Before I get into blatantly teasing you, let me thank all of our listening and web audience who managed to squeeze in to one of our capacity crowd events last season. Whether you came out to the Goose Island Brewery Dock for Chicago Chef Battle 2010, the hysterical Alternative History of Chicago Theater (Abridged), or the thought provoking Mutants, Androids, and Cyborgs discussion at Northwestern University, your presence is what makes all the planning worthwhile. And, if you hadn't shown up, Breeze and I would be working at a local Kinko's producing copies. So, thanks.
Also, I'd like to welcome to our little team Jessica McCloud, the new Assistant Events Coordinator. You'll see her at Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! as well as the Off-Air events and at our three WBEZ Community Bureaus this year. She rocks!
As always, with Off-Air there's something for everyone (except for, perhaps, fans of NASCAR, Burning Man or Rick Perry) - the return of the Chicago Chef Battle 2011 (tickets are going FAST for this one so step it up!), The Fourth Annual Winter Block Par