The Tofu Chitlin’ Circuitis a theater conservatory and their mission is to offer affordable classes and workshops to assist community members in creating and preserving their own stories. Sydney Chatman, the founder, visits Studio 11 to discuss their play “Take it From Me, Violence Just Don’t Understand” going up at The Greenhouse Theatre this Saturday afternoon. She, along with one of the peers, joined the AMp guest co-host Jill Hopkins and Luis Antonio Perez
Henry Cervantes works with the Peace Exchange, a group of Chicagoans who traveled to Southeast Asia this winter. They observed and took part in anti-violence in dire circumstances and returned to help mediate anti-violence workshops with Chicago youth. Today he joins Morning AMp hosts’ Molly Adams and Brian Babylon in the studio to share his experiences.
This month the Home Theater Festivalis taking place around the city (really around the city), staging plays in the living rooms and kitchens of willing hosts. The AMp hosts Brian Babylonand Molly Adamsspoke with the founder of Home Theater, Philip Huang, as well as the Chicago organizers, Blake Russell, Laley Lippard, and Irinia Zadov.
Photo Courtesy of the Chicago Home Theater Festival
To address the disproportionate rates of LGBT youth homelessness, and the lack of housing for them in all neighborhoods, a group of mental health professionals and volunteers have come together to form Project Fierce Chicago. Team member Cassandra Avenatti shares their plans to purchase a home in the South or West side and convert it to a transitional living home.
Free Spirit Media founder Jeff McCarter and ‘HoopsHIGH’ alum Elizabeth Preston joins ‘Morning Amp’ hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon as they celebrate their 500th episode of programing. The Free Spirit Media program has young people producing every aspect of a sports telecast for CAN TV.
Elizabeth describes her passion for video production and how she’s been able to grow within her field. Brian and Molly delve into the importance of having media programs for youth.
Karen: “We had to meet certain requirements as to food. We couldn’t use butter or salt.” Luis and Shantell: “NO BUTTER, NO SALT?!” Luis: “That’s all I cook with! Every day!”
Luis and Shantell had five culinary arts students from George Washington High School. The students in studio: Leonard Gutierrez, Leon Sanchez, Marina Nava, Vanessa Arnold, and Karen Rivera are competing in the national “Cooking Up Change” competition in the nation’s capital. The students talk about the big competition, their favorite dishes to make, and their celebrity inspirations. They even give some culinary advice to Luis and Shantell.
“It’s transformative to be out in different settings. Like I heard you mention earlier, we saw Brian Babylon earlier a couple years ago at the TEDx conference and to be able to bring a film crew to that, and some other young people to check it out , it blows their minds to come downtown. […] To kind of spread one’s wings, broaden one’s horizons, meet a diverse set of people to see some stuff and interact, and learn how to talk to a range of people, think critically, hear different sides and just see that the world really is a big place - and that it’s connected as well that you have a network that can grow.”
- Jeff McCarter - Founder and Executive Director of Free Spirit Media
For over a decade, Free Spirit Media has helped young people develop skills in digital production for film and television. Founder and Executive Director Jeff McCarter joined the AMp hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon in the studio this morning about how he’s seen this experience change young people’s direction and career.
“DOPE follows the life of a joint from seed to eventual consumption. Created and performed by youth age 13-19, DOPE is fast, funny and unapologetic look at the USA’s most controversial drug.”
Above is a description of Free Street Theater’s newest production, “DOPE: 420 Stories About Pot, Weed, Khush, Prisons, Parents, and People”. Though it seems like an adult conversation, producers of the play point out that many teens face consumption of this drug every day. Now they are bringing the conversation to the stage. Luis and Shantell talk with several members of the Free Street Theater about the mission of their theater and this particular show.
Voices from Around the Way:Today is the last day to file your state and federal tax returns. A couple of weeks ago, we heard some useful advice from Charles Schwab’s Brennan Miller on how to make the most of your refund. Today voices from around the way tell us what they will do with the…
In this episode: Stand-up comedy can be a male-dominated world, but one group in Chicago is making sure funny women have their voices heard. The Feminine Comique is a beginners course in stand-up comedy exclusively for women. The course was created by Cameron Esposito and classes are taught by Chicago comedian Kelsie Huff. Kelsie joins hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon in the studio to talk about the challenges of starting out in comedy and the boys-club world of open mic nights.
Also, Dr. Carl Bell is the Director of the Institute for Juvenile Research, and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Bell talks with Luis and Shantell about the violence among youths in communities and the factors that contribute towards it. According to Dr. Bell, the issue goes far beyond easy access to guns and alcohol; there are a myriad of psychological, sociocultural, biological, and developmental factors that may contribute contribute towards the manifestation of anger and violence.
Chicago’s rock trio Mutts, is known for dirty, grungy guitar distortions and loud in-your-face blues rock. But on their newest album, Object Permanence, you’ll hear none of that. Mike Maimone’s guttural vocals take the center of attention, delivering poignant social commentary over stripped down, unplugged arrangements. The band joined Jesse Menendez on The MusicVox to talk about the new songs and the change of sound.
Lastly, DJ Sadar Bahar throws it down on 1’s and 2’s with a deep disco, underground house, and Afro Beat mix.
Dr. Carl Bell is the Director of the Institute for Juvenile Research, and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Bell talks with Luis and Shantell about the violence among youths in communities and the factors that contribute towards it. According to Dr. Bell, the issue goes far beyond easy access to guns and alcohol; there are a myriad of psychological, sociocultural, biological, and developmental factors that may contribute contribute towards the manifestation of anger and violence.
“It’s Shakespeare, but it’s real and gritty…not what you’d expect from a Shakespeare play.”
The Goodman Theatre is currently showing Shakespeare’s dark comedy, Measure for Measure. Their adaptation is edgy, sexy, and full of dirty, dirty corruption.So exactly how many pearls will it make you clutch? Three teenagers (Judith, Kaia, and Maddie) from the Goodman Theatre’s Young Critics group share their thoughts.
Young Critics is a joint venture between the Goodman Theatre and the Association for Women Journalists. It introduces young women to theater criticism and the world of professional writing.