WBEZ | Holiday http://www.wbez.org/tags/holiday Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en There should be only one 'Santa Baby' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/there-should-be-only-one-santa-baby-104291 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Eartha Kitt Christmas.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.037238676351806776">One of my favorite TV shows is </span><em>Community </em>and one of my favorite episodes of that show was last year&rsquo;s Christmas musical special, and one of my favorite songs from that particular episode was &ldquo;Teach Me How to Understand Christmas&rdquo;:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" mozallowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/45558604?badge=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="601"></iframe></p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.037238676351806776">Clearly the whole sexy dummy Christmas baby bit is a parody of the holiday standby &ldquo;Santa Baby,&rdquo; wherein the lady singing takes on a disturbing persona of a whorish infant who sexily begs for expensive toys. For a nice example of how weird this is see Madonna&rsquo;s version of the song, mostly because the concept of Madonna being cute or asking for something (instead of demanding it) or even condescending to celebrate something so pedestrian and suburban as Christmas is completely alien:</span></p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" scrolling="no" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5ycWObpi73Y?rel=0" width="601"></iframe></p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.037238676351806776">What&rsquo;s worth noting, however, is that the original recording of the song isn&rsquo;t nearly as disconcerting. Sure, it still focuses on materialism and an imbalance of gender, but that&rsquo;s really not as much at play when Eartha Kitt purrs the song:</span></p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" scrolling="no" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DeNhjPaP53I?rel=0" width="601"></iframe></p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.037238676351806776">Notice how there is a complete absence of babyishness in her voice? Instead, we hear an actual woman singing, and the &ldquo;Santa&rdquo; in question sounds a lot like an actual man she knows and has a relationship with instead of some indistinct daddy figure. The singer in the original &ldquo;Santa Baby&rdquo; sounds like she can probably take care of herself and doesn&rsquo;t really need Santa cutie to get her all those things she asks for (even though she&rsquo;d really like them).</span><br /><br />It&rsquo;s just a novelty Christmas song, obviously, and not that deep, but it&rsquo;s worth noting that &ldquo;Santa Baby&rdquo; is one of very few Christmas hits written by a woman (Joan Javits), so it&#39;s interesting how the song, depending on the singer, can either be tongue-in-cheek or needy and vaguely depressing. &ldquo;Teach Me How to Understand Christmas&rdquo; is only a few hops away from the sophisticated Kitt song, which is disturbing, so basically what I&rsquo;m saying is, please, ladies, stop covering &ldquo;Santa Baby,&rdquo; and while we&rsquo;re at it, let&rsquo;s just eliminate all the non-Kitt versions of the song, so there&#39;s only the one. And really, that&#39;s not a lot.</p></p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 09:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/there-should-be-only-one-santa-baby-104291 Chicago artists help deck the halls at the White House http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-artists-help-deck-halls-white-house-104127 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/whitehouseart.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago artist and designer David Lee Csicsko is known for the whimsical mosaic characters greeting riders at the Belmont &quot;L&quot; station.</p><p>For the White House this year, he designed stained-glass medallions that look like wreaths for the East Corridor and 10-foot-tall white wooden trees for the East Garden.</p><p>A stained-glass rose he designed hangs in the window of the State Dining Room. While decorating the room, staff members took down a famous painting to avoid scratching it.</p><p>&ldquo;So all of the sudden I looked over at the back of the Lincoln portrait, and this rose I had designed was shining brightly on the back of the Lincoln portrait,&quot; Csicsko said. &quot;It was just this incredible connection to artistry and history. It was very, very special.&rdquo;</p><p>Csicsko got the chance to tell First Lady Michelle Obama about all of his designs at the farewell reception.</p><p>&ldquo;One of my friends shouted out that we were from Chicago and I had done the windows,&quot; chuckled Csicsko. &quot;She said she was very excited to show the President and her daughters all of the work on the house.&quot;</p><p>Paper artist Jami Darwin Chiang said seeing her work go from her studio in Chicago to the White House was an amazing experience. Chiang and other artists helped decorate the famed Blue Room Christmas tree with their designs. &nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;You meet so many people that are from all different parts of the country that literally join forces to transform the White House in five days,&rdquo; Chiang said.</p><p>Cscisko said seeing everyday people working together in rooms where heads of state normally convene was an enlightening experience.</p><p>&ldquo;It just really felt like this was the people&rsquo;s house,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 16:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-artists-help-deck-halls-white-house-104127 'Dueling Critics' unwrap a box full of holiday theater http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-15/dueling-critics-unwrap-box-full-holiday-theater-94924 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-15/Rudolph DCs.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Believe it or not, every theater company in Chicago was not doing a holiday play--but many were. Now some of the productions are like the holidays themselves--filled with promise and anticipation, only to make theatergoers wish it was January already! Others are great presents for the audience: full of laughs, nostalgia and warm-and-fuzzy feelings. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dueling-critics" target="_blank"><em>Dueling Critics</em></a>, Kelly Kleiman and Jonathan Abarbanel, talked about some of their favorites from the holiday stages.</p><p>For more picks, check out the <em>Dueling Critics</em> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-16/dueling-critics-guide-holiday-theater-tinsel-and-treacle-triumph-94" target="_blank">guide</a> to holiday theater on WBEZ's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/onstagebackstage" target="_blank"><em>Onstage/Backstage</em><em> </em></a>blog.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 14:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-15/dueling-critics-unwrap-box-full-holiday-theater-94924 Global Notes: Holiday Music Extravaganza! http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/global-notes-holiday-music-extravaganza <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/jyp.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p>After weeks of waiting, Jerome and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/radio-m">Radio M</a> host Tony Sarabia present the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalnotes">Global Notes</a> Holiday Extravaganza. We asked listeners to send us their seasonal favorites from around the world. You&rsquo;ve responded with everything from Polish carols via Chicago to Swedish-Assyrian riffs on &ldquo;Jingle Bells.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Featured Songs:<br />1. God is Born-The Lira Ensemble<br />2. Ido d'Mawlodo-Hosho Zomrinan <br />3. Ho ro'em b&rsquo;Ofartho-Sung by Syriac Orthodox Church in Weisbaden, Germany<br />4. Santa Claus I&rsquo;m Sorry-Toni Tani<br />5. This Christmas-JYP Nation<br />6. Kling, Glöckchen-11 Acorn Lane</em></p><p><em>We&rsquo;d like to give a special thanks to Lucyna Migala, Johannes Akkurt, Mike Hammerman and Sherri Ter Molin for their suggestions. </em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><object width="560" height="340"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Lxb0gd8ytjE?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed width="560" height="340" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Lxb0gd8ytjE?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;And here's another video from Japanese artist Toni Tani.</p><p><object width="425" height="344"><param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/oio22Wv8Acw?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" name="movie" /><param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /><param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><embed width="425" height="344" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/oio22Wv8Acw?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"></embed></object></p></p> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 16:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/global-notes-holiday-music-extravaganza Friday Foodie Forecast: Holiday celebrations http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/friday-foodie-forecast-holiday-celebrations <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/fff.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img width="500" height="752" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-02/31209_112651985441506_102615459778492_70904_1936871_n.jpg" /></strong></p><p style="text-align: left;">With the winter chill and the holidays approaching, there's no better way to celebrate than with food, desserts and booze. So light up your menorah and go out on the town for the Chanukah pub crawl, or indulge in special sweets at Logan Square's Christmas Market. And don't forget about the foodie holiday, Terra Madre Day, which honors local, sustainable and quality produce.</p><p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Logan Square Christmas Market<br /></strong>Treat yourself to some holiday sweets at Logan Square's Christmas Market, which will run on Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Logan Square Kitchen, 2333 N. Milwaukee Ave. The market will feature everything from pastries and cakes to decorated cookies and ice creams from the city's top local, small-batch artisans. In addition, many special gift items, such as cookie decorating kits, preserves and <em>bouche de noel</em> will be on sale. Admission is a whopping $1 for adults and free for children. Guests are encouraged to RSVP <a href="http://event.pingg.com/LSKXmas">here</a> to help vendors estimate production.</p><p style="text-align: left;"><strong>8 Bars of Chanukah Pub Crawl<br /></strong>Who needs latkes when you can get lit at eight different bars tomorrow in honor of the Festival of Lights? The crawl starts at 2 p.m. at Pippin's Tavern, 806 Rush St., and lasts until 10 p.m. Tickets for the event are $25 and include an event t-shirt and $3 beers and $4 well drinks at every bar. Participants can pick up their t-shirts and wristbands any day before the event at Pippin's between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. up until the end of the event on December 4. For a full schedule of bars, or to purchase tickets, visit<a href="http://chicago.poggled.com/deals/106"> http://chicago.poggled.com/deals/106</a>.</p><p><strong>Terra Madre Day Celebration<br /></strong>Celebrate sustainable, quality food with Slow Food Chicago in honor of Terra Madre Day by exploring the African gardens in North Lawndale. The event, which starts at 1 p.m. on December 10, will include an introduction to the preSERVE garden project, a garden tour and an education on Slow Food International's extensive garden project in Africa. If weather permits, participants will also get a chance to plant garlic in the garden. Tickets to this event are free, but space is limited to 30 participants. To reserve your spot, RSVP to Jennifer Sandy at <a href="mailto:slowfoodpreserve@gmail.com">slowfoodpreserve@gmail.com</a>.</p></p> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 18:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/friday-foodie-forecast-holiday-celebrations Illinois targets shoppers abusing accessible parking spots http://www.wbez.org/story/news/local/illinois-targets-holiday-shoppers-abusing-accessible-parking <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Handicapped Parking Spot.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Searching and circling for a parking spot this holiday season? If you're among the legions of drivers and shoppers desparate to find a place to park, beware:&nbsp; Illinois is cracking down on people who illegally park in accessible parking spaces.</p> <div>Secretary of State Police were out on Friday giving tickets to holiday shoppers who shouldn&rsquo;t be parking in spaces reserved for those with disabilities.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The police were combing the parking lots across the state. Locally, officers were at Woodfield, Oak Brook and Orland Park malls.</div><div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;Primarily this is part of our annual enforcement detail that we conduct especially around the holiday season to get the message across to the public that spaces are reserved for persons with disabilities,&quot; said Bill Bodgan, disability liaison for the Illinois Secretary of State.&nbsp; &quot;They should be left open to those that truly need them.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But Bogdan says abuse escalates during the holiday season.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The fine for parking without an accessible placard or disability license can be up to $350.</div></p> Fri, 26 Nov 2010 17:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/local/illinois-targets-holiday-shoppers-abusing-accessible-parking Protests not a big deal at O'Hare http://www.wbez.org/story/airport/protests-not-big-deal-ohare <p><p>Early reports indicated a relatively smooth day of holiday travel in the Chicago area.<br /><br />There were no significant delays through early afternoon at either of Chicago's airports, despite warnings of delays caused by people determined to opt-out of body scans.<br /><br />Jel Stewart is an interactive marketing specialist at Travelocity. He's at O'Hare airport. &quot;I haven't seen anybody make any fuss about doing the body scan or doing any opt-outs,&quot; Stewart said. &quot;They've only had one or two scanners on from what I can see. It looks like they've just been doing random body scans. Otherwise, people are just going through the standard scanner that we've been used to going through.&quot;<br /><br />Chicago Department of Aviation spokeswoman Karen Pride said, &quot;Everything is operating normally. There are, I would describe, light crowds here at O'Hare. No problems getting through the security lines. The lines aren't long at all.&quot;<br /><br />According to the Illinois State Police, road travel is expected to peak during the early part of afternoon rush hour when rain is called for, but temperatures should stay above freezing.</p></p> Wed, 24 Nov 2010 19:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/airport/protests-not-big-deal-ohare