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The Sound of Poetry featuring Marvin Tate

Marvin Tate side  Wednesday, March 26, 2014

6:30pm

Blackstone Library

4904 S. Lake Park Ave.

Performance poet and lyricist, Marvin Tate combines raw-blues/soul and gospel with stream-of-consciousness storytelling and performance that has been described as “Outsider Soul” – Amazon.com. Tate, founder of the legendary funk band D-Settlement, will read from his upcoming collection of poems, The Amazing Mister Orange, due for release from Curbside Splendor Publishing.

In this collection, Marvin Tate writes Outsider poetry about relationships, death, sex, drugs, dogs, immortality, and Chicago. Inspired by Ainsworth Rosewell, a self-professed genius and con man who committed suicide in 1996 by jumping from the seventh floor of the Water Tower Mall, these poems explode with nontraditional humor and vibrant characters, both real and imagined.

Tate will have books, CDs, and albums available for sale.

The Sound of Poetry featuring Marvin Tate is part of the Despres Family Memorial Lecture Series. It takes place March 26, 2014 at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. at 6:30 pm.

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We Won!

How cool is this! And you thought libraries were only about books! They’re really about ideas! Congratulations Chicago Public Library’s Maker Lab on winning the 2013 Social Innovator’s Award! They’re hosting a Maker Share Tuesday, November 12th, 6-8 pm in the Maker Lab, 400 S. State St. Share your creations and meet others in this growing maker community.

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The Socially Responsible Practitioner

“The Fenger case shows that restorative justice practices can be real, tangible vehicles for making city schools better by offering a pathway to peace for students willing to learn. It’s our job to remember there are students all over urban America waiting for their chance to play a bigger role in their surroundings.”

Clinical/community psychologist Elena Quintana, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Institute of Public Safety & Social Justice (IPSSJ) at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, and Ryan Lugalia-Hollon, IPSSJ Justice Fellow, recently took part in a discussion about restorative justice on WBEZ-FM 91.5’s “The Afternoon Shift.

Lugalia-Hollon’s main point during the program was: “We should try to not get to the point where we depend completely on the police to address violence.  How people act is very connected to what resources are available to them, in their neighborhood and in their city.  We should…

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Cultural Plan 2012- Where Do We Go From Here?

I attended the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 Town Hall at the Cultural Center on July 31st. It was a large crowd; I had to stand because there were no more seats left. I understand it was the largest of any of the gatherings. The atmosphere was civil. We were all there to plan this roadmap to great Culture in Chicago. We answered general questions on our audience participation devices: Who are you- an arts admin, an arts org, a patron? What side of town are you from?. Then a few specific questions about what’s most important to you in the Draft. We then broke into groups based on the priorities identified in the Draft Plan (see my last post on the Cultural Plan).
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Chicago Cultural Plan 2.0

Chicago Cultural Plan 2012I’ve been toying with what to say about the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 Draft over the last couple of days. It’s beautifully laid out (think Annual Report) with gorgeous pictures from Chicago’s cultural landscape. The format lends cohesiveness to the data so that it’s easy to follow from start to conclusion. But that’s just it; there is no conclusion. I don’t know exactly what I expected but it wasn’t quite this. Then I read Chris Jones’ column in the Tribune (“Chicago Cultural Plan must lose loftiness, go for grit”, Tribune 7-21-12) and I thought, “that’s what I was thinking!” I concurred with his description of it as “if somebody brought it up and it sounded good, stick it in the plan” plan. The draft, which is 64 pages, explains why culture is important, describes the methodology used, then lays out the information gathered from constituents involved in the fact-gathering process. But by the end, you don’t feel like you’ve read a doable plan, but simply the mother-of-all wish lists. (Jones refers to a list for Santa Claus.) If you’re interested in reading it, here are some tips.
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