WBEZ | Mike Daisey http://www.wbez.org/tags/mike-daisey Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Berwyn's Jolly Green Giant (Laundromat) and local theater http://www.wbez.org/sections/media/berwyns-jolly-green-giant-laundromat-and-local-theater-105355 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/laundromat.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>We&#39;re exploring Chicago suburbs and put out calls via <a href="http://twitter.com/wbez">Twitter</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/wbez915?fref=ts">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://instagram.com/wbezchicago">Instagram</a> to get your ideas for our day looking for <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/day-berwyn-105207">stories in Berwyn</a>. And you gave us <a href="http://www.facebook.com/wbez915/posts/10151457987906000">so many ideas</a>, we had to enlist the help of some of our bloggers to answer your questions.</em></p><p><em>We have a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/diversity-spawns-creativity-berwyn-105351">story about the World&#39;s Largest Laundromat</a> and the unconventional ways it&#39;s building community in Berwyn. But it&#39;s also an interesting test case in using green technology to cut energy costs. WBEZ Environmental blogger <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley">Chris Bentley</a> talked with Tom Benson, the owner, about his solar-powered laundromat:</em></p><h2><strong>Solar-powered suds</strong></h2><p>World&#39;s Largest Laundromat owner Tom Benton first installed solar panels in 2002 after <a href="http://www.eia.gov/oiaf/servicerpt/natgas/chapter1.html">an unprecedented spike</a> in natural gas prices.</p><p>These are solar thermal panels, not photovoltaics, so they make hot water, not electricity. Depending on the season, his 36 solar panels can shave as much as 15 percent off his natural gas bill. That is one of his main expenses &mdash; all those washers use a lot of hot water.</p><p>The laundromat burned down in 2004, and Benson rebuilt the $175,000 solar panel system along with the rest of the building, receiving a minor contribution from the state for the renewable energy.</p><p>(The first time around, a state grant kicked in nearly half of the solar panel&#39;s costs). Interestingly that price signal that drove Benson to look at solar in the first place has not only subsided &mdash; natural gas is now one sixth the price it was in the early 2000s. Thanks to unconventional extraction techniques like fracking, massive domestic reserves of the fossil fuel have been discovered, which have prolonged Benson&#39;s payback period.</p><p>Though the solar panels still haven&#39;t paid for themselves, despite next to no maintenance costs, he is still glad he has them. Given the new economics of natural gas, he said he would have to think long and hard about whether he&#39;d install them again if asked to start over today.</p><p>They are scouting a new location in Chicago, which Benson said would likely include solar photovoltaic. It might also include efficient LED lighting, at least for the building&#39;s exterior. He isn&#39;t the only solar laundromat &mdash; in fact, he said one nearby on Ogden Ave. had solar panels &mdash; but he is one of few. Crain&#39;s <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20071117/ISSUE02/100028874/worlds-largest-green-laundromat">reported</a> that fewer than 5 percent of the 35,000 laundries nationwide use solar power, according to the Coin Laundry Association.</p><h2><strong>Theater in Berwyn</strong></h2><p><em>Lots of folks on Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/wbez915/posts/10151457987906000">suggested</a> we explore the <a href="http://www.16thstreettheater.org/scripts/now_at_16thstreet.asp">16th Street Theater</a> in Berwyn. WBEZ&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dueling-critics">Dueling Critic</a> Kelly Kleiman offered her two cents about the budding theater scene:</em></p><p>Ann Filmer founded 16th Street Theater to bring not just professional theater but new plays to Berwyn. It&#39;s becoming the affordable alternative to Oak Park for literate parents. Filmer has worked with other theaters (Teatro Luna) and with visiting artists</p><p>(Michael Fosberg, who performed his own compelling monologue about discovering in his mid-30s that he was black) but her real strong suit is discovering new plays with believable protagonists dealing with contemporary issues. &quot;Contemporary&quot; can be a pretty broad category--16th Street&#39;s production of The Beats focused on poets of the 1950s--but don&#39;t expect any costume dramas.</p><p>Right now 16th Street is working with visiting artist Lance Baker as he presents Mike Daisey&#39;s monologue The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, a &quot;J&#39;Accuse!&quot; about Apple&#39;s manufacturing partners in China and their mistreatment of their workers. Daisey originally presented the monologue on This American Life as reportage, but was soon forced to admit that it contained significant elements of fiction, and Ira Glass and his crew <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/460/retraction">retracted the story</a>.</p><p>Baker is presenting what purports to be a de-fictionalized version of the piece, but the shadow of Daisey&#39;s deception hangs over it. Interestingly, though, that makes the piece more resonant instead of less--obviously some portions of it are true, and the effort of trying to decide which those are makes the audience more engaged in--and, sad to say, more complicit with--the business decisions which produce our affordable iThings.</p></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/sections/media/berwyns-jolly-green-giant-laundromat-and-local-theater-105355 Daily Rehearsal: Mike Daisey brings 'American Utopias' to the MCA http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-11/daily-rehearsal-mike-daisey-brings-american-utopias-mca-103591 <p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/mdaisey/status/264072544963948546/photo/1"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/large_1.jpg" style="height: 225px; width: 300px; float: right; " title="The set of 'American Utopias' (Twitter @mdaisey)" /></a><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Could there ever be <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/15824206/mike-daisey%E2%80%99s-american-utopias">another article</a> about Mike Daisey</strong></span></span> without mention of <em>This American Life </em>and Apple? At least for now, no. Daisey is currently in Chicago for his piece <a href="http://www.mcachicago.org/performances/now/all/2012/881"><em>American&nbsp;Utopias</em></a>, which opens at the MCA Thursday, co-presented by the Chicago Humanities Festival. He&#39;ll also <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2012/10/31/113-lineup/">read at <em>The Paper Machete</em></a> on Saturday.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Speaking of <em>The Paper Machete</em></strong></span></span>, the WBEZ-podcasted reading series is <a href="https://www.facebook.com/thepapermachete/posts/103360996494557">officially moving to the Green Mill</a>, after a few trial runs, in December.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/the-opponent-at-a-red-orchid-theatre/Content?oid=7820781">Tony Adler describes</a> the performances</strong></span></span> of Guy van Swearingen&nbsp;and Kamal Angelo Bolden in&nbsp;<em>The Opponent</em> at A Red Orchid Theatre as something &quot;fans will be wanting to say they witnessed years from now.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- There<a href="http://thenewcolony.org/view/down_and_derby"> is a production</a> about real, live roller derby</strong></span></span> at the Red Tape Theater by New Colony. Will it be as good as <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQGPdXnb2Gg"><em>Whip It</em></a>? Can anything really be?</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 10:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-11/daily-rehearsal-mike-daisey-brings-american-utopias-mca-103591 Daily Rehearsal: Applications for Garage Rep 2013 now open http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-applications-garage-rep-2013-now-open-98380 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1.&nbsp;Brian Dennehy</strong></span></span> was <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-04/actor-brian-dennehy-iceman-cometh-98336">on <em>The Interview Show</em></a> and charmed the pants off of Mark Bazer.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/HitTheWall_01.jpg" style="float: left; width: 300px; height: 199px; " title="'Hit the Wall' (Photo by Ryan Bourque)"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <a href="http://steppenwolf.org/garagerep2013">Garage Rep</a> applications</strong></span></span>&nbsp;are now being accepted. Considering <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-09/daily-rehearsal-more-hit-wall-shows-added-97121">the success of<em> Hit the Wall</em></a>, it seems likely that people might be even more encouraged to do 2013's season. If your company wants some Garage Rep action, feel free to&nbsp;&nbsp;"attend an informational meeting at 6pm on April 23, 2012 in the Garage Theatre (1624 N Halsted St); members of Steppenwolf’s artistic staff discuss the application and selection process, and Garage Rep alumni share their experiences." Applications are due at 5 pm on June 1, 2012.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Chris Hardwick took </strong></span></span><a href="http://www.timeoutchicago.com/things-to-do/chicago-blog/15278846/the-nerdist-live-at-the-vic-review"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong><em>The Nerdist Live</em></strong></span></span> to the Vic</a>. If you want to know every single joke they made, read this <em>TimeOut </em>review. We do get to know that&nbsp;"the Nerdist hosts exuded an air of approachability, an unlikely yet fitting byproduct of the cult following which they have obtained. Unfiltered by earbuds, the show yielded charmingly candid observations in addition to a bevy of topical quips."&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. The <a href="http://www.chicagoimprovfestival.org/web/index2.php">Chicago Improv Festival</a> </strong></span></span>is next week; it runs from April 23 through 29. The <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/its-just-spring-and-the-world-is-improv-luscious/Content?oid=6089390"><em>Reader</em> delivers</a>&nbsp;highlights, some of whom are local and you can see whenever, and some of whom are from Russia or Ohio.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Hopefully the last and final word</strong></span></span> on Mike Daisey from Ira Glass, who <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-04/ira-glass-mike-daisey-and-retraction-episode-american-life-98345">talked to Alison Cuddy</a> before his St. Charles show.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:08:02 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-applications-garage-rep-2013-now-open-98380 Ira Glass on Mike Daisey and the 'Retraction' episode of 'This American Life' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-04/ira-glass-mike-daisey-and-retraction-episode-american-life-98345 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Ira%20Glass%20-%20Stuart%20Mullenberg%20%282%29.jpg" style="height: 402px; width: 600px;" title="Ira Glass (Stuart Mullenberg)"></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Ira Glass was back in the Prairie State last week to perform his "<a href="http://stcharles-il.patch.com/events/reinventing-radio-an-evening-with-ira-glass-live-at-the-arcada">Reinventing Radio</a>" show for the good folks of St. Charles, Ill. I spoke to him for <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-04/weekender-ira-glass-gambles-big-freedia-bounces-and-turtles-race-98151"><em>Weekender</em></a>&nbsp;to find out more about how he prepares to perform onstage in front of a live audience.&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1334771949-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Ira%20prep.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I also asked him about an ideal weekend in Chicago. I don’t know about you, but I was struck by how melancholy he sounds here as he talks about going for a walk by the water, which he doesn’t “do at all in [his] life now,” and about the nature of a “happy weekend like they used to be when I lived in Chicago.” This isn’t a revelation or anything - Glass has been candid before about his status as a “reluctant New Yorker” and how he’d return here if it wasn’t for the roots his producers have established in New York City. But it does seem to be a situation that weighs on him a bit.</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1334772063-3" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Ira%20weekend.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>But the big topic on my mind was the <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/460/retraction">“Retraction”</a> episode of <em>This American Life</em>, which aired this past March 16. Daisey and Glass worked together closely to turn Daisey’s one-man show about conditions at the Foxconn plant in China into the radio episode “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory,” which first aired on Jan. 6, 2012. As most people now know, Daisey fabricated many details in his story and misrepresented his experiences to <em>This American Life</em> and other media outlets.</p><p>Like many I was riveted to my radio for the entire hour of “Retraction.” I thought it was an incredible conversation, and I was struck by how much effort <em>TAL </em>put into setting the record straight. I found it painful listening. Glass hasn’t really spoken about this with the media, so I took this opportunity to ask what, close to a month later, he thought about the interview and whether he’d spoken with Mike Daisey.</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1334772101-5" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Ira%20on%20Mike%20Daisey%201.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I also wanted to know whether he felt he’d gone too far in his confrontation with Daisey. By that I don’t mean he’d lost his temper or been rude. But there were moments when I felt like Daisey, however untruthful he’d been in his dealings with the show, was being subjected to a kind of stern judgment that made me feel uncomfortable. He had a different take – here’s our conversation.</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1334772125-7" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Ira%20on%20Mike%20Daisey%202.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Glass ended by talking about one of the more "odd" elements of the interview - those incredibly long pauses between him and Daisey.</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1334773855-9" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Ira%20on%20show.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>So - did you go see Glass in St. Charles? What did you think about what he said about Daisey? I'm also curious to hear you thoughts about the "Retraction" episode, now that some time has passed (or if you're experiencing it for the first time). Share your thoughts below!</p></p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:19:12 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-04/ira-glass-mike-daisey-and-retraction-episode-american-life-98345 Daily Rehearsal: Theatrical hubbub about Mike Daisey http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-19/daily-rehearsal-theatrical-hubbub-about-mike-daisey-97419 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-19/RS5139_AP080907061529-scr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. This <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2012/03/19/springsteen-nebraska-playwrights-directors-theater/">Changing Gears story</a> reminds us</strong></span></span> that the&nbsp;<a href="http://tympanictheatre.org/">Tympanic Theater Company</a> is opening a Bruce Springstreen play called<em> Deliver Us From Nowhere: Tales From Nebraska</em>. Micki Maynard reports that&nbsp;"It’s an evening of 10 short plays from 11 different playwrights and 10 different directors, each inspired by a song from the album. The show runs April 26 to May 20." Musicians will perform original work based on these plays, so will there actually be Springsteen music in it? It sounds like no.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. The hubbub over the revealed factual inaccuracies in the&nbsp;<em>This American Life</em> </strong></span></span>episode based on Mike Daisey's show <em>The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs</em> has not died down. Worthwhile highlights: the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-29/daily-rehearsal-mike-daisey-and-ira-glass-bring-steve-jobs-chicago-">Chicago Theatre discussion</a>&nbsp;with Daisey and Ira Glass has been cancelled.<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/19/business/media/theater-disguised-up-as-real-journalism.html?_r=3&amp;ref=business&amp;pagewanted=all"> David Carr discusses</a> the controversey in his piece entitled "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/19/business/media/theater-disguised-up-as-real-journalism.html?_r=3&amp;ref=business&amp;pagewanted=all">Theater, Disguised as Real Journalism</a>." And the Facebook pages of theatrically minded individuals across the US have seemingly blown up in the debate over what's performance and what is fact. (Finally, an obvious disclaimer: <em>TAL</em> is a product of WBEZ.)</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. The <em>Chicago Tribune</em>'s Brian Boyer</strong></span></span> <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/brianboyer/status/181755009652895745">draws a connection</a> between the Illinois primary and <em>Book of Mormon</em> tickets. Get it?</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. The pictures of <em>Hair</em></strong></span></span> at the Paramount look pretty...<em>Hair</em>-y.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-19/Paramount_Hair_1.jpeg" style="width: 600px; height: 444px; " title="(Photo by Liz Lauren)"></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Corn Productions'&nbsp;</strong></span></span><em><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Tammy: A Coming of Age Story</strong></span></span> About a Girl Who is Part T-Rex </em>has been extended through April 7.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 13:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-19/daily-rehearsal-theatrical-hubbub-about-mike-daisey-97419 Don't-Miss List March 2-8: 'The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-01/dont-miss-list-march-2-8-agony-and-ecstasy-steve-jobs-96886 <p><p>Just one item this week, but it's one that haunts me as I set out to finally buy an iPhone.&nbsp; As a benefit for his home ensemble <a href="http://www.aredorchidtheatre.org">A Red Orchid Theatre</a>, Lance Baker will perform <a href="http://mikedaisey.blogspot.com/">Mike Daisey's monologue <em>The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs</em></a> for one night only, this Monday, March 5, at 8 p.m.&nbsp; Daisey himself will be <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-02-29/entertainment/chi-mike-daisey-bringing-agony-and-ecstasy-of-steve-jobs-to-chicago-20120229_1_mike-daisey-ecstasy-radio-show">coming to do the show in April (when it will be sponsored by WBEZ)</a>, but given the choice between the Chicago Theatre and the friendly confines of Red Orchid, I'd choose the latter.&nbsp; And actually, having seen both actors, <a href="http://www.aredorchidtheatre.org/ensemble/lance.html">I'd choose Baker</a> even to do Daisey's work.&nbsp; Kudos to the author, though, for <a href="http://www.eastbayexpress.com/EarBud/archives/2012/02/28/mike-daisey-tweets-his-entire-agony-and-ecstasy-script">making the show royalty free</a>: he's apparently more concerned with making people aware of Apple's exploitation of Chinese workers than with making a bundle himself.&nbsp; Tickets are $20 and are available at the box office (312-943-8722) or on-line; the theater is on Wells Street in Old Town.</p></p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 22:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-01/dont-miss-list-march-2-8-agony-and-ecstasy-steve-jobs-96886 Daily Rehearsal: Mike Daisey and Ira Glass bring 'Steve Jobs' to the Chicago Theatre http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-29/daily-rehearsal-mike-daisey-and-ira-glass-bring-steve-jobs-chicago- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-29/Mike Daisey2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. "It Gets Better for Steppenwolf Audiences"</strong></span></span> because they'll get to attend a discussion following the March 9 performance of<strong>&nbsp;</strong><em>fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life </em>that features Dan AND Bill Savage.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">2.&nbsp;<em>Guerra: A Clown Play</em>,</span></span></strong> by&nbsp;Seth Bockley,&nbsp;Devon de Mayo&nbsp;and Mexico City-based Artús Chávez will be at the Pritzker Pavilion March 22-24. "The play, with clowns speaking English, Spanish and French, is a satirical war epic about man’s inhumanity to man, exemplified by a group of selfish, short-sighted and very human clowns who decide to go to war."</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-29/Mike Daisey2.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 266px; height: 400px; " title="Mike Daisey"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. "Due to Visa Issues,</strong></span></span>&nbsp;(never a good way to start a sentence) Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani’s Engagement Has Been Cancelled." The Chicago performances of&nbsp;<em>Antígona (Antigone)</em> by Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani (Yuyachkani Cultural Group), a Peruvian theater company, have been postponed indefinitely. They were scheduled for the weekend of March 8 at the Cultural Center.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Just days after<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-27/daily-rehearsal-steve-jobs-performed-red-orchid-96773"> A Red Orchid announced</a> </strong></span></span>they were doing a one-off of Mike Daisey's <em>The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs</em>, it was announced that <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/blog/2012/02/mike-daisey-performing-the-agony-and-the-ecstasy-of-steve-jobs-live-in-chicago">WBEZ and <em>This American Life</em> would be presenting</a> the man himself (Daisey) at the Chicago Theatre with a Q &amp; A with Ira Glass after the show. It'll be Saturday April 7 at 7 pm; tickets are on sale tomorrow at 10 am.&nbsp;"Mike's full show is a very different experience from what we put on the radio," says Glass. "For starters, there's an entire story line about Steve Jobs that we didn't touch. Add to that the pleasure of seeing Mike joke and sweat and spin this amazing tale in person—I loved this when I saw it on stage and I'm so excited to bring it to Chicago."</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. I'd love to wax poetic about <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/a-catered-affair-at-porchlight-music-theatre/Content?oid=5723354">this nice look </a></strong></span></span>at Porchlight's <em>A Catered Affair</em>, but I'm so distracted by the <em>Reader</em>'s awesome redesign! Go for either, stay for both.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email<a href="mailto: kdries@wbez.org"> kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 16:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-29/daily-rehearsal-mike-daisey-and-ira-glass-bring-steve-jobs-chicago- Daily Rehearsal: 'Steve Jobs' performed at A Red Orchid http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-27/daily-rehearsal-steve-jobs-performed-red-orchid-96773 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-27/lance_meat_time-out.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="text-align: left; "><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. In case you didn't get enough of them</strong></span></span> at the Oscars last night, Cirque du Soleil will be in Chicago with their show <em>Dralion </em>at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont and the United Center here. They'll be at these big venues for seven nights and eight nights only, respectively.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Listen to </strong></span></span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-27/mondays-gameplan-afternoon-shift-transformations-96769"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>John Lithgow</strong></span></span> on the <em>Afternoon Shift</em> today</a>. He talks about his origins with acting, which he credits partially to the influence of his father, who produced theater in Ohio. He sings some Stravinsky also (he's a part of the <a href="http://cso.org/TicketsAndEvents/EventDetails.aspx?eid=4233">CSO's&nbsp;<em>A Soldier's Tale</em></a> right here in town tomorrow evening).</p><p style="text-align: left; "><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-27/lance_meat_time-out.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 227px; height: 299px; " title="This Lance Baker 'TimeOut' cover is not scary at all."><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3.&nbsp;Sarah Vowell and Jon Langford</strong></span></span> bring&nbsp;<em>Seasick: Tales and Songs of Ships and Islands</em> to UP&nbsp;to promote Vowell's latest book, <em>Unfamilar Fishes</em>. Fun fact: Vowell is the voice of Violet Parr in<em> The Incredibles</em>.&nbsp;"A copy of the book is included in the ticket price," which is $20.</p><p style="text-align: left; "><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Mike Daisey -- who<a href="https://twitter.com/#!/mdaisey"> recently joined Twitter</a></strong></span></span> -- has benefitted hugely from the <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/454/mr-daisey-and-the-apple-factory"><em>This American Life</em> episode</a> that aired an abridged section of his piece&nbsp;<a href="http://mikedaisey.blogspot.com/p/monologues.html"><em>The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs</em></a>, now being performed at the Public Theater in New York. Eager to get the word out about his controversial take on how Apple products are produced, Daisey put the full text online for anyone to perform. <a href="https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9658580">A Red Orchid has snatched it up locally</a>, with Lance Baker (currently in <em>Invisible Man</em>) to perform a one-night only benefit performance for the theater next Monday.</p><p style="text-align: left; "><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Notes from the Global Bard Exchange</strong></span></span>, via Hedy Weiss, which was <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/10789327-421/chicago-shakespeare-theater-hosts-global-bard-exchange.html">hosted by Chicago Shakes</a>.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">Questions? Tips? Email<a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org"> kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 19:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-27/daily-rehearsal-steve-jobs-performed-red-orchid-96773