WBEZ | birthday http://www.wbez.org/tags/birthday Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Gary celebrates Michael Jackson’s birthday but not much else http://www.wbez.org/news/gary-celebrates-michael-jackson%E2%80%99s-birthday-not-much-else-108567 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/MJ Gary.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>It took her more than 15 hours to drive from Tampa, Florida, but Mary Singer finally made it Thursday morning to Gary, Indiana. She says there&rsquo;s only one reason she drove all that way in the middle of the night.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s because of Michael Jackson. I wouldn&rsquo;t be in Gary, Indiana right now if it weren&rsquo;t for Michael Jackson,&rdquo; Singer told WBEZ while she stood outside the late singer&rsquo;s boyhood home.</p><p>Today kicks off a three day celebration of food and music centered around the small, one-story white house at 2300 Jackson Street. The neighborhood has seen better days &ndash; there are almos as many boarded up homes as occupied ones nowadays &ndash; but fans from all over the world are still expected to show up to mark what would have been Jackson&#39;s 55th birthday.</p><p>Singer says she was surprised not to find a more permanent installation honoring the King of Pop in his hometown.</p><p>&ldquo;This is Michael&rsquo;s legacy now. I think if there was a museum or something here in Gary where he was born that people would come here more often than just on his birthday,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Turn that little house into a museum,&rdquo; Singer suggested.</p><p>A year after Jackson died, there was an effort to build a massive, multi million dollar museum campus in Gary dedicated to Michael Jackson and his musical family. The idea had the backing of the late former Gary Mayor Rudy Clay and Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson family. The museum was to have been built over several acres near Indiana University Northwest, not far from Jackson&rsquo;s boyhood home.</p><p>But those plans quickly fizzled when it was learned that the property that the museum was eyeing was wetlands. There was also concern that the city would have to provide some financial backing to get the project off the ground.</p><p>When Karen Freeman Wilson was elected mayor nearly two years ago, having the city fund such a project was not a priority. Today, Freeman Wilson says it&rsquo;s not the proper role of government to back such a museum project &ndash; even for its best known former resident.</p><p>&ldquo;In the past I&rsquo;ve been pretty clear that I don&rsquo;t envision a museum. I am certainly am open to any type of lasting legacy to Michael Jackson and his contribution not just to the City of Gary but to the world that is done by any private entity,&rdquo; Freeman Wilson said. &ldquo;But as it relates to a city-funded or city-driven project like a museum, that is not our vision of a commemoration of Michael Jackson that we would be willing to invest in.&rdquo;</p><p>So for now, fans will have to be content with a little moonwalking on the sidewalk outside Jackson&rsquo;s home.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/gary-celebrates-michael-jackson%E2%80%99s-birthday-not-much-else-108567 Husbands and birthday cakes http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-04/husbands-and-birthday-cakes-106637 <p><p>This weekend, I was celebrating my birthday (which is today, but you knew that already) with some friends. My pal Julie presented a beautiful birthday cake she had made me, confiding that she had gotten clearance from my husband to make the cake ahead of time. I&#39;ll just present to you, without commentary, the email exchange that went down to ensure that this cake was approved by Steve.</p><div><div><div><blockquote><p>On 4/12/13 1:00 PM, Julie wrote:</p></blockquote><blockquote>Hey Steve,<br /><br />I was just wondering if you were getting a cake for Claire&#39;s birthday on Monday or this weekend or anything. &nbsp;The reason I&#39;m asking is because I wanted to make a cake to surprise her with for our Supper Club on Saturday night but I didn&#39;t want to a) overload Claire with cakes and b) steal the real cake&#39;s thunder.<br /><br />Please advise.<br /><br />THANKS!<br />Julie</blockquote><div><div><blockquote><p>From: Steve<br />Date: Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 1:55 PM<br />Subject: Re: question<br />To: Julie<br /><br />Hey Julie,<br /><br />I really appreciate how thoughtful, intelligent, and capable you somehow have come to think I am. I would barely even know where to buy a cake, let alone how to make one, so I&#39;ll absolutely leave it to the professionals. That&#39;ll be infinitely better than anything I come up with for her (likely half of a cookie, tucked inside a folded paper plate).<br /><br />Though maybe now you&#39;ve given me a challenge and I have to out do your cake!<br /><br /><span class="HOEnZb"><font color="#888888">- Steve</font></span></p></blockquote><div class="HOEnZb"><div class="h5">&nbsp;</div></div></div><div>And here is the cake that Julie somehow thought Steve would be capable of matching. Maybe next year, Steve!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/cake.jpg" title="" /></div></div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 08:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-04/husbands-and-birthday-cakes-106637 Great not-so-great ideas for your kid's next birthday party! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-05/great-not-so-great-ideas-your-kids-next-birthday-party-98982 <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/balloons%20Mae%20Noelle.jpg" title="(Flickr/Mae Noelle)"></div><p>More kids may be born during the spring than any other time of year. It’s also possible more kids are born during the fall. We really don’t know, but we do know it’s important to have a “news peg.” And many kids (maybe even in the hundreds) do celebrate their birthdays around this time. If you have one of those lucky kids and are looking for a new way to celebrate his/her birthday, here are some ideas!</p><p><strong>The Make Someone Else’s Sundae Party</strong></p><p>Kids today get everything they want. Treats are handed out daily. The result: The thrill of the Make Your Own Sundae Party is gone. Teach your kids that life doesn’t always work out the way they want it to while still getting credit for giving them ice cream with a Make Someone Else’s Sundae Party. Each kid gets to make the sundae of his/her dreams — and then has to give it to another child at the party who doesn’t like half of its ingredients.</p><p><strong>The Inflate One of Those Inflatable Things Party</strong></p><p>Kids love to jump around on those big inflatable things. But do they have any idea of what it takes to fill them with air? Do they even know there’s air inside of them? Inspire your birthday boy’s/girl’s curiosity — and get a cheaper rate — by holding a party during the setup period for another child’s birthday party. Each kid at the party will get a chance to help inflate an inflatable — old-school-style, by breathing into it. If your child has enough strength in his/her lungs left, he/she can blow out the candles on a cake after!</p><p><strong>The Goodie Bag Party</strong></p><p>Let’s be honest: Most little kids put up with birthday parties so at the end they can get the goodie bag full of cheap candy and toys (both usually made from the same ingredients). The Goodie Bag Party saves you the hassle of organizing activities and saves kids the agony of being made to do them. Here, parents drive their kids to the home of the birthday boy/girl, ring the doorbell, receive a goodie bag, say a quick “Happy Birthday” and then head back home.</p><p><strong>The Photo Studio Party</strong></p><p>The Photo Studio Party saves money <em>and</em> provides you with high-quality photographic memories. But a word of warning: This idea only works with little kids who won’t remember their party years later. Simply take your toddler to an inexpensive photo studio and request photos of your birthday boy or girl against backgrounds of kids having fun at a party. Years later, make up names for those background kids and take credit for throwing an amazing birthday bash.</p><p><strong>The Entrust Your Child With a Man With Minimal Soccer Coaching Experience, No Experience With Large Groups of Children and a 45-Minute Rental of an Indoor Athletic Space Party</strong></p><p>No further description necessary.</p><p><strong>The Taio Cruz “Dynamite” Dance Party</strong></p><p>Dance parties for kids have become quite popular in this age of easy-to-make mixes. Some parents play songs they like, others play “kids music.” Both ultimately leave the kids unfulfilled. The inexplicable truth is that today’s kids ages 4 to 8 only want to listen to one song: “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz. So, clear out the furniture in the living room, put Taio’s classic on a loop, leave the room and let your birthday boy/girl and friends “put their hands up in the air sometimes and say ‘Ayo’” for the next three and half hours.</p><p><strong>The Put Together a Porcupine Workshop Party</strong></p><p>The Build a Bear Workshop is a fine idea — until you actually take your birthday boy/girl and his/her friends to the place and the whining commences. “But I already have a bear!” “I don’t like bears!” “Mommy, why did the bear have to become the de facto stuffed animal!?” The kids have a point. So why don’t be different and turn those whines into smiles and the occasional tears with a Put Together a Porcupine Workshop Party — featuring real quills!</p><p><strong>The Adult-Style Party</strong></p><p>Too often kids’ birthday parties are focused on kid-oriented activities at the expense of preparing your little ones for the real world. So, why not try an Adult-Style Party? Invite an assortment of your birthday boy’s/girl’s friends, school acquaintances and complete strangers, but make sure your child spends the bulk of the party cornered by a stranger. Lead the group in activities like “So, What Do You Do?,” “Yes,&nbsp;<em>Mad Men</em>&nbsp;Is a Great Television Show,” and “I’m Going to Get Another Drink.”</p><p>(<em>The Interview Show</em> is back at The Hideout Friday, June 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Guests include Ada St. and MK chef/owner Michael Kornick, <em>The Fish That Ate the Whale</em> author Rich Cohen, The Hood Internet DJ/producer STV SLV and musician, teacher and Coach House Sounds founder Matt Baron.)&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 09 May 2012 14:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-05/great-not-so-great-ideas-your-kids-next-birthday-party-98982 Jesse Jackson celebrates his 70th birthday http://www.wbez.org/story/jesse-jackson-celebrates-his-70th-birthday-92971 <p><p>Civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. is celebrating his 70th birthday Saturday and his Rainbow PUSH Coalition is celebrating by rekindling the spirit of the War on Poverty.</p><p>A group of leaders plans a breakfast meeting at the coalition's headquarters. They'll discuss renewing the War on Poverty started by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.</p><p>Later, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition plans to distribute 500 food baskets to people considered food insecure based on data released by the Greater Chicago Food Depository.</p><p>Among the leaders expected Saturday are television's Judge Greg Mathis; the Rev. Frederick Haynes of Dallas' Friendship West Baptist Church; the Rev. Otis Moss Jr. of Cleveland's Olivet Institutional Baptist Church; Joan Collaso, vocalist and native of Chicago; and Terry O'Neill, president of the National Organization for Women.</p></p> Sat, 08 Oct 2011 13:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/jesse-jackson-celebrates-his-70th-birthday-92971