Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Redmoon Goes Under

  • Redmoon, an unusual performance company specializing in public theatrical spectacles and a part of Chicago's cultural fabric for 25 years, is going out of business, effective immediately.

    [...] Those risks boiled down to moving into a new warehouse space at 2120 S. Jefferson St., in the Pilsen neighborhood, which required a monthly rent payment in excess of $30,000, and, secondly, ramping up the budget to create the 2014 Great Chicago Fire Festival, a wildly ambitious combination of neighborhood outreach and a spectacle on the banks of the Chicago River that attracted tens of thousands, among them the state's and city's highest-ranking politicians.

    That latter choice resulted in a high-profile downtown performance that was widely criticized for its lack of impressive flames. A 2015 edition of the Fire Festival featured a roaring blaze, but the damage in perception was done, and city officials backed away from the future of the event. This year's festival in September, relocated to Northerly Island, also faced some heat from the Burnham Park Yacht Club for raining embers and ash onto the club.
That Rahm has quite the anti-Midas touch what with executives going to jail or getting fired and his handpicked artsy crowd going bankrupt after first failing to start a fire and later, burning the Chicago Yacht Club to the tune of $80,000. Good riddance.



Anonymous BIG Spender said...

Rent at $30,000 a month????

That's over a third of a million $$ a year - just for rent.

That sounds like huge money?? But then, what do I know, I would NOT be doing anything in Chicago.

Plus burning up the river isn't what I would call "art". I guess I would not be a big "Patron" of that pseudo-art form.

12/22/2015 12:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can only lament the decrease in Chicago cultural events. Will the City be reduced to a reenactment of a local version of shootout on 84th street?

12/22/2015 12:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Taypayer (in the suburbs) said...

Didn't Rahm resign yet?

We're waiting................

12/22/2015 12:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Say it ain't so!! The highlight of the whole year has always been taking the kids to watch the burning. It is a Chicago tradition.

12/22/2015 12:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Redloon is no more.

12/22/2015 01:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buh bye! Please let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!

Too bad it took all these years to die, but you know hydras....

12/22/2015 01:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's no defending that second performance/mistake with the falling ash and embers but the first failure was due to surprisingly bad planning and inferior materials. If the original Chicago Fire Festival had gone as planned, NOBODY would complain or even notice the money the city spent. Tons of spectators and lots of media outlets would report on it. Thousands of dollars would have hit the hotles,restaurants,taxi cabs, etc... Chicago's theatre reputation would have grown even more and the 2016 Fire Fest would have attracted additional money and recognition from the art world.

Redmoon Theatre WAS a shining example of small theatre-made-good and earned a name for themselves from the early 2000's to 2014.

Now ... you spell REDMOON as S-H-I-T.

I can't explain their bad decisions except to say that Chief McCompstat must have been directing the whole production? With Rahm as Executive Producer of course

12/22/2015 02:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where them flaming clowns on fifty foot stilts at?

They'll make everything better.


12/22/2015 02:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good riddance to Bad Rubbish...Rahm sure knows how to pick 'em....the Fire Festival was the DORKIEST idea EVER to come out of city hall. He was begged not to approve it in 2014 & 2015 by the Citizenry. This guy is a real Goof-Ball...he's about one of only a few folks who think he's a smart fellow. His decisions are pretty dumb and pretty stupid. And he should STOP talking about Chicago Values....he has no idea what they are!!!! Sounds more like a man of the cloth than a big city mayor. He sounds just like a Preacher to deaf ears.

12/22/2015 02:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumor has it they tried an insurance arson job, but messed that up too.

12/22/2015 02:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This year's [Fire] festival... also faced some heat"

I get it!

12/22/2015 06:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a waste of tax money that could have gone into the pension systems! Stupid Mayor Rahm! No wonder everybody hates him now! He is a true dunce!

12/22/2015 07:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody know who owned that company?

12/22/2015 07:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pilsen, eh? Alderman Solis involved?

12/22/2015 07:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


12/22/2015 08:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who was really behind a company that existed to put on performances seldom, yet could manage a $30,000 a month rent. That whole business model raises questions. "G"

12/22/2015 08:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, what does 9.5 do for an encore now?

How big of a disaster will Chi-Town rising be?

Warm New Years Eve!

Shutting the Red Line down for maintenance is the only hope of averting disaster! Do it Rahm!

12/22/2015 08:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you think is going to happen on New Years Eve downtown?
Boys and Girls just Google the civil protests planned for that night.

The rank and file of the Department will be out holding the line while our hated leader will be just coming back from the beautiful weather of Cuba. (I know since I was stationed at Gitmo.)

The facts are simple. The city is in turmoil and our mayor who is responsible for this mess leaves on vacation. You Sheep out there see where this is going yet. You should read the memos the City puts out regarding city property, especially the protection of City buildings. We must defend the city property but not the rest of the regular citizens property. The building owners will love this.
Any of you Bosses out there reading this memo know when the city is being managed from City Hall this will end in another Disaster.

Stay Fetal folks.

12/22/2015 08:33:00 AM  
Anonymous The Neanderthal said...

I guess linking hands, surrounding the building in a Circle Of Cosmic Force and going "HUMMMMMMMMM" didn't work out.

These people pushed something called a "Group Ritual Imagining Tool" to something like 50,000 Chicago kids in programs in city parks, etc., last summer -- maybe someday we'll find out who first put this stuff on paper.

Drums? Face paint? Drafts of ayahuasca so that one may commune with the Great Anteater and receive its timeless wisdom?

It's too weird.


12/22/2015 08:49:00 AM  
Anonymous The Neanderthal said...

"...a wildly ambitious combination of neighborhood outreach and a spectacle on the banks of the Chicago River..."

Aside from its being an undignified affront to the memory of our dead in a terrible disaster, it was never anything more than froth whipped up for the purpose of obtaining various "grants" and "contributions," with a good dose of "New Age" pseudo-mysticism stirred in.

Oop! 9 o'clock. Gotta get to my "personal trainer" for "aromatherapy," and I think I need some new "power crystals," too. See ya.

12/22/2015 09:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The media again missing a blatant funnel that is used for pay offs!

If anyone actually believes these clowns were artist think again.

Anyone know of any art sponsored by these fire-starters?

Trust me they will be back with another name to take tax payer money for pay out to various Alderman!

12/22/2015 09:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


BUT important.
Moody's has just dropped bond status of CPS below junk bond level.
This comes just in time for teachers strike.
And only after Claypool brings in new Finance officer, who worked for Claypool at CTA. This new Finance officer also gets waiver to live outside of the city.

This is getting good. You have to find the right candidate for the job with the right background. I understand that, but you get a guy who gets the Bond level lowered and he has no responsibility as a resident in the city.

Are the sheep reading any of this?

The Mayor just keeps going down the same road picking up all these high ranking staff members only to find that they are not that great of a pick. Who gives him these recommendations on these picks. Does he just read the Resume?

1st CPS president resigns after or during strikes
2nd CPS president indicted taking bribes
City Financial guy indicted back in Ohio and flees the USA to evade arrest.
CPD superintendent hand picked by mayor, even with charges pending against him in New Jersey. Well his crime numbers are down here for four years in a row.
Then asked to resign, refuses continues to appear at 35 street. All over video

The sheep voted this mayors ass in, you get what you wanted a city about to fall down.
Wait till you start seeing the civil rights law suits coming in on past arrests.

Feds are now calling for reports on all officer involved shootings in PAST 7 years.

They want crucifixions.... As the Mayor goes off to CUBA to warm up.


Bet you he asks to be ambassador to Cuba next

12/22/2015 10:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm's Accretive Health, Inc. connection is quite impressive too.

From over $20/sh to $3.00/sh in under five years https://finance.yahoo.com/echarts?s=ACHI+Interactive#{%22range%22:%225y%22,%22allowChartStacking%22:true}

May - 2012

"Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson to back off of Accretive Health Inc. until she’s met company executives to discuss her concerns about its collection practices..."


Google: "Rahm Accretive Health" for more

Mr transparency is unavailable for comment.

12/22/2015 11:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These people entertained one percenters at private parties, basically. They thought the fire thong would gobe them publicity. They thought they would be circ du soliel. They were untalented shit.

12/22/2015 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vanecko Pyrotechnic Effects,This is what it really is.

12/22/2015 11:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What kind of goofs have a Festival to commerate people dying and a good portion of a city being destroyed? What next, Hiroshima and Nagasaki shin-digs? Totally clueless, and with our tax dollars to boot. Liberalism really is an illness. Tar and feathering time isn't too far off.

12/22/2015 03:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The company used to produce some really cute childrens' plays/puppet shows. We always way overpaid to see them. They also used to make interesting adult entertainment (The Cabinet and Moby Dick come to mind.) At some point, Redmoon became yet another craptastic dj event type production company (Skelebration comes to mind). Then they completely went off the rails...why would any sane person want to celebrate the deaths of people in a fire?! Totally satanic. Good riddence.

12/22/2015 06:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being part of "cultural fabric of Chicago" make'um Redmoon shady as white man Daley.
Shame outfit collecting 25yrs of Govmint Grants for theatrics...wow,
they must of had HilLIARy's accountant and what doozy of a fail too, totally deplete a never ending cash cow.
And then they intend to stiff their creditors.
Oh those Democrats, they get away with schlonging the taxpayer again.

12/22/2015 06:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The highlight of the whole year has always been taking the kids to watch the burning. It is a Chicago tradition."

12/22/2015 12:51:00 AM

"Always," nothing. Two screwed-up attempts over the space of little more than a year do not a "tradition" make.

Never heard of this bunch before Rahm -- and, with any luck, we'll never hear from them again.

12/22/2015 08:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm has the anti-Midas touch?


What kind of a man actually revels in the fact that
everything he touches spontaneously and explosively combusts
into a pile of shit, then he has the temerity to announce
that the explosion you just heard and the stink you smell
is actually PROGRESS!

This city is boned beyond hope and help...

12/22/2015 08:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eve with all the money Rahm foolishly threw at them... twice... they still went under.

12/22/2015 09:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a remake of the Eastland disaster, featuring the entire city council on board for the sinking 😈

12/22/2015 09:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

US Attorney: are you paying attention to Redmoon? Lets follow the money. Who owns the building the $30k a month is being paid to? Oh, its in a trust. Who are the beneficiaries the taxpayer money is being paid to? Who is the connection in City Hall who is appropriating the money to them and who in City Hall is accepting the money back from them? This whole deal smells like crap and I would like to see the BGA look at the principles involved, both with Redmoon and at the Hall.

12/22/2015 09:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jajaja , no qualified citizens in the city of chiraq
Really with all the honor roll students

12/22/2015 10:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think when officer Van Dyke is acquitted of 1st degree murder charges, you'll see all the burning Chicago you can handle.

12/22/2015 11:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to own that property. Charge 30k a month for a warehouse across from an abandoned factory and vacant lots in Pilsen? I'm in. Where do I sign up?

12/23/2015 02:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

US Attorney: are you paying attention to Redmoon? Lets follow the money. Who owns the building the $30k a month is being paid to? Oh, its in a trust. Who are the beneficiaries the taxpayer money is being paid to? Who is the connection in City Hall who is appropriating the money to them and who in City Hall is accepting the money back from them? This whole deal smells like crap and I would like to see the BGA look at the principles involved, both with Redmoon and at the Hall.

12/22/2015 09:53:00 PM
The feds need to put 1,000 FBI agents here, maybe when Trump takes office he can do the right thing. Round them up like cattle call, tommy dart has lots of room at county he is letting felons free to cause more mayhem on innocent citizens right tommy boy?

12/23/2015 12:46:00 PM  

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