WBEZ | Route 66 http://www.wbez.org/tags/route-66 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A road trip – and hardships – on Route 66 http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range/road-trip-%E2%80%93-and-hardships-%E2%80%93-route-66-99576 <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/route%2066%20AP.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 300px; float: left;" title="A souvenir store off Route 66. (AP/Matt York)" /></div><p>Memorial Day marks the start of summer road trip season &ndash; maybe you&rsquo;re reading this from your mobile device as you cruise down the highway. As you go, consider the story of Terri Ryburn, and the road trip that changed her life.</p><p>Ryburn grew up dirt-poor in a tar-paper shack in rural Illinois. Her carpenter father, Ray, had intense wanderlust, and in 1953 he announced he was moving the family to California.</p><p>Ray converted his Ford Model A truck into a makeshift camper, building up the flat bed with 2x4s and chicken wire, covering the top in gunny sacks and a canvas tarp. In went Terri, her pregnant mother, brothers Dave, Dick, Junior and Roger, and her father&rsquo;s two black and tan coon hounds, Spic and Span. For their drive through the desert they tied canvas water bags to the running boards, and fire wood, so their mother could cook a hot meal when they stopped for the night. &ldquo;We must have looked like the Joads from <em>The Grapes of Wrath</em> -- or maybe those great opening credits from <em>The Beverly Hillbillies</em>,&rdquo; Terri remembers. &ldquo;The neighbors must have really thought my dad had lost his mind.&rdquo;</p><p>The three-week, 2,500 mile cross-country journey proved to be unusual and in some ways traumatic for 5-year-old Terri. They traveled on Route 66, then a bumpy, curvaceous highway with one lane in each direction. The truck could only go 45 mph, so they often encountered angry motorists stuck behind them, unable to pass. They&rsquo;d camp by the road every night and wake up covered in mosquito bites. Terri remembers spending one night sleeping on &ldquo;someone&rsquo;s shoe and a wet diaper all night.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;The first time I ever heard the story <em>The Princess and the Pea</em>, I thought it had been written about me,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;I thought, oh, someone really knows how much I suffered!&rdquo;</p><p>Rest stops at the time had no bathrooms, so Terri and her brothers became experts in which gas stations offered the cleanest facilities. Phillips 66 became their favorite, &ldquo;even before we learned they sent around a team of women in white gloves to inspect them,&rdquo; she says.</p><p>They learned to love their road food, too. Breakfast was store-bought cinnamon rolls and milk. Lunch was a bologna sandwich. Dinner was more bologna, fried, plus fried potatoes from the 25-pound sack her mother had lugged cross country.</p><p>Even though the trip sounds impossibly harsh in some ways, it also left a positive mark: Today she has a PhD in history and a lasting love for Route 66. So much so that in 2007 she purchased a Tudor-revival style 1930s gas station along the highway in her home town of Normal, Ill., which she is working to restore and remodel into a visitor center, gift shop, bed and breakfast and restaurant.</p><p>Plus, as every weary traveler knows, there&rsquo;s joy in the destination. Ryburn remembers clearly the day her family pulled into California. They spent the night in the parking lot of a gas station before driving past the Santa Monica pier to the beach. In the audio above Ryburn describes that much anticipated moment of arrival. &nbsp;</p><p><a href="../../series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range </a><em>showcases hidden gems unearthed from </em>Chicago Amplified&rsquo;s<em> vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Terri Ryburn spoke at an event presented by Culinary Historians of Chicago in April. Click <a href="../../amplified/marked-life-my-travels-route-66-%E2%80%9853-98858">here </a>to hear the event in its entirety.</em></p></p> Sat, 26 May 2012 06:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range/road-trip-%E2%80%93-and-hardships-%E2%80%93-route-66-99576 Daily Rehearsal: Second City opens teen company http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-second-city-opens-teen-company-99562 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/4460272059_b269562f13_z_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_oNFOwnoldo" width="560"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Now&#39;s your chance to become that teen superstar </strong></span></span>you&#39;ve always dreamed of!&nbsp;<a href="http://www.secondcity.com/training/chicago/news/detail/1548692134423998525/1863527738242952316/">Second City is opening a teen company</a>; auditions are June 1 and 2 for those 13 to 17, though it seems as though you would have had to be a go-getter and sign up for those already....&quot;In the past five years we&#39;ve seen tremendous growth and incredible talent coming out of our youth classes and summer camps,&quot; Second City&#39;s CEO/Executive Producer Andrew Alexander said in a statement. &quot;It seemed only fitting that we provide more resources to these talented teens and a regular stage to share their unique voices.&quot; These summer classes they speak of run from June 11 to August 31 and you can pay for those.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Regina Taylor</strong></span></span>, the playwright and director <em>Crowns </em>at the Goodman, has chosen a person for <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/gyrobase/theaster-gates-acre-restaurant-alexander-mqueen/Content?oid=6398257&amp;storyPage=1">her <em>Reader </em>Culture Vulture pick</a> this week: Theaster Gates.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Stage 773</strong></span></span> hosts&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sgtheatre.org/?page_id=99"><em>Honest</em>&nbsp;<strong>| Fair </strong></a>(emphasis theirs) this Sunday for one performance either, from&nbsp;Protégé Ensemble: &quot;Since early September...[they&#39;ve] been exploring the rehearsal and devising techniques of contemporary American practitioners including Moises Kaufman, Robert Wilson and Anne Bogart. Focusing on the Nunnery Scene from&nbsp;<em>Hamlet</em>&nbsp;as source material,&nbsp;<em>Honest</em>&nbsp;<strong>| Fair</strong>&nbsp;is the bad-ass culmination of this year&#39;s work. Experience a portal into Hamlet and Ophelia&#39;s disintegrating relationship as you&#39;ve never seen it: Shattered.&quot; Tickets are free.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-<a href="http://paramountaurora.com/"> Paramount Theater</a>&nbsp;is extending&nbsp;<em>Route 66</em></strong></span></span> for two months, until&nbsp;August 19. And because you&#39;re marking your calendars for January 2012, William Shatner will be there with his show <em>Shatner&#39;s World: We Just Live In It</em>.&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 25 May 2012 10:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-second-city-opens-teen-company-99562 Daily Rehearsal: Offensive comments about a not-vulgar-enough musical http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-15/daily-rehearsal-offensive-comments-about-not-vulgar-enough-musical- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-15/people-come11.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Route 66 got press for Rahm Emanuel attending <em>A Twist of Water</em></strong></span></span>, but Kelly Kleiman thinks they have bigger news yet:&nbsp;Fran Guinan of Steppenwolf and Janet Ulrich Brooks (mostly of TimeLine) will be reading a new play called <em>Goldfish </em>by John Kolvenbach&nbsp;November 29 at 7:30. "They&nbsp;really ARE two of the town's best actors," she says, in response to the press release. &nbsp;You may know Guinan from a smaller screen but a bigger venue; his latest role is as Governor of Illinois on <em>Boss</em>.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Court Theatre and the Classical Entertainment Society host <em>The Homerathon</em></strong></span></span>, a 24-hour reading of Homer's Iliad, at Court this weekend, Sunday through Monday. Sounds...fun (and very UChicago). Food, (non-)alcoholic beverages and activities included. According to Dramaturg Drew Dir,&nbsp;“We’re going to read every word of Homer’s <em>Iliad </em>until it’s finished—that’s 15,693 lines of verse, or about twenty-four hours of active reading." He continues: "Of course, we’ve invited readers to read in any language or translation they choose— one of the faculty members, for example, is reading from his favorite translation, a translation by eighteenth-century English poet Alexander Pope. We’ve also invited participants to read it in the original ancient Greek, which many here at the University of Chicago are more than prepared<img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-15/hollandrosieloretta.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 201px;" title="Holland Taylor, Loretta Swit and Rosie O'Donnell at 'Ann' over the weekend"> to do.” If you want to read or watch,&nbsp;RSVP to Ryan Mease at rmease@gmail.com.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3.&nbsp;</strong></span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>Here's a classy, classy&nbsp;<a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/15023115/photo-rosie-odonnell-loretta-swit-visit-holland-taylors-ann">photo&nbsp;</a>of Holland Taylor</strong></span></span>, Loretta Swit and Rosie O'Donnell at&nbsp;<em>Ann</em>. Oh to be a fly on the wall of that conversation...</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4.&nbsp;</strong></span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>Michael Kaiser</strong></span></span>, President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-kaiser/the-death-of-criticism-or_b_1092125.html">hates critics</a>. The best comment on his piece? "'The problem with quotes (or reviews) on the internet is that it is difficult to determine whether they are genuine.' - Abraham Lincoln."</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-15/people-come11.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 249px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-18/daily-rehearsal-93244/">Street Tempo Theatre Co.</a> is starting to get some buzz for </strong></span></span><a href="http://www.streettempotheatre.com/#%21lmpc"><em>Let My People Come! A Sexual Musical</em></a>, which is not, in fact, a modern adapatation of <em>Hair</em>. One reviewer labels it "Vulgar pornographic musical not raunchy enough for 2011 tastes." I'd argue that this review is vulgar and offensive enough to make up for anything <em>Let My People Come!</em> is lacking. "...many cast members were not too sexy," <a href="http://chicagocritic.com/let-my-people-come/">writes Tom Williams</a>. "If the aim was to have representatives from all size and weight and body types- this show hit the target." Yet despite all these ugly people, Williams still wishes there had been "more skin, more faux-sex acts and loads of nudity" which "would have spiced up the show. During&nbsp; the ending numbers cast members only stripped to their designer underwear when full nudity would have brought the house down."</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 15:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-15/daily-rehearsal-offensive-comments-about-not-vulgar-enough-musical-