WBEZ | Alison Cuddy http://www.wbez.org/tags/alison-cuddy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Secrets from the Tomb: The hunt for Chicago's mummies http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2014-03/secrets-tomb-hunt-chicagos-mummies-109934 <p><p>Who would have thought the ancient dead could actually break news? But that&rsquo;s exactly what happened when I embarked on my hunt for Chicago&rsquo;s mummies.</p><p>The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) invited me to tag along in February as they took their two mummies, Paankhenamun and Wenuhotep, to be scanned at the University of Chicago.</p><p>The video below will give you a good idea of what that trip involved, and why everyone - from radiologists to Egyptologists to ambulance drivers, were fascinated by the process.<a name="video"></a></p><p><strong><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gopKCYXkdOg" width="620"></iframe></strong></p><p>The results of the scans are already coming in, and though the mummies are not currently on display, if they do go back to the galleries some relabeling will be in order - listen to the radio story above to find out why.</p><p>It was news to me that the AIC even had mummies. Like The Field Museum and the Oriental Institute (OI) of the University of Chicago, the AIC got theirs toward the end of the 19th century, when people on science expeditions and tourist junkets alike became captivated with ancient Egypt.</p><p>Mummies continue to&mdash;bad pun alert&mdash;walk the line between cultural object and scientific specimen. What sometimes gets lost beneath the bandages and elaborately decorated coffins is the fact that mummies were humans too.</p><p>Until a few decades ago, if someone wanted to verify that fact, they would simply unwrap it - as in this somewhat ghoulish photograph of a researcher undoing the linen wrapping on one of the Oriental Institute&rsquo;s mummies.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Unwrap%20mummy.jpg" style="height: 422px; width: 620px;" title="Date/individual unknown. Bad mummy tech: An unidentified employee unwraps one of the Oriental Institute’s mummies in approximately 1910 (archival photo courtesy of The Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago) " /></p><p>I&rsquo;m struck by how casual it all seems, this act that we now view as a desecration. The two people conversing in the background, the fact that the researcher&rsquo;s not even wearing gloves!</p><p>But many mummies were unwrapped, some by institutions and others by upper crust tourists, who thought they&rsquo;d have a little fun with the souvenir they picked up on their tour of Europe.</p><p>The mummy in this photograph is still at the Oriental, though it hasn&rsquo;t been displayed since the 1960s or &lsquo;70s. Oriental Institute Egyptologist Emily Teeter took me back to see her and despite being prepared, I was still startled.</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/mummy%20unwrapped.PNG" style="height: 282px; width: 620px;" title="Unwrapped mummified remains. (WBEZ/Alison Cuddy)" /></div><p>But now we can see inside mummies, thanks to images generated by CT scans. Scanning is the cutting edge of mummy research and exhibition, and it&rsquo;s driving a new interest in the ancient dead, among the public and at institutions.</p><p>Here you see the incredibly detailed views these machines allow, from a recent scan of the Field&rsquo;s mummy known only as the Gilded Lady (a woman who died in her early 40s and was entombed in the early Ptolemaic period).</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/mummy_sidebyside.jpg" title="(images courtesy of the Field Museum)" /></div><p>Given Chicago&rsquo;s rather large mummy population, local hospital scanners are sure to be kept busy over the coming years.</p><p>The chart and map below gives you a sense of how many we have, and what the main collections include, from Peruvian mummy &ldquo;bundles&rdquo; at the Field, to mummy parts, including a monkey&rsquo;s paw and other bits of animals at the Oriental.</p><p>I haven&rsquo;t verified this, but Chicago might just be the mummy capital of America.</p><p><strong>What sort of mummies are in the Field Museum&#39;s collection?</strong></p><p><iframe height="360" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/wbez-assets/WBEZ-Graphics/mummy_graphs/field.html" width="620"></iframe></p><p><strong>What sort of mummies are in the Oriental Institute collection?</strong></p><p><iframe height="460" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/wbez-assets/WBEZ-Graphics/mummy_graphs/oriential.html" width="620"></iframe></p><p>Bob Martin, emeritus curator at the Field, said they are planning to re-do their permanent Egyptian collection, and include more digital elements (like a touch-screen table top display that allows you to virtually unwrap one of their mummies).</p><p>The Art Institute&rsquo;s mummies aren&rsquo;t currently on display, though curator Mary Greuel hopes any information gleaned from the University of Chicago scans will eventually be part of an exhibition..</p><p>I also found some stray mummies. There is one in the Social Studies department at Naperville Central High School.</p><p>And if you pay a visit to the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary library you can view the mummy of a young girl, known as Hawara Portrait Mummy #4.</p><p><strong>Map: Where are Chicago&#39;s mummies?<a name="map"></a></strong></p><p><strong><iframe frameborder="no" height="300" scrolling="no" src="https://www.google.com/fusiontables/embedviz?q=select+col1+from+1O8JcaqBRIzHJbqYxbjLyLBBTiZXqw7z4Pg9T6oV6&amp;viz=MAP&amp;h=false&amp;lat=41.88994363687098&amp;lng=-87.93986547851563&amp;t=1&amp;z=9&amp;l=col1&amp;y=2&amp;tmplt=2&amp;hml=ONE_COL_LAT_LNG" width="620"></iframe></strong><br /><br />Do you know of any local mummies we may have missed? Let us know - we&rsquo;d love to add them to our inventory!</p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2014-03/secrets-tomb-hunt-chicagos-mummies-109934 Beer tours big business for small brewer http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2014-03/beer-tours-big-business-small-brewer-109820 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/P1150205.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Among all the benefits of Illinois&rsquo; fast growing craft beer scene is the proliferation of brewery tours.</p><p>Tours have the potential to be big business for small brewers. They draw customers and build brand identification. For inspiration, Illinois-based brewers would do well to look north, to <a href="http://www.lakefrontbrewery.com/">Lakefront Brewery</a> in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.</p><p>Lakefront is Milwaukee&rsquo;s largest craft brewer. Its beers are available in Chicago, but many people make the trek to take its brewery tour, <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2012/10/02/10-best-beer-cities-in-the-world/1608885/">one of the most popular stops</a> on the American craft beer circuit.</p><p>On a recent Friday afternoon, I toured the facility with my colleagues and <em><a href="http://strangebrewspodcast.tumblr.com/">Strange Brews</a> </em>co-hosts Tim Akimoff, Andrew Gill and WBEZ producer Joe Deceault. We were among a group of about twenty, many of them repeat customers. One Chicago woman has taken the tour five times. When I asked why she kept coming back she had a simple answer - because you can drink.</p><p>Lakefront is proud of the fact that unlike those other tours, they start you off with a beer in hand. There&rsquo;s a stop for beer midway through the tour &ndash;and a cold one waiting at the end.</p><p>Russ and Jim Klisch started Lakefront in 1987, after experimenting with home brewing.The brothers&rsquo; beer roots are deep - their grandfather delivered beer for Schlitz. It was the big four - Schlitz, Pabst, Blatz and of course Miller - that once made Milwaukee the beer capital of the world. Now only MillerCoors is still brewing in Milwaukee. So small independents like Lakefront are starting to fill the gap.</p><p>Last year, Lakefront topped 40,000 barrels. It&#39;s the second largest craft brewery in Wisconsin. And tours have helped drive their business. Russ Klisch says the idea came early on.</p><p>&ldquo;I gave a real technical tour,&rdquo; remembered Klisch. &ldquo;I have a chemistry degree and I thought everybody who took the tour wanted to learn about how to make beer. My brother really didn&rsquo;t know anything about that. He just started telling jokes on the tour and gave away beer free. And everybody took his tour and nobody took mine.&rdquo;</p><p>Our guide was Evan Koepnick, Lakefront&rsquo;s tour supervisor, improv comedy performer and self-proclaimed class clown. He called himself our &ldquo;brewery dungeon master.&rdquo;</p><p>There is something dungeonesque to Lakefront. The brewery&rsquo;s housed in an old coal-fired power plant. A winding flight of stairs led us into a room crowded with big steel tanks, vats and barrels. There Evan gave us a speed history of beer.</p><p>He got people to yell out &lsquo;reinheitsgebot!&rsquo;, &nbsp;the term for the ancient German beer purity laws. He demonstrated the role of yeast in fermentation by aggressively cuddling one of the guys on the tour.</p><p>The big finish involved an old bottling line once featured in the television show Laverne and Shirley. There was karaoke, a reenactment of some of the show&rsquo;s opening credits and a group selfie.</p><p>There are a few other historic markers at Lakefront. The large tasting room has some stunning light fixtures from a long-gone beer garden, plus the chalet that the Milwaukee Brewers mascot Bernie used to slide out of when the team scored a home run.</p><p>That history drew Leanne and Dean Anderson from Antioch Illinois. They&rsquo;ve toured Miller and the Pabst mansions. They think Lakefront follows in that tradition.</p><p>&ldquo;I like Miller but it&rsquo;s too international now,&rdquo; said Leanne. &ldquo;I like the hometown craft breweries.&rdquo;</p><p>History and tour hijinks aside, these events are important to Lakefront&rsquo;s future. Evan Koepnick said they&rsquo;ve helped pay for new equipment and brewing experiments. Last year Lakefront &nbsp;extended the number and hours of the tours, including Sunday. And Koepnick said they&rsquo;re always busy, even during football season.</p><p>And that has Lakefront rising&mdash;<a href="http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22766-lakefront-brewery-on-the-rise-%7C-eat-drink-%7C-shepherd-express.html">to the top of craft beers in the Midwest.</a></p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/acuddy-0" rel="author">Alison Cuddy</a>&nbsp;is the Arts and Culture reporter at WBEZ. You can follow her on&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbezacuddy">Twitter</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/cuddyalison">Facebook</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://instagram.com/cuddyreport">Instagram</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2014-03/beer-tours-big-business-small-brewer-109820 Proposed craft brewery sparks debate in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2014-03/proposed-craft-brewery-sparks-debate-chicago-109563 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/forbidden root.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-532c06b7-bfd9-6e19-ee0d-f6e39bfdb4ef">Even in a city with a number of new craft beer ventures, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ForbiddenRoot">Forbidden Root </a>stands out. It will soon be what its owners say will be the nation&rsquo;s first &ldquo;botanical brewery&rdquo; &hellip; if it can overcome the opposition of some Chicago residents who do not want it in their West Town neighborhood.</p><p>Co-owners Robert Finkel and B. J. Pichman say they&rsquo;re reviving an early, if now unfamiliar, American beer tradition of brewing with botanicals -- &nbsp;from flowers to fruits and nuts.</p><p>Finkel says that was a necessity for early Americans, who didn&rsquo;t have a &ldquo;beautiful vat&rdquo; of grain and hops at hand.</p><p>&ldquo;They took whatever was in the ground and experimented,&rdquo; said Finkel. &ldquo;They came up with some really cool recipes, and botanic beer sort of ruled the day, until the CO2 cartridge was invented!&rdquo;</p><p>So far, Finkel and Pichman have come up with four beer recipes using ingredients ranging from key limes to black walnuts. Pichman says they&rsquo;ll brew a stout with &ldquo;chocolate mass, toasted pecans and a hint of magnolia flowers&rdquo; for a forthcoming series of beers made with &ldquo;single origin exotic chocolates.&rdquo;</p><p>The question is where Forbidden Root -- <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/08/19/a-voyage-to-oak-park-in-search-of-forbidden-root">which has thus far functioned as a gypsy operation</a> -- will open. Pichman says he and Finkel found a spot on Chicago Ave., on the stretch between Ashland and Damen, which once housed <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/chiski/5549991599/in/set-72157626375555432">a small movie theater</a>. Forbidden Root plans to construct both a brewery and a tasting room in the space, along the lines of <a href="http://halfacrebeer.com/">Half Acre Beer Company </a>on Chicago&rsquo;s north side.</p><p>Pichman lives in the neighborhood, and he says he likes the area&rsquo;s small business atmosphere.</p><p>But that&rsquo;s where Finkel and Pichman have come up against some obstacles. They need package and tavern liquor licenses to serve beer on premises and to sell it to go. And that stretch of Chicago Ave. currently has a liquor moratorium, which bans most new liquor licenses.</p><p>Alderman Proco &ldquo;Joe&rdquo; Moreno could lift the moratorium, and <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140121/logan-square/community-votes-lift-liquor-moratorium-on-california-western">has done so recently</a> in other areas of the ward. But in a previous debate around liquor sales in the area, he promised a local community group, the East Village Association (EVA), that he would not lift any liquor moratoriums before the end of his term in 2015.</p><p>The EVA <a href="http://news.eastvillagechicago.org/">plays an active role in zoning and other development issues in the neighborhood.</a> EVA President Neal McKnight said his group, about a year ago, surveyed some community members about liquor moratoriums. Though he could not tell me how many responses he got, McKnight said &ldquo;overwhelmingly, the result was people did not want them lifted.&rdquo;</p><p>McKnight chalked that up to a concern about &ldquo;divisive liquor issues,&rdquo; including &ldquo;vagrancy, substance abuse, increased automobile traffic, public urination.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m not saying that everybody who goes to a brewpub does that,&rdquo; said McKnight. &nbsp;&ldquo;But as you get those concentrations of nightlife, and people who are attracted that and are using alcohol, that becomes a problem.&rdquo;</p><p>Forbidden Root&rsquo;s Finkel says he understands those concerns and even supports liquor moratoriums for communities to block &ldquo;undesirable development.&ldquo; He just does not think it was meant to keep a high-end brewery such as his out of the neighborhood.</p><p>&ldquo;It doesn&rsquo;t attract that, it actually attracts a much more discerning clientele,&rdquo; said Finkel. &ldquo;It tends to be foodies, and people who like organic food and people who love beer. It&rsquo;s a different crowd.&rdquo;</p><p>McKnight stresses he is not opposed to Forbidden Root coming into the neighborhood. He is more concerned that granting the brewery a liquor license &ndash; or a zoning change that would allow it to operate as a commercial rather than a business enterprise &ndash; would open the door to less responsible developers.</p><p>In an interview, Alderman Moreno called that concern a &ldquo;red herring&rdquo; and says he has not seen any evidence of it, at least in his ward. Moreno did agree with McKnight&rsquo;s assertion that licensing and zoning are &ldquo;very blunt instruments&rdquo; that likely require some kind of reform.</p><p>&ldquo;I can&rsquo;t just lift that address, by law I have to lift the whole moratorium,&rdquo; said Moreno. &ldquo;And I didn&rsquo;t put any of these moratoriums down. They precede me, and I bet they precede the former alderman.&rdquo;</p><p>The reform of Chicago&rsquo;s liquor laws has become a bit of a hot topic lately, from licensing of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/21/239121625/byob-soon-may-not-be-so-a-ok-in-chicago">BYOB establishments</a> to <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local/chicago_news&amp;id=9397444">Sunday morning sales</a>. And Moreno says he is willing to lift the liquor ban to allow for a brewery, if he sees &ldquo;broad support&rdquo; from the community for Forbidden Root&rsquo;s proposal.</p><p>Forbidden Root&rsquo;s Finkel says the owners are &ldquo;happy to work with community groups and the alderman to do what we need to do&rdquo; to gain support for their enterprise. They will start down that road Thursday night, when they convene a community meeting at the site they hope will one day soon be their brewery.</p><p><em>The community meeting on Forbidden Root&rsquo;s proposed brewery takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday at 1746 W. Chicago Ave.</em></p><p><em><a class="underlined" href="http://www.wbez.org/users/acuddy-0" rel="author">Alison Cuddy</a> is the Arts and Culture reporter at WBEZ. You can follow her on <a href="https://twitter.com/wbezacuddy"> Twitter</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/cuddyalison"> Facebook</a> and <a href="http://instagram.com/cuddyreport"> Instagram</a>. </em></p></p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2014-03/proposed-craft-brewery-sparks-debate-chicago-109563 Sign of the times: Chicago's Drake Hotel gets a new look http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2014-03/sign-times-chicagos-drake-hotel-gets-new-look-109438 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/4601885551_0179fb699c_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Afternoon tea at the Palm Court in the Drake Hotel is a Chicago ritual, especially during the holidays.</p><p>This year, visitors may notice one sign of change. The hotel&rsquo;s historic sign, all bright pink neon and gothic script, has been renovated.</p><p>The sign is now LED instead of neon. Its font has changed slightly. But the biggest difference is its color. The new sign is light purple - almost a lavender shade.</p><p>Hank Hawerbier is the Director of Property Operations at the Drake. He says the old sign was tough to maintain. Ice, strong winds, even rain could cause a letter to short out. And every time that happened, Hawerbier says nearby residents would let them know.</p><p>Hawerbier said they tried their best to match the old sign.</p><p>&ldquo;We took months and months with three different LED sign companies and this was the closest we could get,&rdquo; said Hawerbier. &ldquo;It looks crisper, it looks brighter. But the color is off a few shades.&rdquo;</p><p>Despite appearances, Hawerbier says much of the old sign remains, including the frame and background of the letters. It&rsquo;s an enormous structure. Upper case letters are between 10 and 11 feet tall, while the lower case run around 8 feet.</p><p>Hawerbier said reaction to the new sign so far has been mostly positive.</p><p>&ldquo;A couple traditional people didn&rsquo;t like that we took the iconic sign and changed the format and technology,&rdquo; said Hawerbier. &ldquo;But mostly everyone says we did it for the right reasons.&rdquo;</p><p>Chicagoans don&rsquo;t much like change - many people still call Macy&rsquo;s, Marshall Field&rsquo;s, or refer to Sears Tower rather than the Willis Tower.</p><p>That&rsquo;s also been the case at The Drake. Though the hotel has undergone a lot of renovation over the past 13 years, Hawerbier says when it came time to makeover the hotel&rsquo;s famous Coq D&rsquo;Or lounge, some people weren&rsquo;t happy.</p><p>&ldquo;Literally I would walk through with the designers and regulars would go &lsquo;You&rsquo;re not changing anything, please don&rsquo;t change anything!&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p>Time does have a way of standing still at the Drake. The Coq D&rsquo;Or has the second liquor license ever issued in Chicago - the first went to the Berghoff. The hotel itself was founded in 1920. But no one at the hotel is sure of the iconic sign&#39;s age - Hawerbier guesses it went up in the late 40s or early 50s.</p><p>And even he has mixed emotions about the change.</p><p>&ldquo;Every third movie you see, the sign is in it,&rdquo; said Hawerbier. &ldquo;Maybe that&rsquo;s a little exaggeration. But I was a bit apprehensive.&rdquo;</p><p><em><a class="underlined" href="http://www.wbez.org/users/acuddy-0" rel="author">Alison Cuddy </a> is the Arts and Culture reporter at WBEZ. You can follow her on <a href="https://twitter.com/wbezacuddy"> Twitter </a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/cuddyalison"> Facebook </a> and <a href="http://instagram.com/cuddyreport"> Instagram</a>. </em></p></p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 07:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2014-03/sign-times-chicagos-drake-hotel-gets-new-look-109438 Chicago civil rights film gets National Film Registry recognition http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-12/chicago-civil-rights-film-gets-national-film-registry-recognition-109435 <p><p dir="ltr">The year 2013 is ending on a high note for Chicago film. Cicero March, a short film documenting a historic local civil rights march, was selected by the Library of Congress for its National Film Registry.</p><p dir="ltr">The library selects 25 films each year for the registry, and most tend to be significant theatrical productions. This year is no different, as the <a href="http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2013/13-216.html">big, popular films on the list</a> include Gilda, Pulp Fiction, The Magnificent Seven, and Judgement at Nuremberg.</p><p dir="ltr">But tucked among those titles was Cicero March -- a short independent documentary from the Chicago-based <a href="http://www.chicagofilmarchives.org/collections/index.php/Detail/Object/Show/object_id/689">Film Group</a> that details a significant moment in the region&rsquo;s history.</p><p dir="ltr">On Sept. 4, 1966, Robert Lucas of the <a href="http://www.congressofracialequality.org/">Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)</a> led protestors on a march through Cicero, located on the city&rsquo;s western border and then racially segregated.</p><p dir="ltr">The march was supposed to be led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King had been in Chicago since January, and along with other activists, had faced many mobs in white communities such as Marquette Park.</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/women%20watching.png" style="height: 258px; width: 350px; float: right;" title="Cicero residents photograph a historic anti-segregation march through the Chicago suburb in 1966 (photo courtesy Chicago Film Archive)" />But in August of that year, a <a href="http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/encyclopedia/enc_chicago_campaign/">&ldquo;summit&rdquo; </a>was held between King, then Mayor Richard J. Daley, the city&rsquo;s housing authority, and various real estate interests. Out of that emerged an agreement on open housing.</div><p dir="ltr">CORE was based in Chicago and well-seasoned by its efforts against segregation in Chicago public schools. And CORE activist Lucas <a href="http://digital.wustl.edu/e/eii/eiiweb/luc5427.0872.098marc_record_interviewee_process.html">considered the housing agreement a sham</a> and decided to go ahead with the march.</p><p dir="ltr">Once again, protestors were confronted by angry residents who lined the route, shouting, swearing, and threatening violence.</p><p dir="ltr">But as the Film Group documented, the marchers, flanked by police and armed National Guardsmen, were not afraid to respond.</p><p dir="ltr">As helicopters hovered overhead, residents hurled taunts such as, &ldquo;You should have washed before coming here,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Hey, the Brookfield Zoo is that way!&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">In response one of the marchers yells, &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t stop, just keep it coming, just keep coming, don&rsquo;t stop. You fat punk, I think I see what you&rsquo;re made of. You fat punk -- and your momma, too!&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Cicero March is in the collection of the <a href="http://www.chicagofilmarchives.org/">Chicago Film Archive</a> (CFA). [Disclosure: The writer is on the advisory board of the CFA.]</p><p dir="ltr">The original print was a well-worn circulating copy from the Chicago Public Library&rsquo;s collection of 16mm films. After contacting Mike Grey and William Cottle of the Film Group, the CFA raised money to restore one of its prints of the film.</p><p dir="ltr">Anne Wells, the CFA&rsquo;s collections manager, says this was the third year in which the organization submitted Cicero March to the Library of Congress for consideration.</p><p dir="ltr">She finds it incredible that the footage even exists.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;They were the only news cameramen there,&rdquo; said Wells. &ldquo;So to the best of our knowledge, this is the only moving image footage of this civil rights march.&quot;</p><p dir="ltr">Wells thinks inclusion in the National Film Registry is a well-deserved nod to non-commercial Midwestern filmmaking, and recognition that this moment in history happened.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s ugly,&rdquo; said Wells. &ldquo;But you don&rsquo;t want to hide that past. It&rsquo;s a very emotional film, that this happened here.&rdquo;</p><p>All of the films selected for the National Film Registry have been deemed &ldquo;culturally, aesthetically or historically&rdquo; significant.</p><p><em><a class="underlined" href="http://www.wbez.org/users/acuddy-0" rel="author">Alison Cuddy </a> is the Arts and Culture reporter at WBEZ. You can follow her on <a href="https://twitter.com/wbezacuddy"> Twitter </a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/cuddyalison"> Facebook </a> and <a href="http://instagram.com/cuddyreport"> Instagram</a>. </em></p></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 09:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-12/chicago-civil-rights-film-gets-national-film-registry-recognition-109435 City Self exhibition attempts a portrait of Chicago http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/city-self-exhibition-attempts-portrait-chicago-109394 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/mca photo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicagoans do not always welcome critiques of their city by outsiders.</p><p>Take Rachel Shteir. In <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/books/review/the-third-coast-by-thomas-dyja-and-more.html?pagewanted=1&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">a now infamous essay for the <em>New York Times</em></a> last April, the DePaul University professor and New York native confessed she was &ldquo;bugged by Chicago&rsquo;s swagger,&rdquo; given its laundry list of economic and social problems. She even called out some local writers for perpetuating the &ldquo;bloviating.&rdquo;</p><p>The response, at least here, was swift, severe, and resoundingly negative. Shteir had more than touched a nerve. She started a fight.</p><p>So when Dieter Roelstraete decided to curate an exhibition about Chicago&mdash;currently running at the Museum of Contemporary Art&mdash;and include work by artists from outside the city, he was well aware he too might &ldquo;rile&rdquo; people.</p><p>&ldquo;This is a city that likes to talk about itself, and doesn&rsquo;t like other people talking about it, which is true of many cities,&rdquo; said Roelstraete, whose installation is called <a href="http://www.mcachicago.org/exhibitions/now/2013/318" target="_blank">City Self</a>. &ldquo;So this show for me is a little bit of an experiment. Because I myself go out on a limb.&rdquo;</p><p>Consisting largely of photography, Roelstraete says City Self functions as kind of a &ldquo;dialectic&rdquo; about Chicago: between the views of insiders and outsiders, from both bird&rsquo;s eye and &ldquo;from within the bowels&rdquo; points of view.</p><p>Works by local artists such as cartoonist Chris Ware and photographer Jonas Dovydenas present up-close, mainly warm, and people-centric views of Chicago&rsquo;s neighborhoods and ethnic communities. Alongside those are works that cast what Roelstraete calls a &ldquo;forensic&rdquo; eye on the city.</p><p>Ruth Thorne-Thomsen and Tom Van Eynde capture small, enigmatic scenes that convey a sense of desolation and at times disaster. Catherine Opie and Andreas Gursky&rsquo;s epic photographs of Chicago&rsquo;s economic and architectural infrastructure render the city as a dazzling, if impersonal, space. The show&rsquo;s centerpiece unfolds on a floor-to-ceiling screen housed in a long, dark, rectangular gallery. Chicago, a 2011 film by Sarah Morris, is a spectacular, almost glistening panorama of the city.</p><p>Chicago takes a very familiar and even boosterish point of view. There are long, repeating shots of well-worn tourists spots such as the John Hancock Building and Manny&rsquo;s Deli. Regular Chicagoans hang out at the beach, eat lunch, and motor down Lake Shore Drive. Former Mayor Richard M. Daley holds a press conference.</p><p>But all of it has an uncanny air. Morris&rsquo; camera wanders through spaces that are now shuttered, such as the former Ebony Jet Magazine offices. She films industry that has largely vanished (meat packing, much of local newspaper publishing). All ambient sound is stripped away. Instead, everything plays out over a minimalist (and eventually annoying) electronic beat. If the film comes across as an advertisement, it is for something nobody seems interested in buying anymore.</p><p>Roelstraete said Morris&rsquo; film inspired the show&rsquo;s theme.</p><p>&ldquo;Her obsession with surface is duplicated in quite a few of the works by outsiders who really don&rsquo;t care so much about getting to know the city,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re kind of more interested in this slightly alienated spectacle of the modern metropolis.&rdquo;</p><p>Morris is an outsider. She is British and lives in New York. But in a post-screening discussion, she revealed that her ability to make this film relied on her connection to the most insider of insiders: Penny Pritzker, the Chicago billionaire-businesswoman currently serving as U.S. secretary of Commerce.</p><p>That complicates the insider-outsider dynamic that Roelstraete is attempting to explore. And though Roelstraete too is an outsider -- he moved here from Berlin less than a year ago -- he seems less interested in Chicago as a specific locale, seeing it as the &ldquo;quintessential American city.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;Just the intensity of gun violence, or the byzantine complexities of bipartisan politics in this country,&rdquo; said Roelstraete. &ldquo;So if there is a dark undertone, I guess it is the dark undertone of American society as a whole.&rdquo;</p><p>City Self is at the Museum of Contemporary Art through April.</p><p><em><a href=" http://www.wbez.org/users/acuddy-0" rel="author"> Alison Cuddy</a> is an arts and culture reporter at WBEZ. You can follow her on <a href=" https://twitter.com/wbezacuddy"> Twitter </a>, <a href=" https://www.facebook.com/cuddyalison"> Facebook</a>&nbsp;and <a href=" http://instagram.com/cuddyreport"> Instagram</a>.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/city-self-exhibition-attempts-portrait-chicago-109394 Chicago Symphony Orchestra president to lead Kennedy Center http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-symphony-orchestra-president-lead-kennedy-center-109347 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Deborah F. Rutter credit Todd Rosenberg (4).JPG" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">Deborah Rutter&rsquo;s legacy as President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is best exemplified by her connection to one man: Riccardo Muti.</p><p dir="ltr">When Daniel Barenboim stepped down after 15 years as the CSO&rsquo;s musical director, Rutter helped lead the search for his replacement, eventually snagging the legendary conductor.</p><p dir="ltr">That musical coup gave the CSO new glamour and energy. &nbsp;And it is one of reasons Rutter this week was <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/deborah-f-rutter-to-become-kennedy-centers-third-president/2013/12/10/4a4cc492-60fe-11e3-8beb-3f9a9942850f_story.html">tapped as President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.</a></p><p dir="ltr">David Rubenstein, who is chairman of the Kennedy Center, said Rutter was chosen for her experiences leading large performing arts organizations. Rutter was at the Seattle Symphony Orchestra before joining the CSO in 2003. Rubenstein also cited her track record as a fundraiser, and ability to work collaboratively with other arts organizations.</p><p dir="ltr">But Rubenstein said that, in particular, Rutter&rsquo;s efforts to reach new audiences were critical.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We want to make sure that performing arts are available to younger people,&rdquo; said Rubenstein, &ldquo;In addition to people of diversity, and of all income levels.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">In her ten-year tenure, Rutter focused on new educational and civic initiatives.</p><p dir="ltr">She launched the <a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-institute-for-learning-access-and-training-at-the-chicago-symphony-orchestra-2669557000">Institute for Learning Access and Training.</a></p><p dir="ltr">And she raised the orchestra&rsquo;s civic profile by bringing on famed cellist Yo Yo Ma to lead the the CSO&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="http://citizenmusician.org/">Citizen Musician</a>&rdquo; program.</p><p dir="ltr">Yo Yo Ma said though he feels &ldquo;slightly bereft&rdquo; at Rutter&rsquo;s departure, he also stressed the team mentality at the CSO.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s such a deep bench that the work remains,&rdquo; said Ma. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m excited to continue my stuff as long as they&rsquo;ll have me do it here.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Rutter also faced challenges. CSO musicians went on strike last fall, for the first time in over two decades. And though ticket sales and fundraising are up, <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-10-24/entertainment/chi-cso-fiscal-report-20131023_1_investment-returns-symphony-center-deficit">the orchestra is still running a small deficit.</a></p><p dir="ltr">Rutter said she hopes the orchestra&rsquo;s &ldquo;shared identity&rdquo; around community outreach, whether at home or on tour, is her legacy.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;As we&rsquo;re planning international tours, we bring along this concept of service, and of sharing music with people who can&rsquo;t come to the concerts,&rdquo; said Rutter. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m really proud of the fact that we understand that, and those are the values we live by.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Rutter will continue at the CSO until June of 2014 and join the Kennedy Center in the fall.</p><p><em><a href=" http://www.wbez.org/users/acuddy-0" rel="author"> Alison Cuddy </a> is an arts and culture reporter at WBEZ. You can follow her on <a href=" https://twitter.com/wbezacuddy"> Twitter </a>, <a href=" https://www.facebook.com/cuddyalison"> Facebook</a>&nbsp;and <a href=" http://instagram.com/cuddyreport"> Instagram</a>.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-symphony-orchestra-president-lead-kennedy-center-109347 The decline of the gossip columnist http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-11/decline-gossip-columnist-109146 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Untitled 2.png" alt="" /><p><p>My first foray into journalism was writing &ldquo;Nasty Knocks and Dirty Cracks,&rdquo; a gossip column for my high school newspaper (where I was also managing editor).&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">I loved the column because it was an excuse to write about any and all topics &mdash; sports, politics, economics, pop culture &mdash; and let me circulate through the jock, stoner, drama nerd and queen bee cliques without having to join any of them. The column was popular, and sometimes scandalous. A &ldquo;blind item&rdquo; came a little too close for comfort, resulting in a teachable moment between the paper&rsquo;s staff and school authorities around libel law and defamation.</p><p dir="ltr">But as much as I might have fancied myself a very small fry version of Hedda Hopper or Michael Musto, by the time I graduated high school the era of the big time gossip columnist was on its way out.</p><p dir="ltr">I was reminded of that by remembrances this week of Chicago&rsquo;s legendary <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/11/us/irv-kupcinet-91-dies-chronicled-chicago-for-60-years.html">Irv &ldquo;Kup&rdquo; Kupcinet</a>. Kup died 10 years ago, but his career declined well before then.</p><p dir="ltr">When Kup did reign, he reigned big. It is hard to imagine today that a man who regularly dined out on rumor (usually in his own personal booth at the Ambassador Hotel&rsquo;s Pump Room) could wield so much social power and influence, at least in this town. But he worked for it, starting in the early 1940s.</p><p dir="ltr">His sources included movie stars, mobsters and major politicians. His &ldquo;Kup&rsquo;s Column&rdquo; ran in the Chicago Sun Times six times a week, he did color commentary with Jack Brickhouse on WGN &nbsp;for the Chicago Bears, and he conversed with a who&rsquo;s who line-up of guests (Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali) on his long-running late night talk show.</p><p dir="ltr">As <a href="http://www.robertfeder.com/2013/11/10/on-chicagos-airwaves-our-kup-runneth-over/#more-1113">Robert Feder recalled</a>, Kup knew how &ldquo;to leverage print and broadcast platforms before anyone had ever heard of &lsquo;synergy&rsquo; or anyone had ever called himself a &lsquo;brand.&rsquo;&rdquo; Carol Felsenthal (why do I feel like I should be bold-facing these names?), <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/June-2004/The-Lost-World-of-Kup/index.php?cparticle=1&amp;siarticle=0#artanc">in a definitive profile of Kupcinet written a year after his death</a>, writes that brand had a price tag: Kup traded column mentions for favors and gifts, a practice that came to trouble his editors (though others praised his journalistic skills).</p><p dir="ltr">If the nature of the exchange has changed, the job that Kup did hasn&rsquo;t entirely disappeared.</p><p dir="ltr">Gossip is still king, to judge by sites like Gawker, The Superficial, <a href="http://mashable.com/2008/06/12/celebrity-gossip/">and all the rest</a>. But gatekeeper gossips with Kup&rsquo;s celebrity clout are oddly scarce. There are a few. Locally, Michael Sneed (who distanced herself from Kup&rsquo;s &ldquo;pimp journalism&rdquo;), is still the go-to outlet for <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/sneed/22402491-452/obama-could-pardon-ald-sandi-jackson-before-leaving-office.html">some scandal-plagued figures.</a> <a href="http://michiganavemag.com/personalities/articles/ann-gerber">Ann Gerber</a>&rsquo;s society beat has been going strong for more than six decades. Felsenthal and Feder use the framework of gossip to go deep on our political and media scenes. And national figures like Matt Drudge or sites like Gawker still break significant stories, including the ever-evolving spectacle around <a href="http://gawker.com/tag/rob-ford">Toronto mayor Rob Ford.</a></p><p dir="ltr">For better and for worse these days, the gossip beat is less about breaking stories and more about snarking them up, a la the fabulous Michael K of <a href="http://www.gossiprocks.com/forum/miscellaneous/108759-interview-michael-k-dlisted.html">Dlisted</a>. And even that terrain feels provisional. Celebrities don&rsquo;t need to lunch with Kup or anyone else these days. They can craft &mdash; and poke fun at &mdash; their own images, thanks to social media and reality TV vehicles.</p><p dir="ltr">And the rest of us are following suit. We like to say that &ldquo;everybody&rsquo;s a celebrity,&rdquo; and that claim has certainly achieved full expression via shows like Duck Dynasty, or even better, a site like &quot;Is Anybody Up?,&quot; where anyone can act out the fantasy of having as little to say and as much to show as celebs like Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus.</p><p dir="ltr">&nbsp;When secrets and access have become everyone&rsquo;s stock in trade, who needs a gossip middleman like Kup?</p><p dir="ltr"><em><a href=" http://www.wbez.org/users/acuddy-0" rel="author">Alison Cuddy </a> is the Arts and Culture reporter at WBEZ. You can follow her on <a href=" https://twitter.com/wbezacuddy"> Twitter </a>, <a href=" https://www.facebook.com/cuddyalison"> Facebook </a> and <a href=" http://instagram.com/cuddyreport"> Instagram</a>.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-11/decline-gossip-columnist-109146 Malcolm X heirs sue Chicago’s Third World Press http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-11/malcolm-x-heirs-sue-chicago%E2%80%99s-third-world-press-109132 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP070221174520.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">When we think about Malcolm X and his legacy, the definitive source material is still his own works, especially <a href="http://www.studio360.org/story/95194-american-icons-the-autobiography-of-malcolm-x/">The Autobiography of Malcolm X</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">Published after his assassination in 1965, and co-authored with Alex Haley, the autobiography is a conversion narrative that tracks his embrace of black nationalism and Islam, first in America and then abroad.</p><p dir="ltr">This month though, Chicago&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.thirdworldpressbooks.com/wp1/">Third World Press</a> promised to release a book just as compelling. A book according to vice president <a href="http://chicagoweekly.net/2008/05/08/third-world-press-bennett-johnson-publishes-the-books-they-dont-want-you-to-read/">Bennett Johnson</a> that reveals &ldquo;the real Malcom X.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">The Diary of Malcolm X documents the activist and religious leader&rsquo;s life after he broke with the Nation of Islam up until his assassination a year later.</p><p dir="ltr">Third World planned to release it this week. But last Friday <a href="http://nypost.com/2013/11/08/malcolm-x-kin-sue-to-stop-diary-publication/">a Manhattan attorney filed a lawsuit </a>to block publication.</p><p dir="ltr">The suit was filed on behalf of some of Malcolm X&rsquo;s children, who say the book is unauthorized.</p><p dir="ltr">Johnson claims Third World Press signed a contract earlier this year. They acquired the diary from Malcolm&rsquo;s daughter Ilyhasah Al-Shabazz, who is also the book&rsquo;s editor, along with Herb Boyd (who edited a previously anthology on Malcolm X for Third World).</p><p dir="ltr">Johnson says he&rsquo;s not sure why the family members are blocking publication. He first got wind of the action a couple of weeks ago.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been asking all along, &lsquo;what do you want so we can work something out?&rsquo;&rdquo; says Johnson. &ldquo;And all we get from them is &lsquo;we want you to stop,&rsquo; which you know obviously is a non-starter. That&rsquo;s not how you do business.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">According to an article in the New York Post, an entity formed by the heirs of the slain activist has &ldquo;exclusive rights to publish, reproduce and distribute the diaries worldwide.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Johnson counters that their arrangement divides royalties from the book among the six daughters.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I knew Malcolm X. I didn&rsquo;t know him that well and I think he&rsquo;d be very disturbed by this confusion over his diary.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Johnson says a hearing on the suit should take place today. Calls to the Manhattan attorney who filed the suit went unanswered.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Alison Cuddy is an arts and culture reporter for WBEZ and host of TV podcast Changing Channels. Follow her on Twitter </em>@wbezacuddy.</p></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 10:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-11/malcolm-x-heirs-sue-chicago%E2%80%99s-third-world-press-109132 Clergy who support same-sex marriage in Illinois might not perform ceremonies http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-11/clergy-who-support-same-sex-marriage-illinois-might-not-perform <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS7323_DOMARallySmall%20%2818%20of%2024%29-scr.jpg" style="float: left; height: 267px; width: 400px;" title="Illinois clergy rally for marriage equality (WBEZ/Shawn Allee)" />Clergy of different faiths support same-sex marriage in Illinois.</p><p>In fact, over 300 <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/acrobat/2012-12/158835580-23185637.pdf">signed a letter</a> asking members of the Illinois House to support The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.</p><p>And the House did, this week, by a vote of 61-54.</p><p>Of course, supporting the Act doesn&rsquo;t mean clergy have to conduct same-sex wedding ceremonies.</p><p>The bill passed this week does not require any <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/otherviews/23072883-452/gay-marriage-bill-preserves-religious-freedom.html">religious organization or leader to</a> &ldquo;accommodate&rdquo; same sex marriages.</p><p>But state law doesn&rsquo;t mean much when it comes to church law.</p><p><a href="http://www.episcopalarchives.org/Afro-Anglican_history/exhibit/leadership/tolliver.php">Reverend Doctor Richard L. Tolliver</a> is Rector at St. Edmund&rsquo;s Episcopal Church in Washington Park.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re given authority from a secular point of view,&rdquo; said Reverend Tolliver. &ldquo;But from a religious dimension we are not.&rdquo;<br /><br />Instead Reverend Tolliver and his Episcopal peers are permitted, as of 2012,&nbsp; to &ldquo;witness a same-sex marriage and perform a rite of blessing.&rdquo;</p><p>The Reverend says that includes everything but the &ldquo;contractual parts,&rdquo; the &ldquo;do you takes&rdquo; and the &ldquo; I now pronounce you&hellip;.&rdquo;</p><p>For many, that&rsquo;s kind of the meat on the bone of a marriage ceremony. But Illinois Episcopalians will continue to follow their Book of Common Prayer, which still defines marriage as a rite between a man and a woman. Revered Tolliver says that situation is unlikely to change until 2015, when members hold their next general convention.</p><p>While the Episcopal Church has taken a one-size-fits-all approach, Larry Greenfield, the Executive Minister of the <a href="http://www.abcmc.org/contents/regionalStaff/regionalStaff.html">American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago</a>, says his organization leaves it up to individual churches.</p><p>&ldquo;I can advise, counsel, urge, even come close to twisting their arms,&rdquo; said Greenfield. &ldquo;But in the end, it&rsquo;s that local congregation&rsquo;s decision.&rdquo;</p><p>There are 64 churches in the ABCMC and Greenfield says they run the gamut, from &ldquo;highly supportive to fervently against, and then everything in the middle.&rdquo;</p><p>To Greenfield, that mix reflects both the mission of his church and democratic principles.</p><p>&ldquo;The imposition of state or religion on the freedom of a congregation to make that decision would be a violation of our position about the nature of Christian faith,&rdquo; said Greenfield.</p><p>If he were asked to perform a same-sex marriage, Greenfield says he would, &ldquo;absolutely.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;I am member of a faith community that believes love is the supreme reality and responsibility of all human beings,&rdquo; says Greenfield. &ldquo;I&rsquo;d welcome the opportunity to bless that union.&rdquo;</p><p>The decision is a little more complex for <a href="http://www.wpmbc.org/senior-pastor/">Reverend Dr. L. Bernard Jakes</a>, senior pastor of West Point Baptist Church in Chicago&rsquo;s Bronzeville neighborhood.</p><p>He came out in support of gay marriage in 2011, a decision he says wasn&rsquo;t at all difficult.&nbsp; But he won&rsquo;t perform a same-sex ceremony in his church sanctuary anytime soon.</p><p>&ldquo;The church would have to come together as a body and say how they feel about it, how comfortable they are,&rdquo; said Reverend Jakes. &ldquo;Because it&rsquo;s not a dictatorship. I really do engage them in the process.&rdquo;</p><p>The Reverend says he hopes they come to terms through conversation. Right now though, he&rsquo;s more focused on keeping his flock together.</p><p>&ldquo;Character assassination is going to happen,&rdquo; said Reverend Jakes. &ldquo;We are to continue to pray for one another, because we will be bastardized and demonized based upon what we believe.&rdquo;</p><p><em><a href=" http://www.wbez.org/users/acuddy-0" rel="author"> Alison Cuddy </a> is the Arts and Culture reporter at WBEZ. You can follow her on <a href=" https://twitter.com/wbezacuddy"> Twitter </a>, <a href=" https://www.facebook.com/cuddyalison"> Facebook </a> and <a href=" http://instagram.com/cuddyreport"> Instagram </a></em></p></p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 14:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-11/clergy-who-support-same-sex-marriage-illinois-might-not-perform