WBEZ | Matt Ulery http://www.wbez.org/tags/matt-ulery Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Art tips for August 13-19 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-08/art-tips-august-13-19-101683 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><br /><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/bud%20billiken.jpg" style="height: 479px; width: 600px; border-width: 10px; border-style: solid; margin: 1px; " title="Beauty Queens in the Bud Billiken Parade circa 1973 (John H. White/Calumet 412) " /></div><p>Bud Billiken&rsquo;s come and gone, the aisles of school supplies are looking picked over and many store mannequins are sporting fall colors. Where ya going summer? Still, there&#39;s plenty of culture in and outdoors to enjoy this week.</p><p>1. <a href="http://mattulery.com/wordpress/">Matt Ulery</a> has gotten some rave reviews for his double disc <em>By A Little Light</em>. Thursday the bassist will bring an expanded ensemble to perform in Millennium Park, as part of the Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series. The album is what sounds like an impossible blend of musical styles and periods, from classical Romantic composers (which seem to be having a moment &ndash; <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-08/legendary-dj-atom%E2%84%A2-makes-his-chicago-debut-101617">here&rsquo;s another musician re-working the Romantics</a>) to minimalist American music and Eastern European folk.&nbsp; Everything I&rsquo;ve heard on the album has the air of a movie soundtrack, another source of inspiration from Ulery. If you prefer your music indoors, Ulery will also play the Green Mill (Monday) and the Jazz Showcase (Wednesday) before Thursday&rsquo;s show at the Pritzker Pavilion.</p><p>2. Staying with our light in August theme, a remarkable film plays Thursday at <a href="http://docfilms.uchicago.edu/dev/">Doc Films</a> at the University of Chicago. <em>Let There Be Light </em>is the final of three war documentaries made by John Houston, consists mainly of a&nbsp;series of unscripted interviews with soldiers being treated at a military hospital in Long Island, New York. All of them are&nbsp;suffering from psychological wounds (we call it PTSD, those soldiers were considered &ldquo;nervously wounded,&rdquo; or suffering from &ldquo;shell shock&rdquo;). Houston&rsquo;s film was put together with the help of screenwriter Charles Kaufmann and the great cinematographer Stanley Cortez (among other cinematic accomplishments, Cortez is responsible for the incredible photography of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFzTBPy7nl8"><em>The Night of the Hunter</em></a>).</p><p>Censored until 1980,&nbsp;<em>Let There Be Light&nbsp;</em>circulated in degraded form (a 16 mm copy of the original 35 mm print, with a distorted soundtrack) until <a href="http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/movies/2012/05/a-restored-version-of-let-there-be-light-available-online/">its recent restoration by the National Film Preservation Foundation</a>. You can also <a href="http://www.filmpreservation.org/preserved-films/screening-room/let-there-be-light-1946">watch it online</a> at the NFPF site until August 31st. While there, I encourage you to take a look at <a href="http://www.filmpreservation.org/preserved-films/screening-room/the-reawakening-1919"><em>The Reawakening</em></a>, a 1919 film about the rehabilitation of World War I veterans at Fort Sheridan hospital north of Chicago.</p><p>3. There&rsquo;s a film connection at the <a href="http://www.southshorechamberinc.org/summerfestival2012.php">South Shore Summer Festival</a>, a one-day celebration this coming Saturday. Cuba Gooding Sr., father of the movie star, will appear along with his band&nbsp;The Main Ingredient. Their big hit is &ldquo;Everybody Plays the Fool&rdquo; which aptly sums up some of the more unfortunate turns of his son&rsquo;s career (he got a better gig in the recent <em>Red Tails</em>). Also appearing, Chico DeBarge, younger brother of the 80s-era DeBarge musical-siblings clan.</p><p>4. Just like white shoes and seersucker, art deserves a summer airing, which seems to be the logic behind a couple of current shows. Both Northwestern University and the Art Institute of Chicago decided to pull some treasures out of their respective vaults, which means you&rsquo;ll get a rare opportunity to see some cool works on paper.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/view/exhibitions/2012/art-on-paper-prints,-drawings,-and-photographs-from-the-block-museum-of-art.html">Art on Paper: Prints, Drawings and Photographs from the Block Museum</a></em>&nbsp;is up at Northwestern University&#39;s Block Museum through August 26th, and includes work by Andy Warhol, Robert Mappelthorpe and Laura Letinsky of the University of Chicago.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.artic.edu/exhibition/rarely-seen-contemporary-works-paper">Rarely Seen Works on Paper</a></em>&nbsp;at the The Art Institute of Chicago includes a gorgeous collage by Romare Bearden, Martin Kippenberger&rsquo;s sketches on various hotel stationery, and work by UIC art professor Julia Fish. The show runs through next January. But if you go this Thursday after work, stick around for<em> <a href="http://www.artic.edu/event/pechakucha">PechaKucha</a></em>, which takes place in the Modern Wing from 6-8 p.m. Crafty creative types will share their mindsets &ndash; in the classic &#39;20 slides at 20 seconds per frame&#39; format of PK.</p><p>5. Everyone is analyzing the fiscal and intellectual priorities (and the connections therein) of the GOP&rsquo;s just named candidate for Vice President, Paul Ryan. Ryan has both claimed and renounced the writings of objectivist philosopher and uber-capitalist Ayn Rand, particularly as detailed in her book <em>Atlas Shrugged.</em> The novel is epic and all I remember from my college days read are the plentiful odes to the beauty of roadside billboards. But the fervor also reminded me of another <a href="http://www.theatlasphere.com/columns/031215_iannolo_trotter.php">&ldquo;randian&rdquo;</a>: local celebrity chef and self-made man Charlie Trotter. Trotter will shutter his remaining restaurants at the end of August to embark on a master&rsquo;s degree in philosophy and political theory. Not sure whether Rand will be a major part of studies, <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/business/13572319-420/trotter-to-go-closes-as-famous-chef-heads-for-hiatus.html">which at last word he&rsquo;ll undertake at Northwestern University.</a></p><p>6. Just as funeral arrangements were being announced for legendary music producer <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/culture/carl-davis-architect-chicago-sound-101647">Carl Davis</a>, along comes word of the death of another great Chicago musical light. Condolences to the family of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/chi-von-freeman-dies-chicago-jazz-music-20120813,0,4655061,full.column">the great jazz tenor saxaphonist, Von Freeman</a>.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-08/art-tips-august-13-19-101683