sin límites de un hombre destruyó todo lo que amaba y al igual el pueblo que le dio el triunfo.<br /><br /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F84217143&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><br /><br />En Chicago, se hará historia, con el estreno mundial de PEDRO PÁRAMO, una producción comisionada por el Goodman Theatre, y el MCA Chicago. La obra, fue desarrollada por Teatro Buendía, la compañía de teatro independiente más aclamada de Cuba, con artistas locales a través de una residencia de ocho semanas en Chicago y La Habana, Cuba.<br /><br />El elenco cubano está integrado por los actores Dania Aguerreberez, Alejandro Alfonzo, Ivanesa Cabrera, Carlos Cruz e Indira Valdéz, y el músico Jomary Hechavarra.<br /><br />Los actores de Chicago son; Charín Álvarez, Steve Casillas, Laura Crotte y Sandra Delgado.<br /><br />Como músicos participan Victor y Zacbe Pichardo, de la agrupación Sones de México.</p><p><strong id="internal-source-marker_0.11533360672183335">Esta grabación la podrán escuchar&nbsp;&nbsp;a través&nbsp;de Vocalo 90.7 FM el próximo Domingo, 24 de Marzo, a la 12&nbsp;pm, medio dia.</strong></p><div><span>La platica fue moderada por <strong>María Inés Zamudio</strong>, reportera de la publicación periodística, the Chicago Reporter, y en el panel participó, <strong>Henry Godinez</strong>, asociado de dirección artística en el Goodman Theater, la directora y fundadora del Teatro Buendía, <strong>Flora Lauten</strong>, la dramaturga <strong>Raquel Carrió</strong>, y <strong>Victor Pichardo</strong>, músico de la agrupación, Sones de Mexico.&nbsp;</span></div><p>La obra, Pedro Páramo, se estrena el 22 de Marzo, 2013. Para más informes visite <a href="http://www.goodmantheatre.org/" target="_blank">Goodmantheatre.org</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 12:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/amplified/about/encuentro-con-los-artistas-pedro-p%C3%A1ramo-106208