WBEZ | Newberry Library http://www.wbez.org/tags/newberry-library Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en OUTSIDERS: Zines, Samizdat, and Alternative Publishing http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/outsiders-zines-samizdat-and-alternative-publishing-106984 <p><p>OUTSIDERS: Zines, Samizdat, and Alternative Publishing explores the use of self-produced books and pamphlets to express individualized, unconventional, controversial, or prohibited messages. Topics covered range widely in historical and geographical terms, and the speakers will address the current state of self-publishing as well as its history.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Amateurs and Their Discontents, 1870-2000</em> with&nbsp;<strong>Lisa Gitelman</strong>, Associate Professor of Media and English, New York University.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F90619295" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em>Pinko vs. Punk: a Generational Comparison of Alternative Press Publications and Zines</em> with <strong>Jenna Freedman</strong>, Zine Librarian, Barnard College Library.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F90618305" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em>Panel Discussion: Self-Publishing as an Alternative Strategy </em>with&nbsp;<strong>Alice Schreyer</strong>, Assistant University Librarian for Humanities, Social Sciences, and Special Collections, The University of Chicago Library; <strong>Davida G. Breier</strong>, Editor, Xerography Debt and Rigor Mortis; Johanna Drucker, Martin and Bernard Breslauer Professor of Information Studies, UCLA; <strong>Anne Elizabeth Moore</strong>, Instructor, Visual and Critical Studies, School of the Art Institute; <strong>Steve Tomasula</strong>, Associate Professor of English, University of Notre Dame.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F90617810" width="719px"></iframe></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/TNL-webstory_3.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />Recorded live Saturday, April 6, 2013 at The Newberry Library.</p></p> Sat, 06 Apr 2013 12:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/outsiders-zines-samizdat-and-alternative-publishing-106984 Sundays at Sinai: A Jewish Congregation in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/sundays-sinai-jewish-congregation-chicago-105642 <p><p>First established 150 years ago, Chicago Sinai is one of America&rsquo;s oldest Reform Jewish congregations. Its founders were upwardly mobile and civically committed men and women, founders and partners of banks and landmark businesses like Hart Schaffner &amp; Marx, Sears &amp; Roebuck, and the giant meatpacking firm Morris &amp; Co. As modern Jews, Sinai&rsquo;s members supported and led civic institutions and participated actively in Chicago politics. Perhaps most radically, their Sunday services, introduced in 1874 and still celebrated today, became a hallmark of the congregation.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F80123940" width="100%"></iframe></p><div>The author of&nbsp;<em>Sundays at Sinai</em>, <strong>Tobias Brinkmann</strong>, will discuss&nbsp;with <strong>Daniel Greene</strong>, Vice President for Research and Academic Programs at the Newberry and author of <em>The Jewish Origins of Cultural Pluralism: The Menorah Association and American Diversity</em>. They will consider, among other things, how Tobias Brinkmann brings modern Jewish history, immigration, urban history, and religious history together to trace the roots of radical Reform Judaism from across the Atlantic to this rapidly growing American metropolis. &nbsp;Brinkmann shines a light on the development of an urban reform congregation, illuminating Chicago Sinai&rsquo;s practices and history, and its contribution to Christian-Jewish dialogue in the United States. Chronicling Chicago Sinai&rsquo;s radical beginnings in antebellum Chicago to the present, <em>Sundays at Sinai</em> is the extraordinary story of a leading Jewish Reform congregation in one of America&rsquo;s great cities.</div><div>&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/TNL-webstory_2.jpg" title="" /></div></div><div>Recorded live Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at The Newberry Library.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/sundays-sinai-jewish-congregation-chicago-105642 Book compiles the big and small facts about Chicago history http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-02/book-compiles-big-and-small-facts-about-chicago-history-83243 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Chicago skyline getty scott olson.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>When Rahm Emanuel takes over City Hall in May, the post-Daley era will officially begin! But how will official history treat the Mayor&rsquo;s tenure? A good place to turn for answers is the <a href="http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/" target="_blank"><em>Encyclopedia of Chicago</em></a>. The massive reference book first published in 2004 is an effort to take stock of the news, ideas and culture that constantly redefine Chicago. Via research from scholars and journalists the <em>Encyclopedia</em> covers everything - from political conventions to polka and pollution! <a href="http://www.historians.org/info/StaffContactInfo.cfm" target="_blank">Jim Grossman</a>, one of the editors of the book, joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> from&nbsp;Washington D.C. where he's executive director of the <a href="http://www.historians.org/" target="_blank">American Historical Association</a>.</p></p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 14:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-02/book-compiles-big-and-small-facts-about-chicago-history-83243 Exposing the world’s most famous burlesque dancer http://www.wbez.org/story/1930s/exposing-world%E2%80%99s-most-famous-burlesque-dancer <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/gypsy photo 2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Burlesque dancers from around the region converge in Minneapolis this weekend for the <a href="http://midwestburlesk.com/midwestburlesk.com/Home.html">Best of Midwest Burlesk Festival</a>. Chicago performers Ray Gunn, Rhonda Vous and Siren Jinx are among those shaking, shimmy-ing, twirling and teasing their way to glory.</p> <div>In honor of the event we&rsquo;re taking a look back at the woman who was once saluted by Eleanor Roosevelt with a bawdy, &ldquo;May your bare ass always be shining!&rdquo; This would be the world&rsquo;s most famous burlesque dancer, the one who pioneered the art form back in its early days - Gypsy Rose Lee.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Lee made a name for herself during the Depression, but she isn&rsquo;t just a dusty historical figure to the men and women gathering this weekend. Local burlesque expert Franky Vivid said in an email that Gypsy Rose Lee is &ldquo;pretty much universally adored by the modern dancers.&nbsp;In fact, she's regarded as probably the top star in our community. Until Gypsy, there really had not been a mainstream burlesque star.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Vivid runs Chicago-based <a href="http://studiolamour.com/">Studio L&rsquo;amour</a> with wife <a href="http://michellelamour.com/">Michelle L&rsquo;amour</a>, a renowned dancer who won burlesque&rsquo;s top prize in 2005. In addition to running <a href="http://chicagostarlets.com/">their own troupe</a> the couple offers classes and has taught thousands of women and many men the art of the striptease. &nbsp;He argues that you can still see Lee&rsquo;s influence in the work of contemporary burlesque dancers like his wife. &ldquo;A good thing that Gypsy left us is that intelligence and cleverness are transcendently sexy,&rdquo; says Vivid. &ldquo;Another world famous performer, Trixie Little, said recently in an interview that Michelle had the ability to perform the dirtiest stripper moves and make you feel smart for watching.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On the other hand, Vivid argues, Lee helped spark the notion that each dancer must have some trick or gimmick to distinguish her from the stripping masses. This idea was <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFRSawe33sA">put into song</a> in the musical <em>Gypsy</em>, a fictionalized adaptation of Lee&rsquo;s 1957 memoir. The 1962 film version starred Natalie Wood as ingénue Louise whose infamously aggressive stage mother &ldquo;Mama Rose,&rdquo; played by Bette Midler in the 1993 version, pushes her to become burlesque dancer Gypsy despite her shyness and hesitation. As Louise is nudged into her first routine, a gaggle of dancers backstage rattle off their own gimmicks, which include playing a bugle, wearing Christmas tree lights and flapping butterfly wings. &ldquo;I often find myself saying, &lsquo;Here's a gimmick - be talented!&rsquo; Vivid recounts, explaining why he hates this mentality. &ldquo;There's got to be some cake under the icing.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In real life &ldquo;Mama Rose&rdquo; was an abusive, calculating figure who blackmailed her daughter more than once, and Lee was a one-time prostitute who ran with the mob. &ldquo;A lot of the girls today think that the old burlesque was all glamorous and cheeky,&rdquo; says Vivid. &ldquo;But the truth is that much of it was dodgy, talentless and often criminal.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>That secret history is chronicled in Karen Abbott&rsquo;s new biography of Lee, <em>American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare</em>. Abbott is also known for <em>Sin in the Second City</em>, her historical exploration of an infamous Chicago brothel. She spoke to an audience at <a href="http://www.newberry.org/">The Newberry Library</a> just after what would have been Lee&rsquo;s 100th birthday, and shared some delicious tidbits from Lee&rsquo;s life story. Check out the audio excerpt of Abbott&rsquo;s talk above, and if you can&rsquo;t make it to Minneapolis this weekend, you can check out Michelle L&rsquo;amour&rsquo;s <a href="http://frankyvivid.bluedomino.com/ML3/ML3-shows.html">upcoming Valentine&rsquo;s Day performances</a> or the <a href="http://www.windycityburlesquefest.com/">Windy City Burlesque Festival</a> in March.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="../../../../../../series/dynamic-range"><em>Dynamic Range</em></a><em> showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified&rsquo;s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Karen Abbott spoke to an audience at </em><a href="http://www.newberry.org/"><em>The Newberry Library</em></a><em> earlier this month. Click </em><a href="../../../../../../story/culture/books/american-rose-nation-laid-bare-life-and-times-gypsy-rose"><em>here</em></a><em> to hear her talk in its entirety, and click </em><a target="_blank" href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/wbez/id364380278"><em>here</em></a><em> to subscribe to the Dynamic Range podcast.</em></div></p> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 22:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/1930s/exposing-world%E2%80%99s-most-famous-burlesque-dancer