WBEZ | weekender http://www.wbez.org/tags/weekender Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Weekender: B-ball, wrestling mayhem and a mouthful of music http://www.wbez.org/blog/alison-cuddy/2012-03-02/weekender-b-ball-wrestling-mayhem-and-mouthful-music-96862 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-29/CABANA_PHOTO_8-400x600.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-01/AP10030604078.jpg" style="width: 560px; height: 393px;" title="Bolingbrook's Mercedes Griffin, left, hugs teammate Ashley Oliver, right, on the court after beating Whitney Young in the Illinois Class 4A Girl's Basketball State Championship 60-50 at Redbird Arena Saturday, March 6, 2010, in Normal, Ill. (AP Photo/B Corbin)"></p><p>The month of March has come roaring in like a lion - and I'm not referring to this week's erratic swings between spring and winter weather.</p><p>I'm thinking about sports. And I'm not alone. Next weekend is Selection Sunday for the <a href="http://www.ncaa.com/march-madness">NCAA men's college basketball tournament</a>, which means a good chunk of the American population is about to get a major case of <a href="http://www.collegehoopsnet.com/college_basketball/ncaa_tournament/bracketology">bracketology fever</a>. Though in Illinois folks might be less concerned about their brackets and more worried about our area's <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-02-11/sports/ct-spt-0212-ncaa-selection-sunday--20120212_1_southern-illinois-illinois-state-illinois-teams">b-ball brain drain.</a></p><p>Normally I stick to professional play. I love the Chicago Bulls - who by the way are facing <a href="http://www.csnchicago.com/blog/bulls-talk/post/Bulls-prepare-for-NBAs-March-madness?blockID=659780&amp;feedID=10332">their own form of March Madness</a>, thanks to this year's truncated NBA season. That means good times for fans, who in a very short span of days can watch them play a number of their toughest competitors on home court.</p><p>But I re-thought my sports bias after attending my first <a href="http://www.chicagowolves.com/">Chicago Wolves </a>game last weekend. The Wolves are a minor league team in the American Hockey League. Their motto is "it's more than a game," and I gotta say, at first it felt like most folks were there for the "more" and not for the "game"!</p><p>The players are literally in transition, hoping to be called up to play in the big time with their NHL parent team (the Wolves "feed" players back and forth to the Vancouver Canucks, an increasingly strong rival of the Blackhawks).&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile, fans face an onslaught of entertainments, from projectile T-shirts to sing-and-dance-along songs. There was also a low-flying blimp, which seemed to promise a "cookie drop" but never actually delivered.</p><p>Now none of this is very different - deliberately so - from major league games and their off-ice (i.e. commercial break) shenanigans. Some of it is even better. The women who sweep up the Wolves ice between play actually get to wear clothes, unlike the <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1102/nhl-chicago-blackhawks-ice-crew-girls/content.1.html">Hooters waitress look-a-likes </a>who make up the Blackhawks Ice Crew or the skit-and-dance routine driven <a href="http://www.nba.com/bulls/dance/luvabulls.html">Chicago Luvabulls.</a></p><p>And a family outing to see the Wolves is a reasonably priced and in many ways more accessible alternative to a Bulls or 'Hawks game. You can likely find good seats just prior to puck drop. The arena is an equal-opportunity space: Mom and Dad can grab a beer, teens can cruise one another in their new hockey jerseys. Yes, the air is heavy on cheesy commercialism. But team pride - or at least a general good will - is also at work. The night I attended, a color guard helped salute team captain Nolan Baumgartner, who had recently racked up his 1,000th professional game.</p><p>All of which confirms an argument I've often laid on my non-sports-loving friends - there really is more to the game&nbsp;(as good as that can be). There's history, culture, community - and passion! Take March Madness - the popular name for the NCAA tourney. It was originally coined here, <a href="http://www.basketball.org/march-madness-history/">by native son H. V. Porter,</a>&nbsp;in honor of high school basketball. Porter was so inspired he wrote a poetic salute to the young b-ballers, <em>Basketball Ides of March</em>. Sample stanza: A sharp-shooting mite is king tonight/The Madness of March is running/The winged feet fly, the ball sails high/And field goal hunters are gunning.</p><p>This weekend, we recommend you put down the remote, step away from the college ball, and support local high school hardwood talents vying to compete in next weekend's <a href="http://www.ihsa.org/SportsActivities/BoysBasketball.aspx">State Final Tournament</a>. Listen in to hear about some game options, including a hot match involving Derrick Rose's alma mater. That and the rest of our picks are below - enjoy!</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-29/Derrick-Rose-in-High-School.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 205px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://ihsa.org/SportsActivities/BoysBasketball/StateSeriesInformationResults.aspx"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>1. Illinois High School Basketball Tournament</strong></span></a></p><p>Friday 7:30 p.m.</p><p>High school March Madness hits courts across the city and the state.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://ihsa.org/SportsActivities/BoysBasketball.aspx">Boys Basketball</a></p><p><a href="http://ihsa.org/SportsActivities/GirlsBasketball.aspx">Girls Basketball</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-29/LitParty_PrintAd1.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 139px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>2. <a href="http://www.awpwriter.org/conference/2012awpconf.php">AWP</a> Off Site Event: <a href="http://literatureparty.com/">Literature Party</a></strong></span></p><p>Friday 8 p.m.</p><p>A night of literary hijinks, including DJs, puppets, dancing and some readings, all of it to benefit <a href="http://youngchicagoauthors.org/blog/">Young Chicago Authors</a>.</p><p><a href="http://lincolnhallchicago.com/">Lincoln Hall</a></p><p>2424 N. Lincoln Ave.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-29/phife.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 181px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.clubtix.com/themid/phife-dawg---maseo---mayhem-tickets-95035"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>3. Mayhem at The MID</strong></span></a></p><p>Friday 9 p.m.</p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/IAMTHEPHIFER">Phife Dawg</a> of <a href="http://atribecalledquest.com/html/">A Tribe Called Quest</a>, Maseo of <a href="http://shopdelasoul.com/">De La Soul</a>. But that's not all! Check out performances by B.O.B.O., DJ Intel and John Huang.</p><p><a href="http://www.themidchicago.com/">The MID</a></p><p>306 N. Halsted</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-29/baby_teeth_we_live_here_ep.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 159px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://schubas.com/Shows/03-02-2012+Baby+Teeth"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>4. Baby Teeth Record Release Party</strong></span></a></p><p>Friday 10 p.m.</p><p>Celebrate the release of local band Baby Teeth’s latest album, <em>White Tonight</em>.</p><p><a href="http://schubas.com/">Schubas</a></p><p>3159 N. Southport</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-29/maria-giotto.jpg" style="width: 241px; height: 176px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://oppl.org/about/library-information/library-news/performance-poet-charlie-rossiter-and-friends-perform-march-3"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>5. Performance Poetry: Maria Maziotti Gillan</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.</p><p>Oak Park performance poet Charlie Rossiter will perform along with three of his talented poet friends, including a rare appearance by Maria Maziotti Gillan.</p><p><a href="http://oppl.org/">Oak Park Public Library</a></p><p>834 Lake Street, Oak Park, Ill.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-29/CABANA_PHOTO_8-400x600.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 195px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://challengerscomics.com/index.php?view=details&amp;id=216%3Aart-of-wrestling-live-recording-with-colt-cabana-and-more&amp;option=com_eventlist&amp;Itemid=200123"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>6. The Art of Wrestling</strong></span></a></p><p>Sunday 3 p.m.</p><p>A meet-and-greet with Colt Cabana, Cliff Compton and Luke Gallows as they wrap up the final day of shooting on their documentary <em>Wrestling Road Diaries 2</em> - and record the latest episode of their <em>Art of Wrestling</em> podcast.</p><p><a href="http://challengerscomics.com/">Challengers Comics + Conversation</a></p><p>1845 N. Western Ave.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the <em>Weekender</em> podcast.</p></p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 14:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/alison-cuddy/2012-03-02/weekender-b-ball-wrestling-mayhem-and-mouthful-music-96862 Weekender with Alison Cuddy: Leroy Bach, 'Margaret' and dancing librarians http://www.wbez.org/blog/alison-cuddy/2012-02-17/weekender-alison-cuddy-leroy-bach-margaret-and-dancing-librarians-96450 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-17/Librarians-Haunted-Love.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-15/solo2.jpg" style="width: 560px; height: 374px;" title=""></p><p>Fans of Bill Murray (count me among them) may recall one of his most popular personas – Nick the Lounge Singer. Nick was a bit of a chameleon, customizing his last name, lyrics and between-song chatter to suit the situation he was in, whether singing on a train headed to Florida (check out the sweet <a href="http://www.metacafe.com/watch/3610769/nick_the_lounge_singer_auto_train/">Cicely Tyson cameo</a>) or in a Nevada bar made out of <a href="http://www.metacafe.com/watch/3615541/nick_the_lounge_singer/">cinder blocks</a>.</p><p>I love Murray’s performance because even though it's a parody, his total commitment to the character makes it equally an homage to musicians who perform in non-concert venues like restaurants or hotel lounges. Many are hard-working professionals who have to roll with a lot of punches, from surly, sour drunks to the clashes and clangs of a chef run amok in the kitchen.</p><p><a href="http://www.leroybach.com/">Leroy Bach</a> is no lounge act but he’s committed to playing in situations where his music is neither “background music nor deliberate reach out, but something in between.” Bach is a prolific performer and collaborator, most notably with <a href="http://wilcoworld.net/#%21/">Wilco </a>from the late '90s through 2004.</p><p>But he tends to collect diverse talents around his own person. He was a founding member of Five Style, which included members like <a href="http://www.allmusic.com/artist/herndon-p166809">John Herndon</a> of Tortoise and Euphone’s <a href="http://www.jadetree.com/bands/artist/euphone">Ryan Rapsys</a>. That trend lives on with <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/the-low-tide-trio,66523/">Low Tide Trio</a>, his long-standing, righteous rhythm section 'for hire.' The group gathers to put on <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/95575/">shows</a> with a revolving line-up of Chicago singers and poets.</p><p>Lately, Bach’s been playing at local bar <a href="http://whistlerchicago.com/">The Whistler</a>, which has evolved from a regular Friday night to a more “erratic” gig. Over his two-hour performance, the space slowly fills up with bodies and banter. But Bach says even if his music doesn’t “get people through their ears [he'll] get ‘em through their spine.”</p><p>He credits the “physicality”&nbsp;of his music, which doesn’t involve thrashing away on his guitar but using “repetition or harmonic sculpting.”&nbsp;The few times I’ve caught Bach in action I’ve found him mesmerizing – which may explain why he believes that “rather than playing a song for someone [I’m] giving them a massage or slapping them on the ass.”</p><p>See what Bach does for you this Friday, from 6-8 pm.&nbsp; Other picks are below – enjoy!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-15/Librarians-Haunted-Love.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 180px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://soulclub45.myfullseat.com/events/2372452-Stacks-Soul-Librarian-Dance-Party-to-Benefit-Read-Write-Library">1. Stacks! Soul Librarian Dance Party</a></strong></span></p><p>Friday 10pm</p><p>DJs MLE &amp; Lady J (Our Ladies of Soul) and JJ (Windy City Soul Club) put some rhythm in the 3 R's - and benefit the <a href="http://readwritelibrary.org/">Read/Write Library.</a></p><p>Hear Lynette Kalsnes' interview with the library <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-alternative-library-saves-printed-material-otherwise-lost-shuffle-93901">here</a>.</p><p><a href="http://latebarchicago.com/">Late Bar&nbsp;&nbsp; </a>3534 W Belmont</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-15/Daedalus 1.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 199px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.clubtix.com/themid/daedelus---emancipator---little-people-tickets-87954">2. Daedelus</a></strong></span></p><p>Friday 10pm</p><p>Daedelus brings his early-Victorian era garb and ultra-modern visual presentation to The Mid.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.themidchicago.com/">The Mid</a></p><p>306 N Halsted</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-15/Chi Rest Week.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 176px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.choosechicago.com/articles/view/About-Restaurant-Week/180/">3. Chicago Restaurant Week</a></strong></span></p><p>Feb 17th-26th</p><p>Nosh your way through Chicago!&nbsp; For 10 days, over 200 restaurants will offer special prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner.</p><p><a href="http://www.choosechicago.com/things-to-do/dining/chicago-restaurant-week/find-chicago-restaurant-week-dining/?listing_keyword=Search+By+Name&amp;subcatid=&amp;regionid=&amp;amenityDbField=">Participating Restaurants throughout Chicago</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-15/margaret 2.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></p><p><a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/margaret"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>4. Margaret</strong></span></a></p><p>Friday - Sunday</p><p>A 17-year-old girl's traumatic coming of age becomes a lens onto the broader landscape of post 9/11 Manhattan.</p><p><a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/">Gene Siskel Film Center</a></p><p>164 N State Street</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-15/CB3.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 160px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://thecharlesbradley.com/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>5. Charles Bradley</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday 9pm</p><p>Charles Bradley spent much of his life dreaming for a better one. Now he's making up for lost time with a whole lotta singing, dancing and loving!</p><p><a href="http://metrochicago.com/">Metro</a></p><p>3730 N Clark Street</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-16/harlancounty1.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 157px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/events/harlan-county-usa-2012-02-19-458-pm"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>6. The Film That Changed My Life</strong></span><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>: Harlan County U.S.A. with Steve James and Robert K Elder</strong></span></a></p><p>Sunday 1:30pm&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://dev.musicboxtheatre.com/">Music Box Theatre</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 3733 N Southport</p><p>Author Elder and filmmaker James discuss the 1976 documentary about striking coal miners in Kentucky, <em><a href="http://bombsite.com/issues/38/articles/1507">Harlan County USA</a></em>.</p><p>Hear Alison Cuddy's full interview with Robert K Elder <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-28/directors-share-their-favorite-film-moments-new-book-83082">here</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-17/Guns-N-Roses.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 155px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=73206">7. Guns N' Roses</a></strong></span></p><p>Sunday 10pm</p><p>See the larger-than-life, enigmatic Axl Rose up close and personal.</p><p><a href="http://www.houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/chicago/">House of Blues Chicago</a></p><p>329 N Dearborn</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the <em>Weekender</em> podcast.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 14:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/alison-cuddy/2012-02-17/weekender-alison-cuddy-leroy-bach-margaret-and-dancing-librarians-96450 Weekender with Alison Cuddy http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-25/weekender-alison-cuddy-94263 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-22/brian-babylon.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/turkey 1.jpg" style="width: 560px; height: 373px;" title=""></p><p>For most of us Thanksgiving means turkey for dinner. But many use the holiday to ponder deeper relationships to the big, meaty bird. These days some folks go the <strong><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-talk-eng-turkey-slaughter-20111122,0,7655182.story">extra mile</a></strong> to make feasting on the bird more meaningful. Maybe they agree with Benjamin Franklin - who in jest deemed turkey a '<strong><a href="http://fi.edu/franklin/birthday/faq.html#21">more respectable bird</a></strong>' than America's national symbol, the eagle? But why stop at turkey? The birds are everywhere! Angry Birds, the popular mobile app, is now entering the <strong><a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/angry-birds-the-smurfs-holiday-toys-264997">stuffed toy market</a></strong>. And take a look at this <strong><a href="http://vimeo.com/30843599">creepy mash-up</a></strong> of Angry Birds and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. If that revenge scenario has you regretting the feast you just consumed check out Peggy MacNamara, artist in residence at <strong><a href="http://fieldmuseum.org/"><span class="Normal__Char" style="font-weight: bold;">The Field Museum</span></a></strong>. MacNamara’s not only drawn many of the bird specimens held by the Museum - 18 of her own <a href="http://www.peggymacnamara.com/"><span class="Normal__Char" style="font-weight: bold;">paintings </span></a>are also on permanent display.</p><p>Other picks for the weekend are below. And big thanks to The Chicago Film Archive for providing the vintage sounds of Chicago's holiday season (The Big Downtown Christmas, Charles Sharp, 1962).</p><p>Here are <em>Weekender</em>'s top 6 picks:</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/boys-noize.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 87px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.boysnoize.com/blog/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>1. Boys Noize</strong></span></a></p><p><a href="http://www.clubtix.com/themid/boys-noize---team-bayside-high---mayhem-tickets-66377">Friday 10pm-4am</a></p><p><a href="http://www.themidchicago.com/">The Mid</a> 306 N Halsted</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://southsidehub.org/2011/11/18/three-films-about-the-middle-east/">2. Films about the <img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/middle east.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 120px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="">Middle East</a></strong></span></p><p>Three films about Americans' Knowledge of the Middle East</p><p>Saturday 6pm</p><p><a href="http://southsidehub.org/">Southside Hub of Production</a> 5638 S Woodlawn Ave, Hyde Park</p><p>See a trailer for one of the films, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVVFX4ptNPA">Desert in the Coffeehouse</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-21/brian-babylon.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 141px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://comedybarchicago.com/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>3. Brian Babylon</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday 8pm and 10pm</p><p><a href="http://www.vocalo.org/">Vocalo</a>'s <a href="http://www.brianbabylon.com/Brian_Babylon/BRIAN_BABYLON.html">Brian Babylon</a> hosts hilarious Stand Up at <a href="http://comedybarchicago.com/">The Comedy Bar</a></p><p>157 W Ontario St (Ontourage)</p><p>See more of Brian's comedy <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NL-xgQ8C4sU">here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.roosevelt.edu/GageGallery.aspx">4. Prison </a><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/Supermax-Prison.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 106px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></strong></span></p><p>Photographs by <a href="http://lloyddegrane.com/">Lloyd DeGrane</a></p><p>Friday 9-6 Saturday 10-4&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.roosevelt.edu/GageGallery/Directions.aspx">Gage Gallery</a> 18 S. Michigan</p><p>Hear more from Lloyd DeGrane <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-22/capturing-life-behind-bars-94278">here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/yawn.jpeg" style="width: 160px; height: 116px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.yawntheband.com/YAWN/Home.html"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>5. YAWN</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday 8pm</p><p>w/ <a href="http://www.thekooks.com/">The Kooks</a> and <a href="http://www.thepostelles.com/">The Postelles</a></p><p><a href="http://www.jamusa.com/Venues/Vic/Concerts.aspx">The Vic Theatre</a> 3145 N Sheffield Ave</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/christ.jpg" style="width: 159px; height: 106px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.christkindlmarket.com/"><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">6. Christkindlmarket</span></strong></a></p><p>Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sunday 11am-8pm</p><p>Traditional German American Holiday Market and Chicago Institution</p><p>Daley Plaza 50 W Washington St</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the <em>Weekender</em> podcast.</p></p> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-25/weekender-alison-cuddy-94263 Attn. food bloggers: Cool it on the month-long coverage of Thanksgiving http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-18/attn-food-bloggers-cool-it-month-long-coverage-thanksgiving-94199 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-18/AP111117040720.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-18/AP111117040720.jpg" title="Great photo. (AP)" width="512" height="256">d</p><p>Did I read this right in the New York Times? 32,000 people gathered on or by the Brooklyn Bridge for the Occupy Wall St. march yesterday? And in Chicago, right at rush hour, protesters shut down the LaSalle Street bridge here in Chicago. Just when you thought the movement was dying down, it springs right back up. It's fascinating to watch. How does a regular Chicagoan respond to the Occupy Chicago movement? There aren't a lot of super rich people here (I'm sure there are a few, but still). So how does the 99 percent view it? Let's find out. Good blog idea for next week. I wish <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/anne-elizabeth-moore">Anne Elizabeth Moore was still doing her Revision Street project</a>. That would be an interesting question to ask real Chicago.</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: My colleagues at work believe that new Chicago Cubs Manager Dale Sveum looks like me:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-18/sveum-headshot.jpg" style="width: 494px; height: 371px;" title=""></p><p>First off, this guy is much better looking than me. Secondly, it's in the nose. This guy has a regular nose, where I go with more of the hook style nose. Lastly, not all bald guys look alike. That's just baldist.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: If I ever have a free weekend, I always have a hard time figuring out entertainment sites like Metromix or Time Out Chicago. They are great sites with a ton of content, but it's so much that sometimes I just need someone to tell me what the heck is going on this weekend, and should I go to it. Right? My wifey is usually in charge of, "Hey, let's go to this new restaurant or event." If it were up to me, I'd say, "Hey, my friend's band is playing at US Beer Company. I ain't talked to him in a while and the band isn't that great, but still, I think they have drink specials?"</p><p>Enter <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-18/weekender-alison-cuddy-94167">Alison Cuddy and the <em>Weekender</em></a>. Great idea. May I make a public suggestion? Throw what new/hot restaurants and bars you should go to in the podcast. That would kill.</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: You know what I hate right now? That every food blog is about Thanksgiving. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing...we get it. It just seems like food sites are turning into the blog equivalent of the candy aisle at Walgreens (which now have Santa candy out). I think it's appropriate to throw in a couple Thanksgiving-related recipes and whatnot starting THIS weekend (<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-18/weekender-alison-cuddy-94167">even though Zulkey disagrees</a>). But the last two weeks have been overkill.&nbsp; I can only see so many pictures of turkeys and bright, orange leaves. Isn't family harrassment enough to remind me Thanskgiving is coming, now you pile on? I can't wait til the week after when it's all leftover talk. Food blogs during the holidays is probably a lot like public radio during pledge drives. I'll just come back when it's over.&nbsp;</p><p>Do a story instead on why breakfast is constantly costing me $40 now.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>E story</strong>: I just went to the Gap because I have no casual winter clothes. I bought a hoodie for $41 (30 percent off). But just the idea that a hoodie sweatshirt is $41 is outrageous. But it's soft. And much more stylish than your run-of-the-mill Target sweatshirts. But wow, that's quite a mark-up. But I feel like I could be in <em>How to Make it in America</em>:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-sN49nNdE58" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: Today is probably a perfect November day. Cold but not too cold. Sunny and bright. No real global warming problems.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: I read this on CBS Sportsline on my phone today. Columnist <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/16158417/peek-at-the-week-which-version-of-the-ravens-will-we-see-this-week">Clarke Judge previews the big NFL games this weekend</a>. For the Bears/Chargers game, Clarke writes:</p><blockquote><p>In a month, Chicago has gone from a struggling club to one that is a legitimate Super Bowl threat ... yes, I'm serious. I don't know who to credit -- coach Lovie Smith, offensive coordinator Mike Martz or offensive line coach Mike Tice -- but the Bears figured out how to protect Jay Cutler, Cutler figured out to play quarterback and the Bears figured out how to win consistently.</p></blockquote><blockquote><p>They have it all. They can throw. They can run. They play defense. And they have Devin Hester. Frankly, I'm surprised the line is so small here. I don't see how San Diego competes with these guys. The Chargers are 1-3 on the road, are trapped in a four-game slide and have so many injuries on the offensive line they wanted to audition Pete Prisco at left guard.</p></blockquote><p>Wow. Hard to believe the Bears turned it around so quickly. Even after London (going into the Bye), the fans were not happy. 4-3 and just playing poorly. We expected more from a squad that went to the NFC Championship last year. This happened one time before in our history. We got to the NFC Championship in 1984. Then, 1985. That's the expectation here in Chicago. So reading this today, it truly gets you excited. Have the Bears turned a corner? And now, the rivalry with the Packers is heating up, even though we don't play against them til Christmas night.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: Speaking of rivalries, I saw this Tweet last from Ernest Wilkins, commissioner of our summer media softball league (and RedEye columnist/social media editor):</p><blockquote><p>I'd like to acknowledge that #KupLeague trash talk occurred tonight. Can't wait for next season, especially the @ChicagoNow/@WBEZ rematch..</p></blockquote><p>and</p><blockquote><p>Should ChiNow-WBEZ be the opener?</p></blockquote><p>It's November. That's pretty intense, seeing the league probably won't start up again til June. It's not unlike Bears/Packers. But I think it's much more Steelers/Ravens. Ha! If you missed it, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-08-19/wbez-softball-team-beats-chicagonow-heading-championship-game-90796">here's the recap of the rivalry game last year</a>.&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 19:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-18/attn-food-bloggers-cool-it-month-long-coverage-thanksgiving-94199 Weekender with Alison Cuddy http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-18/weekender-alison-cuddy-94167 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-17/axis_11.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-18/weekend.jpg" style="width: 560px; height: 298px;" title=""></p><p>Jean Luc Godard’s 1968 film <em><a href="http://www.villagevoice.com/2011-10-05/film/weekend-when-godard-burned-the-movie-house-down/">Weekend</a></em> is exactly the weekend you DON’T want to have!&nbsp; A couple jumps in the car, heads to the country, hits the mother of all traffic jams and then?&nbsp; Mayhem, murder, and cannibalism!&nbsp; What is it about a couple of days off from the grind that provokes anxiety in filmmakers?&nbsp; In <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037884/">The Lost Weekend</a></em> Ray Milland falls off the wagon – hard.&nbsp;<em> Weekend at Bernie’s</em> involves toting around a corpse and avoiding an assassin – played for laughs.&nbsp; And Chicagoan <a href="http://joeswanberg.com/">Joe Swanberg</a> explores the pains of a long distance relationship in <em>Nights and Weekends</em>.&nbsp; Now I’m pretty sure heading out to see Godard’s movie this weekend at the <a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/">Gene Siskel Film Center</a> won’t involve people trying to eat you for supper.&nbsp; But if you want to play it safe – here are a few other ideas to fill your Friday through Sunday.</p><p>Here are <em>Weekender</em>'s top picks:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-17/Tremulis.jpg" style="width: 159px; height: 111px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.nicholastremulis.com/index.php">1. Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra</a></strong></span></p><p>Friday 9pm</p><p><a href="http://www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com/">FitzGerald's</a> 6615 Roosevelt Road Berwyn, IL</p><p>Hear more from Nicholas Tremulis <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-17/chicago-rocker-nicholas-tremulis-keeps-rolling-94140">here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-18/Yellow-Ostrich.jpeg" style="width: 160px; height: 107px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.yellowostrich.com/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>2. Yellow Ostrich</strong></span></a></p><p><a href="http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1525284&amp;cobrand=metrochicago">Friday 9pm</a></p><p><a href="http://metrochicago.com/">Metro </a>3730 N. Clark Street</p><p>Opening for <a href="http://delicatesteve.com/">Delicate Steve</a> and <a href="http://www.rarariot.com/">Ra Ra Riot</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-17/chi books expo.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 160px; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://chicagowritershouse.org/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>3. Chicago Book Expo 2011</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday 10am-6pm Sunday 12-6pm</p><p>Goldblatt's Building 4720 N. Broadway 1st Floor</p><p>Uptown Broadway Building 4701 N. Broadway Basement</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-18/axis_11.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 114px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.axisdance.org/">4. AXIS Dance Company</a></strong></span></p><p>Saturday 7:30pm Sunday 2pm</p><p><a href="http://auditoriumtheatre.org/wb/">Auditorium Theatre</a> 50 E. Congress Parkway</p><p>Hear <a href="http://www.luciamauro.com/">Lucia Mauro</a>'s review of the performance <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-08/reimagining-dancing-body-93850">here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-18/Beer Carol.JPG" style="width: 160px; height: 136px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.drinkingandwriting.com/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>5. A Beer Carol!</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday at 4pm</p><p><a href="http://www.haymarketbrewing.com/">Haymarket Pub and Brewery</a> 737 W Randolph</p><p>Hear Gabriel Magliaro, founder and president of Chicago-based Half Acre Beer, discuss the local craft beer scene <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-15/brewing-strong-economy-94063">here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-18/thumb.php_.png" style="width: 160px; height: 91px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/godards-weekend"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>6. WEEKEND</strong></span></a></p><p>Friday-Sunday</p><p><a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/">Gene Siskel Film Center</a> 164 N. State Street</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the <em>Weekender</em> podcast.</p></p> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-18/weekender-alison-cuddy-94167 Weekender with Alison Cuddy http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-04/weekender-alison-cuddy-93641 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-04/moon.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/17262149?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="560"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/17262149">Piano.</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/paulrayment">Paul Rayment</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p><p>Chicago has no shortage of film festivals.&nbsp; Seriously you could spend practically every weekend checking out the best in<a href="http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/"> international film</a> or new <a href="http://www.cicff.org/">movies for children</a> or even <a href="http://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com/chicago/">films about bikes</a>! A relative newcomer to the film fest scene is the <a href="http://www.eyeworksfestival.com/">Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation</a>.&nbsp; The fest is four programs over two days - you can watch old and new, classic or rare animated shorts.&nbsp; For a preview take a look at Piano, which screens Sunday. It is just one of the pieces of eye and ear candy I've picked out for you this weekend!</p><p>Here are Weekender's top six picks:</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-04/bazer-thumb.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 120px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></p><p><a href="http://www.markbazer.com/2010/05/29/hideout/"><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">1. The Interview Show</span></strong></a></p><p>Friday 6:30pm</p><p><a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/">The Hideout</a> 13<span style="font-size: 12px;">54 W<span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;"> Wabansia</span></span></p><p>Hear <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer">Mark Bazer</a>'s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-04/weekly-guide-interview-shows-mark-bazer-gets-chicago-couch-93770">Weekly Guide</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-04/moon.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 106px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></p><p><a href="http://kv265.org/"><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">2. Moonrise</span></strong></a></p><p><a href="http://josefrancisco.org/">Dr. Jose Francisco Salgado</a> and the <a href="http://www.chicagosinfonietta.org/">Chicago Sinfonietta</a> perform</p><p>Saturday 8:00pm <a href="http://northcentralcollege.edu/home">North Central College</a> Naperville</p><p>Hear Dr. Salgado's interview <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-01/exploring-outer-space-music-93659">here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-04/MIB.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 132px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></p><p><a href="http://www.michaelianblack.net"><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">3. Michael Ian Black</span></strong></a></p><p>Stand-up Comedian Michael Ian Black at Park West</p><p>Saturday 8:00pm</p><p><a href="http://www.jamusa.com/Venues/ParkWest/Concerts.aspx">Park West </a>322 W Armitage Ave</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-04/evanston.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 102px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://eplfriends.org/the-mighty-twig/"><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">4. The Mighty Twig</span></strong></a></p><p>Six month celebration of the opening of Evanston's volunteer-run library, The Mighty Twig</p><p>Saturday 5:00pm 900 Chicago Ave Evanston</p><p>Paul Friedman explains why he loves Evanston <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-02/comparing-evanston-and-chicago-93689">here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-04/milano.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 160px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.hearmilano.com/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>5. Milano</strong></span></a></p><p>Chicago band Milano play Dudeypalooza</p><p><a href="http://www.martyrslive.com/">Martyrs'</a> 3855 N Lincoln Ave</p><p>Hear a live performance from Milano <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/musicvox-live-from-studio-10/id410349767">here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-04/eyeworks_logo.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 93px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></p><p><a href="http://www.eyeworksfestival.com/01.html"><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">6. Eyeworks Festival</span></strong></a></p><p>Eyeworks Animation Festival</p><p>Saturday and Sunday</p><p><a href="http://www.cdm.depaul.edu/academics/pages/labsandresources/labsandresources.aspx">DePaul CDM Theater</a> 247 S. State Street, basement level</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the Weekender podcast.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 04 Nov 2011 21:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-04/weekender-alison-cuddy-93641 Weekender with Alison Cuddy http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-10-27/weekender-alison-cuddy-93417 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-28/FIG_9_ONMONSTERS_LRG.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-28/FIG_9_ONMONSTERS_LRG.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 369px;" title=""></p><p>Halloween has become a major event for both children and adults. Is there anyone who doesn't like eating candy, dressing up and playing tricks?!&nbsp; But beneath the costumes some scary stuff lurks - like monsters.&nbsp; Real or fictional, we're drawn to the monstrous side of life.&nbsp; I got to thinking about our beastly attractions thanks to <a href="http://www.stephenasma.com/">Stephen Asma</a>, who has a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Monsters-Unnatural-History-Worst-Fears/dp/0199798095/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_4">great book on the 'unnatural' history of monsters</a>.&nbsp; You can settle in for a scary read, or you can head out - I've found plenty of monster-friendly events happening around Chicago this weekend.&nbsp;</p><p>Here are the top 6 picks for the weekend:</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-28/monster_squad_small.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 120px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.portagetheater.com/Events/PDF%20HALLOWEEN%20HAVOC%204%202011%20POSTER.jpg"><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">1. Halloween Havoc 4</span></strong></a></p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u96ogiqeTBw">House of Frankenstein</a>, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBG29nM_uEg">The Monster Squad</a>, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeAzGxWlEcg">The Haunting</a>, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sa98CctMb38">The House of 1000 Corpses</a></p><p>Friday 4:30 - witching hour</p><p><a href="http://www.portagetheater.com">Portage Theatre</a> 4050 N. Milwaukee Avenue</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-24/Red 3.JPG" style="width: 160px; height: 83px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.goodmantheatre.org/season/Production.aspx?prod=124"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>2. Red</strong></span></a></p><p>Friday October 28th - Sunday, October 30th</p><p><a href="http://www.goodmantheatre.org/">Goodman Theatre</a> 170 N. Dearborn Street</p><p>Hear more from playwright John Logan <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-15/playwright-john-logan-paints-chicago-red-92029">here</a>.</p><div class="times">&nbsp;</div><div class="times"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-28/jc.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 120px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://jcbrooksandtheuptownsound.com/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>3. JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound</strong></span></a></div><div class="times">Friday w/ White Mystery</div><div class="times"><a href="http://www.doubledoor.com/">Double Door</a></div><div class="times">1572 N. Milwaukee Ave</div><div class="times">Hear their interview and performance with Eight Forty-Eight <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-26/jc-brooks-and-uptown-sound-deliver-some-21st-century-soul-93493">here</a>.</div><div class="times">&nbsp;</div><div class="times">&nbsp;</div><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-28/gainsbourg.JPG" style="width: 160px; height: 89px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.musicboxfilms.com/gainsbourg"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>4. Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life</strong></span></a></p><div class="show_left"><div class="theater"><div id="theater_17343236898785978263"><div class="address"><a href="http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/" id="link_1_theater_17343236898785978263">Music Box</a> 3733 North Southport Avenue, Chicago</div></div><div class="times"><div class="show_right"><div class="theater"><div id="theater_15782977380669114765"><div class="address"><a href="http://www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/Chicago/Landmark%27sRenaissancePlaceCinema.htm" id="link_1_theater_15782977380669114765">Landmark Renaissance Place Cinema</a> Highland Park</div></div><div class="times"><span style=""><span style="padding: 0pt;">‎</span></span></div><div class="times"><span style="">Hear </span>Christy LeMaster's review <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-21/european-cinema-comes-chicago-93354">here</a>.</div><div class="times">&nbsp;</div><div class="times"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-28/Svengoolie-Image.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 120px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://svengoolie.com/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>5. Svengoolie</strong></span></a></div><div class="times"><a href="http://svengoolie.com/?page_id=19">Bark-o-ween 3 at Parker's</a></div><div class="times">1342 E 55th Street Hyde Park</div><div class="times">Saturday 1-4pm</div><div class="times"><a href="http://www.facebook.com/nightmareonchicagostreet#%21/nightmareonchicagostreet?sk=info">Nightmare on Chicago Street</a> Elgin</div><div class="times">Saturday 6-11pm</div><div class="times">&nbsp;</div><div class="times"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-28/25_spooky.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 103px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="https://www.oldtownschool.org/concerts/2011/10/30_spooky.php"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>6. Spooky Singalong</strong></span></a></div><div class="times">Sunday 10am and 3pm</div><div class="times"><a href="https://www.oldtownschool.org/">Old Town School of Folk Music</a></div><div class="times">909 West Armitage Ave</div><div class="times">&nbsp;</div><div class="times">&nbsp;</div></div></div></div></div></div><p>Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the Weekender podcast.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-10-27/weekender-alison-cuddy-93417 Weekender with Alison Cuddy http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-10-21/weekender-alison-cuddy-93330 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-21/serafine lacroix.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Welcome to the Weekender! Host Alison Cuddy has your whole weekend planned out for you.</p><p>Click above to listen, click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-21/serafine lacroix.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 359px;" title=""></p><p>Sometimes Chicago culture is like a jar of candy - you just have to pick your favorite flavor!&nbsp; Come along as we sample Chicago authors Nelson Algren and Saul Bellow, hear the sound of poetry in a brothel and get a Chicago Bear's plan to break down a London guard! Plus a ukulele tune!</p><div id="divBdy"><div><div><div><div>See all of the Weekender picks below.</div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-20/Poetry Brothel.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 120px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.chicagopoetrybrothel.com/"><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">Chicago Poetry Brothel</span></strong></a></p><p>Friday, October 21st: 8pm-Midnight</p><p>Ristorante al Teatro, 1227 W 18th St</p><p>More: Hear more of Serafine LaCroix's aka Jennifer Steele's Weekly Guide picks <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-21/weekly-guide-intimate-weekend-chicago-poetry-brothel-serafine-lacroix-93">here</a>, including Sunday Brunch at <a href="http://www.kitkatchicago.com/">Kit Kat Lounge</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-20/2011_07July_11_PatrickStump21.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 104px; float: left; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px;" title=""></p><p><a href="http://www.patrickstump.com/"><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">Patrick Stump: Soul Punk</span></strong></a></p><p>Fall Out Boy frontman <a href="http://www.patrickstump.com/">Patrick Stump</a>'s solo debut: <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/soul-punk-deluxe-edition/id466040776?ign-mpt=uo%3D4">Soul Punk</a></p><p>Released Oct. 18th on <a href="http://www.islanddefjam.com/default.aspx?labelID=62">Island Records</a>.</p><p>Look for his interview on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/eight-forty-eight"><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em></a> next week.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-20/Nelson-Algren-001.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 111px; float: left; margin: 10px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" title=""></div><div><a href="http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/C/bo11463726.html"><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">Chicago: City on the Make</span></strong></a></div><p>More: Co-Editor Bill Savage <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-17/celebrating-60-years-nelson-algrens-chicago-city-make-93189">spoke with <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em></a> about the book.</p><p><a href="http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/C/bo11463726.html">The 60th Anniversary Edition</a> is available now on <a href="http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/C/bo11463726.html">The University of Chicago Press Books</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-20/Nurses.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 80px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.myspace.com/nurses"><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">Nurses</span></strong></a></p><p>Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 10pm</p><p><a href="http://www.schubas.com/">Schuba's</a>, 3159 N. Southport</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-21/uke-horrifica.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 87px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.ukechicago.org/">Chicago Ukulele Cabaret</a>: <a href="http://gapersblock.com/slowdown/archives/2011/10/22/#060433">Uke Horrifica</a></strong></span></p><p>Saturday, Oct 22nd, 8:30pm, 21+, Free</p><p>Silvie's Lounge: 1902 W. Irving Park</p><p>More: <a href="http://www.theheavyboxes.com/">The Heavy Boxes</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-20/London-NFL.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 90px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.chicagobears.com/index.html">Chicago Bears</a> vs. <a href="http://www.buccaneers.com/">Tampa Bay Buccaneers</a></span></strong></p><p>Sunday, Oct. 23rd, 12pm</p><p><a href="http://www.wembleystadium.com/">Wembley Stadium</a>, London, UK</p><p><a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/video/shows/nfl-on-fox">The NFL on Fox</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Those are your Weekender picks so have a great weekend, get out there, and enjoy!</p><p>Subscribe to the Weekender podcast <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810">here.</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 17:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-10-21/weekender-alison-cuddy-93330