WBEZ | Art http://www.wbez.org/sections/art Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Progress for Pullman artists lofts http://www.wbez.org/sections/art/progress-pullman-artists-lofts-113527 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Pullmanloft.png" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">A proposed affordable housing development for Chicago&rsquo;s historic Pullman neighborhood appears to be gaining steam after a community meeting on Monday &nbsp;addressed some residents&rsquo; concerns.</p><p dir="ltr">The Pullman Artspace Lofts would be geared toward artists in a yet-to-be-built 39-unit, three-story apartment complex at 111th Street and Langley Avenue, just west of the Bishop Ford Expressway.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I think this is a terrific project,&rdquo; attorney Leon Walker, who grew up near the Pullman area and now runs a law office located, said following the two-hour meeting where more than 150 people packed the offices of the Historic Pullman Foundation.</p><p dir="ltr">Walker says he&rsquo;s excited about the idea of a housing complex that would be aimed at attracting artists to the neighborhood, designated a national monument by President Obama earlier this year.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The artist community is fantastic for helping a neighborhood stabilize and to grow and recapture its strength again. Artists bring an activity, it really brings some vibrancy,&rdquo; Walker said. &ldquo;Kids get inspired by artists.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">The Pullman Artspace Lofts, touted as affordable, mixed-used housing, are backed by the Minneapolis-based Artspace, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives and PullmanArts. VOA Associates is the architecture firm behind the project.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Art-Space has been successful not only in Chicago but across the country. The impact could be tremendous in a community as you bring artists into that area,&rdquo; Walker said.</p><p dir="ltr">At a previous meeting in early October, about 100 residents showed up and voiced concerns about whether the new structure would fit Pullman&rsquo;s historic character.</p><p dir="ltr">Bob Vroman, who lives right across from where the new structure would be built, doesn&rsquo;t think so.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It is not a Pullman structure. It is not put on the original footprint of the Pullman buildings that were originally here,&rdquo; Vroman said. &ldquo;And now that we are a national monument, how they could get away with building anything other than a reproduction of the buildings that were here,&rdquo; he continued. &ldquo;It just doesn&rsquo;t fit in.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">There was also concerns about whether the project would attract low-income tenants.</p><p dir="ltr">One resident at the meeting told Artspace officials that Pullman does not need affordable housing or more artists, and suggested the project might work better in a neighboring area such as Roseland or in North Pullman.</p><p dir="ltr">Artspace&rsquo;s Sarah White had to fend off concerns that the complex could become part of the Chicago Housing Authority.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We are not involved with CHA,&rdquo; White said. &ldquo;Artspace are stable, long-term owners.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Compared to previous gatherings, there appeared to be fewer naysayers at Monday night&rsquo;s meeting.</p><p dir="ltr">Lenny Carlson, who&rsquo;s lived in Pullman for 20 years, came to the meeting to find out more after hearing negative reviews.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The reason I&rsquo;m here tonight is because someone came to my house who objected to it because it was low-income housing. I thought that is no reason not to look at a project. I wanted to find out more about it,&rdquo; Carlson said. &ldquo;I see nothing that says this is a &nbsp;negative. I only see this a positive.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Carlson&rsquo;s wife, Helena Eckels, says she thinks the project is exciting.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I love the idea that there will be more artists here in Pullman,&rdquo; she said.</p><p dir="ltr">When asked if she feels the projects fits with Pullman&rsquo;s history, Eckels says,&rdquo;The town of Pullman was based on working-class people. Artists are working-class people. The architecture in Pullman is artwork. We&rsquo;re talking about artists providing more artwork.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Officials say at least one more community meeting will be scheduled before the end of the year.</p><p>Although more approvals are needed from the city, backers hope to have Pullman Artspace Lofts ready to accept tenants by early 2018.</p></p> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 18:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/art/progress-pullman-artists-lofts-113527 Saudi Arabia escalates attacks in Yemen http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-08-28/saudi-arabia-escalates-attacks-yemen-112764 <p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>Sheila Carapico says Saudi Arabia seeks hegemony over Yemen</strong></span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-d5363326-7617-f9aa-ab49-4abce8b3e762">News coming out of Yemen seems to indicate that Saudi Arabia is making bold moves to establish a foothold in the country to counter its rival, Iran. Reports suggest that the Saudis now have boots on the ground in Yemen as it continues bombing raids against Shiite Houthi rebels. But many observers, like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, feel more attention must be paid to the &ldquo;catastrophic&rdquo; humanitarian crisis resulting from the conflict. Sheila Carapico, political science professor at the University of Richmond, will tell us why she thinks most of the news coming out of Yemen is Saudi propaganda meant to take the eye off the slaughter of civilians.</span></p><p><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-d5363326-761e-9a34-8bd2-6b4c2e091faa"><a href="http://polisci.richmond.edu/faculty/scarapic/">Sheila Carapico</a> is</span>&nbsp;professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Richmond</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/221328803&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>Hubert Sauper&#39;s film &quot;We Come as Freinds&quot; is on Western exploitation of Sudanese</strong></span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a7cf3a61-7619-6732-9b31-05a4a66f2aa3">This week, President Salva Kiir of South Sudan signed a peace accord aimed at ending nearly two years of conflict. Since the start of the civil war in 2013, at least eight peace deals have collapsed before ever taking effect. &nbsp;The conflict began as power struggle between Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar. &nbsp;The latest film by director &nbsp;Hubert Sauper, &#39;<a href="http://www.wecomeasfriends.com/us/">We Come as Friends</a>&#39;, explores the moment when Sudan was being divided into two nations. &nbsp;Film contributor Milos Stehlik and Hubert Sauper join us to discuss the film and what is happening in South Sudan.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><strong><span>Guests:&nbsp;</span></strong></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a7cf3a61-761d-e247-4199-2453815fb63b">Hubert Sauper is the director of the film &quot;We Come As Friends&quot;.&nbsp;</span></p><p dir="ltr">Milos Stehlik is the director of Facets Multimedia and WBEZ&rsquo;s film contributor.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/221330807&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>Weekend Passport: Ania Jaworska exhibit,&nbsp;<span id="docs-internal-guid-8ac0c89c-761a-f718-862c-aaae0b0fadfa">Chicago Dancing Festival</span>, Ugandan Kid&rsquo;s Choir and &#39;Art&#39; by Gorilla Tango</strong></span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-8ac0c89c-761b-5d85-394b-248ab47f0f16"><span id="docs-internal-guid-8ac0c89c-761c-7da3-4017-dfd5477d27a8">Each week, global citizen, Nari Safavi, helps listeners plan their international weekend. This week, we&rsquo;ll hear about an <a href="http://www2.mcachicago.org/exhibition/bmo-harris-bank-chicago-works-ania-jaworska/">exhibit</a> featuring the work of Polish artist Ania Jaworska.</span></span></p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> Nari Safavi is co-founder of Pasfarda Arts and Cultural Exchange</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/221330807&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-08-28/saudi-arabia-escalates-attacks-yemen-112764 'Straight Outta Compton' is the lamest kind of gloss-over musical biopic http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2015-08/straight-outta-compton-lamest-kind-gloss-over-musical-biopic-112628 <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/NWA1.jpg" style="height: 400px; width: 640px;" title="(Jaimie Trueblood/Universal Pictures)" /></div><p>We might expect that a big-budget Hollywood biopic produced or guided by the surviving members of N.W.A would sidestep the most troubling aspects of the hip-hop giants&rsquo; legacy: the cynical celebrations of the violent gangster lifestyle and, most troublingly, the level of sheer hatred toward women that still stands as a record low in the annals of musical misogyny.</p><p>What we wouldn&rsquo;t expect is an even bigger flaw in <em>Straight Outta Compton</em>, which opens this weekend and is expected to dominate the box office. At a bloated 147-minute running time, it often makes the explosive story of the self-professed &nbsp;&ldquo;World&rsquo;s Most Dangerous Group&rdquo; downright bland and boring.</p><p><a href="http://variety.com/2015/film/reviews/straight-outta-compton-review-1201553979/">Some fawning reviews</a> have compared the movie to another recent biopic of a West Coast musical legend, <em>Love &amp; Mercy. </em>But a few strong performances aside, the more apt comparisons are to other yawningly mediocre big-budget films that erase the rough edges of their subjects and somehow douse the fire at the heart of some of the most incendiary music ever made. Think <em>The Buddy Holly Story. </em>Think <em>La Bamba. </em>Think any made-for-VH1 movie, or <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2014-11/aaliyah-deserves-better-her-lifetime-biopic-111082">Lifetime&rsquo;s recent <em>Aaliyah: The Princess of R&amp;B</em></a> (whose star, Alexandra Shipp, appears here as Ice Cube&rsquo;s wife Kim, one of a handful of women briefly and grudgingly given speaking roles).</p><p>Better yet, think about sparing yourself the nearly 2.5 hours (<a href="http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2015/08/11/3757813/director-defends-straight-outta.html">reportedly cut down from 3.5</a>) in front of the big screen and wait for Netflix, if you must.</p><p>Like any music critic with a moral conscience who charted the group&rsquo;s rise and wrestled with it in the three and a half decades since, N.W.A always has left me severely conflicted. The seductive production of its debut album <em>Straight Outta Compton </em>(1988) set the blueprint for the West Coast sound and everything Dr. Dre has done in its aftermath. And the undeniable rage of the epic Cube-driven &ldquo;F--- tha Police&rdquo; is so monumental that the disc&rsquo;s occasional glorification of black-on-black crime and rampant misogyny can almost be overlooked. That is not the case with the Cube-less second and last release <em>Niggaz4Life.</em></p><p>&ldquo;This is an album of hate-filled songs that glorify gang rape and beating women to death, an album so nihilistic that its lyrics brag about making money from these topics,&rdquo; I wrote upon its release in 1991. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the most vile, rancid, festering pile of crap I&rsquo;ve heard in my life. It is also one of the top-selling albums in America for the third week in a row.&rdquo; (The full text of that review, which ran in the Minneapolis weekly <em>City Pages, </em>follows below.)</p><p>Hateful jams and skits such as &ldquo;To Kill a Hooker,&rdquo; &ldquo;One Less Bitch,&rdquo; &ldquo;Findum, F---um &amp; Flee,&rdquo; &ldquo;She Swallowed It,&rdquo; and &ldquo;I&rsquo;d Rather F--- You&rdquo; are conveniently sidestepped in the movie. You can&rsquo;t include everything, one might argue. But there is no exploration of what prompted this hatred of women&mdash;not that anything could excuse it&mdash;even as the film strives in ridiculously exaggerated ways to lay the pre-Rodney King groundwork for the group&rsquo;s disdain of the men in blue. (<a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/04/straight-outta-compton-fact-check-how-true-is-the-explosive-n-w-a-biopic.html?via=mobile&amp;source=email">The Daily Beast has a useful fact-check</a> on the realities of N.W.A&rsquo;s interactions with the police, though it only scratches the surface of the film&rsquo;s many distortions and pure fictions.)</p><p>Niggaz With Attitude&rsquo;s attitude toward women was, disgustingly and infamously, not confined to the lyrics. But we don&rsquo;t see Dre&rsquo;s vicious 1991 attack on journalist Dee Barnes, or learn that Eazy-E fathered seven children with six different women. Nor is there any examination of how Eric Wright caught AIDS, which would claim his life at age 31, aside from a fleeting mention that you can contract it from heterosexual sex. (We don&rsquo;t even see much of that with his character; in fact, Neil Brown Jr.&rsquo;s DJ Yella is portrayed as the horndog of the crew in the many scenes with gratuitously naked and nameless groupies.)</p><p>Instead, Eazy (Jason Mitchell), Dre (Corey Hawkins), Cube (the real rapper&rsquo;s son O&rsquo;Shea Jackson Jr.), and Ren (Aldis Hodge of TV&rsquo;s <em>Leverage</em>) emerge as relatively cute and cuddly, as well as utterly guileless as they are preyed upon by the film&rsquo;s three cartoonish villains: manager Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti), Priority Records chief Bryan Turner (Tate Ellington), and the notorious Suge Knight (R. Marcos Taylor). The bounds of credulity are stretched past the breaking point when we&rsquo;re asked to accept that these whip-smart and streetwise hustlers were so easily duped by bullying music-biz bad guys, whose caricatures are even more simplistic and one-dimensional than those in Spike Lee&rsquo;s harshly criticized <em>Mo&rsquo; Better Blues.</em></p><p>Nor is there a hint of the cold calculation at the heart of the group&rsquo;s art. Its depictions of drug deals and gang killings are merely &ldquo;reality rap,&rdquo; as if the artists just walked down the street and told us what they saw. But it always was much harder to accept N.W.A as &ldquo;the CNN of the streets&rdquo; than it was Public Enemy. The West Coast rappers distorted, exaggerated, and championed the harshest realities of a small sliver of the black community to sell as violent comic books to a mass audience eagerly waiting to lap up the Nihilistic clichés and one-dimensional stereotypes. Like skilled pornographers, they knew what would sell and they enthusiastically sold it, moral qualms and any devotion to accuracy be damned.</p><p>And here they are selling it again, in an even shinier package aimed at an even bigger audience and designed to make it all seem safe and even noble.</p><p>N.W.A <a href="http://pitchfork.com/news/60479-nwa-planning-reunion-tour-with-eminem/">may or may not</a> be planning to capitalize on this rewriting of history with a reunion tour that may or may not find Eminem filling the role of Eazy-E. Either way, that&rsquo;s only the short-term scam, and these artists always have played the long game. In the end, despite a few merits&mdash;those performances by Jackson and Mitchell, a handful of hearty belly laughs, and a nice scene depicting the young Dre lost in a pile of vinyl that stands with the similar one in <em>Almost Famous </em>as a classic depiction of the ineffable seduction of music&mdash;<em>Straight Outta Compton </em>peddles a simplistic myth that has as much in common with complicated realities as Disneyland has with Compton.</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/NWA2.jpg" title="N.W.A real and fictional: Top row: DJ Yella, Ice Cube, MC Ren, Dr. Dre; bottom: Neil Brown Jr., O’Shea Jackson Jr., Jason Mitchell, Aldis Hodge and Corey Hawkins. (Jaimie Trueblood/Universal Picures)" /></div><blockquote><p align="center">&nbsp;</p><p align="center"><strong>FLASHBACK REVIEW:</strong><strong> N.W.A, <em>Niggaz4Life</em></strong></p><p align="center"><strong><em>City Pages,</em> July 3, 1991</strong></p><p>This is an album of hate-filled songs that glorify gang rape and beating women to death, an album so nihilistic that its lyrics brag about making money from these topics. It&rsquo;s the most vile, rancid, festering pile of crap I&rsquo;ve heard in my life. It is also one of the top-selling albums in America for the third week in a row.</p><p>That alone is enough to make me consider booking one-way passage on a freighter to New Zealand, but two weeks ago, I also heard rock critic and anti-censorship zealot Dave Marsh tell a crowd at the Hungry Mind bookstore in St. Paul that <em>Niggaz4Life </em>is &ldquo;great vulgar art.&rdquo; Marsh, the man who excluded the Rolling Stones&rsquo; &ldquo;Brown Sugar&rdquo; from <em>The Heart of Rock and Soul: The 1,001 Greatest Singles Ever Made </em>because he considers it racist and sexist, went on to compare <em>Niggaz4Life </em>to Henry Miller&rsquo;s <em>Tropic of Capricorn, </em>a great book mistaken for pornography.</p><p>The fact is <em>Niggaz4Life </em>is a pathetic con designed to cash in on its transparent controversy. The most sensible response would be to ignore it, but the fact is it&rsquo;s impossible to avoid, sitting on top of the charts, flaunting its PARENTAL ADVISORY, EXPLICIT LYRICS sticker. Its debut at No. 2 was the highest since Michael Jackson&rsquo;s <em>Bad </em>in 1987; it rose to No. 1 the next week and is now at No. 3. This success flies in the face of a complete lack of play on radio or MTV and comes in the midst of <em>Billboard </em>magazine&rsquo;s much-ballyhooed revamping of the charts to reflect actual sales in the Musiclands and Kmarts of heartland America.</p><p>This means fifteen-year-old white kids in [Minneapolis suburbs] Edina and Eden Prairie, Chanhassen and Chaska are buying <em>Niggaz4Life, </em>and that&rsquo;s why it&rsquo;s the center of a renewed attack by the labeling and censorship crowd; last week, Florida attorney Jack Thompson announced plans to sue Musicland for selling the album, so the battle will be fought right in our backyard. No doubt kids are buying it simply because it&rsquo;s the most vile shit available; as our culture gets more and more jaded in the wake of Freddie Krueger and the Terminator and <em>American Psycho </em>and the beautiful fireworks over Baghdad, it gets harder and harder to shock the folks. Thompson&rsquo;s crew says kids need to be protected from this stuff, just like they need to be protected from the Anoka-Hennepin school district&rsquo;s sex and AIDS curriculum. What they always fail to realize is that the kids are rejecting <em>them.</em></p><p>Marsh and the other critics defending <em>Niggaz4Life </em>could see the war clouds on the horizon, and that may be why they&rsquo;re so dogmatic: If you&rsquo;re not for &rsquo;em, you&rsquo;re agin &rsquo;em. They ask us to excuse N.W.A&rsquo;s hate as fantasy and accept the group as the &ldquo;underground reporters&rdquo; they boast about being on their 1-900-2-COMPTON phone line (a dollar forty-nine per minute). But why can&rsquo;t you be for the First Amendment and against misogyny? I despise any attempt to limit free expression in music and believe N.W.A had every right to make the album they wanted to make. But this is a record review, not an editorial, and I&rsquo;d be betraying everything I believe is implicit in the reader-critic relationship if I didn&rsquo;t say you&rsquo;re a fool if you buy it and more than a little bit warped if you like it.</p><p>Musically the album is wack, all ultra-familiar grooves powered by whining, repetitive four- and five-note Casio rifts. It&rsquo;s not half as effective as Public Enemy&rsquo;s white-noise assaults or De La Soul&rsquo;s psychedelic sampling. Of course it&rsquo;s the words that set N.W.A apart.</p><p>The group struck a nerve even before Rodney King with &ldquo;F--- Tha Police&rdquo; on its platinum-selling debut, <em>Straight Outta Compton. </em>Since then, the Geto Boys and 2 Live Crew have upped the ante on outrageous rap lyrics, and like grammar school kids at a lunchroom table, N.W.A is determined to out-gross and gross-out all comers. They even own up to the scam: &ldquo;Why do I call myself a nigger you ask me?/Because my mouth is so mother----ing nasty/Bitch this, bitch that, nigger this, nigger that/In the meanwhile my pockets are getting fat/I&rsquo;m getting paid to say the s--- here/Making more in a week than a doctor makes in a year.&rdquo;</p><p>To drive the point home the album concludes with the line, &ldquo;Ha, another album. The joke&rsquo;s on you, jack.&rdquo; (I wonder if they meant Thompson or Musicland&rsquo;s Jack Eugster?) The album&rsquo;s first half offers more of N.W.A&rsquo;s muddled politics (remember, Eazy-E&rsquo;s the guy who paid to attend a Republican fundraiser). Between threats to f--- former collaborator-turned-rival Ice Cube up the ass with a broomstick and skits such as N.W.A gunning down picketers outside one of its shows, the songs &ldquo;Real Niggaz Don&rsquo;t Die,&rdquo; &ldquo;Niggaz 4 Life,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Real Niggaz&rdquo; set a record for repetitive use of a word that&rsquo;s still despised by much of the African-American community. N.W.A could almost be seen as adopting Lenny Bruce&rsquo;s tactics on co-opting racial slurs: Claim the word as your own and it ceases to hurt (it&rsquo;s hard not to laugh when the group croons jingle-style, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m a nigger/You&rsquo;re a nigger/He&rsquo;s a nigger/We&rsquo;s some niggers/Wouldn&rsquo;t you like to be a nigger, too?&rdquo;).</p><p>If this was the intention it&rsquo;s ruined when Eazy-E, M.C. Ren, D.J. Yella, and Dr. Dre trot out more racial stereotypes than you&rsquo;d hear at a KKK rally. In their world, a &ldquo;real nigger&rdquo; is not a black human being but someone who lives by the trigger, prefers cocaine to wine or weed, and knows how to handle the bitches (&ldquo;Hop in the pickup/And suck my d--- up &rsquo;til you hiccup&rdquo;).</p><p>In their zeal to fight the good fight censorship&rsquo;s foes are too quick to put aside N.W.A&rsquo;s misogyny, which is overwhelming and sickening throughout the second half of the album. In the songs &ldquo;To Kill a Hooker,&rdquo; &ldquo;One Less Bitch,&rdquo; &ldquo;Findum, F---um &amp; Flee,&rdquo; and &ldquo;She Swallowed It,&rdquo; the group makes its opinion of women clear: &ldquo;To me all bitches are the same: money-hungry scammers, groupies, whores that&rsquo;s always riding on a nigger&rsquo;s d---, always in the nigger&rsquo;s pocket, and when the nigger runs out of money the bitch is gone in the wind. To me all bitches ain&rsquo;t shit.&rdquo;</p><p>When N.W.A picks up a woman and beats her to death because she&rsquo;s a prostitute it&rsquo;s one of the most stomach-churning sound collages in the history of pop music. Marsh can dismiss this as fantasy and <em>Cashbox </em>can contend that &ldquo;portrayal must not be confused with advocacy. &ldquo; But &ldquo;To Kill a Hooker&rdquo; ends with an evil laugh that&rsquo;s too real for comfort. It makes me want to puke, while N.W.A is laughing all the way to the bank.</p></blockquote><p><strong><em>Straight Outta Compton</em></strong><strong> (Universal/Legendary Pictures; 147 minutes, rated R)</strong></p><p><strong>Rating on the 4-star scale: 1 star.</strong></p><p><em><strong>Follow me on Twitter </strong></em><a href="https://twitter.com/JimDeRogatis"><strong><em><strike>@</strike>JimDeRogatis</em></strong></a><em><strong>, join me on </strong></em><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-DeRo/254753087340"><strong><em>Facebook</em></strong></a><em><strong>, and podcast or stream </strong></em><a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/"><strong>Sound Opinions</strong></a><em><strong>.</strong></em></p></p> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 09:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2015-08/straight-outta-compton-lamest-kind-gloss-over-musical-biopic-112628 China Markets in Freefall http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-07-31/china-markets-freefall-112535 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/China%20stock%20market%201.jpg" title="A Chinese investor walks past displays of stock information at a brokerage house in Beijing, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Shanghai stocks were volatile Tuesday after falling the most in eight years the day before while other Asian markets also flitted between gains and losses. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)" /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/217229042&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>China Markets Spiraling</strong></span></p><p>China&rsquo;s economy and stock markets have been on a &nbsp;deep decline. Hundreds of billions of dollars have left the country in the last year. &nbsp;The Shanghai Exchange, on Monday, &nbsp;posted its biggest loss since 2007. The markets bounced back slightly this week, after Beijing announced moves to restore confidence, such as buying back stocks, easing fiscal policy and aggressively restricting unethical practices like &ldquo;stock dumping.&rdquo; The regional reverberations have hit hard at countries like Australia, a major exporter to China. Observers warn that if the downward spiral doesn&rsquo;t turnaround soon, China will displace Greece as the world&rsquo;s most dangerous financial crisis. We&rsquo;ll talk about China&rsquo;s economic slowdown with <a href="http://www.eurasiagroup.net/about-eurasia-group/who-is/consonery">Nicholas Consonery</a>, Asia director for <a href="http://www.eurasiagroup.net">Eurasia Group</a>, a &ldquo;global political risk research and consulting firm.&rdquo; He leads the firm&#39;s consulting and advisory work on China.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;Nicholas Consonery,&nbsp;Asia director for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.eurasiagroup.net">Eurasia Group</a>, a &ldquo;global political risk research and consulting firm.&rdquo; He leads the firm&#39;s consulting and advisory work on China.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/217229789&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:24px;">Milos Stehlik Reviews&nbsp;&ldquo;A Pigeon Sat on a Branch&quot; and &quot;Shaun the Sheep&quot;</span></strong></p><p>Film contributor Milos Stehlik joins us to discuss the latest film from Swedish director Roy Andersson - <a href="http://www.magpictures.com/apigeon/">&ldquo;A Pigeon Sat on a Branch.&rdquo;</a> &nbsp;&nbsp;It&rsquo;s the third film in a trilogy that Andersson says looks at the human condition. The film opens this weekend in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Center. &nbsp;Milos also gives his take on the new animated film, <a href="http://shaunthesheep.com/">&quot;Shaun the Sheep&quot;</a></p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> Milos Stehlik is WBEZ&#39;s film contributor and director of Facets Multimedia<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/217230650&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr"><strong><span style="font-size:24px;">Weekend Passport</span></strong></p><p dir="ltr">Each week global citizen, Nari Safavi, helps listeners plan their international weekend. &nbsp;This week, he&rsquo;ll tell us about an exhibition of street art from Greece and a play that looks at the role food plays in communities.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-2e91bfd6-e59e-640e-dc4a-c304d3205206">Nari Safavi, co-founder of <a href="http://www.pasfarda.org/">Pasfarda</a> Arts and Cultural Exchange</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-2e91bfd6-e59e-640e-dc4a-c304d3205206">Connie Mourtoupalas, curator of the <a href="https://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/">Hellenic National Museum</a> exhibit, &quot;The Street is My Gallery&quot;</span></p></p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-07-31/china-markets-freefall-112535 Obama Visits Kenya http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-07-24/obama-visits-kenya-112475 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Obama pic 3.jpg" title="U.S. President Barack Obama waves after being greeted by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, right, on his arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, July 24, 2015. Obama began his first visit to Kenya as U.S. president Friday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)" /></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/216187008&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false " width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong style="font-size: 24px;">Obama Vists Kenya as President</strong></p><p>President Obama heads to Kenya today. This is the first time he will visit his father&rsquo;s home country since he was elected president. The visit is filled with anticipation. There was discussion of making the visit a national holiday. In the town of Funyula in Busia County, which by borders Siaya County, the home area of President Obama&#39;s late father, the radio station there is calling today &ldquo;Obama Day.&rdquo; We&rsquo;ll check in with Phylis Nasubo Magina who is in Funyula. She&rsquo;s the managing director of The ABCs of Sex Education, where she leads a team of 49 community educators providing sex education and HIV prevention. Ken Opalo, an assistant professor at Georgetown University also joins us to discuss Obama&rsquo;s visit. He&rsquo;s originally from Kenya.</p><p><strong>Guests: </strong></p><p>Phylis Nasubo Magina is the Kenya Country Director of The ABCs of Sex Education</p><p>Ken Opalo Ken Opalo is an assistant professor at Georgetown University&rsquo;s School of Foreign Service and a blogger. He&rsquo;s originally from Kenya.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/216187612&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false " width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>Weekend Passport:</strong></span></p><p>Each week global citizen Nari Safavi helps listeners plan their international weekend. This week he&rsquo;ll tell us about an exhibit on North Korea, the film Hiroshima Mon Amor and Bomba Estereo: Album Release Show</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p>Nari Safavi is co-founder of Pasfarda Arts and Cultural Exchange</p><p>Alice Wielinga is a participating artist in North Korean Perspectives</p><p>Marc Prüst] is curator of North Korean Perspectives<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/216188449&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false " width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>Milos Stehlik talks with Omar Sy, star of the film &#39;Samba&#39;</strong></span></p><p>Film contributor Milos Stehlik sits down with Omar Sy, star of the new film &ldquo;Samba.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s the latest film by the team that brought us &ldquo;The Intouchables. &#39;Samba&#39; tells the story of an undocumented kitchen worker who&rsquo;s battling deportation. The movie follows his struggles and budding romance with the immigration case worker who&rsquo;s trying to help him stay in France.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p>Omar Sy, French actor and comedian, star of the film &ldquo;Samba&rdquo;</p><p>Milos Stehlik is WBEZ&rsquo;s film contributor and director of Facets Multimedia</p></p> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-07-24/obama-visits-kenya-112475 Chicago parks have zero statues of women, 48 statues of men http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-21/chicago-parks-have-zero-statues-women-48-statues-men-112436 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/dorothy vikramjam.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Plenty of men are memorialized in stone and bronze in Chicago&rsquo;s parks: Explorer Leif Ericson, president George Washington, former Illinois governor John Peter Altgeld, even Greene Vardiman Black. Not familiar with him? He&rsquo;s the &quot;father of modern dentistry.&quot; Chicago&rsquo;s public spaces do have statues of female figures &mdash; nymphs, goddesses, and Dorothy from <em>The Wizard of Oz</em> to name a few &mdash; but you won&rsquo;t find a single statue or bust of a historically significant woman in any of the city&rsquo;s 580 parks.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s really time to honor more females,&rdquo; said Asya Akca, a University of Chicago political science major who is pushing for a statue of a notable woman on her campus in Hyde Park. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a huge oversight that they&rsquo;re not being honored.&rdquo;</p><p>According to the Chicago Park District, there are no statues of women in our city&rsquo;s parks because the heyday of public figurative sculpture in the United States took place at a time before women had earned the right to vote.&nbsp;</p><p>To rectify that lack of representation, the district has named and renamed more than 40 parks to honor the legacies of notable women over the last 11 years. There are now 66 parks named after women in Chicago, according to the park district. Yet, during that same period, figurative statues and busts of men have continued to be erected around the city.</p><p>In 2004, a tribute featuring several figurative bas-relief sculptures of <a href="http://www.cpdit01.com/resources/planning-and-development.fountains-monuments-and-sculptures/Burnham%20Park/Tribute%20to%20George%20Halas.pdf">George Halas</a>, founder of the Chicago Bears, went up near Gate 15 of Soldier Field in Burnham Park. That same year, Martin Luther King Park on West 76th Street in Auburn Gresham got <a href="http://www.cpdit01.com/resources/planning-and-development.fountains-monuments-and-sculptures/Dr.%20Martin%20Luther%20King%20Park/Dr.%20Martin%20Luther%20King%20Jr.%20Bust.pdf">a bust of the civil rights leader</a>.</p><p>And in 2006, the Park District installed a 9-foot-tall <a href="http://www.cpdit01.com/resources/planning-and-development.fountains-monuments-and-sculptures/Wicker%20Park/Charles%20Gustavus%20Wicker.pdf">bronze statue of Charles Gustavus Wicker</a>, an early Chicago settler and politician, in Wicker Park.</p><p>Chicago is not unique in its lack of statues honoring famous women. As the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/why-the-dearth-of-statues-honoring-women-in-statuary-hall-and-elsewhere/2011/04/11/AFx8lgjD_story.html"><em>Washington Pos</em>t</a> has pointed out, less than eight percent of the public outdoor sculptures of individuals in the United States are of women. Central Park in New York City &mdash; perhaps the most well-known green space in the nation &mdash; has 22 statues of men like Alexander Hamilton, William Shakespeare and Hans Christian Andersen, but none of women.</p><p>&ldquo;When you have a public forum &mdash; Central Park &mdash; where 40 million people visit every year, to have zero real women symbolically represented in a statue, this does not support the concept of equality,&rdquo; said Coline Jenkins, vice president of the <a href="http://www.centralparkwherearethewomen.org/">Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund</a>, a group pushing for statues of those two trailblazing women in New York&rsquo;s signature park.</p><p>By comparison, more than 50 million people visited Chicago in 2014, according to Choose Chicago, the city&rsquo;s not-for-profit tourism arm. And Jenkins said Chicago should highlight its great women in statue form for all to see.</p><p>&ldquo;You have one of the most famous American citizens, and that is Oprah Winfrey. You also have the first female who got the Nobel Prize, Jane Addams. Go for it,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>Jenkins is the great-great-granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the suffragist and women&rsquo;s rights advocate. Her organization has hashed out a preliminary plan with the New York City Parks Department to bring statues of her forbear and Susan B. Anthony to the 77th Street entrance of Central Park.</p><p>It won&rsquo;t be the only statue of a female historical figure in Manhattan. Riverside Park has a statue of Eleanor Roosevelt and another of Joan of Arc.</p><p>Back home, the Chicago Park District says it supports the installation of statues of women in parks, but it has yet to take any steps to make that a reality. Of course, that&rsquo;s not to say no women are honored here.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.cpdit01.com/resources/planning-and-development.fountains-monuments-and-sculptures/Midway%20Plaisance/Cheney-Goode%20Memorial.pdf">Cheney-Goode Memorial</a> was erected in 1932 in the center of the Midway Plaisance on Chicago&rsquo;s South Side. It&rsquo;s dedicated to Flora Sylvester Cheney and Katherine Hancock Goode, two female legislators from the turn of the century. Another example, in Chicago Women&rsquo;s Park and Gardens, honors social worker and activist Jane Addams.</p><p>&ldquo;The Jane Addams Memorial &lsquo;<a href="http://www.cpdit01.com/resources/planning-and-development.fountains-monuments-and-sculptures/Chicago%20Women%27s%20Park%20and%20Garden/Jane%20Addams%20Memorial.pdf">Helping Hands</a>&rsquo; sculpture, done by famous sculptor Louise Bourgeois in 1993, should not be overlooked or minimized just because it&rsquo;s not a figurative sculpture,&rdquo; said a Chicago Park District spokesperson.</p><p>University of Chicago student Asya Akca would like to see more statues and busts of women around the city, and she&rsquo;s pushing for a statue of Marion Talbot, dean of women at the school from 1895 to 1925, somewhere on campus. For the political science major, it&rsquo;s clear what&rsquo;s at stake.</p><p>&ldquo;There is an unmistakable correlation between the lack of female symbols of leadership in our society (i.e. statues, monuments, memorials) and the lack of female representation in leadership positions,&rdquo; she wrote in her piece &ldquo;<a href="http://chicagomaroon.com/2015/03/03/monumental-women/">Monumental Women</a>&rdquo; in the <em>Chicago Maroon</em>. &ldquo;In front of us is a tremendous opportunity to address this broader issue right here, right now.&rdquo;</p><p><em>You can here Morning Shift&rsquo;s interview with Asya Akca of the University of Chicago and Coline Jenkins and Myriam Miedzian of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund by clicking the audio player above.</em><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-21/chicago-parks-have-zero-statues-women-48-statues-men-112436 Spike Lee defends 'Chiraq' title for movie about Chicago http://www.wbez.org/sections/art/spike-lee-defends-chiraq-title-movie-about-chicago-112029 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/spike.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Filmmaker Spike Lee says people judging his new Chicago movie from afar &ldquo;don&rsquo;t know what the hell they&rsquo;re talking about.&rdquo;</p><p>Controversy has swirled around Lee&rsquo;s film &ldquo;Chiraq,&rdquo; a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA4YUC4GOhQ">slang term</a> for Chicago violence. Flanked by dozens of residents who&rsquo;ve lost loved ones to gun violence, Lee addressed those concerns on Thursday at St. Sabina Catholic Church in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood.</p><p>&ldquo;A lot of things have been said about this film by people who know nothing about the film. A lot of people have opinions about the so-called title of the film, again, know nothing about the film,&rdquo; Lee said. &ldquo;People act like they&rsquo;ve never seen none of my films, like I got pulled off the street. I&rsquo;ve been doing this since 1986. In fact, everything I&rsquo;ve done has led up to this film.&rdquo;</p><p>Lee didn&rsquo;t take questions or give details about the film, which reportedly is a <a href="http://www.screendaily.com/im-global-cannes-bound-with-chiraq/5087677.article#.VVCuC8l-vXM.twitter">musical </a>that riffs off of a Greek tragicomedy. While the city is often perceived as the national posterchild for violence, Lee said the story is bigger than Chicago because it&rsquo;s about violence in America.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/04/29/402971445/residents-of-troubled-chicago-neighborhood-wary-of-spike-lee-s-chiraq">Much of the criticism</a> is directed at the name &ldquo;Chiraq,&rdquo; which combines parts of the names Chicago and violence-torn Iraq. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has told the director that it was unfair to the people in the Englewood neighborhood where the film takes place.</p><p>But Lee said that it&#39;s an artist&#39;s job to hold a mirror up to what is happening in the world without fear in order to tell the truth.</p><p>&quot;This is not a joke. This is not a game,&quot; Lee said. &quot;This is real life and death and that&#39;s the way we&#39;re going to approach this.&quot;</p><p>He noted that 14 people were shot overnight in Chicago, and three of them were killed.</p><p>One of the parents standing alongside Lee was Sarah Turner, whose 42-year-old son, Michael, was shot four times in the back in 2013. No one was ever arrested in the killing.</p><p>She said the movie title &quot;Chiraq&quot; was appropriate.</p><p>&quot;Because it is what it is; it&#39;s a war zone,&quot; she said. &quot;You can&#39;t feel comfortable all over and even in your own homes. Every time you turn on the news somebody&#39;s being shot. Babies are being shot right in their own homes.&quot;</p><p>Father Michael Pfleger, the priest of St. Sabina, has been a staunch supporter of Lee and last weekend allowed auditions for movie extras at his parish.</p><p>Actor John Cusack, a Chicago native appearing in the upcoming movie, said art must be courageous.</p><p>&ldquo;There really is no controversy around this film except for a bit of manufactured political controversy. A few people say it&rsquo;s controversial and then the press repeats it. But controversial to whom?&rdquo; Cusack said. &ldquo;I am 100 percent sure that the great city of Chicago can survive a film of conscience just as it did <em>Transformers</em>. I love my city Chicago and would never do anything to hurt it.&rdquo;</p><p>Lee recalled receiving similar criticism in 1989 when he released <em>Do the Right Thing </em>about race in urban America.</p><p>&ldquo;There were people who said this film would cause riots all across America. And black people are going run amok. People wrote that this film would stop David Dinkins from being the first African-American mayor of New York. But those people ended up on the wrong side of history,&rdquo; Lee said.</p><p>He thinks the same thing will happen with his latest film set in Chicago.</p><p>&ldquo;They are going to look stupid and be on the wrong side of history. We&rsquo;re here for peace,&rdquo; Lee said.</p><p>Filming is expected to begin this month.</p><p><em>The Associated Press contributed to this report.</em></p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/nmoore-0" rel="author">Natalie Moore</a> is WBEZ&rsquo;s South Side Bureau reporter. <a href="mailto:nmoore@wbez.org">nmoore@wbez.org</a>.&nbsp;Follow Natalie on <a href="https://plus.google.com//104033432051539426343" rel="me">Google+</a>, &nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore">Twitter</a></em></p></p> Thu, 14 May 2015 13:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/art/spike-lee-defends-chiraq-title-movie-about-chicago-112029 Orson Welles Centennial Festival http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-05-08/orson-welles-centennial-festival-112006 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" centenary="" class="image-original_image" orson="" span="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Orson%20Wells%20Color%20Old%20620.jpg" title="Portrait of actor and movie director Orson Welles during a press conference in Paris, Feb. 22, 1982. M. Welles is in France to receive the “Legion of Honor”, highest French distinction. (AP Photo/Jacques Langevin)" welles="" /><p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204555716&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe>Orson Welles Centennial Celebration</strong></span></span></p><p><span>A Chicago-area celebration of the centenary of Orson Welles takes place throughout the month of May in Woodstock, Illinois, where Welles spent his formative years. The Orson Welles Centennial Festival begins tonight, Friday May 8</span>th, with a screening of a new documentary by Chuck Workman, Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles. Film contributor, Milos Stehlik, spoke with film critic and Welles scholar, Jonathan Rosenbaum, about Orson Welles and his legacy.</p><p><strong>Guest Host: </strong></p><p>Milos Stehlik is WBEZ film contributor and director of <a href="http://www.facets.org/">Facets MultiMedia</a></p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-c34349ba-3459-b500-26f7-c379bee73768"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c34349ba-3459-22a0-72de-434fc78282e5">Jonathan Rosenbaum</span> is a film critic, <a href="http://www.jonathanrosenbaum.net/">blogger</a> and scholar on Orson Welles. He&#39;s the author of the book <em>Discovering Orson Welles</em> and&nbsp; co-author of the edited volume <em>This is Orson Welles</em>.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>EVENT:</strong></p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-c34349ba-3468-22f9-b51d-fe6955b815f0">Jonathan Rosenbaum will appear the <a href="http://www.welleswoodstock.com">Orson Welles Centennial Festival</a></p><p dir="ltr">May 8 - May 23</p><p>Woodstock, IL at various locations</p><p dir="ltr"><strong><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 24px;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204556960&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe>65th Anniversary of the Schuman Declaration</span></span></strong></p><p>The greatest peacemaking institution of the last century is arguably the European Union. May 9th marks the 65<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the <a href="http://europa.eu/about-eu/basic-information/symbols/europe-day/schuman-declaration/index_en.htm">Schuman Declaration</a>. At the time, Robert Schuman was France&rsquo;s foreign minister. His declaration&rsquo;s aim was to make war between European states impossible as stated in the declaration&rsquo;s opening line, &ldquo;World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it.&rdquo; We&rsquo;ll celebrate the peacemaking power of the EU and discuss threats to its future.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-83b38682-345b-b0a1-894f-52219bd70430"><a href="https://sites.google.com/site/aaronfreemansite/Home?previewAsViewer=1">Aaron Freeman</a> is a WBEZ contributor, artist-in-residence at the Chicago Council on Science &amp; Technology&nbsp;and self-declared Schuman declaration enthusiast</p><p dir="ltr">John McCormick is the Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Politics at Indiana University and author of the book <em><a href="http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=581141">Why Europe Matters: The Case for the European Union</a></em></p><p><strong><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 24px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-fb16e14c-3457-1a94-0e03-9a178a014368"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204558557&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe>Weekend Passport:</span> Russian Music and Ballet, Middle East Poetry and Travel the globe frugally</span></span></strong></p><p><span>Each week global citizen Nari Safavi helps listeners plan their international weekend. This week he&rsquo;ll recommend a concert that blends Russian folk music with classical and electronic music, a poetry festival featuring Iraqi and other Middle Eastern poets and we&rsquo;ll find out how to travel the globe, on $50 a day.</span></p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p>Narimon Safavi, WBEZ contributor and co-founder of <a href="http://www.pasfarda.org/">Pasfarda Arts and Cultural Exchange</a></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-fb16e14c-3460-45e5-9d3a-b74da4fb4be2">Matt Kepnes is author of </span>the book <em>How to Travel the World on $50 a Day </em>and editor of the &#39;<a href="http://www.nomadicmatt.com/">Nomadic Matt</a>&#39;, travel blog</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 08 May 2015 11:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-05-08/orson-welles-centennial-festival-112006 Worldview: War in Ukraine Could Escalate http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-05-01/worldview-war-ukraine-could-escalate-111976 <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/ukraine%20cms_0.JPG" title="Ukrainian tank at frontline near Mariupol in Feb 2015 (Photo by Askold Krushelnycky)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/203476188&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:24px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Ukraine/Russia Hostilities Could Soon Escalate</span></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Journalist Askold Krushelnycky has covered Russia and Ukraine for decades - from accompanying mujahedin groups as they fought in the Soviet-Afghan war to watching Russian troops land in Crimea. Krushelnycky was recently embedded with Ukraine&rsquo;s 37th Mechanized Infantry Battalion fighting in the port city of Mariupol. He&rsquo;s in Chicago to talk about what he&rsquo;s witnessed in the current standoff between Ukraine and Russia. And Krushelnycky will tell us what he believes are the chances of more major military action in Ukraine in the coming months.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Guest:</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Askold Krushelnycky is an independent journalist, formerly correspondent for the Sunday Times and editor of the Kyiv Post</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><em>EVENT: </em></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><a href="http://uima-chicago.org/on-the-battlefields-of-ukraine-life-with-a-volunteer-battalion/">On the battlefields of Ukraine: life with a volunteer battalion Journalist - Askold Krushelnycky</a></em></div><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-a28baadf-10fc-3ac8-10ce-d062c95abb90">Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Saturday, May 2nd at 6pm, </span></em><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-a28baadf-10fc-3ac8-10ce-d062c95abb90">2320 W Chicago Ave.</span></em><em style="line-height: 1.2;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a28baadf-10fc-3ac8-10ce-d062c95abb90"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Cambria; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/203476977&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></span></span></em></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Milos Stehlik Talks with Ivo Felt about the Estonian film &#39;Tangerines&#39;</span></span></p><p><em>Tangerines(Mandariinid)</em> is set in 1992, just as the Soviet Union was breaking apart and tensions flared between Georgia and Abkhazian separatists. The film tells of two soldiers, from opposing sides. Film contributor Milos Stehlik and the film&#39;s producer, Ivo Felt, discuss the film.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p><em>Milos Stehlik, WBEZ film contributor and director of Facets Multimedia</em></p><p><em>Ivo Felt, producer of the film Tangerines (Mandariinid) </em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/203478829&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Weekend Passport: Poesia en Abril and Chicago Asian-American Author Readings</span></span></p><p>Each week global citizen Nari Safavi helps listeners plan their international weekend. On this literary edition of weekend passport we&rsquo;ll tell you about a Spanish language poetry festival and a celebration of Asian American writers.</p><p><strong><span>Guests:</span></strong></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-1b9f2abe-1126-987e-77c5-3e0a97853fbf">Noah Cruikshank (Crook-shank) is the Marketing Manager at Open Books and the Board President of the Chicago Writers Conference</span></em></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-1b9f2abe-1126-987e-77c5-3e0a97853fbf">Vu Tran (Voo Tran) is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts at the University of Chicago and author of the upcoming novel </span>Dragonfish.</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-1b9f2abe-1126-987e-77c5-3e0a97853fbf">Irizelma Robles Alvarez is a Puerto Rican poet, essayist and anthropologist. </span></em></p><p dir="ltr"><strong><em><span>EVENTS:</span></em></strong></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-1b9f2abe-1128-4c24-8c24-edb2b0f5092b">1) Vu Tran will participate in r</span>eadings with Chicago-based Asian American authors Nami Mun, and Alec Nevala-Lee.</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-1b9f2abe-1129-3412-0143-d9c60db76c05">Friday, May 1st, 6 pm, Open Books River North, 213 W. Institute Place, </span>Event co-organized by Open Books and the Chicago Writers Conference</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em>2) Irizelma Robles Alvarez will perform as part of the Poetry Foundation&rsquo;s Poesia en Abril event.</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em>Friday, May 1st at Comfort Station in Logan Square (there are also readings and events on Saturday)</em></p></p> Fri, 01 May 2015 14:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-05-01/worldview-war-ukraine-could-escalate-111976 For Chicago blues, sweet home is hard to find http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-blues-sweet-home-hard-find-111519 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Blues-1-Muddy-Waters-creative-commons-photo-by-Kevin-Dooley.jpg" style="height: 219px; width: 320px; float: left;" title="Muddy Waters, circa 1971. The late music legend will be honored at this year’s Chicago Blues Festival (Kevin Dooley/flickr)" /><em>Updated 11:13 a.m.</em></p><p><em><em>(Editor&#39;s Note: After our story was published the Chicago Blues Experience&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagobluesexperience.com/" target="_blank">launched this official website</a>.)</em></em></p><p>Back in the 1950s Buddy Guy was a young guitarist living in Louisiana. Like others he eventually traveled north to Chicago, where the blues scene was thriving.</p><p>&ldquo;Muddy Waters, Howlin&rsquo; Wolf, all those great guys,&rdquo; said Guy. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s why I came here. To get a day job and go watch them play at night.&rdquo;</p><p>Those musicians not only inspired him to play, but to open the famed Checkerboard Lounge in the 1970s followed by Legends in the late 80&rsquo;s to keep the music alive. Guy says he&rsquo;ll never forget those early days watching <em>his</em> legends.</p><p>&ldquo;The beer was 25 cents a bottle when I came here. And when Muddy played there wasn&rsquo;t no cover charge. The beer was 35 cents,&rdquo; remembered Guy. &ldquo;So the 10 cents was going for the band members. Muddy Waters was in the band. And those were the greatest days of my life.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Guy just received a Lifetime Achievement award at this year&#39;s Grammys. But he and other artists in town say their music should be just as celebrated locally. And they wonder: If Chicago is the home of the blues, then why doesn&rsquo;t it have a permanent home honoring it?</p><div>The blues made important stops in Memphis and St. Louis, but Chicago is where the blues really came alive in the middle of the last century. That&rsquo;s when musicians like Muddy Waters came here from Mississippi, electrified their down home Delta Blues and recorded it for labels like Chess Records.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>You can still see remnants of this history around town. Like at the old Chess Records on S. Michigan Avenue and Muddy Water&rsquo;s former house at 4339 S. Lake Park Avenue.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>&ldquo;This is the house of the blues before there was a house of the blues,&rdquo; said Barry Dollins, former director of the Chicago Blues Festival, standing in front of the boarded up building. &ldquo;This was the rehearsal house.&rdquo;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Blues-4-Barry-Dollins.jpg" style="float: left; height: 373px; width: 280px;" title="Former Chicago Blues Festival Director Barry Dollins stands in front of Muddy Waters’ former home (WBEZ/Yolanda Perdomo)" />Muddy Waters bought the home in the 1950s at the peak of his career and lived there for 20 years. It wasn&rsquo;t just a home for Waters and his family. It was a gathering place for other musicians, where countless jam sessions were held.</p><p>Today the red brick two flat is in bad shape.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s just depressing just to see that X up there,&rdquo; Dollins sighed, pointing to a big red X affixed to the front.</p><p>That X means the house is abandoned and unsafe. It&rsquo;s been on and off the market for years. Dollins says the home could&rsquo;ve served as a historic space, much like the Louis Armstrong home in New York. A place where people can see where and how the musician lived and what inspired them.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s sad that there was no forethought in what the significance of this building is,&rdquo; said Dollins. &ldquo;And how it could&rsquo;ve been preserved and utilized.&rdquo;</p><p>In some ways, the neglected house is symbolic of the overall failure to erect a permanent space to preserve Chicago&rsquo;s music heritage.</p><p>&ldquo;Why don&rsquo;t we have a blues museum? It comes down to money,&rdquo; Dollins said. &ldquo;It takes millions of dollars to create a museum.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p><p>Steve Cushing is the host of the national radio show &ldquo;Blues Before Sunrise.&rdquo; He said Chicago deserves to have a blues museum, but he&rsquo;s not sure how viable it would be.</p><p>&ldquo;How would you pay for it and where would you put it?&rdquo; asked Cushing. &ldquo;It would seem that you would want it in a place that was related to the actual location of the blues. But if you put it on the south side, would tourists, would white folks go down there?&rdquo;</p><p>If something does ever get off the ground, it won&rsquo;t be called the Chicago Blues Museum. That&rsquo;s because local guitarist Gregg Parker copyrighted that title.</p><p>&ldquo;They call me the black Indiana Jones. If I can&rsquo;t find it, it doesn&rsquo;t exist,&rdquo; said Parker.</p><p>Parker once played with Mick Jagger and Buddy Miles among others, but now mostly collects artifacts for traveling exhibitions.</p><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t need a building to do what I&rsquo;m doing. I own it,&rdquo; said Parker. &ldquo;The blues museum is a state of mind. It&rsquo;s not a building.&rdquo;</p><p>In fact, the address for Parker&rsquo;s museum&rsquo;s is a P.O. box number. He once had a storefront space but won&rsquo;t say why it closed. He gets a little defensive&nbsp;when asked when the public could see his whole collection.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m not going to tell you my itinerary,&rdquo; scoffed Parker. &ldquo;You might be a thief!&rdquo;</p><p>Parker shows how fragmented and disorganized efforts are to showcase the blues in Chicago. Many say the only way to get everyone on the same page &mdash; and all the artifacts under one roof &mdash; is for the city of Chicago to get involved. They point out that City Hall moved mountains for the proposed George Lucas Museum and the Obama Presidential Library.</p><p>So why hasn&rsquo;t it done more for the blues?</p><p>The Department of Cultural Affairs sent this statement: &quot;The City of Chicago celebrates its rich blues music heritage each year with the world renowned Chicago Blues Festival on the shores of Lake Michigan. More than 500,000 blues fans attend the festival each year, proving that Chicago is the &ldquo;Blues Capital of the World.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>But some tourists at last year&rsquo;s free festival&nbsp;said they wished there was more to see while they were in town.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been to Buddy Guy&rsquo;s place, but that&rsquo;s about it,&rdquo; said&nbsp;Karl Roque, who came all the way from the Philippines. When asked if he&rsquo;d like to see a museum dedicated to his favorite art form, Roque didn&rsquo;t hesitate. &ldquo;Yes. Why not? Maybe it&rsquo;s about time.&rdquo;</p><p>Buddy Guy agrees.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been begging for it for almost 30 years.&quot;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Blues-3-Buddy-Guy.jpg" style="height: 373px; width: 280px; float: left;" title="Buddy Guy’s 78th birthday party celebration at his South Loop club Legends (WBEZ/Yolanda Perdomo)" />According to Guy he may not have to wait too much longer. Guy has been working with a group that&#39;s been trying to build a blues museum for a few years now. &nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;They already got the building on Navy Pier,&quot; said Guy. &ldquo;A blues experience museum on Navy Pier.&rdquo;</p><p>No one at Navy Pier would comment. A statement from Tim Wright, co-founder of the so-called Chicago Blues Experience, said they&rsquo;re close to finalizing the details, but can&rsquo;t confirm when.&nbsp;</p><p>In the meantime, another blues museum is moving full steam ahead. Built with a mix of public and private funds, the $13 million, 23,000 square foot space will feature interactive exhibits and a theater for live music.</p><p>But you won&rsquo;t find it in Chicago.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.nationalbluesmuseum.org/" target="_blank">National Blues Museum</a> is set to open this summer in St. Louis.</p><p><em>Follow WBEZ reporter Yolanda Perdomo on Twitter </em><a href="https://twitter.com/yolandanews"><em>@yolandanews</em></a> <em>&amp;&nbsp;</em><em><a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/106564114685277342468/posts/p/pub">Google+</a></em></p></p> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 07:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-blues-sweet-home-hard-find-111519