WBEZ | dennis scott http://www.wbez.org/tags/dennis-scott Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Weekender: '30s era jazz, contemporary craft and the futuristic film Prometheus! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-06/weekender-30s-era-jazz-contemporary-craft-and-futuristic-film-prometheus <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/winnipeg.jpg" style="height: 410px; width: 620px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px;" title="Sketch of the City of Winnipeg Manitoba 1882 (Manitoba Historical Maps/flickr)" /></div><p>Summer hasn&rsquo;t officially started but Weekender&rsquo;s decided to take a short vacation. Or at least I&rsquo;m heading out &ndash; home to see some of my family in Winnipeg.</p><p>I&rsquo;ve had many friends and acquaintances pass through and ask me for a list of places and things to see &ndash; <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY9BtROpNQ4">&ldquo;my Winnipeg&rdquo;</a> I guess. And since in Chicago I&rsquo;ve developed this strange sideline-slash-job as a weekend planner, I thought I&rsquo;d share some of the sights and sounds I&rsquo;ll be sure to check out on my visit.</p><p>My hometown sometimes gets a bad rap &ndash; I remember reading a line from a Faulkner novel in which a character, looking out over a desolate scene, likens it to other remote and unhappy places, including Winnipeg! Even locals have their issues -- <a href="http://www.winnipeglovehate.com/">check out this blog</a> documenting what the photographer calls &quot;the most beautiful, most repulsive city in the world.&quot;</p><p>But the city has actually thrived and its population remained pretty stable, at least in part because it has such a great arts and culture scene. Winnipeg has all the high-end establishments &ndash; a symphony, ballet and contemporary art museum. But it&rsquo;s also always had a great underground scene &ndash; from punk to speakeasies to art collectives.</p><p>This trip I&rsquo;ll visit <a href="http://plugin.org/">Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art</a>, which started out as an artist-run center and has over the years morphed into a player within the international art scene. I think this is one of the places that provided my early multi-media arts education. Plug In is celebrating its 40th anniversary in <a href="http://plugin.org/news/200910/plug-in-ica-and-university-winnipeg-break-ground-new-site">amazing new digs</a>, so I&rsquo;ll be checking out both the latest exhibit and the new space.</p><p>Since I&rsquo;ve invoked film -- and&nbsp; Guy Madden -- a trip to <a href="http://www.winnipegfilmgroup.com/">The Winnipeg Film Group </a>is obviously in order (besides it&#39;s not far from Plug In!). The Group&rsquo;s Cinematheque is where Madden&rsquo;s<em> Tales from the Gimli Hospital </em>debuted (he&rsquo;s still an honorary member), and they&rsquo;ve helped launch the careers of many other film talents, with screenings and classes. The week I&rsquo;m home they&rsquo;ll screen <em><a href="http://www.winnipegfilmgroup.com/cinematheque/family_portrait_in_black_and_white.aspx">Family Portrait in Black and White</a></em> though I wish I was going to be there the following week for this <a href="http://www.winnipegfilmgroup.com/cinematheque/noam_gonick_wildflower_of_manitoba_web.aspx">retrospective.</a></p><p>There are thrift stores and parks and neighborhoods I&#39;ll hit up (I love franco-manitobain <a href="http://www.ccfm.mb.ca/">St. Boniface</a>) but I&#39;m going to make extra sure to visit of my favorite restaurants. <a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/332/1450424/restaurant/Downtown/Wagon-Wheel-Winnipeg">The Wagon Wheel Lunch</a> is an old school hole-in-the-wall in downtown Winnipeg. Their club sandwich is amazingly good &ndash; made with roast turkey they prepare fresh every day. It used to be a regular hangout for journalists from the nearby offices of the <em>Winnipeg Free Press</em>.</p><p>But lots has changed &ndash; the original owner died a few years ago and Franny Gomez took over &ndash; she&rsquo;s worked there since emigrating to Winnipeg from El Salvador more than 20 years ago. Now there&rsquo;s a major do-over planned for downtown, which means <a href="http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/wagon-wheel-rolling-till-july-139145499.html">the building housing the Wagon Wheel will be torn down</a>.</p><p>Gomez doesn&rsquo;t know if she&rsquo;ll relocate or not, but they&rsquo;ve got the current spot until July so I&rsquo;ve got time for one more sandwich and chocolate milkshake. Though<a href="http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/another-downtown-icon-falls-157729695.html"> given the extent of gentrification on the way</a> &ndash; which includes removing entire blocks of historic Winnipeg - a whole bunch of my city may be gone next trip back.</p><p>A great Chicago weekend awaits you below &ndash; and we&rsquo;ll see you back on Weekender June 22!&nbsp; In the meantime, get out there, and enjoy!</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/3%20walls.jpg" style="height: 143px; width: 239px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><p><a href="http://www.three-walls.org/support/fundraisers/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>1. The New Gotham Ballroom</strong></span></a></p><p>Friday 6:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.</p><p>Threewalls art center holds its annual spring benefit by going back to a 1930s jazz club!</p><p><a href="http://stanmansion.com/#/home">Stan Mansion</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 2408 N. Kedzie Ave</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/Jazz%20cabaret-Joan%20Collaso3.jpg" style="height: 158px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><a href="http://www.jazzinchicago.org/presents/jazzcity/jazz-cabaret-joan-collasso-tribute-nancy-wilson-and-shirley-horn"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>2. Jazz Cabaret: Joan Collaso: Tribute to Nancy Wilson &amp; Shirley Horn</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 ">Two - well three - jazz sirens for the price of one show!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Columbus Park Refectory&nbsp;&nbsp; 5701 W. Jackson Blvd</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/constructor.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://constructorcraftfair.wordpress.com/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>3. Constructor Craft Fair</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Design-driven craft from and for the western suburbs (and others too!)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com/">FitzGerald&#39;s</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">6615 Roosevelt Rd.&nbsp;&nbsp; Berwyn, IL</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/GirlShySLIDESHOW_610_407_sha_s_c1.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/features/girl-shy">4. Girl Shy with Live Organ Accompaniment</a></strong></span></div></div><p>Saturday 12 p.m.</p><p>Local organist Dennis Scott brings the soundtrack!</p><p><a href="http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/">The Music Box Theatre</a></p><p>3733 N. Southport Ave.</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/Prometheus_movie_05.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><p><a href="http://www.projectprometheus.com/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>5. Prometheus</strong></span></a></p><p>Opening Friday</p><p>Is it an <em>Alien</em> prequel?&nbsp; Is it any good? These questions and more can only be answered in the dark of a movie or IMAX theater.</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/eternals.jpg" style="height: 161px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><strong><a href="http://explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/events/dca_tourism/DTS061112.html">6. The Eternals &amp; Wild Belle</a></strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Monday 6:30 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The local trio grows more members to debut a new work - Espiritu Zombi Suite!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Pritzker Pavilion&nbsp;&nbsp; Millennium Park</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 "><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></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-06/weekender-30s-era-jazz-contemporary-craft-and-futuristic-film-prometheus