WBEZ | Nicky Margolis http://www.wbez.org/tags/nicky-margolis Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The nanny state keeps an eye on baby New York City http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/nanny-state-keeps-eye-baby-new-york-city-102524 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/4695631997_02b2500e95_z.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 300px; float: right; " title="(Flickr/cobalt123)" />&quot;We are just making healthy choices easier,&quot; <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57515748-10391704/nyc-health-commissioner-on-soda-ban-we-are-just-making-healthy-choices-easier/">said New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley Wednesday</a>&nbsp;about the city&#39;s new ban on large soft drinks.</p><p>But Comedian Nicky Margolis thinks the &quot;Greatest City on Earth&quot; (and the people in it) is being treated a little too delicately: So carefully as to almost be a child, unable to protect itself from the world. Read an excerpt below or listen above:</p><p><em>OK Mayor Bloomberg, we&#39;re almost set to leave. Thank you again for agreeing to babysit our dear little New York City. Before we leave for the night, we have just a few more instructions for taking care of our precious little city.</em></p><p><em>Now you already know about his special dietary needs: no surgary drinks over 16 ounces and no trans fat&nbsp;</em><em>&mdash;</em><em>&nbsp;none! We would also like to add to the list no gluten, no peanuts, no dairy, no niacin just to be safe. And no eating anything that describes itself as marshmallow-y. It&#39;s not a word, it shouldn&#39;t be a food.</em></p><p><em>Also when he goes for a slice its now more of a strip. No one needs pizza that big. In this house, we fold our laundry, not our food. We are currently working on New York&#39;s potty mouth; we know it&#39;s a problem. We do not condone such embarassing behavior, however warranted the swearing may feel. And believe me&nbsp;</em><em>&mdash;</em><em>&nbsp;I&#39;ve been there. Do you think I like standing behind the idiot who can&#39;t see to walk and meanders everywhere? No, who walks like that?&nbsp;But still, I&#39;m a lady about it.</em></p><p><em>Anyway, the point is is that we&#39;ve implemented a city-wide swear jar initiative. There are swear jars placed conviently on every corner, on bus stops, on subway platforms, in delis, anywhere a TV is present. A quarter for each bad word will do. Any use of the &quot;C word&quot; will get an immediate five dollar fine and a five hour course in women&#39;s studies.</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;<em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 pm., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/nanny-state-keeps-eye-baby-new-york-city-102524 Nicky Margolis: Texting in the theater turns us into teenagers http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-08/nicky-margolis-texting-theater-turns-us-teenagers-94718 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-December/2011-12-08/Nicky Margolis web.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-08/Nicky Margolis web.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;" title="Nicky Margolis is not texting while she talks. (Photo by Ali Weiss Klingler)"></p><p>Recently, texting in the theater and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-30/stamp-approval-texting-tweeting-theaters-94460">not being considered the rudest person on earth</a> became a distinct possibility. Nicky Margolis explains, with her thoughts on how this new theater etiquette precedent might make us all teenagers. Read an excerpt here, and listen below. As usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE.</p><p><em>Construction for the new Tateuchi Center in Bellevue, Washington has not yet broken ground, but already the theater has a groundbreaking idea that it hopes will attract younger audiences to its shows. According to the </em>New York Times<em>, the 2000-seat concert hall and 250-seat cabaret will be the first of its kind to allow text-messaging during its live performances. Set to open in 2014, plans are in place to wire the building, and install a 12 to 14 foot antenna to ensure clear cell phone reception.</em></p><p><em>Which is great. Because Nielsen reports that in 2010, the average teenager sent 3,339 texts per month. Or about 6 texts every waking hour. So, with the average theater performance being two hours long, that's at least twelve texts per show. That is twelve important thoughts that would remain unexpressed in a normal, non-text friendly theater. Thank you Tateuchi Center! Finally a place that understand how to appease teenagers. Just let them blindly do whatever they want to do.</em></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483837-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-12-03-papermachete-nicky-margolis.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>This <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2011/12/07/1210-line-up/">Saturday at the Horseshoe</a> is one of the last times you can see the <em>Machete</em> in December, before the holiday winds of change sweep us all away. They'll be talking about Blago, obviously, and the line-up includes&nbsp;<a href="http://www.madambarker.com/" target="_blank">Madame Barker’s Cabaret</a>&nbsp;(Molly Brennan&nbsp;and&nbsp;John Fournier); Occupiers Art and Nancy Brennan; Chad the Bird; comedian <a href="http://therealcameronesposito.com/">Cameron Esposito</a>;&nbsp;Kate James and Steve Waltien of The Second City and WBEZ's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey">Claire Zulkey</a>. With music by <a href="http://www.myspace.com/babyteethmusic">Baby Teeth</a>.</p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It's always at 3 p.m., it's always on Saturday, and it's always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://wbez.org/thepapermachete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 15:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-08/nicky-margolis-texting-theater-turns-us-teenagers-94718