WBEZ | Hideout Chicago http://www.wbez.org/tags/hideout-chicago Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Arts and culture agenda, August 27-September 4 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-08/arts-and-culture-agenda-august-27-september-4-101982 <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/smart%20museum.jpg" style="height: 462px; width: 580px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; " title="Rock, paper, late summer art!" /></div><p><strong>The Latest</strong> <a href="http://www.lasmanosgallery.com/">Las Manos Art Gallery</a> in Chicago&rsquo;s Andersonville neighborhood says it&#39;s lost its lease and must move by the end of October. The gallery has been in the neighborhood for 18 years, 14 of them in the same building. Owner Michelle Peterson-Albandoz speculates the landlord wants more rent, which she chalks up to gentrification. The news has certainly caused a bit of a stir. Here&rsquo;s 40th Ward Ald. Patrick O&rsquo;Connor&rsquo;s statement:</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;"><em>Las Manos is exactly the kind of business that this</em><br /><em><em>community seeks out and wants to retain. One would hope that local</em><br /><em>landlords would understand that by now and be supportive of the</em><br /><em>community&#39;s vision, but every once in a while these types of battles</em><br /><em>arise and we must work to find ways to resolve the issues of</em><br /><em>displacement. The neighborhood is mobilizing and I will work with them</em><br /><em>and the Alderman of the 48th Ward, Harry Osterman, to see if we can find</em><br /><em>some common sense solution to this matter.</em></em></p><p>Listen here:&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1346089551-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/120827%20Gallery%20web_0.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/26/business/book-reviewers-for-hire-meet-a-demand-for-online-raves.html?src=me&amp;ref=general"><strong>This <em>New York Times </em>article</strong></a> about author-funded book reviews is fascinating. Of course this isn&#39;t the first time alarms have been raised about the authenticity of online reviews. Who among us now ventures into Yelp, Amazon or the like without a healthy dose of skepticism? And doesn&#39;t this help spread the reviewing wealth embedded in those &ldquo;You scratch my back, I&rsquo;ll scratch yours&rdquo; blurb exchanges among &quot;legitimate&quot; authors? I&rsquo;m not sure this is evidence the self-publishing industry is any more &ldquo;corrupt&rdquo; than the traditional model, it just proves the power of opinion, and that there are ever more ways to buy influence and hype for your product. Nice local angle &ndash; University of Illinois at Chicago professor and data mining expert <a href="http://www.cs.uic.edu/~liub/">Bing Lui</a>, who recently gave a talk in Beijing about &ldquo;Detecting Fake Opinion in Social Media.&rdquo; Lui&rsquo;s definitely someone worth reading, if you&rsquo;re interested in sorting out the online spam from the substance.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>This week </strong>The women who rock the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/RedPumpProject">Red Pump Project </a>will be honored for their community activism. The group uses the allure of fashion and the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc13WSaiRMM&amp;feature=fvwrel">&quot;statement&quot; </a>power embedded in a bright red pump to promote awareness around HIV/AIDS, especially among women and girls. Their annual fashion shows are always fun and uplifting, and feature clothing both cutting edge and slightly off the cuff. Other honorees at the <a href="http://fashionfetishfete.org/awards/tickets/">Fashion and Arts Humanity Fete</a> include Kevin Coval, founder of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/ltab">Louder than a Bomb</a>,&nbsp;friend of WBEZ, and a man who&rsquo;s definitely got a way with words.<br /><em>Fashion Arts and Humanity Fete, Thursday Aug. 30, Beverly Arts Center</em></p><p>A group of women rocking a different uniform are also hosting an event this week. <a href="http://www.wnba.com/sky/index_main.html">The Chicago Sky </a>return home to play the Connecticut Sun Tuesday. The Sun currently lead the WNBA&#39;s Eastern Conference, but Sunday night they got their shirt (jersey) handed to them by the Sky. So Tuesday&#39;s game is bound to have some great action - Sky point guard <a href="http://chicagosidesports.com/chicagos-league-leading-point-guard-is-back-and-its-not-d-rose/">Epiphanny Prince</a> racked up 15 points in the Sky&#39;s 82-70 win over the Sun. The team is locally owned and Tuesday&#39;s game is also a tribute to other independent businesses in the area.&nbsp;<br /><em>Chicago Sky vs. Connecticut Sun, Tuesday, Rosemont Arena &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</em></p><p><strong>Look ahead </strong>This is your last week to see the <a href="http://roy.artic.edu/">Roy Lichtenstein retrospective</a> at the Art Institute of Chicago &ndash; the show closes Sept. 3. But along with the arrival of the Labor Day weekend come some of the big shows of the fall season. I&rsquo;m particularly excited by the Smart Museum of Art&#39;s <a href="http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/exhibitions/renewal-and-revision-japanese-prints-of-the-1950s-and-60s/">Renewal and Revision: Japanese Prints of the 1950s and 60s</a>. Curated by the Smart&#39;s Richard A. Born, the show tracks the transition from collaborative (the &ldquo;floating world&rdquo; period) to individual-based practices. Our area has an incredibly rich and diverse print-making scene, but this exhibition is sure to provide new inspiration for local artists.<br /><em>Lichtenstein closes Sept. 3, Renewal and Revision opens Sept. 4</em></p><p><strong>Mea culpa&nbsp;</strong>Last week on <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>Tony Sarabia and I had <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-08/drive-can-old-school-movie-experience-survive-digital-age-101919">a fun conversation</a> about the future of that American classic, the drive-in movie. As an alternative for carless urbanites I mentioned the <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/153941/">Bike-in Movie Theater</a>, but lamented that its season was done. Well, I spoke too soon! Michael Slaboch of the Hideout &nbsp;reached out to let me know there is one final screening on Sunday, Sept. 9th, and fittingly, it&rsquo;s <em>The Last Waltz.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 11:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-08/arts-and-culture-agenda-august-27-september-4-101982 George Ryan gets out: Who needs the courts when you have the prisons? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/george-ryan-gets-out-who-needs-courts-when-you-have-prisons <p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Top story</strong>: So much for public dialogue and due process. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/george-ryan/ex-ill-gov-ryan-visited-ill-wife">The goverment sent out a statement today</a> saying Gov. George Ryan was released from prison on Wednesday night to visit his ailing wife in the hospital. There ya have it. Who needs courts when you have prisons?&nbsp;To be fair, prisons usually will let prisoners out for emergencies, funerals or hospital visits. It's not the full &quot;I&nbsp;need to move back in my house...&quot; appeal that Ryan was looking for, but he did get to see his wife, Lura Lynn, who is dying from cancer.</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: Wilfredo De Jesus has dropped out of the race for mayor. He is throwing his anti-gay support behind Gery Chico. So does that make Chico the &quot;anti-gay&quot; candidate? That should be the new rule: If a candidate drops out and endorses another candidate, the latter candidate must adopt the most controversial stances and issues of the departing candidate. I mean, that's only fair. Rev. James Meeks endorsed Carol Moseley Braun for mayor. So that would make Chico and Moseley Braun anti-gay. Personally, I&nbsp;think De Jesus felt the heat from the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/video-alderman-ed-bus-martha-lavey-neo-futurists">surging campaign of Alderman Ed Bus</a>. But that's just me.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/privatizing-taste-what-changed-daley-november">Mayor Daley is kind of a crappy boss, eh</a>? Think about it: The Mayor's Office of Special Events put out bids. The mayor was on board. They put in the bid that there might have to be an admission price attached if summer music festivals were privatized. He was fine with it. The bid comes in, the press jumps on DeRogatis' reporting and the mayor steps up as an opponent, saying there is NO&nbsp;WAY&nbsp;that the Taste will have an admission. So back to the drawing board. Ouch.</p><p><strong>D story</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/ellen-weiss-out-npr">Ellen&nbsp;Weiss is out at NPR</a>. She resigned, but the writing on the wall is that she took the fall for the Juan Williams' firing. It sucks it had to go down like that. Why?&nbsp;They shouldn't have fired Juan Williams over remarks on cable talk shows. They should have fired him for being lame. He wasn't very good as a talk show host, so they paid him a ton of money to be a commentator? Glad you landed on your feet at Fox, Juan. Of course, I looked up at the big office TVs this morning and he was all over the cable outlet's morning show. I&nbsp;couldn't hear what he was saying, but I'm sure it was insightful. I&nbsp;think NPR&nbsp;needs to get in front of this and tell all of the affiliates and the members why Weiss is gone, and it better not be because the phone bill was more expensive due to Bill O'Reilly followers flooding the zone. NPR News is pretty top notch. Always has been. Let's hope that doesn't change if they run into another controversy.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: Quoting my three year-old this morning...&quot;Daddy, it's snowin' a little...&quot;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>:&nbsp;Whoa, the Cubs are making moves! <a href="http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2011/01/cubs-close-to-finalizing-deal-for-matt-garza.html">Trib is reporting</a> that the Cubs are close to a deal with pitcher Matt Garza. Garza is young and, at times, dominating. This move would guarantee Garza to go first or second round in our fantasy draft, due to the unabashed loyalty to the Cubs in the league. In football news, the Seattle Seahawks are the home team in this week's NFL&nbsp;Wild Card playoff game. They are playing the defending Super Bowl champions, the New&nbsp;Orleans Saints. The Saints are an 11-point favorite. That's a lot of points for a visitor in a playoff game...And when you watch the playoffs this year, there is a new overtime system. If the team who wins the coin toss goes down the field on the opening drive and kicks a field-goal, the game is not over. The other team gets the ball one more time and if they get a field goal, the game continues, next score wins. If the team drives and scores a TD, game over. I like.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: It's the first Friday of the month, so that means it's time for <a href="http://www.markbazer.com/interviewshow/">Mark Bazer's Interview Show at the Hideout</a>. Bazer has Steve McMichael (Bears glory) as his first guest. I'm going to do a bit in the show. It's right at the top of the show. I'm doing a one-man show based on Mike Ditka's autobiography. It's a classic. If you don't come out, there will be video. It's hip-hop meets German clowning, about Ditka.</p></p> Fri, 07 Jan 2011 16:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/george-ryan-gets-out-who-needs-courts-when-you-have-prisons