Recently, the Chicago arts community has been witness to events at the (now closed) Profiles Theatre, whose artistic director engaged in a pattern of bullying and sexual harassment of cast and crew members. All credit is due to the individuals who came forward to talk about what happened, as well as those who organized and provided support for the victims. Illegal actions like the ones at Profiles happen in all industries and professions. But there's strength in community and a network of people willing to help.
Remember, harassment in a workplace is a form of discrimination, which is illegal under Illinois law. If you need more information or help regarding bullying or sexual harassment where you work, the Illinois Legal Aid site is a good place to start. They have a directory of local organizations that can help you if you need it. You have rights...Don't wait.
If you find the city looking fine and would like a chance to share your favorite concert or festival images, or most any other things, on the CHIRP Radio blog, then hop on your nearest internet service provider and send them to Shawna Kaiser at email@example.com. Here is a collection from the historic Lincoln Park Conservatory and surrounding area.
Join us this Thursday, June 30 for CHIRP's Party on the Patio at Big Bricks and support our broadcast launch at 107.1FM! $25 tickets include a buffet dinner with unlimited pizza, taco bar, side dishes, and soft drinks. Vegetarian options are available. A portion of the cash bar sales also benefits CHIRP | Big Bricks (3832 N Lincoln Ave) | All Ages Welcome | Tickets are $25 in advance ($28 at the door)
While their time in the spotlight was short lived, The Zombies left behind an impressive legacy of music, from oldies radio staples like “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No” to shoulda been hits like “Whenever You’re Ready” and “I Love You” to the psych-pop masterpiece Odeyssey and Oracle. A key component to their sound was their super talented lead vocalist, Colin Blunstone. Colin had the pipes to pull off R & B and garage rock songs, but he could smooth things out to sing the poppiest of melodies. Just listen to how he handles the breathy verses of “Time of the Season” and comfortably ups the intensity where needed. Blunstone, after a brief foray into selling insurance, had a very nice solo career, and for the past decade or so, he and Rod Argent have been touring in a new lineup of The Zombies. He is truly one of the underrated figures of the British Invasion. Let’s celebrate his birthday by grabbing your iPod or MP3 player, hitting shuffle and sharing the first 10 tunes that come up.