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Poet, Playwright, And Sociologist Eve Ewing Is ‘The True Mayor Of Chicago’

Well, not really, but she does have more than one finger on the pulse of Chicago’s fiery cultural heart, and she writes about it in more than one way. “Part of me is an extremely argumentative person, and I really also enjoy just finding information and seeing how I can piece it together to figure out something that had previously seemed inscrutable. But part of me just likes to play and I think poetry allows for that a little bit more.” – The Cut
Tags: Art, People, Chicago, Eve Ewing, 03.22.19


San Francisco Symphony Musicians Announce Their Support For Striking Colleagues In Chicago

They are supposed to perform in Chicago on Tuesday, but they say they “will join striking Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians on the picket line if the labor conflict hasn’t been settled by then.” (They already sent a letter of support, but this is a bit more direct.) – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Music, San Francisco, Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 03.22.19


‘Affect Theory’ And How It Explains Living In 2019 America

So what is “affect theory”? “Under its influence, critics attended to affective charge [in society]. They saw our world as shaped not simply by narratives and arguments but also by nonlinguistic effects — by mood, by atmosphere, by feelings.” Writer Hua Hsu looks at the work of one of affect theory’s main proponents today: Lauren Berlant, co-founder of the Feel Tank (as opposed to think tank) Chicago, and her idea of the “cruel optimism” Americans hang on to. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, America, Chicago, Ideas, Lauren Berlant, Hua Hsu, 03.25.19, Feel Tank


Where Chicago’s Candidates For Mayor Stand On The Arts

Both candidates exist on the progressive spectrum. Both candidates have problematic pasts and positive potential. Both appear to be arts-knowledgeable, but at February’s Mayoral Arts Forum, sponsored by Arts Alliance Illinois and the League of Chicago Theatres, they sat shoulder-to-shoulder with their fellow candidates in terms of their uncertainty around Chicago’s current arts policies. – Clyde Fitch Report
Tags: Art, Chicago, Issues, 03.16.19, Mayoral Arts Forum, Arts Alliance Illinois, League of Chicago Theatres


Meet Anton Lorenz, the Man Who Brought Tubular Steel Furniture and Reclining Chairs to the Masses

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus this year, Vitra Design Museum is highlighting the work of a lesser-known yet key figure, the entrepreneur and designer Anton Lorenz who helped bring the promise of tubular steel furniture to life. The exhibition at Vitra Schaudepot in Weil am Rhein, Germany, titled "Anton Lorenz: From Avant-Garde to Industry," looks at Lorenz's legacy as the man behind the Bauhaus' "machined aesthetic." It traces his career, following him from Germany to the Uni...
Tags: Usa, Design, Germany, Berlin, Chicago, Furniture, Budapest, United States, Leipzig, Designer Profiles, Lorenz, Desta, Dessau, Avant Garde, Marcel Breuer, Max Planck


New Yorkers Have Named The Vessel-Stairwell-Thingy At Hudson Yards

The developer of Hudson Yards temporarily christened Thomas Heatherwick’s big bronze stack of stairways The Vessel, but — just as 30 St Mary Axe in London is “the Gherkin” and Cloud Gate in Chicago’s Millennium Park is “the Bean” (whether Norman Foster and Anish Kapoor like it or not) — New York’s new selfie-attraction is now “the Shawarma.” – Slate
Tags: Art, New York, London, Chicago, Norman Foster, Thomas Heatherwick, Visual, Anish Kapoor, Millennium Park, Hudson Yards, St Mary Axe, 03.19.19


Striking Chicago Symphony Musicians Talk About What’s At Stake

We do not easily fit into the capitalistic system. And this is a good thing. The best things in life — education, medical care, love, nurturance —also do not fit neatly into economic life. – Jacobin
Tags: Art, Music, Chicago, 03.19.19


Actors, Politicians, Even Nancy Pelosi Speak Up In Support Of Striking Chicago Symphony Musicians

As negotiations over a new contract drag on and concerts get cancelled, members of Chicago’s acting community have joined musicians on the picket line, both candidates for mayor in the city’s runoff election have come out in the strikers’ favor, and the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives has issued a statement of support. – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Music, Chicago, Nancy Pelosi, U S House of Representatives, 03.19.19


Farewell to Andre Williams, R&B Singer and Godfather of Rap

Singer, songwriter and arguably the inventor of rap Zephire “Andre” Williams—singer/songwriter and arguably the inventor of rap—has passed away in Chicago at 82 years old. Nicknamed Mr Rhythm, Williams worked in the music industry in various positions since the 1950s, from procuring and developing new talent to songwriting and producing. He co-wrote “Shake Your Tail Feather,” produced for Parliament-Funkadelic, teamed up with the Dirtbombs—his desire …
Tags: Music, Design, Rap, Chicago, Culture, Rip, Blues, Rb, Songwriters, Singers, Parliament Funkadelic, Andre Williams, Zephire Andre Williams, Rhythm Williams


Here’s The First Winner Of A New Prize For Offstage Work In The Arts

“After spending years behind the scenes as an artistic and executive director of various arts organizations, Kristy Edmunds will take center stage on March 25 in Chicago to receive the inaugural Berresford Prize from United States Artists. The prize, which will be given annually to a cultural practitioner for their work on behalf of artists, comes with an unrestricted award of $25,000.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Chicago, United States, Kristy Edmunds, 03.14.19


Riccardo Muti Joins Striking Chicago Symphony Musicians On Picket Line

While music directors usually stay silent about orchestras’ labor-management disputes, Muti said to the assembled media, “I am here with my musicians. … We try to get a better situation for their life, their pension, their work. Some people, they want to read my position with the musicians as against the board. This is not true. I would just like them to listen more carefully to the musicians, who represent one of the great orchestras of the world.” – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Music, Chicago, Riccardo Muti, Muti, 03.12.19


Britney Spears, The Musical?

The show will have its world premiere this fall in Chicago at the James M. Nederlander Theatre. Previews begin in October. The show’s story centers on classic fairytale princesses like Cinderella and Snow White learning that being happy ever after may take some work. – Washington Post (AP)
Tags: Art, Theatre, Chicago, Cinderella, Snow White, Britney Spears, 03.12.19, James M Nederlander Theatre Previews


Bill Murray Explains How a 19th-Century Painting Saved His Life

You don't understand prewar 20th-century America unless you understand a particular 19th-century French painting: Jules Breton's The Song of the Lark. "In this evocative work, a young peasant woman stands silently in the flat fields of the artist's native Normandy as the sun rises, listening to the song of a distant lark," says a post from the Art Institute of Chicago. Apart from being selected as America's favorite painting in 1934, it was also Eleanor Roosevelt's favorite work of art, ...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, UK, College, America, Chicago, Normandy, Bill Murray, Seoul, Thompson, Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, Facebook Twitter, Willa Cather, John Prine


Chicago Symphony Orchestra Goes On Strike

The chair of the negotiating committee for the union said in a statement, “Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday morning, March 11, picket lines will stretch across all of the doors of Orchestra Hall through 8 p.m. daily until a contract that is fair to the musicians is reached. It is requested that no orchestra, performer or patron cross the line.” The main issue? Wages, of course, and also pension contributions. – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Music, Chicago, Orchestra Hall, 03.10.19


Jussie Smollett Is Indicted On 16 Counts For Allegedly Phony Claims Of Attack

The actor, who claimed that two men wearing Make America Great Again hats shouted homophobic and racist slurs attacked him in a Chicago restaurant, was indicted in what his lawyer called “nothing more than a desperate attempt to make headlines.” – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, People, Chicago, Jussie Smollett, 03.09.19


Chicago Symphony Orchestra Management Makes An Offer That Musicians Call ‘Snake Oil”

The musicians are not happy with management’s offer on retirement benefits. Time is running out: “The CSO musicians voted to go on strike Sunday if a new agreement is not reached by 3 p.m. The musicians’ current contract extension expires Sunday night at 11:59 p.m.” – Chicago Classical Review
Tags: Art, Music, Time, Chicago, CSO, 03.09.19, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Management


Riccardo Muti Intervenes On Musicians’ Side In Chicago Symphony Contract Talks

The CSO music director said, in a letter to the board of directors, “I hope that the board will remember that theirs is not a job but a mission, and that tranquility and serenity will be given for the artists to do their work.” The musicians have voted to go on strike if agreement on a contract is not reached by March 10 (i.e., by the end of this Sunday’s matinee concert). – Chicago Sun-Times
Tags: Art, Music, Chicago, Riccardo Muti, CSO, 03.06.19


Steppenwolf Begins Construction Of $54 Million Theatre And Education Center

“The long-in-gestation building, which has been designed by the Chicago architectural firm of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill and the British theater design company known as Charcoalblue, is expected to open in the summer of 2021.” It will include, as an addition to its three existing performance spaces, a 400-seat theatre-in-the-round as well as education facilities. – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Theatre, Chicago, Adrian Smith Gordon Gill, Steppenwolf Begins Construction, Charcoalblue


U Of Chicago President Says Trump’s Threats To Universities Over Limiting Speech Is A “Grave Error”

“I believe that any action by the executive branch that interferes with the ability of higher-education institutions to address this problem themselves is misguided and in fact sets a very problematic precedent,” Robert J. Zimmer wrote. – Chronicle of Higher Education
Tags: Art, Chicago, Issues, Trump, Robert J Zimmer


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, March 1-8

  Zoe, the Mexican rock band and Grammy Award winners, perform on March 6 at the Hollywood Palladium. (Photo courtesy of Zoe)   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   Bianchi Planetarium at Cal State Northridge: “Winter Sky” show, 7:30, and “The Search for Life in the Universe,” 8:30 p.m. March 1. Minimum age 8. Ticke...
Tags: Local News, Art, Books, Comedy, Dance, Movies, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Theater, Things to Do, Top Stories LADN


Behold The Drawings of Franz Kafka (1907-1917)

Runner 1907-1908 UK-born, Chicago-based artist Philip Hartigan has posted a brief video piece about Franz Kafka’s drawings. Kafka, of course, wrote a body of work, mostly never published during his lifetime, that captured the absurdity and the loneliness of the newly emerging modern world: In The Metamorphosis, Gregor transforms overnight into a giant cockroach; in The Trial, Josef K. is charged with an undefined crime by a maddeningly inaccessible court. In story after story, Kafka showed his...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, UK, Yahoo, College, Los Angeles, Chicago, Literature, Kafka, Vladimir Nabokov, Facebook Twitter, Hollywood Reporter, Hartigan, Franz Kafka, William Faulkner


Producers Of Broadway ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ And Publishers Of Older Play Version Could Be Headed To Court

Scott Rudin, lead producer of the Aaron Sorkin adaptation now on Broadway and likely to tour eventually, has been trying to block stagings of the older version, written half a century ago by Christopher Sergel Sr. and still published by his family firm. (One tour of regional Britain was recently cancelled after Rudin threatened to sue.) Christopher Sergel III says this is doing real damage to his business. – Crain’s Chicago Business
Tags: Art, Aaron Sorkin, Theatre, Chicago, Britain, Broadway, Scott Rudin, Crain, Rudin, Christopher Sergel, 02.22.19, Christopher Sergel III


Jussie Smollett Is Now Getting Written Off Of ‘Empire’

Oh: “The announcement comes just days after the studio voiced its unflinching support for the actor, but that support flagged Thursday after Chicago police held a news conference delineating how the department believed Smollett staged the attack because he was ‘dissatisfied with his salary.'” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Chicago, Issues, Jussie Smollett, Smollett, 02.22.19


Do You Want More Audiences and Donors? 4 Arts Marketing, Development & Ticketing Conferences to Choose From!

New York, March 21-22; San Francisco, April 29-30; Toronto, June 18-19; & Chicago, July 30-31. Build Your Next Generation Strategies for Revenue Growth. Sign up now and bring 2 colleagues for FREE! (3-for-1). Digital Marketing Skill-Building Track included! Do You Want More Audiences and Donors? 4 Arts Marketing, Development & Ticketing Conferences to Choose From! New York, March 21-22; San Francisco, April 29-30; Toronto, June 18-19; & Chicago, July 30-31. Build Your Next Generation ...
Tags: Art, New York, Toronto, San Francisco, Chicago, Opportunities, North America, Wallace Foundation, Arts Marketing Development amp, Arts Marketing Development Ticketing Conferences, Google Goldstar


Actor Jussie Smolett Charged With Felony For Staging Hate-Crime Attack

The 36-year-old actor, a star of the Fox series Empire, received an outpouring of national attention and sympathy after he was reported to have been violently attacked in Chicago by two white men shouting anti-black and anti-hay epithets. After the police found and interviewed the ostensible attackers, who turned out to be two Nigerian-American brothers, and collected additional evidence, they arrested Smollett, alleging that he concocted the entire thing. – Vulture
Tags: Art, People, Chicago, Smollett, 02.21.19


The Case Against The Obama Presidential Library

In the Obama center case, foes of the $500 million plan have centered their objections around the site location—a perch in an historic park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1871. Almost no one objects to the Obama Presidential Center coming to Chicago’s South Side, but some feel that it hoovers up an existing community asset instead of creating a new one. The question has lingered over the project since its introduction near the end of the president’s tenure in 2015. – Cit...
Tags: Art, Obama, Chicago, Issues, South Side, Obama Presidential Center, Obama Presidential Library, Frederick Law, Calvert Vaux, 02.21.19


Frieze and Felix Turn Heads in Los Angeles

Memorable moments from a weekend of new fairs where art trumps celebrity-watching.
Tags: Art, News, Los Angeles, Chicago, Sarah, Judy, Matt, Cain, Hoyt, Rojas, Collectors and Collections, Serpentine Galleries, Frieze art fair, Felix LA, Clare (1976-


Beyond Heaven: Chicago House Party Flyers from 1983-1989

For fans of electronic music, design or all things retro, Beyond Heaven: Chicago House Party Flyers from 1983-1989 will deliver the goods. Collected by Mario “Liv It Up” Luna (who DJed in the city during the ’80s), these flyers, posters and various other house-related artifacts create a personal but comprehensive perspective on the wildly creative and exciting scene.
Tags: Music, Design, Chicago, Posters, Retro, Luna, Flyers, House Music, Chicago House, Kistch, Mario Liv


Chicago Opera Theatre’s New Director: Chicago To Lead New Opera Revolution

Ashley Magnus: “Right now, we’re in a golden era of American opera. Significantly more operas have been written in the US between 1997 and the present than in the 100 years prior. I would love for people to take risks and support new opera the way that they support exciting new projects in other art forms.” – WFMT
Tags: Art, Music, US, Chicago, 02.13.19, Chicago Opera Theatre, Ashley Magnus


A Project To Democratize The Publishing Of Art Books

Artist Publisher, a new online forum launched by the Chicago-based printing collective Temporary Services, aims to encourage online discussion of art books and to democratize knowledge of a precarious industry. – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Chicago, Visual



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