WBEZ | sally timms http://www.wbez.org/tags/sally-timms Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Weekender: Bhangra, Barbecue and Bawdy Stories! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-05/weekender-bhangra-barbecue-and-bawdy-stories-99482 <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/kate.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="(Flickr/Kate Gardiner)" /></div><p>If your inner weekend warrior is suffering a major case of whiplash, you are not alone. Just last week Chicago was on major lockdown, a dowager protecting her jewels from invading hordes of cat burglars. <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/things-to-do/chicago-blog/15360781/chagalls-four-seasons-covered-due-to-nato-summit-fears">Plywood over the public art!</a> <a href="http://galleries.apps.chicagotribune.com/chi-120520-nato-summit-protests-sunday-pictures/#2">Police flanking the Art Institute!</a> Walking to brunch I passed an alley back of the Bloomingdale&rsquo;s on Michigan Avenue. It was transformed into a staging area for local and national security forces, who were idling the summery morning away like a fleet of nervous and high-priced models, waiting for their moment on the runway.</p><p>By contrast, this Memorial Day weekend everything&#39;s opening up! Cyclists are welcome on <a href="http://www.bikethedrive.org/">Lake Shore Drive</a>, fresh produce will arrive at <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/2012/04/chicagos-farmers-markets-2012/">more farmers&#39; markets</a>, and many folks will hit up the <a href="http://www.examiner.com/article/venture-to-chicago-s-beaches-this-memorial-day-weekend-2012">beaches</a>. Even the long-standing swim bans are gone &ndash; you are now <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Chicago-To-End-Beach-Bans-153065385.html">officially free </a>to swim the waters of Lake Michigan, high E. coli counts or not.</p><p>Still, it won&rsquo;t be all that easy to evade the politics and history undergirding so many of our city experiences. Memorial Day, officially known as <a href="http://www.history.com/topics/memorial-day-history">Decoration Day</a>, was founded by <a href="http://www.loganmuseum.org/">General John A. Logan</a>, who fought in the Union Army and served in the United States Senate. The memorial in his namesake neighborhood Logan Square commemorates Illinois&rsquo; centennial, and is both a landmark and a rallying point for community gatherings of all kinds, from impromptu skateboarding sessions to political protests.</p><p>Many people will visit and adorn the graves of soldiers killed in conflict. And for some that moment may well be overlain with images from last weekend, when more than 40 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&amp;id=8669859">threw their &ldquo;global war on terrorism&rdquo; service medals in the general direction of McCormick Place</a>.</p><p>Our neighborhoods also contain memorials to the fallen, from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhdennis/5910833386/">children </a>caught in<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/zol87/5598633560/"> gun violence</a> to <a href="http://bikechicago.info/ghostbikes/">cyclists killed in traffic</a>. And just last weekend organizers behind the so-called &ldquo;speculative&rdquo; <a href="http://chicagotorture.org/#about">Chicago Torture Justice Memorial </a>wrapped up their call for proposals.</p><p>A coalition of activists, academics, artists and human rights experts are behind the project. The plan is to exhibit some of the 70-plus proposals received (which range from traditional memorials to poems to blueprints for psychological centers), and offer them as a series of public reckonings with Chicago&rsquo;s legacy of police torture under Area 2 Commander Jon Burge. Some projects may be realized, though which ones and how many are still to be determined.</p><p>Other unanswered questions: when exactly former Mayor <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-04-10/news/chi-daley-will-answer-questions-in-police-torture-case-20120410_1_burge-or-detectives-chicago-police-cmdr-answer-questions">Richard M. Daley will be deposed</a>, in a lawsuit related to the torture allegations. And what&#39;s to become of the men who remain behind bars, and claim to be there because of forced confessions. Contending with the past can be difficult enough. But how to comprehend a traumatic event that is <a href="http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2012/05/15/Cook-County-paying-600K-in-prison-torture-suit/UPI-16071337097543/">still unfolding</a>? One way is to attend <em><a href="http://www.timelinetheatre.com/">My Kind of Town</a></em>, the play penned by John Conroy, who <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/police-torture-in-chicago-jon-burge-scandal-articles-by-john-conroy/Content?oid=1210030&amp;/">started reporting</a> the allegations of torture at Area 2 in 1990.</p><p>TimeLine Theatre has again done a remarkable job of wrestling a set of real-life events into a coherent narrative, without completely sacrificing the complexity and messiness they involve. And that complexity is us: Conroy has said he wants to <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-2012/John-Conroys-My-Kind-of-Town-at-TimeLine-Theatre/">&quot;indict the whole city&quot;</a> with his play. Opening night, he was in the audience, making notes. Clearly, despite all his years of reporting and now this play, this history is not finished for Conroy. Nor is it for Chicago.</p><p>A long weekend offers some extra hours for reflection, so maybe this play&rsquo;s just the thing. The rest of Weekender&rsquo;s picks are below - enjoy!</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/Langford.png" style="height: 214px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><p><a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/117723/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>1. Jon Langford and Martin Billheimer&#39;s Story Night</strong></span></a></p><p>Friday 6 p.m.</p><p>Sex Legends of Rock will include raunchy readings from Sally Timms, Jim Elkington and more!</p><p><a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/">The Hideout</a></p><p>1354 W. Wabansia Ave.</p><p>&nbsp;</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/e%2B1.jpg" style="height: 180px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><a href="http://www.theburlingtonbar.com/index.php/shows"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>2. E+, Magic Key and Pearls</strong></span></a></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday 9 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Members of local groups Disappear and Heavy Times recombine to make E+.</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 ">&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/bbq.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p><strong><span style="font-size:16px;"><a href="http://westmontbbq.com/index.html">3. Red, White, &amp; Bar-B-Q</a></span></strong></p><p>Friday - Sunday</p><p>The largest sanctioned BBQ competition in Illinois - bring a big ol&#39; bib!</p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.wpd4fun.org/parks/Ty-Warner-Park.htm">Ty Warner Park</a></strong></span></p><p>700 Blackhawk Dr.&nbsp;&nbsp; Westmont, IL</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/eric.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://ebow.org/news.html"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>4. In Decay - Stitching America&#39;s Ruins</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">All Weekend</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Large color photos of buildings in decline by Eric Holubow.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/supporting_narrative/attractions/dca_tourism/Chicago_Cultural_Center.html">Chicago Cultural Center</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 78 E. Washington 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 ">&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/DJ.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; margin: 10px; float: left; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" title="" /><a href="http://www.abcdchicago.com/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>5. White Out Party</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Sunday 9 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Put on your best Memorial Day white for a Bollywood, bhangra, electronic dance-a-thon!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.themidchicago.com/">The Mid</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 306 N. Halsted St.</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the <em>Weekender</em> podcast.</strong></p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>What&#39;re you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below or email weekender@wbez.org</strong></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 25 May 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-05/weekender-bhangra-barbecue-and-bawdy-stories-99482