Friday, December 2, 2016

Renegade Holiday Craft Fair, Marc Maron, and more things to do in Chicago this weekend

Posted By on 12.02.16 at 01:49 PM

The Moscow Ballet brings its traditional Russian version of The Nutcracker to the Rosemont Theater. - SUN-TIMES MEDIA
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  • The Moscow Ballet brings its traditional Russian version of The Nutcracker to the Rosemont Theater.

There's plenty to do this weekend to avoid what's predicted to be the season's first snow. Here's some of what we recommend:

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Introducing Body + Camera, a film festival that broadens the meaning of dance

Posted By on 12.02.16 at 01:06 PM

Julien Prévieux, Patterns of Life, film still, 2015 - COURTESY OF JOUSSE ENTREPRISE GALLERY (PARIS)
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  • Julien Prévieux, Patterns of Life, film still, 2015

Mana Contemporary Chicago will create something new in 2017: a film festival about dance that also expands commonly held interpretations of what "dance" means. Presented in collaboration with Chicago Dancemakers Forum and Montom Arts, the first annual Body + Camera Film Festival will celebrate "the intersection between the moving body and the moving image" and welcome emerging and established artists "with contemporary, experimental projects that push traditional mediums to their edge." The festival is accepting entries now through February 20, 2017.

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Diverse artists and activists come together at weekly Hyde Park series the Corner

Posted By on 12.02.16 at 12:00 PM

The Corner curators Sam Brown and Sasha Tycko upstairs at the Promontory - JULIA DRATEL
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  • The Corner curators Sam Brown and Sasha Tycko upstairs at the Promontory

Every Monday night, the Promontory in Hyde Park transforms part of its upstairs venue to host the Corner—a young performance series that, like its namesake, arises from an intersection. Curators Sam Brown and Sasha Tycko use the space inventively, curtaining off the main stage and instead using a small platform in the corner, angled toward the square bar in the middle of the room. Since taking over the series in April 2016, they've nurtured a creative community whose identity has shifted and expanded constantly. The series has become a nexus for live music, spoken word, DJ sets, visual-art installations, and community organizing—often all in one night. The Corner also wants to provide a place where artists and activists can take a break from their striving to relax and recharge.

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If Mitt Romney wants to run the State Department, I'm down with that

Posted By on 12.02.16 at 07:00 AM

"Smile, Mitt." - DREW ANGERER/GETTY IMAGES
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  • "Smile, Mitt."

Donald Trump is humiliating one of his fiercest critics by making Mitt Romney grovel in public in order to be named secretary of state. And he could easily humiliate Romney completely by not naming him.

That's the thesis of John Cassidy's latest New Yorker piece, and I think it's obviously true. But let's do a little unpacking.

When you're Romney's age—69—dignity is precious. Relevance is even more precious. Romney's gambling both to have both. Why not? There is no deep, nourishing satisfaction in not mattering.

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Chicago area forecasted to have the weakest real estate market in the U.S. in 2017, and other news

Posted By on 12.02.16 at 06:00 AM

This house came out of foreclosure, was rehabbed, and put back on the market. - RICHARD A. CHAPMAN/SUN-TIMES
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  • This house came out of foreclosure, was rehabbed, and put back on the market.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, December 2, 2016. Have a great weekend!

  • Weather: Cloudy and still breezy

Friday will be chilly, with a high of 41 and a low of 29 that will feel still colder. It will be breezy again, and mostly cloudy. [AccuWeather]

  • Forecast: Chicago will have the weakest real estate market in the U.S. in 2017

Chicago will have the worst real estate market in the U.S. in 2017, according to a new Realtor.com ranking of the markets in the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas. The forecast predicts home prices in Chicago will rise by 1.95 percent and home sales by 2.27 percent, but the weak numbers in both categories landed the area in last place. "Chicago's economy has not been as strong as other major markets," Realtor.com chief economist Jonathan Smoke told Crain's Chicago Business in an e-mail. "One important indicator is the current unemployment rate, which remains well above the U.S. rate of unemployment." [Crain's Chicago Business]

  • The 2016 violence surge continues as the city reaches 700 murders

The number of homicides in Chicago in 2016 hit 701 Thursday, about a 58 percent increase over 2015. "The levels of violence we have seen this year in some of our communities is absolutely unacceptable," Chicago Police Department superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement. [USA Today]

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

L.A. VanGogh helps his rapper pals help him on the new EP Friends First

Posted By on 12.01.16 at 01:00 PM

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The collaborative spirit of Chicago's young hip-hop scene is beautiful, but for somebody trying to keep track of everyone's affiliations, it can be confusing. Rappers, producers, and singers rep their cliques and crews with pride on recordings, but they're also likely to hit the studio with people from a different set. I've seen people mistakenly claim that Noname, Alex Wiley, and even Virginia rapper-singer D.R.A.M. are members of Save Money—I assume because all three have recorded with the collective's most prominent member, Chance the Rapper. There's nothing like having best friends, but it enriches our lives when we bond with people outside our usual circles. Chicago rapper-producer L.A. VanGogh, half of hip-hop duo SafeNSound, benefits from that line of thinking on his new EP, Friends First.

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Todd Ricketts tapped by Trump for Commerce Department, and more Chicago news

Posted By on 12.01.16 at 08:06 AM

President-elect Donald Trump and Todd Ricketts, his nominee for deputy secretary of the Department of Commerce - AP PHOTO/CAROLYN KASTER
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  • President-elect Donald Trump and Todd Ricketts, his nominee for deputy secretary of the Department of Commerce

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Thursday, December 1, 2016.

  • Weather: Windy, with rain possible

Thursday will be cool again, with a high of 43 and a low of 35. It will be cloudy and windy, with a decent chance of rain in the afternoon. [AccuWeather]

  • Trump slates Todd Ricketts for number two Commerce spot

President-elect Donald Trump has picked a Cubs scion for his cabinet, hailing Todd Ricketts—who has a BA in economics from Loyola and owns the Wilmette bike shop Higher Gear—as "an immensely successful businessman with unparalleled knowledge of the finance industry." Initially a supporter of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, Ricketts pivoted as the Republican primaries tilted toward Trump, eventually becoming an at-large delegate for the candidate at the RNC. Among other positions, he has served as CEO for the super PAC Ending Spending, founded by his father, Joe.  [Sun-Times] [Tribune]

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A sudden lights out for Too Much Light at Neo-Futurists

Posted By on 11.30.16 at 07:08 PM

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, with Kurt Chiang at far right - MARC MONAGHAN FOR THE JOHN D. AND CATHERINE T. MACARTHUR FOUNDATION
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  • Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, with Kurt Chiang at far right

Neo-Futurists founder Greg Allen made the surprising announcement today that he's ending the 28-year Chicago run of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind on December 31. He's doing so in order to create a new, diverse Chicago theater company that will be entirely dedicated to social activism.

Allen—who left the Chicago company four years ago but owns the rights to the "30-plays-in-60-minutes" show—said the decision was political, spurred by the election of Donald Trump. "I could no longer stand by and let my most effective artistic vehicle be anything but a machine to fight Fascism," he said in an e-mailed statement.

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Cecile Richards plans for the next century of Planned Parenthood

Posted By on 11.30.16 at 03:30 PM

Cecile Richards gives her talk at the University of Chicago Law School. - COURTESY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO LAW SCHOOL
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  • Cecile Richards gives her talk at the University of Chicago Law School.

"I anticipated giving an entirely different lecture today," Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, told a standing-room-only crowd at the University of Chicago Law School yesterday. "I was hoping to tell you that America was entering a new era of reproductive rights defined by possibility and progress. But the rug was pulled out from underneath us. The future of reproductive rights is more fragile than at any moment in my lifetime."

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Indigo Nation paints Pilsen blue

Posted By on 11.30.16 at 02:30 PM

Street View is a fashion series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights some of the coolest styles seen in Chicago.

A model wears garments by Mallory Fifer. - ISA GIALLORENZO
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  • A model wears garments by Mallory Fifer.

Last month Amanda Harth, Asia Vallot, and Michael Ashley of the blog Runway Addicts, and Ciera McKissick of the online magazine AMFM promoted Indigo Nation, a denim-centered event held in Pilsen. Runway Addicts founder Harth wanted to celebrate the popular material after spending a whole year researching it: "We conducted a study on dyeing techniques, what denim looked like in different parts of the world, the history of the textile, and why it's the most versatile fabric." The result was a three-day-long festival that included art installations, garment displays, workshops, performances, a denim swap, and a pop-up shop.

During their opening at the Chicago Art Department, models walked among the guests and sported all-denim looks by designer Mallory Fifer. Later on designer, artist, and activist Michelle Janayea did a "live sewing" session by putting together pieces of used garments selected by the attendees. In an adjacent room, denim-inspired works by artist Jane Georges were displayed alongside creations by local up-and-coming brands Amara Black by Alenda, Michael White, Hightower by DaShaun Hightower, Iridium, Reformed School by Peter Gaona, Phera by Ron Louis, and Iicky Genes. Their garments—plus items by local brands Create the New World, Jaja, and Jaeoli—were sold the next weekend at a pop-up shop hosted at the Maybe Sunday boutique. Check out photographs of some of this denim extravaganza right after the jump.

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