In Culture Today, June 30, 2021: Broadway Returns in Chicago | LA gets the goat | Richard Hunt models Ida B. Wells

“Rent – Farewell Tour for the 25th Anniversary”


Ida B. Wells Monument is inaugurated today in Bronzeville

Ida B. Wells is honored with a memorial on the former site of the housing estate that bore her name. reports Block Club Chicago. “The Light of Truth, a sculpture created by Richard Hunt, will be inaugurated in a special ceremony … On behalf of the Ida B. Wells Commemorative Committee, the artwork was installed on Ida B. Wells’ grounds by the Chicago Housing Authority earlier this month Houses that were demolished in 2011. It will be the first monument in town that honors a black woman. “

James Cuno resigns from Getty Trust Art Endeavors

James Cuno is stepping down after a decade as President and CEO of The J. Paul Getty Trust. reports The Art Newspaper. “Given that the Getty is the richest arts institution in the world, Cuno’s retirement is sure to spark widespread speculation about which successor the Trust will choose and which direction the Getty will take next.” Prior to Getty, the author, art historian, and curator was President of the Art Institute of Chicago, Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art, and Director of the Harvard Art Museum.

Banksy addresses touring shows of his art

“The public should be aware that there has been a spate of Banksy exhibitions recently, none of which are consensual.” reads a page on Banksy’s website in response to two tours of his art around the world. “They were organized without the artist’s knowledge or involvement. Please treat them accordingly. “


Mayor says Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive is just a start

“I really think it’s very important not to just have a name,” Mayor Lightfoot said at a press conference on Monday. reports the Trib. “We need to teach our residents, and especially our young people, the history of Chicago. It’s long gone that people understood the role DuSable played in starting this city. ”Lightfoot said she will direct $ 40 million for a park named after Jean Baptiste Point DuSable and an annual program in his honor. “Lightfoot’s comments came as a surprise as it criticized the efforts to rename Lake Shore Drive on Friday, saying the council had more important things to do. “


Girl and the goat goes to LA

“It took more than three years, half of it through a global pandemic, but Top Chef Stephanie Izard has arrived in Los Angeles with one of the biggest restaurant openings of the year.” cheers Farley Elliott from Eater Los Angeles. “Girl and the Goat is a crown jewel eatery for Izard and the Boka Group (Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm), the kind of busy dinner location that’s as popular today as it was a decade ago. Now the crew is hoping to catch up on that success in the west by creating a large, bright corner room in the middle of. lands [Los Angeles’] Arts District, just a few steps from Bavel. ”Preview Here.

Food Truck Fest returns to Daley Plaza

The Food Truck Fest returns to Daley Plaza, the Sun-Times reports. A rotating line-up of half a dozen trucks will serve food every Friday from July 30th to October 15th from 11am to 3pm. The city’s Ministry of Economics and Consumer Protection is restoring the six-year favorite after a pandemic break. More details and provider applications Here.


Remembering Lauren Berlant

“As a pioneering scientist, Prof. Lauren Berlant defined the areas of affect theory, heteronormativity and queer theory.” remembers The UChicago News. “Your mentorship also shaped the lives of countless students and colleagues. Berlant, a world-renowned scientist who studied what sentimentality in American culture meant for gender, sexuality, and politics, died of a rare form of cancer. Berlant was 63 years old and a popular mentor and valued colleague who spent nearly four decades at the University of Chicago. Berlant is remembered by colleagues for her immense educational curiosity, astute interpretations of American literature, politics, and culture, and collaborative skills. They sought to define the desires and emotions that compel people to create forms of life that support a sense of belonging, and the complex ways in which gender, race, citizenship, class, and sexuality influence and shape these bonds. Berlant’s award-winning book ‘Cruel Optimism’ (2011) analyzed the devices that influence everyday human connections and how the culturally determined material appreciation of the perfect life forces people to act against their own interests. ” Berlant said in an interview in 2008:“It’s part of my queer optimism to say that people are affectively and emotionally incoherent. This suggests that we can find new ways of imagining what it means to be connected and building lives and worlds from what is already there – a bunch of conventionally prioritized but incoherent affective concepts of the world that we are with carry us around. We are only at the beginning of understanding emotions politically. ” Art forum: “Berlant was passionate about open discourse and often wrote, ‘What would it mean to have this thought?’ on the arm during lessons. “We have to be stupid and exposed to each other,” they told him Los Angeles book review‘Brad Evans in 2018.'[We need] To unlearn the habits of maintaining a system just to get through the day, week, month, life. ‘”


Tribune Editorial Page Editor Kristen McQueary quits

Kristen McQueary, via Twitter: “After nine years on the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board and page editor since March last year, Friday will be my last day at the newspaper. I applied for the buyout but my application was not accepted. I will pursue other options. “

Rex Huppke is the final columnist for the Chicago Tribune, based in Chicago

“II would like to say that I have a great vision for the future, or that I made a right decision to take a stand against Alden Global Capital, the hedge fund that has taken over the Chicago Tribune and our sister newspapers and is known for bringing journalists into to transform unemployed journalists ” Columns Rex Huppke. “But neither is true. I just didn’t want to stop doing what I was doing, I had no other plan, and I have a long history of making terrible financial decisions. (You may recall that I gave up a career in chemical engineering to become a journalist. It’s like I’m allergic to money and job security.) … We still have seasoned investigative reporters, political reporters, police reporters, the great Washington columnist Clarence Page, and clever suburban columnists. We have younger reporters who are budding superstars. Our photographers capture this city like no other, and our editors are sharp and passionate, even if they refuse to use creative swear words in my columns. “


Corbett vs. Dempsey release four Black Cross solo sessions

Ken Vandermark, Joe McPhee, Okkyung Lee and Moreno Veloso are the artists of the Black Cross Solo Sessions, a joint initiative of the record label and artist Christopher Wool. Inspired by musicians’ creative response to the challenging conditions caused by the pandemic, Black Cross Solo Sessions invited eight players from improvised and experimental music to each make a CD of unaccompanied recordings made under whatever circumstances to think about the dangerous times. “Partly triggered by Ken Vandermark’s galvanic performance in April 2020 of a new series of compositions for solo sheets during the first Sequesterfest events by CvsD (streamed on the Quarantine Concerts series by Experimental Sound Studio), the BCSS starts in July 2021 with the Release of the first four CDs, ”says CvsD in a press release. More Here.

Chicago Philharmonic announces four live symphony concerts for 2021-2022

Maestro Scott Speck conducts three world premieres as well as the Midwest premiere of the mandolin concert by Pulitzer Prize-winning and three-time Grammy award winner Jennifer Higdon, played by classical music superstar Avi Avital. Also: Broadway star Capathia Jenkins and three-time Grammy nominee Ryan Shaw will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin. More Here.


Lyric restores pauses

“As a blessing to those who enjoy people-watching, cocktails, and flattering, the Lyric Opera of Chicago announced Monday that it had reversed its previous decision to cut the fall operatic season and remove formal breaks.” reports Chris Jones.

Broadway in Chicago reopens its theaters on October 5th

Upcoming Broadway In Chicago productions include two pre-Broadway attractions, Paradise Square and The Devil Wears Prada; four direct-from-Broadway productions, Disney’s “Frozen”; “What the Constitution Means for Me”; “Come away from here”; “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” and the national tour start of “Six” and “Rent – 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour”. Details Here.


Public Health Commissioner says no masking is required by those vaccinated against Delta variant

“Chicago’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Allison Arwady, warns that the Delta variant of the coronavirus is likely to become the dominant strain in town this summer. “ reports the Trib, “but Arwady allayed concerns by saying that vaccinated people do not need to return to masking just yet.”

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