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SKaiser writes@CHIRPRadio (Week of October 22)

Join us on Thursday, October 25th as we celebrate One Year of Broadcasting at 107.1FM! We're throwing a big party at our favorite new venue, Sleeping Village. with tons of food, drinks, and live musi!! We're thrilled to have Fauvely providing the live music, and DJs Jessi D and other CHIRP folks spinning! 

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NEW MEDIA

TOP OF THE CHIRP CHARTS

1. CAVE – Allways (Drag City)

2. Kurt Vile – Bottle It In (Matador)

3. Fauvely – Tides (Midwest Action)

For a complete listing of the CHIRP Charts, click here!

 

 

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Kyle writesThe Call of the Wild: Reviews of “Core of the World” and “Sibel”

This month CHIRP volunteer Kyle Sanders attended the 2018 Chicago Interntional Film Festival and reported on what he discovered there...

Man vs. Nature/Nature vs. Nurture--humanity can't seem to shake these concepts. We try to rise above nature, yet find ourselves called back to it time and time again.

And why is that? Authors like Jack London or Stephen Crane would tell you that nature is indifferent to everything, including the human race; but then again, civilization can be just as cold and harsh. Two films presented at this year's Chicago International Film Festival showed us two characters who took a walk on the wild side to find themselves (due to festival restrictions, the following will be capsule reviews only):

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Kyle writesThe Truth Hurts: Reviews of “[Censored],” “Father the Flame” & “United Skates”

This month CHIRP volunteer Kyle Sanders is attending the 2018 Chicago Interntional Film Festival and reporting on what he discovers there...

In a world of "fake news," it's refreshing to see a resurgence of documentaries. Be it a study of an influential icon such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg or Fred Rogers, or the shocking yet true string of incidents that lead to Three Identical Strangers, 2018 has seen several releases of high-profile documentaries making huge gains at the box office. At this year's Chicago International Film Festival, over twenty entries were included on the roster, including (due to festival restrictions, the following are "cluster reviews" only):

[Censored]: Australian filmmaker Sari Braithwaite began as a mission of liberating hundreds of censored clips deemed too immoral by the Australian government. Braithwaite personally viewed each scrap of celluloid (ranging from 1951 to 1978), collected on individual reels and completely devoid of story. What she found startled her, and it wasn't long before she realized some shocking truths about herself as a liberal filmmaker watching continuous loops of cut scenes (and as she points out, these clips were mostly directed by men, for men, with scenes representing male fantasies and desire).

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SKaiser writesTonight! First Time: First Fall @ Martyrs’

Join us for the unforgettable First Time show tonight at 8:00 PM! (If you don't get there early you won't have a seat.) 

The First Time is CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series. Created in 2010, The First Time pairs a reader’s personal story about a specific "first time" -- a different "first" for each show -- with a song performance. This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by The First Time Four. The band takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements, so it is hard to tell which the audience enjoys more: the story or the song.

The band is made of members from power-pop Frisbie and includes Gerald Dowd, Steve Frisbie, Liam Davis and Scott Stevenson.

Get your presale tickets at martyrslive.com.  More info on readers found at firsttime.chirpradio.org

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Kyle writesTo the Criminal Belongs the Spoils: Reviews of “Ash is the Purest White” & “Birds of Passage”

This month CHIRP volunteer Kyle Sanders is attending the 2018 Chicago Interntional Film Festival and reporting on what he discovers there...

Crime never pays. Oh sure, it can give you a taste of power and riches, but there is always a constant struggle to maintain such control: you're always having to watch your back or sleep with one eye open to fend off anyone trying to knock you off the throne, be it the authorities, a rival crime lord, or even your own friends or family. It seems the higher you rise up, the further you descend into a hell of your own making. Is there a way out? Is there a way to start over? It can depend on the choices you make for yourself. Two films that provide us possible options screened at this year's Chicago International Film Festival provide us two different outcomes (due to festival restrictions, the following are "capsule reviews" of said films):

Ash is the Purest White: A devoted girlfriend lands herself in prison after covering for her Jianghu crime lord boyfriend. Five years later she is released, only to find that her lover has moved on and the gang world she was comfortably living in has very much changed. Determined to survive, she will use her tenacious wit to climb back to the top. Jia Zhangke directs this gripping crime drama that has surprising moments of humor and stunning cinematography showcasing China's metropolitan and rural landscapes.

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Topics: chicago international film festival

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