WBEZ | american psycho http://www.wbez.org/tags/american-psycho Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Weekender: Art Fests, Punk Rock and Pop-Up Businesses! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-05/weekender-art-fests-punk-rock-and-pop-businesses-98793 <p><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/lumpen%20times.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px;" title="SMALL Showroom (Lumpen Times)"></div></div><p>This weekend culture will descend upon us with all the intensity of a summer rainstorm. <a href="http://www.versionfest.org/">Version Fest 2012</a> launches its opening salvo by taking over Bridgeport - inside and out. And at <a href="http://www.colum.edu/manifest-2012/">Manifest</a>, Columbia College Chicago students will take part in the school’s Great Convergence, part of the day-long showcase of the varied cultural fruits of their labor from the past academic year.</p><p>Then a whole slew of celebrations are going down around <a href="http://chicagocincodemayo.com/">Cinco de Mayo </a>and <a href="http://www.chicagohash.com/">Polish Constitution Day</a> – no doubt the sounds of feasting and dancing will ring through many neighborhoods.</p><p>Sound is one of Chicago’s more abundant resources, from annoying sounds, like short sharp car honks to the soothing sounds of waves along the lakefront. Mainly we experience a steady stream of city-suitable sounds – sirens, air brakes, jack hammers, CTA announcements, lovers' spats, randomly yelled insults … You get the drill.</p><p>In the midst of that cacophony local artist Jason Lazarus has a plan: to create his own small sonic intervention.</p><p>Friday night at precisely 8:37, Lazurus will unleash a one-minute burst of noise. The name of the project is <a href="http://occupy837.com/">Occupy837</a>. Think of it as an arty twist on the old 420 – an act that is simultaneously solitary and collective in form.&nbsp;</p><p>Lazarus has been doing this alone fairly regularly. He’ll prop up a window in his apartment and let loose for 60 seconds, over a megaphone equipped with a siren. As he puts it, it’s a “wonderfully pathetic” moment of “me being loud and no one else doing it.”</p><p>But now he’s going public, by inviting the crowd gathered for Manifest to participate. He'll bring a big pile of thrift store pots and pans to a parking lot at 916 S. Wabash and ask people to grab some and bang away.</p><p>The project was initially inspired <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSNuPGkr8Fc&amp;feature=related">by protests in Iran <span style="text-decoration: underline;">a few years back</span></a>, when people would hit their rooftops and chant a set phrase in unison. Lazurus found it moving, an “elegant way to show solidarity and resistance at the same time.”</p><p>His political target is a bit closer to home: <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/05/03/151956938/do-campaign-ads-seem-more-negative-this-year-its-not-just-you">Super PAC </a>reform. Lazarus is concerned that these new actors and methods of financing campaigns have contributed to the “failure” of our political system.</p><p>Success or failure is something Lazarus himself has had to contend with on this project. “Victory will be either small, nil or big and … I’m so scared of this failing that I’m just going to do it and embrace it."</p><p>Lazarus' action may or may not effect political change. But he may help to reimagine how dissent and resistance work. As he puts it “sonic space is a wonderfully open and under-utilized space for protests. [If] there was a critical awareness over Chicagoland [so that on] any given night you might hear people yelling, honking, banging pots and pans together – you would know that for a minute of the day all those people are symbolically showing their resistance.”</p><p>I asked Lazarus if he might be a presence when the NATO Summit comes to town later this month. Instead he’s mulling a takeover of a different public forum. “I’m thinking maybe I’ll go to a White Sox night game and get 20 people to do an Occupy837 sonic, in the middle of baseball game, with 20,000 people in attendance.”</p><p>For a preview, head to Manifest, which is all day Friday. The rest of Weekender’s community-building events are below!</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/beetle.jpg" style="height: 159px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://colectivoelpozo.weebly.com/index.html"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>1. Los Carralejas</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 ">Theater by and for immigrants, exploring how Mexico's violence affects young people.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://teatroluna.org/luna-central/">Luna Central</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 3914 North Clark Street</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 "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/american-psycho-christian-bale.jpg" style="height: 163px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0144084/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>2. American Psycho</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday and Saturday at Midnight</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Investment banking, red in tooth and claw -&nbsp; and axe!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.landmarktheatres.com/market/chicago/landmark%27scenturycentrecinema.htm">Landmark Century Centre Theater</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">2828 North Clark Street</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div></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/reatard.jpg" style="height: 184px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEojGEN9MFo"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>3. Better Than Something</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">A documentary exploring the short life, time and music of punk rock musician Jay Reatard.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.thispublicworks.com/">Public Works</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">1530 North Damen Avenue</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/version.jpg" style="height: 180px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.versionfest.org/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>4. Version 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 ">Art types at work and play, throughout the month of May!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Bridgeport</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 ">&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/pol_mex.jpg" style="height: 190px; width: 241px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></div></div><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>5. Concert for Cinco de Mayo and Polish Constitution Day</strong></span></p><p>Sunday 4 p.m.</p><p>A concert featuring music from Mexico and Poland - sweet!</p><p>St. Bruno Church</p><p>4751 South Harding</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><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> Fri, 04 May 2012 11:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-05/weekender-art-fests-punk-rock-and-pop-businesses-98793