Thursday, December 30, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
“As a [documentary] filmmaker I set off to look at faith in the US with a keen eye—to ask challenging questions and a critical approach— but I also wanted to balance this with a warm heart— respect and understanding,” said Danny Alpert, director for the series and executive director of the Kindling Group.
Alpert was raised in a self-described, “suburban, Jewish cocoon” and at the age of 15 moved to Israel in what he said his parents, “saw as the fulfillment of their Jewish identity.”
These unique experiences lead Alpert to consider becoming a rabbi. However, eight months from beginning a pre-rabbinical program Alpert realized it was not his calling.
“From that moment—through travel, school, living in a region at war, marriage, parenthood—I learned that the ideas, peoples and individuals in this world are never simple and moved away from my religious observance,” Alpert said.
In order to create a film that was at once critical and respectful, Alpert enlisted a group of talented filmmakers whom also are practitioners of the different faiths explored in the film.
“The point was not only to find a crew of outstanding professional quality— which I fortunately did—but also to find the right people for this project. Religion is not easy—people have strong feelings and it comes with its own baggage. I wanted to find people who I know would look critically and ask the hard questions, but who also had respect and understanding of faith and the faithful… It was not an easy search, but I was blessed to find a talented and dedicated team in Yoni Brook, Alicia Dwyer, Maggie Bowman and Musa Seed,” Alpert said.
While the film follows those who are called by their God, Alpert found that the power behind these stories, as they play out on film, is in the relationships these young clergy-in-training make with other people. He also found hope in the generation’s attitude of wanting to have its cake and eat it too: They want to lead prayer and listen to hip-hop, to use humor as a tool to connect alongside prayer and preaching. They fully embrace their religious lives and at the same time, they are unwilling to sacrifice their identity as young, modern Americans.
The Calling follows Shmuly Yanklowitz and Yerachmiel Shapiro, two rabbis in training, each facing their own personal struggles despite a shared faith, which reminds viewers that the experience of religion is vast and personal.
Tahera Ahmad and Bilal Ansari are both students in the Hartford Seminary’s Muslim Chaplaincy program in Connecticut. However, their familial and religious experiences differ immensely from one another. Bilal is an African-American father of four whose accomplishments include lecturing to prisoners and at-risk youth. Tahera is a recently engaged, strong-headed woman whose undertakings focus on the Arabic language, Qur’an recitation, Islamic studies and other goals from her suburban Chicago community.
Jeneen Robinson is a single mother, who struggles to raise her young son, supplementing her income with an acting career, while studying to become an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Steven Gamez is learning to become a Catholic priest, a role that differs from the others in its commitment to celibacy. And finally, there is Rob Pene, a Christian rapper of Samoan heritage, who has committed his time as a mentor to young people. He offers his support to underprivileged young men in his community, and teaches science at a public school.
While The Calling is a compilation of seven individual stories, together these subjects complete a larger narrative—one that speaks of the nuanced religious climate Americans experience today. With all of the shared goals for community development recognized on film, as well as points of extreme opposition between them, The Calling is a film that does not seek to answer, but rather question what religious leadership, and therefore faith, means today.
The Calling will air on the PBS series Independent Lens Monday, Dec. 20 and Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 at 8 p.m. CST.
What’s your Calling?
In conjuncture with the film, Kindling Group has created an interactive project that brings the dialogue from the big screen to your computer screen. The website at http://whatsyourcalling.org/ continues the discussion with videos, interviews and articles organized into thirty different themes. From art, education and family to balance, identity, and transformation, there is surely a conversation to participate in, or something new to learn about. The site allows users to engage in a multitude of dialogues in a “Join the Conversation” section, where users can post their reactions, questions, or stories. The site also functions as a base for activity. The website has partnered with other organizations in an attempt to get users involved in their communities through the, “Service Call to Action” section which provides links to like-minded institutions.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
In an issue full of spectacular music interviews, our sit down with Avan Lava was lot of fun. The NYC band has recently released its debut album Vapors, made entirely with borrowed equipment and recorded in a church basement. Actually, we think the Avan Lava album would sound great played in a cathedral. While you could blandly categorize the album as electro-pop, Avan Lava plays their style of it with more soul and ambiant grandeur than most. Here's a few questions that didn't make it into the magazine, but you can check it out here to get a little taste.
Jettison: Of course, we know what kind of music you specialize in, but would you care to make a few playlists for Jettison, on of Doo-wop and Soul music, and another one of Country-Western songs?
Le Chev: These are just Doo-Wop –
- Billy Ward & The Dominoes - Sixty Minute Man
- The Chiffons - He's So Fine
- The Monotones - You Never Loved Me
- The Penguins - Hey Senorita
- The Temptations - Paradise
- Dolly Parton – Jolene
- Patsy Cline - Walkin after midnight
- Bill Monroe - Blue Moon of Kentucky (Elvis Presley Version)
- Kris Kristofferson - Sunday Morning Comin' Down
- The Rolling Stones - Wild Horses
Jettison: Best karaoke song?
LC: Rock The Casbah – The Clash.
Jettison: What music genre could you live without?
Jettison: Favorite Prince song?
LC: Diamonds and Pearls
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Get those rocket pack out again its time for another blast off! Join us in celebrating the 2010 Fall Issue this coming Friday at Bottom Lounge. This time around we have an ART filled issue with a lot of exciting interviews! We have Jason Lazarus, Aspen Mays, Theaster Gates, A profile of artist residencies ACRE and Harold Arts, a look into Manny's deli in the south loop, a critique on the State of the Art in Chicago, we high five Pete Toalson and much much more!!!
So join us in welcoming the new issue and party with friends at:
1375 W. Lake St.
9PM - 2AM
Issue goes online Friday September 17th at Midnight!
Make sure to check it out at JettisonQuarterly.com
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Top Five Indicators That Fall is here in Chicago:
- An easing of the compulsion to do everything (!) outside, ‘while it lasts’
- September show openings, ushering in the fall arts season
- The arrival of Chicago Bears season tickets
- The Adventures in Modern Music festival
Top Five Places to Buy (Cheap) Kids Clothes, That Fit Adults, In Order:
- Farm & Fleet
- JC Penny
Top Five Versions of the Gospel Standard Trouble in My Way, in Order:
- Mary Moore, Como Now
- Swan Silvertones, Singin’ In My Soul
- Dixie Hummingbirds Jesus Has Traveled This Road Before
- Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, What Have You Done My Brother?
- Vermillion Sands, In The Wood (Okay, not one of the best but I like that they tried it!)
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
COME TOMORROW TO OUR ISSUE 6 RELEASE PARTY AT RODAN 1530 N. MILWAUKEE CHICAGO IL. GRAB SOME DRINKS AND SEE THE NEW ISSUE.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
A&R is Jetting to New York. Join us in wishing them off with much Chicago love May 21st at the Double Door. The show is FREE! So come have a drink, buy them a drink, jam to some tunes, and party it on as A&R prepares to show NYC and Europe what they got.
May 21st, Friday
We had Intern Stan write a few words to tell us how he feels about the duo as he wrote the piece that we ran in issue 4 of JETTISON:
fit into the tightest clothes imaginable. And yet, they are taking their
brand of soul-pop to the big city, New York, New York.
The Big Apple will probably be a good fit for A&R. If nothing else, they're
sure to find some gigs during fashion week. Assuming east coasters accept
A&R's rustic, Midwestern fashion sense.
Though A&R, as a group, spent less than two years in Chicago, Alex and Rocco
still deserve a going away party. Who knows, they might like New York so
much that they will never return. So, for what might be the last A&R show in
the Windy City, the duo is pulling out all the stops.
The going away party will have guest appearances from Jason Gatz, Ronnie
Bass and Boom Juice, and all the free eye candy that comes with an A&R show.
Friday, May 21st at the Double Door is going to be the best, last A&R show
for at least a few months. Especially since it's free.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
JETTs! We are proud to announce the release of our dear friend's J+J+J's album release via USB Memory Device (Thats right straight to the future on that one) tomorrow at the Beat Kitchen. We know its mothers day and we'll be giving our lovely mothers hugs flowers and some of us high fives but wed love to see you all come party it down to the J's music if you can. They have some great company onstage including ;Faggy Pussy, Forest World, and OK Ilkumi. See you there peeps.
Sunday May 9th, 2010
2100 W. Belmont
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Hey Tomorrow People,
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Our friend Ky Dickens is releasing her film in DVD. Join her and us at Lincoln Hall tonight to celebrate!
They have a great line up of entertainment for the party and the film will be available for purchase. Check out the links to see the trailer and learn more about Fish Out of Water. Don't forget to check out our feature on Ky Dickens in the current issue of JETTISON in the piece Prophet Runaway!
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound with Special Guest rapper Rita J
Lady Tajma Hall
DJ Butch Cassidy of Chances Dances
DJ Erik Roldan of Think Pink Radio
And sneak peeks of Fish out of Water!
Fish Out of Water Trailer!
RSVP and info on Facebook here!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Jettison Spring Issue is now online! Check out what we have in store this time around with pieces on Curtis Mann, Joe Meno, Carrie Schneider, Ky Dickens of Fish Out of Water, Hercules and Love Affair, Cody Hudson, and much much more. Happy Jetting everyone and thank you to everyone that came out to celebrate the new issue and party on to some disco last night.
Monday, March 22, 2010
JETTISON is pleased to announce the release of our 2010 Spring Issue. To celebrate we are going DISCO. Disco in 2062 that is.
Be our guest at DISCO 2062 and join us in celebrating a jamming new issue. We got some kick ass pieces coming your way; interviews with Cody Hudson, Curtis Mann, Ky Dickens of Fish Out of Water, Hercules and Love Affair, Carrie Schneider, Joe Meno, and so much more, we even sent our lovely Stan to that Rehab for a month.
Jettison Spring 2010 Issue Release Party
3036 N. Lincoln
8PM - 1AM
Guuurl do we have some treats for you!!
Special Performance by Lady Tajma Hal
All night Long!!!! (that's uncle Richtie's line)
Drinks! On us!!!! .....while the PBR lasts. That's right, free beers this time!
A special presentation of Fish Out of Water and many many many more surprises throughout the night!!!!!
Let the future be now and lets JETT IT ON!
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Friday, March 19, 2010
Hey Everyone, not one but two art happenings tonight include fellow Jettisonians. Pete Skvara joins Co-Prosperity at the second coming of the Get It Together show at the Cultural center. The show features a nice mix of different approaches to collage and assemblage.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Jared Rouben, head brewer at Goose Island brewpubs, and Emiliano Pimentel Morado, Line Cook at L2O, an upscale Lincoln Park eatery from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, became friends as classmates at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in New York City. Bound initially by an appreciation of food, Rouben, a professed "wine and beer lover" ultimately moved in another direction in his restaurant career, which began with "an addiction to home production" - and a lot of training at downtown Chicago's Rock Bottom Brewery.
The former classmates have recently discovered a unique avenue for combining their friendship as well as their respective culinary/brewing skills. Odd Pairs is a distinctive quarterly event hosted by Chicago’s Crop to Cup Coffee Company and Bean and Body, conceived, according to the competition's FaceBook page, "to highlight local businesses in Chicago that are doing original...things." Entrants are encouraged to concoct "strange, yet succulent combinations of local flavors, served up socially. We headline chefs on the edge, pushing the envelope on flavor, talent and skill in tandem with sustainability and green practices guiding their businesses."
Crop to Cup is no stranger to Goose Island Brewpubs. While coffee and beer might seem like strange bedfellows to the casual observer, Rouben is currently working with the eco-conscious java producers on a specialty beer, the "Rind Grind," which blends JuJu espresso and lemon peel into a dark stout. I was able to sample this blend during a recent tour of the Goose Island at North and Clybourn. Though neither a regular beer nor coffee drinker, I found myself overcome with the allure of such a novelty, and drank it down in one gulp.
Rouben and Morado believe that for the next Odd Pairs event, to be held privately on Friday, March 26, 2010 they have come up with a showstopper. As Rouben labels it, the duo's Italian ice creation is "L2O, Goose Island style." While the team, naturally, cannot divulge the exact measurements of the ingredients, they are able to take advantage of L2O's giant distiller to produce a thought-provoking, nonalcoholic treat comprised of the following three elements:
1. Goose Island Granita with shaved black lime, sweet citrus emulsion, and edible flowers from chef's garden
2. Triple Distilled Goose Island "Green Line" Mist
3. Cinnamon and citrus-infused hot wort tea
Having been unavailable at press time for a final taste test, the staff at Jettison Quarterly can neither confirm nor deny the deliciousness of this intriguing new variety of Italian ice. Readers will have to follow our blog [insert link] after March 26 for the results of the Odd Pairs judging.
Although Rouben acknowledges that the quarterly event "is a competition," he goes onto to declare that "for us, it isn't about that." For Rouben and Morado, the opportunity to create something new and share it with the culinary community at large, is simply another worthy celebration of food and friendship.
-By Jettison corespondent Becky Sarwate
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Come visit our booth. We will be here promoting the magazine all day with our zinester friends from Chicago.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Jettison Quarterly sat down with Ron Banks and the Dramatics before their recent show on the eve of Valentines Day at the Star Plaza Theater in Indiana. We were excited about the interview which is set to appear in our upcoming issue. We got some great pictures from photographer David Elliott and had a great conversation with Ron Banks about the Dramatics, which he founded in the '60's in Detroit, and about his current pet projects aside from the band.
We didn't expect the news of his death on March 4th, and were deeply saddened by it. We had just watched him perform a blowout concert only a few weeks prior. He seemed in good health and high spirits. Ron was a great performer and he was very kind and open with us during the interview and after the performance. We are deeply thankful that we got the opportunity to meet and talk with him.
Jettison would like to pass on it's heartfelt condolences to Ron's family, friends, and of course the Dramatics, which seemed to be a little like both. Ron's interview will be appearing in Jettison's Spring 2010 issue. Check it out, put on your favorite Dramatics jam, and see a master at work.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Chicago locals and recent Jettison interviewees are traveling to New York this week as a part of art madness. Curtis Mann was chosen for this years 2010 Whitney Biennial as well as the Armory Show. Carrie Schneider will also be out there as a part of the VOLTA NY fair. Good luck to both and be sure to check out their articles in the upcoming Spring issue releasing mid-March.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
A special shout out to Jettison writer and Copy Editor Becky Sarwate for her recent nomination for the Mate E. Palmer Awards, sponsored by the Illinois Women's Press Association.
Awards will be announced on May 1st. Good luck!