WBEZ | Rent http://www.wbez.org/tags/rent Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Celebrating the annoying music of Jim Nayder http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-01/morning-shift-celebrating-annoying-music-jim-nayder <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Jim_Nayder-timeoutchicago.com_.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Hot Doug&#39;s owner Doug Sohn chats up Tony about his new book, Hot Doug&#39;s: The Book, and how he refined America&#39;s favorite tubular meat. Chicago magazine&#39;s Dennis Rodkin explains how immigrants can boost area home values, according to research done at Duke University.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-hot-doug-s-and-houses.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-hot-doug-s-and-houses" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Celebrating the annoying music of Jim Nayder" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 08:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-01/morning-shift-celebrating-annoying-music-jim-nayder Daily Rehearsal: 'Rent' on http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-rent-99740 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Nina Metz <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-mov-0601-riverfront-theater-20120601,0,1447605.story">throws down</a></strong></span></span> about the new Riverfront Theater. It sounds like an all-together pleasant experience, but be warned: &quot;The intersection of Chicago Avenue and Halsted Street is not, if we&#39;re being frank, one of the city&#39;s more picturesque stretches.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- The Goodman will be doing staged readings</strong></span></span> for its residency program<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-12/daily-rehearsal-playwright-unit-participants-announced-93089"> Playwrights Unit</a> June 15-17; expect&nbsp;<em>The Solid Sand Below</em>&nbsp;by&nbsp;Martín Zimmerman,&nbsp;<em>Work of Art</em>&nbsp;by&nbsp;Elaine Romero,&nbsp;<em>Stutter</em>&nbsp;by&nbsp;Philip Dawkins&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>For Her as a Piano</em>&nbsp;by&nbsp;Nambi &nbsp;E. Kelley. The readings are free, but require reservations, which can be obtained by going to their website of course.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/nowplay.jpeg" style="float: left; width: 300px; height: 144px; " title="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Chicago Theatre Off Book is having a bowling party</strong></span></span>, where you can win tickets to Crowns at the Goodman. It&#39;s July 1 at Timber Lanes, but $100 a lane so make sure you have some friends so you can <a href="http://chicagoindieradio.org/chirplog/2606/chicago-theatre-off-book-june-1-2012-ed">beat the pants</a> off of theater companies like Oracle, Mortar and the Goodman themselves.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- ATC has extended <em>Rent</em> </strong></span></span>through July 1. For a glimpse at two very different -- and hilarious -- opinions about this particular production from the common man, head over to <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/rent/Event?oid=6088850">the event listing</a> at the <em>Chicago Reader</em>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 12:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-rent-99740 In housing slump, more opting to rent http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/housing-slump-more-opting-rent-99083 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/aqua%20tower_0%20%28flickr.vincent%29.jpg" style="float: left; width: 266px; height: 400px; " title="Luxury rentals are a growing market in Chicago. (Flickr/vincent)">For the first time in the U.S. since the 1980s, it’s cheaper to buy a home than it is to rent. You’d think that would be cause enough for bargain hunters to buy up cheap, undervalued properties, but according to Aaron Galvin, the owner of <a href="http://www.luxurychicagoapartments.com/" target="_blank">Luxury Living Chicago</a>, many would-be homeowners have hesitated. “People still don’t think they’ve seen the bottom,” he said.</p><p>Local numbers certainly bear that out. More than half of homes sold in the Chicago area are sold at a loss. With prices so low, ownership is no longer the cash cow it was in the boom years. In an anemic economic recovery, many Americans don’t know where they’ll be in five years, let alone the ten or more it would take to sell a home at a profit. Banks, burned from the foreclosure mess, are reluctant to loan.</p><p>Given the risks of home ownership, renting is no longer just the province of young people and the poor. Galvin, who focuses on upper income neighborhoods like Chicago’s Streeterville and the Gold Coast, says it's not uncommon for him to get 30 to 40 phone calls a day from people asking for advice on whether to rent or buy.</p><p>With more and more Americans delaying or eschewing home ownership altogether, Dennis Rodkin, the <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Radar/Deal-Estate/" target="_blank"><em>Deal Estate</em></a> columnist for <em>Chicago </em>magazine, sees another worrisome trend: rising rents. “There’s a dearth of affordable rentals,” he said. Scarcity will likely intensify, as developers cater to the growing luxury rental market.</p><p>On Monday's&nbsp;<em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>, Galvin and Rodkin break down the pluses and minuses of renting and buying in today’s market. To share your story live, call <strong>312.923.9239</strong>.</p></p> Mon, 14 May 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/housing-slump-more-opting-rent-99083 Daily Rehearsal: The RedEye takes a tip from TimeOut http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-19/daily-rehearsal-redeye-takes-tip-timeout-93290 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-19/9498.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <em>Doyle and Debbie</em> are doing quite well in Chicago</strong></span></span>. Of their show,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/ct-ent-1019-doyle-review-20111018,0,7957134.column">Chris Jones wrote that</a>&nbsp;"the last time I laughed anywhere close to this hard was at <em>The Book of Mormon</em>," (which wasn't <a href="http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/the_theater_loop/2011/03/book-of-mormon-broadway-review-south-park.html">that long ago</a>, but okay). And <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/8283619-421/doyle-debbie-show-will-wow-your-socks-off.html">Hedy Weiss said</a> that the show threw "every preconceived notion" she had about the South and country music "right out the trailer window."&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-19/9498.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 314px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Kris Vire <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/krisvire/status/126766839043854336">points out</a> that the <em>RedEye</em></strong></span></span> seems to have cribbed a bit of their "<a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/krisvire/status/126766839043854336">who's new in Chicago theater</a>" from his <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/14917357/the-new-guard-of-local-theater">recent piece</a> on the same topic.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3.&nbsp;LiveWire Chicago Theatre’s 2011-12 season</strong></span></span> starts up in November with the Chicago premiere of <em>A Bright New Boise</em>, which perhaps takes place entirely in the break-room of a <a href="http://www.hobbylobby.com/">Hobby Lobby</a>? Also, raise your hand if you even know what a Hobby Lobby is.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. <em>The Caretaker</em> at&nbsp;Writers’ Theatre</strong></span></span> also opens in November. "When Aston brings Davies, a fast talking tramp, to his cramped home full of odds and ends, offering him a bed and a much needed place to get on his feet, Davies quickly realizes that Aston and his brother Mick have a very different take on the world around them. From Aston’s half finished “projects” to Mick’s grand plans for the future, the three become an unlikely trio trying desperately to connect to one another but always missing the mark." This sounds mildly like the plot of <em>Lady and the Tramp</em>.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/things-to-do/promotions/14986731/enter-to-win-tickets-and-a-meet-and-greet-with-adam-pascal-and-anth">Win two tickets</a> to see the original&nbsp;<em>Rent</em>'s</strong></span></span><em>&nbsp;</em>Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp at the North Shore Center on Saturday. They'll perform and share stories, and you YES you will get to meet them.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 18:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-19/daily-rehearsal-redeye-takes-tip-timeout-93290 Daily Rehearsal: 'The Great Fire' burns Chicago again http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-26/daily-rehearsal-great-fire-burns-chicago-again-92456 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-26/GreatFire_602x262_080811.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-26/GreatFire_602x262_080811.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 350px; height: 152px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. What you might not know about Lookingglass</strong></span></span>' <a href="http://www.lookingglasstheatre.org/content/box_office/the_great_fire"><em>The Great Fire</em></a>, currently in previews, is that part of the set is this super cool bookshelf that kind of has a life of it's own, and is BURNING UP the place (no, it's not, that's a terrible, terrible pun). This bookshelf, a feat of engineering by set and prop designers John Dalton and Joel Lambie, does some stuff normal bookshelves might not do, but it's also causing a bit of a headache for the crew. See it to believe it, I'm not giving it all away.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. David Cromer has officially <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/chi-cromer-is-coming-back-to-chicago-for-rent-20110923,0,156142.column">signed on to direct <em>Rent</em></a></strong></span></span>, except you have a long while to wait; the production doesn't open until June, which for uber-<em>Rent </em>fans, is basically 525,600 minutes aka, a long time.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. <em>Chicago Live!</em> has a brand-new season</strong></span></span> for ya, which includes highlights like the Human Rhythm Project in November, and the co-founder of <em>Louder Than A Bomb</em> Kevin Coval. The fall season runs for six weeks, and starts October 13.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Brinkenbrak's got <em><a href="http://www.brikenbrak.org/alive.html">Alive </a>coming </em>in October</strong></span></span>, and I'm going to be real, I don't know much else about it, save that their website looks pretty scary. When the casting call went out, Brikenbrak was looking for a few people to join them "for this unique, immersive Halloween experience." And, it's a very intimate -- the theater holds only 10 people -- so maybe bring a date and cozy up while you're frightened out of your mind?</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-26/theandrewsbrothers.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 156px;" title="Matt Edmonds, James Nedrud and Patrick Tierney as the Andrews Brothers"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Head to Arlington Heights to see <a href="http://www.metropolisarts.com/index.php/fuseaction/show.details/showid/242/the-andrews-brothers.html">The Andrews Brothers</a></strong></span></span> perform at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. These "brothers" take one part mid-century crossdressing and another part "the show must go on" mentality for this, I guess you could say zany?, show. "Deemed unfit for military service but desperate to help in the war effort, Lawrence, Patrick and Max Andrews decide to be stage hands for the USO show at Fort Kittylock, hoping to one day perform themselves," says the press release. "They’re all set to run the lights and move scenery for the big Andrews Sisters’ show when they get word that the Sisters have caught the chicken pox and won’t be performing. Not wanting to let their soldiers down, the Brothers squeeze into nylons, throw on wigs and give those boys a show they won’t soon forget."</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 14:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-26/daily-rehearsal-great-fire-burns-chicago-again-92456