Some UIC Workers Working Without a Contract

By Wen-Yee Lee On campus resistance day, workers held simultaneous nationwide rallies. Workers from University of Illinois Chicago, who picketed outside the hospital, are calling for a new contract. Photo at top: University of Illinois Chicago Hospital is criticized by their workers who are working without a contract. (Wen-Yee Lee/MEDILL)

South Side Washington Park Businesses Boosted

By Wen-Yee Lee When you think about Chicago’s south side, you may think of its high crime rate, but thriving businesses in Washington Park are changing that stereotype. Photo at top: In cooperation with the University of Chicago, Currency Exchange Cafe in Washington Park plans to expand as an art block. (Wen-Yee Lee/MEDILL)

Immigrants Protested Trump’s Executive Orders

By Wen-Yee Lee President Donald Trump signed executive orders to build a wall along the southern border with Mexico and deport illegal immigrants. Chicago’s immigrant communities protested his actions in front of the Chicago Immigration Court Jan. 25. Jude Ssempungu, Board Member at the United African Organization, is speaking for immigrant communities in Chicago. (Wen-Yee … Continue reading Immigrants Protested Trump’s Executive Orders

Genderqueer belly dancer pursues dancing dream after transition

By Siyan (Jen) Huang and Wen-yee Lee Belly dance is usually considered a feminine dance. But now, it’s becoming more common to see men and people from the LGBTQ community performing the Middle Eastern folk dance. Gabriel Vidrine, 36, a genderqueer belly dancer whose stage name is Kamrah, has been dancing since he was 21. The transformation … Continue reading Genderqueer belly dancer pursues dancing dream after transition

Mother daughter puppet team performs as part of international puppet theater festival

By Wen-Yee Lee The International Puppet Theater Festival is welcoming hundreds of puppeteers from January 19-29.  Founder and puppeteer of Jabberwocky Marionettes, a Chicago-based puppet theater, Lolly Extract and her daughter performed their own show at the Chicago Cultural Center. “Jabberwock” was a dragon in the book Alice in Wonderland, from which she named her … Continue reading Mother daughter puppet team performs as part of international puppet theater festival

Mural project in Little Village showcases Chicago’s coming “Year of Public Art”

By Wen-Yee Lee Max Sansing was spray-painting a ragged wall of an underpass between Little Village and North Lawndale — a border that separates Mexican-American and African-American communities. Soon, images unfolded of Mexican culture and experiences in Chicago, West African symbols of strength and unity, and portraits of community residents. As a core artist for … Continue reading Mural project in Little Village showcases Chicago’s coming “Year of Public Art”