WBEZ | Weekender http://www.wbez.org/series/weekender Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Weekender passes YOU the torch - Chicago culture! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/weekender-passes-you-torch-chicago-culture-101203 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6072_3973963389_04942e5fcd_z.jpg" style="height: 480px; width: 640px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; " title="2016 Olympics bid announcement, Daley Plaza (flickr/I Bird 2)" />This week and next, Chicagoans get another chance to help plan the city&rsquo;s cultural future. After<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/chicago-drafts-new-cultural-plan-100914"> recently releasing a draft version of Chicago&rsquo;s first cultural plan since 1986</a>, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) kicked off four town halls at locations around the city.<br /><br />The plan&rsquo;s gotten some criticism, mainly that it&rsquo;s more laundry list than a tangible set of priorities, with concrete timelines and budgets. But it&rsquo;s also been praised, including by National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman. On a recent trip to Chicago, he called the plan &ldquo;visionary,&rdquo; saying it should be brought to &ldquo;a hundred different cities in America.&rdquo; Landesman also cited another way in which Chicago&rsquo;s a model. Referencing the plan&rsquo;s proposals to find funds for culture through public-private partnerships and from other government departments, Landesman made it clear that&rsquo;s also the task before the NEA.<br /><br />Some of that inter-governmental cooperation is already playing out locally. At the event with Chairman Landesman, DCASE presented its cultural plan. Then staff from the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), and the Mayor&rsquo;s deputy chief of staff for education talked about ways they could take a piece of various proposals in the plan, through either ongoing or new initiatives in their departments.<br /><br />The message seemed clear - culture is on the agenda of many departments and DCASE is no longer sitting alone in the corner by itself, as was the case at the last city budget hearings, when only a small number of alderman bothered to sit through the DCASE presentation. It also seems significant that the CTA is now hiring art curators, including Elizabeth Kelley who, until recently, was in charge of exhibits and public art at the city.<br /><br />But the message wasn&rsquo;t so much about the power of culture as the power of departmental bottom lines. Gabe Klein talked about CDOT&rsquo;s much bigger budget ($600-800 million compared to DCASE&rsquo;s $30 million), money which could fund cultural programming, whether restoring Chicago&rsquo;s small neighborhood plazas, or in the case of the CTA, incorporating mural projects into CTA station upgrades.<br /><br />Of course intergovernmental largesse means art must be of service, by beautifying the city&rsquo;s streets, or ramping up hotel occupancy rates and tourism levels. And what&rsquo;s wrong with that? Think of the Works Progress Administration, which wove artistic expression into major infrastructure projects. Plus, if you disperse artistic production across departments, maybe you make the arts a bit more impervious to political threats, like the so-called &ldquo;Culture Wars&rdquo; that, among other things, led to the slashing of the NEA&rsquo;s funding in 1996. Or more recently and closer to home, the &ldquo;Cultural Affairs&rdquo; war, when then-Mayor Daley essentially gutted the department that was supposedly a hallmark of his administration&rsquo;s commitment to culture.<br /><br />The NEA&rsquo;s current appropriation is much closer to its high water mark in 1992, and DCASE shows some signs of rebuilding. But our civic commitment to direct, public funding of arts and culture has been deeply diminished. Art now has to work hard for its money. Perhaps we&rsquo;ve always argued that a good play can help reduce violence, but it feels now more than ever that the show only goes on if that case is both bought and sold.<br /><br />If you want to make the case for the value of art and art alone, be sure to attend the next cultural town halls &ndash; there&rsquo;s one Saturday morning on the North Side, at the former Essenay Studios. And the final meeting is Tuesday night, at the Cultural Center. The meeting I attended this past Tuesday at Malcolm X College made it clear there is lots of passion &ndash; and confusion &ndash; around the laundry list of initiatives, on the part of both organizers and participants. Tell the powers that be what you want &ndash; but also make them commit to a coherent plan for culture.</p><p>&nbsp;</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/schaumburg-boomers-logo1.jpg" style="height: 185px; width: 239px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><p><a href="http://www.boomersbaseball.com/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>1. Schaumburg Boomers</strong></span></a></p><p>Friday 6:30 p.m.</p><p>You really can be center field at a Frontier League game.</p><p><a href="http://www.boomersbaseball.com/stadium/default/">Boomers Stadium</a></p><p>1999 Springinsguth Road</p><p>Schaumburg, IL</p><p>&nbsp;</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/baseball_12_landing.jpg" style="height: 167px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><a href="http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/view/cinema/rare-baseball-films-the-newsreels.html"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>2. Rare Baseball Films: The Newsreels</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday 7:30 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">From Stan Musial&#39;s 3000th to Jackie Robinson at home, some of the people and moments from classic baseball.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/view/cinema/index.html">Block Cinema</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">40 Arts Circle Drive&nbsp;&nbsp; Evanston, IL</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/triple%20crown.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 180px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p><a href="http://triplecrownyoyo.com/2012/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>3. Triple Crown of YoYo</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.</p><p>Slingers with strings - watch out! &nbsp;They&#39;ll compete in single, double, and aerial yo yo divisions.</p><p><a href="http://explorechicago.org/city/en/millennium.html">Millennium Park</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</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/2012_2_17_cultural_plan-thumb-640xauto-694744.png" style="width: 240px; height: 180px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><a href="http://www.chicagoculturalplan2012.com/#587/custom_plain"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>4. Chicago Cultural Plan Town Hall</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday 10 a.m. - Noon</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">What&#39;s a weekend without a little civic engagement?</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.staugustine.edu/">St. Augustine College</a> - <a href="http://www.staugustine.edu/index.php?src=gendocs&amp;ref=ESSANAY_Studios">Essanay Studios</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">1345 W. Argyle Street</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/the-budos-band-photo.jpg" style="height: 152px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.thebudos.com/">5. The Budos Band</a></strong></span></p><p>Saturday 10:30 p.m. at <a href="http://subt.net/concerts/5580/0728-the-budos-band/">Subterranean</a></p><p>The gang from Staten Island adds a little Black Sabbath to the mix!</p><p>2011 W. North Avenue</p><p>Sunday 8:30 p.m. at <a href="http://wickerparkfest.com/">Wicker Park Fest</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Click&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;to subscribe to the&nbsp;<em>Weekender</em>&nbsp;podcast.</p><div>Got any hot weekend tips? Let us know below or email weekender@wbez.org</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/weekender-passes-you-torch-chicago-culture-101203 Forecast: A bold weekend's ahead. Throw caution to the wind! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/forecast-bold-weekends-ahead-throw-caution-wind-101016 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="458" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/45389178" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="620"></iframe></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://vimeo.com/45389178">Nickel History: Nation of Heat</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/kristinreeves">Kristin Reeves</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p><p>For the past three summers running, Steppenwolf has played host to artist and actor <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-06/tony-fitzpatrick-artistic-beginnings-new-steppenwolf-show-100251">Tony Fitzpatrick&rsquo;s American trilogy</a>, a theatrical train of thought and performance that meanders through some of the historical and mythical elements at play in our national psyche.</p><p>In <em>This Train</em> and <em>Stations Lost, </em><a href="http://tonyfitzpatrick.wordpress.com/">Fitzpatrick</a> explored his own life and Chicago&rsquo;s character. <em>Nickel History: A Nation of Heat</em> zeros in on ideas of sacrifice during World War II and in our current moment. But as much as the plays are showcases for Fitzpatrick&rsquo;s words and images, an equally significant element across the trilogy is the video and film work of <a href="http://reevesmachine.com/">Kristin Reeves.</a></p><p>Despite their differing mediums, there are quite a few parallels between Fitzpatrick and Reeves&rsquo; aesthetics. Both make work involving multiple levels of imagery, either jostled next to or layered atop one another. Both bring text into their images and re-purpose other existing media &ndash; from print advertisements to film. Reeves also says she shares Fitzpatrick&rsquo;s philosophy that the &ldquo;artist should bear witness&rdquo; to her times.</p><p>The video above serves as a set-up to the overall proceedings in <em>Nickel History</em>, but Reeves estimates she&rsquo;s created about 70 videos for the production. Some of them are quite short, what she calls <a href="http://vimeo.com/45280118">&ldquo;video haiku.&rdquo;</a> She adds &ldquo;A lot of them run synched up with one another, so what looks like one video may be five in total.&rdquo;</p><p>Reeves&rsquo;s videos also take on different roles in the production. &ldquo;Sometimes they play in tandem with other actions on the set. There might be an auditory poem performed by Carolyn (Hoerdemann). At the same time a video&rsquo;s being projected that runs along with that.&rdquo; At other moments the video acts as &ldquo;feature performer in a scene.&rdquo; As Reeves puts it, the video &ldquo;leads the way in terms of what the other actions are on stage.&rdquo;</p><p>The performance element of Reeve&rsquo;s work is, she thinks, what distinguishes it from more traditional video design for theater, which is often there to &ldquo;support the larger piece, like a prop. Whereas my work can enter the foreground, push forward the prop.&rdquo;</p><p>Reeves also has a very different relationship to theater in general, which she fell into more or less by accident. She did a one-off production with an actress friend, then a musician recruited her for another project, and so on and so on and so on &ndash; you know, the Chicago way.</p><p>Reeves feels more of a a connection to the world of experimental or &ldquo;expanded cinema,&rdquo; media artists working in film, video, sound or light. She&rsquo;s just finished up an MFA in Florida, where she also helps run <a href="http://www.flexfest.org/">FLEX</a>, the Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival. Her new solo work, <a href="http://vimeo.com/37903073">&ldquo;Je Ne Sais Plus [What is this Feeling],&rdquo;</a> (by the way, before you click through this video is NSFW) will be shown at <a href="http://mononoawarefilm.com/gallery_2011.html">Mono no aware</a>, a New York gallery (she also hopes to arrange a Chicago screening).</p><p>Still theater has affected Reeves&#39; approach, especially through her work with Fitzpatrick, which she says involved getting inside his head space, or doing a &ldquo;mental performance&rdquo; of his own life and ethos. As many Chicagoans well know, Fitzpatrick&rsquo;s no shrinking violet. Reeves agrees. &ldquo;He can be beautiful and delicate with words and images but he&rsquo;s not cautious. So I can&rsquo;t be cautious, I have to be really confident and bold as well.&rdquo;</p><p>You can see the collaboration between Reeves, Fitzpatrick and others <a href="http://www.steppenwolf.org/Plays-Events/productions/index.aspx?id=571">at Steppenwolf through Aug. 5.</a></p><p>The rest of Weekender&rsquo;s picks are below &ndash; get out there, and be bold!</p><p>&nbsp;</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/large_BabyTeeth.jpg" style="height: 174px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.lincolnhallchicago.com/">1. Baby Teeth&#39;s Final Show: The Last Schmaltz</a></strong></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday 9:30 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The completely adorable and powerful pop group say farewell, with a stellar line-up of local music stars.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.lincolnhallchicago.com/">Lincoln Hall</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 2424 N. Lincoln Ave</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/learnapalooza-the-chicago-skills-exchange.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 180px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.learnapaloozachi.com/"><span style="font-size:16px;">2. Learnapalooza</span></a></strong></p><p>Saturday</p><p>Never mind the music events, get your thinking cap on at this day-long educational fest!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</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/silver%20room%202.jpg" style="height: 180px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/319151001507411/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>3. The Silver Room Block Party</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday Noon - 10 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">A day-long community block party hosted by boutique and event space The Silver Room.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://thesilverroom.com/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>The Silver Room</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/tour%20de%20fat.jpg" style="height: 203px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p><a href="http://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/tour-dates/chicago.aspx"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>4. Tour de Fat</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.</p><p>Get your beer and bike on at the <a href="http://www.newbelgium.com/enjoy-the-ride.aspx">New Belgium Brewing</a> event, and benefit local community group <a href="http://westtownbikes.org/">West Town Bikes</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Palmer Square</p><p>&nbsp;</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/frankie.jpg" style="height: 161px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><a href="http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/features/national-theatre-live-presents-frankenstein"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>5. National Theatre Live presents Frankenstein</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Sunday 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/">Benedict Cumberbatch</a>, the fast talking CSI-ish star of the <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00t4pgh">BBC&#39;s Sherlock</a>, does double duty as Dr. Frankenstein and his creature!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/">Music Box Theatre</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 3733 N. Southport Ave</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Please note that the audio has been corrected for the Baby Teeth show which takes place Friday night. </strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><p>Click&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;to subscribe to the&nbsp;<em>Weekender</em>&nbsp;podcast.</p><div>What&#39;re you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below or email weekender@wbez.org</div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/forecast-bold-weekends-ahead-throw-caution-wind-101016 Weekender: A cure for cultural indigestion! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/weekender-cure-cultural-indigestion-100853 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/3671503283_6c8d6ff6b9_z.jpg" style="height: 387px; width: 600px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; " title="Taste of Chicago (flickr/Kate Gardiner)" /></div><p>I&rsquo;ve been taking a photography class for a while now, and this week, at our final session, a discussion about how to shoot photos in a crowd turned to talk of <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/supporting_narrative/events___special_events/special_events/mose/taste_of_chicago.html/">Taste of Chicago.</a></p><p>In outraged tones a couple of people declared, &ldquo;They&rsquo;ve ruined the Taste!&rdquo; &ldquo;They&rdquo; of course is the city and ruined meant a bunch of things: <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-12-28/news/chi-taste-of-chicago-shortened-to-5-days-20111228_1_taste-cultural-affairs-marc-malnati">a shorter fest and no firework</a>s, fewer food vendors but more expensive food tickets, and having to <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/ct-ent-0713-jennifer-hudson-review-20120713,0,4260874.story">pay for seats at the music acts.</a></p><p>All of this even before they found about there&rsquo;d be no barbeque turkey legs, at which one point one of them threw up her hands and said, &ldquo;But that&rsquo;s what the Taste is all about &nbsp;&ndash; food on sticks!&rdquo;</p><p>Clearly the &quot;they&rdquo; who are &ldquo;ruining&rdquo; the event are, to some, further signs of the new Chicago &ndash; more upwardly mobile definitely, less old-school Chicago possibly. Talk to newer city dwellers and many view the Taste with horror &ndash; one colleague who moved here recently was told to steer clear to &ldquo;avoid being stabbed.&rdquo; But if you grew up with the Taste, chances are you view it like an oddball relative &ndash; sometimes annoying but still family.</p><p>If familiar, frumpy Taste has been undergoing an upgrade, what&rsquo;s the big deal? For such an established Chicago event, change has been the mantra of the Taste &ndash; from <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/here-we-go-again-taste-chicago">the size of the portions to the rules about which food vendors actually qualify as local</a>, to who actually runs the thing (it&rsquo;s gone from the city to the Park District and back again in the past two years).</p><p>And as long as its crowd-pleasing run has been (since 1980, with <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/February-2011/Taste-of-Chicago-Forever-free-clear-and-musical/">a one-year hiatus in the early &#39;80s</a> due to political infighting), the Taste in recent years has been equally divisive: plagued by <a href="http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2009/07/was-the-taste-of-chicago-violence-accurately-reported/4512">violent altercation</a> and <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-06-22/health/ct-x-0622-festival-food-inspection-20110622_1_booths-food-safety-food-temperatures">anxiety about food poisoning</a> (<a href="http://consumerist.com/2007/07/over-500-people-ill-after-taste-of-chicago.html">though apparently that really only happened once</a>, at least on a grand scale). Add in declining revenues at Taste, plus general belt tightening at the city, and is it any wonder something&rsquo;s got to give?</p><p>But I think all the talk about stuff going away isn&#39;t just about new economic realities or tougher policing. It&#39;s also a reaction to a cultural sea change, a shift in mindset about what kind of city Chicago should be. What, these days, is our city&#39;s character? And how well-behaved should its citizens be? Are we &quot;Taste&quot; &ndash; or are we in good taste?</p><p>My fellow shutterbugs talked about the event&rsquo;s unruly nature as a positive feature &ndash; not the outright stabbings, but the Fest&rsquo;s tendency to spill over official boundaries and regulations. If the upscale foodies take over the Taste, <a href="http://theluxurylife.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/taste-of-chicago/">as they seem to be doing</a>, how long before Grant Park&#39;s a sea of orderly white tableclothes rather than a mess of grease-stained cardboard containers?</p><p>In that sense changes at the Taste are a bellwether of a little more order and (to some) a little less fun and personality to be found on our city streets and at our community celebrations. Gay Pride tightened up its act this year and the St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day parade in Bridgeport went away and then came back with a radical makeover. Celebrations of Cinco de Mayo or Puerto Rican Independence have also been curtailed over the years. When I moved to Chicago 12 years ago, traffic in and west of Humboldt Park came virtually to a standstill on those holidays &ndash; as an impromptu bumper-to-bumper parade of flag-waving motorists took over. Not so much these days.</p><p>So far the City seems to be making an effort to keep the Taste an event that can accomodate both old and new Chicago, both giant cheesecakes and celebrity chefs (a line deftly navigated by <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2012/07/10/get_your_free_samples_of_asian_carp.php">Asian carp sliders?)</a> But you tell me &ndash;&nbsp; are the changes to Taste of Chicago a timely re-do? Or is the Fest ruined beyond recognition?</p><p>Weigh in below &ndash; and while you&#39;re there, check out the rest of <em>Weekender&rsquo;s</em> picks!</p><p>&nbsp;</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/ramadan.jpg" style="height: 180px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.greatermidwestfoodways.com/index.php/page/CFRJuly2012.html">1. Ramadan Food Rituals</a></strong></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday 10 a.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The culinary and spiritual elements of the annual Islamic fast.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Kendall College, School of Culinary Arts</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">900 N. North Branch Street</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/flying_lotus_456_002.jpg" style="height: 147px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://flying-lotus.com/">2. Flying Lotus</a></strong></span></p><p>Saturday 4:15 p.m.</p><p>The slap-happy, experimental beat meister is back!</p><p><a href="http://pitchfork.com/festivals/chicago/2012/">Pitchfork Music Festival</a>, Union Park</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</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/BlackSix.jpg" style="width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDU9bv7jJhQ"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>3. The Black Six</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday 7 &amp; 9 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">NFL football players transformed into big, bad bikers!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://docfilms.uchicago.edu/dev/">Doc Films</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; Max Palevsky Cinema</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.uchicago.edu/index.shtml">University of Chicago</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; Ida Noyes Hall</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/folk.jpg" style="height: 209px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p><a href="http://woodstockfolkmusic.com/folkfestival/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>4. 27th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival</strong></span></a></p><p>Sunday 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.</p><p>Folk legend Tom Paxton and more in the town <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7NHCy13ZLk"><em>Groundhog Day</em></a> made famous!</p><p>Woodstock Square</p><p>Woodstock, Ill.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</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/ericandrep4k.jpg" style="height: 205px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.bottomlounge.com/shows/adult-swim-pitchfork-official-after-party-featuring-eric-andre-show"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>5. Adult Swim Pitchfork After Party: The Eric Andre Show Live</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Sunday 10 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">A manic take on the late-night talk format &ndash; as if it could get crazier?!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.bottomlounge.com/">Bottom Lounge</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">1375 W. Lake Street</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/fermi.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p><a href="http://www.137films.org/The-Atom-Smashers.aspx/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>6. The Atom Smashers</strong></span></a></p><p>Monday 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.</p><p>Fermilab&#39;s race to find the elusive Higgs Boson particle &ndash; we know the ending now!</p><p><a href="http://higgsboson.eventbrite.com/">Landmark Century Cinema</a></p><p>2828 N. Clark Street</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />Click&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;to subscribe to the&nbsp;<em>Weekender</em>&nbsp;podcast.</p><div>What&#39;re you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below or email weekender@wbez.org</div></p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/weekender-cure-cultural-indigestion-100853 Weekender: House music picnic and artful skyscrapers http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/weekender-house-music-picnic-and-artful-skyscrapers-100666 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Wayne%20William%20TCFP%202011.jpg" style="height: 427px; width: 640px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="DJ Wayne Williams (Chosen Few DJs)" /></div></div></div><p>Damn if R. Kelly doesn&rsquo;t love the drama. The Chicago R&amp;B artist&rsquo;s autobiography <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Soulacoaster-The-Diary-R-Kelly/dp/1401928358">S</a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Soulacoaster-The-Diary-R-Kelly/dp/1401928358"><em>oulacoaster: The Diary of Me</em></a> comes out this weekend (although Kelly won&#39;t be making promotional appearances, citing a <a href="http://iamyardrock.com/r-kelly-cancels-all-new-york-appearances/">recurrence of the throat problems he had last year</a>). In the book, just like any teen girl scribbling away in her hearts-and flowers-covered journal, Kelly makes a true confession: Ryan &ldquo;Hey Girl&rdquo; Gosling&rsquo;s performance in the 2004 film <em>The Notebook</em> proved just the emotional wake-up call Kelly needed to recognize his marriage was over.</p><p>Kelly&rsquo;s description of breaking down in tears as the movie credits rolled comes as no surprise &ndash; not from the man who penned <em>I Believe I Can Fly</em> (not to mention <em>Real Talk</em>). The man who wrung a 22 chapter <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0491587/">&lsquo;hip hopera&rsquo;</a> out of the imagined consequences of a one-night stand (<a href="http://www.ifc.com/fix/2012/03/trapped-in-the-closet-announcement">with more to come</a>). The same guy whose lawyers posited an equally vast conspiracy of video alterations and AWOL moles to defend him against 14 counts of child pornography.</p><p>It was in the midst of the latter that Kelly put out some of his best musical work, including the double album <em>Happy People/U Saved Me</em>. The first record has some of my favorite Kelly songs - especially the title track &quot;Happy People,&quot; <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8Gmaurug0I">an anthem to the Chicago steppin&#39; scene.</a></p><p>At the beginning of the song Kelly says &ldquo;Ladies and gentlemen, this here&rsquo;s another one for all the steppers. DJ Wayne Williams, put the record on.&rdquo; The DJ complies &ndash; and throughout the video you see him dancing on a balcony overlooking the dance floor of the palatial club. It&rsquo;s a fitting image &ndash; a tribute of sorts &ndash; because Williams has played a huge role in Kelly&rsquo;s career and life.</p><p>Williams is a<a href="http://www.wintermusicconference.com/events/schedule/2011/panelist/85006/DJ+Wayne+Williams+-+Jive+Records.html"> legendary Chicago DJ</a> and music producer, the man who actually got R. Kelly signed to Jive Records. He&rsquo;s also credited with bringing the house music sound out of gay clubs and into the straight, South Side scene, from whence dancers everywhere eventually followed the edict to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2t0C50b9ik">Move Your Body.</a></p><p>When Williams came in this week to talk about <a href="http://chosenfewdjs.com/events/uncategorized/the-chosen-few-picnic-2012/">The Chosen Few</a>, his annual house music blow-out, I asked him for the story behind &quot;Happy People.&quot; At the time Kelly wrote it, Williams was in the hospital, suffering from what he thought was an asthma attack, but turned out to be something more serious. When he got out, Kelly told Williams about the song. Williams was nonplussed. &ldquo;Robert&rsquo;s a jokester, so I&rsquo;m half not believing him. I asked him what it was called. He said Happy People? I&rsquo;m like - Why?!&rdquo;</p><p>Kelly chalked the song up to William&rsquo;s positive spirit, which he claimed &ldquo;fulfilled him.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s a claim well-earned. Williams still works with Kelly and supports his friend through thick and thin, saying, &ldquo;He&rsquo;s a genius and probably one of the nicest people I&rsquo;ve ever met in my life.&rdquo;</p><p>Williams has moved many, many more with his positive, generous spirit. Every July he, his brother Jesse Saunders and the other Chosen Few DJs (it&rsquo;s a select group, not everyone gets to join!), throw a house and disco party in Jackson Park. Over the past 22 years it&#39;s grown from a small gathering of friends to one of the biggest house music events in the world.</p><p>Their main gig is all day Saturday, but Williams and Saunders will host other events and even sneak in a trip to see their &ldquo;favorite team,&rdquo; the Chicago White Sox. Williams also has a new task this year: building in a little extra hang time with his son Jordan &ndash; who was born last picnic weekend.</p><p>The Chosen Few is just one of Weekender&rsquo;s picks &ndash; the rest are below. Get out there, and move your body!</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/Friends.png" style="height: 154px; width: 241px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://nightingaletheatre.org/">1. Untrained Explorations: Youth Film Festival</a></strong></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday 7 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><br />The award-winning, 17-year-old filmmaker Emma Coleman curates a program of other young directors.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://nightingaletheatre.org/">The Nightingale Cinema</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">1084 N. Milwaukee Ave</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/houlihan%202.jpg" style="height: 161px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://event.uchicago.edu/maincampus/detail.php?guid=CAL-402882f8-361191ef-0136-2780dcf7-0000025ceventscalendar@uchicago.edu&amp;recurrenceId=20120707T003000Z">2. Louis Vierne Marathon performed by Christopher Houlihan</a></strong></span></p><p>Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m.</p><p>The chapel will resound with symphonic work by Vierne.</p><p><a href="http://rockefeller.uchicago.edu/">Rockefeller Memorial Chapel</a></p><p>5850 S. Woodlawn Ave</p><p>&nbsp;</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/picnic_0.jpg" style="height: 180px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><a href="http://chosenfewdjs.com/the-picnic/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>3. The Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">House music at its finest: outdoors and outrageous!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/neighborhoods/jackson_park__msi.html">Jackson Park</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">63rd Street and Hayes Drive</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/skyscraper.jpg" style="height: 164px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p><a href="http://www.mcachicago.org/exhibitions/next/all/291"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>4. Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity</strong></span></a></p><p>Friday - Sunday</p><p>Contemporary art work exploring our fascination with tall buildings.</p><p><a href="http://www.mcachicago.org/">MCA Chicago</a></p><p>220 E. Chicago Ave</p><p>&nbsp;</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/young-magic-020-MJE7849.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><a href="http://youngmagic.bandcamp.com/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>5. Young Magic</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Sunday 8 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Some very dreamy, slightly creepy sounds from the Brooklyn-based &quot;collective.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://schubas.com/Shows/07-08-2012+Young+Magic+and+Quilt">Schubas</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">3159 N. Southport Ave</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-size-adjust: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; -moz-font-feature-settings: inherit; -moz-font-language-override: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial,sans-serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 22px; "><strong style="font-weight: bold; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; ">Click&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); " target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;to subscribe to the&nbsp;<em style="font-style: italic; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; ">Weekender</em>&nbsp;podcast.</strong></p><div class="image-insert-image " style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 22px; "><strong style="font-weight: bold; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; ">What&#39;re you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below or email weekender@wbez.org</strong></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/weekender-house-music-picnic-and-artful-skyscrapers-100666 Weekender: Air guitar and Old School Comedy http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-06/weekender-air-guitar-and-old-school-comedy-100513 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/nimatradji.jpg" title="(Flickr/NIMATRADJI)" /></div><p>For lots of folks inside and outside of Chicago&rsquo;s gay community, last Sunday&rsquo;s Pride Parade is the focal point of what&rsquo;s become a month-long celebration of gay pride.</p><p>Not so for many in the black LGBT community. In fact <a href="http://cwcbp.com/">Chicago Windy City Black Pride</a> didn&rsquo;t enter a float, didn&rsquo;t even march in the parade &ndash; though they did participate in the annual Rocks LGBT Pride celebration at Melrose Harbor.</p><p>When I ask why, Chicago Black Pride&rsquo;s president Jesse Hinton says, &ldquo;That&rsquo;s a good question. Historically there&rsquo;s been a division among white and black gay people, a sense among past presidents that the mainstream [and largely white] gay community is not very embracing.&rdquo;</p><p>It isn&rsquo;t news that racism runs through both gay and straight life &ndash; Hinton says, &ldquo;You can see it in the way <a href="http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Queer-activists-talk-racism-transphobia-at-Center-event/37928.html">young African-Americans are treated, the way the police and the gay community handles them</a>.&rdquo; And segregation is as visible in Boystown as it is in other Chicago neighborhoods. Hinton points to the population breakdown in the bars along Halsted Street, saying, &ldquo;These places are not an inviting environment for blacks.&rdquo; Instead people in the black LGBT community go to promoter events aimed specifically at them, like the Urbano party happening Saturday night at the Metro.</p><p>Of course the gulf between black and white gays has complicated and various reasons, including what Hinton argues is a &ldquo;whole other culture in the black household,&rdquo; one that still has &ldquo;couples in 10, 15-year relationships saying &lsquo;This is my roommate&rsquo; when they come around family.&rdquo; And sometimes people do just want to be with their own. Hinton stresses that &quot;although we&rsquo;re open to diversity, sometimes you want familiar surroundings.&rdquo;</p><p>Things may change under his leadership. Hinton became the president of Chicago Black Pride about a year and a half ago, after a long-term relationship ended and he was in search of new leadership opportunities. He says Steamworks, a gay bathhouse in Boystown, recently reached out to do some cross-marketing and promoting for an event. Hinton laughs, saying, &quot;It hadn&rsquo;t even crossed my mind&rdquo; as a possibility, though he welcomes the invitation, and says, &quot;We&rsquo;re definitely open to it, to someone bringing up the conversations.&rdquo;</p><p>Black Pride Week kicked off Thursday and runs through July 4th, but Hinton thinks upcoming events will provide other opportunities for collaboration. His organization will host a cotillion in October to recognize the transgender community, an event he says will be &ldquo;a North Side and a South Side event, involving black party promoters and people in Boystown.&quot;</p><p>Meanwhile Hinton has an invitation of his own to issue to Black Pride&#39;s July 1st party at Rainbow Beach: &ldquo;Come out and party with us, gay, straight, whatever. Just come out and have a good time!&rdquo;</p><p>That&#39;s one respite from this hot, hot weather we&rsquo;re having. The rest of Weekender&#39;s picks are below. So go on now, and enjoy yourself!</p><p>&nbsp;</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/NT.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://usairguitar.com/">1. US Air Guitar Championships</a></strong></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday 9 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The regional competition plus a half-time show from reigning U.S. champ Nordic Thunder!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://metrochicago.com/">Metro</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 3730 N. Clark Street</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Scorpions.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxdmw4tJJ1Y"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>2. Scorpions: Final Sting Tour 2012</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday 7:30 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Scorpions rock Northerly Island like a hurricane!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/Charter-One-Pavilion-at-Northerly-Island-tickets-Chicago/venue/33036">Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">1300 S. Lynn White Drive</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/brokeology.jpg" style="height: 154px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/theater-on-the-lake-broke-ology/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>3. Broke-ology</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;">Friday - Sunday</span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The little theater-slash-field house slates its 60th season of plays by the lake!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/theater-on-the-lake-announces-its-60th-season-of-revived-productions-from-local-companies/"><span style="font-size:16px;">Theater on the Lake</span></a><span style="font-size:16px;">&nbsp;&nbsp; 2401 N. Lake Shore Drive</span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Photo_Old%20School%20Jam%20Web%20SQ_20120521145602.JPG" style="width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.geneseetheatre.com/index.php?file=c-eventdesc&amp;iEventId=479"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>4. Best of the Midwest Old School Comedy Jam</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday 8 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The director of CeaseFire Illinois hosts a stellar line-up of old-time comedy kings.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.geneseetheatre.com/">Genesee Theatre</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">203 N. Genesee Street&nbsp;&nbsp; Waukegan, IL</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Pee-Wees-Big-Adventure.jpg" style="height: 180px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p><a href="http://www.portagetheater.org/Events/91/pee-wee039-s-big-adventure-free/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>5. Pee-wee&#39;s Big Adventure</strong></span></a></p><p>Sunday 4 p.m.</p><p>&quot;I know you are but what am I?&quot; What more do you want?</p><p><a href="http://www.portagetheater.org/Home/">Portage Theater</a></p><p>4050 N. Milwaukee Avenue</p><p>&nbsp;</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/120504-adam-yauch-press.png" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><p><a href="http://lincolnhallchicago.com/Page/Shows?Month=July&amp;Year=2012"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>6. Time for Livin&#39;: A Tribute to MCA &amp; The Beastie Boys</strong></span></a></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;">Monday 8 p.m.</span></p><p>The late Adam Yauch is remembered by local bands and entertainers.</p><p><a href="http://lincolnhallchicago.com/Home+Page/Home"><span style="font-size:16px;">Lincoln Hall</span></a><span style="font-size:16px;">&nbsp;&nbsp; 2424 N. Lincoln Avenue</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 22px; "><strong style="font-weight: bold; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; ">Click&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); " target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;to subscribe to the&nbsp;<em style="font-style: italic; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; ">Weekender</em>&nbsp;podcast.</strong></p><div class="image-insert-image " style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 22px; ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 22px; "><strong style="font-weight: bold; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; ">What&#39;re you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below or email weekender@wbez.org</strong></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-06/weekender-air-guitar-and-old-school-comedy-100513 Weekender: Proud and Loud Events! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-06/weekender-proud-and-loud-events-100304 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS5885_LeRoyNeiman_Credit_Cameron_Neilson-scr.jpg" style="height: 668px; width: 500px;" title="LeRoy Neiman (Photo by Cameron Neilson)" /></div></div><p>I&rsquo;m pretty sure I&rsquo;m not alone in saying a little light reading of <em>Playboy </em>magazine was one of my formative sexual experiences. My Dad had a pile on the bottom shelf of the bookcase in his basement office. He said the subscription was a &quot;gift.&quot; Must have been from a pretty generous friend &ndash; the issues just kept on coming, through many years of my late childhood/early adolescence!</p><p>I learned a lot from the magazine and in fact I should probably thank my Dad because beyond the stash of <em>Playboy </em>he was pretty much mum on matters sexual. In other words, I definitely wasn&rsquo;t reading the articles. Instead I checked out the photo spreads and also poured over the handwritten profiles by the centerfolds, whose pursuits seemed as glamorous and foreign as the illustrations of sleek interiors and ads for high-end stereo equipment.</p><p>But I especially liked the drawings and cartoons, whose humor was well suited to young readers - juvenile and very broad in taste. To my eyes Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder&rsquo;s <em>Little Annie Fanny </em>and Leroy Neiman&rsquo;s Femlins looked like more explicit, if slightly less sophisticated variations on the anarchic graphics in <em>Mad Magazine</em>. The latter are almost kissing cousins to Sergio Aragon├ęs <em>Spy vs. Spy</em>, <em>Mad Marginals</em> and <em>Drawn-out Dramas</em>. And the two artists also apparently shared a love for <a href="http://franklinmintblog.blogspot.com/2009/08/sergio-aragones.html">Dali-style moustaches!</a></p><p>LeRoy Neiman, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/art/painter-leroy-neiman-dies-91-100323">who died this week</a>, was of course discovered by Hugh Hefner in Chicago, after studying and teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and working as a freelance illustrator. It was thanks to Hefner that Neiman got to travel the world, capturing the glamour and action of the jet setting scene, including sports figures and other celebrities.</p><p>Neiman went on to great fame and fortune, but as a pop figure, not a critical darling. Both his style, which involved quick sketches of people in motion, and his aesthetic, which favored surfaces over substance, blend seamlessly with the profile of the corporate artist. But through the mid 1970s Neiman moved in a world of celebrities that was largely surface &ndash; or at least inaccessible - to most folks. Bruce Jenner is now known as kind of a bumbling sidekick on a reality TV show. But in 1976, when Neiman drew him, he was that rare figure: an American decathlete, draped in gold. Neiman&rsquo;s images, as tossed off as they are, still retain a hint of that remote star power.</p><p>Beyond athletes, Neiman drew a lot of jazz musicians, including <em>Bird and Diz (1973)</em>, a sketch of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, which now belongs to the Art Institute of Chicago. According to this rather <a href="http://www.cigaraficionado.com/webfeatures/show/id/6075">in-depth profile </a>from <em>Cigar Aficionado </em>(fitting, since many seem to remember Neiman more for his lifestyle than his art), his first job with <em>Playboy </em>was illustrating a story about a jazz musician, an image that &ldquo;won <em>Playboy </em>its first art prize from the Chicago Art Directors Club Show.&rdquo;</p><p>That&rsquo;s not the only reason I&rsquo;ve got jazz on the brain &ndash; Jason Adasiewicz and his trio Sun Rooms are playing two nights at Chicago&rsquo;s Green Mill, which even in these jaded days is a pretty glamorous and hard-to-get gig.</p><p>The rest of Weekender&rsquo;s picks are below.&nbsp; Get out there, and enjoy!</p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/jason.jpg" style="height: 176px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://jasonadasiewicz.com/spacer/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>1. Jason Adasiewicz&#39;s Sun Rooms</strong></span></a></div></div><p>Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 9 p.m.</p><p>The rising vibraphone star brings his jazz trio to the Mill!</p><p><a href="http://www.greenmilljazz.com/">The Green Mill</a></p><p>4802 N. Broadway Ave.</p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/LL.jpg" style="height: 173px; width: 239px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><a href="http://www.lorettalynn.com/50/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>2. Loretta Lynn</strong></span></a></div></div><p>Friday - Sunday</p><p>More than a half century on, the country star shows she&#39;s still got chops, in a three-night stand.</p><p><a href="http://www.drurylaneoakbrook.com/">The Drury Lane Theatre</a></p><p>Oakbrook Terrace, IL</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/acm.jpg" style="height: 151px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><a href="http://www.acmusic.org/node/728"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>3. AC Music: Best of Weekly Readings Concert</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday 7:30 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Celebrate living composers as Palomar performs the very best pieces of the Weekly Readings project.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.roosevelt.edu/ccpa">Ganz Hall</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.roosevelt.edu/">Roosevelt University</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 430 S. Michigan Ave.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/cat-returns2-800-75.jpg" style="height: 142px; width: 239px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rq7NQ0qs7N0"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>4. The Cat Returns</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday 5:15 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">A cat kingdom rendered in anime - part of a tribute to a powerhouse Japanese animation studio.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/castlesinthesky">Gene Siskel Film Center</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 164 N. State St.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pride%20-%20ColorblindRain.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left; width: 240px; height: 180px; " title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.chicagopridecalendar.org/parade.shtml"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>5. Chicago Pride Parade</strong></span></a></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Sunday Noon</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The rainbow flag flies again!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Starts at a new corner this year: Broadway &amp; Montrose</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/kites%20-%20yuzu.jpg" style="height: 184px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.govst.edu/gsuview/default.aspx?id=44779&amp;blogid=734"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>6. Kids, Kolors &amp; Kites</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Sunday 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Cover your kite in drawings - and then see how well it flies as art!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.govst.edu/sculpture/">Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.govst.edu/">Governors State University</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 1 University Pkwy.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the <em>Weekender</em> podcast.</strong></p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>What&#39;re you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below or email weekender@wbez.org</strong></div></div></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-06/weekender-proud-and-loud-events-100304 Weekender: '30s era jazz, contemporary craft and the futuristic film Prometheus! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-06/weekender-30s-era-jazz-contemporary-craft-and-futuristic-film-prometheus <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/winnipeg.jpg" style="height: 410px; width: 620px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px;" title="Sketch of the City of Winnipeg Manitoba 1882 (Manitoba Historical Maps/flickr)" /></div><p>Summer hasn&rsquo;t officially started but Weekender&rsquo;s decided to take a short vacation. Or at least I&rsquo;m heading out &ndash; home to see some of my family in Winnipeg.</p><p>I&rsquo;ve had many friends and acquaintances pass through and ask me for a list of places and things to see &ndash; <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY9BtROpNQ4">&ldquo;my Winnipeg&rdquo;</a> I guess. And since in Chicago I&rsquo;ve developed this strange sideline-slash-job as a weekend planner, I thought I&rsquo;d share some of the sights and sounds I&rsquo;ll be sure to check out on my visit.</p><p>My hometown sometimes gets a bad rap &ndash; I remember reading a line from a Faulkner novel in which a character, looking out over a desolate scene, likens it to other remote and unhappy places, including Winnipeg! Even locals have their issues -- <a href="http://www.winnipeglovehate.com/">check out this blog</a> documenting what the photographer calls &quot;the most beautiful, most repulsive city in the world.&quot;</p><p>But the city has actually thrived and its population remained pretty stable, at least in part because it has such a great arts and culture scene. Winnipeg has all the high-end establishments &ndash; a symphony, ballet and contemporary art museum. But it&rsquo;s also always had a great underground scene &ndash; from punk to speakeasies to art collectives.</p><p>This trip I&rsquo;ll visit <a href="http://plugin.org/">Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art</a>, which started out as an artist-run center and has over the years morphed into a player within the international art scene. I think this is one of the places that provided my early multi-media arts education. Plug In is celebrating its 40th anniversary in <a href="http://plugin.org/news/200910/plug-in-ica-and-university-winnipeg-break-ground-new-site">amazing new digs</a>, so I&rsquo;ll be checking out both the latest exhibit and the new space.</p><p>Since I&rsquo;ve invoked film -- and&nbsp; Guy Madden -- a trip to <a href="http://www.winnipegfilmgroup.com/">The Winnipeg Film Group </a>is obviously in order (besides it&#39;s not far from Plug In!). The Group&rsquo;s Cinematheque is where Madden&rsquo;s<em> Tales from the Gimli Hospital </em>debuted (he&rsquo;s still an honorary member), and they&rsquo;ve helped launch the careers of many other film talents, with screenings and classes. The week I&rsquo;m home they&rsquo;ll screen <em><a href="http://www.winnipegfilmgroup.com/cinematheque/family_portrait_in_black_and_white.aspx">Family Portrait in Black and White</a></em> though I wish I was going to be there the following week for this <a href="http://www.winnipegfilmgroup.com/cinematheque/noam_gonick_wildflower_of_manitoba_web.aspx">retrospective.</a></p><p>There are thrift stores and parks and neighborhoods I&#39;ll hit up (I love franco-manitobain <a href="http://www.ccfm.mb.ca/">St. Boniface</a>) but I&#39;m going to make extra sure to visit of my favorite restaurants. <a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/332/1450424/restaurant/Downtown/Wagon-Wheel-Winnipeg">The Wagon Wheel Lunch</a> is an old school hole-in-the-wall in downtown Winnipeg. Their club sandwich is amazingly good &ndash; made with roast turkey they prepare fresh every day. It used to be a regular hangout for journalists from the nearby offices of the <em>Winnipeg Free Press</em>.</p><p>But lots has changed &ndash; the original owner died a few years ago and Franny Gomez took over &ndash; she&rsquo;s worked there since emigrating to Winnipeg from El Salvador more than 20 years ago. Now there&rsquo;s a major do-over planned for downtown, which means <a href="http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/wagon-wheel-rolling-till-july-139145499.html">the building housing the Wagon Wheel will be torn down</a>.</p><p>Gomez doesn&rsquo;t know if she&rsquo;ll relocate or not, but they&rsquo;ve got the current spot until July so I&rsquo;ve got time for one more sandwich and chocolate milkshake. Though<a href="http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/another-downtown-icon-falls-157729695.html"> given the extent of gentrification on the way</a> &ndash; which includes removing entire blocks of historic Winnipeg - a whole bunch of my city may be gone next trip back.</p><p>A great Chicago weekend awaits you below &ndash; and we&rsquo;ll see you back on Weekender June 22!&nbsp; In the meantime, get out there, and enjoy!</p><p>&nbsp;</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/3%20walls.jpg" style="height: 143px; width: 239px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><p><a href="http://www.three-walls.org/support/fundraisers/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>1. The New Gotham Ballroom</strong></span></a></p><p>Friday 6:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.</p><p>Threewalls art center holds its annual spring benefit by going back to a 1930s jazz club!</p><p><a href="http://stanmansion.com/#/home">Stan Mansion</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 2408 N. Kedzie Ave</p><p>&nbsp;</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/Jazz%20cabaret-Joan%20Collaso3.jpg" style="height: 158px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><a href="http://www.jazzinchicago.org/presents/jazzcity/jazz-cabaret-joan-collasso-tribute-nancy-wilson-and-shirley-horn"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>2. Jazz Cabaret: Joan Collaso: Tribute to Nancy Wilson &amp; Shirley Horn</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday 7 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Two - well three - jazz sirens for the price of one show!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Columbus Park Refectory&nbsp;&nbsp; 5701 W. Jackson Blvd</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/constructor.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://constructorcraftfair.wordpress.com/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>3. Constructor Craft Fair</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Design-driven craft from and for the western suburbs (and others too!)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com/">FitzGerald&#39;s</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">6615 Roosevelt Rd.&nbsp;&nbsp; Berwyn, IL</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/GirlShySLIDESHOW_610_407_sha_s_c1.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/features/girl-shy">4. Girl Shy with Live Organ Accompaniment</a></strong></span></div></div><p>Saturday 12 p.m.</p><p>Local organist Dennis Scott brings the soundtrack!</p><p><a href="http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/">The Music Box Theatre</a></p><p>3733 N. Southport Ave.</p><p>&nbsp;</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/Prometheus_movie_05.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><p><a href="http://www.projectprometheus.com/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>5. Prometheus</strong></span></a></p><p>Opening Friday</p><p>Is it an <em>Alien</em> prequel?&nbsp; Is it any good? These questions and more can only be answered in the dark of a movie or IMAX theater.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</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/eternals.jpg" style="height: 161px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><strong><a href="http://explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/events/dca_tourism/DTS061112.html">6. The Eternals &amp; Wild Belle</a></strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Monday 6:30 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The local trio grows more members to debut a new work - Espiritu Zombi Suite!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Pritzker Pavilion&nbsp;&nbsp; Millennium Park</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the <em>Weekender</em> podcast.</strong></p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>What&#39;re you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below or email weekender@wbez.org</strong></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-06/weekender-30s-era-jazz-contemporary-craft-and-futuristic-film-prometheus Weekender: Boot camp for art buyers! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-05/weekender-boot-camp-art-buyers-99684 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mill%20park.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="(Flickr/Princess Stand In The Rain)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Chicago: city of tall buildings, amazing dining, and believe it or not, a rockin&rsquo; public arts scene. Everyone plays their part in making it happen &ndash; from private groups like the Chicago Loop Alliance (which will officially unveil <a href="http://artloop.chicagoloopalliance.com/">Color Jam </a>next week) to non-profits like the <a href="http://www.cpag.net/home/index.html">Chicago Public Art Group</a> (which preserves and creates new murals, mosaics and sculptures), to government agencies including the <a href="http://www.transitchicago.com/art/">Chicago Transit Authority</a> and the <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/provdrs/public_art_program.html">city of Chicago</a>. The latter has ushered in public art projects both historical (<a href="http://chicago-outdoor-sculptures.blogspot.com/2007/11/riverwalk-gateway-i.html">Ellen Lanyon&rsquo;s Riverwalk Gateway</a>) and hysterical (remember <a href="http://www.chicagotraveler.com/cows_on_parade.htm">Cows on Parade?</a>).</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Now Chicago&rsquo;s public arts may well be getting a boost: The City&rsquo;s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events recently hired Daniel Schulman as Program Director of the Visual Arts &ndash; Exhibitions and Public Art Section. In that position, Schulman will program exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center and other city galleries. He&rsquo;ll also be responsible for the city&rsquo;s collection of public art and the Public Art Program.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Schulman&rsquo;s name may ring a bell with many - he has a long history in Chicago art. He was a curator in the Department of Modern Art at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1993-2004 and as an independent curator put together <a href="http://www.spertus.edu/julius-rosenwald-force-change">an exhibit at the Spertus Institute</a>. He grew up in Hyde Park and when we spoke earlier this week, he told me his formative art experiences included studio art classes at the Hyde Park Art Center and an internship at The Renaissance Society in 1977 while a high school senior.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><br />Schulman&rsquo;s art history interests reflect his hometown pride: He has tended to focus on African-American art in the 20th century, &ldquo;so much of which revolves around Chicago&rdquo; (read his essay on Chicago sculptor Marion Perkins <a href="http://www.artic.edu/aic/books/mstudies/24-2_preview/6/index.html">here</a>). He says he had &ldquo;the good luck&rdquo; to work with <a href="http://www.saic.edu/people/Stuckey_Charles.html?color=ORANGE">Charles Stuckey </a>at the Art Institute, who was a &ldquo;pioneer in addressing gaps in the museum&rsquo;s coverage of African American artists.&rdquo;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Chicagoans are likely also familiar with Chicago&rsquo;s Public Art Program, if only because it has long been dogged by controversy. Starting in 1999, <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2001-06-09/news/0106090202_1_public-art-program-lash-scott-hodes">local attorney Scott Hodes launched a number of complaints </a>against the program, including civil lawsuits charging financial mismanagement and a lack of transparency. (The city then turned around and <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/countersued-miscellany/Content?oid=921992">sued Hodes</a>, claiming fraud.)</div><div class="image-insert-image "><br />And in a <a href="http://culturalpolicy.uchicago.edu/papers/workingpapers/AnziaBeyondBattlefield.pdf">2007 study </a>Susan Anzia, then a graduate student at the University of Chicago, argued that the program had &ldquo;run its useful life course.&rdquo; Anzia also criticized the program&rsquo;s governing body, the Public Art Committee (PAC), a group consisting of government officials and art community representatives. In Anzia&rsquo;s view the committee, while having &ldquo;formal authority to do a great deal,&rdquo; more often &ldquo;simply puts a stamp of approval on the decisions made by the program staff and the project-specific panels prior to PAC meetings.&rdquo;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><br />Daniel Schulman, who served on PAC from 1999-2007, disagreed with that assessment, calling it &ldquo;not true.&rdquo; On the matter of the future of the public arts program, Schulman had even less to say. Currently the program is overseen by the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, a department Schulman says is slated to &ldquo;disappear&rdquo; as of June 30. Until that date the program, like many of the city&rsquo;s cultural initiatives, is &ldquo;in transition.&rdquo; And until the department comes under his leadership, Schulman said it was &ldquo;not appropriate&rdquo; to provide more specific details, including whether or not the program will survive.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><br />He did say they&rsquo;d be looking &ldquo;very carefully&rdquo; at the program, including the way it is funded. With public art programs the &ldquo;results are unpredictable &ndash; so why make them predictable?&rdquo; In other words he thinks the department needs to be open to different funding formulas and independent ideas &ndash; &ldquo;suppose an artist comes in with an idea that is just phenomenal &hellip; how do you fit that into your bylaws or specific mission?&rdquo;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><br />The only project Schulman mentioned by name is the proposed <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/11228760-417/from-city-railway-to-bike-trail.html">Bloomingdale Trail development</a>, which he hasn&rsquo;t been involved in but he considers a project where public art can &ldquo;really put a strong imprint on either a corner, a neighborhood, or a region of the city.&rdquo;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><br />City dwellers know that to already be the case &ndash; though they&rsquo;ll have to wait until after June 30 to hear whether the city has new public art projects in the works. In the meantime, check out some of the public art in your neighborhood &ndash; and the rest of Weekender&rsquo;s picks below!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/TIPPING-POINT_front-731x1024.jpg" style="height: 183px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><a href="http://www.thevisualist.org/2012/06/the-tipping-point-of-me-and-we/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>1. The Tipping Point of Me and We</strong></span></a></div></div><p>Friday 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.</p><p>A multi-media exploration of individuals and communities at the breaking point.</p><p><a href="http://blackpearl.org/little-black-pearl/">Little Black Pearl Art &amp; Design Center</a></p><p>1060 East 47th Street</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</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/do%20division.jpg" style="height: 206px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.do-divisionstreetfest.com/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>2. Do-Division Street Festival</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday - Sunday</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Rock out in the old stomping grounds of Nelson Algren.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Between Ashland Avenue &amp; Leavitt Street</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/57th.jpg" style="height: 152px; width: 239px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.57thstreetartfair.org/">3. 57th Street Art Fair</a></strong></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday - Sunday</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The Midwest&#39;s oldest juried art fair - complete with an art-buying boot camp.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">57th Street and South Kimbark Avenue</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/force.jpg" style="height: 213px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.chicagoforcefootball.com/index.asp"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>4. Chicago Force vs. Indy Crash</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday 5 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Women can tackle - hard! Find out how hard at the final regular season home game of the Force!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.chicagoforcefootball.com/stadium.asp">Lazier Field</a> at <a href="http://www.eths.k12.il.us/main.aspx">Evanston Township High School</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">2285 Church Street&nbsp;&nbsp; Evanston, IL</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/battleslead.jpg" style="height: 211px; width: 239px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><a href="http://bttls.com/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>5. Battles</strong></span></a></div></div><p><strong>Please note: This show has been postponed to June 14</strong></p><p><br />A blistering blend of math-rock, techno, and pop!</p><p><a href="http://bottomlounge.com/">Bottom Lounge</a></p><p>1375 West Lake Street</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</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/fugazi.jpg" style="height: 162px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/143890555735580/?notif_t=plan_user_invited"><span style="font-size:16px;">6. INSTRUMENT plays Fugazi&#39;s 13 Songs &amp; More</span></a></strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Sunday 7 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The local band pays tribute to the legendary band who took punk far beyond hardcore.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://lincolnhallchicago.com/">Lincoln Hall</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 2424 North Lincoln Avenue</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the <em>Weekender</em> podcast.</strong></p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>What&#39;re you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below or email weekender@wbez.org</strong></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-05/weekender-boot-camp-art-buyers-99684 Weekender: Bhangra, Barbecue and Bawdy Stories! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-05/weekender-bhangra-barbecue-and-bawdy-stories-99482 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/kate.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="(Flickr/Kate Gardiner)" /></div><p>If your inner weekend warrior is suffering a major case of whiplash, you are not alone. Just last week Chicago was on major lockdown, a dowager protecting her jewels from invading hordes of cat burglars. <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/things-to-do/chicago-blog/15360781/chagalls-four-seasons-covered-due-to-nato-summit-fears">Plywood over the public art!</a> <a href="http://galleries.apps.chicagotribune.com/chi-120520-nato-summit-protests-sunday-pictures/#2">Police flanking the Art Institute!</a> Walking to brunch I passed an alley back of the Bloomingdale&rsquo;s on Michigan Avenue. It was transformed into a staging area for local and national security forces, who were idling the summery morning away like a fleet of nervous and high-priced models, waiting for their moment on the runway.</p><p>By contrast, this Memorial Day weekend everything&#39;s opening up! Cyclists are welcome on <a href="http://www.bikethedrive.org/">Lake Shore Drive</a>, fresh produce will arrive at <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/2012/04/chicagos-farmers-markets-2012/">more farmers&#39; markets</a>, and many folks will hit up the <a href="http://www.examiner.com/article/venture-to-chicago-s-beaches-this-memorial-day-weekend-2012">beaches</a>. Even the long-standing swim bans are gone &ndash; you are now <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Chicago-To-End-Beach-Bans-153065385.html">officially free </a>to swim the waters of Lake Michigan, high E. coli counts or not.</p><p>Still, it won&rsquo;t be all that easy to evade the politics and history undergirding so many of our city experiences. Memorial Day, officially known as <a href="http://www.history.com/topics/memorial-day-history">Decoration Day</a>, was founded by <a href="http://www.loganmuseum.org/">General John A. Logan</a>, who fought in the Union Army and served in the United States Senate. The memorial in his namesake neighborhood Logan Square commemorates Illinois&rsquo; centennial, and is both a landmark and a rallying point for community gatherings of all kinds, from impromptu skateboarding sessions to political protests.</p><p>Many people will visit and adorn the graves of soldiers killed in conflict. And for some that moment may well be overlain with images from last weekend, when more than 40 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&amp;id=8669859">threw their &ldquo;global war on terrorism&rdquo; service medals in the general direction of McCormick Place</a>.</p><p>Our neighborhoods also contain memorials to the fallen, from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhdennis/5910833386/">children </a>caught in<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/zol87/5598633560/"> gun violence</a> to <a href="http://bikechicago.info/ghostbikes/">cyclists killed in traffic</a>. And just last weekend organizers behind the so-called &ldquo;speculative&rdquo; <a href="http://chicagotorture.org/#about">Chicago Torture Justice Memorial </a>wrapped up their call for proposals.</p><p>A coalition of activists, academics, artists and human rights experts are behind the project. The plan is to exhibit some of the 70-plus proposals received (which range from traditional memorials to poems to blueprints for psychological centers), and offer them as a series of public reckonings with Chicago&rsquo;s legacy of police torture under Area 2 Commander Jon Burge. Some projects may be realized, though which ones and how many are still to be determined.</p><p>Other unanswered questions: when exactly former Mayor <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-04-10/news/chi-daley-will-answer-questions-in-police-torture-case-20120410_1_burge-or-detectives-chicago-police-cmdr-answer-questions">Richard M. Daley will be deposed</a>, in a lawsuit related to the torture allegations. And what&#39;s to become of the men who remain behind bars, and claim to be there because of forced confessions. Contending with the past can be difficult enough. But how to comprehend a traumatic event that is <a href="http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2012/05/15/Cook-County-paying-600K-in-prison-torture-suit/UPI-16071337097543/">still unfolding</a>? One way is to attend <em><a href="http://www.timelinetheatre.com/">My Kind of Town</a></em>, the play penned by John Conroy, who <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/police-torture-in-chicago-jon-burge-scandal-articles-by-john-conroy/Content?oid=1210030&amp;/">started reporting</a> the allegations of torture at Area 2 in 1990.</p><p>TimeLine Theatre has again done a remarkable job of wrestling a set of real-life events into a coherent narrative, without completely sacrificing the complexity and messiness they involve. And that complexity is us: Conroy has said he wants to <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-2012/John-Conroys-My-Kind-of-Town-at-TimeLine-Theatre/">&quot;indict the whole city&quot;</a> with his play. Opening night, he was in the audience, making notes. Clearly, despite all his years of reporting and now this play, this history is not finished for Conroy. Nor is it for Chicago.</p><p>A long weekend offers some extra hours for reflection, so maybe this play&rsquo;s just the thing. The rest of Weekender&rsquo;s picks are below - enjoy!</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/Langford.png" style="height: 214px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><p><a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/117723/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>1. Jon Langford and Martin Billheimer&#39;s Story Night</strong></span></a></p><p>Friday 6 p.m.</p><p>Sex Legends of Rock will include raunchy readings from Sally Timms, Jim Elkington and more!</p><p><a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/">The Hideout</a></p><p>1354 W. Wabansia Ave.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/e%2B1.jpg" style="height: 180px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><a href="http://www.theburlingtonbar.com/index.php/shows"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>2. E+, Magic Key and Pearls</strong></span></a></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday 9 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Members of local groups Disappear and Heavy Times recombine to make E+.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.theburlingtonbar.com/">The Burlington</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">3425 W. Fullerton Ave.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/bbq.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p><strong><span style="font-size:16px;"><a href="http://westmontbbq.com/index.html">3. Red, White, &amp; Bar-B-Q</a></span></strong></p><p>Friday - Sunday</p><p>The largest sanctioned BBQ competition in Illinois - bring a big ol&#39; bib!</p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.wpd4fun.org/parks/Ty-Warner-Park.htm">Ty Warner Park</a></strong></span></p><p>700 Blackhawk Dr.&nbsp;&nbsp; Westmont, IL</p><p>&nbsp;</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/eric.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://ebow.org/news.html"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>4. In Decay - Stitching America&#39;s Ruins</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">All Weekend</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Large color photos of buildings in decline by Eric Holubow.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/supporting_narrative/attractions/dca_tourism/Chicago_Cultural_Center.html">Chicago Cultural Center</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 78 E. Washington St.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/DJ.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; margin: 10px; float: left; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" title="" /><a href="http://www.abcdchicago.com/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>5. White Out Party</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Sunday 9 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Put on your best Memorial Day white for a Bollywood, bhangra, electronic dance-a-thon!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.themidchicago.com/">The Mid</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 306 N. Halsted St.</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the <em>Weekender</em> podcast.</strong></p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>What&#39;re you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below or email weekender@wbez.org</strong></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 25 May 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-05/weekender-bhangra-barbecue-and-bawdy-stories-99482 Weekender: Comics, comedians and cover Bands! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-05/weekender-comics-comedians-and-cover-bands-99269 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/performance art 2.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="(Flickr/chooyutshing)" /></div></div></div><p>With NATO in town this weekend, you can expect a fair amount of political theater, from presidents and supreme commanders to protestors alike. But even without that particular incentive, the performance art scene in Chicago is happening! And I mean that literally.</p><p>Monday afternoon, at Northwestern University, students and staff will recreate <a href="http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/view/exhibitions/2012/fluids-a-happening-by-allan-kaprow-reinvented-by-art-theory--practice.html">Fluids</a>, a historic piece by <a href="http://www.theartstory.org/movement-happenings.htm">Fluxus artist Allan Kaprow</a>, the man who also coined the term &ldquo;happening&rdquo; to describe artistic performances or situations.</p><p>Fluids is a giant structure made out of more than 300 blocks of ice, and like all good ephemeral art, it will eventually disappear. But the flurry of performance activity in our area isn&rsquo;t going anywhere.</p><p>Roell Schmidt directs the performing arts space <a href="http://www.linkshall.org/">Links Hall</a>. She thinks the flourishing scene stems from Chicago&rsquo;s art schools and a &ldquo;blurring of form that&rsquo;s going in a lot of the MFA and undergraduate programs.&rdquo; So a student studying sculpture still creates objects, but turns to live bodies rather than inanimate forms for her materials.</p><p>The appeal may lie in the three-dimensional nature of performance. Schmidt says we have &ldquo;so much access to art and information in a two-dimensional realm that it&rsquo;s not surprising to see artists creating something that you have to embody and experience live.&rdquo;</p><p>It makes sense that audiences would find this appealing as well. As Schmidt points out, now that sites like Instagram or YouTube, and genres like reality television, have granted all of us permission to be the creators of our own experiences, our expectations that art will engage us in different ways may be increasing.</p><p>Her colleague, Anna Trier, also sees an emphasis on &ldquo;human connectivity&rdquo; in the new generation of performance artists, as well as two different spheres of performance art emerging in the city &ndash; sculptural-based work and more choreographed projects, much of the latter heavily influenced by Goat Island, Chicago&rsquo;s biggest claim to fame in the international world of performance.</p><p>Trier coordinates the LinkUp residencies and also runs the <a href="http://happycollaborationists.com/">Happy Collaborationists</a> exhibit space. She&#39;s most excited that &ldquo;non-performance spaces are now interested in these live events &ndash; and are willing to host them as part of their programming.&rdquo; She points to commercial galleries, but also community-based groups &ndash; the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce has just signed off on helping to fund a second year of the live street-art series <a href="http://www.outofsitechicago.com/">Out of Site</a>. The new performance space at the Old Town School of Folk Music accommodates non-musical artists as well.</p><p>Does performance art have commercial value?&nbsp; Trier says &ldquo;really good pieces&rdquo; produce &ldquo;relics&rdquo; &ndash; like the dinnerware from Theaster Gates&#39; 2007 project <a href="http://theastergates.com/section/29133_Plate_Convergence.html">Plate Convergence</a> at the Hyde Park Art Center. Those objects have &ldquo;increased value having interacted with the particular experience the artist assembled.&rdquo;</p><p>As for how the current scene compares to Fluxus or the heyday of American performance art in the &#39;80s, the old may be new again. <a href="http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/965">Marina Abramovic</a> is from that earlier generation but her shows still sell out, including her last performance here, at the <a href="http://www.chicagohumanities.org/Genres/Arts-And-Architecture/2012-Abramovic-Marina.aspx">Chicago Humanities Festival.</a> And Holly Hughes, who back in the day was one of the <a href="http://www.bostonphoenix.com/archive/1in10/97/03/HUGES.html">NEA 4 </a>denied government funding, curated Links Hall&rsquo;s performance series <em>Standing Heat</em>, which explores the boundaries between humans and animals.</p><p>On this episode of Weekender, we also spotlight the work of the young performance collective Husband. The rest of our picks are below &ndash; get out there and enjoy!</p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Side%2BMullet%2BSend%2BOff%2BPoster.jpg" style="height: 191px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://thelincolnlodge.com/events/side-mullet-send-off/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>1. Side Mullet Send Off</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday 8:30 &amp; 10:30 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Local comedian Cameron Esposito says buh-bye!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://thelincolnlodge.com/">The Lincoln Lodge</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">4008 N. Lincoln Ave.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ian%20curtis.jpg" style="height: 180px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/401738083193131/">2. Celebrating Ian Curtis</a></strong></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday 9:30 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Cynthia Plaster Caster DJs, The Unknown Pleasures cover Joy Division.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://gstap.com/">Grace Street Tap</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">3759 N. Western Ave.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/The%20Palm%20Poises%20web.jpg" style="height: 180px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.aldermanexhibitions.com/Alderman_Exhibitions/Programs.html">3. Nearer to Know Less</a></strong></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday &amp; Saturday 7:30 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">A performance series, including work by local collective Husband.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.aldermanexhibitions.com/Alderman_Exhibitions/ALDERMAN_EXHIBITIONS.html">Alderman Exhibitions</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">1138 W. Randolph St.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/clowes.jpg" style="height: 212px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://graycentercomicscon.uchicago.edu/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>4. Comics: Philosophy and Practice</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday - Sunday</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">R. Crumb! Daniel Clowes! Alison Bechdel! and many more.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.uchicago.edu/index.shtml">University of Chicago</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://graycenter.uchicago.edu/">Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">As promised, here&#39;s <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/show/100686">that famous quote</a> from <em>The Catcher In The Rye</em>.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the <em>Weekender</em> podcast.</strong></p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>What&#39;re you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below or email weekender@wbez.org</strong></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 18 May 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-05/weekender-comics-comedians-and-cover-bands-99269