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Martin Gallery Sets Closing Show
The Martin, the “artist-first, full-service gallery and creative space” at 2500 West Chicago, is ending its run with group exhibition “Prints! Prints! Prints!” opening November 18 and running through December 10. (Its sister business, Split-Rail, is also closing.) Free reservations here. More on the gallery here.
Ai Weiwei London Show Called Off Owing To Social Media Post; Three Other Galleries Cancel
“Artist Ai Weiwei has said his new exhibition has been cancelled after he posted comments on social media referencing the Israel-Gaza conflict,” reports BBC. “The Chinese artist and activist’s exhibition was due to open on Wednesday at the Lisson Gallery in London… A representative for the artist said a further three exhibitions—at the Lisson Gallery in New York and the Galerie Max Hetzler in Paris and Berlin—had also been called off. Ai said he had replied to another user who had asked him a question, and he had ‘attempted to be objective and neutral without moral judgment, accusations, or evaluation of human actions.'”
In a separate statement, Ai wrote, “If culture is a form of soft power, this represents a method of soft violence aimed at stifling voices. It’s not directed solely at me but at the broader culture of a society lacking a spiritual immune system. When a society cannot withstand diverse voices, it teeters on the brink of collapse.”
Mayor Urged To Make “Abundant Housing” A Priority
“Housing, transit, and safe streets advocates urge the Johnson administration to nominate a new Zoning Chair who will tackle common-sense reforms to make it easier to build affordable housing and create a more sustainable city,” states Urban Environmentalists Illinois. Among initiatives, three-flats and Accessory Dwelling Units should be a priority, they say. “Classic Chicago three-flats are some of our city’s most iconic, attractive, and affordable housing options, but current zoning rules prohibit them from being built in many areas of the city. Accessory Dwelling Units are a low-cost, sustainable housing option that also provides income for existing homeowners. ADUs already have majority support on the City Council. These changes will not only expand housing options and lower rents, but also will [increase] the customer base of local businesses and revitalize our neighborhoods to create more inclusive and diverse communities.”
A Case For Preserving America’s Postmodern Buildings Like The Thompson Center
“Many of the playful designs in the 1980s and nineties in the United States and U.K. are now aging and threatened with demolition. Can these architectural oddities be preserved?” writes Brock Keeling at Bloomberg. “Postmodernism, a colorful and eclectic school of design that shattered established notions of taste as defined by midcentury modernism, relished style that was anchored in ornamentation and form that upstaged function. In the late 1970s and 1980s, its practitioners—designers like Ettore Sottsass, April Greiman, Charles Moore and Jon Jerde, as well as unsung pioneers of the genre such as Alan Buchsbaum and Dan Friedman—[crafted] theatrical frivolity from New York City to Los Angeles. Then the party was over.”
“Many architects and developers have since turned away from more-is-more abundance in favor of muted, streamlined satisfaction. Irreverence and exaggeration are out: Significant Postmodern buildings like the Abrams House in Pittsburgh and the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego have already been demolished. Other beloved/reviled examples now await their fate… In Chicago, fans of the James R. Thompson Center—Helmut Jahn’s 1985 civic building, noted for its sliced-off dome facade and seventeen-story atrium with blue-and-salmon trim—fear it will deboned in preparation for Google’s new Chicago headquarters.”
“Public Toilet Paradise”: Found!
Toronto’s as troubled as Chicago when it comes to places to go, writes longtime toilet follower Shawn Micallef in Toronto’s Spacing, who found solace in Asia. “Never have I ever been in such a public toilet paradise as in Japan and Hong Kong.” His survey covers Tokyo and Hong Kong, “but the same situation was found on side trips to Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Macao and places in between. They are everywhere. Out in the city you can expect to see one, walk in, use it, leave. No fuss. They are in parks. In many transit stations. On street corners. Under freeways. By rivers and canals. They appear like mailboxes do here, often and ubiquitous. Most are big and have multiple urinals and stalls, as well as private, accessible rooms. The single toilets that result in long lines to use often touted as a victory in North America don’t cut it. I barely ever waited, even as the city was heaving with people.”
DINING & DRINKING
Trib Looking For Food Trend Reporter
“The Chicago Tribune is hiring a general assignment reporter with a focus on the food and drink industries. The position will be rooted in food journalism in the Chicago area and the Midwest, with an emphasis on breaking food-related news, restaurant and dining industry trends, as well as useful dining guides and lists. This will be a multifaceted role, with time for in-depth features and enterprise coverage as well as quick, timely articles driven by breaking news or daily coverage of the food and dining scene in the Chicago area.” Apply here.
USA Today Readers Name Big Shoulders Coffee Best Independent Coffee Shop In America
“With multiple locations in the Chicago area, Big Shoulders Coffee is a must-stop for no-nonsense artisan beans, roasted to perfection. Founder Tim Coonan is a chef who picked up roasting as a hobby before turning pro. He and his team source beans from trusted farmers, roasting them to preserve the essence of each harvest and brewing them with utmost precision,” writes USA Today.
To celebrate, Big Shoulders has added promotions in honor of National Espresso Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The Golden Bean award-winning roasters’ discounts include: Wednesday, November 22: $2 espresso shots at all five locations; Friday, November 24: fifteen-percent off coffee online; Saturday, November 25-Sunday November 26: twenty-percent off coffee online; and Monday, November 27, thirty-percent off coffee online.
Chicago British Pub Invasion?
Chicago magazine surveys local publicans: “A new crop of pubs, including Monarch & Lion, Armitage Alehouse and the Green Post are elevating the genre with fancy pot pies, tea cocktails, and an epic sticky toffee pudding.”
A Peek At Local Hawksmoor Steakhouse For 2024
“Hawksmoor will debut next year inside a 136-year-old building in River North,” reports Eater Chicago. “Hawksmoor made its U.S. debut in New York in 2021, but the Chicago restaurant opening in summer 2024 in the LaSalle Street Cable Car Powerhouse will have more in common with the location in London’s Borough Market… Hawksmoor leaned into the space’s industrial feel, searching for contemporaneous reclaimed materials such as giant lamps from a railway station in the Netherlands.” Says Hawksmoor co-founder Huw Gott, “I really love working with buildings that are part of the fabric of the city and have a real history to them.”
Nestlé Coffee Departure Knocks New Jersey Town Scentless
Shades of Blommer! “The aroma of freshly ground coffee will no longer waft through the streets of Freehold as production at the borough’s seventy-five-year-old Nestlé plant has officially ended,” reports NJ.com.
Two From The Lab: Florida Republican Wants To Ban Synthetic Meat; Eat Just Sued For Millions
A Florida Republican lawmaker wants to make it a second-degree misdemeanor to sell or distribute synthetic “meat,” reports Politico; he finds it offends his God. “State Representative Tyler Sirois has proposed legislation that would make it a criminal offense to sell ‘cultivated’ meat in Florida, claiming that it’s an ‘affront to nature and creation’ and the latest front in the ‘ESG agenda’—referring to environmental, social and corporate governance, which has been a target of Governor DeSantis and Republican state leaders.” Meanwhile, “Vegan egg and lab-grown-meat startup Eat Just is being sued by a former partner for more than $100 million. Former employees allege that’s just the start of its problems,” reports WIRED.
California Chick-fil-a Pilots Drone Delivery
“The Chick-fil-A on East Brandon Boulevard is now one of the first in the country to offer drone delivery,” reports Fox Tampa Bay. “You place an order on the Chick-fil-A app, your food gets handed off to the Drone-Up team, they attach it to a drone in the parking lot, and then it’s flown and dropped off to you. Deliveries must be within 1.2 miles and weather permitting.” Said a customer, “I think with the kids trying to get them in the car, that would be a plus. You won’t have to put them in a car.”
FILM & TELEVISION
Field Of Vision Releases “Family Statement,” Short Doc On Oxycontin’s Sackler Family
A powerful new fifteen-minute doc constructed from a Sackler family WhatsApp chain on the opioid crisis is available via Field of Vision on Vimeo and other platforms.
New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poetry Editor Anne Boyer Exits
“I have resigned as poetry editor of the New York Times Magazine,” writes Anne Boyer, in part. “I can’t write about poetry amidst the ‘reasonable’ tones of those who aim to acclimatize us to this unreasonable suffering. No more ghoulish euphemisms. No more verbally sanitized hellscapes. No more warmongering lies. If this resignation leaves a hole in the news the size of poetry, then that is the true shape of the present.”
StoryStudio At Twenty
“As part of its twentieth anniversary celebrations, StoryStudio has launched ’20 Stories,'” reports the Reader, “a project showcasing the diverse experiences of how individual members have grown and achieved together with the organization. ‘It’s basically all incredible gratitude for a place like StoryStudio,’ says Rebecca Makkai, the artistic director of StoryStudio and a writer whose 2018 novel ‘The Great Believers‘ was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. ‘It ranges from gratitude for community, finding other writers, feeling like a writer, and finding lifelong friends.'”
Co-Sponsor Of National Book Award Ceremony Pulled Out In Case Writers Made Statements (They Did)
“Ahead of this year’s National Book Awards ceremony, publisher Zibby Media [withdrew] its sponsorship of the event after learning that some authors were planning to use the awards ceremony to call for a ceasefire in Gaza,” reports Publishers Weekly. (Zibby Owen explains why and who she is on Substack.) Twenty of the twenty-five nominated authors made a collective statement, urging a ceasefire, reports the Guardian: “We oppose antisemitism and anti-Palestinian sentiment and Islamophobia equally, accepting the human dignity of all parties, knowing that further bloodshed does nothing to secure lasting peace in the region.” Book Of The Month did not retract its sponsorship but did not attend the ceremony.
Local Journalist Rocio Villaseñor Was Thirty-One
“Journalist Rocio Villaseñor was killed in a Brighton Park fire that injured her father and displaced her family,” reports Block Club, for which she covered Brighton Park, Little Village and Chinatown. Villaseñor also wrote for City Bureau and Cicero Independiente.
Leading Spanish-Language News Network Univision Aligns With Trump; Major Anchor Quits
The presence of Univision “corporate executives at Mar-a-Lago raises alarm among Democrats, who are used to Latino media criticism of the former president’s policies,” reports the Washington Post. “People familiar with the situation inside Univision described alarm and discomfort in the newsroom last week about corporate’s role in setting up the Trump interview, the selection of the interviewer and the decision to shut out Biden’s response.” Jared Kushner surprised “Trump advisers by helping to broker the Univision interview.” Some Univision journalists “think that the past week has demonstrated the heavy hand of their new corporate bosses. The Mexican media company Grupo Televisa, which has long fostered a close relationship with Mexican political leaders, merged with Univision in 2021.”
As a result, leading anchor León Krauze quit the network, relays Variety. Krauze “became co-anchor of the company’s national late-night news program ‘Noticiero Univision Edición Nocturna’ in January of 2022… ‘My unwavering commitment, past, present, and future, is to journalism that amplifies the voices and illuminates the stories of those who so often go unheard and unseen. That will remain my guiding principle.'”
Concerning Remarks From World’s Richest Man
Elon Musk this week “declared on X (formerly known as Twitter) that a paid X Premium (previously Twitter Blue) user’s antisemitic conspiracy theory attacking Jewish people was the ‘actual truth,'” reports Media Matters. “The conspiracy theory, that Jewish populations are pushing ‘hatred against whites’ and supporting ‘hordes of minorities’ coming into the country, is the same one that motivated the 2018 Tree of Life shooter in Pittsburgh… Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes and other figures linked to white nationalism are cheering on Musk.”
Instagram And Facebook Will Accept Cash For Political Ads That Lie About 2020 Election
Meta “weighed free-speech considerations in changing its policy last year,” reports the Wall Street Journal. “Meta Platforms will let political ads on Facebook and Instagram question the legitimacy of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, one of several changes the social-media company and other platforms have made to loosen constraints on campaign advertising for 2024.”
Gawker Archives Nuked
They’re gone. The brand got bought. Again. Reports Variety: “The twice-shuttered blog site has a new owner, who plans to bring the gossipy and biting pop-culture brand back to life—but not in exactly the same way. Meng Ru Kuok, CEO and founder of Singapore-based Caldecott Music Group, acquired the assets of Gawker from Bustle Digital Group.” Kuok “has closed the deal buying the Gawker trademarks and domain name but not its article archives. He said the deal for Gawker is unrelated to his existing operating businesses.”
Move Over, Taylor, USA Today Adds Beyoncé Reporter
“Multimedia journalist Caché McClay is the Beyoncé reporter for USA Today and The Tennessean,” reports CNN. “I grew up in a Beyoncé household, my mother and sister are fans,” McClay said, according to the national newspaper. “More than playing music, Beyoncé’s impact has shown us the possibilities are endless.” McClay worked for NBC News, BBC News and TMZ and is a 2017 graduate of Howard University.
Model Karlie Kloss Acquires i-D
“Karlie Kloss, the model turned investor and entrepreneur, is acquiring the British fashion and culture publication i-D Magazine” from VICE, reports Business of Fashion. “The acquisition marks Kloss’ second foray into the world of media ownership; in late 2020 she led a group of investors that bought W magazine.”
Body Size Comment Led To Cleveland Ballet Suspensions
“A Stark County dance instructor was told her teaching contract with the School of Cleveland Ballet would not be renewed because of her body size, [which led] to the suspension of the Cleveland Ballet’s artistic director and CEO,” reports WKYC.
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