Today in culture, January 7, 2022: Opening announced | labor issues leaving the A / V club | Theatrical adjournments


Felicia P. Fields in “Blues in the Night” / Photo: Chollette


The MCA will host the 2022 vernissage

The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art will host Vernissage, the opening night preview of EXPO CHICAGO at Festival Hall, Navy Pier. Details here.


Fern Hill development in Old Town shrinks

There is a major change in the upcoming redevelopment of the old town, YIMBY reports. “The massive project led by local developer Fern Hill was announced late last year with plans to build structures on six lots around the intersection of West North Avenue and North LaSalle Drive. Sites held between Fern Hill and Moody Church will be replaced or added to [by] prolific architect David Adjaye whose work includes the National Museum of African American History in Washington… Walgreens [has] withdrawn from the sale of the structure and will be withdrawn from the development. The Walgreens Building was designed by Stanley Tigerman in a post-modernist style and features a large orange masonry facade with oval windows and a semicircular entrance.

Rebranding of the fine arts building

The Fine Arts Building at 410 South Michigan launched its new look and centralized website for the iconic building’s spaces: artist studios, offices, rehearsal rooms, and two theaters: the Studebaker Theater and Carriage Hall, a performance space and contemporary multidisciplinary event. which is built in the former Playhouse Theater space. Following here.


Chicago’s Urban Market opens to River West

“The Urban Market Chicago at 1001 West Chicago has opened, bringing a grocery store to the neighborhood after years of demand from neighbors.” Block Club Chicago reports. “Urban Market is owned by Christina Palivos and Maria Dernis, who have designed the space over the past year. “We are not a corporate-run grocery store. We’re a family-owned grocery store, ”said Palivos.

Little Wok brings Asian assortment to Wicker Park

“A restaurant offering sushi, ramen and other Pan-Asian dishes has opened in Wicker Park”, Block Club Chicago reports. Little Wok on the corner of Division and Damen completed a year-long build. “Little Wok is a Chinese restaurant, basically, with a sushi bar. However, I like to think of cooking as more pan-Asian, ”Acting General Manager Justine Chen told The Block Club. “I say pan-Asian because we believe in having a little something on the menu for everyone,” including sushi rolls, ramen, Korean rice bowls and Chinese noodle dishes.

Starbucks Union grows in Chicago

Workers at a downtown Chicago Starbucks became the first of the chain’s sites in the Midwest to sign union cards, as they filed for union certification last week with the National Labor Relations Board “, Eater Chicago reports. “The demand comes as Starbucks faces coordinated organizing efforts at its coffee shops across the country, a move that began with a union vote last month in Buffalo, New York. The general concerns that led to the organization boil down to three major issues, says Zero Muñoz, barista at Chicago Starbucks: better wages, better distribution of work and safety.


Oak Park to observe “Betty White Day” on actress’ 100th birthday

“Betty White became America’s sweetheart, but first she was Oak Park’s sweetie”, rreports the Sun-Times. “The late actress, who died December 31 in her California home, was born in suburban Chicago on January 17, 1922. And although she and her family moved to the West Coast a year later, White often spoke with her. emotion of her Oak Park roots and would return to visit her family.In her honor, “Betty White Day” will be officially celebrated in Oak Park on January 17, marking her 100th birthday.

“Screaming” will not make a noise

Paramount is still going a long way with its theatrical release of the horror sequel “Scream” starting January 13 in 3,500 theaters, reports Gitesh Pandya from


The New York Times pays more than half a billion for athletics

The New York Times Co has agreed to buy the subscription sports site Athletic in a deal valued at around $ 550 million, Reuters reports. “Athletic generated $ 47 million in revenue in 2020, but was forced to downsize and pay during the first few months of the pandemic when most live sporting events were put on hold. ” The site understand a Chicago sports coverage component. Athletic’s co-founder notoriously said once that their strategy was “to wait for each paper to come out and let it bleed continuously until we were the last ones standing.”

G / O Media attacks other AV Club employees

“Last month, G / O management told its seven Chicago-based AV Club employees that they either had to move to Los Angeles to work in the company’s new offices there, or they had to lose. their jobs. The employees have not had an increase in the cost of living ”, post the onion union. “The first workers who were supposed to move were told they had until January 15 to make up their minds. None of the seven AV Club employees have yet informed G / O management of their decision. But for some reason, G / O listed three of those positions on their job site last night. To be clear, these positions are NOT vacant. But G / O isn’t particularly subtle about whether or not he wants many of his older employees to stay on. Chicago-based AV Club employees include seven of the nine AV Club staff with the longest terms, ranging from just under six to over thirteen. By refusing to grant cost of living increases, it is clear that the G / O wants these veteran employees to leave so that the company can replace them with workers paid at minimum wage as stipulated in the union contract – minimums negotiated based on Chicago rates. . The Onion Union is saddened, but not surprised, by G / O’s actions. We demand that G / O pay all of its employees – past, present and future – what they deserve.

Third Coast Review celebrates six years and renews its leadership

Third Coast Review, Chicago’s six-year-old online art magazine, has changed hands, they relay. Co-founder Nancy S. Bishop, who has served as editor and publisher since 2016, is stepping down from her administrative and editorial duties. Lisa Trifone, the website’s movie editor, takes on the new post of editor-in-chief with responsibilities for content oversight, team management and financial operations. Bishop remains editor, Stages editor, and chief theater critic. Following here.

WTTW joins the DIRECTV stream

WTTW broadcasts live on the DIRECTV Stream brand, with a live channel from WTTW to all customers of the service, as well as additional PBS on-demand programming “which will continue to expand PBS’s digital footprint and offer viewers additional ways to deliver PBS content, ”WTTW said in a statement. “It is important that people in the Chicago area can explore and enjoy all of our programming where and as they watch television,” WTTW President and CEO Sandra Cordova Micek said in the statement. “As we expand WTTW’s broadcast, streaming and digital footprint and provide viewers with additional ways to watch WTTW, we continue to serve audiences and fulfill our purpose of enriching lives, engaging people. communities and inspire exploration. “


“Hypocrisy of justice: images and sounds of the black metropolis” reported

“We have made the difficult decision to postpone the performance and symposium” Hypocrisy of Justice: Sights and Sounds from the Black Metropolis “, from the planned collaboration this weekend of Dana Hall, Cheryl Lynn Bruce and Kerry to a later date. James Marshall at Logan Center. Following here.

Mellon Foundation grants Sphinx $ 1.95 million

The National Alliance for Audition Support, a partnership between the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization, New World Symphony, and the League of American Orchestras, received $ 1.95 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Established in 2018, the National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS) is a national, grassroots initiative with the long-term goal of increasing diversity in American orchestras. The Mellon Foundation was the primary underwriter of NAAS with a grant of $ 1.8 million for the first four years. The new, increased grant provides ongoing support through 2024. In addition to support from the Mellon Foundation, the NAAS receives additional financial contributions from more than 100 partner orchestras through annual dues. Following here.


“Moulin Rouge! The Cha-Cha-Chas Musical

The producers of “Moulin Rouge!” The Musical ”and Broadway In Chicago have announced that the North American tour will now launch at the James M. Nederlander Theater on Broadway In Chicago with performances starting on Saturday, March 19. here.

Porchlight Music Theater moves “Blues In the Night”, reports “Clear”, “Passing Strange”

Porchlight has moved its production of “Blues in the Night” from February 9 to March 13. The theater has postponed Paul Oakley Stovall’s onstage reading of “Clear” and “Porchlight Revisits ‘Passing Strange’”. here.

The world premiere of “The Notebook” postponed

The Chicago Shakespeare Theater has revised the production schedule for the world premiere of “The Notebook”. Previously slated to debut in March, the musical adaptation based on the hit novel is now set to premiere on The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, from September 6 to October 16. More here.

Redtwist Theater ‘Collected Stories Rejected

“Redtwist has temporarily suspended its productions and live encounters. This meant that we had to make the difficult decision to postpone our production of ‘Collected Stories’ until later in the season, ”the company relays. Website here.


Chicago tourism agency invests in neighborhoods

Choose Chicago will spend $ 1.1 million this year to promote neighborhood tourism, with the goal of changing the way the tourism industry serves the city, Crain’s reports.

Illinois legal marijuana sales double

“Recreational marijuana sales rebounded in December after slowing for three months, reaching $ 138 million,” Crain’s reports. “Pot sales have doubled to $ 1.38 billion for all of 2021, the second year since recreational cannabis became legal in Illinois.”

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