Blarney Stone of Chicago / Photo: Facebook

DESIGN

Tic-Tocking The Great Chicago Fire At 150

In Chicago magazine, Robert Loerzel covers his dive into archival material on the Great Chicago Fire, drawing on oral histories, memoirs and contemporary books and articles as well as testimonies from the Great Chicago Fire. ‘a city survey. The voices escape singing sad songs: across DeKoven Street. Third Deputy Fire Marshal Mathias Benner: “I hate to say nasty things to anyone. But if the Chicago [fire engine] had done his duty, the flames would have been arrested at Taylor Street. The engine had no steam when she left her quarters and was unable to do anything when she reached the fire. When the company returned from the Saturday night fire, she was completely exhausted and when she housed her engine and cart, she dragged herself to her dormitory. The captain returned home. The men’s sleep was soon interrupted by the alarm of the great fire, and they were indeed caught taking a nap. Their engine was not cleaned after his harsh experience; there was no fire in the hearth; everything was as it shouldn’t be. Everything was as it shouldn’t be.

The pace of gentrification of upscale neighborhoods is accelerating

Anna Romina Guevarra and Gayatri Reddy of the Chicago Reporter write about the import and symbolism of the zoning change from the Weiss Hospital parking lot to 4600 North Marine to residential use, which now allows for the construction of an “apartment building. 314-unit luxury – a proposition that has been hotly contested by the residents of Uptown. These objections follow the growing lack of affordable housing in Uptown, coupled with declining racial diversity and neighborhood income. Today, whites make up over 50% of Uptown’s population, with all other non-white races and ethnicities declining, some significantly. The evaporation of affordable housing, “the displacement of minority communities and the return migration of those who had previously fled the city [have created] what is generally called “white flight in reverse”. This is markedly different from the story of Uptown. Uptown has long been a portal for immigrants and refugees, many of whom have been displaced from their home countries or neighborhoods subject to forms of structural violence that have disproportionately affected the poor and communities of color. More here.

EAT AND DRINK

Blarney Stone Closes In Chicago After Fifty Years

Blarney Stone of Chicago, Wrigleyville dive at 3424 North Sheffield, gets right to the point on his Facebook page: “Blarney Stone will close the end of OCT2ND SEASON 2021.” The most recent post before that, on July 26, is a now disturbing entry “1970-Sep2021”. Here is a clean photo of the bar and its surroundings at night by Twitter user David Harmantas.

CINEMA & TELEVISION

Museum of Broadcast Communications Gets New Acting Boss

“As the Museum of Broadcast Communications prepares to bounce back from the pandemic and works to redefine its mission, there is a new boss at the front office,” reports Robert Feder. “Jim Carlton, brand marketing manager in Chicago and a member of the museum’s board of trustees, was named interim executive director on Wednesday. He is the third head of the nonprofit since founder Bruce DuMont stepped down in 2017. ”

If IATSE goes on strike, will TV and film production stop?

The unions of the International Alliance of Theatrical Employees go on strike. “We represent over 140,000 skilled artisans, united by our commitment to winning better workplaces, being the best at our business, and improving the lives of entertainment workers and their families.” writes the union in a pinned tweet. “We are fighting to ensure that the most powerful media companies on the planet treat the film and television workers who produce their content with basic human dignity,” they write. Their posture is aggressive, like from Tuesday on: “A cell phone maker won four Emmy Awards this weekend. “New media” are no longer new. ” The result ? Chicago’s restored wave of production would be halted until an agreement was reached between IATSE and AMPTP (the Alliance of Film and Television Producers).

IATSE reports: “Yesterday, after months of negotiations, AMPTP announced that it had no intention of making a counter-offer to our latest proposals. AMPTP has so far failed to work with us to address the most serious issues in their workplaces, including: unsafe and unsafe working hours; Unlivable wages for the lowest paid artisans; Lack of reasonable rest during meal breaks, between work days and weekends. In addition, workers in so-called “new media” streaming projects are paid less, even on productions whose budgets rival or exceed those of traditional blockbusters. The streaming is here… It is incomprehensible that AMPTP, a set that includes mass media mega-corporations collectively worth billions of dollars, claims that it cannot provide backstage teams with basic human necessities like adequate sleep. , meal breaks and a living wage. Worse yet, management doesn’t even seem to recognize our core issues as issues that exist in the first place. These problems are real to workers in our industry, and change is long overdue. The explosion of streaming combined with the pandemic has elevated and worsened working conditions, bringing to a breaking point 60,000 behind-the-scenes workers covered by these contracts. We’ve risked our health and safety all year, working during the pandemic to make sure our business comes out intact. Now we cannot and will not accept a deal that leaves us with unsustainable results. “

The owners’ response, via Variety: “By choosing to leave the negotiating table to demand a strike authorization vote, the IATSE leadership has moved away from a generous global program. (The full statement is at the link.) Here is the basic agreement submitted by IATSE, which includes the right to “reasonable rest” when long hours, days and weeks are spent having fun. Firebrand Seniors Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin solidarity image.

Emmy Award-winning “Queen’s Gambit” producer in the filmmakers’ masterclass

Chicago-born William Horberg will be the subject of Chicago Filmmakers’ return of “Masterwork: Industry Conversations” in November for a conversation about his career as a film and television producer. The virtual conversation will take place on Zoom on Tuesday, November 16 at 7 p.m. Details here.

The death of the pan

Dorian Lynskey of UnHerd in the UK considers the lack of ax jobs on the part of aggrieved critics: “The instinct to abuse critics is justified by the idea that it ‘hits’ elitist goalkeepers. But unlike Siskel and Ebert, modern critics are not famous, wealthy, or powerful. They can have influence en masse, via review aggregators like Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic (there’s safety in numbers), but the days when a reviewer could make or break a movie, album, or whatever. is long gone. Yet fans still see them as dream-crushing monsters that million-selling musicians and billion-dollar films must be defended against at all costs. “

MUSIC

R. Kelly will not testify in federal sex trafficking case

“After nearly six weeks of testimony involving dozens of witnesses, R. Kelly’s racketeering trial in New York could move towards pleading as early as Wednesday, as the singer’s lawyers conclude their case,” reports the Trib.

Jim DeRogatis of the New Yorker asks, “Why is R. Kelly alone at the trial?”: “As the R. & B. star’s federal trial in Brooklyn draws to a close, the jury may wonder where the other members of Kelly’s alleged criminal ‘enterprise’ are … although many alleged victims of the star have told harrowing stories of sexual abuse on the witness stand, dating back to when some of them were minors, it was the racketeering charge that captured the imagination most. Prosecutors have argued that during a thirty-year career, during which Kelly sold 100 million albums, he simultaneously operated a criminal “business” designed to “target, cure and exploit girls, boys and young women for his own “sexual satisfaction.”

ART & CULTURE

MacArthur Foundation talks about divesting fossil fuels and diversifying asset managers

In a letter, MacArthur Foundation President John Palfrey talks about divestiture: “One of our big bets is to support climate solutions through a coordinated strategy of granting and impact investing. Consistent with these goals, we are committed to better alignment between our endowment investments and our programmatic goals, mission and values. Today we are announcing that we are on the right track to divest ourselves from fossil fuels… Starting this fall, we are changing the way we hold exposure to equities. Previously, we held derivatives based on broad indices. Starting from the United States, we will use an index that excludes companies with reserves of fossil fuels. As these derivatives become convenient for use globally, we will change. More here.

Order of Lincoln awarded for 2021

Governor Pritzker announced the 2021 recipients of the Order of Lincoln, the state’s highest honor for professional achievement and public service. This year’s Lincoln Fellows will be honored at the 57th Annual Convocation at the Chicago History Museum. The eight recipients join a group of over 350 Illinois residents who have joined the Order of Lincoln since 1964. This year’s recipients are Carol Ross Barney and Mavis Staples. More here.

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