WBEZ | William Shatner http://www.wbez.org/tags/william-shatner Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Capt. Kirk vs. Reddit, Red Line Alert and Gunning for Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/capt-kirk-vs-reddit-red-line-alert-and-gunning-chicago-105452 <p><h3><a href="pandodaily.com/2013/02/10/william-shatner-calls-out-reddit-for-racism-and-hate-mongering/" target="_blank"><img alt="Shatner, Reddit mascot Snoo. (Photo illustration: William Shatner at Loyal Studios &amp;quot;Star Trek&amp;quot; Behind the Scenes by Bob Bekian, on Flickr; Reddit mascot image)" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/KirkVs.Reddit.jpg" style="float: right; height: 211px; width: 300px;" title="Shatner, Reddit mascot Snoo. (Photo illustration: William Shatner at Loyal Studios &quot;Star Trek&quot; Behind the Scenes by Bob Bekian, on Flickr; Reddit mascot image)" /></a><em><strong>[Note: Looking for last week&#39;s news quiz? <a href="http://cpm.polldaddy.com/s/wbez-meyerson-news-quiz-no-5" target="_blank">It&#39;s here</a>.]</strong></em></h3><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>CAPT. KIRK vs. REDDIT. <a href="http://www.reddit.com/user/williamshatner" target="_blank">William Shatner</a></strong> -- new to Reddit -- is <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/ideasfortheadmins/comments/18536m/turning_off_private_messages/c8bocrt" target="_blank">in his words</a>, &quot;<a href="http://pandodaily.com/2013/02/10/william-shatner-calls-out-reddit-for-racism-and-hate-mongering/" target="_blank">apalled [sic] by some of the immature, horrifically racist, sexist, homophobic &hellip; posts</a> that are just ignored.&quot;<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/02/10/ron_paul_sues_supporters_for_control_of_ronpaul_com/" target="_blank">Ron Paul vs. RonPaul.com</a>.<br />*&nbsp;<em>New Republic:</em>&nbsp;How Republicans came to be&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/112365/why-republicans-are-party-white-people#" target="_blank">the party of white people</a>.</p><p><strong>GUNNING FOR CHICAGO.&nbsp;</strong>President Obama&#39;s coming home later this week to &quot;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-obama-hadiya-pendleton-20130210,0,964750.story" target="_blank">talk about the gun violence</a>.&quot;<br />* Obama&#39;s trip <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/18146944-418/lynn-sweet-obamas-chicago-trip-to-spotlight-failure-of-emanuel-mccarthy-to-curb-gun-violence.html" target="_blank">will spotlight Emanuel&#39;s failures</a>, Lynn Sweet explains for the <em>Sun-Times</em>.<br />* Illinois, Indiana teaming up for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/APNewsBreak-Ill-Ind-to-pair-for-guns-summit-4266851.php" target="_blank">guns summit this week</a>.<br />* NBC News devoting <a href="http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/10/16912259-death-takes-no-holiday-tracking-gun-violence-over-one-long-january-weekend?chromedomain=usnews&amp;lite" target="_blank">week to coverage of gun violence</a> in America.</p><p><strong>RED LINE RED ALERT.</strong> Police have issued a warning about a rash of armed robberies along the CTA&#39;s most popular train line. The victims? <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130210/chicago-citywide/cops-warn-of-armed-robberies-on-red-line" target="_blank">Commuters openly using cell phones and other electronic devices</a>.<br />* CTA moving toward <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-02-09/news/ct-met-cta-train-cameras-0210-20130210_1_rail-cars-cta-rail-twitter-jhilkevitch" target="_blank">HD security cameras on all trains</a>.<br />* <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/10/midwest-highspeed-rail-hu_n_2657446.html" target="_blank">High-speed rail would benefit hundreds of Midwest companies</a>, report says.</p><p><strong>EX-CUB BEHIND BARS. </strong><a href="http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_phoenix_metro/central_phoenix/mark-grace-former-diamondbacks-announcer-reports-for-jail#ixzz2KXxYvbRg" target="_blank">Mark Grace has reported to an Arizona jail</a> to begin serving time for driving under the influence.<br />* Pearl Jam becomes <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18118996-761/pearl-jam-is-fastest-wrigley-field-concert-sell-out-ever.html" target="_blank">fastest Wrigley Field concert sellout ever</a>.</p><p><strong>CHEW ON THIS.&nbsp;</strong>A hundred-year-old <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130210/mckinley-park/old-wrigley-gum-building-could-house-big-box-store-under-development-plan" target="_blank">South Side building once home to a Wrigley gum factory</a> could become a major retail space.<br />* <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130210/hyde-park/study-says-renting-families-priced-out-of-hyde-park" target="_blank">Families that rent have been priced out of Hyde Park</a>, study says.</p><p><strong>A WRIST iPHONE?&nbsp;</strong>The company&#39;s working on <a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/disruptions-apple-is-said-to-be-developing-a-curved-glass-smart-watch/" target="_blank">wristwatch-like devices made with flexible glass</a>, according to sources quoted by <em>The New York Times</em>.</p><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Are you getting this blog by email? 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It, too, is free, but admission requires&nbsp;<a href="http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Content-Strategists/events/101843752/" target="_blank">signing up here in advance</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/capt-kirk-vs-reddit-red-line-alert-and-gunning-chicago-105452 Shatner Unbound, war profiteering and swing music http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2013-01/shatner-unbound-war-profiteering-and-swing-music-104655 <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/shatner_gageskidmore.jpg" style="float: right; height: 200px; width: 300px;" title="William Shatner (Gage Skidmore)" /></div><p><u><em>Shatner&rsquo;s World (We Just Live In It)</em>, Paramount Theatre, 23 East Galena Boulevard in Aurora, Friday night only at 8 p.m.&nbsp; Call 630-896-6666 for tickets ($65, $75 and $85).</u></p><p>I admit it: when I first saw this show announced in September I instantly called for tickets.&nbsp; I was a Captain Kirk freak when all the cool kids were into Spock; I watched <em>TJ Hooker</em> just to hear the leading man say &ldquo;Dirt Bag.&rdquo;&nbsp; I owned a bootleg of <em>Star Trek</em> outtakes and another of our hero&#39;s bizarre interpretation of &ldquo;Rocket Man.&rdquo;&nbsp; I&rsquo;ve even seen the unspeakable studio version of <em>The Brothers Karamazov</em> because his Alyosha looks so cute in a cassock. So naturally I&rsquo;m prepared to drive an hour out to Aurora and an hour back to see William Shatner do whatever it is he&rsquo;s going to do in this one-man one-night-only show.&nbsp; It could be Priceline commercials (or even Promise commercials) for all of me.&nbsp; If you share my passion for the King of Self-Deprecation, the Master of the Unmotivated Mid-Sentence Pause, the ex-Shakespearean actor with the grace not to mourn his lost serious career for the phenomenal silly one he&rsquo;s had, I don&rsquo;t need to tell you: it&rsquo;s going to be well worth the Friday rush-hour drive.<br /><br /><u><em>Allotment Annie</em>, inFusion Theatre Company at Strawdog Theatre, 3829 North Broadway, previews tonight and tomorrow, opens Saturday (Jan. 5) at 8 p.m.&nbsp; Call 773-528-9696 for tickets ($10 previews, $25 and $15 for students and seniors); Thursdays-Sundays through February 3.</u><br /><br />Or if you&rsquo;d rather hear singing by people who can actually sing, coupled with swing dancing by people who can still swing, check out the world premiere of this new play &ldquo;infused&rdquo; (as the company says) with music and dancing of the 1940s.&nbsp; The play itself (not actually a musical) features renegade Air Force pilots, grasping bartenders, war profiteering and (as the company says) &ldquo;sex, betrayal and murder.&rdquo;&nbsp; Just good clean fun with which to start the year.</p></p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 12:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2013-01/shatner-unbound-war-profiteering-and-swing-music-104655 Daily Rehearsal: College cabaret http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-26/daily-rehearsal-college-cabaret-95858 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-January/2012-01-26/betty garrett.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-26/betty garrett.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 214px; height: 314px;" title="Betty Garrett"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1.&nbsp;Columbia College is holding "An Evening of Cabaret</strong></span></span>: Journeys and New Beginnings" on February 4th to raise money for their Betty Garrett Musical Theatre Scholarship, with performances by alumni, faculty and students. The scholarship was named after "actress-singer-dancer-teacher Betty Garrett, who passed away last February 12 at the age of 91. The scholarship was established with funds raised from a 1998 appearance Ms. Garrett made at the Getz Theatre of Columbia College Chicago's Theatre Department. Since the Scholarship was established in 2000, it has awarded some $21,000 to Musical Theatre Majors at Columbia College." Girlfriend has an amazing resume which you should <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0308081/">IMDB</a>.&nbsp;Tickets run from $35 to $100; make your reservations&nbsp;<a href="http://tickets.colum.edu/tickets/reserve.aspx?performanceNumber=4274">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Barrel of Monkeys</strong></span></span> will be performing matinees of <em>That's Weird, Grandma</em> on Sunday's at 2 pm, starting March 11.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Here is a lovely profile of&nbsp;<em>My Fair Lady </em></strong></span></span>(Paramount)<span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></span></span>and <em>Gypsy </em>(Drury Lane)<em>&nbsp;</em>star&nbsp;Andrea Prestinario <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/10230387-421/fair-lady-rising-andrea-prestinario-finding-spotlight-in-key-musical-roles.html">in the <em>Sun-Times</em></a>. She high-fived Donny Osmond once, no joke.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. William Shatner is coming to Chicago</strong></span></span> on March 16 with his show&nbsp;<em>Shatner's World: We Just Live in It</em>, <a href="http://www.playbill.com/news/article/158919-After-Broadway-William-Shatners-Solo-Show-Will-Play-LA-Chicago-Denver-Dallas-Cleveland-and-More">reports Playbill</a>. Tickets go on sale February 3.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Bob Falls </strong></span></span>has been <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/from-lear-to-rothko-a-director-who-wields-a-big-brush/2012/01/25/gIQAJR6URQ_story.html">profiled in the <em>Washington Post</em></a> for his general awesomness and ability to get shows on Broadway.&nbsp;He holds the rare distinction of shepherding Broadway revivals of two plays often considered quintessential American masterpieces, <em>Salesman </em>and <em>Long Day’s Journey Into Night</em>, the latter with Dennehy and Vanessa Redgrave," writes&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/peter-marks/2011/03/08/ABFD9JP_page.html" rel="author">Peter Marks</a>. "And while some of his recent productions have foundered on Broadway — his 2008 revival of David Mamet’s <em>American Buffalo</em> with Cedric the Entertainer lasted a week, and his 2009 staging of O’Neill’s <em>Desire Under the Elms</em> closed after a month — he remains one of the country’s most-sought-after stage directors."</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 19:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-26/daily-rehearsal-college-cabaret-95858