Monday, March 22, 2010

50A/50A Event 3/27 at Johalla Projects

Go to Johalla Projects, 1561 N. Milwaukee, between noon-5 PM to see the 50 Aldermen/50 Artists portrait show. Artist Layne Jackson will be painting new Ward One alderman-to-be Joe Moreno's portrait LIVE from 2-5 PM — as in, the alderman-to-be will be there, posing. And there will be aldermovies!

At 2 PM
Media Burn will host a free screening of their documentary on former 25th Ward Alderman Vito Marzullo. The details:

by Tom Weinberg, 1978, 60 min.

Nobody exemplified the old-style machine politics of the Richard J. Daley era better than Alderman Vito Marzullo, who ruled the West Side 25th Ward virtually unchallenged from 1953 to 1985. This documentary classic reveals how the business of Chicago politics was conducted in that era, with an inside view of the legendary alderman fielding requests for jobs and street cleaning in his ward office, doing tit-for-tat deals with his fellow aldermen on the floor of the City Council, and revealing his personal life in his modest home with his wife of 65 years, Letizia.

Producer Tom Weinberg will be present to talk about what went on behind the scenes of the 25th ward and the making of this remarkable video portrait. The screening is presented by the Media Burn Independent Video Archive (, repository of 40 years of Chicago history as captured by videomakers working outside corporate contexts.