Today In Culture, January 24, 2022: Final show by Virgil Abloh | The Jane Collective at Sundance | Ezell Cooper of RIP Coop Records

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Virgil Abloh’s latest fashion show presented

Louis Vuitton presented its men’s fall-winter 2022 collection, reports The Cut, the latest from Virgil Abloh. “When it’s all over and our time is over, we leave it to others to pursue their own dreams,” says poet Kai-Isaiah Jamal in the short prequel to the parade, dubbed “The [infinity]e field.’ While last December’s “Virgil Was Here” at Miami Art Basel was a tribute to the recently deceased designer and a rerun of his Spring/Summer 2022 show from last June, “The [infinity]th Field’ was his eighth and final parade.

Vornado plans residential tower next to merchandise store

Vornado Realty Trust has a plan to build a twenty-six-story, 288-unit tower on the southwest corner of Kinzie and Canal streets near its Merchandise Mart property, reports the Sun-Times. More: renders of the pricey Mart facelift are here.

Tishman Speyer plans second Fulton Market project

Tishman Speyer has contracted for its second workspace project in Chicago, to build on the current site of a car wash on the edge of Futon Market, Ryan Ori reports to CoStar News.

Mega-developments to watch

Axios Chicago lists some of the biggest major developments of 2022. “New projects on the north and south sides of Chicago could change the way we see (and live) for years to come.”

Morton Salt logo reappears

“The iconic Morton Salt brand and logo emerged for the main hangar of the former Morton Salt factory in West Town,” reports YIMBY Chicago. “This refurbished roof is part of an adaptive reuse program by R2 Companies, Blue Star Properties and Skydeck. These plans at 1357 North Elston involve converting the facility into a new entertainment and office location.

Investment in homes you can hold is on the rise

“Katie Lauffenburger has a three-month waiting list of customers paying $5,000 and more for her unique ten-inch homes,” reports Mack Liederman at Block Club Chicago. “It’s a little unique, a little weird,” she told the reporter, looking over a ceramic “soon to be exact model of 3008 West George, a three-unit Chicago-style apartment in Logan Square.” Yeah , it’s kind of weird,” said Phil Thompson, Lauffenburger’s husband who sells thousands of his Chicago-style home designs, from the city’s two iconic apartments to its abundance of bungalows. Liederman adds on Twitter, “Katie told me that she has four TV spots planned since the article appeared. She responds to emails from tiny house hopefuls non-stop.

Visit of the “Sistine Chapel” of the Lycée Schurz

Painted more than eighty years ago, the paintings on the ceiling and on the walls of the library at Northwest Side Schurz High School “show, among other things, the ‘spirit’ of Chicago,” reports the Sun-Times in his “Murals And Mosaics” series. “They are still there, now restored. Other murals on the vaulted walls celebrate the history of writing. Portraits of important figures – from Homer in ancient Greece to Ludwig Van Beethoven to Michelangelo, who painted the ceiling of what is now the Sistine Chapel in the 1500s – dot the walls. In 2020, the work underwent a “touch-up”, say school officials, to restore parts damaged by moisture or age, helping to ensure the paintings remain in good condition for future use. generations of students. »

Neighbors pool nearly $300,000 to buy $600,000 building

In the iconic Jackson Park Highlands corridor, a group of neighbors have purchased a residential and commercial building in receivership, reports WGN-TV. “At a cost of $600,000, twenty-seven neighbors pooled their money, raising more than $280,000 to buy the residential and commercial building… Michael Kelley moved to the Highlands just over three years ago . After learning that the building at 71st Street and Bennett Avenue was in receivership, he saw an opportunity. “I followed the court case on this… Put the offer in and get it accepted. And then turned to the neighbors and said, ‘Okay, you asked for it. Let’s do it.'”


Con Todo All In

Chef Jonathan Zaragoza (El Oso, Masa Azul, Newcity Restaurateur of the Moment 2016) has been tight-lipped about Con Todo, his planned Mexican-American restaurant for Logan Square, reports Eater Chicago. “This conservative approach has generated a lot of buzz [for] the chef, whose family runs the much-loved Birrieria Zaragoza in Archer Heights.” The restaurant’s launch began, “a take-out and delivery-only menu of tacos, cocktails, and creations that straddle Mexico City’s style, like the pamburguesa, an inventive burger-torta mix (“tinted telera bread de guajillo”, white onion, American cheese, special salsa, pickles). the Japanese spot Yusho.

Claudia and High Road Spirits collaborate on creative cocktails from Japan

Claudia and High Road Spirits are teaming up to host a cocktail party and dinner showcasing “Japan’s creative spirit” on Wednesday, January 26, paired with chef Trevor Teich’s “innovative and whimsical cuisine.” The five-course dinner will include cocktails designed by Stevan Miller and spirits from Akashi, Mars and Tsutsumi distilleries. Places are available from 5:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $200 per person and are available through Tock here.


A fifty-year history of the Film Center

Kathleen Sachs provides the reader with a solid investigation of over 3,000 words into the first half-century of the Film Center at the School of the Art Institute.

Abortion and the Jane Collective honored at Sundance

Almost fifty years ago, “if you lived in Chicago and needed help, you could call a number and speak to a woman who would offer you a safer alternative. The members of the collective provided advice and organized the procedures, which they ultimately administered – 11,000 in total during this period, ”Nicole Sperling reports to The New York Times. “But then in 1972, [seven] members of the group were arrested, each charged with 11 counts of abortion or conspiracy to commit an abortion with a possible sentence of 10 years on each charge. Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision saved them all. Members “of the collective share their stories in two films at the Sundance Film Festival… the HBO documentary “The Janes”; and a fictional story called “Call Jane”, starring Elizabeth Banks and Sigourney Weaver, [which is] looking for a broadcast. The films debut at a particularly crucial time for abortion rights…”

Chicago Film XLerator Names Postgraduate Winner

The Chicago Film XLerator, a content lab created to uncover BIPOC talent and increase creative pipelines in the entertainment industry, has named its postgraduate winner, Kimberly Michelle Vaughn, and her project “Hindsight.” Vaughn will receive a prize worth $50,000 for his project and the opportunity to partner with executives to help produce and streamline the film. Funding partners include Chicago Filmmakers, BTEC, Camera Ambassador, and Periscope Post and Audio. More here.


Saint-Charles Library closes after anti-mask mob attacks and threats

St. Charles Public Library is closed to in-person visits after an attack on the library’s mask policy, reports WLS-7. “Western Suburb library officials said they stopped letting people into the newly refurbished facility after an incident earlier this week. Library director Edith Craig said police were called after a group of around thirty-five to forty adults and children burst inside the building and refused to wear masks. It was after the incident that threats against library staff members regarding the library’s mask policy began.


Bill Ruthhart on his last day at Trib before becoming The New York Times staff mentor

“Today is my last day at the Chicago Tribune”, tweets journalist Bill Ruthhart. “It has been the thrill and responsibility of a lifetime to represent millions of Chicagoans as their eyes and ears, questioning their elected officials and working on their behalf to hold the government and its leaders accountable. Thank you to the thousands of voters, readers, workers, campaign staff, public servants and, yes, politicians for trusting me to tell their stories over the past 11 years. Meeting new people and understanding their situation has been a joy of work for me. I am honored and remain in awe of the dozens of talented journalists, photographers, editors, writers and designers whom I have had the privilege of calling Tribune colleagues. There are far too many to name here, but I look forward to continuing to follow their fantastic work. As local information and democracy are under attack, the work of a free press is essential to the future of our country and our ability to understand each other. I look forward to continuing this mission by working with the next generation of New York Times reporters.


South Side ‘jazzologist’ Ezell Cooper was 89

“Ezell Cooper had a sign outside one of his record stores proclaiming ‘IF IT’S NOT AT COOP… IT’S NOT OUT’,” Maureen O’Donnell reports to the Sun-Times. . “He offered all kinds of records at Coop, but Mr. Cooper’s specialty earned him a nickname: ‘The Jazzologist. town” in his stores to find the music they liked, his son said. “They were like, ‘Doo-doo, doo-doo, doo-doo doo,’ and he was like, ‘Oh, that’s ‘Kind of Blue’ by Miles Davis. “People waiting for a bus would come inside and get lost in the trash cans.


Cindy Williams’ ‘Me, Myself & Shirley’ one-woman show postponed

Cindy Williams in “Me, Myself & Shirley,” scheduled for April 1-3 at the Studebaker Theater, will now be produced at a later date. More here.

New York governor offers high-end commercial theater tax credit

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has “proposed to budget $200 million for the New York City Music and Theater Production Tax Credit, which provides up to $3 million per performance to help cover production costs,” Michael Paulson told The New York Times. “Under the program, shows are eligible for tax credits to cover up to 25% of many production expenses, including labor. As a condition of the credit, shows must have a state-approved professional diversity and arts training program, and take steps to make their productions accessible to low-income New Yorkers.

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