WBEZ | Big Freedia http://www.wbez.org/tags/big-freedia Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Weekender: Ira Glass gambles, Big Freedia bounces and turtles race http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-04/weekender-ira-glass-gambles-big-freedia-bounces-and-turtles-race-98151 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><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/friday%20the%2013th_Flickr_Skley.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="(Flickr/Skyly)"></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday the 13th has lots of folks looking over their shoulder as they <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1385380/Why-throw-salt-shoulder-superstitions-answered.html">fling a bit of spilled salt</a> to keep demons away. I admit I've done the same in my kitchen from time to time. I probably picked up the habit from my grandmother, a woman who opposed gambling but loved to play cards (especially cribbage), admonished me to "never grow old" while making senior life look like a great adventure and, with nary a mention of God but lots of choir directing, helped me to discover the music and community to be found within church.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">My grandma was a performer through and through -- and of course many performers, from athletes to <a href="http://www.steppenwolf.org/watchlisten/program-articles/detail.aspx?id=23">actors</a> (not all of them sinners or believers!) -- rely on superstition to get through their gigs. And irrational or not, these behaviors definitely have an impact. For example: Angry fans (okay, maybe just me) can thank <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/leisure/sports/10-most-superstitious-athletes">Michael Jordan's attachment</a> to his alma mater for bringing to a halt the glorious short-shorts era of the NBA.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Enacting superstitions is in and of itself a kind of performance. We need to <em>do</em> something: hurl salt, walk around ladders or stifle our whistles! But that's not a bad skill to have at the moment, because it appears, my friends, that performance is <em>the thing. </em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Never mind the flash mobs; folks are <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVVXtknZVf0&amp;feature=player_embedded">dancing alone in laundromats</a>, <a href="http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/18/mic-check-gay-kissers-ejected-from-santorum-rally-crowd-chants-u-s-a-video/">turning PDAs into political protests</a> and using a <a href="http://textsfromhillaryclinton.tumblr.com/">simple image of texting </a>to elevate Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from world leader to the much loftier status of internet meme/celebrity (welcome back Madame Secretary, though as <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4f6oUMp9OU&amp;feature=related">this recent speech indicates</a>, you've never really gone away).</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Maybe it's the heat and rhetoric of an election year at work, maybe people are taking inspiration from masterful performers like <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/about/staff">Ira Glass</a> (who we're very excited to welcome as one of our <em>Weekender </em>guests this episode). I don't know, I'm just kind of thrilled by the number of ordinary people who are taking it upon themselves to put on a show.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Local performance art group <a href="http://www.industryoftheordinary.com/html/manifesto.html">Industry of the Ordinary </a>tap into that same spirit by finding artful ways to engage with the most banal of objects, from facial hair to fur coats. Just in time for this most superstitious Friday, the two-man group make up one-half of <a href="http://ukuschicago.moonfruit.com/">a quartet of Chicago-based U.K. artists performing</a> at the British Consul's General Residence (hey, cultural diplomacy is a rather delicate performance in itself!). If you go, why not bring along a salt shaker? Maybe you'll be invited to participate!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">More rituals from <em>Weekender </em>are below - get out there and enjoy!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></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://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/turtle%20racing.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>1. Friday Night Turtle Races</strong></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Nary a hare in sight - just mad turtle power. And beer!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/big-joes-chicago">Big Joe's</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">1818 W. Foster Ave.</div></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/disappears-band.jpg" style="height: 180px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://disappearsdisappears.blogspot.com/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>2. DISAPPEARS</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday 10 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://lincolnhallchicago.com/">Lincoln Hall</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">2424 N. Lincoln Ave.</div></div><p>&nbsp;</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/Big-Freedia-Credit-Brooklyn%5B1%5D.gif" style="height: 160px; width: 241px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://bigfreedia.com/bootybattle/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>3. Big Freedia</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday 10 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.emptybottle.com/show/4352985/">The Empty Bottle</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">1035 N. Western Ave.</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/John-Cage-Paris-1981.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 239px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.aperiodicchicago.com/John_Cage_Festival.html"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>4. John Cage 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 ">An event celebrating the man who found music in silence.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Various Locations</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=JKdeNv3Rlv0">Watch Nicholas Cage "do" John Cage</a></div></div><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/Chicago_White_Sox_Old_Logo.jpg" style="height: 180px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.thecovelounge.com/Bookevent.html"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>5. The Cove Lounge's White Sox Trip</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday 11 a.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Like a VIP pass from the bar to the ballpark!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.thecovelounge.com/">The Cove Lounge</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">1750 E. 55th St.</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/Glass%20live.jpg" style="height: 165px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://stcharles-il.patch.com/events/reinventing-radio-an-evening-with-ira-glass-live-at-the-arcada">6. Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass</a></strong></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The wizard of words shows you how the radio magic happens.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.oshows.com/">The Arcada Theatre</a> 105 E. Main St., St. Charles, Ill.</div></div><p>&nbsp;</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/asma.jpg" style="height: 159px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><strong>7. The Emotional Brain: The Neuroscience of Feeling</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Sunday 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Brains have feelings too! And it turns out they're quite deep.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://lakeshoreunitarian.org/#">Lake Shore Unitarian Society</a> 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, Ill.</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 ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the <em>Weekender</em> podcast.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">What're you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 05:00:07 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-04/weekender-ira-glass-gambles-big-freedia-bounces-and-turtles-race-98151