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Conductor James Levine accused of sexual misconduct during his time as Ravinia's music director, and other Chicago news

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click to enlarge Conductor James Levine is seen before the start of the final dress rehearsal for Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2009. - AP PHOTO/MARY ALTAFFER
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  • Conductor James Levine is seen before the start of the final dress rehearsal for Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2009.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Monday, December 4, 2017.

  • Conductor James Levine accused of sexual misconduct during his time as Ravinia's music director

The Metropolitan Opera in New York has suspended music director emeritus James Levine "after three men came forward with accusations that Levine sexually abused them decades ago, when they were teenagers," including when Levine was the Ravinia Festival's music director, according to the Tribune. "We understand from these articles that investigations are ongoing," the Highland Park-based music festival said in a statement. "Ravinia finds these allegations very disturbing and contrary to its zero-tolerance policies and culture. Ravinia will take any actions that it deems appropriate following the results of these investigations. Ravinia has no other information to share at this time." [Tribune]

  • Report: The generational fault lines in local Latino politico have emerged

The unexpected departure of U.S. representative Luis Gutierrez last week has "brought to the surface some of the political fault lines that have long made it tough for Latino politicians in Chicago to speak with one voice," according to the Tribune. In addition to the historic political tension between Mexicans and Puerto Ricans and establishment and independent Latinos, there is a generational conflict brewing "as the next wave of Latino politicians is chafing against its elders' hold on power while trying to take advantage of the district's changing demographics to wrest control," the newspaper wrote. "I think there's a talented group, not only myself but others, that's ready to step up," 45-year-old alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno said. "It's going to take four years to find the bathrooms, to really get your legs under you, and meanwhile you're running for re-election every other year." [Tribune]


  • Why has R. Kelly weathered the sexual misconduct allegation storm that has taken down Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, and other powerful men?

Singer R. Kelly has faced numerous allegations of sexual misconduct for more than 20 years, but his career has not been significantly damaged by the backlash against powerful men facing similar allegations including Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and former Today Show anchor Matt Lauer. "While Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., and other stars have promptly seen their careers implode after their alleged behavior was exposed, the music industry seems unconcerned about the charges against Kelly," reporter Jim DeRogatis, who wrote two stories for Buzzfeed this summer with more bombshell allegations against Kelly, writes. "His record label, Sony Music, refuses to comment, and Live Nation, the global concert promoter, continues to stage his shows. A petition drive, a public protest, and a vote of censure by the county board of commissioners greeted Kelly's concert at the Wolf Creek Amphitheater, in Atlanta, in August, but Live Nation's only comment was, 'The show will go on,' and the company is promoting three of his upcoming concerts." [New Yorker]

  • John Fox breaks record for worst winning percentage in Bears history

Bears head coach John Fox has broken a record for the worst winning percentage (.272) of any head coach in the team's history. Fox made history when the Bears suffered an embarrassing loss to the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field Sunday. [NBC Chicago]

  • Classic Greektown restaurant Pegasus closed over the weekend

Pegasus, a favorite Greektown restaurant, closed Saturday after 27 years of business. The closing comes just a year after another classic Greektown restaurant, the Parthenon, closed. The owners are retiring but will keep their Midway Airport location and Artopolis Bakery, Cafe and Agora, according to Eater Chicago. [Eater Chicago]

  • Magnificent Mile hotel offers rooftop curling just in time for the Olympics

The Winter Olympics are rapidly approaching, which always causes a sudden wave of interest in curling. The Gwen Hotel is getting ahead of the trend and offering curling without ice on its rooftop. [Eater Chicago]


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