WBEZ | Theater http://www.wbez.org/sections/theater Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en One-Woman Show Tackles Body Image http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-04/one-woman-show-tackles-body-image-114708 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/body-courage-bodycourage.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>What started as her Master&rsquo;s dissertation Danielle Pinnock has turned into a full on one-woman show. Pinnock used her conversations with more than 300 people, asking them to define beauty, to create her play <em>Body/Courage</em>.</p><p>We talk to Pinnock about how those conversations manifest on stage, and what they reveal about the many different types of relationships with our bodies and self-image.</p><p><em>Body/Courage</em> is on stage at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble through February 28.</p></p> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-04/one-woman-show-tackles-body-image-114708 One-Man Play Has Louis Armstrong Looking Back at His Life http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-01-19/one-man-play-has-louis-armstrong-looking-back-his-life-114507 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Satchmo Play-Joe Mazza.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Louis Armstrong didn&rsquo;t invent jazz. But he did things with his trumpet and with the genre that nobody had ever done before. His life and career spanned decades that saw changes to the music and to America. And even as he remained the face of both (jazz and America) for millions around the world, he struggled with those changes as a man and as an artist. The play Satchmo at the Waldorf takes us into &ldquo;Pops&rsquo;&rdquo;dressing room as he looks back on his life.</p><p>We talk to the playwright and Armstrong biographer Terry Teachout and actor Barry Shabaka Henley, who stars in the new Court Theater production.</p></p> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-01-19/one-man-play-has-louis-armstrong-looking-back-his-life-114507 Charlotte Moorman Comes to Block Museum http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-01-19/charlotte-moorman-comes-block-museum-114506 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Hartmut Beifuss closeup.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Charlotte Moorman was a classically trained cellist and advocate for the avant-garde movement, but it was her provocative performances that garnered the most attention.</p><p>Moorman earned the moniker &ldquo;the topless cellist&rdquo; after baring her chest behind the strings of her instrument while on stage. After one particular performance in 1967, she landed in jail on charges of indecent exposure. And while that event put the artist&rsquo;s name out there, it also dismissed much of her other work.</p><p>&ldquo;It sort of eclipses all the other things that she&rsquo;s done in terms of bringing avant-garde art and music to a very broad public,&rdquo; says Corinne Granof, a curator at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. Northwestern University Libraries owns the Charlotte Moorman collection, and worked in partnership with The Block&nbsp;for the new exhibition &ldquo;A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s-1980s.&rdquo;<br /><br />Granof and her fellow curators say the goal of opening the archive is to bring a deeper understanding of the artist, so she&rsquo;s known for more than that one infamous performance. Moorman was able, however, to use the arrest to her advantage. Granof says it gave the artist opportunities to spread the word about the avant-garde movement outside the art world. She made appearances on popular talk shows like &ldquo;The Mike Douglas Show&rdquo;, &ldquo;The Merv Griffin Show&rdquo; and &ldquo;The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.&rdquo;<br /><br />But the arrest followed her. Curator Granof explains that when Moorman went for a permit to host a festival at New York City&rsquo;s 69th Regiment Armory, she had to promise &ldquo;there would be no nudity, no politics and no drugs.&rdquo; She agreed to those terms so New Yorkers could see and hear the work of her fellow artists and friends. The annual festivals were no small affair. Moorman organized the fests from 1963-1980 and managed to get permits to host them in places like Shea Stadium, the World Trade Center, even the Staten Island Ferry. Granof says the goal was to create &ldquo;a real intersection between avant-garde and the public.&rdquo; Posters from those festivals are featured in the exhibition, along with the artist&rsquo;s performances on her cello, and ephemera that offers a glimpse into her life as a poor, working artist.<br /><br />&ldquo;A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s-1980s&rdquo; runs through July 17.<br /><br /><em><strong>Correction: January 21, 2016</strong><br />This story previously misstated the owner of Charlotte Moorman&rsquo;s archive.&nbsp;Northwestern University Libraries owns the collection, and worked in partnership&nbsp;with the Block Museum to present the exhibition.</em></p></p> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-01-19/charlotte-moorman-comes-block-museum-114506 Iran accuses Saudis of attacking its Yemen embassy http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-01-08/iran-accuses-saudis-attacking-its-yemen-embassy-114420 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/010816%20IRAN-SAUDIS%20CMS_0.jpg" title="Iranian worshippers attend rally to protest execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent opposition Saudi Shiite cleric, after Friday prayers in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 8, 2016. Thousands of worshippers carried pictures of al-Nimr chanting ‘death to Al Saud’ referencing the kingdom's royal family. The poster reads: ’We all sacrifice for you Islam’. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)" /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/241011972&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;">Iran accuses Saudis of targeting its Yemen embassy in airstrike</span></strong></p><p>The diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and Iran took another downward turn when Iran accused Saudi Arabia of deliberately targeting its Yemen embassy in an airstrike. Recent hostilities began between the countries after Saudi Arabia executed noted Shi&rsquo;a cleric, Nimr al-Nimr. In response, Iranian protesters charged and damaged the Saudi embassy in Tehran. We&rsquo;ll get more on the brewing situation with Juan Cole, professor of history at the University of Michigan. His blog is Informed Comment and he&rsquo;s author most recently of the book, The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East.</p><p><strong>GUESTS:</strong> <a href="http://www.juancole.com/">Juan Cole</a> is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate professor of history at the University of Michigan and author of the book, <em>The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East</em></p><p><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/241012414&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><strong>Weekend Passport: Peruvian opera, &ldquo;Bel Canto&rdquo;</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 opera inspired by the Peruvian hostage crisis of 1996. Bel Canto is currently running at Lyric Opera in Chicago.</p><p><strong>GUESTS:</strong></p><p>Nari Safavi is co-founder of <a href="http://www.pasfarda.org/">Pasfarda Arts and Cultural Exchange</a></p><p><a href="http://www.jimmylopez.com/">Jimmy Lopez</a> is the composer of the opera, &#39;Bel Canto&#39;</p><p><a href="https://www.lyricopera.org/concertstickets/calendar/2015-2016/productions/lyricopera/bel-canto">&#39;Bel Canto&#39;</a> is playing at the Lyric Opera of Chicago through Sunday, Jnauary 17, 2016</p><p><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/241012735&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><strong>Milos Stehlik reviews films, &lsquo;The Revenant&rsquo; and &lsquo;Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict&rsquo;</strong></span></p><p>WBEZ Film contributor, Milos Stehlik, joins us to talk about films showing this weekend, including &ldquo;The Revenant,&rdquo; starring Leonardo DiCaprio and a new film about Peggy Guggenheim, the art collector known for her modern art collection, called &ldquo;Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict&rdquo;.</p><p><em>Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict is playing at Music Box Theatre</em></p><p><strong>GUESTS:</strong> Milos Stehlik is WBEZ&rsquo;s film contributor and director of <a href="http://www.facets.org">Facets Multimedia</a>.</p></p> Fri, 08 Jan 2016 09:59:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-01-08/iran-accuses-saudis-attacking-its-yemen-embassy-114420 Visionary founder of Chicago black theater dies http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/visionary-founder-chicago-black-theater-dies-112390 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/abena joan brown.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A Chicago woman known as a visionary and a pioneer in the African-American theater community died Sunday.</p><p>Abena Joan Brown was one of the founders of the <a href="http://www.etacreativearts.org/">eta Creative Arts Foundation</a>, which she headed until her 2011 retirement. She mentored playwrights, actors and visual artists at the South Side performing and cultural arts group, which calls itself &ldquo;Chicago&#39;s first and only Afri-centric professional performance and training cultural arts center.&rdquo;</p><p>She steered the group to buy and renovate a 15,000-square-foot facility with a 200-seat theater, galleries, studios and classrooms. She later headed the acquisition of a whole city block to allow for later expansion, according to eta.</p><p>A close friend of hers, Dr. Carol Adams, the retired head of the DuSable Museum of African American history described Brown as &ldquo;amazing, brilliant, creative and bold, very bold.&rdquo; Adams said Brown was a great strategic thinker and charismatic person who pulled people along with her.</p><p>Adams said the roots of eta and Brown&rsquo;s advocacy grew out of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 and the riots that followed, when some national aid agencies refused to step in and help with relief efforts.</p><p>Brown was Director of Program Services at the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago and and was part of a larger circle involved in the social services at the time, according to library records at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Adams, who was part of the group, said they were upset by the lack of response, and they started discussing whether their ultimate responsibility was to their agencies or to the people they served.</p><p>Out of those talks, Brown helped form the <a href="http://southsideweekly.com/grit-and-glory/">Ebony Talent Agency Creative Arts Foundation booking agency</a>, which became the eta collective, along with <a href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/lib/specialcoll/services/rjd/findingaids/womenmobilizedf.html">Women Mobilized for Change,</a> an activist group that tackled issues including school desegregation, anti-war efforts and equal housing. Adams said Brown was a driving force behind getting the YWCA to push for an end to racism, too.</p><p>&ldquo;She wanted to get things done,&rdquo; Adams said. &ldquo;She was not a person who wanted to just discuss a problem.&rdquo;</p><p>Adams said it was difficult for African-American playwrights to get their work performed and for actors to find enough work at the time. Brown helped provide a venue where work could be seen about African-Americans, by African-Americans.</p><p>Brown was often asked if she&rsquo;d consider moving her theater from its South Side location to downtown.</p><p>&ldquo;She said that she thought that was ridiculous. Why couldn&rsquo;t we have theater in our own community?&rdquo; Adams said. &ldquo;Why couldn&rsquo;t people travel there?&rdquo;</p><p>Even though most people thought of Brown as an administrator, she was a &ldquo;formidable actress&rdquo; herself, Adams said. Brown served roles including company manager, director, producer and fundraiser. She had more than 200 professional theater credits to her name, and was a participant in the First Black Theatre Summit run by playwright August Wilson.</p><p>&ldquo;She &nbsp;understood every aspect of the theater, and she had done all of it,&rdquo; Adams said. &ldquo;She used to say, &lsquo;I&rsquo;ve sold tickets, I&rsquo;ve built sets, I&rsquo;ve acted, I&rsquo;ve done the whole thing. I know this.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p>Brown mentored generations of artists involved in theater and the other arts, an influence that&rsquo;s still felt across the nation, Adams said, adding Brown was known for telling artists and students they could do anything they want, &ldquo;just make a plan and let&rsquo;s go.&rdquo;</p><p>That&rsquo;s how the &ldquo;Africa Express,&rdquo; an effort to bring students to Africa and other parts of the diaspora, began.</p><p>&ldquo;Her students said, &lsquo;Oh, wow, they&rsquo;d love to go to Africa one day,&rsquo;&rdquo; Adams said. &ldquo;They said it as if it were a dream or something that was impossible to achieve. So<br />Abena said, &lsquo;Let&rsquo;s go.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p>One of the people Brown mentored, Kemati Porter, is now interim executive director of eta.</p><p>&ldquo;She has a warrior spirit,&rdquo; Porter said. &ldquo;She was always at the forefront leading us, instructing us, helping us understand our voice and its place in the world.&rdquo;</p><p>Porter said Brown gave people a place to hone their skills, gain employment in the arts and find that voice.</p><p>Brown got her bachelor&rsquo;s from Roosevelt University and a master&rsquo;s in community organization and management from the University of Chicago&rsquo;s School of Social Service Administration. Chicago State University awarded her an honorary doctorate.</p><p>She won numerous artistic and community honors, and served on multiple boards, including as chair of the Advisory Board of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve really lost a cultural icon,&rdquo; Porter said. &ldquo;Abena&rsquo;s part of a generation of artists and cultural activists that we likely may not see again.&rdquo;</p><p>Funeral arrangements are still pending.</p><p><em>Lynette Kalsnes covers religion, arts and culture for WBEZ. Follow her </em><a href="https://twitter.com/lynettekalsnes"><em>@lynettekalsnes</em></a><em>.</em></p></p> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/visionary-founder-chicago-black-theater-dies-112390 Chicago’s Lyric Opera hosts costume sale http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago%E2%80%99s-lyric-opera-hosts-costume-sale-110751 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Image6.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">Already on the lookout for a Halloween costume? Or possibly your next Comic Con or Renaissance Faire outfit? The Lyric Opera of Chicago has got your back.</p><p dir="ltr">This Saturday marks only the second time in Lyric history that the company will be selling some 3,000 pieces of their handmade costume collection to the public. Costume Director Maureen Reilly said the Lyric doesn&rsquo;t have enough room in their storage for all of the costumes - some dating back almost 100 years.</p><p dir="ltr">Some costumes, she said, have even become a bit repetitive.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I think our Madame Butterfly and our Boehme are really gorgeous, but they&rsquo;re 30 and 40 years old. So if you&rsquo;ve been a season subscriber since you&rsquo;ve been 20 or something, you&rsquo;ve seen the same Boehme every 10 years or 8 years, so you want something new and different,&rdquo; Reilly said.</p><p dir="ltr">Prices range from $1 to $200, but Reilly said most garments are actually worth thousands of dollars. Some of the costumes come from as far away as Europe, while others were made in the United States. Shoppers will find items from operas like Pirates of Penzance, Voyages of Edgar Allen Poe, Anna Bolena, Otello, Flying Dutchman, Rigoletto, Don Carlo and more.</p><p dir="ltr">The last and only other time the Lyric held a sale like this was in 2004, when the company&rsquo;s warehouse in Pilsen was sold. They sold around the same amount of costumes, and brought in nearly $77,000. All the money goes back to the Lyric Opera.</p><p dir="ltr">This weekend&rsquo;s sale will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Grand Foyer of the Civic Opera House.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Lauren Chooljian is WBEZ reporter. Follow her at <a href="https://twitter.com/laurenchooljian">@laurenchooljian</a>.</em></p><p><em>Andrew Gill is a WBEZ web producer. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/andrewgill">@andrewgill</a></em></p></p> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago%E2%80%99s-lyric-opera-hosts-costume-sale-110751 Stalled immigration reform takes toll on Polish theater group http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/stalled-immigration-reform-takes-toll-polish-theater-group-109029 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Republicans immigration.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A small Polish theater company says they&rsquo;re another victim of stalled legislation on immigration reform. Teatr Brama Goleniow is regrouping after U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services denied eight of their company members visas to bring a stage production to the Logan Square/Avondale neighborhood.</p><p>The group had planned Chicago showings of Emotions in Sound &nbsp;in late September, a production they&rsquo;ve previously brought to the Ukraine, Peru, Scotland and Greece. But the U.S. visa snafu has delayed their plans to share the production with U.S. audiences.</p><p>&ldquo;In the beginning we applied for tourist visas,&rdquo; explained Jennifer Crissey, actor and project manager at Teatr Brama.</p><p>Crissey said she had been advised by officials at the U.S. embassy in Warsaw to apply for B-visas because their company was small, and did not view their intended travel as one that would yield commercial profit.</p><p>&ldquo;The actors going wouldn&rsquo;t be receiving salary, they wouldn&rsquo;t be getting paid to do this project,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>Crissey said when the group went to the U.S. embassy in Warsaw for their visa interview in August, however, they were told that they should instead apply for artists&rsquo; visas.</p><p>&ldquo;So they essentially advised us one thing, and then changed their mind,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>Crissey said that&rsquo;s when she asked the company&rsquo;s Chicago-based partner, Voice of the City, to sponsor their petition for P-3 visas, a class of visa specific to culturally unique artists and entertainers.</p><p>&ldquo;I think it was very evident in the application that this was geared for commercial exchanges on a scale that we just weren&rsquo;t doing,&rdquo; said Dawn Marie Galtieri, artistic director of Voice of the City, an arts alliance based in the Logan Square/Avondale neighborhood, &ldquo;so it started to make us very nervous.&rdquo;</p><p>Galtieri said she had to obtain a letter from the American Guild of Musical Artists to support their petition, as well as provide additional paperwork attesting to the wages and hours of the actors, contracts detailing the parameters of the production, and flyers and press releases about the show.</p><p>&ldquo;Really, it&rsquo;s a process for big stars,&rdquo; Crissey said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s when some big name comes from another country to play here, and they&rsquo;re playing at like United Center or some big stage like that.&rdquo;</p><p>Crissey estimated that in total, Teatr Brama spent nearly $3,000 in applying for the visas. Still, they were denied.</p><p>&ldquo;And I never in a million year thought that after providing them with all of the evidence that they asked for that we would get such an empty answer like, &lsquo;this isn&rsquo;t culturally unique enough,&rsquo;&rdquo; said Crissey, &ldquo;because, who can be the judge of that?&rdquo;</p><p>Crissey and Galtieri said they are now cobbling together an ensemble of actors from Chicago and across Europe who have authorization to travel to the U.S., and that they plan to move forward with the production in the absence of the original cast.</p><p>The show will be staged in mid-November.</p><p>A representative from Congressman Michael Quigley&rsquo;s (D-Illinois) office said that if Congress had moved on immigration reform this summer, Teatr Brama&rsquo;s visa woes might not have happened.</p><p>Poland, unlike many of its European Union counterparts, is not included in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, which allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the U.S. without first obtaining visas. Quigley and other members of Illinois&rsquo;s congressional delegation have &nbsp;been <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/polish-community-may-get-travel-perk-immigration-reform-107412">pushing to expand the parameters of the program</a> to include more countries, such as Poland.</p><p>In addition to a standalone bill that he has introduced in the House, Quigley also helped ensure that language to broaden the program be included in immigration legislation that the U.S. Senate passed in June.</p><p>Meanwhile, with just 18 days left in the House legislative calendar this year, pressure continues to mount for U.S. House Republicans to take up an immigration bill.</p><p>On Tuesday, hundreds of conservatives from business, faith and law enforcement groups converged on Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers to nudge them toward bringing legislation to the floor for a vote.</p><p>&ldquo;Ultimately, if you&rsquo;re going against this legislation, you are absolutely going against the entire faith community and you are also going against essentially what every respected economist in America has been asking for,&rdquo; said Sheriff Mark Curran of Lake County.</p><p>Curran is among a handful of conservatives from Illinois joining the effort. The effort is organized by the Partnership for a New American Economy, the Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform network, FWD.us, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.</p><p>Earlier this month, House Democrats introduced a comprehensive immigration bill, after a bipartisan committee failed to produce its own bill. Congressman Jeff Denham (R-California) is the sole Republican to cosponsor the bill, along with 185 Democrats.</p><p><em>Odette Yousef is WBEZ&rsquo;s North Side Bureau reporter. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/oyousef">@oyousef</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 13:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/stalled-immigration-reform-takes-toll-polish-theater-group-109029 30 things to do in Chicago this fall http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-09/30-things-do-chicago-fall-108606 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Fall%20Chicago%20Flickr.jpg" title="Grant Park in the fall. (Flickr/PhilontheWeb2001)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">Summer may have its charms, but let&#39;s be real. When it comes to the three Ws (weather, wardrobe and whimsy), fall is the best season by far.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The sopping humidity of summer suddenly turns crisp and purposeful, ushering in a new academic year and bursts of gorgeous, coppery color in the trees.&nbsp;Chicagoans also become more fashionable, as we trade in our often unflattering shorts and sandals for a more polished look of jeans, scarves, layered cardigans and boots. We indulge in pumpkin lattes, host more game nights, watch the leaves fall and celebrate three of the year&#39;s best holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving and <a href="http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/November/buynothingday.htm" target="_blank">Buy Nothing Day</a>.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Back in June, I made a list of things to do in a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-06/30-things-do-chicago-summer-107847" target="_blank">Chicago summer</a>; but now, an even better season has arrived. In no particular order, here&#39;s 30 adventures to have this fall:</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>1. A.V. Fest/The Hideout Block Party, Sept. 6-7</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">From Friday afternoon to Saturday evening, The A.V. Club (the arts-and-entertainment wing of The Onion) and The Hideout Inn (one of Chicago&#39;s best live music and performance venues) will combine forces for an epic <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/143973282461284/" target="_blank">music festival</a>&nbsp;outside The Hideout at 1354 W. Wabansia. Performers include Young the Giant, Neko Case, Mavis Staples and Superchunk.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>2. Windy City Wine Festival, Sept. 6-7</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Wine connoisseurs, rejoice! The 9th year of the Windy City Wine Fest, presented by U.S. Bank, will bring samples of over&nbsp;<a href="http://chicago.eventful.com/events/windy-city-wine-festival-/E0-001-059429588-7@2013090616?utm_source=facebook&amp;utm_medium=events&amp;SREF=FBEvent" target="_blank">345 different wines</a> from all around the world, alongside food pairings from some of the city&#39;s best restaurants. Meet at Buckingham Fountain for demonstrations from local chefs and expert-led wine pairing seminars.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>3. Renegade Craft Fair, Sept. 7-8</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Feeling crafty? This annual indie-craft marketplace, held on Division Street in Wicker Park, brings hundreds of craft makers out of their studios and into the spotlight for a festive <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/412070168914166/" target="_blank">weekend celebration</a> of all things handmade. The Chicago English Bulldog Rescue (CEBR) will participate again this year too, making this fest 100 percent pet-friendly!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>4. Riot Fest, Sept. 13-15</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://riotfest.org" target="_blank">Riot Fest</a> may be described as the last hurrah of summer; but by the time Sept. 13 rolls around, the atmosphere will &nbsp;feel a lot like fall. Fortunately, cooler temperatures and a jaw-dropping lineup featuring The Replacements, Rancid, Pixies and The Violent Femmes makes for a stellar combination.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>5. Chicago Music Summit, Sept. 20</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">This <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_music_summit.html" target="_blank">first-ever</a>&nbsp;conference, presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), will give Chicagoans the opportunity to learn more about our city&#39;s thriving music scene and connect with industry professionals at the local and national levels. More than 20 panels on a variety of topics will feature 100+ speakers, including representatives from Sony Music Entertainment, Pitchfork and Live Nation.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>6. Try a new restaurant.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">New hotspots opening this season: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/chichopshop" target="_blank">Chop Shop and the 1st Ward</a> (a Bucktown restaurant, bar, music venue and butcher shop combined into one) debuts in mid-September, <a href="http://chicago.eater.com/tags/a10" target="_blank">A10</a> (a European venture from Matthias Merges of Yusho and Billy Sunday) arrives in October and <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-06-23/features/chi-paul-kahan-and-co-readies-nico-an-italian-seafood-restaurant-in-gold-coast-20130623_1_publican-quality-meats-paul-kahan-curtis-duffy" target="_blank">Eataly</a>&nbsp;(Mario Batali&#39;s megaspace of eight restaurants, a microbrewery and a culinary school) opens its doors in mid-November.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>7. Drive out to the drive-in.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Before the weather gets too cold, bundle up with some blankets, popcorn and good company at the old-timey&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cascadedrivein.com" target="_blank">Cascade Drive-In</a> in West Chicago.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>8. Expo Chicago, Sept. 19-22</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art &mdash; a celebrated arts and culture fest offering tours, artist discussions, special exhibitions and site-specific projects&mdash;will take place over a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.expochicago.com" target="_blank">three-day weekend</a> at Navy Pier, with a &quot;Vernissage&quot; opening night benefit on Thursday. The event will feature 125 galleries representing 17 countries and 36 cities, including London, Zurich, San Francisco, Berlin, New York City, Madrid and Chicago.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>9. Volunteer at 826 Chi.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Help tutor a Chicago student at <a href="http://www.826chi.org/about/" target="_blank">826 Chi</a>,&nbsp;a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting learners ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills. Back-to-school volunteers can choose to help students with their homework after-school, in schools, through events and outreach, on field trips or in conjunction with workshops at 826 and The Boring Store.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>10. Hit up a Subject to Change event.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/subjecttochangechi/?directed_target_id=0" target="_blank">Subject to Change</a>, an LGBTQ-friendly collective that aims to create &quot;no shame&quot; when it comes to the music they enjoy and the people they care about, holds monthly events at Township to raise funds and awareness for a variety of different community organizations. Past events have included benefits for the Chicago Women&#39;s Health Center, Chicago Books to Women in Prison and Vida SIDA. Keep your calendar open every first Tuesday this fall for more!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>11. Design Harvest Festival Sept. 28-29</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Chicago&#39;s annual street festival <a href="http://www.design-harvest.com" target="_blank">celebrating home design</a> will feature a myriad of local vendors and antique collectors, &nbsp;as well as family hay rides, pumpkin painting to raise money for a local elementary school, square dancing, cold beer, delicious food and live music programming from The Hideout.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>12. Hang out in a new bar.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Coming soon: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Punch-House/501622639921369" target="_blank">Dusek&#39;s/Punch House</a>&nbsp;in Pilsen&#39;s historic Thalia Hall (mid-September), <a href="http://articles.redeyechicago.com/2013-08-19/entertainment/41426244_1_violet-hour-bartenders-cocktail" target="_blank">Analogue</a>&nbsp;on Milwaukee Ave. (mid-October), and River North comfort food bar <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Dining/Dining-Guide/index.php/name/Tippling-Hall/listing/46375/" target="_blank">Tippling Hall</a>&nbsp;(late October).&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>13. Chicago International Film Festival, Oct. 10-24</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Now in its 49th year, CIFF continues its tradition of <a href="http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/sneak_preview/" target="_blank">bringing exciting new films</a> from more than 55 different countries to Chicago&#39;s main stage. This fall, the lineup includes the much-buzzed documentary &quot;Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,&quot; the Israeli horror film &quot;Big Bad Wolves&quot; and the 2013 Cannes&#39; Palme d&#39;Or winner &quot;Blue Is The Warmest Color. &quot; &nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>14. Hubbard Street: Fall Series, Oct. 10-13</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The incredible Hubbard Street dancers have a <a href="http://www.hubbardstreetdance.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=proditem&amp;id=211:fall-series&amp;Itemid=58" target="_blank">hot ticket</a> for Chicago audiences this year: a diverse and exciting program from choreographers Robyn Mineko Williams, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek and Alejandro Cerrudo that will feature nods to Michael Jackson, the Paris Opera and &quot;Flashdance.&quot;&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>15. Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Oct. 13</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">If you&#39;re not running that day, bring a sign and cheer on your friends! The <a href="http://www.chicagomarathon.com" target="_blank">marathon</a>&nbsp;has Two Waves that start at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively, so bring that double-shot pumpkin spice latte with you to the start line.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>16. See a new theater show.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The must-sees: Joan Allen returns to the Steppenwolf stage for the first time since 1991 in the American premiere of <a href="http://www.timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/16406291/the-wheel" target="_blank">The Wheel</a>, The Goodman Theatre&#39;s&nbsp;fall season opens in September with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/16406631/pullman-porter-blues" target="_blank">Pullman Porter Blues</a>, and the Tony-Award winning musical <a href="http://www.timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/16409076/once" target="_blank">Once</a>&nbsp;arrives&nbsp;at The Oriental for a limited run in October.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>17. Vintage Garage, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Uptown&#39;s <a href="http://www.vintagegaragechicago.com" target="_blank">Vintage Garage</a>, the only monthly flea market in Chicago, presents the best vintage and antique dealers under one roof every third Sunday from April to October. Don&#39;t miss your chance to attend the last two shows of the season: &quot;Vintage Art&quot; on Sept. 15 and &quot;Record Ramp&quot; with the Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP) on Oct. 20. &nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>18. Chicago Ideas Week, Oct. 14-20</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">This <a href="https://www.chicagoideas.com" target="_blank">annual hub</a> of creativity, connection and inspiration kicks off Year 4 with a wide assortment of events, master classes, labs and special presentations. An impressive array of speakers includes Buzz Aldrin, Cat Cora, Dan Savage, Elizabeth Smart, Malcolm Gladwell and Terry McMillan.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>19. Search for the best cider.&nbsp;</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&#39;Tis that time of year. For the hard cider fans: Sprout, SmallBar, The Grafton Pub and Kuma&#39;s Corner all have excellent selections.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>20. Third Coast Percussion, Oct. 20</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Since its formation in 2005, <a href="http://www.thirdcoastpercussion.com/about-us/" target="_blank">Third Coast Percussion</a>&nbsp;ensemble has performed hundreds of concerts across the country. This year, TCP will be opening their Chicago concert season with a Frequency Series of &quot;Infinitesimal Machinery&quot; at <a href="http://www.thirdcoastpercussion.com/news-and-events/chicago-concert-season/" target="_blank">Constellation </a>on Oct. 20.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>21. Go on a Zombie Safari Hayride.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Make the trek to Tinley Park for an October weekend of fun, tractors and zombies in the cornfields! Yes, this is really a <a href="http://www.odysseyfunfarm.com/ZOMBIE.html" target="_blank">thing.</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>22. Play flag football.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Chicago&nbsp;Bears games are fun and all, but how about tossing the old pigskin in your own backyard? Organize a game of flag or touch football in your neighborhood park, then treat the winning team to beers.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>23. Shop local.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">When scouring the streets for the best fall fashion, don&#39;t forget your local boutiques and online vendors. A few of my favorites: <a href="http://wolfbaitchicago.com" target="_blank">Wolfbait &amp; B-girls</a>, <a href="http://www.sofialivelovely.com" target="_blank">Sofia</a>, <a href="http://shoppenelopes.com" target="_blank">Penelope&#39;s</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://sarateashop.com" target="_blank">Sara Tea Shop</a>.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>24. Laugh out loud at Pop Goes Alicia Live!</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Every <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/148783585330469/" target="_blank">first Tuesday</a> at The Hideout until November, join host Alicia Swiz and a rotating panel of local writers, comedians and activists discussing the latest in pop culture and buzzworthy current events.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>25. Step back in time to the 1893 Fair.&nbsp;</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Head to the Field Musuem on Oct. 26 for the Women&#39;s Board Gala in celebration of a sure-to-be <a href="http://fieldmuseum.org/happening/exhibits/opening-vaults-wonders-1893-worlds-fair" target="_blank">stunning</a> new exhibition: &quot;Opening the Vaults: Wonders of 1893&#39;s World Fair.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>26. Check out a new band.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The gargantuan music fests of summer have come and gone (until we meet again, Walmart on the Lake), but never fear. <em>Time Out Chicago</em> has an excellent list of <a href="http://www.timeoutchicago.com/music-nightlife/16397136/10-new-bands-to-see-this-fall" target="_blank">rising acts </a>to fall in love with this fall: from Jenny Hyval at the Empty Bottle to Water Liars at Schubas to Lucius at Lincoln Hall.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>27. Rubber Fest, Nov. 8-9</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://mirubber.com" target="_blank">Mr. Interntional Rubber</a>&nbsp;(MIR) is a rubber-fetish event that includes cocktail parties, a rubber/leather market and awards at the Center on Halsted. Go get your kink on, if you feel so inclined.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>28. Beer Hoptacular, Nov. 8-9</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">If rubber is not your thing, attend Chicago&#39;s Fourth Annual <a href="http://beerhoptacular.com" target="_blank">Beer Hoptacular</a>&nbsp;at Lacuna Artist Loft Studios in Pilsen instead. Make sure to stick around for the best Hoptacular beer of the year (2012 winner: 5 Lizard from Bedford, Illinois)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>29. Find the best pie.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">During the autumnal months, a seasonal slice of delectable pumpkin or hot apple pie really hits the spot. Take refuge at Bang Bang Pie Shop, Hoosier Mama Company or First Slice Pie Cafe to satisfy your every craving.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>30. Christmas Tree Lighting at Daley Plaza, Nov. 27</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Watch Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the tree donor flip the switch at Chicago&#39;s 100th Annual <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/provdrs/attractions_eventsandexhibitions/news/2012/sep/christmas_tree_lightingandulsantahousekickofftheholidays.html" target="_blank">Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony</a>, accompanied by live music and performances at Daley Plaza. And say, &quot;Goodbye fall, I hardly knew ye.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">What would you add to this list?</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Leah Pickett is a pop culture writer and co-host of WBEZ&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-changing-channels/id669715774?mt=2">Changing Channels,</a>&nbsp;a podcast about the future of television. Follow Leah on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp;and<a href="http://hermionehall.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">&nbsp;Tumblr</a>.</em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-09/30-things-do-chicago-fall-108606 Burning Man-inspired event brings participatory art to Chicago http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/burning-man-inspired-event-brings-participatory-art-chicago-108424 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Red Curtain Stage.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Figment, an international arts exhibition inspired by <a href="http://www.burningman.com/" target="_blank">Burning Man</a>, held its first Chicago event over the weekend.</p><p>Figment follows in the footsteps of Burning Man &mdash; an annual arts festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada &mdash; by bringing free and interactive art pieces to the Garfield Park Conservatory on the city&rsquo;s West Side.</p><p>Visitors could play music with modified children&rsquo;s toys, sit on a swing that vibrated to electronica music and even play croquet with bowling balls.</p><p>As one of 10 cities to host Figment, Chicago&rsquo;s event also had exhibitions that were unique to the city and its social issues. The Theatre of the Oppressed Chicago did a performance about the recent school closings, and invited participants to portray politicians, teachers and students. Right after, the group led a discussion about improving the education system.&nbsp; Bring Your Bag Chicago built a canopy out 2,568 plastic bags, the number that curators say the city uses every minute.</p><p>Figment&rsquo;s website said the group&rsquo;s goals are to encourage artists to think about new ways to share their creativity and to challenge the way art is growing too expensive for many people to purchase. Figment began in New York in 2007.</p><p>To see instruments made out of children&rsquo;s toys and the plastic bag canopy, watch the video above.</p><p><em>Lee Jian Chung is a WBEZ arts and culture intern. Follow him <a href="http://twitter.com/jclee89" target="_blank">@jclee89</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/burning-man-inspired-event-brings-participatory-art-chicago-108424 Romeo and Juliet with a side of fries http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/romeo-and-juliet-side-fries-108407 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Image1_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zKR0wD1GHhI?rel=0" width="620"></iframe></p><p>In Chicago&#39;s Edgewater neighborhood a new theater group is presenting Shakespeare&#39;s classic Romeo and Juliet in an unconventional venue: a pub. Specifically the free performances are happening on the large patio of Moody&#39;s Pub at 5910 N Broadway. Director Ned Baker and Rabid Bat Theatricals have <a href="http://bar-and-jay.squarespace.com/info/" target="_blank">six performances left</a> in the run: August 14, 19, 20, 21, 26 and 27.</p><p><em>Andrew Gill is a web producer for WBEZ. Follow him <a href="http://www.twitter.com/andrewgill" target="_blank">@andrewgill</a></em></p></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 12:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/romeo-and-juliet-side-fries-108407