WBEZ | Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum http://www.wbez.org/tags/peggy-notebaert-nature-museum Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en EcoMyths: Will Climate Change Destroy Groundhog Day as We Know It? http://www.wbez.org/series/ecomyths/ecomyths-will-climate-change-destroy-groundhog-day-we-know-it-111596 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/EcoMyths-Marmots.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Every February, Bill Murray&#39;s timeless classic reminds us, our lives go into a surreal tailspin as we agonize over whether the iconic groundhog will or will not see his shadow. Well, maybe your Groundhog Day isn&#39;t quite as angsty as that, but imagine the dither ol&#39; Bill would be if warming temps due to climate change roused the furry hero ahead of schedule. So, you can imagine my concern when I learned from two highly esteemed wildlife biologists that [spoiler alert!] climate change is indeed already making its mark on marmot hibernation. (FYI, a groundhog is technically a marmot &ndash; more on that below.)</p><p>To learn more, we invited to the EcoMyths Worldview segment Steven Sullivan, senior curator of urban ecology at the <a href="http://www.naturemuseum.org/about-us/senior-staff">Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum</a> and intrepid leader of <a>Project Squirrel</a>, as well as <a href="https://www.eeb.ucla.edu/Faculty/Blumstein/">Daniel Blumstein</a>, professor and chair at UCLA and chief marmot fan at the <a href="https://www.eeb.ucla.edu/Faculty/Blumstein/MarmotsOfRMBL/">Rocky Mountain Biological Lab Marmot Project</a>.</p><p><strong><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/181817143&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe>Hibernating Marmots 101</strong></p><p>Globally, there are 15 species of marmots&mdash;a genus of large rodents in the squirrel family. In North America, there are six species, but the two with the largest ranges are the groundhog (aka woodchuck), a lowland species which is prevalent across the country (and the only species that lives East of the Mississippi River), and the yellow-bellied marmot, which lives in the mountain west. Generally speaking, marmots live in burrows, hibernate in winter, and are highly social and communicative.</p><p>This whole hibernation thing is pretty impressive when you really think about it. Sullivan says groundhogs can be completely hidden from the world for eight solid months, which requires some amazing physiological adaptations and is essential to their survival during the winter months of food scarcity. During hibernation, their body temperature drops to almost freezing, heart rate falls from 70-80 to four beats per minute, and it will take only one breath every five minutes. If you dig up a hibernating groundhog it will &quot;feel, look, and sound like an ice cube.&quot;</p><p>And Blumstein points out that yellow-bellied marmots are one of the most efficient hibernators known &ndash; they&#39;re about the size of a cat &ndash; five to six kilograms before torpor &ndash; and burn about a gram of fat a day in deep torpor.</p><p>By studying this we can advance other science, such as medically induced comas, and -- even thinking of Orion spacecraft and Mars, e.g. how to shut humans down during space travel so that when they wake up upon reaching some far distant planet they can be functional and healthy.</p><p>The thing is, hibernation is dependent on a set of complex and not fully understood factors. Will climate change muck it all up?</p><p><strong>Climate Change Matters</strong></p><p>Conditions associated with climate change in different regions, particularly drought in the Western mountain regions and warmer/shorter winters in the Midwest, are predicted to threaten marmot survival by impacting hibernation and reproduction trends. The two most prominent and resilient species of marmots in North America&mdash;groundhogs and yellow-bellied marmots&mdash;can serve as a sentinel species in understanding the potential impact of climate change.</p><p>Marmots in subalpine Colorado are already experiencing an earlier wake-up call, explains Blumstein. Here, the snow has been melting on average about a day earlier each year over the last 30-40 years, so now, marmots are coming out of hibernation a month earlier than they used to.</p><p>As we see late snowfall and meltout, marmots have to survive longer with their fat reserves, because they are emerging earlier/before food is available and melting snowpack makes it easier for predators to find them. Meanwhile, heat and drought are drying out summer vegetation. In one year, the warmer weather and longer foraging time meant for an explosion in population, but the next year, the population crashed.</p><p>Around Chicagoland, groundhogs aren&#39;t yet feeling the heat, says Sullivan. But it&#39;s important to monitor this because the earlier they wake up and the longer the growing season, the more they reproduce and survive hibernation. As global warming spurs earlier emergence and longer growing seasons, those survival rates could skyrocket&mdash;and in turn mean there&#39;s not enough food to fill all those empty marmot bellies the next year.</p><p><strong>To sum it all up, </strong>Climate change may actually bring temporary benefits to resilient, broad-ranging species like groundhogs and yellow-bellied marmots&mdash;but any benefits would be soon offset by drought, shifts in food supply, and habitat loss.</p><p><strong>One Green Thing:</strong> Help marmots (and the rest of us, for that matter) by curbing climate change. One great way to that is to carpool or bike your commute at least twice a week.</p><p>For more on this, please read the myth at <a href="http://www.ecomythsalliance.org/2015/01/global-warming-myth-it-dont-mean-a-thing-to-the-marmot-mating-game/">EcoMyths Alliance</a>.</p></p> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/ecomyths/ecomyths-will-climate-change-destroy-groundhog-day-we-know-it-111596 Sniffing for Chicago’s wild onion http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/sniffing-chicago%E2%80%99s-wild-onion-108281 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/topper.jpg" title="Chicago is named after a wild and smelly onion, of which could be any of these varieties: From left, nodding onion, wild leek/ramp and field garlic. They all still grow in the region in prairie land or forested preserves. " /></div><p>What&rsquo;s wild, smelly and leaves a bad taste in your mouth? Chicago.</p><p>Now, before you go grabbing for the pitchforks and torches, know that it&rsquo;s a joke &hellip; about wild onions, that is.</p><p>Yes, Chicago is named after a wild, smelly onion, one that &mdash; more than three centuries ago &mdash; grew in abundance at the mouth of the Chicago River. There were so many that when the first French settlers asked the local Indians what the area was called, they said, &ldquo;Chicagoua,&rdquo; a word for the wild bulb plant, according to Bruce Kraig, president of the Culinary Historians of Chicago.</p><p>Now, cement sidewalks and paved roads cover up the marshlands that once served as home to these onions.</p><p>Like many area residents, Doug Morris of Hinsdale had heard this story before. What he didn&rsquo;t know, though, was whether this was actual history, and he certainly didn&rsquo;t have any idea of what happened since then. So he asked Curious City: &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>Does the wild onion for which Chicago got its name still grow in the region? And does it smell bad?</em></p><p>We decided that the only way to get to the bottom of this story was to actually find the wild onion for which Chicago is named. Speculation and hearsay were unacceptable. We needed to see the bulb with our own eyes.</p><p><strong>The search</strong></p><p>Morris, his daughter Libby and I met Doug Taron, curator of biology at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, at the Somme Prairie Nature Preserve in the center of Northbrook to look for wild onions.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/onion1.jpg" style="float: right;" title="Libby Morris, front, and her dad Doug Morris follow a trail through the Somme Prairie Nature Preserve in search of wild onions. Doug Morris sparked Curious City’s investigation by asking the question: Does the wild onion for which Chicago was named still grow in the region? (WBEZ/Chelsi Moy) " /></p><p>The thing we knew beforehand (and you should know now) is that onion are part of the allium family. There are many types of alliums, but through a process of elimination, historians and scientists can point to three kinds that grow in the region and which Chicago might be named. Narrowing it down further, however, poses a challenge. &nbsp;</p><p>The three kinds of onions in question include the nodding onion, the wild garlic and the wild leek. The latter is often referred to as the ramp. While it&rsquo;s debatable which onion is named after Chicago, many sources I spoke with for this story say it&rsquo;s the ramp.</p><p>During our excursion in the forest preserve, we were lucky enough to find all three species. The nodding onion was in bloom with it&rsquo;s pinkish-purple flowers beginning to open. The field garlic blooms in the spring and forms tiny bulblets on the tip of the blooming stalk.</p><p>The wild leek is also harvested in the spring.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/onion2.jpg" style="float: left;" title="Doug Taron with the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum leads a hunt for wild onions through a forest preserve in Northbrook. Chicago is named after a wild onion. Although, no one can say for sure which species of onion it is. (WBEZ/Chelsi Moy) " />On our recent outing, we found the wild leek in a shaded area surrounded by other dense vegetation. At the tip of the plant were starburst-shaped white flowers. These days, ramps are found in wooded areas and are one of the first &ldquo;greens&rdquo; to arrive come spring. It has wide green leaves and a garlic smell.</p><p><strong>The smell factor</strong></p><p>About that aroma. Is it fair to call the ramp stinky? Well, that&rsquo;s debatable.</p><p>&ldquo;It smells like green garlic,&rdquo; Kraig said. &ldquo;It smells pleasantly oniony or garlicky, but it&rsquo;s not overpowering. It smells like a green garlic field.&rdquo;</p><p>Despite the smell, ramps are a delicacy in many restaurants in and around Chicago. In fact, over the past five years the local green has become a culinary trend. Chefs such as John DuBois at Green Zebra &mdash; a contemporary vegetarian restaurant &mdash; look forward to their arrival each spring. It&rsquo;s one of the first &ldquo;greens&rdquo; that become available for harvest following the cold winter, he said. He describes it as having a part-garlic, part-oniony taste.</p><p>One way DuBois likes to use ramps is in making pesto. However, the chef and scientists I talked with say that ramps are tasty simply grilled on the BBQ.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Wild%20Onion02%20.jpg" title="(WBEZ/Chelsi Moy)" /></p><p><strong>Where can you find ramps?</strong></p><p>Green Zebra turns to urban forager Dave Odd, who says he harvests ramps sustainably from a private lot about 60 miles outside of Chicago.</p><p>It&rsquo;s important to note that while the forest preserves in Chicagoland are good places to locate ramps, you&rsquo;re not allowed to pick them &mdash; just as you&rsquo;re not allowed to pick anything there, in fact.</p><p>In the spring you can find ramps at some artisan or high-end grocery stores such as Whole Foods. Otherwise, Odd recommends you ask private property owners with land adjacent to forest preserves for permission to harvest. He says as far as harvesting goes, private property seems to be the only way to pick wild ramps consistently in the region.</p><p>However, Bill Burger, a curator emeritus of botany at the Field Museum, offers another suggestion: Don&rsquo;t pick at all.</p><p>&ldquo;The last thing we need to do is ask a couple million people to go out in the woods and add to their culinary delight,&rdquo; he said. &nbsp;&ldquo;Obviously if you pull them up to make a salad out of them then there won&#39;t be any flowers or fruits later on and that&#39;s a good way to send things bye-bye.&rdquo;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Wild%20Onion%20Recipes.jpg" title="" /></div><p><em>Chelsi Moy is a WBEZ intern for Curious City. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/chelsimoy">@chelsimoy</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 19:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/sniffing-chicago%E2%80%99s-wild-onion-108281 Gallery Walk: Artist Andrew Young http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/gallery-walk-artist-andrew-young-107208 <p><p>Chicago artist <strong>Andrew Young</strong> leads a gallery walk through his exhibition, <em>Of Light Air: Mixed Media Works by Andrew Young</em>, to speak about his artistic concepts and techniques, background in biology, and continued interest in paleontology and human interactions with the environment. Andrew received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute in 1989 and has since been working as an artist, author, and lecturer, including collaborations in both the arts and sciences.</p><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/PeggyNotebaert-webstory_0.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />Recorded live Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the&nbsp;Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.</p></p> Sat, 11 May 2013 11:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/gallery-walk-artist-andrew-young-107208 Eat it: The Nature Museum serves up food for thought http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-03/eat-it-nature-museum-serves-food-thought-106246 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/IMG_0759.jpeg" style="height: 407px; width: 610px;" title="Food truck? (Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum)" /></p><p>The first thing you see upon entering the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum&rsquo;s new exhibit on food is a 19<sup>th</sup> century hand plow, its modesty a bit disarming as the climax of a walk-up whose walls are splashed with projections of grain nodding majestically in the wind. But that simple tool, which seems downright primitive in a time of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/gmo">genetically modified organisms</a> and <a href="http://www.epa.gov/region07/water/cafo/">concentrated animal feedlots</a>, was revolutionary.</p><p>Steve Sullivan, the Nature Museum&rsquo;s senior curator of urban ecology, said the diverse suite of native species that scientists now see as a hallmark of ecological resilience looked more like a mess to the area&rsquo;s white settlers.</p><p>&ldquo;Illinois was bulletproof,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It was an intact ecosystem.&rdquo; Settlers didn&rsquo;t know how rich the soil was, in other words, because they couldn&rsquo;t access it. Once John Deere helped them turn the soil, they changed the landscape rapidly. Less than one one-hundredth of one percent of Illinois&rsquo; prairie remains today.</p><p>But the bucolic family farm phase that most people picture when they think of homesteaders on the prairie didn&rsquo;t last long, said exhibit curator Alvaro Ramos. For industrial capitalists, efficiency is the mother of invention &mdash; concentrated, mechanized farms quickly took root.</p><p>&ldquo;Now we&rsquo;ve got a lot of food,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;but how good is it?&rdquo; Ramos said the point of the exhibit is not to sow nostalgia, but to push visitors to reexamine their own relationship with food &mdash; and by extension the Earth &mdash; that sustains them.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/IMG_0848.jpeg" style="width: 610px;" title="The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's President and CEO Deborah Lahey pushes a 19th-century plow replica with an exhibit guest. (Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum)" /></p><p>Placed throughout the exhibit are &ldquo;human stories&rdquo; placards holding up local examples of agricultural stewardship from past and present: The Murphy Family <a href="https://www.facebook.com/65thandwoodlawn">maintains a community garden at 65<sup>th</sup> and Woodlawn</a> in Chicago; <a href="http://chicagodefender.com/index.php/news/city/14900-fresh-moves-mobile-produce-market">the Fresh Moves truck</a> nourishes food deserts with local produce; <a href="http://www.chiappettimeats.com/">the Chiappetti family</a> lost their savings during the Great Depression, received farmland as repayment from their belly-up bank, and turned a subsistence enterprise in lamb-raising into an inter-generational industry.</p><p>&ldquo;We want to empower people,&rdquo; Sullivan said. &ldquo;By using your neighbor&rsquo;s example, you can see how you can have an impact.&rdquo;</p><p>(Sullivan&rsquo;s impact on the exhibit goes beyond his intellectual input. The taxidermy chicken and rabbit on display? &ldquo;Leftovers from my dinner,&rdquo; he said.)</p><p>Buying local produce isn&rsquo;t going to resurrect the vast swaths of prairie that once blanketed the Midwest &mdash; the deep-reaching root systems of its native grasses holding fast to black soil, nourishing bison and prairie chickens &mdash;but that&rsquo;s not the point. Ramos, the exhibit&rsquo;s curator, said <em>Food</em> is not a history exhibit. All he wants is for visitors to leave knowing that every time they lift a fork or shop for groceries, they&rsquo;re stepping into nature.</p><p><em>&ldquo;Food: The Nature of Eating&rdquo; is open March 23 through Sept. 8 at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.</em></p><p><em>Chris Bentley writes about the environment. Follow him on Twitter at </em><a href="https://twitter.com/Cementley"><em>@Cementley</em></a><em>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-03/eat-it-nature-museum-serves-food-thought-106246 Chicago Maple Syrup Festival and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/chicago-maple-syrup-festival-and-more-106217 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8578755265/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/maplefestivalpancakes.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="All you can eat pancakes, sausage, and maple syrup at the 2013 National Maple Syrup Festival on Burton's Maplewood Farm in Medora, Indiana (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong>Saturday, March 23</strong></p><p>The Chicago Park District presents the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/maple-syrup-festival/Northparkvillagenaturecenter/3-241/">Maple Syrup Festival</a>&nbsp;at North Park Village Nature Center. If you didn&#39;t make it down to the&nbsp;<a href="http://nationalmaplesyrupfestival.com/">National Maple Syrup Festival</a>, you&#39;re in luck, you can still see the making-of from tree to syrup, and maybe if you&#39;re really lucky taste&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/indiana-maple-sap-next-coconut-water-106072">some maple sap</a>. Admission FREE.</p><p><strong>Sunday, March 24</strong></p><p><a href="http://speed-rack.com/node/216"><u>Speed Rack Chicago</u></a> at Cobra Lounge, like March Madness with booze and Chicago&#39;s best female bartenders, benefits breast cancer education, prevention, and research. Expert judges include Blackbird chief mixologist Lynn House, Three Dots and A Dash mixologist/partner Paul McGee, bellyQ beverage director Peter Vestinos, and Miss Speed Rack USA 2012 Yael Vengroff. Drink along with snacks from Revolucion Steakhouse. Admission $20.</p><p><strong>Monday,&nbsp;March 25</strong></p><p>Half Acre presents a <a href="http://halfacrebeersocial.brownpapertickets.com/"><u>Beer Social, benefiting The Stewards Market</u></a>, a non-profit business incubator located in Humboldt Park.&nbsp;Unlimited beer will be paired with hors d&#39;oeuvres by CJK Foods, specializing in the Anti-Inflammatory Diet. Admission $75.</p><p><strong>Tuesday,&nbsp;March 26</strong></p><p>The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum presents <a href="http://www.naturemuseum.org/programs-events-and-camps/adult-and-teen-programs"><u>Nature on Tap</u></a>, celebrating the opening of the new exhibit <a href="http://www.naturemuseum.org/the-museum/exhibits/food-the-nature-of-eating"><u><em>Food: The Nature of Eating</em></u></a>. Drink from local craft breweries, eat from local food trucks, plus compete in trivia teams, hosted by James Beard nominated <em>Reader</em> restaurant critic Mike Sula. Admission&nbsp;FREE for museum and Green City Market members, $10 for non-members, cash bar.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Wednesday,&nbsp;March 27</strong></p><p><a href="http://soupandbread.net/"><u>Soup &amp; Bread</u></a> presents this week&#39;s theme, Double A: Alliums and Asparagus (&quot;Soups of Tentative Spring&quot;), at the Hideout. This week benefitting <a href="http://www.teenliving.org/3.0/home.html"><u>Teen Living Programs</u></a> with special soup chefs including Sunday Dinner Club/Honey Butter Fried Chicken. Plus bread from Publican Quality Meats and La Farine Bakery. Admission FREE, by donation.</p><p><strong>Thursday,&nbsp;March 28</strong></p><p><em>Chicagoist</em> presents <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2013/02/26/chicagoist_ucan_nisei_lounge.php"><u>a reader meet-up</u></a> with writers as guest bartenders at Nisei Lounge benefitting <a href="http://www.ucanchicago.org/"><u>UCAN. Uhlich Children&rsquo;s Advantage Network</u></a>, founded in 1869, strives to build strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education, and empowerment. Admission FREE, by donation.</p><p><u><em><a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu">Follow Louisa Chu on Twitter.</a></em></u></p></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/chicago-maple-syrup-festival-and-more-106217 Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 5/18 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-18/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-518-86695 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-18/Photo from SKALD 12 The Twelfth Annual SKALD Storytelling Competition.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>1. Oprah <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/redeye-suprise-oprah-a-farewell-spectacular-20110517,0,4918498.story">filmed two of her last three shows</a> at the United Center this week, in case you live under a rock. Thus far, two <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/another-juror-oprah-tix-86626">potential jurors</a> have been excused from jury duty because they had tickets to this over-the-top goodbye celebration.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-18/img_3252.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 548px;" title=""></p><p>2. The <a href="http://redmoonyouthspectacle.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/redmoon-youth-spectacle/">Redmoon Youth Spectacle</a> runs for three nights, starting tonight, at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. This impressive endeavor brings together over 750 students from multiple Chicago schools, and consists of youth created "curiosities" ranging from shadow animation to sound installation to performance. Side note:&nbsp;The museum also has a very realistic looking stuffed polar bear on display.</p><p>3.&nbsp;The&nbsp;<em>Sun-Times</em>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<em>Tribune&nbsp;</em>face off over&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-11/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-511-86380" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Murder for Two</a>.</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/5412534-421/murder-for-two--a-killer-musical-delivers-fun-to-die-for.html" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Hedy Weiss called</a>&nbsp;it "indeed, a 'killer musical.'" But while&nbsp;<a href="http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/the_theater_loop/2011/05/murder-for-two-chicago-shakespeare-tribune-review.html" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Chris Jones thought</a>&nbsp;the show had promise, he argued there was just not enough mystery in this murder mystery. "If you go to a murder mystery, you want to be involved in the actual mystery and try to figure it out for yourself.&nbsp;<em>Murder for Two</em>&nbsp;takes you a good way down that road but then flies off in a whole, new, campy direction. It's amusing but ultimately unsatisfying. We're all happy to laugh, but we also want to believe," Jones said.</p><p>4. <a href="http://www.annoyanceproductions.com/joleen/index.shtml"><em>Joleen: On Your Marks...</em></a> opens tomorrow at 9:30 at the Annoyance Theater, and they describe themselves as a long-form sketch duo. "Joleen" consists of Eileen Montelione and Joel Wiersema; you may recognize them from their&nbsp;<a href="http://sitandrun.com/">previous name</a>&nbsp;"Sit and Run."</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-18/Photo from SKALD 12 The Twelfth Annual SKALD Storytelling Competition.jpg" title="" width="320" height="350"></p><p>5.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dcatheater.org/shows/show/skald_12_the_twelfth_annual_skald_storytelling_competition/">SKALD 12: THE TWELFTH ANNUAL SKALD STORYTELLING COMPETITION</a> has had workshops for children (KIDSKALD), adults (MAELSTROM) and professionals (SKALD 12) all week, with final performances this weekend (MAELSTROM&nbsp;Friday, May 20, at 7:30 pm / $15,&nbsp;KIDSKALD&nbsp;Saturday, May 21, at 3 pm / FREE, reservations encouraged,&nbsp;SKALD 12&nbsp;Saturday, May 21, at 7:30 pm / $20). It's all at the <a href="http://chicago.broadwayworld.com/article/DCA-Theater-Announces-SKALD-12-Storytelling-Festival-516-21-20110515">Chicago Cultural Center</a>, and though you may think the name SKALD sounds like a piece of Ikea furniture, it really comes from the ancient Scandanavian word for storyteller or poet.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.</p></p> Wed, 18 May 2011 14:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-05-18/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-518-86695 Friday Foodie Forecast: Pastries, canapés and a holiday bazaar http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/friday-foodie-forecast-pastries-canap%C3%A9s-and-holiday-bazaar <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//cookies_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: left;">From pastries to canapés, this week's offerings pack a lot of flavor into little packages. And since it's gift-giving season, you might as well pack some flavor into your gifts at the first annual Holiday Gift Bazaar.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-08/3929686680_074320f2c5.jpg" style="width: 482px; height: 330px;" alt="" title="" /></p><p><strong>Parisian Pattisserie at NoMI<br /></strong>Starting today, customers can satisfy sweet cravings at NoMI with a variety of holiday chocolate treats, including macarons, lollipops and cookies. Customers have the option of buying items a-la-carte, which range in price from a buck to $5, or they can create their own holiday arrangement. The patisserie will run from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. until December 24. NoMI is located in the Park Hyatt, 800 N. Michigan Ave.<br /><strong><br />Wine and Canap</strong><strong>é</strong>&nbsp;<strong>Reception and Dinner at Jam<br /></strong>Join Jam's Executive Chef Jeffrey Mauro on Monday, December 13, for a wine and canapé&nbsp;reception and dinner sponsored by ChicaGourmets. The menu will feature passed canapés, as well as dishes such as parsnip soup with chicken confit, melted onions and tarragon; foie gras tortellini with chestnut puree and cranberry gastrique; also, skirt steak with roasted tomato, wilted greens, boiled egg and pickled maitake mushrooms. The event will take place at Jam, 937 N. Damen, at 6 p.m., and reservations are recommended, since events often sell out. Tickets to this event are $69 for ChicaGourmet members and $79 for nonmembers. To reserve your spot, click <a href="http://www.chicagourmets.org/cart.html">here</a>.<br /><strong><br />Local and Fair Trade Holiday Bazaar<br /></strong>Browse through seasonal gifts and treats from local vendors next Sunday, December 19 at the First Annual Local &amp; Fair Trade Holiday Gift Bazaar at Lincoln Park's Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive. The bazaar will last from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature gourmet edibles, fashion &amp; accessories, art, entertainment and more. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. For a full list of vendors or more information, visit. <a href="http://www.msmint.com/holiday-gift-bazaar-2010.html">http://www.msmint.com/holiday-gift-bazaar-2010.html</a></p> <!--EndFragment--> <!--EndFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 21:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/friday-foodie-forecast-pastries-canap%C3%A9s-and-holiday-bazaar Friday Foodie Forecast: Green Eggs and Ham http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/friday-foodie-forecast-green-eggs-and-ham <p><p><br />It may be hard to believe, but Easter is just around the corner (really!). What better way to celebrate spring than with an homage to the incredible, edible egg: a tiny, minimalist package that contains amino acids, vitamins and protein. Whether you prefer cage-free, vegetarian-fed, brown, jumbo or anything in between, you can take your pick of egg celebrations this weekend. </p><p><a href="http://www.chicagogreencitymarket.org/"> Chicago's Green City Market</a>, the year-round farmer's market dedicated to sustainable and locally-grown food, is honoring the egg this Saturday, March 27 with a market called <strong>&quot;Green Eggs and Ham&quot;</strong>. From 8 am to 1 pm at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the market will feature chef demonstrations, a kids' Easter egg hunt and vendors that all promote the Seussian theme of green eggs and ham. </p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/dolinsky/2010/03/friday-foodie-forecast-green-eggs-and-ham/19132 /greeneggs_ham" rel="attachment wp-att-19135"><img height="240" width="180" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//greeneggs_ham.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-19135" /></a> <br /><em>Green City Market's &quot;Green Eggs and Ham&quot;</em></p><p>The <strong>chef demonstrations </strong>will take place in the south gallery of the Nature Museum, and will feature the following Chicago chefs: </p><p>9:00 am: Kristine Subido of Wave </p><p>10:00 am: Michael McDonald of one sixtyblue </p><p>11:00 am: Christophe David of NoMI </p><p>12:00 pm: Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill/Xoco/Topolobampo</p><p>Capacity for the demonstrations is limited and an RSVP is required. To reserve a space, email <a href="admin@greencitymarket.org">admin@greencitymarket.org</a> with the demo you wish to attend and the number of guests. Check out other upcoming chef demonstrations <a href="http://www.chicagogreencitymarket.org/calendar/">here</a>. </p><p>The children's<strong> Easter egg hunt</strong> will take place in the north gallery of the Nature Museum at 9:30 a.m and is open to children ages 3 to 6. <!--break-->Plastic eggs will be filled with temporary tattoos and Green City Market treats. Space is limited and children must be registered by emailing their names and ages to&sbquo;&nbsp; <a href="admin@greencitymarket.org">admin@greencitymarket.org</a>. All children are asked to arrive for registration at 9:15 a.m on Saturday. After the hunt, an <strong>Easter egg workshop</strong> will take place in the North Science Lab of the museum. Children will learn how to dye eggs without chemicals, using natural dyes such as beets and spinach. No RSVP is required for the workshop.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/dolinsky/2010/03/friday-foodie-forecast-green-eggs-and-ham/19132 /natural-dyed-easter-eggs" rel="attachment wp-att-19138"><img height="234" width="156" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//natural-dyed-easter-eggs.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-19138" /></a> <br /><em>Naturally dyed Easter eggs at Green City Market</em></p><p>In keeping with the spirit of Green Eggs and Ham, the market will feature vendors of micro-greens, eggs and ham and pork. Micro and petite greens will be available from vendors such as <a href="http://www.chicagogreencitymarket.org/farmers/farmer.asp?id=45">Three Sisters Garden</a>,<a href="http://www.chicagogreencitymarket.org/farmers/farmer.asp?id=34"> Heritage Prairie</a> and <a href="http://www.chicagogreencitymarket.org/farmers/farmer.asp?id=37">Tiny Greens</a>. A limited selection of standard greens including spinach, mesclun mix, watercress and possibly bok choy will be available from <a href="http://www.chicagogreencitymarket.org/farmers/farmer.asp?id=17">Genesis Growers</a>. Ham and pork products will be available from<a href="http://www.chicagogreencitymarket.org/farmers/farmer.asp?id=35"> Twin Oak Meats</a>,<a href="http://www.chicagogreencitymarket.org/farmers/farmer.asp?id=38"> Liberty Family Farms</a> and <a href="http://www.chicagogreencitymarket.org/farmers/farmer.asp?id=68">Meadow Haven Farm</a>. <a href="http://www.chicagogreencitymarket.org/farmers/farmer.asp?id=41">Mint Creek Farms</a> will offer lamb &quot;hams&quot; for sale.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: x-small;"> </span>Eggs vendors include <a href="http://www.chicagogreencitymarket.org/farmers/farmer.asp?id=36">TJ's Free Range Poultry</a>, Mint Creek Farm,<a href="http://www.chicagogreencitymarket.org/farmers/farmer.asp?id=20"> Ellis Farms</a> and Meadow Haven Farms. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is located at 2430 N. Cannon Drive. Call (773) 880-1266 for more details. </p><p>Stocked up on eggs, but not sure what to do with them?<a href="http://www.greengrocerchicago.com/index.php"> Green Grocer Chicago</a>, a West Town neighborhood market featuring organically-grown local produce will host a<strong> &quot;Spring Cleaning&quot; cooking demonstration</strong> on Saturday, March 27 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Host Lee Greene will focus on the egg as a symbol, a meal and a work of art, demonstrating how to clean out your fridge by cooking &quot;Fridge Frittatas&quot;. Sign up for the class <a href="http://tiny.cc/Cooking2pm">here</a>. Green Grocer Chicago is located at 1402 W. Grand Avenue. Call (312) 624-9508 for more information.</p></p> Fri, 26 Mar 2010 15:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/friday-foodie-forecast-green-eggs-and-ham