WBEZ | Coya Paz http://www.wbez.org/tags/coya-paz Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Lysistrata Comes to Life in Chicago's South Side http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-04/spike-lees-chiraq-adapts-ancient-greek-play-address-gang-violence <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/chiraq trailer.png" alt="" /><p><p>The plot of Spike Lee&#39;s film <a href="http://www.officialchiraqthemovie.com/">Chi-Raq </a>&mdash; Chicago women withholding sex from men until the gang and gun violence stops &mdash; comes from a Greek play from 411 BCE. Lee adapts the Greek comedy Lysistrata to Chicago&rsquo;s South Side.</p><p>It&rsquo;s certainly not the first adaptation of the play by Aristophanes, but what is it about the story that made it a go-to production over the centuries? Dr. <a href="https://twitter.com/coyapaz">Coya Paz</a>, professor at <a href="https://theatre.depaul.edu/Pages/default.aspx">The Theatre School</a> at DePaul University, gives us the deep dive on the source material.</p></p> Fri, 04 Dec 2015 11:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-04/spike-lees-chiraq-adapts-ancient-greek-play-address-gang-violence What exactly is the Tribune asking us to pay for? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-11/what-exactly-tribune-asking-us-pay-103747 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/tribune%20paywall.jpg" style="height: 331px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="" />When the&nbsp;<em>Chicago Tribune</em>&#39;s paywall went up last week,&nbsp;Bill Adee,&nbsp;Vice President for digital development and operations <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/media/chicago-tribune-launches-paywall-103602">said there</a>&nbsp;was a great deal of Trib content &quot;worth paying for,&quot; like &quot;Chris Jones on theater, David Hall on sports, [and] Pulitzer Prize winner Mary Schmich.&quot;</p><p>But writer Coya Paz says that, &quot;With the exception of theatre reviews, I never read the <em>Tribune </em>when it was free, so it&rsquo;s hard to imagine I&rsquo;d pay for access now.&quot; Read an excerpt of her thoughts below or listen above:&nbsp;</p><p><em>When I was a teenager, living in a depressing strip mall suburb, I spent a lot of time imagining what my life would be like when I grew up. I would live in glamorous metropolis, in a giant loft apartment with no furniture except for a giant mattress in the middle of the floor. After wild nights out with my fabulous but tortured artist friends, I would wake up in bed with my impossibly hot lover and we would lie around for hours, drinking coffee, eating croissants and reading the newspaper. This seemed the height of sophisticated adult living: coffee and newspapers.</em></p><p><em>Now that I am an actual adult, I live in Humboldt Park, in a tiny, two-bedroom apartment cluttered with Ikea furniture and my three-year-old&#39;s plastic toys. I have no wild nights out with fabulous friends, though I do stay up late reading tortured Facebook statuses. In the morning, I eat a sensible, low-fat, high-protein breakfast and drink my coffee in the bathroom while I simultaneously try to put on mascara and brush my child&rsquo;s teeth. Every now and then my partner whizzes by, waves her iPad in front of my face and asks, &quot;Did you see this?&rdquo; pointing to some item of interest she found on </em>Buzzfeed <em>or </em>Pulse<em>. </em></p><p><em>I get the rest of my news on the radio or from Twitter, scanning 140 character headlines and clicking through to the full article when I have a minute. Despite all this, I feel pretty well informed. </em>Glamour Magazine<em> sends me a weekly email letting me know which nail polishes work best with current trends. </em><a href="http://gozamos.com/">Gozamos</a> <em>sends me a daily email letting me know about Latino-oriented arts and culture events happening near my &lsquo;hood. </em>Poets.org<em> sends me two poems a day, the </em>New York Times<em> sends me book and movie reviews and President Obama sends me hourly updates on how much money Mitt Romney has raised.</em></p><p><em>So when I heard the news that, as of October 31<sup>st</sup>, the </em>Chicago Tribune <em>will be charging $14.99 to access its online site, I was very surprised. Was there really a market for this? Like really, really, really, really? </em>The New York Times<em> is one thing, but the </em>Tribune<em>? Are people that loyal to their particular brand of commentary that they&rsquo;ll pay $14.99 a month for it? </em></p><p><em>It seems&hellip; steep. I mean, I&rsquo;m not opposed to paying for things I value, even when I could get them for free. I give money to </em>WBEZ <em>and I never even ask for the thank you gift, mostly because I think the last thing I want to be is one of those people who are carrying a public radio tote bag, like, &quot;Look at me, I&rsquo;m a liberal!&quot; I pay for MP3s instead of just having my DJ friends send me songs through Dropbox. And whenever a tip jar goes around, I&rsquo;ll throw a few bucks in, you know, just to be decent. </em></p><p><em>I&rsquo;m not opposed to subscribing to things either. I subscribe to dozens of magazines;&nbsp;</em>Lucky Magazine<em>, </em>Real Simple<em>, </em>Fast Company<em>, </em>New York Magazine<em>,</em> US Weekly<em>, </em>American Theatre Magazine<em>&nbsp;and</em> Natural Living<em>. I love holding a magazine in my hand, turning the pages, flipping back to a previous article to doublecheck something&nbsp;</em><em>&ndash;</em><em>&nbsp;lip gloss color, I don&#39;t know. Even when I don&rsquo;t have time to read magazines, I like having them around because it holds the promise of having time to read all those magazines. And best of all, I like passing them on to other people when I&rsquo;m done, getting a dog eared glossy in exchange. </em></p><p><em>Online access just isn&rsquo;t the same. . . .</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;<em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 p.m., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your&nbsp;</em>The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 09:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-11/what-exactly-tribune-asking-us-pay-103747 Coya Paz thinks Chicago should try to be more like Houston and desegregate http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-10/coya-paz-thinks-chicago-should-try-be-more-houston-and-desegregate- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-10/2147903485_46314396cb.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-10/2147903485_46314396cb.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 200px;" title="Houston, one of the nation's least segregated cities (Flickr/telwink)">"The results of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/cr_66.htm" target="_hplink">a Census data study conducted by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research</a>&nbsp;revealed that segregation in urban areas has gone down nationwide, with Chicago experiencing the second-largest declines," the <em>Huffington Post </em>reported <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/31/chicago-most-segregated-c_n_1244098.html">last week</a>. "But the study, titled 'The End of the Segregated Century,' also found that Chicago remains the most racially segregated city in the country."</p><p>Writer and director Coya Paz takes a look at a few a few surprising cities to the south to see what Chicago might aspire to. Read an excerpt or listen below:</p><p><em>So I know it came as a shock to many of us in Chicago when the </em>Huffington Post<em> trumpted the news this week that, yet again, Census data reveals that Chicago is the most segregated of the major American cities. Those of you who live in Englewood or Lincoln Park are probably extra surprised, as no doubt you imagined you were living in a post-racial, multi-cultural fantasia. I'm pretty sure we can file this news item under "Duh."</em></p><p><em>But here's something: Guess what the least segregated city is? You're probably thinking like New York, or maybe Miami. But it's Houston. Followed by Dallas. I know it's easy to be a little bit prejudiced against Texas, just, you know, on reflex, but honestly, I secretly love Houston.&nbsp;</em></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332731339-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/coya paz.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;<em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It's always at 3 p.m., it's always on Saturday, and it's always free. Get all your&nbsp;</em>The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://wbez.org/thepapermachete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 15:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-10/coya-paz-thinks-chicago-should-try-be-more-houston-and-desegregate- The Paper Machete Radio Magazine: The Mostly Gay Episode plus Bill Ayers http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-16/paper-machete-radio-magazine-mostly-gay-episode-bill-ayers-94103 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-16/Bill Ayers - web.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-16/Piatt and Ayers dancing - web.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;" title="Christopher Piatt and Bill Ayers dance (Photo by Ali Weiss Klingler)"></p><p>The gays were all over the news this week. Brendan Dowling and Tim Sniffen agree with Brett Ratner when he said what he said about rehearsal and who it's for. Coya Paz explains how clinics in Equador that try to convert homosexuals are the exception, not the rule. But then Bill Ayers talks about peace, student loans and the Occupy movement. With music from Pinto and the Bean. As usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE.&nbsp;Download at iTunes <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=450280345">here</a> or listen below.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483820-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-11-12-papermachete-radiomag.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>This Saturday at the Horseshoe, first daughter Chelsea Clinton will be joining us. Oh wait no, but There Will Be Ranting about her new job at NBC. Performers include writer <a href="http://www.ocelotfactory.com/">Dave Awl</a>; writer <a href="http://bornunknown.blogspot.com/">Shannon Cason</a>; <a href="http://heintz.e-poets.net/">Kurt Heintz</a>; Emily Rose of <a href="http://www.realtalkavenue.com/">Real Talk Avenue</a>; comedian <a href="http://hellokristen.com/wp/">Kristen Studard</a>; <a href="http://ourmaninchicago.tumblr.com/">Scott Smith</a> of <em>Chicago Magazine</em> and <a href="http://ward32.org/">Alderman Scott Waguespack</a>&nbsp;of the 32nd Ward. Holiday music from Matthew Loren Cohen of the Second City; regular music by The Sonnets.&nbsp;Check <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2011/11/15/1119-line-up/"><em>The Paper Machete</em></a>'s site for updates on this line-up as the week goes on.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-16/Coya Paz - web.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 400px;" title="Coya Paz gestures in a gay way. (Photo by Ali Weiss Klingler)"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-16/Tim Sniffen and Brendan Dowling - web.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 400px;" title="Tim and Brendan talk about rehearsing. (Photo by Ali Weiss Klingler)"></p></p> Wed, 16 Nov 2011 15:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-16/paper-machete-radio-magazine-mostly-gay-episode-bill-ayers-94103 The Paper Machete Radio Magazine: The Trouble Episode http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-09/paper-machete-radio-magazine-trouble-episode-93891 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-09/chad the bird.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="caption" height="333" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-09/Cayne Collier as Dr. Charles Neerdringer.jpg" title="Cayne Collier as Dr. Charles Neerdringer (Photo by Ali Weiss Klingler)" width="500"></p><p>Before Daylight Savings ended, there was a whole lotta trouble, starting with Samantha Irby, who paints Herman Cain as the lady killer he is.&nbsp;Cayne Collier&nbsp;becomes a gastroenterologist who educates us on&nbsp;fecal transplants (a real thing!). Chad the Bird wonders whether those wearing Guy Fawkes masks really know what they mean. With music from Diego Sol and the Metronomes, specifically, an excellent cover an excellent Prince song.&nbsp;And as usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE. &nbsp;Download at iTunes <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=450280345">here</a>, or listen below.</p><div><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483815-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-11-05-papermachete-radiomag.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>At this Saturday's show at the Horseshoe,<a href="http://billayers.org/"> Bill Ayers</a> returns to <em>The Paper Machete</em>. He'll be talking about a looming scandal in for-profit education. Other topics in the queue: the Mississippi Personhood Amendment and the CTA's social media tactics. With <a href="http://www.youtube.com/crashpad3d">Chad the Bird</a>; <a href="http://vimeo.com/12219540">Jason Economus</a> of Write Club; comedian <a href="http://vimeo.com/12809584">Matt Kelly</a>; writer and performer <a href="http://www.coyapaz.com/">Coya Paz</a>; <a href="http://www.tangelopie.com/">Tim Sniffen</a> and <a href="http://www.improvisedshakespeare.com/">Brendan Dowling</a> of Second City, and Jessica Young of <a href="http://2ndstory.com/">2nd Story</a>.&nbsp;Check&nbsp;<a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2011/11/08/1112-line-up/"><em>The Paper Machete</em></a>'s&nbsp;site&nbsp;for the updates on this line-up as the week goes on.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-09/chad the bird.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 400px; " title="Our regular Chad the Bird (Photo by Ali Weiss Klingler)"></p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-09/samantha irby again.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 400px; " title="Samantha Irby rocks you like a Herman Cain (Photo by Ali Weiss Klingler)"></p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-09/diego sol.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 400px; " title="Diego Sol and the Metronomes (Photo by Ali Weiss Klingler)"></p></div></p> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 16:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-09/paper-machete-radio-magazine-trouble-episode-93891 The Paper Machete Radio Magazine 7/16/11: The Solid Gold Duets show http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-20/paper-machete-radio-magazine-71611-solid-gold-duets-show-89408 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-20/tim and brendan.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-20/tim and brendan.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;" title="Tim Sniffen and Brendan Dowling (Photo by Matt Klingler)"></p><div><p>In this week's episode, <em>The Paper Machete</em> celebrates the power of two. <a href="http://www.tangelopie.com/">Tim Sniffen</a> and <a href="http://www.improvisedshakespeare.com/">Brendan Dowling</a> discuss the realm of the Bachmann's (that would be Marcus and Michele). <a href="http://historygirls.tumblr.com/">The History Girls</a> become Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller who talk about teacher pensions. And <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2010/09/14/coya-paz-on-boycotting-target/">Coya Paz</a> and <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2011/06/23/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine-issue-date-61111-podcast/">Ricky Gamboa</a> take down the campaign to take back Boystown. On your way out, you'll hear Will Phalen with music. As usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE. Download it <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=450280345">here</a>, or listen below.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483570-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/thepapermachete-2011-07-16-machete-radio-mag.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>This Saturday's line-up thus far includes&nbsp;Spencer Ham (<a href="http://chicago.ioimprov.com/performers/173" target="_blank" title="http://chicago.ioimprov.com/performers/173">iO</a>, <a href="http://www.jellyvision.com/" target="_blank" title="http://www.jellyvision.com/">Jellyvision</a>),&nbsp;<a href="http://coreyandmo.blogspot.com/">Corey Rittmaster and Monique Madrid</a>,&nbsp;Fred Sasaki&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.the2ndhand.com/web69/ohio.html" target="_blank" title="http://www.the2ndhand.com/web69/ohio.html">writer</a>),&nbsp;Tim Paul aka&nbsp;"<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuwDvh5DaP8">The Homosexualist</a>" and&nbsp;<a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/249911/a-twist-of-water-at-route-66-theatre-company-theater-review">Julienne Bilker</a> who writes about theater for TimeOut Chicago.</p></div></p> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 14:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-20/paper-machete-radio-magazine-71611-solid-gold-duets-show-89408 Hollywood casting in black and white http://www.wbez.org/story/coya-paz/hollywood-casting-black-and-white <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//tara true blood.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Hollywood is often accused of whitewashing when it comes to its casting choices. Offenses range from the mundane - sitcoms with all white casts and the token &ldquo;best-friend&ndash;character-of-color&rdquo; - to the brazen. Take for example the movie <a href="http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/21/">21</a>. The film was based on the <a href="http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/04/08/is-bringing-down-the-house-a-fraud/">mostly true</a> story of a group of M.I.T. students who pulled a massive card counting scheme in a Vegas casino and walked away with millions. In real life the majority of students were Asian American. But the film was cast with nearly all white actors.</p><p>Of course, just casting actors of color doesn&rsquo;t fully solve the issue of minority media representation. Even when characters of color do appear onscreen they can spawn a love-hate relationship with audiences from their own demographic. For example, is&nbsp;Tara from HBO's <em>True Blood</em> just another offensive example of <a href="http://www.racialicious.com/2008/09/24/true-blood-tired-stereotypes/">the sassy black friend</a>? &nbsp;Or is she a strong character in her own right? On one hand, viewers are excited to see representations of themselves onscreen; on the other hand, they often cringe at what they see.</p><p>This was one observation made by a panel of media makers convened by Chicago&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.goodmantheatre.org/">Goodman Theater</a> to dish on representations of people of color in the media. In the mix were some local creative heavy-weights: writer/director Coya Paz, singer and producer Shilpa Bavikatte, and filmmaker Vaun Monroe. As artists and media makers they are especially attuned to the way people of color are portrayed on stage and screen. And in the audio excerpt above they talk about the kinds of portrayals that stir up their profound irritation and ambivalence.</p><p><em>Dynamic Range showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified&rsquo;s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Coya Paz, Shilpa Bavikatte and Vaun Monroe spoke to an audience at the </em><a href="http://www.goodmantheatre.org/"><em>Goodman Theater</em></a><em> in February. Click </em><a href="../../../../../../story/culture/theater/airing-dirty-laundry-stories-we-cannot-tell"><em>here</em></a><em> to hear the event 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></p></p> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 18:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/coya-paz/hollywood-casting-black-and-white