The Bleader | Blog + Reader, the Chicago Reader's blog

Friday, October 13, 2017

Rahm’s police academy plan met with youth-led backlash from #NoCopAcademy campaign

Posted By on 10.13.17 at 08:39 PM

As rain pelted the Fullerton el platform on Tuesday night, two dozen young people boarded a southbound Red Line train with printed and hand-drawn signs. "#NoCopAcademy" one read. "$95 million for schools, mental health care, and affordable housing!" declared another.

The activists organized in protest of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to build a $95 million police and fire training academy in West Garfield Park. The training compound would occupy a 30.4-acre site along Chicago Avenue between Pulaski and Kilbourn and include a swimming and diving pool, driving course, shooting range, labs, classrooms, and auditorium, and a mock CTA station and apartment building. Since unveiling the plan on July 3, the city has touted the facility as a response to the Department of Justice's criticism of police training and is billing it as a driver of investments into the neighborhood. Activists and community residents, however, are deeply skeptical of these claims.

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Jump into an ocean of mezcal during Mexico in a Bottle

Posted By on 10.13.17 at 02:49 PM

The quiote at Quiote - MIKE SULA
  • Mike Sula
  • The quiote at Quiote

If you haven't yet dove into the growing river of mezcal that's been flowing north from Mexico in the last few years, you have an opportunity this Sunday, October 15, to get very wet when Mexico in a Bottle returns to the Chop Shop. That's a daylong tasting of more than 100 mezcals and other agave spirits, including racilla, bacanora, tuxca, and even a couple Mexican rums.

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Open House Chicago, and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend

Posted By on 10.13.17 at 02:33 PM

The Congress Theater is just one of the many sites you can check out this weekend as part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago. - ERIC ALLIX ROGERS
  • Eric Allix Rogers
  • The Congress Theater is just one of the many sites you can check out this weekend as part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago.

Here's some of the goings-on about town we recommend for your weekend:

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

They’re in town as sidemen, but Fabian Almazan and Jason Rigby shine as leaders on their own recent records

Posted By on 10.13.17 at 01:58 PM


Powerhouse drummer Mark Guiliana gives two performances with his agile quartet Sunday night at Constellation (the first show sold out, so a second has been added at 10 PM). His terrific band features players who lead their own projects, and two of them, Cuban-born pianist Fabian Almazan and Cleveland-based saxophonist Jason Rigby, have released strong records this year that illustrate their range—their approaches are very different from the fusion-informed rhythmic aggression and complexity of Guiliana's band.

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

In praise of The Conformist, one of the greatest-looking movies ever made

Posted By on 10.13.17 at 12:57 PM

Jean-Louis Trintignant and Stefania Sandrelli in The Conformist
  • Jean-Louis Trintignant and Stefania Sandrelli in The Conformist

On Monday at 9:30 PM, Doc Films will present a 35-millimeter print of Bernardo Bertolucci's The Conformist (1970). One of the greatest-looking movies ever made, it's easily the most important revival screening in town this week. It remains a career best for cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, who also shot Apocalypse Now and Warren Beatty's Reds. The Conformist features rich, deep colors and lots of gorgeous and precise camera movement; you could watch it with the sound off and it would be no less impressive. The look of the film perfectly complements its theme, which is the seductive power of fascism. The Conformist sucks you in with beautiful style, then makes you recoil at having been seduced—one's relationship to the film is meant to mirror Italy's relationship to the Mussolini era.

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
Casa Propia Aguijón Theater
October 26
November 18

Tabbed Event Search

The Bleader Archive

Popular Stories