Great line-up of vendors announced for the signature spring event More than 80 vendors will be participating in West Chicago's Blooming Fest this year, giving attendees of the downtown garden festival an opportunity to browse vendor booths of a wide variety. The event takes place on Main Street, Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and shoppers will enjoy the selection of plants, garden accessories, yard art, jewelry, clothing, beauty products and more. Plus, organizers are planning space for food vendors, children's activities, live entertainment and exhibits of local art. Start your day at the City tent at Coffee with the Mayor from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. with coffee provided by Kindred Coffee Roasters.Don't miss the West Chicago Garden Club plant sale. Stock up on natives, annuals, perennials, and vegetable seedlings.Stop by Ball Horticultural Company's "Wave Van" to learn about new flowers and vegetables. Ask questions and share stories about your … [Read more...] about Blooming Fest Returns to Downtown West Chicago
A Central American migrant family recently released from federal detention waits to board a bus in McAllen, Texas, on June 12. Photo: LOREN ELLIOTT/AFP/Getty Images The third week in June began with a broad political discussion on whether Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s designation of migrant detention centers as “concentration camps” was the correct nomenclature for holding rooms in which 41 detainees live in a cell built for eight. It ended with heinous reports of the conditions at said camps, where undocumented migrant children are being held away from their families in conditions “worse than jail,” according to physician Dolly Lucio Sevier, who wrote up a medical declaration obtained by ABC News after visiting Border Patrol holding facilities along the border in Texas. Here’s everything we’ve learned about conditions in the detention camps in recent weeks. Sevier, a private-practice physician in the Rio Grande Valley, was granted access to a … [Read more...] about Everything We Know About the Inhumane Conditions at Migrant Detention Camps
BERKELEY (KPIX 5) — Bay Area Community Services (BACS) is the largest housing solutions program in the Bay Area and it’s largely funded by tens of millions of taxpayer dollars. BACS promises 75% success rates to house the homeless. But dozens of people say they’re back out on the street because of BACS. “All I needed was a little help, that’s all,” said Arika Miles. After four years of living on the street, the homeless woman finally felt hopeful when counselors at the STAIR navigation center in Berkeley found her permanent housing. “They were going to pay our rent for six months, which is plenty of time for someone to go back to work get on their feet,” she said. But when she got to the address in Richmond, that hope faded. Her permanent home was a garage. “Every time I had to go to the bathroom or cook breakfast or dinner, I had to go in, unlock the door,” said Miles. She says her rent was $1,500 a month, paid for with … [Read more...] about Dozens Say Taxpayer-Funded Housing Program Put Them Back On The Street
When Diane Arbus told her husband one day in 1955, “I can’t do it anymore. I am not going to do it anymore,” and walked out of their struggling fashion photography partnership, it was one of the most significant acts of renunciation in American photography. By the next year, she was learning about photography as a fine art from the legendary Austrian teacher Lisette Model, and soon after that she was venturing out into a new project, photographing the people she found outside her front door on the streets of New York. Her first roll of film in this endeavor she labeled simply “#1” as if aware that a new life had begun. The photographs that followed are gathered together for the first time in diane arbus: in the beginning, part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s inaugural showcase at their new Brutalist offshoot in midtown Manhattan, the Met Bruer. Here are the famous and familiar, like Child with a toy hand grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C., … [Read more...] about Diane Arbus’s Strange and Surreal Visions of New York
The animal rights organization known as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) was once able to cause a media splash every time they sprayed a fur-donning celebrity with red paint or doused them with flour. They spent years playing brilliantly, literally dirty, and it seemed—for a time—that public figures were backing down on wearing fur. Designers replaced the real thing for faux substitutes and a long list of celebrities joined PETA’s “I’d Rather Go Naked” campaign, promising to never wear clothing made from animals. But their resolute deployment of the moral compass may finally be over. The fashion industry appears no longer afraid—fur has been seen on almost every high-end runway from New York to Paris as designers present their upcoming collections. Everyone from The New York Times to Fashionista is seeing it as next winter’s big trend. Karl Lagerfeld, for instance, who designs for Fendi, Chanel and his eponymous line, … [Read more...] about How Fashion Fell Back in Love With Fur—And Where’s PETA?