WBEZ | Culture http://www.wbez.org/tags/culture Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Revamping Lake Shore Drive http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-30/morning-shift-revamping-lake-shore-drive-108220 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/LSD-Flickr- guanacux.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The city is planning to revamp Lake Shore Drive to make it more accommodating to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. What will this mean for your commute? How would you change Lake Shore Drive?</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-31.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-31" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Revamping Lake Shore Drive" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 08:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-30/morning-shift-revamping-lake-shore-drive-108220 Fashion and art are closer than you think http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-07/fashion-and-art-are-closer-you-think-108000 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Manet-Lady-with-Fans_480.jpg" title="(Art Institute of Chicago)" /></p><p>Although Chicago is not a fashion capital, our museums have done an excellent job in making connections between fashion and social and cultural changes. The Chicago History Museum&rsquo;s Costume Council frequently puts on rich exhibitions that explore the ways changes in fashion mirror changes in society at large. The latest example of this comes from the Art Institute of Chicago.</p><p>In <a href="http://www.artic.edu/exhibitions/impressionism-fashion-and-modernity" target="_blank"><em>Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity</em></a>, curators connect the rising social classes, fashions designed to please these new classes and work of some of the most impressive Impressionists. Despite the faults of the exhibition&rsquo;s layout (dark, depressing rooms and the inability to fully immerse in the construction of the actual designs), the exhibition brings up a larger point that is still relevant today: <strong>What does fashion say about who we are?</strong></p><p>Some of the most exciting works in the exhibition are the small steel and wood engravings. Called &ldquo;fashion plates,&rdquo; the engravings resemble fashion spreads in magazines. The images on the plates have a potent combination of idealism and realism that rings true. This could be your life!</p><p>Fashion plates were eventually replaced by fashion photography and yet little has changed in how we present fashion and even images as a whole. Fashion spreads are often the only consistent outlet for commercial publications to explore aesthetic and artistic ideas on a regular basis. This is why fashion photography still makes headlines. They can help spread existing stereotypes or negative portrayals of different people.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Renoir-La-Loge_360.png" style="float: left;" title="(Art Institute of Chicago)" />Impressionistic painting was inspired by the fashion of the time and fashion was an urban phenomena synonymous with modernity. Fashion offered a playground for artists to play, eventually bringing paintings to life. In turn, the paintings gave the dresses a freedom of movement not previously seen.</p><p>The paintings also immortalized the clothing and trends. Why is this not the case in contemporary society?</p><p>Contemporary art of the Impressionist period reflected the ephemerality of daily life and focused on the permanence of beauty and art. This was a rapidly changing time in relation to the distribution of wealth and resources. As individuals&#39; means changed, so too did their art.</p><p>Does contemporary society have an issue with &ldquo;beauty&rdquo; and &ldquo;art?&rdquo; Probably not. This could be a result of changing markets.</p><p>Both art and fashion have been overrun by purchasing power and capitalist markets. However, fashion has seen this occur much more rapidly than the art market.</p><p>Great art and beauty are still created on a daily basis. But everyday life lacks the ephemeral quality it once had. We are more connected and intertwined than ever before. Nothing dies on the Internet. What does this mean? Well for one, it means that our actions, however small, can live on beyond our own lives. In terms of connecting fashion and art, perhaps this means that there is nothing to reflect on in the grand picture. There is nothing to capture before it is gone because all of it can live on with us and in us with greater permanence.</p><p>Regarding fashion, we often claim that something has &ldquo;come back,&rdquo; but perhaps in 2013, it never went away. This is what ultimately makes the <em>Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity</em> exhibition so important. It is not just reflecting on what was. It also reflects on what can no longer be. We&rsquo;ve abandoned the newness of fashion and culture. Perhaps we can rectify this. Perhaps not. Fashion is still tied into our wants and desires. People still purchase clothing &ndash; luxurious clothing &ndash; to reflect where they are (or where they want to be). But as an art form, it&rsquo;s lost its relevance with the everyday consumer.</p><p><em><strong>Britt Julious</strong>&nbsp;blogs about culture in and outside of Chicago. Follow Britt&#39;s essays for&nbsp;<a href="http://wbez.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">WBEZ&#39;s Tumblr</a>&nbsp;or on Twitter&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/britticisms" target="_blank">@britticisms</a>. She&#39;s a co-host of the&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-changing-channels/id669715774?mt=2" target="_blank">Changing Channels</a>&nbsp;podcast about the future of television.</em></p></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-07/fashion-and-art-are-closer-you-think-108000 Where was Congressman Gutierrez at 25? http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-congressman-gutierrez-25-107062 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/luis25.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://gutierrez.house.gov/about-me/full-biography">Illinois U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez</a> has made a name for himself across the nation as one of the most vocal &nbsp;proponents of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/gutierrez-ryan-push-immigration-overhaul-chicago-106786">immigration reform</a>.</p><p>Gutierrez is a longtime member of the U.S. House of Representatives &ndash; he&#39;s been serving since 1992. And years before that, he served as alderman of the 26th Ward in Chicago.</p><p>So, you&rsquo;d think, this guy must have been working toward a spot on Capitol Hill all his life.</p><p>Wrong.</p><p>25-year-old Luis Gutierrez was a 1st, 2nd and 3rd teacher in Puerto Rico. He had followed his then-girlfriend, Soraida, there and eventually married her.</p><p>The two were making a life for themselves - Soraida was going to school, and Luis was the lone male teacher in a little school out in the mountains. He was paid minimum wage - about $3.25 per hour, he says &ndash; which was hardly enough to feed the two of them and get Soraida to school. So, as Gutierrez recalls, he gave what little money he had to Soraida for school and then got creative.</p><p>&ldquo;I remember - it&rsquo;s probably a violation of the law today, I hope it wasn&rsquo;t one then, although I&rsquo;m sure the statute of limitations have run out,&rdquo; Gutierrez said. &ldquo;I used to eat with all the children in the school lunch program.&rdquo;</p><p>Gutierrez says he soon realized Puerto Rico wasn&rsquo;t the best option for him and his wife, so they moved back to Chicago, where he was from originally. After a month or so of fruitless attempts to find a job, Gutierrez decided to get his his chauffeur&#39;s license and drive a cab.</p><p>Yes, you read that right. Illinois U.S. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZbMdFUFAro">Congressman Luis Gutierrez</a>, drove a cab when he was 25 years old.</p><p>&ldquo;So, for all of those that see the cab driver, remember, it could be a transitional moment in their life, and one day they could be actually adopting and proposing the laws of the nation, that guy in the front seat,&rdquo; Gutierrez said.</p><p>In this interview with WBEZ&rsquo;s Lauren Chooljian, Gutierrez tells the stories of his 25th year, and explains how that person had not a clue in the world that he&rsquo;d wind up in elected politics. He also discusses how his personality has changed over the years, and what parts of his 25-year-old self had to change in order to be the lawmaker he is today.</p><p><em>Lauren Chooljian is the WBEZ Morning Producer and Reporter. Follow her<a href="http://twitter.com/triciabobeda"> </a><a href="https://twitter.com/laurenchooljian">@laurenchooljian</a></em></p></p> Tue, 07 May 2013 15:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-congressman-gutierrez-25-107062 Culture Catalysts: Cultivating Talent http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/culture-catalysts-cultivating-talent-107206 <p><p>Culture Catalysts is a monthly series that celebrates and provides a platform for Chicagoans at the epicenter of the cultural scene. Listen to&nbsp;<strong>Beth Kligerman</strong>, Director of Talent &amp; Talent Development at Second City, and <strong>Dylan Rice</strong>, Program Director of Creative Industries-Music at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in a conversation about the mechanics of cultivating talent and building infrastructures that allow and encourage artists to remain in Chicago.</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/MCA-webstory_20.gif" style="float: left;" title="" /></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Recorded live Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.</p></p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/culture-catalysts-cultivating-talent-107206 Heritage Matters: Food, Fire & Family http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/heritage-matters-food-fire-family-106934 <p><p>Heritage Matters: Food, Fire, &amp; Family was a cultural demonstration event, where participants learned about German and Japanese traditions. The German demonstration featured a flaming punch with rum, wine, and space. The Japanese demonstration was an interactive mochi-making, a sweet rice cake, served with ozoni soup. After the demonstrations all joined at the table for food tasting from both cultures and a conversation about family meals. During the tasting presenters shared few cultural facts as well.</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/CCA-webstory_3.JPG" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live on Mach 9, 2013 at DANK-HAUS.</p></p> Sat, 09 Mar 2013 14:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/heritage-matters-food-fire-family-106934 On Presidents' Day, comparing national holidays around the world http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-02-18/presidents-day-comparing-national-holidays-around-world-105590 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F79823063&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>In the United States, we have 10 public holidays, including today, Presidents&rsquo; Day.</p><p>That&rsquo;s about an average number if you consider the world over. But, for wealthier, industrialized countries, it&rsquo;s actually slightly below average.</p><p>But it is hard to make much of a judgment on a country based on how many holidays it has.</p><p>Based on a <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2073511/Workers-UK-fewest-public-holidays-Europe-generous-statutory-holiday-entitlement.html" target="_blank">2011 study</a> done of <a href="http://www.mercer.com/press-releases/holiday-entitlements-around-the-world" target="_blank">62 major industrialized countries</a>, the country with the most public holidays is Colombia, with 18. Colombia has a reputation for being a pretty conservative country.&nbsp; But <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/News/guess-country-holidays/story?id=17388505" target="_blank">according to ABC News</a>, in the last year or two, Colombia has been passed by its fellow South American country, Argentina, which is developing a markedly left-wing reputation.&nbsp; Under Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the country now has 19 public holidays.</p><p>But even some countries known as being left wing have fewer holidays than the U.S.&nbsp; For instance, Communist <a href="http://www.qppstudio.net/publicholidays2013/cuba.htm" target="_blank">Cuba</a> has only 9, along with more leftist or liberal countries like Ecuador, Denmark, Switzerland, and Canada. The Netherlands and the United Kingdom both have only 8.</p><p>Yet, some of the world&rsquo;s most repressive countries actually have more public holidays than we do. Most of them weren&rsquo;t covered by that 2011 study, but I did a little checking myself.</p><p>A lot of countries have holidays that are confined to specific regions, ethnic groups, or religions. Sometimes, there will be government holidays not always acknowledged by the private sector.&nbsp; Nevertheless, the results are still surprising.</p><p>Iran, a Shi&rsquo;ite Islam religious theocracy, has <a href="http://www.qppstudio.net/publicholidays2013/iraq.htm" target="_blank">as many as 18 public holidays</a>.&nbsp; And the country with the most holidays I found anywhere in the world was Saudi Arabia, Iran&rsquo;s Sunni nemesis, with <a href="http://www.saudiembassy.net/about/country-information/facts_and_figures/" target="_blank">as many as</a> <a href="http://www.qppstudio.net/publicholidays2013/saudi_arabia.htm" target="_blank">22 government holidays</a> every year in some regions.</p><p>A lot of these days come from two Muslim holidays that take multiple days, and are observed throughout the Middle East. (Which is why Lebanon rates so high in the 2011 study, with 16 public holidays).</p><p>But it&rsquo;s not just in the Middle East.&nbsp; In Asia, one country with a surprisingly strong showing is none other than international pariah North Korea, arguably the most repressive government anywhere in the world right now, with <a href="http://www.qppstudio.net/publicholidays2013/north_korea.htm" target="_blank">no fewer than 20 public holidays every year</a>, according to one source.</p><p>Even <a href="http://www.qppstudio.net/publicholidays2013/belarus.htm" target="_blank">Belarus</a> narrowly beats the United States, with 11 public holidays to our 10.</p><p>So, the level of freedom, liberalism, conservatism, or economic prosperity has, in the end, very little to do with how many days a year people get to take a break.&nbsp; So, when you&rsquo;re annoyed to find your bank closed today, just think: in some countries, where the quality of life is far worse than here, it happens even more often.</p></p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-02-18/presidents-day-comparing-national-holidays-around-world-105590 Philosophy and Sex http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2013-02/philosophy-and-sex-105392 <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/love-images-wallpaper.jpg" style="height: 388px; width: 620px;" title="Philosophy and Sex (dailyscreens.com)" /></div><p>Arguably, Alain De Botton is the most widely read English language philosopher in the world. In fact, if you take into account how many languages his books have been translated into, he is perhaps the single most popularly read philosopher in the world today.</p><p>A big part of his popularity is that he has published on topics that are part of everyone&rsquo;s lives: anxiety, travel, architecture, religion and work. And now he has turned his attention to a topic that has been a &ldquo;source of needless neurotic frustration for most of human history&rdquo; &ndash; sex!</p><p>De Botton&rsquo;s new book, <em>How To Think More About Sex</em>, is not a sex manual that offers (philosophical?) insights on how to have more intense and better sex. Rather, it is a series of reflections on the general complexity of life and how all of us, to some degree or another, are unhappy with or unfulfilled in our sex lives. The goal of the book is to help us feel &ldquo;a little less painfully strange about the sex we are either longing to have or struggling to avoid.&rdquo;</p><p>Frankly, this is not a book I would give my wife, partner or lover on Valentine&rsquo;s Day. De Botton&rsquo;s thesis &ndash; though thoughtful and more than a little correct &ndash; is a downer.</p><p>Although De Botton recognizes that sex can be satisfying, sensational, and even transcendent, most of the time, he claims, it is pedestrian, purely functional or disappointing. To be fair, De Botton&rsquo;s argues that the problem isn&rsquo;t sex per se. Rather, he maintains that the demands and complexities of life make &ldquo;great sex&rdquo; hard to achieve &ndash; because we are all too busy, too engaged, too overwhelmed by too many other things in life.</p><p>Normal life, suggests De Botton, is the enemy of &ldquo;cupidity&rdquo; (eager desire). Work, children, responsibilities, stress, anxiety, drugs, alcohol, and the unavoidable loss of intimacy that is part of all long-term relationships equals the &ldquo;death of lust&rdquo; and the end of desire.</p><p>Sadly, De Botton seems to be in agreement with Goethe when he said: &ldquo;Love is an ideal thing, marriage is a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.&rdquo; However, I choose to take away a different lesson from this book.</p><p>Rather than just offer us a comical and negative interpretation of sex and love, I think De Botton is offering us a cautionary tale. To wit: The most difficult task in life is getting like, love and lust all in one relationship.</p></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2013-02/philosophy-and-sex-105392 No apocalypse? Chicago residents can tell you why http://www.wbez.org/sections/religion/no-apocalypse-chicago-residents-can-tell-you-why-104520 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/halseike_mayan.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>You&rsquo;ve heard it all: 2012, apocalypse, end of the world, blah blah blah. But for some Guatemalans and Mexicans in Chicago, December 21 is a time of celebration that has nothing to do with doomsday prophecies.</p><p>In the Mayan tradition December 21 is a major turning of the calendar, the end of an approximately 394-year-long cycle called a Bak&rsquo;tun. It&rsquo;s the 13th Bak&rsquo;tun of the Mayan calendar era, and some say this era will be only 13 Bak&rsquo;tuns long. Translation: time for a new world.</p><p>But in reality, December 21 more closely resembles Y2K than the John Cusack movie &ldquo;2012.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s a big, huge renewal with numeric and astrological significance. Only one Mayan text suggests that it&rsquo;s the end of the world, and people of Mayan descent are more likely to be celebrating than stocking up on bottled water and firearms.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F72090955&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&ldquo;This is a time of reflection and to see what we have done with our lives, with mother nature, and how are we going to move forward in this new era,&rdquo; said Hugo Hun, the Guatemalan consul general of Chicago. He said many Guatemalans will travel to large ceremonies in 13 different cities throughout Guatemala.</p><p>The Bak&rsquo;tun events are also a tourist attraction, but some are concerned that the doomsday hullaballoo is commercializing the Mayan culture.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;The living Mayans are systematically losing the way they used to live and their beliefs as well,&rdquo; Akaze Yotzin said.</p><p>He&rsquo;s the leader of a Chicago group called Nahualli that practices and studies indigenous Mexican traditions. He said poverty and racial stereotypes already endanger Mayan identity in Mexico, and stressed that Mayans are not an ancient people, but a people who are alive today. Nahualli held a ceremony Friday morning at the American Indian Center to celebrate the winter solstice and the turning of the calendar.</p><p><strong>Music and mathematics</strong></p><p>Ancient Mayan culture gave great significance to math and numbers, and the number 13 is considered particularly powerful. The complex numerology of the Mayan calendar system inspired Chicago musician Juan Dies, who produced a song called &quot;13 Bak&#39;tun&quot; with his band Sones de Mexico.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F72124780&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&quot;13 Bak&#39;tun&quot; features 13 parts, each carefully planned to highlight numerology.&nbsp;For example, the second part is in 2/4 time and uses two instruments. The thirteenth has 13 instruments playing in 13/8 time. And guess what - the song is 13 minutes long.</p><p>Dies said the date is important and also misrepresented. His song is part of an effort to correct that. Sones de Mexico has been together for nearly twenty years studying and reinterpreting traditional Mexican music. The tenth part of &quot;13 Bak&#39;tun&quot; features Chicago poet Carlos Mejia performing a poem in&nbsp;Quiche Mayan. According to Dies, Mejia traveled to Guatemala for Dec. 21, 2012 to join the Bak&#39;tun celebrations.</p><p>&quot;I think the Mayans are seeing it today as a closure of a long cycle, very much as we saw the end of our millenium,&quot; Dies said. &quot;Along with that comes an opportunity to renew yourself, to look back at the achievements of the last four hundreds years, and how you may make changes or improvements or a rebirth in the new Bak&rsquo;tun.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/sections/religion/no-apocalypse-chicago-residents-can-tell-you-why-104520 Eat this, drink that: Give thanks for chocolate, cookies, soup & bread http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-11/eat-drink-give-thanks-chocolate-cookies-soup-bread-103868 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7071273087/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/minnypielambrecht.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Minny's Chocolate Pie sans secret ingredient by Culinary Historians of Chicago's Catherine Lambrecht at Soup &amp; Bread &amp; Pie 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><u><strong>Friday, November 16</strong></u></p><p>The inaugural&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagochocolatefestival.com/welcome.html">Chicago Fine Chocolate Show</a> at <a href="http://www.navypier.com/events/event_space/venues.html">Navy Pier&#39;s Festival Hall</a>&nbsp;kicks off Friday and runs three days through Sunday. The show&#39;s charity partners include <a href="http://www.nokidhungry.org/">Share Our Strength</a>,&nbsp;the <a href="http://worldcocoafoundation.org/">World Cocoa Foundation</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.icingsmiles.org/">Icing Smiles</a>.&nbsp;Choose wisely: You get 15 samples from over 100 artisanal chocolate makers with bars, truffles, brownies, cupcakes and more &mdash; plus chocolate demos and seminars.&nbsp;Admission from $25 for adults; $10 for children 3 to 12.</p><p><u><strong>Saturday, November 17</strong></u></p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/CulinaryHistoriansOfChicago">Culinary Historians of Chicago</a> presents a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/food-writing-workshop-103399">Food Writing Workshop</a> with author, editor, and food historian <a href="http://andrewfsmith.com/">Andy Smith</a>&nbsp;at <a href="http://www.kendall.edu/">Kendall College</a>. Smith is the founder of the highly acclaimed&nbsp;<a href="http://cookbookconf.com/">Roger Smith Cookbook Conference</a>&nbsp;held annually in New York City, where tickets run $75 per workshop. Immediately preceding this Chicago workshop, he will <a href="http://www.wbez.org/american-tuna-and-drinking-doubleheader-103397">discuss in a doubleheader</a> his upcoming book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0231151160?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=0231151160&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;tag=lklchu-20"><em>Drinking History:&nbsp;Fifteen Turning Points in the Making of American Beverages</em></a> and his just published&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0520261844?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=0520261844&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;tag=lklchu-20">American Tuna: The Rise and Fall of an Improbable Food</a>&nbsp;</em>&mdash; a classic tuna fish salad, a tuna fish jello mold and a neo-classic tuna salad and pimento cheese will be served for lunch.<em>&nbsp;</em>Both events will be recorded for WBEZ&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified"><em>Chicago Amplified</em></a>.&nbsp;Admission to the workshop $30 in advance, $40 at the door;&nbsp;to the drinking and tuna talk $5, $3 for students, and FREE for CHC members and Kendall students and faculty.</p><p><u><strong>Sunday, November 18</strong></u></p><p>Red Door Animal Shelter presents its annual&nbsp;<a href="http://www.reddoorshelter.org/events.php">Winter Bazaar with gifts, Santa photos, and Famous Cookie Sale</a> at <a href="http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Warren-Park/">Warren Park</a> fieldhouse. Hundreds of cookies &mdash; including a batch by yours truly and my dog <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DogEatsWorld">Kiba, an Alaskan Malamute mix rescue</a>&nbsp;&mdash; will be available with coffee and hot cider.&nbsp;My sister and master crafter <a href="http://pinterest.com/anniechu/">Annie Chu</a> will be there with her 2012 edition of &quot;<a href="http://pinterest.com/pin/171981279491753611/">monsieur Nutcracker</a>&quot; alongside&nbsp;our friend and designer <a href="http://pinterest.com/claudiaa/">Claudia Aguilar</a>,&nbsp;who <a href="http://behindthereddoor.blogspot.com/2012/10/and-winner-is.html">won the recent design contest for Red Shelter Animal Shelter</a>, with many more &mdash; and <a href="http://youtu.be/9jyCfRHumHU">SANTA!</a>&nbsp;Admission FREE; food, drink, gifts, and Santa photos additional.</p><p><u><strong>Monday, November 19</strong></u></p><p>The Greater Chicago Food Depository presents its inaugural <a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/Calendar/122273557?view=Detail&amp;id=113041&amp;whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chicagosfoodbank.org%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Devnt_cal%26AddInterest%3D1041">Ogilvie Station Food Drive</a> at <a href="http://metrarail.com/metra/en/home/maps_schedules/downtown_chicagostations/ogilvie_transportation_center.html">Ogilvie Transportation Center</a>. Food Depository volunteers will hand out grocery bags on Monday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. to return filled on Tuesday morning from 5 to 7 a.m. The most needed items are beans, canned fruit, canned vegetables, cereal, chili, jelly, macaroni and cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, rice, shelf-stable milk, soup, stew and tuna. Or simply <a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer?pagename=diff_donate">donate funds now</a>. Admission FREE, but please donate food and drink.</p><p><u><strong>Tuesday, November 20</strong></u></p><p>Chicago Public Media presents&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/member-meet-curious-city-trivia-bowl-edition-103493">Member Meet-Up: Curious City Trivia Bowl Edition</a>&nbsp;at <a href="http://haymarketbrewing.com/">Haymarket Pub &amp; Brewery</a>&nbsp;hosted by<a href="http://curiouscity.wbez.org/#!/vote/current"> Curious City</a> creator Jennifer Brandel! Remember your <a href="http://www.membercard.com/wbez/index.cfm?show_signup=1">MemberCard</a> or <a href="mailto:membership@wbez.org?subject=Member%20Meet-Up%3A%20Curious%20City%20Trivia%20Bowl%20Edition">email</a> record of your membership for a <a href="http://www.gooseisland.com/">Goose Island</a> beer on &#39;BEZ. Admission FREE but RSVP via <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/109557632538653/?context=create">Facebook</a>.</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday, November 21</strong></u></p><p>The one and only <a href="http://www.marthabayne.com/">Martha Bayne</a> presents a very special <a href="http://soupandbread.net/2012/11/09/soup-bread-for-the-good-fork/">Thanksgiving Eve edition of Soup &amp; Bread</a>&nbsp;at <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/184219/">The Hideout</a>, benefitting friends at Hurricane Sandy shuttered restaurant&nbsp;<a href="http://www.goodfork.com/">The Good Fork</a>&nbsp;in Brooklyn and&nbsp;<a href="http://restoreredhook.org/">Restore Red Hook</a>. Among the many soup chefs are the Micheln star-winning and elusive <a href="http://schwarestaurant.com/">Schwa</a>, the Michelin star-deserving <a href="http://www.lulacafe.com/">Lula</a>, with bread by <a href="http://publicanqualitymeats.com/">Publican Quality Meats</a>. Plus there will be a bake sale!&nbsp;Admission FREE but the <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7071326897/">donation bucket will be out</a>.</p><p><u><strong>Thursday, November 22</strong></u></p><p>Happy Thanksgiving!</p></p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 10:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-11/eat-drink-give-thanks-chocolate-cookies-soup-bread-103868 Declaration of independence: From politics to indie rock http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/declaration-independence-politics-indie-rock-100628 <p><p>The Fourth of July is, without question, my favorite holiday: It is the only holiday where it is socially acceptable to set off explosives, spend part of the day in a potato sack&mdash;ideally eating potato salad between hops&mdash;playing a fife with a flag painted across your face. But somewhere between a spontaneous relay race and a Roman candle flare, as Whitney Houston&rsquo;s (R.I.P.) rendition of the &ldquo;Star Spangled Banner&rdquo; blares in the distance, you stop to think about what it is you&rsquo;re celebrating: independence.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wupsPg5H6aE" width="420"></iframe></p><p>When you think about what it means to be independent, context is key: When used in the American historical context, it is a celebration of sovereignty; when my mother uses it to explain why none of her adult children are married, &ldquo;independent&rdquo; is a euphemism. &nbsp;&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/RS5974_AP080425032416-scr.jpg" style="height: 215px; width: 300px; float: left;" title="Kim Deal (AP/File)" />Given the broad breadth of its meaning, <em>Afternoon Shift</em>, decided to focus on three threads: political, personal and cultural. We gathered a red-white-and-blue-ribbon commission, comprised of independent thinkers, activists and artists: Laura Beth Nielsen, Susan Nussbaum, Steve Albini and Kim Deal.</div><p>Attorney and sociologist Laura Beth Nielsen is the director of the Center for Legal Studies at Northwestern University. She says the idea of independence in America is one of the most powerful concepts one can deploy in a political or legal argument. Its meaning has, like many things, evolved over time. In modern America, Nielsen says, independence is the freedom to do certain things&mdash;to speak, to assemble, to worship. But it&rsquo;s also the right <em>not</em> to do certain things.</p><p>&ldquo;So there&rsquo;s a positive and a negative element to declaring independence and freedom,&rdquo; Nielsen explained. &ldquo;And those things often come into conflict. And so it becomes the role of government to moderate and maintain that balance.&rdquo;</p><p>No problem there&mdash;one unanimous decision after another in American politics.</p><p>Independence Road is long, windy and difficult. Which is why, Nielsen says, we celebrate people when they&rsquo;re able able to break out of whatever oppressive system they&rsquo;re in.</p><p>Author, playwright and disability rights activist <a href="http://codeofthefreaks.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Susan Nussbaum</a> says it is a uniquely American perspective to overemphasize and worship independence and the idea of &ldquo;going it on your own.&rdquo; The ability to pull oneself up by the bootstraps is revered. The trouble with that mentality, Nussbaum says, is that the feature we&rsquo;re raised with is that dependence equals shame. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The ability to produce, engineer and create music independently is a point of pride for artists like <a href="http://www.electricalaudio.com/" target="_blank">Steve Albini</a>. Several years ago, the man who engineered Nirvana&rsquo;s <em>In Utero,</em> penned a manifesto of sorts, titled, &ldquo;<a href="http://www.negativland.com/news/?page_id=17" target="_blank">The Problem with Music</a>.&rdquo;</p><p>In less delicate terms than these, Albini described the moment before a band signs with a major label as teetering on the edge of a trench that&rsquo;s about 4-feet wide and 5-feet deep, maybe 60 yards long...filled with runny, decaying poop.</p><p>Albini was interviewed in the 2002 documentary, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0397380/" target="_blank"><em>D.I.Y. or Die: How to Survive as an Independent Artist</em></a>.</p><p>&ldquo;Doing things yourself is valuable in its own sake because it teaches you more about the circumstances that you work in and it teaches you more about the different aspects of your existence,&rdquo; Albini said.&nbsp;</p><p>Established artists will frequently turn when an alternative, indie route reveals itself to claim complete control. For her band&rsquo;s first self-release, frequent Albini collaborator, <a href="http://breedersdigest.net/" target="_blank">Breeders</a> leader and Pixies bassist Kim Deal and her band mates tackled everything from artwork to web sales.</p><p>&ldquo;It seems that now, more than at any other time in the past, we could put the music out ourselves - hand-screen some cool artwork ourselves, sell the EPs at our shows and on our website, as well as get them to traditional record stores and other online outlets. So, we&#39;re just going to press up a thousand twelve-inch vinyls,&quot; Deal wrote in a press release about <em>Fate to Fatal&rsquo;s</em> release.</p><p>Deal is currently working with Albini at his <a href="http://www.electricalaudio.com/" target="_blank">Electrical Audio</a> studios in Chicago. So they joined <em>Afternoon Shift</em>, Nielsen and Nussbaum to declare their own interpretation of independence.</p><p>And we want to hear from you too! Tell us what independence means to you: <strong>Call 312-923-9239</strong> or join the conversation on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23AfternoonShift" target="_blank">#AfternoonShift</a>.</p></p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 13:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/declaration-independence-politics-indie-rock-100628