WBEZ | The Hideout http://www.wbez.org/tags/hideout-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 30 things to do in Chicago this fall http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-09/30-things-do-chicago-fall-108606 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Fall%20Chicago%20Flickr.jpg" title="Grant Park in the fall. (Flickr/PhilontheWeb2001)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">Summer may have its charms, but let&#39;s be real. When it comes to the three Ws (weather, wardrobe and whimsy), fall is the best season by far.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The sopping humidity of summer suddenly turns crisp and purposeful, ushering in a new academic year and bursts of gorgeous, coppery color in the trees.&nbsp;Chicagoans also become more fashionable, as we trade in our often unflattering shorts and sandals for a more polished look of jeans, scarves, layered cardigans and boots. We indulge in pumpkin lattes, host more game nights, watch the leaves fall and celebrate three of the year&#39;s best holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving and <a href="http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/November/buynothingday.htm" target="_blank">Buy Nothing Day</a>.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Back in June, I made a list of things to do in a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-06/30-things-do-chicago-summer-107847" target="_blank">Chicago summer</a>; but now, an even better season has arrived. In no particular order, here&#39;s 30 adventures to have this fall:</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>1. A.V. Fest/The Hideout Block Party, Sept. 6-7</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">From Friday afternoon to Saturday evening, The A.V. Club (the arts-and-entertainment wing of The Onion) and The Hideout Inn (one of Chicago&#39;s best live music and performance venues) will combine forces for an epic <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/143973282461284/" target="_blank">music festival</a>&nbsp;outside The Hideout at 1354 W. Wabansia. Performers include Young the Giant, Neko Case, Mavis Staples and Superchunk.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>2. Windy City Wine Festival, Sept. 6-7</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Wine connoisseurs, rejoice! The 9th year of the Windy City Wine Fest, presented by U.S. Bank, will bring samples of over&nbsp;<a href="http://chicago.eventful.com/events/windy-city-wine-festival-/E0-001-059429588-7@2013090616?utm_source=facebook&amp;utm_medium=events&amp;SREF=FBEvent" target="_blank">345 different wines</a> from all around the world, alongside food pairings from some of the city&#39;s best restaurants. Meet at Buckingham Fountain for demonstrations from local chefs and expert-led wine pairing seminars.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>3. Renegade Craft Fair, Sept. 7-8</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Feeling crafty? This annual indie-craft marketplace, held on Division Street in Wicker Park, brings hundreds of craft makers out of their studios and into the spotlight for a festive <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/412070168914166/" target="_blank">weekend celebration</a> of all things handmade. The Chicago English Bulldog Rescue (CEBR) will participate again this year too, making this fest 100 percent pet-friendly!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>4. Riot Fest, Sept. 13-15</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://riotfest.org" target="_blank">Riot Fest</a> may be described as the last hurrah of summer; but by the time Sept. 13 rolls around, the atmosphere will &nbsp;feel a lot like fall. Fortunately, cooler temperatures and a jaw-dropping lineup featuring The Replacements, Rancid, Pixies and The Violent Femmes makes for a stellar combination.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>5. Chicago Music Summit, Sept. 20</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">This <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_music_summit.html" target="_blank">first-ever</a>&nbsp;conference, presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), will give Chicagoans the opportunity to learn more about our city&#39;s thriving music scene and connect with industry professionals at the local and national levels. More than 20 panels on a variety of topics will feature 100+ speakers, including representatives from Sony Music Entertainment, Pitchfork and Live Nation.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>6. Try a new restaurant.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">New hotspots opening this season: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/chichopshop" target="_blank">Chop Shop and the 1st Ward</a> (a Bucktown restaurant, bar, music venue and butcher shop combined into one) debuts in mid-September, <a href="http://chicago.eater.com/tags/a10" target="_blank">A10</a> (a European venture from Matthias Merges of Yusho and Billy Sunday) arrives in October and <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-06-23/features/chi-paul-kahan-and-co-readies-nico-an-italian-seafood-restaurant-in-gold-coast-20130623_1_publican-quality-meats-paul-kahan-curtis-duffy" target="_blank">Eataly</a>&nbsp;(Mario Batali&#39;s megaspace of eight restaurants, a microbrewery and a culinary school) opens its doors in mid-November.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>7. Drive out to the drive-in.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Before the weather gets too cold, bundle up with some blankets, popcorn and good company at the old-timey&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cascadedrivein.com" target="_blank">Cascade Drive-In</a> in West Chicago.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>8. Expo Chicago, Sept. 19-22</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art &mdash; a celebrated arts and culture fest offering tours, artist discussions, special exhibitions and site-specific projects&mdash;will take place over a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.expochicago.com" target="_blank">three-day weekend</a> at Navy Pier, with a &quot;Vernissage&quot; opening night benefit on Thursday. The event will feature 125 galleries representing 17 countries and 36 cities, including London, Zurich, San Francisco, Berlin, New York City, Madrid and Chicago.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>9. Volunteer at 826 Chi.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Help tutor a Chicago student at <a href="http://www.826chi.org/about/" target="_blank">826 Chi</a>,&nbsp;a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting learners ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills. Back-to-school volunteers can choose to help students with their homework after-school, in schools, through events and outreach, on field trips or in conjunction with workshops at 826 and The Boring Store.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>10. Hit up a Subject to Change event.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/subjecttochangechi/?directed_target_id=0" target="_blank">Subject to Change</a>, an LGBTQ-friendly collective that aims to create &quot;no shame&quot; when it comes to the music they enjoy and the people they care about, holds monthly events at Township to raise funds and awareness for a variety of different community organizations. Past events have included benefits for the Chicago Women&#39;s Health Center, Chicago Books to Women in Prison and Vida SIDA. Keep your calendar open every first Tuesday this fall for more!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>11. Design Harvest Festival Sept. 28-29</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Chicago&#39;s annual street festival <a href="http://www.design-harvest.com" target="_blank">celebrating home design</a> will feature a myriad of local vendors and antique collectors, &nbsp;as well as family hay rides, pumpkin painting to raise money for a local elementary school, square dancing, cold beer, delicious food and live music programming from The Hideout.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>12. Hang out in a new bar.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Coming soon: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Punch-House/501622639921369" target="_blank">Dusek&#39;s/Punch House</a>&nbsp;in Pilsen&#39;s historic Thalia Hall (mid-September), <a href="http://articles.redeyechicago.com/2013-08-19/entertainment/41426244_1_violet-hour-bartenders-cocktail" target="_blank">Analogue</a>&nbsp;on Milwaukee Ave. (mid-October), and River North comfort food bar <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Dining/Dining-Guide/index.php/name/Tippling-Hall/listing/46375/" target="_blank">Tippling Hall</a>&nbsp;(late October).&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>13. Chicago International Film Festival, Oct. 10-24</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Now in its 49th year, CIFF continues its tradition of <a href="http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/sneak_preview/" target="_blank">bringing exciting new films</a> from more than 55 different countries to Chicago&#39;s main stage. This fall, the lineup includes the much-buzzed documentary &quot;Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,&quot; the Israeli horror film &quot;Big Bad Wolves&quot; and the 2013 Cannes&#39; Palme d&#39;Or winner &quot;Blue Is The Warmest Color. &quot; &nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>14. Hubbard Street: Fall Series, Oct. 10-13</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The incredible Hubbard Street dancers have a <a href="http://www.hubbardstreetdance.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=proditem&amp;id=211:fall-series&amp;Itemid=58" target="_blank">hot ticket</a> for Chicago audiences this year: a diverse and exciting program from choreographers Robyn Mineko Williams, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek and Alejandro Cerrudo that will feature nods to Michael Jackson, the Paris Opera and &quot;Flashdance.&quot;&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>15. Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Oct. 13</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">If you&#39;re not running that day, bring a sign and cheer on your friends! The <a href="http://www.chicagomarathon.com" target="_blank">marathon</a>&nbsp;has Two Waves that start at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively, so bring that double-shot pumpkin spice latte with you to the start line.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>16. See a new theater show.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The must-sees: Joan Allen returns to the Steppenwolf stage for the first time since 1991 in the American premiere of <a href="http://www.timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/16406291/the-wheel" target="_blank">The Wheel</a>, The Goodman Theatre&#39;s&nbsp;fall season opens in September with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/16406631/pullman-porter-blues" target="_blank">Pullman Porter Blues</a>, and the Tony-Award winning musical <a href="http://www.timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/16409076/once" target="_blank">Once</a>&nbsp;arrives&nbsp;at The Oriental for a limited run in October.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>17. Vintage Garage, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Uptown&#39;s <a href="http://www.vintagegaragechicago.com" target="_blank">Vintage Garage</a>, the only monthly flea market in Chicago, presents the best vintage and antique dealers under one roof every third Sunday from April to October. Don&#39;t miss your chance to attend the last two shows of the season: &quot;Vintage Art&quot; on Sept. 15 and &quot;Record Ramp&quot; with the Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP) on Oct. 20. &nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>18. Chicago Ideas Week, Oct. 14-20</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">This <a href="https://www.chicagoideas.com" target="_blank">annual hub</a> of creativity, connection and inspiration kicks off Year 4 with a wide assortment of events, master classes, labs and special presentations. An impressive array of speakers includes Buzz Aldrin, Cat Cora, Dan Savage, Elizabeth Smart, Malcolm Gladwell and Terry McMillan.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>19. Search for the best cider.&nbsp;</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&#39;Tis that time of year. For the hard cider fans: Sprout, SmallBar, The Grafton Pub and Kuma&#39;s Corner all have excellent selections.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>20. Third Coast Percussion, Oct. 20</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Since its formation in 2005, <a href="http://www.thirdcoastpercussion.com/about-us/" target="_blank">Third Coast Percussion</a>&nbsp;ensemble has performed hundreds of concerts across the country. This year, TCP will be opening their Chicago concert season with a Frequency Series of &quot;Infinitesimal Machinery&quot; at <a href="http://www.thirdcoastpercussion.com/news-and-events/chicago-concert-season/" target="_blank">Constellation </a>on Oct. 20.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>21. Go on a Zombie Safari Hayride.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Make the trek to Tinley Park for an October weekend of fun, tractors and zombies in the cornfields! Yes, this is really a <a href="http://www.odysseyfunfarm.com/ZOMBIE.html" target="_blank">thing.</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>22. Play flag football.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Chicago&nbsp;Bears games are fun and all, but how about tossing the old pigskin in your own backyard? Organize a game of flag or touch football in your neighborhood park, then treat the winning team to beers.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>23. Shop local.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">When scouring the streets for the best fall fashion, don&#39;t forget your local boutiques and online vendors. A few of my favorites: <a href="http://wolfbaitchicago.com" target="_blank">Wolfbait &amp; B-girls</a>, <a href="http://www.sofialivelovely.com" target="_blank">Sofia</a>, <a href="http://shoppenelopes.com" target="_blank">Penelope&#39;s</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://sarateashop.com" target="_blank">Sara Tea Shop</a>.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>24. Laugh out loud at Pop Goes Alicia Live!</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Every <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/148783585330469/" target="_blank">first Tuesday</a> at The Hideout until November, join host Alicia Swiz and a rotating panel of local writers, comedians and activists discussing the latest in pop culture and buzzworthy current events.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>25. Step back in time to the 1893 Fair.&nbsp;</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Head to the Field Musuem on Oct. 26 for the Women&#39;s Board Gala in celebration of a sure-to-be <a href="http://fieldmuseum.org/happening/exhibits/opening-vaults-wonders-1893-worlds-fair" target="_blank">stunning</a> new exhibition: &quot;Opening the Vaults: Wonders of 1893&#39;s World Fair.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>26. Check out a new band.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The gargantuan music fests of summer have come and gone (until we meet again, Walmart on the Lake), but never fear. <em>Time Out Chicago</em> has an excellent list of <a href="http://www.timeoutchicago.com/music-nightlife/16397136/10-new-bands-to-see-this-fall" target="_blank">rising acts </a>to fall in love with this fall: from Jenny Hyval at the Empty Bottle to Water Liars at Schubas to Lucius at Lincoln Hall.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>27. Rubber Fest, Nov. 8-9</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://mirubber.com" target="_blank">Mr. Interntional Rubber</a>&nbsp;(MIR) is a rubber-fetish event that includes cocktail parties, a rubber/leather market and awards at the Center on Halsted. Go get your kink on, if you feel so inclined.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>28. Beer Hoptacular, Nov. 8-9</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">If rubber is not your thing, attend Chicago&#39;s Fourth Annual <a href="http://beerhoptacular.com" target="_blank">Beer Hoptacular</a>&nbsp;at Lacuna Artist Loft Studios in Pilsen instead. Make sure to stick around for the best Hoptacular beer of the year (2012 winner: 5 Lizard from Bedford, Illinois)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>29. Find the best pie.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">During the autumnal months, a seasonal slice of delectable pumpkin or hot apple pie really hits the spot. Take refuge at Bang Bang Pie Shop, Hoosier Mama Company or First Slice Pie Cafe to satisfy your every craving.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>30. Christmas Tree Lighting at Daley Plaza, Nov. 27</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Watch Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the tree donor flip the switch at Chicago&#39;s 100th Annual <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/provdrs/attractions_eventsandexhibitions/news/2012/sep/christmas_tree_lightingandulsantahousekickofftheholidays.html" target="_blank">Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony</a>, accompanied by live music and performances at Daley Plaza. And say, &quot;Goodbye fall, I hardly knew ye.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">What would you add to this list?</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Leah Pickett is a pop culture writer and co-host of WBEZ&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-changing-channels/id669715774?mt=2">Changing Channels,</a>&nbsp;a podcast about the future of television. Follow Leah on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp;and<a href="http://hermionehall.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">&nbsp;Tumblr</a>.</em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-09/30-things-do-chicago-fall-108606 'Making Out': An interview with Chicago performer Wes Perry http://www.wbez.org/blogs/nico-lang/2013-03/making-out-interview-chicago-performer-wes-perry-105842 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/makingout.jpg" style="height: 204px; width: 550px;" title="(Kyle Harter)" /></div></div><p>When you meet Wes Perry for the first time, you know you are in the presence of fierceness. This Tuesday evening, while battling a stomach flu, I met up with Perry for drinks and loaded tater tots at Mary&#39;s Attic in Andersonville, and I was immediately struck by his larger than life stature.</p><p>Cloaked in an oversized coat and his signature beard, Wes Perry left the blue lipstick at home yet brought the wit, charm and delicate humility that&#39;s a signature of the Perry brand. I&#39;ve never been lucky enough to <em>Making Out with Wes Perry and Friends</em>, his monthly show at the Upstairs Gallery, but I know Perry through his immense reputation in the Chicago performance scene. In addition to a glowing review in this month&#39;s <em>Huffington Post</em>, who described Perry&#39;s show as a microcosm of everything they love about Chicago, <em>Time Out Chicago</em> has described his work as &quot;show-stopping&quot; and <em>Windy City Times</em> called <em>Don&#39;t Act Like A Girl </em>&quot;a <span class="st">journey of great comic timing and reflection.&quot;</span></p><p><span class="st">This Sunday, I&#39;ll be able to attend Making Out with Wes Perry for the first time, as Perry brings the show to The Hideout on Sunday. In bringing the party to a new space -- for one night only -- I asked Perry to take me on that journey with him.</span></p><p><strong>Nico Lang: Before you started &ldquo;Making Out with Wes Perry,&rdquo; you had your own one-man show, <em>Don&rsquo;t Act Like a Girl,</em> at the Annoyance. How did this event evolve out of your own performing work?</strong></p><p>Wes Perry: <em>Don&#39;t Act Like A Girl</em> was my coming of age story, it mixed my own storytelling with song covers I did with a live band. We used a variety of music, ranging from jazz standards like &quot;The Man I Love&quot; to Ozzy Osbourne&#39;s &quot;Crazy Train&quot;, a friend of mine said the show was like a mixed tape. The music was integrated with the stories, so these popular songs became part just another way for me to tell my own stories. When that show was over, I wanted a space where I could continue to perform this way, and that&#39;s when I started Making Out.</p><p><strong>NL: As someone who has never had the chance to attend, what should I expect from this Sunday&rsquo;s performance? I&rsquo;d love a preview of things to come.</strong></p><p>WP: Improvisers, dancers, musicians, storytellers, and performance artists would be the short answer. The long answer would be some amazingly innovate artists, who &nbsp;would normally be found spread out all over the city; in fact they&#39;re people I have traveled all over the city to see! It will be an insane range of performers, all of which I think are incredibly powerful, original, and funny. I&#39;ll be there to bring everything together, telling stories and singing songs backed by a four piece band.</p><p><strong>NL: &ldquo;Making Out with Wes Perry&rdquo; usually takes place at Upstairs Gallery in Andersonville, a space that you&rsquo;ve said is very crucial to the ambience of the evening. You&rsquo;ve described the space as being like &ldquo;your gay uncle&rsquo;s living room.&rdquo; This will be your first time putting it on at the Hideout, which is considerably larger. What made you want to start experimenting with different venues?</strong></p><p>WP: They are two of my favorite places in Chicago, both buildings just have an energy that says &quot;stay awhile, this will be fun!&quot; I also love the flexibility of both spaces. I wanted to try something new mainly because we are constantly sold out at Upstairs. So we&#39;re trying something new, new venue, new night, new part of town. I first went to the Hideout when my friend Seth Dodson, who is performing in the show Sunday, had his wedding reception there, and I&#39;ve been in love with it&#39;s cozy wood-paneled clubhouse feeling ever sense. Plus any venue that has hosted Chances Dances, Fred Armisen, and Mavis Staples is clearly a place where magic happens.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>NL: A recent Huffington Post article by Liz Joynt Sandberg described &ldquo;Making Out&rdquo; as like attending &ldquo;church.&rdquo; How well do you think that term describes the event? How do you hope to convert the space into a powerful experience?</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">WP: I&#39;ve heard that from a few people. I think part of it has to do with my use of music and storytelling, which can range from totally absurd to honest and thoughtful. There&#39;s also a social aspect to the show, we usually take a 5 minute break in the middle of the show that often turns into a 20 minute break, partially because the line for the bathroom is long, but also because people are packed in so tightly to this little space, experiencing new things, and they make fast friends. It&#39;s been amazing to see some people come over and over again, and to see those people bring new friends, and then the next time those friends bring their friends.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/asl.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 280px;" title="(Leon Andrew Hensley of ASL Media) Wes Perry performing at Northern Lights at Parlour on Clark" /></div></div><p><strong>NL: &ldquo;Making Out&rdquo; is one of a number of exciting performance nights in Chicago, including Northern Lights, Salonathon and All the Writers I Know. What do you see as your relationship to the queer performance scene in Chicago and these other events?</strong></p><p>WP: I love Northern Lights and Salonathon, they are two communities I feel at home at and they have helped shape me and this show. There are also so many alternative comedy shows and venues that I am or have been a part of, The Annoyance, Kill All Comedy and many other shows at the Upstairs Gallery. These are just a few of the places where I&#39;ve performed myself, and where I&#39;ve met people who&#39;ve been in Making Out. I think all of those shows, events, and theaters are amazing creative spaces that I&#39;ve been so lucky to be near, and now I&#39;m somewhere in the middle, trying to bring them all together, mixing both the performers and audiences.</p><p><strong>NL: As a performer, you often blur the lines of gender. Special attention is given to your choice of lipstick, often of the blue and sparkly variety. What do you hope that your own gender performance says? What are you trying to get across?</strong></p><p>WP: My glittery lipstick has kind of become this trademark. I used the effect in Don&#39;t Act Like A Girl, and then I started wearing it out to bars. It always puts a huge smile on people&#39;s faces. I&#39;m lucky enough to have this space to perform whatever I want, so I made an active choice to dress that way too. I&#39;m often in button down shirts and leggings, like a 6&#39;4&quot; Elaine Stritch with a beard. I don&#39;t think the way I look is revolutionary, but I think seeing someone dressing and behaving however they please can be a powerful sight, especially when you&#39;re the largest person in the room, literally.</p><p><strong>NL: What&rsquo;s unique about &ldquo;Making Out&rdquo; is how the night brings alternative, straight and queer performers together in a night that blends different communities. Why was that important for you in curating this event?</strong></p><p>WP: As a creative person you often find a supportive like minded community, and Chicago is full of them. These communities support their members and encourage working together, and the only downside is that sometimes people get caught up in their comfort zone and they forget to step out, or maybe they don&#39;t know where to step. I try to make it easy for people, they just have to make one step, and hopefully they&#39;ll be transported by works that have been born and nourished all over the city, but for just one night are all under one roof.</p><p><strong>NL: Considering that this is a mixed space, what kinds of reactions do you see from folks who are exposed to different styles and identities?</strong></p><p>WP: I think only good things can come of variety, which the show has both on and off stage. Every performer is someone I&#39;ve been inspired by in some way, and I&#39;m just hoping to pass along the inspiration to both the audience and the other performers.</p><p><strong>NL: Your background is in theatre and improvisation, as a student at Columbia and a long-time performer at the Annoyance, experiences that have shaped your perception of community. You describe Chicago as an &ldquo;ensemble city.&rdquo; What do you mean to signify by using that phrase?</strong></p><p>WP: Chicago&#39;s best performance venues are based in ensemble work, Steppenwolf, Second City, The Neo Futurists, The Annoyance, The Hypocrites, the list goes on and on. It&#39;s something that&#39;s in the blood of the city, &nbsp;something they instilled in me at Columbia from the first day, and something I experienced first hand training and performing at places like iO, The Annoyance, and the Second City Comedy Studies Program. Support is second nature in this city, and I&#39;ve been so lucky to benefit from a lot of great support.</p><p><strong>NL: As &ldquo;Making Out&rdquo; continues to grow, you&rsquo;ve mentioned continuing to experiment with the format, such as having a weekly interview show over the summer. How do you hope to see the show evolve?</strong></p><p>WP: We have a lot of ideas bouncing around, like doing a weekly version where performers are interviewed like a talk show, putting up a &quot;Best Of&quot; showcase, or even doing a filmed version for online, but we&#39;re going to see how Sunday goes first. Whatever happens we&#39;ll try to do it slowly and carefully, I&#39;m not in a rush to mess with anyone&#39;s &quot;church.&quot;</p><p><em>You can catch <a href="https://www.facebook.com/makingoutwith">Making Out</a> with Wes Perry and Friends this Sunday at <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/224965-making-out-wes-perry-friends-chicago/">The Hideout</a> in Bucktown (on 1354 W Wabansia Ave.) Doors open at 7 and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/288057441322547/">the show</a> commences at 8 p.m. sharp. You can also see the show as usual every month at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/upstairsgallerychicago">Upstairs Gallery</a> in Andersonville.</em></p></p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/nico-lang/2013-03/making-out-interview-chicago-performer-wes-perry-105842 Eat this, drink that: exotic chocolate, lucky food, and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/eat-drink-exotic-chocolate-lucky-food-and-more-105556 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8475495947/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/fannyeggrolls.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Chinese-American egg rolls by Fanny Go for Chinese New Year 2013 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong>Saturday, February 16</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.greatermidwestfoodways.com/index.php/page/CHCFebruary2013.html">Culinary Historians of Chicago</a> presents <a href="http://www.wbez.org/chocolate-taste-pakistan-east-meets-west-crossover-confecti-105282">Chocolate With a Taste of Pakistan: East meets West in Crossover Confections</a> at <a href="http://www.kendall.edu/">Kendall College</a>. Owner/chocolatier Uzma Sharif, of <a href="http://www.chocolatuzma.com/">Chocolat Uzma Sharif</a>&nbsp;in Pilsen will discuss her influences, from her grandfather, a renown pastry chef in South Asia to her own role as Wolfgang Puck&#39;s head pastry chef at Chicago&#39;s Museum of Contemporary Art. Sharif will serve samples of her stunning spice and flower infused handmade exotic chocolates. Admission 5, $3 for students, FREE for Culinary Historians of Chicago members and Kendall students and faculty.</p><p><strong>Sunday, February 17</strong></p><p>The <a href="http://www.chicagochinatown.org/?page_id=2483">Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce</a> presents the <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/neighborhood_parades.html">Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade</a> on Wentworth from 24th to 22nd. Celebrate the Year of the Snake with fireworks, lion teams, a 100 foot mystical dragon,&nbsp;marching bands, floats, and <a href="http://www.chinese-tools.com/about/Miss_Friendship_Ambassador">Miss Friendship Ambassador</a>. While you&#39;re there, be sure to eat lucky egg rolls and&nbsp;<em>nian gao</em>, the sticky sweet glutinous rice new year cake available at any bakery.&nbsp;Admission FREE.</p><p><strong>Tuesday, February 19</strong></p><p>The<a href="http://www.uic.edu/jaddams/hull/_programsevents/_kitchen/_rethinkingsoup/rethinkingsoup.html">&nbsp;Jane Addams Hull-House Museum</a> presents&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/re-thinking-soup-honoring-edna-lewis-105295">Re-Thinking Soup: Honoring Edna Lewis</a>, the legendary African-American woman, chef, and restaurant owner.&nbsp;Chef Kocoa Scott-Winbush will read excerpts from Lewis&#39; highly acclaimed cookbooks, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307265609?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=0307265609&amp;tag=lklchu-20"><em>The Taste of Country Cooking</em></a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B0LP5I0?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=B00B0LP5I0&amp;tag=lklchu-20"><em>In Pursuit of Flavor</em></a>. Most definitely a Lewis soup will be served. Admission FREE.</p><p><strong>Wednesday, February 20</strong></p><p><a href="http://soupandbread.net/">Soup &amp; Bread</a> presents this week&#39;s theme, <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApPhpdY9KXzPdDRfMUk3WFFoZlRNd2VvR0RJcjdJS1E#gid=0">All Things Cow-nsidered (&quot;Milk, cheese, butter, and beef. And leather...&quot;)</a> <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/208453-soup-bread-chicago/">at the Hideout</a>, benefitting <a href="http://www.cchvchicago.org/">Central City Housing Ventures</a> food pantry, with bread from Publican Quality Meats and La Farine Bakery. Admission FREE soup and bread, donate what you can, beer additional, and remember: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7071326897/">Everyone LOVES the Generous!</a></p></p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/eat-drink-exotic-chocolate-lucky-food-and-more-105556 At the drive-in: can the old-school movie experience survive the digital age? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-08/drive-can-old-school-movie-experience-survive-digital-age-101919 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6192_6318682786_343b4aab65_z.jpg" style="height: 398px; width: 600px; margin: 1px 10px; " title="Is this the future of the drive-in? (flickr/Pete Zarria)" /></div><p>Friday on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>&nbsp;we&#39;re going to talk about the future of drive-ins. Now, I&#39;ve had plenty of good times at drive-in movies, from fighting with my siblings in the back of the car to making out with boyfriends in the front. But as a car-less Chicagoan, they&#39;re mainly a thing of my past.</p><p>Which is a shame, because the drive-in seems to have found ways to adapt to changing technology and audiences, while retaining many of the old-school elements that made them so appealing in the first place, from foil-wrapped, warmed-over burgers to double features &ndash; for the price of one!!</p><p>What changes have come are welcome. Remember those&nbsp;clunky and sometimes hard to hear speakers? Swapped out for FM stereo radio in most cases, though some drive-ins keep a few of the old tin cans on hand (often near the concessions stand in case you wanna hang out and watch from there). And if you&#39;re a purist, you can go totally retro at the very vintage&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rt34drivein.com/">Route 34 Drive-in</a>&nbsp;in Earlville, Illinois, which has kept all of its speakers.</p><p>Still, there aren&#39;t many drive-ins left here in Illinois - just an even dozen according to <a href="http://www.drive-ins.com/srchdest.htm?name=&amp;city=&amp;code=il&amp;status_op=open&amp;search.x=14&amp;search.y=11">this list</a>. At the height of their popularity in the 1950s, we had well over 100. This isn&#39;t news; drive-ins began to &quot;go dark&quot; in the eighties. Hmm, yet another crime to hang on that decade!</p><p><strong>The future of the drive-in</strong></p><p>In a kind of technological last laugh, the drive-in has outlasted at least one media that helped to spark its decline, the VCR. But the biggest threat now is digital conversion. Mike Harroun of the <a href="http://www.harvestmoondrivein.com/">Harvest Moon Twin Drive-in </a>will join us on <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>Friday. He&#39;s currently running a Kickstarter to try and raise funds for a digital projector.&nbsp;</p><p>Still, there are signs of life at the drive-in theatres. This<em> New York Times</em> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/19/business/drive-in-theaters-offer-a-bit-of-the-past-and-its-prices.html">article </a>suggests they can make economic sense, for owners and attendees. We&#39;re on track with that trend here. Some of the remaining local drive-ins were restored in the early to mid-aughts. And the <a href="http://www.galvaautovue.com/">Galva Autovue Drive-In</a>, despite its retro-sounding name, was built in 2003. Funnily enough the Galva website&#39;s aesthetic is far more in keeping with the mid- to late-&#39;90s. Perhaps because that&#39;s the online standard among most drive-in theatres?</p><p>The format is also popping up in other places.&nbsp;The Hideout, along with the Logan Square International Film Series, has played host to the <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/153941/">Bike-in Movie Theatre </a>for the past two summers, though the season&#39;s done for this year. And if you care less about the car and more about watching movies under the stars, there are lots of opportunities, including the city-wide Chicago Park District&#39;s <a href="http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/movies/">Summer Movies in the Park</a>&nbsp;(just ignore this here <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2009/07/lets_go_see_a_movie_in_the_park.html">curmudgeon</a>).</p><p>Summer&#39;s almost over so if you haven&#39;t made it to a drive-in yet, better get cracking! Best to check ahead to find out what&#39;s playing, whether they take credit cards, and if it&#39;s okay to bring your own food (the <a href="http://www.cascadedrivein.com/">Cascade </a>actually provides a grill for your convenience!). Just remember, concessions are just as important a revenue stream for drive-ins as they are for regular or &quot;hardtop&quot; theatres, so if you want to keep your local going, you should think about buying at least one burger on site.</p><p>And for a taste of drive-in times past and present check out this great compilation of vintage intermission trailers - you&#39;ll learn a lot about drive-in do&#39;s and don&#39;ts if you&#39;ve never been!&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qK__U-1z-_A" width="640"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-08/drive-can-old-school-movie-experience-survive-digital-age-101919 The Lawrence Peters Outfit perform on 'Eight Forty-Eight' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-04/lawrence-peters-outfit-perform-eight-forty-eight-97829 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/lawrence peters.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://lawrencepeters.com/home.html">Lawrence Peters</a>&nbsp;and his band had to deal with a lot on the show this morning; it was a packed slate of segments, but they bounced with the changes like good sports. Peters, who rocks an interesting combination of lead singer and&nbsp;snare drum player, was with&nbsp;Matt Gandurski on lead guitar,&nbsp;Dave Sisson on rhythm guitar and harmony vocals, and&nbsp;Josh Piet on upright bass.&nbsp;</p><p>The band opens for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/107913/">Bobby Bare Jr. at the CIMM Fest</a> closing night show, at The Hideout, on Sunday April 15, where they're likely to turn the event into a real honky tonk. They'll also be at&nbsp;<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; ">the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.maynestage.com/Split-Lip-Rayfield.aspx" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; " target="_blank">Split Lip Rayfield&nbsp;</a><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; ">show at the Mayne Stage on&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 16px; ">Wednesday, April 18th.</span></p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/39645988" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p><p style="text-align: center; "><strong>The Lawrence Peters Outfit perform "Lonesome Settled In" off their album <em>What You Been Missin'</em> (The Lawrence Peters Outfit)</strong></p></p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 12:59:28 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-04/lawrence-peters-outfit-perform-eight-forty-eight-97829 Soup & Bread's Martha Bayne talks soup, and a little bread http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2012-03-20/soup-breads-martha-bayne-talks-soup-and-little-bread-97455 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-20/soupandbread_chu.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Martha Bayne's <a href="http://soupandbread.net/">Soup &amp; Bread</a> events at The Hideout are simple. No bands, no talks, no comedians. Just soup and bread. Professional and amateur chefs (from Doug Sohn of Hot Doug's to Martha's dad) provide the soup, and donations go to local food banks. Here, Martha talks about why the event has caught on, the larger meaning of soup and her new <a href="http://www.agatepublishing.com/book/?GCOI=93284100140700">cookbook</a> collecting recipes from Soup &amp; Bread's past:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8vs6f5pbbHA" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 14:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2012-03-20/soup-breads-martha-bayne-talks-soup-and-little-bread-97455 The Hideout's Martha Bayne proves the power of 'Soup & Bread' http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-05/winter-feast-soup-bread-96960 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-05/6844551713_601882c70b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-05/6844551713_601882c70b.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 400px;" title="A recent Soup &amp; Bread event at the Hideout (Flickr/Cinnamon Cooper)"></p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to Martha Bayne and Louisa Chu discuss soup and more on<em> Eight Forty-Eight</em></span></p><p><span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="/sites/default/files/120305 848 SEG A.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-126956" player="null">120305 848 SEG A.mp3</span></p></div></div><p>A favorite adage of mine, picked up during approximately 1,000 viewings of<em> Little Women</em> (the 1994 edition)&nbsp;is that “necessity is the mother of invention.” In case you haven't seen the movie (or didn't have a grandparent), early in the film, Jo March's voiceover explains that the phrase -- her mother's favorite -- helped their family get through years of hard times.</p><p>You might expect the next scene to be her whole family, gathered together over, say, a hot bowl of soup in front of a fire, or at least, I do. Because talk about soup, and&nbsp;most people conjour up smells of grilled cheese and tomato, or visions of a night in with the TV, or of a time when they were not particularly affluent.</p><p>The popularity of the <a href="http://soupandbread.net/"><em>Soup &amp; Bread</em></a> cookbook, and accompanying events across the country, seem to prove that soup is less of sad, recession-friendly food than it might appear, and more of a mood lifter. Conceived of and written by Martha Bayne, the project really came out of necessity; in 2009, Bayne had left her job at the <em>Chicago Reader</em>, had been working unsuccessfully on a book, and was looking to move in a new direction. While bartending at the Hideout, on a whim, she pitched them the idea of a night where people would bring soup and share it, and a relative revolution was born.</p><p>In the introduction to the cookbook that came out of this event, written from user-submitted recipes and interspersed with stories about soup, Bayne talks about the story of <em>Stone Soup</em>, which you were most likely familiar with as a child, perhaps as much as <em>Little Women</em>.&nbsp;<br> <br> “As an adult I’ve come across it in multiple cookbooks, where the moral of the story skews more toward the way cooking can create dishes greater than the sum of their parts,” Bayne writes about hearing this story told over and over again. “The true power of soup, I believe, falls somewhere in the middle -- in its ability to serve as both potent metaphor and cheap, tasty dinner.”</p><p>Bayne will be joined by WBEZ blogger Louisa Chu to talk about the power in a simple food on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> today. Listen in, but if you leave hungry and ready to curl up at your desk, don't say we didn't warn you.</p></p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 14:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-05/winter-feast-soup-bread-96960 Tonight! http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2012-01-23/tonight-95740 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-January/2012-01-23/FunnyHaHa2012-lrg.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Sure hope you check out Chicago's most favoritest and goodest literary reading series. Tune in around 9:30 AM to hear me chatting about it on <em>848 </em>on WBEZ!</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-23/FunnyHaHa2012-lrg.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 927px; " title=""></p></p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 13:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2012-01-23/tonight-95740 Daily Rehearsal: 'Portlandia: The Tour' sells out Chicago in record time http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-22/daily-rehearsal-portlandia-tour-sells-out-chicago-record-time-94280 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-22/75-atlg.png" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. There's not a ton of stuff to see this weekend</strong></span></span> with the family, and it's basically half getting into the holiday spirit, and the other half a motley crew. Anyhow, <a href="http://www.footlights.com/chicago/events/for/thisweekend/page/1.html">peruse Footlights</a>, see what you like that will get you out of the house more than a walk-off of your turkey-enduced coma.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/75-atlg.png" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 200px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/78431/"><em>Portlandia: The Tour</em></a> is already sold out</strong></span></span>, after tickets just went on sale at 10 am this morning. (Comments indicate they sold out within minutes. Whatever, just put a bird on it.) The show, which you won't be seeing, is in Chicago on January 18 at the Hideout. What will you be missing?<a href="http://www.ifc.com/portlandia/the-tour/"> Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen</a>&nbsp;"performing live music, presenting sneak-peek clips from the show's second season and sharing personal&nbsp;anecdotes about the creation and inspiration of Portlandia and its variety of eccentric characters."&nbsp;Want more Brownstein? Check out <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/live-music-thursday-wild-flags-black-tiles-94156">these videos</a>&nbsp;of Wild Flag performing for <em>Sound Opinions</em> here at WBEZ.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. <em>An Iliad</em> has received the elusive </strong></span></span><a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/15032167/an-iliad-at-court-theatre-theater-review"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>five-star review</strong></span></span> from <em>TimeOut</em></a>; reviewer Oliver Sava writes, "Kane’s stunning performance has the spontaneity of a story told around a campfire, yet his emotional reaction to the narrative shows his profound connection to the material." There's also praise for set designers and directors -- it sounds like no one is resting in this production.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Interesting: Yesterday Kris Vire and Ada Grey delievered</strong></span></span>&nbsp;their review of&nbsp;Strawdog's Benefit Performance of<em> <a href="http://adagrey.blogspot.com/2011/11/ada-grey-reviews-for-you-live.html">The Phone Book </a></em><a href="http://adagrey.blogspot.com/2011/11/ada-grey-reviews-for-you-live.html">LIVE</a>. As in, in front of everyone it was concerning. I'm not super familiar with Grey, but <a href="http://adagrey.blogspot.com/">her blog is quite enjoyable</a>. Rude or funny? Your call. Maybe a bit of both, the best way to be.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. The last week in November is House Manager Appreciation Week!&nbsp;</strong></span></span>Not officially or anything, but according<a href="http://backstageat.backstagejobs.com/?p=829"> to Backstage at BackstageJobs.com</a>. They're the ones that have to deal with:</p><ul><li>Irate patrons.</li><li>Sick patrons.</li><li>Violent patrons.</li><li>Drunk patrons.</li></ul><p>And why the last week in November? Because it's the <em>holidays</em>, and that means people are shockingly not on their best behavior.&nbsp;"Not only do [house managers] have the stress of dealing with people who may have no idea what their expected behavior should be in a theatre [tourists], but also trying to ensure that they enjoy the experience enough to consider coming back for a show during the regular season." So hug a House Manager!</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 17:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-22/daily-rehearsal-portlandia-tour-sells-out-chicago-record-time-94280 Daily Rehearsal: A Marc Maron documentary http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-03/daily-rehearsal-marc-maron-documentary-93731 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-05/Marc Maron Spitzer.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1.&nbsp;</strong></span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>Jodi Lennon has&nbsp;<a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/jodi-lennon,64504/?utm_medium=RSS&amp;utm_campaign=feeds&amp;utm_source=avclub_rss_daily">sort-of surreptitiously made a documentary about Marc Maron</a></strong></span></span>, and by that, I mean she made one after September 11th about his first post-terrorist attack comedy show.&nbsp;Not only does it include great quotes like "I'm f***ing floundering in insecurity and fear right now," but Maron looks so young but sounds exactly the same! That's what happens when <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-10-28/aldermen-want-decriminalize-pot-media-rushes-find-stock-photos-93566">you listen to people on the radio without seeing them a lot</a>. Also Lennon refers to Manhattan as "Manhattan Island" in this interview, which is just too cute. It's screening on November 8-9th at the Annoyance Theater.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/28559499" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="490" frameborder="0" height="276"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. The suburbs are not a destination</strong></span></span>, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ott-1104-jones-loop-20111102,0,6898461.story">according to this headline in the <em>Chicago Tribune</em></a>. Except now they are, because of <em>The Sound of Music</em>.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. In order to get people hot about their new season</strong></span></span>, Chicago Opera Theatre had a flashmob that WLN TV describes as "a lot less annoying." They performed at&nbsp;Chicago French Market at lunch yesterday, and <a href="http://www.wgntv.com/blogs/leshock-value/wgntv-pop-up-opera-chicago-opera-theater-takes-the-flash-mob-to-a-higher-key-video-photos-20111102,0,1376051.photogallery">here are some photos</a>&nbsp;and a video. It's part of their pop-up Opera series this week, plus there's also a scavenger hunt. Because why? It's <a href="http://www.chicagooperatheater.org/arias/now2011.html">National Opera Week</a>!</p><p><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong>4. TimeLine has extended <em>The Pitmen Painters</em></strong></span></span>. Of the play, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-12/class-classroom-again-timelines-pitmen-painters-91864">Kelly Kleiman wrote</a>, "under BJ Jones's strong direction,&nbsp;<em>The Pitmen Painters</em>&nbsp;feels fresh as well as powerful, with any&nbsp;History Boys&nbsp;echoes serving only to make this play's truths ring louder." It'll be up through December 18.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Hideout</strong></span></span>? Yes, the esteemed Navy Pier institution is <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/15010891/chicago-shakespeare-bringing-national-theatre-of-scotland-to-hideout">teaming up</a> with the speakeasy bar and performance spot to put on <a href="http://www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/content/default.asp?page=home_LongGoneLonesome"><em>Long Gone Lonesome</em></a> from the National Theatre of Scotland. It'll run the weekend of February 2, and will be followed by&nbsp;"a joyous post-performance dance party," which probably won't look anything like <a href="http://www.chancesdances.org/">Chances Dances</a>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 16:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-03/daily-rehearsal-marc-maron-documentary-93731