A new festival honoring one of Chicago's legends continues through May 11 at the Logan Center for the Arts.
The Studs Terkel Festival "Let's Get Working" is a free event filled with a variety of activities, performances, discussions and more which pays tribute to the late noted Windy City author, broadcaster, actor and historian.
"This is the first festival (honoring Studs) and we're happy to present it," said Paul Durica, festival program coordinator. He said the event was conceived to pay tribute and "to remember Studs, his life and work and people who are doing that type of work."
Among festival highlights this weekend are videos of Terkel, listening stations where people can hear the author's broadcasts, screenings of his TV work and various documentary films and assorted other programs.
Durica said noted experts on Terkel and those he knew and worked with will also make appearances at the event.
Participants and performance groups featured at the event "will bridge generations," he said. For example, programs geared to teens and younger will also be in the mix.
On May 10, the Young Stracke All-Stars, young musicians ages 9 to 13, will perform from 9 to 10 a.m.
"We're trying to engage many communities and ages," Durica said. The program coordinator said through the festival they'd like to expose Terkel's legacy to the younger generation as well inspire them to perhaps pick up some of Terkel's writings or encourage them to listen to his broadcasts.
"And this is all free and open to everyone," he said.
The festival offers a unique opportunity over three-days to study and enjoy Terkel's views on everything from the common man, politics, working, race and living in the city.
Durica said Studs was widely recognized as the "voice of Chicago."
Various programs on the schedule include the panel discussion "Making Radio with Studs" & the Studs Terkel Radio Archive, featuring six of his WFMT colleagues; a cinematic shadow puppetry performance of audio stories from Manual Cinema and a talk about Terkel as storyteller by Alex Kotlowitz and Dave Isay. To find out more details about the schedule, visit studs.uchicago.edu.
FYI: Studs Terkel Festival "Let's Get Working" runs through May 11 at The University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago. Admission is free.