WBEZ | Tony Fitzpatrick http://www.wbez.org/tags/tony-fitzpatrick Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Forecast: A bold weekend's ahead. Throw caution to the wind! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/forecast-bold-weekends-ahead-throw-caution-wind-101016 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="458" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/45389178" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="620"></iframe></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://vimeo.com/45389178">Nickel History: Nation of Heat</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/kristinreeves">Kristin Reeves</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p><p>For the past three summers running, Steppenwolf has played host to artist and actor <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-06/tony-fitzpatrick-artistic-beginnings-new-steppenwolf-show-100251">Tony Fitzpatrick&rsquo;s American trilogy</a>, a theatrical train of thought and performance that meanders through some of the historical and mythical elements at play in our national psyche.</p><p>In <em>This Train</em> and <em>Stations Lost, </em><a href="http://tonyfitzpatrick.wordpress.com/">Fitzpatrick</a> explored his own life and Chicago&rsquo;s character. <em>Nickel History: A Nation of Heat</em> zeros in on ideas of sacrifice during World War II and in our current moment. But as much as the plays are showcases for Fitzpatrick&rsquo;s words and images, an equally significant element across the trilogy is the video and film work of <a href="http://reevesmachine.com/">Kristin Reeves.</a></p><p>Despite their differing mediums, there are quite a few parallels between Fitzpatrick and Reeves&rsquo; aesthetics. Both make work involving multiple levels of imagery, either jostled next to or layered atop one another. Both bring text into their images and re-purpose other existing media &ndash; from print advertisements to film. Reeves also says she shares Fitzpatrick&rsquo;s philosophy that the &ldquo;artist should bear witness&rdquo; to her times.</p><p>The video above serves as a set-up to the overall proceedings in <em>Nickel History</em>, but Reeves estimates she&rsquo;s created about 70 videos for the production. Some of them are quite short, what she calls <a href="http://vimeo.com/45280118">&ldquo;video haiku.&rdquo;</a> She adds &ldquo;A lot of them run synched up with one another, so what looks like one video may be five in total.&rdquo;</p><p>Reeves&rsquo;s videos also take on different roles in the production. &ldquo;Sometimes they play in tandem with other actions on the set. There might be an auditory poem performed by Carolyn (Hoerdemann). At the same time a video&rsquo;s being projected that runs along with that.&rdquo; At other moments the video acts as &ldquo;feature performer in a scene.&rdquo; As Reeves puts it, the video &ldquo;leads the way in terms of what the other actions are on stage.&rdquo;</p><p>The performance element of Reeve&rsquo;s work is, she thinks, what distinguishes it from more traditional video design for theater, which is often there to &ldquo;support the larger piece, like a prop. Whereas my work can enter the foreground, push forward the prop.&rdquo;</p><p>Reeves also has a very different relationship to theater in general, which she fell into more or less by accident. She did a one-off production with an actress friend, then a musician recruited her for another project, and so on and so on and so on &ndash; you know, the Chicago way.</p><p>Reeves feels more of a a connection to the world of experimental or &ldquo;expanded cinema,&rdquo; media artists working in film, video, sound or light. She&rsquo;s just finished up an MFA in Florida, where she also helps run <a href="http://www.flexfest.org/">FLEX</a>, the Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival. Her new solo work, <a href="http://vimeo.com/37903073">&ldquo;Je Ne Sais Plus [What is this Feeling],&rdquo;</a> (by the way, before you click through this video is NSFW) will be shown at <a href="http://mononoawarefilm.com/gallery_2011.html">Mono no aware</a>, a New York gallery (she also hopes to arrange a Chicago screening).</p><p>Still theater has affected Reeves&#39; approach, especially through her work with Fitzpatrick, which she says involved getting inside his head space, or doing a &ldquo;mental performance&rdquo; of his own life and ethos. As many Chicagoans well know, Fitzpatrick&rsquo;s no shrinking violet. Reeves agrees. &ldquo;He can be beautiful and delicate with words and images but he&rsquo;s not cautious. So I can&rsquo;t be cautious, I have to be really confident and bold as well.&rdquo;</p><p>You can see the collaboration between Reeves, Fitzpatrick and others <a href="http://www.steppenwolf.org/Plays-Events/productions/index.aspx?id=571">at Steppenwolf through Aug. 5.</a></p><p>The rest of Weekender&rsquo;s picks are below &ndash; get out there, and be bold!</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/large_BabyTeeth.jpg" style="height: 174px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.lincolnhallchicago.com/">1. Baby Teeth&#39;s Final Show: The Last Schmaltz</a></strong></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday 9:30 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The completely adorable and powerful pop group say farewell, with a stellar line-up of local music stars.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.lincolnhallchicago.com/">Lincoln Hall</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 2424 N. Lincoln 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 "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/learnapalooza-the-chicago-skills-exchange.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 180px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.learnapaloozachi.com/"><span style="font-size:16px;">2. Learnapalooza</span></a></strong></p><p>Saturday</p><p>Never mind the music events, get your thinking cap on at this day-long educational fest!</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/silver%20room%202.jpg" style="height: 180px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/319151001507411/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>3. The Silver Room Block Party</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday Noon - 10 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">A day-long community block party hosted by boutique and event space The Silver Room.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://thesilverroom.com/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>The Silver Room</strong></span></a></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/tour%20de%20fat.jpg" style="height: 203px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p><a href="http://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/tour-dates/chicago.aspx"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>4. Tour de Fat</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.</p><p>Get your beer and bike on at the <a href="http://www.newbelgium.com/enjoy-the-ride.aspx">New Belgium Brewing</a> event, and benefit local community group <a href="http://westtownbikes.org/">West Town Bikes</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Palmer Square</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/frankie.jpg" style="height: 161px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><a href="http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/features/national-theatre-live-presents-frankenstein"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>5. National Theatre Live presents Frankenstein</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Sunday 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/">Benedict Cumberbatch</a>, the fast talking CSI-ish star of the <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00t4pgh">BBC&#39;s Sherlock</a>, does double duty as Dr. Frankenstein and his creature!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/">Music Box Theatre</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 3733 N. Southport Ave</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Please note that the audio has been corrected for the Baby Teeth show which takes place Friday night. </strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><p>Click&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;to subscribe to the&nbsp;<em>Weekender</em>&nbsp;podcast.</p><div>What&#39;re you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below or email weekender@wbez.org</div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/forecast-bold-weekends-ahead-throw-caution-wind-101016 Tony Fitzpatrick: From artistic beginnings to a new Steppenwolf show http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-06/tony-fitzpatrick-artistic-beginnings-new-steppenwolf-show-100251 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/tony fitzpatrick Steppenwolf.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Tony Fitzpatrick can do it all: visual art, etchings, collages, album covers for Steve Earle and The Neville Brothers. He&rsquo;s been in major motion pictures and acted in theaters here in Chicago. He&rsquo;s a prose writer and a poet. He designs tattoos. If he weren&#39;t such an awesome guy, you&#39;d resent the hell out of him.</p><p>I loved talking to him a few weeks ago about his career, his relationship with Studs Terkel and&nbsp;<em>Nickel History: The Nation of Heat</em>,&nbsp;the third part of his autobiographical American trilogy coming to the Steppenwolf Garage on July 19.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XA7JwlQDaMA" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-06/tony-fitzpatrick-artistic-beginnings-new-steppenwolf-show-100251