WBEZ | Midsommer Flight http://www.wbez.org/tags/midsommer-flight Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Mayor Emanuel makes surprise appearance at small theater fundraiser http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-mayor-emanuel-makes-surprise-appearance-small-theater <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rahm%20emanuel%20chair_0.jpg" style="height: 357px; width: 200px; float: left; " title="(Photo by Evan Hanover via Facebook)" /><span style="font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel</strong></span></span> made a suprise appearance at Sunday night&#39;s fundraiser for <a href="https://www.facebook.com/theWhiskeyRebellionTheatre">The Whiskey Rebellion</a>, a local theater collective formed in 2010.&nbsp;Apparently, a friend from the Board of Education brought the Mayor along who, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151450904667926&amp;set=a.10151450895752926.585506.712652925&amp;type=1&amp;theater">as you can see from this photo</a> captured by Evan Hanover, is adept at carrying a folding chair. He&#39;s also good at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151450900992926&amp;set=a.10151450895752926.585506.712652925&amp;type=1&amp;theater">looking casual whilest standing in a crowd</a>.&nbsp;The Whiskey Rebellion&#39;s show&nbsp;<em>Wake: A Folk Opera </em>was workshopped over the summer and proceeds from <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/221579247970958/">last night&#39;s BBQ</a> go to putting on the real deal.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Comedian Jamie Kennedy</strong></span></span> will be at the <a href="http://LaughFactory.com">Laugh Factory</a> this coming weekend. Tickets are $25-35. Kennedy is host of a new game show on the CW called<em> Oh Sit!</em> Get it?</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- The Chicago City Council </strong></span></span><a href="http://midsommerflight.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/chicago-city-council-honors-midsommer-flight/#comments">adopted a resolution </a>to honor Midsommer Flight for &quot;their dedication to bringing the arts to underserved communities&quot; through inclement weather. Here is a<a href="http://midsommerflight.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/city-council-resolution.jpg"> photo of it</a>. It looks professional.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- And on New Years weekend</strong></span></span>,&nbsp;Hannibal Buress will take over Zanies all across Chicagoland, with performances in Rosemont, St. Charles and Chicago.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 11:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-mayor-emanuel-makes-surprise-appearance-small-theater Daily Rehearsal: ComedySportz Chicago wins 2012 ComedySportz World Championship http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-comedysportz-chicago-wins-2012-comedysportz-world <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-more-shakespeare-parks-100302">More</a> Shakespeare in the parks</strong></span></span>: Midsommer Flight, a new theatre group, will be doing free (donations happily accepted) productions this August. They are, unsurprisingly, doing <em>A Midsummer Night&#39;s Dream </em>as their first show.&nbsp;It&#39;s up August 18-19, 25-26 at Touhy Park.&nbsp;<a href="http://midsommerflight.wordpress.com/">Their website</a> is very green, much like the parks. There is a band and picnics are encouraged.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/comedysportz.jpg" style="height: 198px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- ComedySportz Chicago</strong></span></span> repped their city and won the <a href="http://www.25yearz.com">ComedySportz World Championship</a>; the Downtown Chicago Bosses beat Los Angeles 26 to 12. They&#39;ll be celebrating this weekend and you can be there too.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Deanna Isaacs has an interesting take on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-diane-lane-shine-her-star-chicago-100930">the NEA grant</a></strong></span></span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-diane-lane-shine-her-star-chicago-100930"> given to fund Writers&#39; Theatre&#39;s</a> new location in Glencoe; she&#39;s curious about the choice to better this already very wealthy community. &quot;Has anyone from the NEA ever been to Glencoe?,&quot; <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2012/07/16/the-nea-comes-to-glencoes-aid">Isaacs asks</a>. &quot;Because if the &#39;quality of life&#39; gets any better there, the whole village will just have to leave planet Earth behind and ascend to heaven.&quot; However, an anonymous commenter feels differently: &quot;Writers&#39; Theatre&#39;s new space will help communities outside of Glencoe, the artists who work at the theatre (who are not Glencoe millionaires), not to mention the incredible educational outreach that the company brings to under-served student communities all over the Chicago area. Furthermore, any national spotlight and aide to any of our arts organizations helps to promote the entire Chicago artistic community,&quot; EES wrote.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;Cirque du Soleil&#39;s </strong></span></span><em><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>Michael Jackson</strong></span></span>: The Immortal World Tour </em><a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/unscripted-blog/15507816/cirque-du-soleils-michael-jackson-the-immortal-world-tour-keep">looked</a> pretty big and beautiful this weekend; who saw it?</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 09:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-comedysportz-chicago-wins-2012-comedysportz-world