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Investigation of the Chicago Police Department

Today, the DOJ released their report on a year-long investigation (PDF) of the Chicago Police Department, finding "reasonable cause to believe that CPD has engaged in a pattern or practice of unreasonable force in violation of the Fourth Amendment and that the deficiencies in CPD’s training, supervision, accountability, and other systems have contributed to that pattern or practice. "
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 13, 2017 - 32 comments

What's happening in Chicago

More than 750 people have been murdered in Chicago in 2016. It has become dangerous enough that more than a fifth of Chicago’s 652 public schools have Safe Passage routes to help children travel safely.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Dec 29, 2016 - 69 comments

Last Call for Chicago PD Explosives Dog

Chicago Cops Honor Dying Police Dog With Touching Last Call In her lifetime, the dog had protected the president, first lady and foreign dignitaries, reported the Chicago Tribune, which also has audio of the touching last call. “All units standby,” a dispatcher said Sunday. “7323 canine Rachel. 7323 canine Rachel. No response for canine Rachel. This is a final call for Chicago Police Explosives canine Rachel.” She was put down 15 minutes later. Officer Charles Kocanda had trained Rachel. “Our condolences go out to her handler, Officer Chuck Kocanda, who worked with her daily to make sure she was the best she could be,” the police department said in its Facebook post.
posted by Man with Lantern on Dec 20, 2016 - 37 comments

This holiday, bake some bleeps and bloops with your family

Acid Techno/House producer TB Arthur (@jeparleacid) made a minor splash in 2014/15/16 due to a mysterious/contrived backstory, periodic single releases, a mix for Boiler Room Upfront, and a live session at Smart Bar.
For the holidays, Mr. (Ms.?) Arthur has a new release for all the producers out there: “Psychedelic Cookbook” is a 100% Royalty Free Sound Library created in TB Arthur's analog studio: over 900 MB of basslines, beats, percussion, synths, vocals, tops & more. All the inspiration you need for building your own original tracks in any DAW or hardware sampler.
Need ideas? Try Bandcamp’s list of 30 tracks to celebrate the 30th anniversary of acid house or FACT’s list of the 20 best Acid House records ever made.
posted by Going To Maine on Dec 17, 2016 - 17 comments

Chicago's Neofuturists lose "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind"

Today, Greg Allen announced that he was letting the license lapse at the end of 2016 for the Neofuturists of Chicago to run his licensed show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. Well, technically, he unilaterally announced that the show was ending via a press release, without telling the Neofuturist board or staff. The Artistic Director of the Neofuturist ensemble released a response indicating that they were blindsided. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Nov 30, 2016 - 41 comments

like a suicide bomber, getting revenge

At an October budget hearing Howard Brookins, alderman for Chicago's 21st Ward, asked an animal control official what could be done about aggressive squirrels. He didn't know he'd pay for it with a fractured skull, broken nose, and six teeth. [more inside]
posted by edeezy on Nov 23, 2016 - 68 comments

The making of a cookbook

The Adventures of Fat Rice started as a neighborhood restaurant (which got big) serving a cuisine few had ever tasted from a place many had never heard of. The short version: The chefs got an agent and a book deal. The long version is a look at how one cookbook came together, from writing the proposal, to developing the recipes, to designing the inside and cover. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy on Nov 20, 2016 - 7 comments

The whole world is wondering: what's wrong with the United States?

"We've come tonight to bring you some joy, some happiness, some inspiration, and some positive vibrations. We want to leave you enough to last you maybe the next six months." Eight years ago this month, soul/pop/gospel music legend Mavis Staples released a live recording titled Live: Hope at the Hideout. Recorded in Chicago's tiny Hideout Lounge, these thirteen songs of protest, hope, and defiance feature Mavis with a stripped down, raw and swampy three-piece band and just a handful of back-up singers. You can stream the entire album here (YT) and all things considered, you really should. [Alt link: stream from her record label's site]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 10, 2016 - 23 comments

Over a century of sporting agony ends in Chicago

After one hundred and eleven years, Ireland have finally beaten the New Zealand All Blacks, with a fantastic 40-29 win at Solider Field today. Ireland, who narrowly lost the last last time the two teams met, broke the current world champion All Black's 18 game winning streak. [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi on Nov 5, 2016 - 27 comments

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.

Cubs-Indians World Series shows what fans long have known: Life is suffering
Whichever team wins, that city will have its parade. But the fans of the losers will, in the way of their breed, find a different kind of victory. Much as they would have preferred to be drunk on joy, they’ll share their frustration, rewind memories of their fine season, commiserate, support each other and, in yet another season without a title, show much of what is most resilient, most loyal and most generous in themselves. And they’ll show it to each other.
[more inside] posted by ZeusHumms on Oct 25, 2016 - 99 comments

Breaking the "Code of Silence"

In the Chicago Police Deparment, if the bosses say it didn't happen, it didn't happen. (Jamie Kalven, for The Intercept_.) [more inside]
posted by Bahro on Oct 6, 2016 - 14 comments

Deep in the Rap Wars

My 18 months inside one of Chicago's most notorious gangs (Forrest Stuart, for Chicago magazine)
posted by box on Oct 1, 2016 - 41 comments

Magas: squelchy, noisy electronics and a sly sense of humor

May I Meet My Accuser (AllMusic review by Thom Jurek) ~~ Magas has been hanging out making mischief on the fringes of noise and electronic music since the early 1990s, whether it was playing in Couch with Aaron Dilloway, being a member of Lake of Dracula, remixing [Bobby] Conn tracks, or just generally being gleefully obnoxious and participating in things that kept him amused. Then comes this slab. It's big-bottom beats, wild pitch-warped synths, distorted vocals, hammered loops, and wonk and whir come off as a new, (yes, new) electro-swamp music for the dawn of this final century... [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 30, 2016 - 13 comments

The hills are alive with the sound of pinballs...

Jollyball is a rolling ball sculpture by Charles Morgan. (site is in French, but a short film on Morgan is in English.) It debuted at the Expo 86 Switzerland Pavilion in Vancouver, Canada, and is seen briefly in this Expo 86 promotional video. It is now located at the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, which means we can now see videos of the pinball's entire 5 minute adventure through Swiss life.
posted by Theta States on Sep 28, 2016 - 7 comments

Control Not Justice

Every year, the vast majority of murders in Chicago go unsolved. The city's homicide-clearance rate of 26% (a case is cleared as soon as someone is charged) is less than half the national average. The rate for non-fatal shootings is 10%. Meaning, if you shoot someone in Chicago, you have a pretty good chance of getting away with it. Alex Kotlowitz writes here about how Chicago law enforcement's abysmal homicide-clearance rate may be contributing to violence in the city. (previously)
posted by AceRock on Sep 20, 2016 - 12 comments

TERRY 2016

VOTE TERRY Americas 1st ILLUMINATI PRESIDENT 3rd party narcist [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Sep 8, 2016 - 13 comments

University of Chicago writes a letter to its incoming freshmen

The University of Chicago does not condone the creation of intellectual 'safe spaces'. [more inside]
posted by heyho on Aug 26, 2016 - 314 comments

Cupcake ATM

Tired of the gelato crises? Let me share the joys of the Cupcake ATM (also in Chicago!) It was a long day at a local anime convention, and my comic creating friends and I hopped into a van and trekked out to the cupcake atm on 50 east walton street. [more inside]
posted by dreamling on Aug 16, 2016 - 29 comments

"We don't deserve what is being offered right now as dessert."

There's a crisis in Chicago. A gelato crisis.
posted by phunniemee on Aug 15, 2016 - 107 comments

I Saw the Number 9 in Gold

Tony Fitzpatrick's blog, No. 9: An Artist's Journey, is a gorgeous collection of drawing/collages from a former tattoo artist and boxer turned maker. His self-taught style will be familiar to fans of Steve Earle's albums; the Chicago-based artist's works also hang in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Aug 2, 2016 - 4 comments

Telefone, the vision and voice of Noname that is singularly her own

A few months back, Chance the Rapper released Coloring Book mixtape (Soundcloud), "one of the strongest rap albums released this year, an uplifting mix of spiritual and grounded that even an atheist can catch the Spirit to." (Pitchfork) That mixtape features a ton of guests, including Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Future, Justin Bieber ... and Noname. Who? She's a Chicago rapper, formerly known as Noname Gypsy, and with her own mixtape, Telefone (Soundcloud), she "has only further solidified her reputation as a deft and hyper-intelligent young rapper, at first a one woman Digable Planets for the melodic Chicago contemporary, but quickly something wholly unique." (Noisey/Vice)
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 2, 2016 - 11 comments

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Protections For LGB People

"Sexual orientation discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people can only come from the Supreme Court or Congress, the federal appeals court in Chicago rules." [sl-buzzfeed article] [more inside]
posted by marienbad on Jul 31, 2016 - 22 comments

What happens when an activist accuses a reporter of being a police spy?

"Peter Nickeas is a Tribune reporter recently accused of informing on protesters to the police. Monica Trinidad is the activist who publicly accused him. Jerry Boyle is the Chicago attorney who put the idea in her head. And I'm the media writer who wishes he hadn't."
posted by alexoscar on Jul 26, 2016 - 18 comments

Chicago close up magicians

Chicago close up magicians: Every Saturday for the past 25 years, a group of friends has gathered in a Lincoln Park apartment to invent and perfect some of the world’s most mind-blowing card tricks.
posted by garlic on Jul 20, 2016 - 9 comments

"It was real, because there was a psychopath onstage."

At Profiles Theatre in Chicago the drama—and abuse—is real. For more than 20 years, actors and crew members stayed silent about mistreatment they suffered at the acclaimed storefront theater. Now they’re speaking up, hoping to protect workers in non-Equity theaters across the country.
posted by ao4047 on Jun 8, 2016 - 51 comments

I guess it's good to have a brick house

Rod Reeves, 42, turns on the spigot and shows how his garden hose, punctured by bullets, now leaks. In last week's three day Memorial Day weekend, 64 people were shot in Chicago, a city of 2.7 million. 6 died from their wounds. Prior to that, there had been 1,177 shootings this year, and some 28,000 citizen phone calls reporting gunfire.
posted by stillmoving on Jun 4, 2016 - 34 comments

tronc

Publishing giant Tribune is changing its name to... tronc. Originally incorporated in 1847 with the founding of the Chicago Tribune, Tribune owns both the Chicago Tribune as well as the LA Times and numerous newspapers across the US.
posted by GuyZero on Jun 2, 2016 - 370 comments

SAVE JEANIE

"Jeanie is actually 100 percent correct in her assessment that Ferris has been cut way too many breaks in life and should be held to a higher standard. In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, she’s not just a petty, jealous sibling, she’s a female voice of reason raging against a society that demeans her and disregards her opinions." - On the 30th anniversary of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, a reflection on the overlooked Jeanie Bueller.
posted by The Whelk on May 31, 2016 - 172 comments

Roots of Goa (Trance): a sound that was both accessible and otherworldly

... at the same time that Chicago was creating House and Detroit was forging ahead with what would become Techno, the roots of Trance were being sawn on the beaches of Anjuna and Vagator. And just as Chicago had Ron Hardy and Detroit had The Electrifying Mojo, Goa had a DJ called Laurent. If it wasn’t for him, it’s quite possible that the music played at parties in Goa would have been little more than a carbon copy of what was going on back in Europe and America. Unveiling The Secret: The Roots of Trance - before Goa was Goa, it was "new electronic music coming out of Europe and America," sliced and edited by Laurent to make one long, constantly morphing psychedelic groove. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 5, 2016 - 64 comments

We're obviously open minded... obviously.

Unfortunately, this is not the type of space for about 80-90+% of the unnecessary human-animal population on the planet.
posted by jillithd on May 4, 2016 - 58 comments

Hau`oli la Hanau, Aloha!

In the spring of 2015, a billboard for the film Aloha was erected overlooking Logan Square in Chicago. It's still there today. While its fate and that of two others (mercifully blank) is fought over in court, fans of the billboard are planning a tiki party in honor of its first birthday.
posted by me3dia on Apr 29, 2016 - 18 comments

"It was just a bunch of s***."

"They called me once and said, 'We found a torture chamber!' I go over there and it was a fuse box." An oral history of that two-hour live television special in which Geraldo Rivera broke into Al Capone's vault. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Apr 21, 2016 - 37 comments

If you care, here’s how it all went down.

Music journalist Bill Wyman (not the Rolling Stones member) on Liz Phair, Steve Albini & Me: The True Story of 1993, the Greatest Goddamn Year in Chicago Rock History.
posted by Shmuel510 on Apr 13, 2016 - 59 comments

There Is Light Here As Well

"Growing up in this home, I was ensconced in blackness — and as an adult, I now see and appreciate the ways that affirmed my identity. I finally saw Ferris Bueller’s Day Off when I was 24, and I was shocked that it was lauded as a 'staple of teen comedy.' I had always thought that the classic tale of Chicago youth skipping class was Cooley High. I didn’t learn whiteness as a default, or the limitations placed on those who exist outside of it, until I was much, much older." Jasmine Sanders (@ToniAliceZora) writes for Buzzfeed on growing up in one of Chicago's poorest black neighborhoods. [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Mar 20, 2016 - 18 comments

Casting Evita.

"The playing field needs to be aggressively leveled - possibly razed." Chicago theatre artists respond to an open letter to the Marriott Theatre regarding the casting of Evita, which only included one actor of Latin heritage.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 19, 2016 - 49 comments

Ask and it will be given to yinz; seek and yinz will find

Y'All Version: Now you can read the Bible using the English second person plural of your choice! Options include Southern (y'all), Western (you guys), NYC/Chicago (youse guys), and Pittsburgh (yinz).
posted by Cash4Lead on Mar 4, 2016 - 21 comments

I'm just charging $10 because I need to buy paint

Vincent has put his bedroom up on AirBNB.
posted by pjern on Feb 16, 2016 - 26 comments

Investigating Policies Defining When And How Police Use Force

The Police Use of Force Project investigates the ways in which police use of force policies help to enable police violence in our communities. (Proposed policy solutions from Campaign Zero) [more inside]
posted by jillithd on Jan 21, 2016 - 26 comments

because leaving isn't exactly an option

GOPLifer writes Why I Live In A White Neighborhood [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 8, 2016 - 184 comments

It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy

The Sudden But Well-Deserved Fall of Rahm Emanuel. By Rick Perlstein, New Yorker. Puts the rising number of calls for Emanuel to resign as mayor of Chicago in context.
posted by Halloween Jack on Jan 4, 2016 - 62 comments

Whitewashing All of Mankind

"All of Mankind," a 1971 mural by Chicago artist William Walker ("What Langston Hughes has been to African American letters, William (Bill) Walker is to African-American images," declared Victor Sorell of Chicago State University, while mural historian Jim Prigoff described him as "the Diego Rivera of the United States") has finally, despite more than a decade of activism seeking to preserve and restore it, been painted over completely. It had been one of the last three surviving murals in Chicago by the prolific muralist, who died in 2011 at the age of 85. [more inside]
posted by orthicon halo on Dec 21, 2015 - 20 comments

How To Predict Bad Cops In Chicago

The extensive catalog of complaints against officers appears to bear out the theory of a few bad apples: Among the 7,758 police officers who received a complaint during that time period, more than half received less than one per year (officers with zero complaints do not appear in the database). Meanwhile, the bad apples seem to be the ones racking up the grievances.
posted by veedubya on Dec 17, 2015 - 64 comments

All roads lead to receiving.

Curious about the largest single-site jail in the country? The Cook County Department of Corrections has you covered with a frankly fascinating series of short videos touring the jail's eleven divisions. [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Dec 4, 2015 - 6 comments

Laquan McDonald

For the first time in 35 years, an Chicago police officer has been charged with first-degree murder for an on-duty fatality, in this case, that of 17 year old Laquan McDonald. Last night, the city of Chicago released the dash-cam footage that had been kept out of the public eye for more than a year, showing Mr. McDonald being shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer. A second video, which was taken by a security camera at a nearby Burger King, was allegedly deleted by the police. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Nov 25, 2015 - 317 comments

“Seduce The Milky Way”

Do you like uplifting monologues over drum beats and synths, intercut with shots of urban environments from different angles that follow a pedestrian? Then you might enjoy the video for Hieroglyphic Being and J.I.T.U Ahn-Sahm-Buhl’s “Fuck The Ghetto / Think About Outer Space”.
Hieroglyphic Being’s own story of overcoming homelessness in Chicago to become a successful experimental DJ was covered in a short documentary for Resident Advisor’s ORIGINS film series.
Previously, previouslier
posted by Going To Maine on Nov 6, 2015 - 3 comments

The Color of Debt: How Collection Suits Squeeze Black Neighborhoods

The Color of Debt: How Collection Suits Squeeze Black Neighborhoods — a ProPublica investigation into racial disparities in debt collection lawsuits [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Oct 21, 2015 - 16 comments

A Chicago Sojourn

A journey through the architecture and urban landscape of Chicago – from industrial zones to Mid-Century suburbs and all points between. [more inside]
posted by davejh on Oct 12, 2015 - 6 comments

…and about South Loop. Nobody seems to agree what that is.

This is where Chicagoans say the borders of their neighborhoods are. Crowdsourced cartography from residents asked to draw their neighborhood. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Sep 28, 2015 - 25 comments

North America: timelapse in 4K

An 8:44 long timelapse in 4K resolution on Vimeo and YouTube. Includes Yosemite, Yellowstone, Olympic, Banff, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Acadia, Rocky Mountains, Mesa Verde, Arches, Mount Rainier, Mount Revelstoke and Zion. Also Seattle, Los Angeles, Vancouver, St. Louis, San Francisco and Las Vegas. Plus Mount Rushmore, New Orleans, Toronto, Boston, Calgary, Springdale, Three Rivers, Pagosa Springs, Swift Current, New York, Niagara Falls, Lake Palourde, Keene Lake, Horseshoe Bend, White Mountains, Hobson and the Mississippi River. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Sep 19, 2015 - 17 comments

on the history of electronic music

Createdigitalmusic collects together 11+ documentaries on the history of electronic music. Ranging from 2 on Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (1 previously), to EMS (previously), to detroit, acid house, rave (previously), tresor, and more. Plus one news report an the early days of Chicago house that's a documentary in and of itself.
posted by advil on Aug 29, 2015 - 16 comments

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