WBEZ | LeRoy Neiman http://www.wbez.org/tags/leroy-neiman Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Weekender: Proud and Loud Events! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-06/weekender-proud-and-loud-events-100304 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS5885_LeRoyNeiman_Credit_Cameron_Neilson-scr.jpg" style="height: 668px; width: 500px;" title="LeRoy Neiman (Photo by Cameron Neilson)" /></div></div><p>I&rsquo;m pretty sure I&rsquo;m not alone in saying a little light reading of <em>Playboy </em>magazine was one of my formative sexual experiences. My Dad had a pile on the bottom shelf of the bookcase in his basement office. He said the subscription was a &quot;gift.&quot; Must have been from a pretty generous friend &ndash; the issues just kept on coming, through many years of my late childhood/early adolescence!</p><p>I learned a lot from the magazine and in fact I should probably thank my Dad because beyond the stash of <em>Playboy </em>he was pretty much mum on matters sexual. In other words, I definitely wasn&rsquo;t reading the articles. Instead I checked out the photo spreads and also poured over the handwritten profiles by the centerfolds, whose pursuits seemed as glamorous and foreign as the illustrations of sleek interiors and ads for high-end stereo equipment.</p><p>But I especially liked the drawings and cartoons, whose humor was well suited to young readers - juvenile and very broad in taste. To my eyes Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder&rsquo;s <em>Little Annie Fanny </em>and Leroy Neiman&rsquo;s Femlins looked like more explicit, if slightly less sophisticated variations on the anarchic graphics in <em>Mad Magazine</em>. The latter are almost kissing cousins to Sergio Aragon├ęs <em>Spy vs. Spy</em>, <em>Mad Marginals</em> and <em>Drawn-out Dramas</em>. And the two artists also apparently shared a love for <a href="http://franklinmintblog.blogspot.com/2009/08/sergio-aragones.html">Dali-style moustaches!</a></p><p>LeRoy Neiman, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/art/painter-leroy-neiman-dies-91-100323">who died this week</a>, was of course discovered by Hugh Hefner in Chicago, after studying and teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and working as a freelance illustrator. It was thanks to Hefner that Neiman got to travel the world, capturing the glamour and action of the jet setting scene, including sports figures and other celebrities.</p><p>Neiman went on to great fame and fortune, but as a pop figure, not a critical darling. Both his style, which involved quick sketches of people in motion, and his aesthetic, which favored surfaces over substance, blend seamlessly with the profile of the corporate artist. But through the mid 1970s Neiman moved in a world of celebrities that was largely surface &ndash; or at least inaccessible - to most folks. Bruce Jenner is now known as kind of a bumbling sidekick on a reality TV show. But in 1976, when Neiman drew him, he was that rare figure: an American decathlete, draped in gold. Neiman&rsquo;s images, as tossed off as they are, still retain a hint of that remote star power.</p><p>Beyond athletes, Neiman drew a lot of jazz musicians, including <em>Bird and Diz (1973)</em>, a sketch of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, which now belongs to the Art Institute of Chicago. According to this rather <a href="http://www.cigaraficionado.com/webfeatures/show/id/6075">in-depth profile </a>from <em>Cigar Aficionado </em>(fitting, since many seem to remember Neiman more for his lifestyle than his art), his first job with <em>Playboy </em>was illustrating a story about a jazz musician, an image that &ldquo;won <em>Playboy </em>its first art prize from the Chicago Art Directors Club Show.&rdquo;</p><p>That&rsquo;s not the only reason I&rsquo;ve got jazz on the brain &ndash; Jason Adasiewicz and his trio Sun Rooms are playing two nights at Chicago&rsquo;s Green Mill, which even in these jaded days is a pretty glamorous and hard-to-get gig.</p><p>The rest of Weekender&rsquo;s picks are below.&nbsp; Get out there, and enjoy!</p><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/jason.jpg" style="height: 176px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://jasonadasiewicz.com/spacer/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>1. Jason Adasiewicz&#39;s Sun Rooms</strong></span></a></div></div><p>Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 9 p.m.</p><p>The rising vibraphone star brings his jazz trio to the Mill!</p><p><a href="http://www.greenmilljazz.com/">The Green Mill</a></p><p>4802 N. Broadway Ave.</p><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/LL.jpg" style="height: 173px; width: 239px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><a href="http://www.lorettalynn.com/50/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>2. Loretta Lynn</strong></span></a></div></div><p>Friday - Sunday</p><p>More than a half century on, the country star shows she&#39;s still got chops, in a three-night stand.</p><p><a href="http://www.drurylaneoakbrook.com/">The Drury Lane Theatre</a></p><p>Oakbrook Terrace, IL</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/acm.jpg" style="height: 151px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><a href="http://www.acmusic.org/node/728"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>3. AC Music: Best of Weekly Readings Concert</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday 7:30 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Celebrate living composers as Palomar performs the very best pieces of the Weekly Readings project.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.roosevelt.edu/ccpa">Ganz Hall</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.roosevelt.edu/">Roosevelt University</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 430 S. Michigan 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/cat-returns2-800-75.jpg" style="height: 142px; width: 239px; 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=rq7NQ0qs7N0"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>4. The Cat Returns</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday 5:15 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">A cat kingdom rendered in anime - part of a tribute to a powerhouse Japanese animation studio.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/castlesinthesky">Gene Siskel Film Center</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 164 N. State 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/pride%20-%20ColorblindRain.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left; width: 240px; height: 180px; " title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.chicagopridecalendar.org/parade.shtml"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>5. Chicago Pride Parade</strong></span></a></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Sunday Noon</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The rainbow flag flies again!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Starts at a new corner this year: Broadway &amp; Montrose</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><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/kites%20-%20yuzu.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.govst.edu/gsuview/default.aspx?id=44779&amp;blogid=734"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>6. Kids, Kolors &amp; Kites</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Sunday 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Cover your kite in drawings - and then see how well it flies as art!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.govst.edu/sculpture/">Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.govst.edu/">Governors State University</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 1 University Pkwy.</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 "><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></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-06/weekender-proud-and-loud-events-100304