WBEZ | Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-cultural-plan-2012 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Last chance to weigh in on Chicago's Cultural Plan http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/last-chance-weigh-chicagos-cultural-plan-101343 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><div class="image-insert-image " style=""><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/dome%20photo.jpg" style="height: 480px; width: 640px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; " title="Tiffany Dome, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center (Flickr/Duncan)" /></div></div><p>Tonight is the last town hall seeking public input on <a href="http://www.chicagoculturalplan2012.com/">Chicago&#39;s draft cultural plan</a>.</p><p>This is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/chicagos-cultural-plan-can-we-democratize-culture-100958">Chicago&#39;s first plan in about 25 years</a>, which might explains its length.&nbsp;It has more than 200 initiatives, ranging from developing a South Side museum campus, to donating vacant land to arts and culture groups.</p><p>Any items that do make it into the final plan &ndash; due this fall &ndash; could well set the city&rsquo;s cultural agenda for years to come.</p><p>So the city&rsquo;s seeking input &ndash; Tuesday night is the last of four public meetings since a draft was released in mid-July.</p><p>The format is tight. Participants first vote on the plan&rsquo;s top ten priorities, using portable devices, then break into groups to discuss specific initiatives in detail.</p><p>In a previous meeting, some proposals generated debate and confusion, including plans to overhaul arts education at Chicago Public Schools and to &ldquo;thematize&rdquo; city parks.</p><p>The meeting starts at 6 p.m., at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 W. Randolph Street, in the Loop.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/last-chance-weigh-chicagos-cultural-plan-101343 Cultural events to take you from July to August http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/cultural-events-take-you-july-august-101292 <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/summer%20sprinkler.jpg" style="height: 431px; width: 640px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px;" title="Beat the heat in August with plays and poetry. (Flickr/like, totally)" /></div><p>Wow, can you say August? It felt like every other store I hit up this weekend was having a half-off sale, clearing out the summer stock. As we enter the ninth and traditionally hottest month this week, it&rsquo;s clear your opportunities for artsy outings are nowhere near done, but here are a few things to hit up while the summer&rsquo;s still ripe.<br /><br />1. <a href="http://www.chicagoshakes.com/main.taf?p=2,86">Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks</a> kicked off this past Sunday with what the good folks at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre are calling their first &ldquo;city-wide&rdquo; tour of open-air Shakespeare. This week alone you can catch live performances of <em>The Taming of the Shrew</em> in the Chesterfield, Pilsen, Humboldt, Lawndale and Austin neighborhoods for free. <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/July-2012/Austin-Chicagos-Deadliest-Neighborhood/">Austin often makes the news</a> because of violence in the community, but it has also been heating up culturally this summer. A new, <a href="http://chicagowestsidemusicfestival.com/">three-part music festival</a> kicked off in July, and I&rsquo;ve heard rumor that the City&#39;s 2012 World Music Festival will host an event in the neighborhood. Confirmation could come this week - Mary May of DCASE said by email that the department is &ldquo;working&rdquo; to get the schedule out this week.<br /><br />2. Tuesday at the People&#39;s Palace: aka the Chicago Cultural Center is the final town hall gathering public reaction to the draft <a href="http://www.chicagoculturalplan2012.com/">Chicago Cultural Plan</a>. You&rsquo;ll review the plan&rsquo;s priorities, recommendations and initiatives with a lightning round of online voting via transponder, followed by lengthier discussion during the group break-out session. <a href="http://www.chicagoculturalplan2012.com/">You&rsquo;re encouraged to RSVP </a>but the event is public and kicks off at 6. Get there early to snag a seat.<br /><br />3. If you like a little politics with your art, check out<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/118301534981103/"> &ldquo;Poetry, Prose and Politics.&rdquo;</a> The event is tonight, and features Congresswoman Gwen Moore reading some of her original poems, as well as &ldquo;fun performances&rdquo; from Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza. If you&rsquo;ve got a hankering for a little Kahlil Gibran, head to the<a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/2/1520605/restaurant/River-North/Blue-Frogs-Local-22-Chicago"> Blue Frog&#39;s Local 22</a>&nbsp;at 5:30. Meanwhile the Illinois Humanities Council hosts <a href="http://www.prairie.org/events/25969/social-justice-happy-hour">&ldquo;A Social Justice Happy Hour,&rdquo;</a> which involves drinking and storytelling by local activists and artists, including <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/encyclopedia-show-0">The Encyclopedia Show&rsquo;s </a></em>Robbie Q. Telfer. BYOB, food provided. The event&rsquo;s at local music venue/coffee shop Township, from 5-8 pm.<br /><br />4. Oak Park native and Rookie publisher Tavi Gevinson was the subject of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/29/fashion/tavi-gevinson-the-oracle-of-girl-world.html?pagewanted=all">yet another profile </a>in this weekend&rsquo;s <em>New York Times</em>, including the obligatory nod to media mentor/impresario Ira Glass. The latest angle: As Gevinson grows up, could she age out of her celebritude? Scintillating.<br /><br />5. This is a story many Chicago musicians can relate to, sadly.<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-06/chicago-jazz-drummer-frank-rosaly-gets-touch-his-puerto-rican-roots-99857"> Local jazz drummer Frank Rosaly&rsquo;s</a> car was stolen recently, and some of his equipment was in the trunk. &nbsp;What he&#39;s lost:</p><ul><li>&quot;21ish&quot; Istanbul 30th anniversary ride</li><li>18&quot; Zilco (from the &#39;40s) with a couple rivets</li><li>14&quot; &#39;70&#39;s Zildjian hihats thin side has a few rivets</li><li>a big box of lightweight dw hardware</li><li>giant stickbag with exactly 1,000 sticks/brushes/etc . &nbsp;</li></ul><p>If you see any of it on craigslist or eBay or elsewhere, you can contact Rosaly<a href="http://frankrosaly.com/"> here.</a><br /><br />6. RIP, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/film-obituaries/9439368/Chris-Marker.html">Chris Marker</a>, a lover of cats, cinematic time traveler and truly visionary filmmaker.&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/cultural-events-take-you-july-august-101292