WBEZ | beckoning of lovely http://www.wbez.org/tags/beckoning-lovely-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The $5 rules: Advice from off-off-off Loop theater pro to the IL GOP http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-07/5-rules-advice-loop-theater-pro-il-gop-93806 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-07/strawpoll.JPG" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-07/strawpoll.JPG" style="width: 492px; height: 369px;" title="Popcorn? For 5 bucks, I want chicken. (WBEZ/Sam Hudzik) "></p><p>What's up Illinois?!<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-gop-paul-wins-presidential-straw-poll-93794"> Ron Paul in the house</a>! More than 3,600 people voted in the Illinois Republican straw poll over the weekend. The Ill. GOP needs cash, apparently to help with the 2012 election, so they charged people $5 to vote in this informal poll. Now, $5 might seem like it goes a long way (3,600x5=$18k) but party leaders really should've talked with some local off-Loop theater companies who actually have experience with $5 tickets before settling on that amount. Why? Because while $18,000 might seem like nice pull, my bet is the party overlooked a few things.&nbsp; Did you pay the door guy yet? How 'bout props? Did you have any props at your straw poll (straw hats, perhaps)? And do you have the rights to the "Straw Poll" script? And are you paying the actors (in this case, candidates)? And the wrap party? Did you pay for the wrap party?</p><p>My guess is that the Ill. GOP has about $1,200 left. My advice? Spend it on a new set.</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: <a href="http://gawker.com/5856928/heres-the-freaky-surveillance-equipment-chicago-police-are-using-to-spy-on-you/gallery/1">Gawker has a story about Occupy Chicago protesters accusing the Chicago Police Department</a> of installing eavesdropping equipment near their camp.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: In my regular Monday morning "give me a break" segment, I focus on two of our state's esteemed leaders. <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-cardinal-quinn-dispute-20111107,0,4634777.story">Cardinal George and Gov. Pat Quinn got into a spat over the weekend</a>, and the rape victim at the center of the brawl (she was going to receive an award) has hurt feelings. Then the Cardinal backtracks, saying he didn't even know she was involved. Cardinal, let me explain: I've been in many shoving matches. If you want to have a shoving match with another dude, first thing you want to do is make sure someone isn't standing between you.&nbsp; That's just obvious, right? Fighters, am I right?</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: Wow, I guess it's good that no <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/news/mccaul_leaps_top_50_richest_members_congress-208231-1.html?pos=adp">Illinois Congressman is on the list of the top 50 richest members of Congress</a>? I wonder where Obama would rank if he were still in the Senate. Now, my question has to be: Do people who run for congress know that they can become millionaires? Is it sort of a move to take your financial status to the next level? Or are they rich before and just do it cause they are bored.</p><p>Remember when it was cool to want to be rich?</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="369" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Ztk9t_m1FpY" width="500"></iframe></p><p><strong>E story</strong>: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/john-r-schmidt/2011-11-07/central-park-theater-chicagos-first-movie-palace-93727">John R. Schmidt gives us the story behind Chicago's first movie palace</a>. Greatest blog ever.</p><p><strong>F story</strong>: I'm sure it's a great show, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-eberts-movie-review-show-will-end-without-more-financial-backing-20111107,0,1767642.story">but isn't "lack of funds" the reason most shows on public media go away</a>? Ebert needs money and he has access to all the newspapers, who are writing up his financial conundrum like a news story. Weird. Well, this blog needs cash or it might go away too. Sneed, can you help?</p><p><strong>G story</strong>: Nope, Sneed is busy. She has a great bit from Friday - <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/sneed/8575767-452/fast-eddie-thisclose-to-release-from-federal-prison.html">Fast Eddie is close to getting out of federal prison</a>.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: So dark. So cold. So dark and cold. Remind me why I don't live in Phoenix again? Oh right, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W4Cx44XKZ4">the dust storms</a>.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: The Bears play another game on Monday Night Football tonight. They draw the Philadelphia Eagles, a team coined "The Dream Team" at the beginning of the season. The Eagles dropped mad cash in free agency to bolster the team, but have stumbled early. However, they just destroyed the Dallas Cowboys last week and all eyebrows are partially raised. Is this team legit? The Bears win tonight in Philly and we will be looking at a team that is sort of a carbon copy of the 2010 squad, which managed to get to the NFC Championship game. Now, I'll give the Bears a bit of credit. This is what we want from our NFL franchise. To be relevant late into the season. If they were 1-6 right now, nobody would care. But they are in the thick of it, so we have a national audience. Please, please, please Lovie - do not sh*t the bed tonight. We watched the other marquee games live up to their hype this weekend, so finish strong.</p><p>Right now, Chicago has switched back to Wildcat town, shunning the over-hyped Illini.The <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/ncf/recap?gameId=313090158">Northwestern win over Nebraska was prime time</a>. The Wildcats under Pat Fitzgerald are always good for at least one or two games like this a year. How many are the Illini good for? And stinker award goes to the Blackhawks, who played their new arch rival Vancouver last night at the UC. <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/nhl/recap?gameId=400046901">Not a good showing</a>. They were blown out, 6-2. That's not what we want to see.</p><p>So to recap: We want to see the Wildcats. We don't want to see the Blackhawks. We hope to see more of the Bears.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: This is the week of 11/11/11, which means that <a href="http://www.whoisamy.com/">Amy Krouse Rosenthal's Beckoning of Lovely project is due</a>. This film has been in the works for three years. Seriously, I remember we did a Writers' Block Party episode on 8/08/08, and the launch of the project in June 2008. She's having a big party/show release at 11am on 11/11/11 at Millennium Park. I'll be there!!!!!</p><p>Here's the first video that started it all. It's called <strong>17 things i made</strong>:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="369" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/o3eZvEIdmq4" width="500"></iframe></p></p> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 14:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-07/5-rules-advice-loop-theater-pro-il-gop-93806 Mission #53 The Beckoning of Lovely 10/10/10 video debut http://www.wbez.org/blog/amy-krouse-rosenthal/mission-53-beckoning-lovely-101010-video-debut <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/beckoning of lovely.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="297" width="485"><param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Lu71XVcic7I?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" name="movie" /><param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /><param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><embed height="297" width="485" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Lu71XVcic7I?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"></embed></object></p><p>After nearly two months in the works, I now present to you the video of <strong>The Beckoning of Lovely 10/10/10. &nbsp;</strong></p><p>Because it's a wee bit longer than most of my other videos/films, I'm going to call the actual viewing of this your mission. &nbsp;:)</p><p>Below are the behind the scenes notes (and key links) as they appear directly on YouTube as I gather most of you will watch the video embedded here on blog.</p> <p>Thank you again to all of you who came out that night, and/or supported this project in your own individual, glorious and appreciated way.</p><p>ever yours,</p><p>amy</p><p><strong>Behind the scenes and key links...</strong><br /><br />STEVE DELAHOYDE&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/sdelahoyde" target="_blank" title="http://www.youtube.com/user/sdelahoyde" rel="nofollow" dir="ltr" class="yt-uix-redirect-link" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; outline-width: 0px; font-size: 12px; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 51, 204); text-decoration: none;">http://www.youtube.com/user/sdelahoyde</a><br /><br />SCATTERED TREES&nbsp;<a href="http://scatteredtreesmusic.com/" target="_blank" title="http://scatteredtreesmusic.com/" rel="nofollow" dir="ltr" class="yt-uix-redirect-link" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; outline-width: 0px; font-size: 12px; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 51, 204); text-decoration: none;">http://scatteredtreesmusic.com/</a><br /><br />CLASSICAL REVOLUTION CHICAGO<a href="http://www.classicalrevolution.org/" target="_blank" title="http://www.classicalrevolution.org/" rel="nofollow" dir="ltr" class="yt-uix-redirect-link" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; outline-width: 0px; font-size: 12px; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 51, 204); text-decoration: none;"> http://www.classicalrevolution.org/</a><br /><br />JOHN GREEN&nbsp;<a href="http://johngreenbooks.com/" target="_blank" title="http://johngreenbooks.com/" rel="nofollow" dir="ltr" class="yt-uix-redirect-link" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; outline-width: 0px; font-size: 12px; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 51, 204); text-decoration: none;">http://johngreenbooks.com/</a><br />and the NERDFIGHTERS&nbsp;<a href="http://nerdfighters.ning.com/" target="_blank" title="http://nerdfighters.ning.com/" rel="nofollow" dir="ltr" class="yt-uix-redirect-link" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; outline-width: 0px; font-size: 12px; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 51, 204); text-decoration: none;">http://nerdfighters.ning.com/</a><br /><br />Lea Redmond's WORLD SMALLEST POSTAL SERVICE<br /><a href="http://www.leafcutterdesigns.com/shop/wsps/about.html" target="_blank" title="http://www.leafcutterdesigns.com/shop/wsps/about.html" rel="nofollow" dir="ltr" class="yt-uix-redirect-link" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; outline-width: 0px; font-size: 12px; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 51, 204); text-decoration: none;">http://www.leafcutterdesigns.com/shop...</a><br /><br />REDMOON THEATER&nbsp;<a href="http://redmoon.org/" target="_blank" title="http://redmoon.org/" rel="nofollow" dir="ltr" class="yt-uix-redirect-link" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; outline-width: 0px; font-size: 12px; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 51, 204); text-decoration: none;">http://redmoon.org/</a></p><p>WBEZ Chicago Public Radio</p><p>NICK GAGE MUSIC&nbsp;<a href="http://www.myspace.com/nickgage" target="_blank" title="http://www.myspace.com/nickgage" rel="nofollow" dir="ltr" class="yt-uix-redirect-link" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; outline-width: 0px; font-size: 12px; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 51, 204); text-decoration: none;">http://www.myspace.com/nickgage</a><br /><br />BRIAN STOJAK&nbsp;<a href="http://theatreseven.org/index.php" target="_blank" title="http://theatreseven.org/index.php" rel="nofollow" dir="ltr" class="yt-uix-redirect-link" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; outline-width: 0px; font-size: 12px; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 51, 204); text-decoration: none;">http://theatreseven.org/index.php</a></p><p><br />1. I'd like to apologize about the insufficient sound system that evening. We tried our best to amplify effectively while still respecting Millennium Park's regulations, but did not succeed. I'm bummed because I would have loved for all those in attendance to perfectly hear Scattered Trees' live performance. You'll note in this video that we morphed from their live performance into a professional recording to better showcase their beautiful song.&nbsp;<br /><br />2. We didn't have time to explain this in the video but during the &quot;Our Town&quot; moment we brought up all the Emily's in the crowd. (Emily is one of the main characters in the play.) So those are all girls/women named Emily (and one Eric who begged to be included :) up there leading the call and response.<br /><br />3. Some of you have inquired about including the image of all the cell phones reflecting in The Bean sculpture. While it was a sight to behold that evening, it did not come across well on film. (distortions from lights and reflections. sigh.) I too would have loved to have captured this for the video.&nbsp;<br /><br />&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 06 Dec 2010 18:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/amy-krouse-rosenthal/mission-53-beckoning-lovely-101010-video-debut #45a quick Beckoning of Lovely update plus Skype chat info... http://www.wbez.org/blog/amy-krouse-rosenthal/45a-quick-beckoning-lovely-update-plus-skype-chat-info <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2010-October/2010-10-26/leaf.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<img height="418" width="499" src="http://wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2010-October/2010-10-26/leaf.jpg" alt="" /><br /><em>(photo by Lif...)</em></p><p>Good day, all...</p> <p>Those of you who signed up for a Skype chat will be getting an email today about your scheduled time. I look forward to talking to (and seeing) you all tomorrow!</p><p>And here's a quick update from The Beckoning of Lovely 10/10/10.</p><p>1. &nbsp;We are working on the video now. These things take some time. We hope to have it posted by November 10th.</p> <p>2. IMPORTANT: If you or anyone you know has any video clips of the event, please send them our way. We would love to incorporate as much of your footage into the film<b> </b>as possible. (can even be from your iphone, Flip camera, etc.) &nbsp;Please contact us at missamykr at yahoo dot com.</p> <p>3.&nbsp;<u><a href="http://tabor330.wordpress.com/2010/10/11/the-beckoning-of-lovely/">Here is a brief synopsis</a></u> of how our 10/10/10 evening together unfolded. Thank you to the blog <i>&quot;Living on the Lip of Insanity&quot; </i>for this thoughtful summation.</p> <p>4. &nbsp; More credits to follow in the film but I have to give a heartfelt shout out to these folks right this very minute:</p> <p>-the band <a href="http://scatteredtreesmusic.com/">Scattered Trees</a></p> <p>-<a href="http://twitter.com/crchicago">Classical Revolution Chicago</a></p> <p>-<a href="http://www.leafcutterdesigns.com/shop/wsps/about.html">World's Smallest Postal Service</a></p> <p>- Redmoon Theater</p> <p>-WBEZ Chicago Public Radio</p> <p>-filmmaker <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/sdelahoyde">Steve Delahoyde</a></p> <p>-<a href="http://johngreenbooks.com/">John Green</a></p> <p>- Tech support:</p> <p>Brian Stojak</p> <p>Monica Zaffarano</p> <p>Ava Berry</p> <p>Justin Kaufmann</p> <p>Jason Rosenthal</p> <p>gratefully,</p> <p>amy</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 14 Oct 2010 16:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/amy-krouse-rosenthal/45a-quick-beckoning-lovely-update-plus-skype-chat-info #44a Seven kinda important things you may not know http://www.wbez.org/blog/amy-krouse-rosenthal/44a-seven-kinda-important-things-you-may-not-know <p><p>1. &nbsp;Many of you suggested this. &nbsp;And I'm looking forward to seeing how this plays out: <strong>Mission Amy K.R. is going to a once-a-week format.</strong> &nbsp;I'll continue introducing big new shiny missions here each Monday, but I'm going to chill on the smaller, tangential posts throughout the week. &nbsp;Occasionally-- like now, today--I will pop in with a new post, but by and large we're going with the alliteration-friendly <i>&quot;Mission Mondays.&quot; </i></p><p>2. &nbsp; This Sunday night! &nbsp;A special happening! &nbsp;Live in Chicago! &nbsp;<strong>It's The Beckoning of Lovely: 10/10/10 at 10:10 pm.</strong>&nbsp; Join us at The Bean sculpture in Millennium Park. This is an all-ages thing (and it's only about 20 minutes long). &nbsp; Here is the 2-minute video invite with key info. If you're even thinking of coming, please watch this first and then rsvp in the comment section <a href="http://blogs.vocalo.org/amykr/2010/09/43-101010-beckons-an-invitation-to-you-from-the-beckoning-of-lovely/38017">here.</a></p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp; <object height="292" width="485" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/kCuSxTjdBxw?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><embed height="292" width="485" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/kCuSxTjdBxw?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p><p>3.&nbsp;&nbsp; And you know who will be joining me there Sunday? <img alt="" class="mceWPmore mceItemNoResize" title="More..." src="http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif" /> <a href="http://blogs.vocalo.org/amykr/2010/09/41c-john-greens-tootsie-pop-flavored-positive-prank/37159">Tootsie Pop Positive Prankster</a> <b>John Green!</b> Even though John is, as most of you know, a major rock star &nbsp;with multiple titles (award-winning author, Vlog Brothers co-creator, Nerdfighter) I'm going with his T.P.P.P. title just to keep it real.</p> <p>4. &nbsp; Mission Amy K.R. contains no artificial sweeteners, no gluten, and no MSG!</p> <p>5. &nbsp; You can subscribe to Mission Amy K.R. (meaning it will magically appear in your inbox each week) simply by clicking on that link in the right-hand sidebar... see where it says &quot;Email Updates&quot;? &nbsp;Okay, now just click on our purple link and you're home free.</p> <p>6. &nbsp; Your<a target="_blank" href="http://blogs.vocalo.org/amykr/2010/10/mission-44-join-me-in-something-new-called-grafeeti/38650"> GraFEETi messages</a> are fantastic. &nbsp;I mean, ridiculously fantastic. I'll be back with a video sometime next week. &nbsp;Hope to do you all proud.</p> <p>7. &nbsp; Most of all, and don't ever forget this:</p> <p>(click <a href="http://bigassmessage.com/1611b">here</a> for message)</p> <p>See you on Monday (or Sunday night at the Bean!)</p> <p>amy</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 06 Oct 2010 05:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/amy-krouse-rosenthal/44a-seven-kinda-important-things-you-may-not-know #7 This week's mission: a) Sing! b) Tell me where you're from http://www.wbez.org/amykr/2010/02/this-weeks-mission-a-sing-b-tell-me-where-youre-from/11259 <p><p>I'm making a movie. I have no business making a movie, but the fact remains: I'm apparently making a movie. It all started rather unexpectedly, and then it slowly evolved, and then it started to involve incredible people/strangers from all over the world, and then it became clear that my role was just to keep letting &quot;it&quot; lead ME and so here I am, doing the best I can to keep the flame flickering and do the whole project justice. Have I confused you with my rambling? I'm sorry.</p><p>Just please watch this; it's how <em><a href="http://thebeckoningoflovely.com/">The Beckoning of Lovely</a></em> began...</p><p style="text-align: center; "><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="480" height="385" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/0QVQSZA9zSk&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="480" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/0QVQSZA9zSk&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p> <p><code> </code> So here is the latest video in <em>The Beckoning of Lovely</em> project...<!--break--></p><p style="text-align: center; "><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="480" height="295" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/KfeUlKgkyxU&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="480" height="295" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/KfeUlKgkyxU&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p> <p><strong>This week's mission is a 2-pronged invitation.</strong></p><p>1.&nbsp;<strong>Celebrate YOUR EXISTENCE by singing with <em>The Beckoning of Lovely</em>! </strong> Per the simple instructions in the video, film yourself (with your computer's built in camera, on a cruddy camera, your iphone, whatever) singing &quot;We're Here Because We're Here.&quot; Sing by yourself, sing with your family, sing with your friends, sing with co-workers...sing any which way, just SING! Then share your clips <a target="_self" href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/missionamykr/">here</a>. (<em>ed. note: Use our <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/missionamykr/">Flickr pool</a>. It's super easy. If you want to make other arrangements, <a href="mailto:missionamykr@vocalo.org">e-mail us</a>.</em>)</p><p>2.&nbsp;<strong>In the comment section, tell me (and by me I mean us, your web neighbors/webbors) just where HERE is. W</strong><strong>hat city/town are you in? </strong> See, I realized that the song &quot;We're Here Because We're Here&quot; actually ties in nicely with last week's mission of getting to know one another. I'm learning that the readers of this blog hail from many corners of the country and globe...it will be cool to start to see where everyone is from. So I started off with the first comment...now your turn to chime in.</p><p>Off we go!</p><p>miss amy k.r.</p><p><strong>MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:</strong> <a href="/amykr/2010/02/mission-accomplished-were-here-because-were-here-chorus/16312">We're here because we're here.</a></p></p> Mon, 22 Feb 2010 08:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/amykr/2010/02/this-weeks-mission-a-sing-b-tell-me-where-youre-from/11259