WBEZ | Fred Armisen http://www.wbez.org/tags/fred-armisen Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Eat this, drink that: WBEZ live with Portlandia's Fred Armisen — and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/eat-drink-wbez-live-portlandias-fred-armisen-%E2%80%94-and-more-104382 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/christkindlmarketgluhwein2012.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Grab a Glühwein and join WBEZ live Thursday at the Christkindlmarket 2012 in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p><u><strong>Saturday, December 15</strong></u></p><p><em>8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.:</em>&nbsp;The Midwest Buddhist Temple <a href="http://www.midwestbuddhisttemple.org/temple-organizations.htm">Adult Sangha</a> presents the annual&nbsp;<a href="http://www.midwestbuddhisttemple.org/temple-special-events.htm#mochi">mochi-tsuki</a> at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.midwestbuddhisttemple.org/index.shtml">temple</a>. Get there early for your chance to pick up the wooden mallet to help pound hundreds of pounds of sweet rice into the sweet rice cakes, along with karate and judo groups. Temple office manager Jesse Zavala says Mochi &quot;as big as hamburgers&quot; will be available plain or adzuki bean filled, $5 for nine pieces.&nbsp;Admission FREE.</p><p><em>10 a.m. to 12 p.m.:</em> <a href="http://culinaryhistorians.org/">Chicago Foodways Roundtable</a> presents &quot;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/pastrami-rye-overstuffed-history-jewish-deli-103570">Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli</a>&quot; at Kendall College. On the next to the last day of Hanukkah 2012, <a href="http://www.tedmerwin.com/">Ted Merwin</a>, Associate Professor of Religion &amp; Judaic Studies at Dickinson College, and author of the forthcoming book <em>Pastrami on Rye</em>, will discuss, &quot;Can the deli be resurrected?&quot; &mdash; and more. Pastrami on rye will indeed be served with &quot;sinus-clearing strong mustard&quot; &mdash; both made by my friend and culinary historian <a href="http://www.greatermidwestfoodways.com/index.php/page/14.html">Catherine Lambrecht</a> &mdash; with <a href="http://kaufmansdeli.com/wordpress/?page_id=9">Kaufman&#39;s Jewish and corn rye bread</a>. Plus, chopped chicken livers. Admission $3, FREE for Kendall staff and students with ID.</p><p><em>2 p.m. to 7 p.m.:</em> Merry <a href="http://www.fischmanliquors.com/2012/10/fisch-mas-chrismas-at-fisch.html">Fisch-mas</a> at <a href="http://www.fischmanliquors.com/p/welcome.html">Fischman&#39;s Liquors</a>.&nbsp;Taste the 12 craft beers of Christmas, including rare seasonal ales, with <a href="http://thewagyuwagon.com/index2.php#/home/">The Wagyu Wagon</a>&nbsp;grilling burgers (yes Virginia, there&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-07/go-northwest-young-food-truck-jefferson-park-next-wicker-park-bucktown-%E2%80%94-or">cooking in a food truck</a>). Plus bring in your favorite beer bottle and glass blower&nbsp;<a href="http://www.etsy.com/shop/nickpaul">Nick Paul of Windy City Glass</a>&nbsp;can transform it into a drinking glass or vase.&nbsp;Admission $30 advance, $35 on Saturday.</p><p><em>6 p.m. to 10 p.m.:</em> The <a href="http://sunbrosstudios.com/">Sun Bros</a> presents <a href="http://sunbrosstudios.com/2012/11/21/partyfaq/">The <em>Chinatown</em> Launch Party</a> at <a href="http://www.experimentalstation.org/event/chinatown-graphic-novel">The Experimental Station</a>.&nbsp;Celebrate the release of Sun Bros first <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/364698788/chinatown-a-graphic-novel">graphic novel, <em>Chinatown</em></a> and the one-year anniversary of the Studios. There will be Chinese bakery pastries, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Rabbit_Creamy_Candy">White Rabbit Creamy Candy</a>, <a href="http://www.eatwisconsincheese.com/wisconsin/other_dairy/health_nutrition/lactose_intolerance.aspx">cheese</a>, and hors d&rsquo;oeuvres from Chicago&rsquo;s Chinatown, plus wine and non-alcoholic drinks. Admission FREE but <a href="http://new.evite.com/#view_invite:eid=0339NC2ZTL7RSYATAEPCGAIBDARI6I">RSVP</a>.</p><p><em>8 a.m. to 11 p.m.:</em> <a href="http://www.grazemagazine.org/"><em>Graze</em> magazine</a> presents <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/170309856447490">Holiday Bizarre: Festive Food Fiascoes</a> at <a href="http://gaslightcoffeeroasters.com/blogs/gaslight-coffee-roasters-1">Gaslight Coffee Roasters</a>. Tell your five-minute holiday food fiasco story live on stage. Complimentary Gaslight coffee, Marion Street cheese, Smoking Goose meat, Paper Moon pastries, and a Letherbee Distillers gin cocktail will be served. Admission FREE but BYOB.</p><p><u><strong>Monday, December 17</strong></u></p><p>The Hungry Hound himself, our <a href="http://stevedolinsky.com/?p=10015">friend Steve Dolinksy</a>, hosts the second annual <a href="http://holidayrockandroll.eventbrite.com/">Holiday Rock &amp; Roll</a> at Café des Architectes, benefiting <a href="http://www.nokidhungry.org/">Share Our Strength</a>. Taste <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-12-15/holiday-competition-sofitel-takes-cake-94941">modern takes on the classic French <em>bûche de Noël</em></a> &mdash; aka yule log &mdash; from seven of the best pastry chefs in the city then cast your vote. Competing chefs include Acadia&#39;s Thomas Raquel, Balena&#39;s Amanda Rockman,&nbsp;Blackbird&#39;s Dana Cree, NoMI&#39;s Meg Galus,&nbsp;Perennial Virant&#39;s Elissa Narow, RM Champagne Salon&#39;s Nate Meads,&nbsp;and Sepia&#39;s Cindy Schuman. Savory rolled bites by Café des Architectes&#39;&nbsp;Greg Biggers, plus Stout Barrel House, Maison, and Carnivale will also be served, with punch bowl cocktails. Admission $35.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/Calendar/769211460?view=Detail&amp;id=112883&amp;whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chicagosfoodbank.org%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Devnt_cal%26AddInterest%3D1041">Holiday Food Drive</a> at <a href="http://thepublicanrestaurant.com/">the Publican</a> is back until December 23, benefitting the <a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer?pagename=homepage">Greater Chicago Food Depository</a>. Please bring a non-perishable food donation to receive one drink ticket. As usual, the Publican will provide snacks, and everyone who donates will have a chance to win special raffle prizes. The most needed items are beans, canned fruit, canned vegetables, cereal, chili, jelly, macaroni and cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, rice, shelf-stable milk, soup, stew, and tuna. Or simply <a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer?pagename=diff_donate">donate funds now</a>. Admission FREE but please donate.</p><p><u><strong>Thursday, December 20</strong></u></p><p>WBEZ presents <a href="http://www.wbez.org/afternoon-shift-remote-broadcast-christkindlmarket-edition-104362"><em>The Afternoon Shift</em> Remote Broadcast: Christkindlmarket Edition</a>, hosted by Rick Kogan with very special guests Fred Armisen of <em>SNL</em> and&nbsp;<em>Portlandia</em>, Richard Marx, and yours truly. Grab some <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/currywurst-yes-there-ketchup-hot-dog-and-curry-too-104155">currywurst</a>, Glühwein, and perhaps a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/kinder-surprise-2500-contraband-chocolate-egg-104292">contraband chocolate egg</a> and join us.&nbsp;Admission FREE.</p></p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/eat-drink-wbez-live-portlandias-fred-armisen-%E2%80%94-and-more-104382 The hosts of the 'How to Do Everything' podcast share some wisdom http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-09/hosts-how-do-everything-podcast-share-some-wisdom-96238 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-09/020912 Seg D.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The hosts of NPR's <em><a href="http://howtodoeverything.org/" target="_blank">How To Do Everything</a></em> podcast, <a href="http://howtodoeverything.org/moreinfo" target="_blank">Mike Danforth and Ian Chillag</a>, describe their show as part survival guide, part advice column. They take questions from listeners and find experts to answer them.</p><p>Danforth and Chillag joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight to </em>share some questionably-useful advice on how to fact check Super Bowl commercials and fake your way through a wine menu.</p></p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 17:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-09/hosts-how-do-everything-podcast-share-some-wisdom-96238 Daily Rehearsal: Chicago Opera Theater makes 2012 season updates http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-20/daily-rehearsal-chicago-opera-theater-makes-2012-season-updates-957 <p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/talking-smack-with-the-united-states-of-improv,67985">Get to know</a> the final four teams</strong></span></span> in the United States of Improv bracket (they are&nbsp;Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina, and Vermont) in this <em>A.V. Club</em> interview with specific folks. The first part of the final stretch of the tournament is tomorrow night at iO.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <em>Portlandia: The Tour </em>came to Chicago Wednesday</strong></span></span>, and famous people were there (<a href="http://chicagoist.com/2012/01/20/who_needs_snark_when_you_have_good.php#photo-1">as was <em>Chicagoist</em></a>). Fred Armisen stopped by WBEZ during his trip, <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/jasonsaldanha/status/160029950928355328">taping an interview for <em>Sound Opinions</em></a>, and dropped by <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-19/chicagoans-and-fred-armisen-consider-selling-valuables-95645"><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> for a brief moment</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Did you know Steven Speilberg was a theater dork?</strong></span></span> He's the EP of <em>Smash</em>, so now it's painfully obvious, if it wasn't from classics like <em>Saving Private Ryan</em>. And so is the man who greenlit the show&nbsp;Robert Greenblatt, who was a props assistant in an Illinois community theater, and is now chairman of NBC's entertainment division. Which one, which one? "There’s thrilling, fun mystery in how Broadway creates such wonderful illusions and imagery in the limited space of a stage," Speilberg <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/arts/television/smash-on-nbc-about-broadway-with-katharine-mcphee.html?ref=television">told <em>the New York Times</em></a>. "That’s a rich story."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Pete Holmes is at<a href="http://upcomedyclub.com/show_right.cfm?id=125830"> UP next weekend</a></strong></span></span>, performing 5 shows; book your tickets now for the man who is actually the voice of the e*trade baby, like the one below, that got the company into <a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/lohan_such_baby_jVdQWABj9z0MgXzCv1Nh1O">trouble with Lindsay Lohan</a>. I'm sure Pete loves talking about all of that.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lEXZ2hfD3bU" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Chicago Opera Theater's 2012 cast and artistic teams</strong></span></span> have been released, and there have been a few updates. "Since the season was originally announced last March, Michael Beattie has replaced Christian Curnyn as conductor for <em>Teseo</em>, due to conflicts with Christian’s schedule," says this press release. This will be Beattie's first Chicago performance. Additionally, the&nbsp;production of <em>The Magic Flute</em> from Canadian Opera Company has been replaced with a new production by Michael Gieleta for Chicago Opera Theater, conducted by Steuart Bedford, content unknown.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 20:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-20/daily-rehearsal-chicago-opera-theater-makes-2012-season-updates-957 Chicagoans and Fred Armisen consider selling valuables http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-19/chicagoans-and-fred-armisen-consider-selling-valuables-95645 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-19/For sale flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/" target="_blank"><em>Chicago Sun-Times</em></a> recently reported that Zion city officials have discussed selling City Hall. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> asked listeners what they would sell to make some extra dough. When times are tough, what would you put on the auction block? Call <strong>312-923-9239</strong>, hit up <a href="http://twitter.com/848" target="_blank"><strong>@848</strong></a> on Twitter or e-mail at<strong> </strong><a href="mailto:848@wbez.org">848@wbez.org</a>. <em>Saturday Night Live</em> regular and star of IFC's comedy series <a href="http://www.ifc.com/shows/portlandia" target="_blank"><em>Portlandia</em></a>, <a href="http://fredarmisen.com/" target="_blank">Fred Armisen</a> was at WBEZ for <a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/" target="_blank"><em>Sound Opinions</em></a> but made a surprise appearance on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to share what he might consider selling.</p></p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 15:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-19/chicagoans-and-fred-armisen-consider-selling-valuables-95645 Daily Rehearsal: 'Portlandia: The Tour' sells out Chicago in record time http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-22/daily-rehearsal-portlandia-tour-sells-out-chicago-record-time-94280 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-22/75-atlg.png" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. There's not a ton of stuff to see this weekend</strong></span></span> with the family, and it's basically half getting into the holiday spirit, and the other half a motley crew. Anyhow, <a href="http://www.footlights.com/chicago/events/for/thisweekend/page/1.html">peruse Footlights</a>, see what you like that will get you out of the house more than a walk-off of your turkey-enduced coma.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/75-atlg.png" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 200px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/78431/"><em>Portlandia: The Tour</em></a> is already sold out</strong></span></span>, after tickets just went on sale at 10 am this morning. (Comments indicate they sold out within minutes. Whatever, just put a bird on it.) The show, which you won't be seeing, is in Chicago on January 18 at the Hideout. What will you be missing?<a href="http://www.ifc.com/portlandia/the-tour/"> Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen</a>&nbsp;"performing live music, presenting sneak-peek clips from the show's second season and sharing personal&nbsp;anecdotes about the creation and inspiration of Portlandia and its variety of eccentric characters."&nbsp;Want more Brownstein? Check out <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/live-music-thursday-wild-flags-black-tiles-94156">these videos</a>&nbsp;of Wild Flag performing for <em>Sound Opinions</em> here at WBEZ.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. <em>An Iliad</em> has received the elusive </strong></span></span><a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/15032167/an-iliad-at-court-theatre-theater-review"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>five-star review</strong></span></span> from <em>TimeOut</em></a>; reviewer Oliver Sava writes, "Kane’s stunning performance has the spontaneity of a story told around a campfire, yet his emotional reaction to the narrative shows his profound connection to the material." There's also praise for set designers and directors -- it sounds like no one is resting in this production.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Interesting: Yesterday Kris Vire and Ada Grey delievered</strong></span></span>&nbsp;their review of&nbsp;Strawdog's Benefit Performance of<em> <a href="http://adagrey.blogspot.com/2011/11/ada-grey-reviews-for-you-live.html">The Phone Book </a></em><a href="http://adagrey.blogspot.com/2011/11/ada-grey-reviews-for-you-live.html">LIVE</a>. As in, in front of everyone it was concerning. I'm not super familiar with Grey, but <a href="http://adagrey.blogspot.com/">her blog is quite enjoyable</a>. Rude or funny? Your call. Maybe a bit of both, the best way to be.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. The last week in November is House Manager Appreciation Week!&nbsp;</strong></span></span>Not officially or anything, but according<a href="http://backstageat.backstagejobs.com/?p=829"> to Backstage at BackstageJobs.com</a>. They're the ones that have to deal with:</p><ul><li>Irate patrons.</li><li>Sick patrons.</li><li>Violent patrons.</li><li>Drunk patrons.</li></ul><p>And why the last week in November? Because it's the <em>holidays</em>, and that means people are shockingly not on their best behavior.&nbsp;"Not only do [house managers] have the stress of dealing with people who may have no idea what their expected behavior should be in a theatre [tourists], but also trying to ensure that they enjoy the experience enough to consider coming back for a show during the regular season." So hug a House Manager!</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 17:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-22/daily-rehearsal-portlandia-tour-sells-out-chicago-record-time-94280