Visitors to Chicago have a new guide to help navigate LGBTQ and mainstream events and places to see: The OUT! Guide: Chicago's LGBTQ Visitor's Guide is now available.
The 124-page guide, published by Windy City Times, includes a section on things to do outside of the city, from the Shawnee National Forest to Starved Rock State Park and Springfield. The rest of the guide focuses on Chicago and its suburbs, with hundreds of attractions, museums, art galleries, architectural locations, theaters, dance companies, restaurants, music venues, LGBT clubs and parties, sports leagues, bookstores, events and more listed. There's also a quick reference to travel and accommodations, and a guide to the city's many neighborhoods.
While a lot of the LGBTQ community is concentrated on the city's North Side, especially in Boystown, Lakeview and Andersonville, the guide is careful to provide things to do across the city and suburbs, from Pullman, Little Village, Bridgeport and Hyde Park to Humboldt Park, Oak Park and Evanston. And the traditional downtown tourist attractions are also included, such as Millennium Park, the Art Institute and Navy Pier.
The guide will be distributed throughout Illinois and in neighboring states, and is available as a free download on the Windy City Times website.
My name is Nijla Mu’min and I’m an award-winning writer/filmmaker from the East Bay Area. In March, I launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $25,000 for my first feature film, Jinn. Jinn is a coming-of-age drama about a teenage black girl named Summer whose life is turned upside down when her mother abruptly converts to Islam and becomes a different person, prompting Summer to reevaluate her life and identity. It’s a fun, fresh exploration of millennial culture, Islam, and first love. Since the campaign ended, fellow independent filmmakers and colleagues have reached out to me for insight on how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign. While the advice listed below is specific to my experience, it can apply to any filmmaker trying to engage with supporters and reach their funding goal. A crowdfunding campaign is hard, fun, and might seem impossible, but these tips can make the ride a little smoother. I hope.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is an award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer. He wrote the book, music, and lyrics for the rap musical Hamilton, which opened on Broadway in 2015 following a sold-out run at New York’s Public Theater and has grossed more than $62 million. He also plays the title role. The original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton won the 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album; the show also won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards in 2016. The show’s opening number, “Alexander Hamilton,” was previewed at the White House during its first-ever Evening of Poetry and the Spoken Word in 2009, with Miranda and the show’s cast returning to the White House in 2016 to perform selections for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as a group of local students. Miranda’s first Broadway musical, In the Heights, garnered four 2008 Tony Awards, including a Tony for Best Score, and a 2009 Grammy for its original Broadway cast album, and was recognized as a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.
Off the stage, Miranda is a 2015 MacArthur Fellow and serves in the Dramatists Guild's Council, on New York City’s Theater Subdistrict Council, and is a member and cofounder of Freestyle Love Supreme, a hip-hop improv group. Through the Hamilton Education Program, Miranda is helping 11th graders in New York City public schools learn American history through a series of videos and study guides that Miranda helped develop. He has also used the popularity of the show to help raise money for Graham Windham, the orphanage that Eliza Hamilton started and that is sung about in the show’s closing number.
Miranda received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2002. He currently lives in New York with his wife, son, and dog.
This is a guest post by Susan J. Ellis, president of Energize, Inc. and originally published in Energize’s Volunteer Management Monthly Update. More of Susan’s “Quick Tips” can be found on the on Energize Web site.
Accessibility and diversity are about accommodating everyone, not just people with disabilities or people who are from minority groups. You want to make volunteering as welcoming to the widest number of people possible
Much of what is recommended to create accessibility for people with disabilities turns out to be helpful to everyone. Adding subtitles to your online videos not only makes it possible for people with hearing impairments to understand the material, but also increases their usefulness for people learning English and for people who do not have headphones handy and want to watch the video with the sound turned down so as not to disturb people around them.
What is a disability, anyway? Large numbers of people wear reading glasses - assistive technology devices - yet many Web sites use tiny font sizes inaccessible to them without their glasses. Some people with physical limitations have far more expertise in various professional and technical areas than able-bodied people. The point is this: Do not divide volunteers into those-with-disabilities and those-without-disabilities.
A volunteer resources manager does not have to become an expert in disabilities to involve people with disabilities as volunteers. Educating yourself about various disabilities in general, however, can help you learn to better accommodate a variety of volunteers in your program.
Judge Nathaniel R. Jones, former lawyer and judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals who served as general counsel for the NAACP and author of Answering the Call: An Autobiography of the Modern Struggle to End Racial Discrimination in America (The New Press, 2016), discusses the evolution of racial equality in America, starting with the victories of the civil rights era and continues into the present in Ferguson, Baltimore and beyond.
Last December, in response to the wave of student protests about racial injustice on campus, some of which advanced demands that could threaten academic freedom, I published an essay “On Student Academic Freedom.” In that essay, I wrote that student protesters
have made and will again make mistakes. They will offend others even as they respond to deeper offenses against their own dignity. They may demonstrate indifference to the rights of others, as protesters everywhere always have. But, in doing so, they will learn. And that, it seems to me, is the essential point. Student academic freedom, in the final analysis, is about the freedom to learn. And learning is impossible without error. . .
A good example of such a mistake, I think, was the demand raised recently by minority students at Matteo Ricci College of Seattle University that a dean be dismissed because she had recommended that a student read comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory’s memoir, which he had provocatively titled Nigger. Now Gregory himself has responded with a brilliant essay that calmly and thoughtfully teaches — while not at all hectoring — these students and, indeed, all of us. “I am not offended by Dean Kelly’s use of the word ‘nigger,’” he writes"...
Theaster Gates has angered some with proposed changes at the DuSable Museum. | Sun-Times file photo
Four Chicago visual artists will be the subject of the first episode of the Peabody Award-winning documentary television series “Art in the Twenty-First Century,” when it begins its eighth season on PBS this fall.
With Claire Danes, the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress, serving as host, the four-part series will look at artists from Chicago, Mexico City, Los Angeles and Vancouver. The initial episode, on Sept. 16, will put the spotlight on Chicago with a look at the work of:
The Economic Activities of the Narragansett Planters (1940), Ernest Hamlin Baker. Copyright Pettaquamscutt Historical Society
Over the past few months, I have been writing posts exploring pre-modern black intellectual history. They have largely focused on early New England, which is also my area of research. While scholars have long recognized the region’s importance as a center of abolitionism, it has often been considered of marginal importance for the study of slavery and emancipation. Indeed, at the time of the American Revolution, slaves and free blacks comprised only 4% of the region’s population. Yet, as I hope I have shown here on this blog, the source material available for studying black life in early New England is quite rich and self-reflective, giving us great insight into the intellectual worlds of early African Americans. I believe this archive allows us to hear voices often lost to history and allows us to study the mentalités of slaves and free blacks, making black New Englanders more significant than the numbers would suggest. And I’m not alone. A number of other AAIHS contributors—Christopher Cameron, Patrick Rael, and Chernoh Sesay—also work on black life in early New England. Over the past decade, there has also also been a renaissance of scholarship on slavery and emancipation in the region and a number of public history projects that have better illuminated this history. Today, I want to highlight these resources for those interested in early black New England life. This list will be by no means comprehensive, focusing on foundational works, those from the past 10 years or so, and some online resources. I welcome any additional suggestions you may have in the comments.
ACRLog welcomes a guest post from Jennifer Ferretti, Digital Initiatives Librarian, and Siân Evans, Instructional Librarian, at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Beyoncé’s new album ‘Lemonade’ dropped April 23, 2016 as both a traditional album and a “visual album.” The visual album weaves poetry, music, cinematography, fashion, and literary and film references into an hour-long film that follows a woman going through stages of grief. The album was highly anticipated by two librarians at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Jennifer Ferretti, Digital Initiatives Librarian, and Siân Evans, Instructional Librarian. After watching Bey’s Formation music video and her performance at Super Bowl 50, Jenny and Siân realized the topics Beyoncé is exploring in her music provides a perfect opportunity to engage students through a popular point of reference.
In seeking to make research more exciting to undergraduate art students, while also promoting critical thinking skills, Siân developed an instruction session which included a visual analysis of Beyoncé’s Formation, a discussion of Black Lives Matter, and an active learning component in which the students responded to Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance by researching the Black Panther Party in the library catalog, research databases, and special collections. Jenny, also invested in developing critical thinking skills via popular culture, primarily through digital resources, designed a topical LibGuide which provides perspectives, opinions, and ideas referenced or directly address in Lemonade.
In this post, borrowing The New York Times Bits Saturday newsletter’s conversational style, Jenny and Siân discuss #critlib, engaged instruction, and the success of the topical LibGuide “Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Information Resources.”
African American men, women and children, who took part in The Great Migration in Chicago in 1918. Credit Chicago History Museum, via Getty Images
The history of African-Americans has been shaped in part by two great journeys.
The first brought millions of Africans to the southern United States as slaves. The second, the Great Migration, began around 1910 and sent six million African-Americans from the South to New York, Chicago and other cities across the country.
In a study published on Friday, a team of geneticists sought evidence for this history in the DNA of living African-Americans. The findings, published in PLOS Genetics, provide a map of African-American genetic diversity, shedding light on both their history and their health.
Buried in DNA, the researchers found the marks of slavery’s cruelties, including further evidence that white slave owners routinely fathered children with women held as slaves.
And there are signs of the migration that led their descendants away from such oppression: Genetically related African-Americans are distributed closely along the routes they look to leave the South, the scientists discovered.
The League of Professional Theatre Women is pleased to present CARMEN DE LAVALLADE, actress, dancer, choreographer, for the next Oral History interview. She will sit down with dance journalist Deborah Jowitt to discuss her large body of work. The event will take place on Monday, June 27, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Bruno Walter Auditorium of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on 65th Street & Amsterdam Avenue. Admission is free, but seats will be on a first-come-first-seated basis.
BettyCorwin, who produces the Oral History series with Pat Addiss and Ludovica Villar-Hauser, is "delighted that Carmen De Lavallade, who has an unparalleled career in dance, theatre film and television, has agreed to be interviewed by Deborah Jowitt, dancer, choreographer and writer, for our next Oral History program on June 27th. Ms De Lavallade, known for her grace and elegance, has performed on the world's greatest stages, has been a dance and theatre treasure for more than six decades and is an inspiration to other artists in the truest sense of the word."
Quiara Alegría Hudes is an award-winning writer whose works include the Tony-winning musical In the Heights (for which she wrote the book), the children's musical Barrio Grrrl! and the plays Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, 26 Miles, Yemaya's Belly and Water By the Spoonful, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2012. Born and raised in Philadelphia, where she has set many of her works, Hudes lives in a spacious Washington Heights apartment with breathtaking views of the Hudson River. The scribe recently invited Broadway.com over for a chat about the inspiration for off-Broadway's Daphne’s Dive, her collaboration with director Thomas Kail, her neighbor and pal Lin-Manuel Miranda and how music infuses her work.
“There are many other timelines that could have been,” says Hamilton writer, composer, and star Lin-Manuel Miranda of his trajectory. “But this is what happened, and I am aware that there is a giant spotlight on me.” [Photos: ioulex; Styling: Michael Fisher for Starworks Artists; Grooming: Asia Geiger for Art Department]
The history-making Broadway icon recast history to reflect contemporary America, and found innovative ways to put fans first.
This afternoon the librarians in my school district had the great privilege of (virtually) spending an hour with Donalyn Miller, talking about all the ways that we can be independent reading champions for our students. The conversation was rich and important and I am so grateful to her for sharing this time with us.
That said, one of the (many) pieces of information Donalyn shared during our time together was the recent research suggesting that children raised in homes with (access to) more than 500 books (over the course of their lifetime) spend an average of three years longer in school than children whose homes contain little or no print material. In fact, this research goes onto to point out that growing up in a household with 500 or more books is “as great an advantage as having university-educated rather than unschooled parents, and twice the advantage of having a professional rather than an unskilled father.”
That’s kind of amazing. But it also got me thinking….
500 books. That’s huge. Even though we’re talking about children having access to that number of books over the course of their lifetime (and not all at once), for families living in poverty, that number may as well be a million.
I’ve written and spoken before about my own experiences growing up in poverty, but I don’t think I’ve ever shared this story. . .
Prince performing in Brussels during the Hit N Run Tour in 1986, CC-by-2.0
Today at Copyright On!, Britton Payne discussed the unique copyright situation surrounding Prince’s estate. This potentially long and bitter battle could shape the future of music copyright to come. Prince fought a number of legendary copyright battles, which makes this current fight over the ownership of his works particularly interesting.
As Payne writes, “Prince was a tireless advocate of his rights as an artist, using copyright law to control and protect his artistic footprint, even when it seemed like it would cost him more than it would gain. For different reasons, it appears that more contentious exploration of copyright law will continue to be part of his legacy.”
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