Today In The Culture, February 3, 2022: The Venice Biennale chooses an artist from Chicago | SXSW 61st Street Slates | Launch of ImageUnion TV


Courtney B. Vance and Aunjanue Ellis in “61st Street”/Photo: George Burns/AMC


The Venice Biennale chooses 213 artists, including Julia Phillips from Chicago

“The Venice Biennale, the world’s largest art exhibition, has named the 213 artists from 58 countries who will participate in its 2022 edition, which will run from April 23 to November 27,” reports ARTnews. Among the artists: Julia Phillips, based in Chicago and Berlin.

The Art Newspaper takes a skeptical tone on art workers’ unionization

“A virulent strain of unionism, born out of lockdown and the urgency of the moment, has swept through America’s museum sector,” reports The Art Newspaper, with a headline claiming that workers are “mobilizing against their employers.” “This is a new form of collective action: remotely formed, digitally enhanced, social comms savvy, diverse in membership, and determined to overturn the long-standing status quo on labor rights, workplace safety employment and working conditions. These new unions often work in harmony with more traditional and historic unions. In addition to collective bargaining and bargaining with employees, they seek to support anonymous whistleblowers, increase transparency and push for social justice… School of the Art Institute of Chicago and AIC Museum employees voted to unionize with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees… Anders Lindall, an AFSCME trade unionist, hailed “a wave of cultural workers organizing from coast to coast,” while Catie Rutledge , philanthropy coordinator at AIC, said: “At the end of the day, working in the arts or in a nonprofit is still a job. You can’t eat prestige.

MOCAD appoints UK executive director
Detroit’s Museum of Contemporary Art has named Cara Courage, the former director of London’s Tate Exchange, “dedicated to public collaboration and experimentation through art,” as its new executive director, reports the Detroit News.


Biden overturns previous president’s federal public art edict

“President Biden has overturned a Trump-era order requiring that any visual art added to government buildings must depict American historical figures or ideals – and not be abstract,” Artnet reports. The 2020 era mandate “required that all portraits, regardless of medium, ‘be a realistic or lifelike depiction of that person’ and not ‘abstract or modernist'”.


Chicago Amends Complaint Against Grubhub

Eater Chicago reports: “City attorneys listed a host of allegations in the lawsuit, including charging restaurants for customer refunds issued by Grubhub, advertising the free online ordering while charging delivery and handling of restaurant finder tools on its website based on “undisclosed” marketing fees. It also discusses the company’s “Supper for Support” promotion, which the city says has took advantage of the public’s goodwill towards struggling businesses and misrepresented the true cost of the program to restaurants.

The area of ​​the canton revived with a bar-restaurant

‘Seven months after the deli and Bacon sandwich opened across from the California Blue Line station,’ its owners will open Union, a ‘moody’ bar and restaurant next door in the Township’s 110-year-old former space, reports Block Club Chicago. “They transformed the space into a neighborhood bar and restaurant with exposed brickwork, dark wood tables and a 25-foot-long bar.” One owner says they were inspired by the “gritty bars and restaurants of the East Village” with the “warmth of the London pub scene and the mix of Chicago’s broad shoulders… It’s cozy, it’s is comfortable, it’s cool but it’s not pretentious.”

Starbucks raises prices again, says ‘tight labor market’ partly to blame

“Our stores continue to play an important role as a community gathering place that provides safe, familiar and convenient experiences for our customers,” Starbucks President and CEO Kevin Johnson said in a quarterly statement on the results. “While demand has been strong, this pandemic has not been linear and the macroeconomic environment remains dynamic as we have experienced higher than expected inflationary pressures, increased costs from Omicron and a tight labor market. “

Anticonquista Café roasts Chicago’s only farm-to-cup coffee

Anticonquista is “the only coffee roaster in Chicago – and one of very few in the country – that is wholly owned and operated by the people who grow, harvest and process their coffee beans on their own land,” writes Mike Sula to the Reader. . “By mid-March, Elmer Fajardo and Lauren Reese will have roasted the first batch of this year and bagged it for their CSA and Farmer’s Market regulars, but also hopefully for visitors to their new brick-and-mortar cafe in Hermosa.”

Highlighting Nineteen Black-Owned Chicago Businesses

Thrillist recommends nineteen businesses, from breweries and bars to bakeries and bookstores, including Justice Of The Pies, Long Room Chicago, Luella’s Southern Kitchen, Semicolon Bookstore and The Silver Room.

City Bans Overnight Parking at ‘Chicago’s Hottest Club’: Milwaukee Avenue at Wicker Park

“City Council has approved a permanent overnight parking ban designed to limit public parties and crime on a stretch of Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park,” Block Club reports. “The ordinance prohibits parking from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday through Sunday in the 1400 and 1500 blocks of North Milwaukee Avenue. This strip, which stretches from Wolcott Avenues to Damen Avenues, is home to many bars and nightclubs, and has become a hotspot for public drinking and partying.

Mrs. Fisher’s Potato Chips expands its market

Mrs Fisher’s, “the ninety-year-old snack brand that has a cult following around its Rockford base [now reaches the] Peoria area,” reports the Journal-Star. “Schnucks supermarkets in Peoria and Beijing will be the first local locations to stock the chips… Peoria’s move comes nearly a year after Ms. Fisher’s began marketing in west-central Illinois, including including the Canton and Galesburg areas.” “We don’t necessarily go blind, but it’s nice to see ourselves thriving naturally, just by word of mouth and leaving a bag of chips on the counter for a manager to sample,” says Chris Spiess, Vice President of Mrs. Fisher’s Inc.

Frito-Lay has flamboyant madness

“‘More than a spicy sensation or a national craze, Flamin’ Hot is an attitude, an attitude that pushes you to reject the status quo and embrace your inner edge,’ a Ruffles brand rep wrote in an email. That comes with the announcement of the company’s new Flamin’ Hot Cheddar and Sour Cream Ruffles, in partnership with LeBron James. question the status quo but not quite reject it”, thinks Jaya Saxena at Eater. “For that, you can opt for Flamin’ Hot Cool Ranch Doritos, or Flamin’ Hot Smartfood, or Flamin’ Hot Funyuns. Hot Mountain Dew and you could tear down society as it exists and create an anarchist utopia, who knows?

Returns of the week of restaurants in Rosemont

Restaurant Week returns to the Village of Rosemont from March 6 to 12. Special fixed-price, three-course menus for lunch or dinner will be offered at participating Rosemont restaurants. Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens: “Rosemont is home to a wide variety of premier dining establishments and Rosemont Restaurant Week gives our visitors the opportunity to enjoy delicious cuisine at affordable prices. Restaurants for Rosemont Restaurant Week 2022 include Adobe Gila’s, Bub City, Crust Brewing, Murray Bros Caddyshack, Carlucci Rosemont, Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, Liberty Tavern, Moretti’s Rosemont and Truluck’s. Details here.


South By Southwest Slates Chicago “61st Street” Series

SXSW has announced attractions for its mostly in-person 2022 edition, including the world premiere of the “prestige series” “61st Street,” from writer and co-showrunner Peter Moffat, directed by Marta Cunningham. “’61st Street’ is a propulsive thriller that traverses the dark heart of Chicago’s infamous criminal justice system as police and prosecutors investigate a deadly drug case that threatens to unravel the police department’s code of silence. ” The cast includes Courtney B. Vance, Aunjanue Ellis, Mark O’Brien, Holt McCallany, Tosin Cole, Andrene Ward-Hammond and Bentley Green. More SXSW programs here.

Launch of ImageUnion TV

ImageUnion.TV has launched, a video platform “created by Chicago-based television and documentary producer Tom Weinberg.” hundreds of short videos that our curator-programmers have chosen,” Weinberg told Rob Feder. “For more than fifty years, Weinberg has been at the forefront of independent video, including the creation of the long-running series ‘Image Union “of WTTW and the creation of the non-profit independent video archive Media Burn.” Link here.


The New York Times Passes Ten Million Paid Subscriptions

The New York Times claims that “with the addition of The Athletic, the digital sports publisher it acquired for $550 million, it surpassed ten million paid subscriptions, well ahead of its target. to achieve this milestone by 2025,” reports Axios. “This achievement solidifies The Times’ position as the world’s largest subscription news company.” The family business is now “targeting ‘at least fifteen million subscribers by the end of 2027’.”

Chicago Public Media Affiliates Seek Editors

“Now that the Sun-Times has been acquired by NPR news-talk parent company WBEZ 91.5-FM and become a nonprofit subsidiary of Chicago Public Media, all eyes are on the search for new editors. to lead the two newsrooms,” reports Rob Feder.


Chicago Botanical Garden adds admission fees

The Chicago Botanic Garden launched a new fee structure Feb. 1 that includes an admission fee for nonmembers, reports Time Out Chicago. “What you pay depends on a variety of factors, including weather, attendance patterns and when you buy your tickets. The further you buy them away from your visit, the cheaper they will be and you can buy them up to two months in advance. Off-season tickets, such as late winter, are cheaper than high-season tickets, such as spring and summer or during the holiday season.

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