Those who follow public arts policy and alarming developments such as the promoter's ordinance should check out the cover feature in this week's Time Out Chicago: "Who Is Chicago's Culture Candidate?" The mag polled a dozen declared candidates for mayor in the February race about their stance on various cultural issues -- from liquor licenses and food trucks to privatizing festivals and Lollapalooza -- and reported some interesting and occasionally wacky responses.
The most entertaining come from conservative editor R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., who "does not much care for pop culture" and insults Lollapalooza and everyone who attends: "I think that Lollapalooza is composed for the most part of mental defectives and cannot possibly believe that it would be a threat to any local band that was not itself composed of mental defectives." Perry Farrell should book this man as MC at once.
An encouraging sign: Only one candidate, current city clerk Miguel del Valle, readily voiced conditional support for the now-tabled promoter's ordinance (a proposal to force music event organizers and venue owners to buy licenses and insurance for their shows). Seven are against it, and Rahm Emanuel gave this evasive but somewhat positive answer: "There is a balance to be struck -- we should go after illegitimate underground promoters operating in Chicago, but we should not regulate to the point of choking off our vibrant small music venues."