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  • Remembering Tony Schwartz

    Remembering Tony Schwartz

    Tony Schwartz, audio pioneer, media theorist and known as “The Wizard of Sound” died ten years ago. Tony created more than 20,000 radio and television spots for products, political candidates and non-profit public interest groups. His sound design work was the first to record on-the-street voices on records and commercials, establishing the importance of the audio imagery to influence audiences.  One of his main causes was to eliminate advertising of cigarettes on TV and radio aimed at children.  He contributed directly … Continue reading

  • 2018 Media Burn artists in residence: Nancy Buchanan and Barry Dolins

    2018 Media Burn artists in residence: Nancy Buchanan and Barry Dolins

    Nancy Buchanan: Message to the Grassroots tv program Message to the Grassroots was a live cable access program focused on police violence and urban community organizing. It aired from 1988 to 1998, and was produced in Pasadena, CA by Michael Zinzun. Zinzun (1946-2006), was a former Black Panther, tireless community organizer, and architect of the 1992 Watts gang truce. Buchanan, a Los Angeles artist who uses various media to bring social realities into view, acted as Associate Producer, camera person, … Continue reading

  • Chicago Home Video Day will celebrate the mundane, eclectic, and downright weird videos shot by everyday people in the 80s, 90s, and 00s.

    Chicago Home Video Day will celebrate the mundane, eclectic, and downright weird videos shot by everyday people in the 80s, 90s, and 00s.

    Home Video Day 2018 Nightingale Cinema 1084 N. Milwaukee April 7, 2018 1-5pm, stop by any time, BYOB and/or BYO-tape Free, with snacks! https://www.facebook.com/events/165646524232387/ http://nightingalecinema.org/nightingale-10/ Home Video Day was covered by Nina Metz in the Chicago Tribune, and was recommended as one of the top ten things to do this weekend by Chicago Tonight! Get in the mood by watching this short documentary by Taylor Price which celebrates the history of amateur videotape. At Home Video Day you will have … Continue reading

  • Don’t miss Chicago Home Video Day!

    Don’t miss Chicago Home Video Day!

    Home Video Day 2018 will feature an offbeat selection of home videos shot by regular people, ranging from the 1980s to the early 2000s. A team of Chicago-based archivists has compiled a program of birthdays, pageants, parties, holidays, weddings, local sports, and other everyday ephemera from the golden era of consumer videotape.   In addition to the planned program, audience members are invited to bring their own tapes to be projected that same day. Whether you bring your own videos … Continue reading

  • Unplugged: “The Loop” changes format after 41 years

    Unplugged: “The Loop” changes format after 41 years

    On Saturday, March 10th, 2018, iconic station WLUP changed formats after being sold to Christian broadcaster Educational Media Foundation for $21.5 million. The station is now part of the K-LOVE network, broadcasting contemporary Christian music. “The Loop,” as it was known, began in 1977, and quickly established itself as a centerpiece of rock music, irreverent attitudes, and strong personalities. Steve Dahl’s infamous Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park in the summer of 1979 is but one example of the station’s … Continue reading

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade Politics

    St. Patrick’s Day Parade Politics

    Every year, the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebrates the heritage and culture of Ireland and Irish-Americans complete with large-scale performances and appearances from local businesses. The parade attracts thousands of spectators from many communities all eager to join in on the celebrations as they watch the parade. It’s also a “can’t miss” stop for politicians, particularly during election years. Illinois is in the midst of a hotly contested gubernatorial primary, with six Democrat candidates vying to oust Republican incumbent … Continue reading

  • Call for Media Burn artists-in-residence

    Call for Media Burn artists-in-residence

    Are you an artist who still has work languishing on deteriorating videotape? Apply to take part in the new Media Burn Artist-in-Residence program! Two artists-in-residence will be selected for 2018. They will receive: –15 of their videotapes restored and digitized by Media Burn Archive, a leader in archival preservation. (Estimated retail value: $1,125-$2,175) –The 15 tapes will be stored in perpetuity in our vault and the digital files available for free public viewing at mediaburn.org Our collection has been viewed … Continue reading

  • Conflict and Compromise at Chicago Public Schools

    Conflict and Compromise at Chicago Public Schools

    Since becoming mayor in 2011, Rahm Emanuel has brought dramatic changes to the Chicago Public School system. In 2013, Chicago closed 50 schools, predominantly in minority neighborhoods. The closures were met with substantial opposition from the Chicago Teachers Union, parents, and students, after which CPS enacted a five-year moratorium in school closings. As the moratorium comes to a close, CPS initially announced the closure of four schools in Englewood starting at the end of the current academic year. According to … Continue reading