WBEZ | diana ross http://www.wbez.org/tags/diana-ross Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Weekender: Here to help you have a good time and change the world! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-04/weekender-here-help-you-have-good-time-and-change-world-98566 <p><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/amos%20vogel.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Amos Vogel and wife Marcia (www.amosvogel.com)"></div><p>This week brought news of <a href="http://movieline.com/2012/04/25/the-man-was-a-giant-nyc-film-guru-amos-vogel-dead-at-91/">the death of Amos Vogel</a>, a man revered by many film wonks and, in the words of Martin Scorsese, “a giant” whose efforts constitute the very “origins of film culture in America.”</p><p>A huge claim, but Vogel did big things. Along with his late wife, Marcia Vogel, he started the film club <a href="http://www.thestickingplace.com/film/films/film-as-a-subversive-art/marcia-vogel/">Cinema 16</a>, which screened “films you cannot see elsewhere” – at least not in late 1940s America. Vogel programmed experimental and avant garde works, documentaries and amateur films. The ambition behind these programs went far beyond introducing people to non-mainstream movies. According to notes for the <a href="http://www.thestickingplace.com/film/films/film-as-a-subversive-art/introduction/">club’s third screening in January 1948,</a> by "bringing purposeful films to the general public, Cinema 16 will contribute to a great realization of the problems facing man in this atomic age.”</p><p>Vogel will be remembered for Cinema 16, for helping to found the New York Film Festival and for his book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Film-Subversive-Art-Amos-Vogel/dp/0394732073"><em>Film as a Subversive Art </em></a>(a great read). But if all that seems long ago and far away, then look around you. His influence can be seen across Chicago’s independent cinema scene.&nbsp;</p><p>Of course 21st-century Chicago is very different from the Vogels' post-war New York. Here there's no scarcity of major name venues that provide access to all kinds of film from every part of the globe (Gene Siskel Film Center, Music Box Theatre, Doc Films, Block Cinema). But there are also stalwart independents like<a href="http://www.facets.org/pages/cinematheque/cinematheque.php"> Facets Multi-Media </a>or <a href="http://chicagofilmmakers.org/cf/index.php">Chicago Filmmakers</a> – which along the lines of Cinema 16 have memberships, and where an immersion in film can involve watching films or taking classes taught by film scholars and filmmakers alike.</p><p>We also have “micro” or DIY venues like <a href="http://nightingaletheatre.org/">The Nightingale</a> or Cinema Borealis, which offer the same eclectic mix Vogel became famous for: experimental, oddball and popular films.</p><p>Film societies like the <a href="http://www.northwestchicagofilmsociety.org/">Northwest Chicago Film Society</a>, <a href="http://www.whitelightcinema.com/">White Light Cinema</a>, and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/southsideprojections">South Side Projections </a>program regular or occasional series within existing venues, cinematic or not. Or you can get your film education on at <a href="http://www.oddobsession.com/">Odd Obsession</a>, which has one of the greatest DVD and VHS collections in the city.</p><p>The question is whether these all add up to that larger project Vogel embraced, to “build audiences” or as film critic Scott MacDonald would have it “to create a true community where people would come together to talk about political issues, to become better citizen[s]. The film society was, for Vogel, an aid to good citizenship in a democracy.”</p><p>Small-scale cineastes certainly preach to the choir - I love the intellectual and creative promiscuity of Chicago’s independent cinema scene, which is about on par with the level of cross-over and collaboration within our city’s improvised music world.</p><p>But the love does seem to reach beyond the regulars. Take <a href="http://www.portagetheater.org/Save+the+Portage+Letter/">the Portage Park neighborhood</a>, which has both embraced and is willing to defend the variety of programming offered by its local movie theater.&nbsp; So out in the world there are glimmers of what local programmer/projector <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWDTG7UgLw8">James Bond </a>of Cinema Borealis has called that “undeniable collective beauty” of sitting together in the dark, watching some strange sweet mystery unfold.</p><p>To find out more about Vogel's efforts to improve the world through better film programming check out <a href="http://idiommag.com/2012/04/amos-vogel-life-as-a-subversive-art/">this extensive profile</a>. And if you'd like to try to do some good via collective culture, peruse the rest of Weekender’s activist-style picks below!</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/ICANDOTHAT1.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://artistsonthelam.blogspot.com/p/i-can-do-that.html"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>1. I CAN DO THAT - Closing Reception</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday 7-10 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Think you can make art like the work you see in galleries? Here's your chance to prove it!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.facebook.com/variablespace">Variable Space</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 1564 N. Damen Ave, #303</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/rhythm%20and%20queers.jpg" style="height: 185px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/290332674374489/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>2. Rhythm and Queers Dance Party</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday 7 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Dance for a good cause - the El Rescate shelter. Burlesque, DJs, free HIV tests and more.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.facebook.com/TheOrphanageChicago">The Orphanage</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 643 W. 31st 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/Miss_Ross_2010.jpg" style="height: 190px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></div></div><p><a href="http://www.horseshoehammond.com/casinos/horseshoe-hammond/casino-entertainment/diana-ross-detail.html"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>3. Diana Ross</strong></span></a></p><p>Friday 8 p.m.</p><p>A true R&amp;B diva puts on a show!</p><p><a href="http://www.horseshoehammond.com/casinos/horseshoe-hammond/hotel-casino/property-home.shtml">Horseshoe Casino</a></p><p>Hammond, IN</p><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/bikes.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></div><p><a href="http://horizon.kodingen.com/ahbc/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>4. Arlington Heights Bike Swap</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday 9 a.m.</p><p>Hundreds of bikes for sale - vintage, new and sometimes customized in wild ways.</p><p><a href="http://www.ahpd.org/">Centennial Park</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; Arlington Heights&nbsp;&nbsp; 1209 Burr Oak Dr.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><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/expo%202.jpg" style="height: 187px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-28/global-activism-expo-2012"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>5. Global Activism Expo 2012</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday 12-6 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Hundreds of Chicago-area global activists will show you how to change the world!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/uicforum/">UIC Forum</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 725 W. Roosevelt Rd.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/OpenBooksLogo.jpg" style="height: 164px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.open-books.org/events/events_cal.php">6. Open Books Sidewalk Sale</a></strong></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday and Sunday 12-5 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Books for kids, cooks, connoisseurs and, well, everyone!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.open-books.org/store/">Open Books Store</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">213 W. Institute Place</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/sex%20show.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 241px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Sunday-Night-Sex-Show-Reading-Series/109133642440623"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>7. The Sunday Night Sex Show Reading Series</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Sunday 7:30 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Sexy tales with a side of drink - and comedy.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.theburlingtonbar.com/">The Burlington</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">3425 W. Fullerton Ave</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 "><strong>Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the <em>Weekender</em> podcast.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>What're you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.</strong></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 08:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-04/weekender-here-help-you-have-good-time-and-change-world-98566