WBEZ | poetry slam http://www.wbez.org/tags/poetry-slam Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Zulkey bits and pieces http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/zulkey-bits-and-pieces-105082 <p><p>There are some little bits and pieces I would like to share with the Internet but none of them can really be turned into a whole post, so here you go: it&rsquo;s potpourri day.</p><p>1.) <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/funnyhaha.php" target="_blank">Funny Ha-Ha</a> is returning next month with a fabulous lineup! Check it all out in our gorgeous poster right here. <img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/FunnyHaHaTriumphant-Large.jpg" style="float: right; height: 386px; width: 250px;" title="" /></p><p>2.) My husband Steve Delahoyde made a very nice short (as in three minutes long) piece about the origins of the poetry slam right here in Chicago (see below). You&rsquo;ll probably like it.</p><p>3.) I wrote this piece for the Hairpin called &ldquo;<a href="http://thehairpin.com/2013/01/that-baby-wants-to-break-you-up" target="_blank">That Baby Wants to Break You Up.</a>&rdquo; It should be noted that a.) Coincidentally, life seemed to get a lot easier right after I wrote it and b.) It&rsquo;s not meant as a cautionary tale against having children. I&rsquo;m just not likely to write a piece called &ldquo;Here Are All The Ways I Love My Adorable Baby.&rdquo;&nbsp; It&rsquo;s just meant as catharsis first, and maybe commiseration, second.</p><p>4.) Finally, Michelle Obama&rsquo;s bangs! I don&rsquo;t have much to say about them (they&rsquo;re fine? But she was also fine without them.) But my mother wanted me to mention that Mamie Eisenhower was also famous for her bangs. Duly noted. Eek!</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/Mamie.jpg" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="400" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/57704802" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="620"></iframe></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 08:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/zulkey-bits-and-pieces-105082 Don't-Miss List March 29-April 3: Ghost stories, untimely death and prep-school romance http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-29/dont-miss-list-march-29-april-3-ghost-stories-untimely-death-and-pr <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-29/Two Sides photos.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-29/Two Sides photos.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 420px;" title="Shannon Cason performs in 'Two Sides' by Chicago Slam Works. (Courtesy of the Vittum)"></p><p><u>Dueling Critics, 91.5 FM and WBEZ.org, between 9 and 10 a.m. Friday March 30th, FREE!</u><br> <br> Top of the list, of course, is our tete-a-tete on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> about <a href="http://theartistichome.org/"><em>Tea and Sympathy</em> by the Artistic Home at Stage 773</a>. A prep-school student suspected of being gay hopes to escape this fate worse than death through the ministrations of his housemaster’s frustrated wife. When you talk about this (and you will), be kind. Guest Duelist Albert Williams of the <em>Reader</em>, Columbia College Chicago and the <a href="http://www.arts.cornell.edu/english/awards/nathan/previous.html#2000">George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism</a> will challenge me to consider whether this chestnut (staged in 1953, filmed in 1956 with the oh-so-sympathetic Deborah Kerr) is worth roasting.</p><p><u><em>Tangled</em> at eta Creative Arts, 7558 S. South Chicago Ave., 8 p.m. Thursday March 29th, $10</u><br> <br> <a href="http://etacreativearts.org/mainstage_shows.html">eta’s new mainstage show</a> is sadly timely, focusing as it does on a group of African-American women funeral directors. Sure, their South Side businesses are thriving, but who wants to profit from the early deaths of the neighborhood’s young men? In light of Trayvon Martin (only the most recent of many), Nicole Anderson-Cobb’s play will hit frighteningly close to home–and yet it’s styled a “provocative dramedy.” Thursdays through Sundays through May 20; tickets $30; $20 on “Talkback Thursdays” and a special $10 for tonight’s opening.<br> <br> <u><a href="http://firstfolio.org/"><em>The Turn of the Screw</em> at First Folio</a>, Mayslake Estate, Oak Brook, 8 p.m. Saturday March 31st, $26-$37</u><br> <br> Here’s a ghost story for those of you who confuse March 31 with October 31, one by Henry James for those of you too snobby to admit you like ghost stories and one starring the elegant Nick Sandys as the ghost for those of you still <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062565/">identifying with Mrs. Muir.</a> Set in a spooky English manor, it’s performed in the spooky faux-English manor where First Folio makes its home. The company has a particular flair for genteel horror, so get in touch with your inner governess Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through April 29.<br> <br> <u><em>Two Sides</em> by Chicago Slam Works at the Vittum, 1012 N. Noble, 8 p.m. Tuesday April 3, $18.50</u><br> <br> In the spirit of the season one might ask: Why is this poetry slam different from all other poetry slams?&nbsp; To which the answer is, it’s a choreographed face-off between storytellers and performance poets. This is the first show of the inaugural season of <a href="http://chicagoslamworks.org/">Chicago Slam Works</a>, which continues with shows in May and July. (A three-show Slam Pass will run you $40.)&nbsp; Oil your snapping fingers and check it out.</p></p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-29/dont-miss-list-march-29-april-3-ghost-stories-untimely-death-and-pr Louder than a Bomb, Chicago's youth poetry slam, takes an overseas tour http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-05/louder-bomb-chicagos-youth-poetry-slam-takes-overseas-tour-95313 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-05/Louder-Than-A-Bomb-Nova-Venerable.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The new documentary <em><a href="http://louderthanabombfilm.com" target="_blank">Louder than a Bomb</a></em> depicts the world’s largest youth poetry slam, which takes place here in Chicago. Every year, students from local high schools gather to tell their stories in the form of highly emotional, expressive spoken word poetry. And every year, the crowd goes wild.</p><p>But what happens when you try to share this quintessentially Chicago story with audiences abroad? Co-director Jon Siskel recently found out when the U.S. State Department chose <em>Louder than a Bomb</em> for an initiatve called the <a href="http://exchanges.state.gov/cultural/american-film-program/docshowcase.html" target="_blank">American Documentary Showcase</a>.</p><p>Jon traveled to the Netherlands and Angola to screen the film and soon he'll head to Burma. His collaborators took it to Malawi, Zambia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. He talks to <em>Worldview</em> about how this story, one that's rooted in Chicago's urban youth culture, translates abroad.</p><p><em>To listen to Louder than a Bomb finalists from the past six year recite their poetry, click <a href="http://www.wbez.org/ltab" target="_blank">here</a>. To hear full-length recordings of LTAB events, click <a href="http://www.wbez.org/contributor/young-chicago-authors" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Watch the trailer for <em>Louder than a Bomb</em>:</strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/81hXGdFF6TQ" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>In this extra from the film, Nova Venerable reads her poem "Apartment on Austin":</strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/FZMpePbF454" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Nate Marshall reads his poem "Super Tuesday":</strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Rtakd3i_n44" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 05 Jan 2012 16:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-05/louder-bomb-chicagos-youth-poetry-slam-takes-overseas-tour-95313 Worldview 1.5.12 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-1512 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2012-january/2012-01-05/defense2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to announce $450 billion in cuts from the defense budget over the next ten years. <a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/experts/KorbLawrence.html" target="_blank">Lawrence Korb</a>, senior fellow at the <a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/" target="_blank">Center for American Progress</a>, explains the implications for foreign policy. Also, the new documentary <a href="http://www.louderthanabombfilm.com/" target="_blank"><em>Louder Than a Bomb</em></a> depicts the world’s largest youth poetry slam, which happens every year in Chicago. But what happens when you try to share this quintessentially Chicago story with kids in other countries? Co-director Jon Siskel tells <em>Worldview</em> about his global experiences screening the film as part of a U.S. State Department <a href="http://exchanges.state.gov/cultural/american-film-program/docshowcase.html" target="_blank">initiative</a>. And on <em><a href="http://wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">Global Activism</a></em>,&nbsp;Aliya de Grazia tells us about some of the big changes taking place in Mulot, Kenya, now that the village has clean water.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 05 Jan 2012 15:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-1512 Slam daddy Marc Smith celebrates a quarter-century of slam poetry http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-28/slam-daddy-marc-smith-celebrates-quarter-century-slam-poetry-89756 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-28/Marc Smith.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Long before the aspiring poets at <a href="http://youngchicagoauthors.org/blog/?page_id=72">Louder Than a Bomb</a> were even born, Marc Smith was already performing. Smith was a blue-collar creator, a construction worker who performed his free-wheeling style in front of an open micn the process slam poetry was born. 2011 marked a quarter-century since slam took the stage at the <a href="http://www.greenmilljazz.com/">Green Mill Cocktail Lounge</a> in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.</p><p>On Thursday, Smith and other local luminaries will perform on <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/about/chicagolive/" target="_blank">ChicagoLive!</a>, a weekly stage and radio show at the Chicago Theatre in the Loop. And celebrate the 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary<a href="http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1478076&amp;cobrand=metrochicago" target="_blank"> birthday extravaganza</a> is at the Metro.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 14:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-28/slam-daddy-marc-smith-celebrates-quarter-century-slam-poetry-89756 'Louder Than a Bomb' jumps from stage to screen http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-04/louder-bomb-jumps-stage-screen-81771 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/louder_than_bomb.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Slam poetry is kind of a love it or hate it thing: Some in the poetry community say it is too raw &ndash; not real poetry and some folks just can&rsquo;t stand slam&rsquo;s particular cadence and rhythm. But converts can&rsquo;t sing &ndash; or shout &ndash; its praises enough!<br /><br />The Chicago-based poetry competition <a href="http://chicagopublicmedia.org/press/11th-annual-louder-bomb-ltab-chicago-youth-poetry-festival" target="_blank">Louder Than a Bomb</a> has turned many on to the power of the poetry slam. The annual fest provides local teens with a chance to hone their writing and voice chops. More recently, the festival caught the attention of filmmakers <a href="http://www.siskeljacobs.com/" target="_blank">Jon Siskel and Greg Jacobs</a>.<br /><br />The duo decided to make a <a href="http://www.louderthanabombfilm.com/" target="_blank">feature documentary</a> about the event. Greg Jacobs says the students in the film are well aware of the cliches and parodies that shadow slam poetry.<br /><br /><em>Louder Than a Bomb</em> will make its first Chicago run at the <a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/louderthanabomb" target="_blank">Gene Siskel Film Center</a> from Feb. 4 - 10. Directors Jacobs, Jon Siskel and selected young poets, will be present for audience discussion during select screenings.</p></p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 14:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-04/louder-bomb-jumps-stage-screen-81771