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  • Tour Media Burn on Friday, October 13

    Tour Media Burn on Friday, October 13

      Go behind the scenes at Media Burn on Friday, October 13th as part of Chicago Open Archives Do you enjoy going behind-the-scenes to places the public is not normally allowed? Do you ever wonder what on earth we do all day at Media Burn? Now’s your chance to find out! Over thirty local archives, research centers, and cultural institutions in the Chicago area will offer special events open to members of the public in October 2017.This year’s Chicago Open … Continue reading

  • Media Burn + Yollocalli videos, plus join us Thursday

    Media Burn + Yollocalli videos, plus join us Thursday

    For the last year, Media Burn has been collaborating with Yollocalli Arts Reach, a youth arts program of the National Museum of Mexican Art, located in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. The “Chicago Slices” project has enabled youth artists to use our videos to create new works of multimedia art. It’s been a fantastic process that has really expanded the use and reach of our videos into new territories. Check out this fun video that Yollo created introducing the … Continue reading

 

New Videos

  • The Palace Grill: A “High Class Greasy Spoon”

    The Palace Grill: A “High Class Greasy Spoon”

      Constantine “Gus” Alpogianis recently passed away at 84, leaving an indelible mark on the Chicago restaurant landscape. In honor of “Gus,” we take a look back at his debut restaurant, the iconic Palace Grill. Gus became a co-owner of the Palace Grill that sits on West Madison Street in 1955. His cousin, George Lemperis, and other family members purchased the Palace Grill in 1979, and Lemperis operates the restaurant to this day.  This video was shot by Skip Blumberg, and aired on Chicago Slices in … Continue reading

  • Time Out at Sox

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  • [Bob Dove animated graphics reel]

    Four animated graphics produced by Bob Dove: Auction ’80, Ask Before You Vote, Auction ’81, and Look to 11. Continue reading

  • The Whole World is Watching

    Announcing our new weekly video series, The Whole World is Watching Media Burn is expanding on our successful online video productions by creating a new weekly mini-documentary series The Whole World Is Watching. We will harness the power of historical videos to illuminate contemporary culture and politics. It will be free to worldwide audiences, as always. THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING The stories we tell about the world and our country’s past matter. Facts matter. History is being rewritten at … Continue reading

  • Remembering Comedian and Activist Dick Gregory (1932-2017)

    Remembering Comedian and Activist Dick Gregory (1932-2017)

    Dick Gregory died this past Sunday at the age of 84. In 1961, he became the first black comedian in the United States to achieve crossover success with white audiences. After three years as the emcee at the black-owned Roberts Show Club in Chicago, Hugh Hefner hired Gregory as a last-minute sub at the Playboy Club, propelling him into the national spotlight. From the start of his career, Dick Gregory was active in the civil rights movement. He used his … Continue reading

  • Ben Loves Chicago 9810

    0:00 Color bars. Episode information screen.  1:04 Ben Loves Chicago opening sequence.  1:45 Ben visits a bodybuilding competition. He talks to the a judge about what they are looking for. He talks to some of the body builders about their processes and feelings.  5:59 Ben visits a Blackhawk hockey game. He talks with some attendees about why they like hockey, and he talks to some people who work in the arena. 11:14 Cut to black. 12:14 Ben visits the Footsteps … Continue reading

  • Ben Loves Chicago 9808

    0:00 Color bars. Episode information screen.  1:03 Ben Loves Chicago opening sequence.  1:40 Ben visits a boxing gym. He talks with some trainers and boxers. Ben gets in the ring. They talk about some of the famous boxers that trained there.  6:01 Ben does an Instant Talk Show segment at a high school football game. He talks to parents and students about the game. He asks them about their interests, and what they think about school.  9:48 Cut to black. … Continue reading

  • Ben Loves Chicago 9806

    0:00 Episode information screen.  0:30 Ben Loves Chicago opening sequence.  1:30 Ben visits a cooking school in the River North marathon. He talks to the manager, some of the chefs, and some of the students. He tastes some of their food.  5:50 Ben visits a hospital to talk to a comedian that’s part of a program called Humor Heals. They visit different hospitals and perform stand-up for the patients. He talks to the founder of the program, and a few … Continue reading