Nadig Press - Wednesday July 18, 2001
Charybdis receives more desist ordersBy Brian Nadig
City Department of Revenue inspectors reportedly issued three new cease and desist orders Saturday, July 14, against Charybdis Multi-Arts Complex, 4423 N. Milwaukee Ave.
A revenue department representative acknowledged that cease and desist orders were issued during a July 14 art gallery opening at Charybdis, but additional information was unavailable by press time. In May, city inspectors raided Charybdis twice and cited the studio’s owner, Gregor Mortis Tatro, for several violations, including operating his business without a public place of amusement license and allowing the consumption of liquor on the premises.
Tatro is seeking a zoning change so he can apply for a public place of amusement license, which is required for the performance art functions featured at the facility.
According to Charybdis’ Web site, one of the new cease and desist orders prohibits the studio from holding any performances within the city limits of Chicago, forcing the cancellation of an offsite fund raiser for Charybdis which had been slated for Sunday, July 15.
The other two cease and desist orders prohibit Charybdis from holding an auction at the studio’s location and at any location in the city, which “thwarted our plans to hold a silent auction to help raise funds,” according to the web site.
Despite the visit from revenue agents, the gallery showing, which featured visual art, continued because Charybdis holds a general business license for the retail sale of art, according to the Web site.