WBEZ | hair http://www.wbez.org/tags/hair Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Come watch me get my hair cut live onstage http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-03/come-watch-me-get-my-hair-cut-live-onstage-105921 <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/Scissor%20shot%202%20small.jpg" title="" /></div><p>So this is a new one: Thursday evening I will be interviewed while getting my hair cut live in front of an audience. It&#39;s Monique Madrid&#39;s show &quot;B*tch, I&#39;ll Cut You&quot; and I am the b in question this week. As I get snipped and interviewed, hilarious commentary will be provided by <span class="font_8">Kelsie Huff, Justin Kaufmann and Corey Rittmaster, plus enjoy a performance from She&#39;s Crafty, an all-female Beastie Boys tribute band. You can find out more <a href="http://www.moniquemadrid.com/#!bitch-ill-cut-you/c24lf">here</a>.</span></p><p><em><span class="font_8">Give me style ideas <a href="https://twitter.com/Zulkey">@Twitter</a></span></em></p></p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 08:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-03/come-watch-me-get-my-hair-cut-live-onstage-105921 Zulkey bits and pieces http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/zulkey-bits-and-pieces-105082 <p><p>There are some little bits and pieces I would like to share with the Internet but none of them can really be turned into a whole post, so here you go: it&rsquo;s potpourri day.</p><p>1.) <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/funnyhaha.php" target="_blank">Funny Ha-Ha</a> is returning next month with a fabulous lineup! Check it all out in our gorgeous poster right here. <img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/FunnyHaHaTriumphant-Large.jpg" style="float: right; height: 386px; width: 250px;" title="" /></p><p>2.) My husband Steve Delahoyde made a very nice short (as in three minutes long) piece about the origins of the poetry slam right here in Chicago (see below). You&rsquo;ll probably like it.</p><p>3.) I wrote this piece for the Hairpin called &ldquo;<a href="http://thehairpin.com/2013/01/that-baby-wants-to-break-you-up" target="_blank">That Baby Wants to Break You Up.</a>&rdquo; It should be noted that a.) Coincidentally, life seemed to get a lot easier right after I wrote it and b.) It&rsquo;s not meant as a cautionary tale against having children. I&rsquo;m just not likely to write a piece called &ldquo;Here Are All The Ways I Love My Adorable Baby.&rdquo;&nbsp; It&rsquo;s just meant as catharsis first, and maybe commiseration, second.</p><p>4.) Finally, Michelle Obama&rsquo;s bangs! I don&rsquo;t have much to say about them (they&rsquo;re fine? But she was also fine without them.) But my mother wanted me to mention that Mamie Eisenhower was also famous for her bangs. Duly noted. Eek!</p><p>&nbsp;</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/Mamie.jpg" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="400" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/57704802" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="620"></iframe></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 08:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/zulkey-bits-and-pieces-105082 The DC Pierson Interview http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-10/dc-pierson-interview-103245 <p><p>Today&rsquo;s interviewee wears many hats: Some may know&nbsp;DC Pierson for the popular stylings of his sketch comedy group <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/derrickcomedy">DERRICK</a>, the crew behind the movie <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMxEe2gnaQY">Mystery Team</a>;</em>&nbsp;others know him for his novel <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Couldnt-Sleep-Never-Vintage-Contemporaries/dp/0307474615/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top">The Boy Who Couldn&rsquo;t Sleep And Never Had To (</a></em>or <a href="http://digitallife.today.com/_news/2012/08/13/13260115-student-asks-internet-for-help-avoiding-book-gets-schooled-by-its-author?lite">the awesome response he posted online</a> to the youngster who didn&rsquo;t feel like reading the book). Lately he has been <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2272628/">acting</a> and writing <a href="http://dcpierson.tumblr.com/post/32244387256/ive-posted-the-latest-crap-kingdom-custom-rap-for">customized rap songs</a> for the pre-orderers of his <a href="http://amzn.to/OnJO53">newest book</a>. You can learn a whole lot more about him <a href="http://dcpierson.tumblr.com/">here</a>.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/DCPierson_fullres_ZXW-2.jpg" style="float: left; height: 450px; width: 300px; " title="(Photo courtesy DC Pierson)" /><strong>Your first book was about young adults but not technically classified YA. Your second book is being released as YA. Was there a difference writing the two, style and tone-wise?</strong><br />Even though both books are about the friendship between two teenage boys, there&#39;s absolutely a difference in tone. The first book was written from a first-person perspective, whereas the new one is written from a sort of wry third-person perspective, because I felt that was more in keeping with the genre of fantasy literature, a genre the book both belongs to and (gently) mocks.</p><p>The first [book], <em>The Boy Who Couldn&#39;t Sleep And Never Had To, </em>is&nbsp;the more &quot;adult&quot; of the two, though that term always makes me feel like I&#39;m saying the book should be sold in a brown paper wrapper in 1970s Times Square. It was often mistakenly classified as &quot;young adult&quot; despite the fact that it features, among other things, boobs, drug use, and swearing &mdash; three things I had varying degrees of experience with as a teenager myself, one very little, one not at all and one a TON (see if you can guess which is which, given the fact that I grew up to be a comedian instead of a globetrotting Lothario, or a . . . &nbsp;drug guy). It&#39;s a relief for people to say about this one &quot;It&#39;s about young adults &mdash; it must be young adult!&quot; because it is.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The new book is called <em>Crap Kingdom.</em>&nbsp;Did you get any &quot;crap&quot; from your publisher or publicists on whether the title might hinder sales in more conservative markets? If so, what were some other titles that were considered?</strong><br />I wouldn&#39;t say I got crap, per se, but there was definitely a lot of internal debate at my publisher as to whether librarians would be comfortable pushing a book called <em>Crap Kingdom </em>on children. To her immense credit, my editor, Kendra Levin, was a big advocate for the title of the book and I think we&#39;re now all on the same page that. While there may be the occasional conservative (I like to imagine, old-fashioned Shaker) parent who has a problem with the title, there will be just as many kids who are attracted to the book because the title features a relatively mild sort-of swear.&nbsp;In the darkest hours of the title discussion, I threw out the idea of calling it <em>Epic Fail</em>. It&#39;s cute but I&#39;m really glad Kendra fought for the original title and her bosses backed her up.</p><p><strong>In another interview you said that the experience your comedy partner <a href="https://twitter.com/DonaldGlover">Donald Glover </a>had writing for <em>30 Rock </em>helped you write <em>Mystery Team.</em>&nbsp;What specific lessons did you apply to the movie?</strong><br />Donald&#39;s co-workers were obsessed with making every joke as funny as it could possibly be on the page, as opposed to writing down the first relatively funny thing that came to mind and relying on the actors to &quot;sell&quot; it in performance. This point of view, which led to many tedious midnight-oil-burning hours rocking back and forth in computer chairs trying to think if there was a funnier specific than &quot;vomit-shark&quot; on our part, really benefited us in a number of ways. We were making a movie completely independently, with very little time and very little money. On the production end, we were all wearing a number of hats. If we&#39;d had to do all of the things we had to do every day to move the rock of the production up the hill in addition to being there, on set, in the moment, trying to figure out a way to make the jokes decent, we would&#39;ve ended up with a very mediocre movie, in all likelihood, instead of one that we&#39;re all extremely proud of.</p><p><strong>What are some of your personal favorite Derrick Comedy &quot;deep cuts&quot;&nbsp;</strong><strong>&mdash;</strong><strong>&nbsp; videos that might have flown a bit under the radar?&nbsp;</strong><br /><a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=wqxr+the+wolf&amp;source=web&amp;cd=4&amp;ved=0CDAQtwIwAw&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DOMrdAr7fNjo&amp;ei=I5N_UKjDKqn5igLIuoCwAg&amp;usg=AFQjCNHvdIJ8JKI3dgJmurU_fnZUlWhqOA">WQXR The Cool Breeze</a>. Donald and I play morning radio DJs trapped in our station by a hyper-intelligent wolf. We slowly come to grasp the scope of the wolf&#39;s demonic designs, all while playing the hits of the &#39;70s, &#39;80s, &#39;90s and today. Donald&#39;s read on &quot;I was flippin&#39; through the Necronomicon&quot; is tremendous.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Including <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9EBcNEKkcY">commercials</a>, what have been some of your favorite non-comedy roles?</strong><br />I&#39;d say almost all of the roles I&#39;ve played have been in some way comedic. But I was recently in an indie movie called <em><a href="http://www.grassrootsthefilm.com/">Grassroots</a></em>, which I think is coming to Netflix soon. In addition to playing a stoned goofball, I got to play a stoned goofball REACTING TO THE EVENTS OF 9/11. I made a choice to be shell-shocked and teary-eyed, a departure from what I did on the actual morning of 9/11, which was to be shell-shocked, teary-eyed and go down to the drama room to be with &quot;my people&quot; (I was a sophomore in high school). I&#39;m proud of what I got to do in the movie and I&#39;m excited for people to see it.</p><p><strong>What program or old-timey materials do you write on when it comes to fiction, scripts and blogging?</strong><br />I write ideas, stand-up set-lists and puns down in a Moleskine I have on me at all times. I KNOW. For fiction, previously I used Microsoft Word but have skipped to Pages for Mac. For screenwriting, [I use] Final Draft, the best bad screenwriting software there is. Recently I began using Scrivener for outlining a screenwriting project, and will probably use it to outline my next book &mdash; it&#39;s worth every penny.</p><p><strong>How do you divide your writing time? Do you give each genre its own time per day or do you devote a day to writing books, a day to scripts and so on?</strong><br />Right now I pretty much stick to one writing project at a time. A bunch of things will sometimes intercede on that writing time, including auditions for acting stuff. I&#39;ve also written for a lot of award shows in the past few years, so that will sometimes place a month-long hiatus in an otherwise relatively forward-moving writing project.&nbsp;</p><p>For the past few years I&#39;ve been working with Dan [Eckman] and Meggie [McFadden] from DERRICK on adapting my first book into a feature film script. We&#39;ll hopefully complete our latest draft by the end of the year. When we&#39;re done, God willing, I&#39;ll start the next (grown-up) novel.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>What&rsquo;s a site, comedy group, show or person that you take comfort in for its ability to make you laugh reliably?</strong><a href="http://www.avclub.com/podcasts/the-best-show-on-wfmu-with-tom-scharpling,43/"><br /><em>THE BEST SHOW ON WFMU</em></a>, hosted and masterminded by <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-11-11/tom-scharpling-interview-93958">Tom Scharpling</a>&nbsp;and ably assisted by his genius comedy partner/one of the best drummers in rock, Jon Wurster, is, I think, my favorite piece of continuing entertainment on the planet. I was turned onto it my first, and most miserable, year in Los Angeles, and, as most first time listeners do, I had 90 minutes of not getting it AT ALL. Then it snapped into focus and has since provided me with countless hours of joy. It&#39;s so, so good. I can&#39;t recommend it enough, to anyone. I have limitless respect for Tom as a comedian, artist and human being. The more you listen, the more wonderful it gets, and there&#39;s so, so much of it to listen to.</p><p><strong>I read an interview with you where you said that you wrote your first novel partially out of a sense of competition when a friend of yours said that so many people claim they can write books but never do. You&rsquo;ve accomplished a lot as a writer, performer and director, so how do you keep that competitive spirit alive? Or do you rely on other means of motivation once you can say, &ldquo;OK, I wrote the book,&rdquo; or, &ldquo;OK, I put out a movie&rdquo;?</strong><br />My sense of competitive fire is, right now, kept alive in large part by plain ol&#39; trying to get by: It is really, really hard to make money in any creative endeavor. So the pure motivation of &quot;If I don&#39;t chase down all these different things all at once, I don&#39;t know if there will be rent or food or cell-phone-keeping-on money&quot; definitely helps. That said, I could have made different choices, like going after a staff writing job on a TV show, or other avenues that allow creative people to settle into relatively (and in some cases, indisputably) comfortable existences. I haven&#39;t, on purpose, because when I &quot;make it&quot; (note: none of us know exactly what &quot;making it&quot; looks like and I assume that once I achieve my current vague notion of what it is to &quot;make it&quot; the specter of &quot;making it&quot; will swirl and transmogrify into something every bit as alluring and unattainable as whatever my old idea of &quot;making it&quot; was that I finally achieved after much toil and many podcast appearances) I want to have &quot;made it&quot; as myself. I want my name to be associated with a certain kind of cultural output. That is to say, cultural output that features both cyborgs and sexual awkwardness. I feel, maybe misguidedly, that those other things that would, right now, afford me a degree of comfort and stability, would also take away time from all the other things I want to do. And that may change at some point.</p><p>Guided By Voices&#39; latest post-reunion album is called <em>Class Clown Spots A UFO</em>. This is hyper-pretentious, but I saw that album title and went, &quot;Oh, sh*t, that is the phrase I want anyone to be able to use to describe my career.&quot;</p><p>Also: I listen to a ton of rap music about waking up, getting money and being awesome. That helps a lot.</p><p><strong>As a person whose in-laws live in Phoenix and is always looking for fun stuff to do when in town, I&#39;d love to know: What do you do when you go home?</strong><br />I hang out a bunch with my family. I used to hang out with a lot of my friends that had stayed in Phoenix, but many of my closest friends now live in other places. So I guess what I&#39;m saying, Claire, is you should hang out with my family (they&#39;re great) but you can&#39;t hang out with Chuck or Trevor because they now live in New York and Colorado, respectively. Also: <a href="http://www.filibertos.com/">Filiberto&#39;s</a> has great trashy burritos.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>What&rsquo;s it like to be a IV? Do you feel pressure to keep the ball rolling with a V eventually or you prefer to break the name cycle?</strong><br />No question that if I have a firstborn son, there will be a Five. I think it&#39;s more fun to work with in a pre-existing tradition and have whatever we end up calling him be an interesting riff on what the previous four of us have been called. Also: Can you imagine being fathered by a person who thinks in these terms? Who wants your name to be an &quot;interesting riff?&quot; My God. Poor kid.</p><p><strong>What&rsquo;s your <a href="http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.emcblue.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/fullsize_5.jpg&amp;imgrefurl=http://www.emcblue.com/2012/02/dc-pierson-profile-title-pending/&amp;h=151&amp;w=251&amp;sz=31&amp;tbnid=HwxJdhPzWOMcaM:&amp;tbnh=90&amp;tbnw=150&amp;zoom=1&amp;usg=__J2OSx_VIPryEBcsz1bvaTBfzfN4=&amp;docid=1L4wvG-iaiHggM&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=ZFOAUKD4OPKLyAGQ7ICoAg&amp;ved=0CDQQ9QEwBQ&amp;dur=282">hair</a>-<a href="http://splitsider.com/2012/08/pre-order-dc-piersons-new-book-now-and-hell-rap-about-you/">care</a> <a href="http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbdn6dhtcw1qbzdzno1_500.jpg&amp;imgrefurl=http://mydamnchannel.tumblr.com/post/32878419380/today-on-mydamnchannellive-dc-pierson-1-3-of&amp;h=500&amp;w=500&amp;sz=162&amp;tbnid=NA7Bp4znF9BvnM:&amp;tbnh=92&amp;tbnw=92&amp;zoom=1&amp;usg=__Oeha_4OQ5nwseZDT-E0T3hsipAQ=&amp;docid=zbe-jufRZLXxXM&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=ZFOAUKD4OPKLyAGQ7ICoAg&amp;ved=0CC4Q9QEwAw&amp;dur=392">regimen</a></strong>?<br />My girlfriend recently turned me onto a shampoo called Shampure. It&#39;s made by Aveda. She uses it, I use it &mdash;&nbsp;sh*t is adorable. I wash my hair about once a week. Around three or four days in I start wearing a beanie, because by that time, my hair has come to resemble an abandoned fairground. It doesn&#39;t look quite so bad with the beanie on, though. If I have an audition where it doesn&#39;t seem like the character would necessarily be wearing a beanie over their &quot;middle of <em>Charlotte&#39;s Web</em>&quot; hair, I&#39;ll throw in a mid-week hair wash, as necessary. I&#39;m going to cut it soon, I swear. Many inches of its length can be chalked up to stubbornness, most of the rest to laziness, the final inch or two to the fact that my dad listened to a lot of Allman Brothers when I was growing up so I kinda think that sh*t is COOL.</p><p><strong>How does it feel to be the 330th person interviewed for Zulkey.com?</strong><br />A thrill. I think Interviewee 331st will be hard-pressed to match me for aimless parenthetical digressions and for pure flakiness when it comes to getting you your answers on time.</p><p>I had fun, though.</p></p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-10/dc-pierson-interview-103245 List: Five items that instantly lose their value once they touch the sidewalk http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-10/list-five-items-instantly-lose-their-value-once-they-touch-sidewalk <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/369205147_67e68f02db.jpg" title="(Flickr/soundfromwayout)" /></div><p>Inspired by something I saw outside my house yesterday. . .</p><p style="text-align: center; ">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center; "><span id="internal-source-marker_0.7289316796563796">underwear</span><br /><br />mattresses<br /><br />pizza<br /><br />synthetic hair*<br /><br />balloons</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>*If you need some, though, there is a bunch of it on the corner of Kenmore and Berwyn.</p></p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 08:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-10/list-five-items-instantly-lose-their-value-once-they-touch-sidewalk Daily Rehearsal: 21 years old? Audition for 'Hair' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-21-years-old-audition-hair-98934 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/tumblr_m3ewldXIzi1rtx0g7o1_r1_1280.jpg" style="float: left; width: 300px; height: 439px; " title=""><span style="font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>1. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn</strong></span></span>&nbsp;will read some children's books at&nbsp;<a href="http://victorygardens.org/onstage/brownbear.php"><em>Treasured Stories by Eric Carle</em></a>&nbsp;at Victory Gardens this Saturday at noon. The weekends after will be covered by WGN-TV's Ana Belaval and Ralph Covert of&nbsp;<em>Ralph's World</em>, respectively. You can bring your own books too and they'll be donated to Chicago area kids &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>2.&nbsp;<em>HAIR&nbsp;</em>at the Hideout</strong></span></span>&nbsp;is happening and has&nbsp;<a href="http://hairatthehideout.tumblr.com/">opened casting</a>, and anything goes! Just be 21 or older please (we most certainly did not have that rule at my high school). The non-equity theater troupe has &nbsp;a&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/#!/HAIRatHIDEOUT">Twitter</a>&nbsp;for "all the hairy details." LOL guys. LOL.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>3.&nbsp;<a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0013dic59Nux6HghaE611O3RHaolavmGOnVY92dLc8C96YYfipYk2y3F5KLiOiSnAsmtpZ_ruktUI3-9kDS57FWP8BG98_2aEtoJJ5gdfv7Rsoje3lyFJ9DNlVfg4G9AxMw" shape="rect" target="_blank">Chicago Slam Works</a>' opens the second</strong></span></span>&nbsp;of their three-performance season May 25,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-26/daily-rehearsal-camino-real-inspires-extreme-reactions-97619">remember</a>?&nbsp;"CSW artistic director J.W. Basilo transports the traditional slam competition to an other-worldly experience where past poets are resurrected to compete against living writers. Actors will portray writers such as Lucille Clifton, Frank O'Hara and the recently deceased Adrienne Rich. These writers will go head-to-head against living poets including Robert Brown, Mary K. Fons and Marty McConnell. A group of judges selected from the audience will determine the ultimate winner."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>4.<a href="http://www.steppenwolf.org/Plays-Events/Programming/Steppenwolf-for-Young-Adults.aspx"> Steppenwolf for Young Adults</a> has announced their 2012-13&nbsp;</strong></span></span>season, which will include&nbsp;<em>The Book Thief&nbsp;</em>(opening October), based on the novel by Markus Zusak, adapted by Heidi Stillman, directed by SYA Artistic and Educational Director Hallie Gordon;&nbsp;<em>Oral Histories&nbsp;</em>(opening in March), which are stories gathered by DePaul University students, curated and written by Miles Harvey. The theme is Now Is The Time, they've partnered with CPL and Facing History and Ourselves, and the goal is to help stop youth violence.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>5.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/standupmixtape">The&nbsp;Standup Mix Tape</a></strong></span></span>&nbsp;is a new show from Cameron Esposito and friends.&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/#!/StandupMixtape">It's&nbsp;</a>"Chicago standups + 25 person audience &amp; a recording studio. Produced by Underground Communique Records &amp; Cameron Esposito." And that's all I know about it from this pereferal glance!</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 08 May 2012 14:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-21-years-old-audition-hair-98934 Daily Rehearsal: Theatrical hubbub about Mike Daisey http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-19/daily-rehearsal-theatrical-hubbub-about-mike-daisey-97419 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-19/RS5139_AP080907061529-scr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. This <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2012/03/19/springsteen-nebraska-playwrights-directors-theater/">Changing Gears story</a> reminds us</strong></span></span> that the&nbsp;<a href="http://tympanictheatre.org/">Tympanic Theater Company</a> is opening a Bruce Springstreen play called<em> Deliver Us From Nowhere: Tales From Nebraska</em>. Micki Maynard reports that&nbsp;"It’s an evening of 10 short plays from 11 different playwrights and 10 different directors, each inspired by a song from the album. The show runs April 26 to May 20." Musicians will perform original work based on these plays, so will there actually be Springsteen music in it? It sounds like no.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. The hubbub over the revealed factual inaccuracies in the&nbsp;<em>This American Life</em> </strong></span></span>episode based on Mike Daisey's show <em>The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs</em> has not died down. Worthwhile highlights: the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-29/daily-rehearsal-mike-daisey-and-ira-glass-bring-steve-jobs-chicago-">Chicago Theatre discussion</a>&nbsp;with Daisey and Ira Glass has been cancelled.<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/19/business/media/theater-disguised-up-as-real-journalism.html?_r=3&amp;ref=business&amp;pagewanted=all"> David Carr discusses</a> the controversey in his piece entitled "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/19/business/media/theater-disguised-up-as-real-journalism.html?_r=3&amp;ref=business&amp;pagewanted=all">Theater, Disguised as Real Journalism</a>." And the Facebook pages of theatrically minded individuals across the US have seemingly blown up in the debate over what's performance and what is fact. (Finally, an obvious disclaimer: <em>TAL</em> is a product of WBEZ.)</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. The <em>Chicago Tribune</em>'s Brian Boyer</strong></span></span> <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/brianboyer/status/181755009652895745">draws a connection</a> between the Illinois primary and <em>Book of Mormon</em> tickets. Get it?</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. The pictures of <em>Hair</em></strong></span></span> at the Paramount look pretty...<em>Hair</em>-y.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-19/Paramount_Hair_1.jpeg" style="width: 600px; height: 444px; " title="(Photo by Liz Lauren)"></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Corn Productions'&nbsp;</strong></span></span><em><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Tammy: A Coming of Age Story</strong></span></span> About a Girl Who is Part T-Rex </em>has been extended through April 7.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 13:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-19/daily-rehearsal-theatrical-hubbub-about-mike-daisey-97419 Daily Rehearsal: Who will be Second City's next SNL star? http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-20/daily-rehearsal-who-will-be-second-citys-next-snl-star-96542 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-20/red eye up.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. "Everything about them was a statement. </strong></span></span>Their clothes, a rejection of materialism. Their drugs, a quest to get closer to God. Their long hair, a flag of freedom. They were hippies, the social watch dogs of the 1960s, and they played a pivotal role in American pop culture." That's right, <em>Hair</em> is back and remember, it's rated R for adult language and content (more specifically, "<span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; ">a dimly lit 20-second scene with nudity that is non-sexual in nature."&nbsp;</span>At the Paramount starting March 14.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Cutest press release ever</strong></span></span>: "the World's #1 Harry Potter Site,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sixhoursshort.com" target="_blank">Six Hours Short</a>&nbsp;is thrilled to announce a new Wizard discount for its fantastical comedy&nbsp;<em>Chester and the Unbearable Burden, Parts I and II</em>....Wizards, or those who dress like them, will receive 2 for 1 tickets to any performance of&nbsp;<em>Chester</em>. Tickets must be bought at the door, and all participants must show two wizardly items. Muggles, or those who dress like them, can't cash in on the wizard discount." It's at the Anthenaeum through March 4.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. <a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/226746"><em>Andromac</em></a>,</strong></span></span> scheduled to open at Think Tank, "will not see the daylight" due to "unforseen circumstances" says a press release from Belgian Company about town&nbsp;Salomme Speelt, who we <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-21/daily-rehearsal-whats-second-city-94230">last saw do&nbsp;<em>Date Me!</em> at Stage 773</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Good <a href="http://chitheatreaddict.com/2012/02/20/a-truly-superior-superior-donuts-at-mary-arrchie-theatre-co/">headline</a>:&nbsp;</strong></span></span></p><h2 style="padding-top: 18px; padding-right: 20px; padding-bottom: 17px; padding-left: 20px; font-size: 18px; border-top-width: 2px; border-top-style: solid; border-top-color: rgb(204, 0, 0); font-family: 'Times New Roman', Arial; text-align: left; vertical-align: top; line-height: 24px; color: rgb(255, 255, 255); background-image: url(http://s1.wp.com/wp-content/themes/pub/neo-sapien-05/images/bg_post_title.gif); background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-repeat: repeat no-repeat; "><a href="http://chitheatreaddict.com/2012/02/20/a-truly-superior-superior-donuts-at-mary-arrchie-theatre-co/" rel="bookmark" style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255); " title="A truly superior ‘Superior Donuts’ at Mary-Arrchie Theatre&nbsp;Co.">A truly superior ‘Superior Donuts’ at Mary-Arrchie Theatre&nbsp;Co.</a></h2><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Someone <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/comedy/15125669/who-will-be-second-citys-next-legends-a-toc-addendum ">taking issue with the <em>Redeye</em></a>?</strong></span></span> Say it ain't so! <em>TimeOut </em>responds to what they felt was false advertising by the publication with their&nbsp;<a href="http://www.redeyechicago.com/entertainment/ct-red-second-city-20120216,0,5490154.story">preview of Second City's UP</a>. The cover, seen here, says they'll guess who from the famed comedy company will make it to SNL, but the article inside has no such follow through. You're covered though:&nbsp;"I don't want to criticize our esteemed colleagues at the&nbsp;<em>RedEye</em>, but since their paper offers no hints or insights as to who might break out at Second City next, allow me to fill in a few blanks with some thoughts of my own," says Jason Heidemann, before naming familiar faces like Katie Rich and Holly Laurent as his picks.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-20/red eye up.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 373px; " title=""></p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 15:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-20/daily-rehearsal-who-will-be-second-citys-next-snl-star-96542 Hair straightener contains dangerous chemicals, FDA says http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-09-08/hair-straightener-contains-dangerous-chemicals-fda-says-91709 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-08/blowout.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Nearly a year ago, we warned you that a popular hair product which turns frizzy locks smooth and luxurious may be <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2010/10/19/130667357/blowing-the-whistle-on-brazilian-blowout-hair-straightener">endangering</a> the health of the salon workers who use it. Well, now the Food and Drug Administration has made it official.</p><p>The FDA issued a <a href="http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/ucm270809.htm">warning</a> letter to the makers of <a href="http://www.brazilianblowout.com/?reload">Brazilian Blowout</a> saying their product contains dangerously high levels of formaldehyde. Known to many as the stuff used to pickle frogs for biology class, <a href="http://www.epa.gov/iaq/formalde.html">formaldehyde</a> is a chemical the <a href="http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/formaldehyde">National Cancer Institute</a> calls a cancer-causing substance.</p><p>But the company says the product is safe and is working with the FDA to clear up the "misunderstanding."</p><p>Brazilian Blowout markets itself as formaldehyde free, but an FDA analysis of the product found unacceptably high levels of methylene glycol, the liquid form of formaldehyde. Levels ranged from 8.7 percent to 10.4 percent, far higher than the 0.2 percent considered safe by the <a href="http://www.cir-safety.org/findings.shtml">Cosmetic Ingredient Review Panel.</a></p><p>The FDA told the California company that makes Brazilian Blowout to stop misleading customers and misbranding its product. In the warning letter, Michael W. Roosevelt, acting director of the <a href="http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/CFSAN/default.htm">Office of Compliance at the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition</a> wrote: "It is your responsibility as a manufacturer, to ensure that the products your firm markets are safe."</p><p>Mike Brady, the chief executive for Brazilian Blowout, points to numerous tests done by <a href="http://www.osha.gov/">OSHA</a> (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration). "We have been tested countless times by OSHA," Brady says, "And we have never exceeded a safety standard ever."</p><p>Brady says he will work with the FDA, but in the mean time, he says salons can "continue to confidently offer the Brazilian Blowout Treatment to your customers with the knowledge that Brazilian Blowout falls well below the stringent standards set forth by OSHA," he says in a <a href="http://www.brazilianblowout.com/fda">statement</a> on the company website.</p><p>The investigation of Brazilian Blowout was prompted by complaints from an Oregon hair stylist who said she suffered chest and throat pain and nosebleeds after using the product.</p><p>According to the FDA, other complaints have included eye irritation, blurred vision, nausea, rashes and vomiting.</p><div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.</div></p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 15:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-09-08/hair-straightener-contains-dangerous-chemicals-fda-says-91709