Rebecca Hall, Northwest Chicago Film Society president, is delving into:
Crimes of a Christian Crimes of a Christian is a memoir by a guy named Kent Dickinson who went to prison in the early 2000s for crimes he committed as a member of Chicago’s infamously corrupt projectionist union, Local 110. I’ve been obsessed with labor history lately, and this book is a slice of a very local (and violent) piece of that history that people in the film scene in Chicago don’t know anything about, unless they’re of a certain age.
Basically, the Chicago projectionist union was having contract-negotiation difficulties with certain theater chains and the inner circle of the union organized—essentially—a campaign of terrorism against the chains who weren’t cooperating with them. They set off smoke bombs in various theaters around Chicago (and as far away as New York City), and did other nasty things like flushing socks full of hydraulic cement down the toilets in the theater at Water Tower Place, even slicing theater screens (a horrifying act for any true projectionist).
It’s recent enough history to still be a very sore spot for many people, I think—but that’s part of what makes Dickinson’s memoir worth reading.
Paul Czarnowski, G-Mart Comics manager is crazy about:
The Walking Dead People started coming in the weekend The Avengers premiered and were asking for Infinity Gauntlet so I was like, “Oh, great. The postcredit scene [in the movie] is Thanos. Thanks a lot, people!” We actually have a giant poster of Hawkeye framed on the wall at the store. There’s a comic going on right now that’s surprisingly popular called Before Watchmen. It’s a prequel to Watchmen.
The big brouhaha is that [Watchmen author] Alan Moore is angry as heck about it, like someone stabbed him in the face or something. We actually had a big argument about it here at the store that everyone is still laughing about. Movies don’t really bring new people to read comics, but when Watchmen came out they marketed it like, “Hey, after Watchmen, check out this book!”
The Walking Dead is one of those things that everybody here loves. They love to read and they love to talk about the show—they started filming for the next season. It was a top seller before the show, but when the show ended its second season people started buying all the back issues. People were buying multiple copies left and right.
Roell Schmidt, Links Hall director is intrigued by:
Reggie Wilson’s dance work in progress Reggie Wilson‘s developing a Joyce Award project, a new work on Moses called “(Project) the Moseses Project.” It was really exciting to see such an established choreographer and what he’s able to create in the studio. We got to see these early glimpses that may or may not be in the final product, but I am a process addict, so I really loved it.
The three dancers were amazing, and Reggie has a really great, very relaxed way of describing his process and talking about the things that he’s interested in. He’s really into fractals right now, so soon everybody in the audience was starting to talk about fractals, using it as a noun and a verb and all sorts of ways. It was infectious.
I had never heard him speak before this work-in-progress showing. He definitely has this strong political point of view that he consistently conveys in his work, but at least in how he talks about it and the works that he showed, he doesn’t let that flatten the work. I think art can become fairly one-dimensional if it is just preaching, and he’s more expansive than that.