WBEZ | Brian Babylon http://www.wbez.org/tags/brian-babylon Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Steppenwolf joins in on the Studs Terkel celebration http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-steppenwolf-joins-studs-terkel-celebration-98581 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. As usual, it's the Brian Babylon</strong></span></span> fan club over here. Check out <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-04/vocalos-brian-babylon-winning-wait-wait-dont-tell-me-being-black-comic">this interview</a> with him and Mark Bazer at <em>The Interview Show</em> a few weeks back.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/301872_300463583359205_284798858259011_724378_1428933791_n.jpg" style="float: left; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2.&nbsp;Steppenwolf is hosting a staged reading</strong></span></span> of&nbsp;<em>Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith </em>on May 21 with the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/StudsTerkel100">Studs Terkel Centenary Committee</a> to celebrate Terkel's 100th birthday. It's free, but get a ticket starting May 1 by waiting in line or calling 312-335-1650. Steppenwolf ensemble members&nbsp;Ian Barford, Robert Breuler, Ora Jones, Martha Lavey,&nbsp;Alan Wilder,&nbsp;Anthony Fleming III, Justin Hayford, Rick Kogan, L. J. Slavin, Mary Ann Thebus, Guy Van Swearingen, Andrew White&nbsp;and Dennis Zacek. Vocalists TBA.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. <a href="http://www.shatteredglobe.org">Shattered Globe</a> redesigned their website</strong></span></span>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. National Dance week ends Sunday,</strong></span></span> but you can squeak in a viewing of <a href="http://www.inasidechicagodance.org/">InASdE Chicago Dance</a> debuting three world premieres in their <em>Inaside Chicago Dance Project</em> at the Athenaeum on Saturday night.</p><p><span style="text-align: left; font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Oh man here's <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/12131948-421/a-critics-look-at-1990s-iceman-cometh.html">a portion of Hedy Weiss</a></strong></span></span><a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/12131948-421/a-critics-look-at-1990s-iceman-cometh.html" style="text-align: left; ">' 1990 review</a><span style="text-align: left; "> of the last time Bob Falls directed </span><em style="text-align: left; ">The Iceman Cometh</em><span style="text-align: left; "> at the Goodman, when Brian Dennehy was in a </span><em style="text-align: left; ">slightly </em><span style="text-align: left; ">different (ie lesser) role.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-steppenwolf-joins-studs-terkel-celebration-98581 Vocalo's Brian Babylon on winning 'Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me,' being a black comic in Chicago and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-04/vocalos-brian-babylon-winning-wait-wait-dont-tell-me-being-black-comic <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Brian Babylon 2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Brian Babylon is one of the funniest comics in Chicago, a regular panelist on <em>Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me</em> and co-host of <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/amp"><em>The Morning AMp! </em>on Vocalo</a>.</p><p>Here, he talks hipster clothes, how he wants to spray Champagne on Carl Kassell next time he wins <em>Wait Wait </em>and why he is the Martin Luther King Jr. of Chicago comedy.</p><p>(Some adult language, so use headphones at work.)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ohyPk5HoMPA" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-04/vocalos-brian-babylon-winning-wait-wait-dont-tell-me-being-black-comic Chicago's new salon culture http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-23/chicagos-new-salon-culture-95746 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-23/3547401942_f54f39704f_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Regular WBEZ listeners may have heard about <em><a href="http://themoth.org/events" target="_blank">The Moth</a></em><em>: </em>It's not only on the air but has also become a live event where folks get together and share stories on stage, and is hosted by several WBEZ staff members, like Brian Babylon of Vocalo's <em>The Morning AMp</em> and Events Coordinator Don Hall.</p><p>But <em>The Moth</em>'s not the only game in town--there are other, similar events in Chicago that involve not only readings but theater, music and sometimes, the genres are juxtaposed, and have been been called the "<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-30/salonatopia-look-salon-renaissance-sweeping-chicago-91203">new salon culture</a>" here at WBEZ. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-10-24/abraham-levitan-funny-ha-ha-talkin-about-good-wet-dumpling-93391">WBEZ blogger and host of <em>Funny Ha-Ha</em> Claire Zulkey</a>&nbsp;joined host of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-20/dyan-flores-breaks-down-myth-behind-meat-filled-midwest-95678"><em>The Paper Machete</em></a> (which <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345">WBEZ also podcasts</a>) Christopher Piatt, as well as Brian Babylon and&nbsp;Robert Valadez, a Pilsen gallery owner, to talk about this resurgence. Below is are some highlights of their thoughts.</p><p><em>On the resurgence of salon culture in Chicago:</em></p><p><strong>Piatt:</strong> There is a history in Chicago of sort of, you know, pointy-headed intellectual types that are kind of mouthy, getting together in a bar, in an environment where there are readings….It was also very big in the 90s; you know, Laura Links, Milly’s Orchid Show,&nbsp; David Sedaris and writers like that, came out of a reading tradition that was sort of mixed up with some first person reporting, some essays, some stand-up, some slam poetry.</p><p><em>On the importance of humor in these salons:</em></p><p><strong>Zulkey:</strong> When I started <em>Funny Ha-Ha</em>, I wanted to showcase the funnier parts of Chicago literature. Whenever I would go to a reading, there’d be two funny readers and three serious ones, and I’d always think ‘I want more of the funny’, just because I didn’t want reading series' to be so serious.</p><p><strong>Zulkey:</strong> I prefer, if we’re having a stand-up comedian, I will ask them maybe to do something that’s more like a one-man show or a reading, as opposed to doing like five minutes of stand-up, just because I want them to stretch their definition of what they do a tiny bit. I still want them to do what they do, but it’s not a stand-up show. It’s not Zanies. It’s <em>Funny Ha-Ha</em>.</p><p><em>Who attends the salons, and whether it matters where they are:</em></p><p><strong>Piatt:</strong> They’re very populist.</p><p><strong>Zulkey:</strong> I think we always want to get more people in, but it’s also sort of a recurring cast of characters. I’ve borrowed readers from<em> Paper Machete</em>; I know Christopher has seen friends of mine at <em>Funny Ha-Ha</em>.</p><p><strong>Piatt:</strong> Yeah, we poach each other’s talent. There’s like a Greek mythological level of incest among the series around town…you see the same faces at a lot of these events.</p><p><em>Where are salons in Chicago? Are they just on the North Side, with a primarily White audience? Is there a difference depending on location?</em></p><p><strong>Babylon:</strong> How to get people out on the South Side is different than the North Side, proximity of the locations, the bars, the South Side is more spread out, so it’s harder to go out.</p><p><strong>Valadez:</strong> What we’re doing in my gallery and studio is we’re providing an open door and an opportunity for people to express themselves in various ways.</p><p><strong>Zulkey:</strong> I’m always open to changing venues if they’re available, but the Hideout is our home and we have a soft spot in our heart there.</p><p><strong>Babylon:</strong> When <em>The Moth</em> actually went outside of Martyrs', and they called me and they said ‘We want to do an event on the South Side’ I was like ‘Uhhh.’ I mean, at first. It was going to be kind of tough, I felt, to get people out. But they moved it to the sort of south loop side, west area, and it’s been a pretty good crowd…So if you build it, as they say in New York City, The Moth folk, that is, they will come.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-23/photo.JPG" style="width: 600px; height: 448px;" title="Through the looking glass -- Christopher Piatt and Claire Zulkey join Tony Sarabia to discuss salon culture."></p></p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-23/chicagos-new-salon-culture-95746 Weekender with Alison Cuddy http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-25/weekender-alison-cuddy-94263 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-22/brian-babylon.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/turkey 1.jpg" style="width: 560px; height: 373px;" title=""></p><p>For most of us Thanksgiving means turkey for dinner. But many use the holiday to ponder deeper relationships to the big, meaty bird. These days some folks go the <strong><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-talk-eng-turkey-slaughter-20111122,0,7655182.story">extra mile</a></strong> to make feasting on the bird more meaningful. Maybe they agree with Benjamin Franklin - who in jest deemed turkey a '<strong><a href="http://fi.edu/franklin/birthday/faq.html#21">more respectable bird</a></strong>' than America's national symbol, the eagle? But why stop at turkey? The birds are everywhere! Angry Birds, the popular mobile app, is now entering the <strong><a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/angry-birds-the-smurfs-holiday-toys-264997">stuffed toy market</a></strong>. And take a look at this <strong><a href="http://vimeo.com/30843599">creepy mash-up</a></strong> of Angry Birds and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. If that revenge scenario has you regretting the feast you just consumed check out Peggy MacNamara, artist in residence at <strong><a href="http://fieldmuseum.org/"><span class="Normal__Char" style="font-weight: bold;">The Field Museum</span></a></strong>. MacNamara’s not only drawn many of the bird specimens held by the Museum - 18 of her own <a href="http://www.peggymacnamara.com/"><span class="Normal__Char" style="font-weight: bold;">paintings </span></a>are also on permanent display.</p><p>Other picks for the weekend are below. And big thanks to The Chicago Film Archive for providing the vintage sounds of Chicago's holiday season (The Big Downtown Christmas, Charles Sharp, 1962).</p><p>Here are <em>Weekender</em>'s top 6 picks:</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/boys-noize.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 87px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.boysnoize.com/blog/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>1. Boys Noize</strong></span></a></p><p><a href="http://www.clubtix.com/themid/boys-noize---team-bayside-high---mayhem-tickets-66377">Friday 10pm-4am</a></p><p><a href="http://www.themidchicago.com/">The Mid</a> 306 N Halsted</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://southsidehub.org/2011/11/18/three-films-about-the-middle-east/">2. Films about the <img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/middle east.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 120px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="">Middle East</a></strong></span></p><p>Three films about Americans' Knowledge of the Middle East</p><p>Saturday 6pm</p><p><a href="http://southsidehub.org/">Southside Hub of Production</a> 5638 S Woodlawn Ave, Hyde Park</p><p>See a trailer for one of the films, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVVFX4ptNPA">Desert in the Coffeehouse</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-21/brian-babylon.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 141px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://comedybarchicago.com/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>3. Brian Babylon</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday 8pm and 10pm</p><p><a href="http://www.vocalo.org/">Vocalo</a>'s <a href="http://www.brianbabylon.com/Brian_Babylon/BRIAN_BABYLON.html">Brian Babylon</a> hosts hilarious Stand Up at <a href="http://comedybarchicago.com/">The Comedy Bar</a></p><p>157 W Ontario St (Ontourage)</p><p>See more of Brian's comedy <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NL-xgQ8C4sU">here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.roosevelt.edu/GageGallery.aspx">4. Prison </a><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/Supermax-Prison.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 106px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></strong></span></p><p>Photographs by <a href="http://lloyddegrane.com/">Lloyd DeGrane</a></p><p>Friday 9-6 Saturday 10-4&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.roosevelt.edu/GageGallery/Directions.aspx">Gage Gallery</a> 18 S. Michigan</p><p>Hear more from Lloyd DeGrane <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-22/capturing-life-behind-bars-94278">here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/yawn.jpeg" style="width: 160px; height: 116px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.yawntheband.com/YAWN/Home.html"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>5. YAWN</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday 8pm</p><p>w/ <a href="http://www.thekooks.com/">The Kooks</a> and <a href="http://www.thepostelles.com/">The Postelles</a></p><p><a href="http://www.jamusa.com/Venues/Vic/Concerts.aspx">The Vic Theatre</a> 3145 N Sheffield Ave</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/christ.jpg" style="width: 159px; height: 106px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.christkindlmarket.com/"><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">6. Christkindlmarket</span></strong></a></p><p>Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sunday 11am-8pm</p><p>Traditional German American Holiday Market and Chicago Institution</p><p>Daley Plaza 50 W Washington St</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the <em>Weekender</em> podcast.</p></p> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-25/weekender-alison-cuddy-94263 The Paper Machete Radio Magazine: The Etiquette Show http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-21/paper-machete-radio-magazine-etiquette-show-92234 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-20/dan sinker.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-20/dan sinker.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 332px;" title="Dan Sinker performs at 'The Paper Machete' (Photo by Evan Hanover)"></p><p>This week, we're going to to get schooled. Schooled on how to <em>behave</em>. Dan Sinker teaches you how to handle your sportsfan child who exists in art nerd family.&nbsp;Mel Evans talks about how to announce that you're pregnant, Beyonce-style. And Brian Babylon discusses the let-down that is the mass text from President Barack Obama. And Blane Fonda gives us something to dance to with "Bear Lee Lee Gull."&nbsp;As usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE.&nbsp;Download it&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=450280345" style="color: rgb(0, 104, 150);" target="_blank">here</a>, or listen below.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483725-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-09-17-papermachete-radio-mag.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>This <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/">Saturday at the Horseshoe</a>, we'll be talking about Texas Governor Rick Perry, the Domu apartment ads Chicagoans love so much, and art as terrorism. Rob Anderson of <a href="http://impresstheseapes.com/">Impress These Apes</a> will be there; author <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Half-Baked-History-ebook/dp/B005IBNSAK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1316179381&amp;sr=8-1">Chip Bagnall</a>; performer and writer&nbsp;<a href="http://justforlaughschicago.com/justforlaughschicago/stories/story/0,,251678,00.html">Jet Eveleth</a>; playwright <a href="http://www.aredorchidtheatre.org/ensemble/brett.html">Brett Neveu</a>; Second City performer <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjMxzxP8ibU">Katie Rich</a>; Matt Ulrich, a real, live Texan and member of the WBEZ family, and <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2011/07/19/about/">Ali Weiss&nbsp;Klingler</a>, who you may know from <em>this very podcast</em>. Music from Justin Hayford and rock and roller <a href="http://www.myspace.com/bobbyconn">Bobby Conn</a>.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-20/mel evans.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 398px;" title="Mel Evans shares the wisdom of Beyonce (Photo by Evan Hanover)"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-20/brian babylon.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 398px;" title="Brian Babylon discusses texting, while not texting (Photo by Evan Hanover)"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-21/paper-machete-radio-magazine-etiquette-show-92234 Chicago funny man Hannibal Buress brings the laughs home http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-13/chicago-funny-man-hannibal-buress-brings-laughs-home-89077 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-13/hannibal burress.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://hannibalhannibal.tumblr.com/post/367720615/bio" target="_blank">Hannibal Buress</a> started out doing stand-up gigs here in Chicago.&nbsp; More recently, he has been a writer for <em>Saturday Night Live</em> and <em>30 Rock</em>. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> revisits a 2010 interview with Vocalo’s<a href="http://brianbabylon.com/Brian_Babylon/BRIAN_BABYLON.html" target="_blank"> Brian Babylon</a> and Buress, who performs at<a href="http://www.chicago.zanies.com/" target="_blank"> Zanies</a> this week.&nbsp; He began by reminiscing on his early days as a comedian, when it was a struggle just to get around town.</p></p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 14:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-13/chicago-funny-man-hannibal-buress-brings-laughs-home-89077 Daily Rehearsal: Did you miss 'Everybody Was Comedy Fighting'? http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-01/daily-rehearsal-did-you-miss-everybody-was-comedy-fighting-88629 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-06/IMG_4606.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">1. Here are <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/unscripted-blog/14834967/cirque-du-soleil-ovo-opening-night-photo-gallery">some photos</a> of Cirque Due Soleil's&nbsp;<em>Ovo </em></span></span></strong>at the United Center<em>&nbsp;</em>on opening night. It looks sort of like a Halloween party for insects.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-06/IMG_4608.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="New White Sox organist Lori Moreland (WBEZ/Michael Puente)"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">2. Not everybody goes to baseball games for the music</span></strong></span>, but I bet some people do! White Sox organist Nancy Faust has retired, and her replacement, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/culture/art/new-white-sox-organist-simply-divine-84850">Lori Moreland</a>, is learning the lay of the land. Don't be worried about the change, because the Sox aren't;&nbsp;"There's so many different ways to entertain fans, and though we may revamp things we will always keep the core essence of Chicago White Sox baseball. The organ is part of that, and Lori, with her effervescent personality, is an excellent choice to carry on that tradition," <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/lori-moreland-chicago-white-sox-organist/Content?oid=4156079">said Nichole Manning</a>, senior director of game operations.</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">3. Brian Babylon hosted <em>Everybody Was Comedy Fighting</em></span></strong></span> last night at <a href="http://www.jokesandnotes.com/LandingPage.html">Jokes and Notes</a>. He was joined by&nbsp;Danny Kallis,&nbsp;Beth Stelling,&nbsp;Marty Derosa,&nbsp;Calvin Evans,&nbsp;Robert Hines,&nbsp;Kevin White,&nbsp;Marilee Monroe and&nbsp;Aaron Weaver, and it seems that even last nights <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/culture/art/new-white-sox-organist-simply-divine-84850">surprise thunderstorm</a> didn't keep the laughs down.</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">4. Check out <em>Entertaining Julia</em>,</span></strong></span> a free variety show hosted by <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/weekly-guide-comedian-beth-stelling-looks-some-weekend-laughs">Beth Stelling</a> and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=762400269" target="_blank">The Puterbaugh Sisters</a>&nbsp;at <a href="http://townhallpub.com/schedule">Town Hall Pub</a> on Sunday nights at 9:30. "There is probably no better free show in the city (especially on Sunday nights)," <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/entertaining-julia,58152/">says The A.V. Club</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">5. Starting next week, The Neapolitans present their <a href="http://www.viaducttheatre.com/cms/">Off-Chekhov Festival</a></span></strong></span> at the Viaduct, which consists of four different short plays. They'll be <em>The Teacher</em>, <em>The Bully</em>, <em>What You Wanted</em> and <em>Wolf and Burns</em>, all of which are based off of other plays, making it become some sort of play within a play within a play.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 01 Jul 2011 15:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-01/daily-rehearsal-did-you-miss-everybody-was-comedy-fighting-88629 SNL alum and Chicago native Nora Dunn brings the laughs home http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-22/snl-alum-and-chicago-native-nora-dunn-brings-laughs-home-82702 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Nora Dunn Getty file.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Nora Dunn's most recent project has her teamed up with folks like Tim Conway, Sarah Silverman and Jeffrey Tambor. They&rsquo;re among many honoring comedian Jonathan Winters in the new film <a href="http://www.certifiablyjonathan.com/" target="_blank"><em>Certifiably Jonathan</em></a>. It&rsquo;s currently on screen at the <a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/" target="_blank">Gene Siskel Film Center</a> through Feb. 24.<a href="http://vocalo.org" target="_blank"><br /><br />Vocalo.org's</a> Brian Babylon recently talked with Nora Dunn about the new film and her other recent work. Dunn started by giving a little refresher course on her experiences growing up in the Windy City.</p><p><em>Music Button: The Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra, &quot;My My&quot;, from the CD Making Tracks, (self released)</em></p></p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 15:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-22/snl-alum-and-chicago-native-nora-dunn-brings-laughs-home-82702 Comedian Joe Piscopo talks with some of our comedic colleagues http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/comedian-joe-piscopo-talks-some-our-comedic-colleagues <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/piscopo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In 2009, <a href="http://vocalo.org/blogs/user/brian" target="_blank">Brian Babylon</a> of our sister station <a href="http://vocalo.org/" target="_blank">Vocalo 89.5 FM</a>, got one of the best birthday presents of his life: a visit from the legendary comic <a href="http://www.joepiscopo.com/" target="_blank">Joe Piscopo</a>. Babylon&rsquo;s a comedian himself so he knows the value of having someone of Piscopo&rsquo;s caliber talk about the art of comedy.</p><p>To help him interview the <a href="http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/" target="_blank">Saturday Night Live</a> alumnus, he invited another funny guy,&nbsp;WBEZ's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/justin-kaufmann" target="_blank">Justin Kaufmann</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Frank Sinatra, &quot;Come Fly With Me&quot;, from the CD Sinatra at the Sands, (Reprise) </em></p></p> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 14:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/comedian-joe-piscopo-talks-some-our-comedic-colleagues Vocalo Daily Snippet: A friendly argument over the CHA's 'Plan for Transformation' http://www.wbez.org/blog/vocalo-daily-snippet-friendly-argument-over-chas-plan-transformation <p>Brian challenged Alden Loury of <a href="http://www.chicagoreporter.com/">The Chicago Reporter</a> to a friendly debate about the Chicago Housing Authority's Plan for Transformation. His first question: Do you REALLY think it would've been better to have left the projects there? You've heard some of these arguments before, but I bet it wasn't as entertaining as this. <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//SNIPPET_The-Projects-Were-Still-Home.mp3">SNIPPET_The Projects Were Still Home</a> This is a condensed version of <a href="http://vocalo.org/explore/content/59665">part 1</a> of their debate.‚  <a href="http://vocalo.org/explore/content/59670">Part 2 may actually be better</a>, but it's twice as long-- 2 whole minutes. <img class="size-full wp-image-15149" title="Chicago Somewhere by TheeErin" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Chicago-Somewhere-by-TheeErin.jpg" alt="" width="459" height="306" /></p> Mon, 15 Feb 2010 16:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/vocalo-daily-snippet-friendly-argument-over-chas-plan-transformation