WBEZ | Paper Machete http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Funny Ha-Ha: The Triumphant Return is tonight http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-02/funny-ha-ha-triumphant-return-tonight-105660 <p><p>I am writing this post from the distant past. Will there be snow tonight? Did the storm miss us? It&#39;s really irrelevant because you are coming out tonight to the return of Chicago&#39;s favorite literary humor reading series!</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/FunnyHaHaTriumphant-Med.jpg" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Also, unrelated but still awesome, I conducted a Random Roles interview with <em>Freaks And Geeks</em>&#39; Linda Cardellini for the AV Club <a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/linda-cardellini-freaks-and-geeks-er-voiceover,92761/#comment-807255736">which you may enjoy. </a></div></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 09:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-02/funny-ha-ha-triumphant-return-tonight-105660 Don't-Miss List June 27-July 4: A Pinter comedy and Illinois Shakespeare Fest http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/dont-miss-list-june-27-july-4-pinter-comedy-and-illinois-shakespeare <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/Pinter%27s%20The%20Lover%20Soul%20Theatre.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 413px; " title="Harold Pinter’s ‘The Lover’ plays at A Red Orchid Theatre starting Thursday. (Courtesy of Soul Theatre)" /></div><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/i-not-robot-critic-speaks-out-while-she-still-can-100470"><u>Dueling Critics on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>, 91.5FM and WBEZ.org, between 9 and 10 a.m. Friday June 29,&nbsp;FREE!</u></a><br /><br />Friday we debate the <a href="http://www.strangetree.org/">Strange Tree Group</a>&rsquo;s new satire <strong><em>Goodbye Cruel World</em></strong>, and try to persuade WBEZ contributor Dan Weissmann that <a href="http://sendmyrobot.com/">critics really can&rsquo;t be replaced by robots</a>. I&rsquo;ll be there, provided I can find my oil can. If you miss the conversation, you can listen to it here on the site.&nbsp;&ndash;KK<br /><br /><u><strong><em>The Lover</em></strong>, opening Thursday June 28 at 7:30; Soul Theatre at <a href="http://www.aredorchidtheatre.org/">A Red Orchid Theatre</a>,<br />1531 North Wells in Chicago; Thursdays-Sundays through July 15; tickets $20, $10 for students<br />and seniors</u><br /><br />It&rsquo;s hard to imagine the words &ldquo;comedy&rdquo; and &ldquo;Harold Pinter&rdquo; in the same universe, much less the same sentence; but <strong><em>The Lover</em></strong> is Pinter&rsquo;s one-act stab at a sex farce. I might be hesitant to recommend the show but this production features the impeccable Mick Weber, who illuminates every stage he steps on.&nbsp;&ndash;KK&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br /><u><em>All-American Holiday Pageant</em>, The Paper Machete, Saturday July 1 at 3 p.m.; The Green Mill, 4802 North Broadway in Chicago; donation requested</u><br /><br />This is a special edition of Christopher Piatt&rsquo;s spoken-word &ldquo;Salon in a Saloon,&rdquo; featuring a range of comic talents relieving themselves (you should pardon the expression) of their thoughts about God, country, sex, drugs and rock-and-roll. Expect fireworks as the writer-performers speak the speech trippingly on the tongue.&nbsp;&ndash;KK</p><p><u><a href="http://www.thefestival.org"><strong>Illinois Shakespeare Festival</strong></a>, Ewing Manor, Bloomington, Ill. 309-438-2535<a href="http://www.thefestival.org;$27-$47">; $27-$47</a> (various discounts also available); rotating rep through August 11</u></p><p>Year after year, the <strong>Illinois Shakespeare Festival</strong> (ISF) has gained respect as an important regional destination theater; the kind of place where you go to see three plays in two days and enjoy the ambiance of antiquing, Victorian homes, luxe b&amp;b&#39;s and good restaurants available in the Bloomington-Normal area, which is home to the ISF. The troupe&#39;s playhouse has perfect sightlines and great intimacy for Shakespeare outdoors, as it was meant to be. Even the grounds of the ISF are worth a visit: the Tudor-style Ewing Manor with its beautiful gardens and wide lawns where picnics are encouraged. The ISF&#39;s 35th season opens this week with <em>Othello </em>and <em>As You Like It</em> with <em>The Rivals</em> joining the rotating rep in mid-July. Many mornings also provide a free performance of <em>The Comedy of Errors</em> as part of the ISF&#39;s Theatre for Young Audiences program. FYI: excellent website for planning a visit.&nbsp;&ndash;JA</p><p><u><a href="http://www.barntheatre.com"><strong>The Barn Theatre</strong></a>, 13351 W. M-96, Augusta, Mich. 269-731-4121; $34; season runs through Sept. 2</u></p><p>They used to call it &quot;the straw hat circuit&quot;: summer stock theater presented in a tent or an old barn by a company of performers whom you&#39;d see in a different show every week or two. It was, and is, great fun for thank goodness there&#39;s a little bit of old-fashioned summer stock still around. Indeed, you won&#39;t find summer stock any more classic than in Augusta, Mich., a rural town about two hours around the tip of the lake, where <strong>The Barn Theatre</strong> has been offering professional seasons since 1949 in a genuine old dairy barn. The opening show is <em>Pal Joey&nbsp;</em>(through July 1), followed by <em>Legally Blonde</em> (July 3-15), <em>The Wedding Singer</em> (July 17-29) and three more shows. Plenty of free parking on the lawn in front of the barn, kids welcome, refreshments available. Warning: The nearest accommodations, other than a state park campground, are in nearby Kalamazoo or Battle Creek.&nbsp;&ndash;JA</p></p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/dont-miss-list-june-27-july-4-pinter-comedy-and-illinois-shakespeare 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 Das Racist on the four elements of hip-hop, white wine and how they'd like to be described http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-07-15/das-racist-four-elements-hip-hop-white-wine-and-how-theyd-be-described-89 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-15/dasracist_flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>With Pitchfork this weekend, a lot of the attention has been been on shock rappers&nbsp;<a href="http://www.oddfuture.com/en/">Odd Future</a> performing, but <a href="http://dasracist.net/">Das Racist</a> is the fest's rap group that would be on my must-see list (they perform tonight at 6:30 p.m.) if I didn't have to spend the evening saying, "No, you can't have/do that" to my 6-year-old son.</p><p>The threesome, which first gained attention with the song "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell" and has since released two mix-tapes (that is, free albums), are smart and funny and also physically strong and very good-looking. If I could use one word to describe Das Racist, it'd be rippling.</p><p>The group, which has its first CD, <em>Relax</em>, coming out sometime soon, performed and talked on <em>The Interview Show</em> when we recently did the show at <a href="http://www.unionhallny.com/home.php">Union Hall</a> in Brooklyn. Here for the first time is the video of their appearance.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jVsgDnKMWmA" width="560"></iframe></p><h3 style="color: red;">IN OTHER NEWS . . .&nbsp;</h3><p>I'll be reading/performing at <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/">The Paper Machete</a> tomorrow (Saturday). It's at 3 p.m. at The Horseshoe (4115 N Lincoln Ave.). It is FREE.</p></p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 13:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-07-15/das-racist-four-elements-hip-hop-white-wine-and-how-theyd-be-described-89