At Mild Sauce, we strive to represent the city’s intersection of news and music happening in Chicago. To do that, we try to round out what’s hit the world since our last catch up and this time around we have a pair of old friends sharing big news, some somber updates from rapper Lil Mouse and more. Tune in to Mild Sauce Radio every night at 8 PM CST for the latest music and every Sunday at 8 PM CST for a run down of the week’s news and releases. For now, check out today’s stories, below.
Obama Foundation Preps for First Global Summit
Our current president won’t come back to Chicago, but that just fine with us as Chicago’s hometown hero, former President Barack Obama, returns to the city to host the innaugural Obama Foundation Global Summit at the newly-unveiled Wintrust Arena in the South Loop.
The events Tuesday and Wednesday bring together 500 thought leaders from across the country to discuss a series of issues with the underlying theme of “active citizenship” as a prevailing sentiment. The summit was “designed for people deemed by the foundation to be rising or established leaders. They are from 60 nations and 27 states, with 102 participants from Chicago.” The foundation received roughly 20,000 applications to attend.
“We need you to move the world forward,” Obama said in a welcome statement to the summiteers. “I want this next chapter to be even more impactful than the last — and the next two days are just the beginning.”
The event features musical guests curated by Chance The Rapper how joins the likes of former first lady Michelle; Prince Harry, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Common and Rashida Jones.
Chance The Rapper to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ Nov. 18
Just how much bigger can Chance The Rapper’s star get? We’ll continue to find out this month as it was announced this week that the Chicago MC will graduate to hosting duties at Saturday Night Live for the November 18 show. A sensical choice after two memorable appearances on the late-night skit ensemble that also announced Eminem as the musical guest for the evening.
The announcement comes just over a year after his first appearance and continues a great relationship for the artist. The acting nod also comes at an appropriate time as well as fellow Chicagoan Austin Vesely gave viewers a peek into the movie starring the rapper due out next year. More on that below, but it’s going to be great to see Chano taking on the other side of things this time around.
Austin Vesely Teases Upcoming ‘Slice’ Movie
As we teased above, Chicago director Austin Vesely gave fans a peek into his upcoming movie, Slice, with a doodle-bike-inspired visual that literally offers just slices of the film starring Chance The Rapper.
Working with A24 Films (Moonlight, American Honey), Vesely is set to make a splash with his proper film debut after mastering the art of music videos alongside acts like Chance, Vic Mensa, Kehlani and more.
While details on the film have been a bit few and far between since announcing a couple years ago, it represents a new horizon for the burgeoning renaissance as one of the city’s pre-eminent visual forces takes his talents to the big screen. He’ll have some good people around him the entire way as well, backed by a pair of 2016 breakouts in Chance and A24, the production studio behind last year’s Academy Award-winning ‘Moonlight’. Check the trailer out below.
— A24 (@A24) October 31, 2017
Rapper Lil Mouse Shot
In Chicago, music and real life are often realized simultaneously and the latest to realize the reality of the city was rapper Lil Mouse, who was allegedly struck in the leg on the south side October 29.
According to FakeShoreDrive, who got word from Mouse’s publicist, it sounds as though he is ok and will make a full recovery. The shooting is just the latest in a steady line of local artists being hit by the gunfire that plagues the city with regularity.