WBEZ | Marc Grapey http://www.wbez.org/tags/marc-grapey Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 'Afternoon Shift' #192: Festivals abound http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-19/afternoon-shift-192-festivals-abound-103919 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/twinkies flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-192-festivals-abound.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-192-festivals-abound" target="_blank">View the story "'Afternoon Shift' #192: Festivals abound" on Storify</a>]<h1>'Afternoon Shift' #192: Festivals abound</h1><h2>Michigan Avenue will be ablaze with more than a million lights Saturday for the city's festival of lights. But it's not the only festival in town. Rick talks to two foodie filmmakers in town for the Chicago Food Film Festival. Plus the stars of Northlight Theater's 'Odd Couple.'</h2><p>Storified by &middot; Fri, Nov 16 2012 14:38:45</p><div>The holiday lights go on Saturday on the Magnificent Mile. Rick wonders whether all the commotion is worth fuss on Michigan Avenue. And heck, while we're examining Chicago's street scene, why not check in with State Street (that Great Street)?! <br></div><div>'Tis the Season by WBEZThe holiday lights go on Saturday on the Magnificent Mile. Rick wonders whether all the commotion is worth fuss on Michigan Avenue. And h...</div><div>Michigan Avenue Lightsrnx070</div><div>The holiday season transforms downtown Chicago by WBEZThe holiday lights go on Saturday on the Magnificent Mile. Rick wonders whether all the commotion is worth fuss on Michigan Avenue. He ta...</div><div>Environmental photographer James Balog was skeptical about the existence of climate change for much of his 30-year career. But after<i>National Geographic</i> sent him to the Arctic to capture the changing glaciers, he was convinced. And so, he dispatched time-lapse photography to gather evidence of what he saw. His multi-year effort is the subject of the new documentary,<i><a href="http://www.chasingice.com/" class="">Chasing Ice</a></i>. <br></div><div>&quot;Chasing Ice&quot; documentary wants to hit audiences in the gut about climate change by WBEZEnvironmental photographer James Balog was skeptical about the existence of climate change for much of his 30-year career. But after Nati...</div><div>Chasing Ice OFFICIAL TRAILERweareexposure</div><div>Chasing IceThe Virginia Film Festival</div><div>My review of &quot;Chasing Ice,&quot; a fairly terrifying documentary. http://bit.ly/SXRQTnRoger Ebert</div><div>Comedic actors Tim Kazurinsky and Marc Grapey take on Neil Simon’s classic,<i>The Odd Couple</i>, as mismatched roommates Felix and Oscar for the <a href="http://www.northlight.org/" class="">Northlight Theater</a> production. Rick takes them on as interview subject--we'll see who's mismatched in that particular pairing.<br></div><div>&quot;Odd Couple&quot; still rings true with audiences 50 years later by WBEZComedic actors Tim Kazurinsky and Marc Grapey take on Neil Simon's classic, The Odd Couple, as mismatched roommates Felix and Oscar for t...</div><div>The Odd Couple at Northlight Theatrenorthlighttheatre</div><div>David Bernstein of Chicago magazine and William Spain of CBS Market watch talk about some of the big news stories of the day, including the shutdown of Hostess, the Illinois fiscal cliff and more. We'll try our best to talk you through these potentially Twinkiless times. <br></div><div>Our review panel takes on the news of the day: Illinois pensions and the vice tax by WBEZDavid Bernstein of Chicago magazine and William Spain of CBS Market watch talk about some of the big news stories of the day, including t...</div><div>Our review panel takes on the news of the day: Hostess goes bankrupt by WBEZDavid Bernstein of Chicago magazine and William Spain of CBS Market watch talk about some of the big news stories of the day, including t...</div><div>:( #JackDalton #Macgyver #nomoregames #twinkies #hostessCaleb Stewart</div><div>jasonmarck &amp; Mr. Charles Upshaw savoring collectors items: Ho-Hos and Twinkies @cassherrington #chicagolife http://instagr.am/p/SGxZUmtL6x/Katie O'Brien</div><div>Illinois should stop picking up employer pension share http://illin.is/ZYqpNG via @kmrasmussen #twill #pensionsIllinois Policy </div><div>&quot;The bottom line: Pension reform would help rescue Illinois. More borrowing would further imperil Illinois.&quot; http://ow.ly/flZwY Exactly.Illinois is Broke</div><div>The 2nd annual <a href="http://thefoodfilmfestival.com/updates-on-the-chicago-foodfilmfestival/" class="">Chicago Food Film Festival</a> takes place this weekend--and for anyone who loves food, fish fries and the state of Wisconsin's interpretation of cuisine, you'll want to find filmmaker Ron Failoa. Luckily he and festival director George Motz planned a pit stop at our studios.<br></div><div>Food Film Fest director George Motz planned a pit stop at our studios by WBEZThe 2nd annual Chicago Food Film Festival takes place this weekend--and for anyone who loves food, fish fries and the state of Wisconsin'...</div><div>Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Clubhlderuyter</div><div>Friday Fish Fry! A look at a Wisconsin traditionmultimediajt</div><div>Hamburger America Trailermotzfilms</div></noscript></p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 12:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-19/afternoon-shift-192-festivals-abound-103919 Daily Rehearsal: George Wendt leaves 'The Odd Couple' due to 'medical reasons' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-george-wendt-leaves-odd-couple-due-medical-reasons <p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- A review of the University of Chicago</strong></span></span>&#39;s new arts building, the Logan Center, and their new cabaret series,<a href="http://chicagomaroon.com/2012/10/30/logans-a-cabaret-old-chum-come-see-the-artists-play/"> in the&nbsp;<em>Chicago Maroon</em></a>,&nbsp;calls it&nbsp;&quot;a venue for artists of all disciplines and persuasions to perform. Be sure to mark your calendars&mdash;if this quarter&rsquo;s two upcoming shows are anything like this one was, believe me, you&rsquo;ll want to be there.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-10/election-2012-where-are-artists-103487">Alison Cuddy blogged</a> about the arts and the election</strong></span></span>, prompting <a href="https://twitter.com/soupandbread/status/263338140805234688">a vibrant Twitter conversation</a> on the topic.</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- <a href="http://theater.nytimes.com/2012/10/22/theater/reviews/5-lesbians-eating-a-quiche-at-soho-playhouse.html">Ben Brantley reviewed</a><em> 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche</em></strong></span></span>, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-diane-lane-shine-her-star-chicago-100930">which has moved to New York</a>&nbsp;through November 20&nbsp;with much of the original cast intact. A choice quote: &quot;<em>Quiche </em>started off as a 10-minute playlet, and 10 minutes into this expanded version, you may feel you&rsquo;ve had quite enough, thank you.&nbsp;But at a certain point the play takes a leap beyond tidy smirkiness into the outer space of sloppier, cruder and far more satisfying nonsense.&quot; Brantley also suggests that, if you plan to attend, &quot;you might want to have a drink or two before.&quot;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/275.jpg" style="height: 93px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="'The Odd Couple' at Northlight" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- George Wendt is being replaced by Marc Grapey</strong></span></span> (<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-connections-connections-102659">remember him?</a>) in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-01/daily-rehearsal-rift-between-rudin-and-norris-threatens-bway-run-cl">Northlight&#39;s <em>The Odd Couple</em></a> due to &quot;medical reasons.&quot;&nbsp;&quot;George checked into the hospital Sunday evening with chest pains, is getting medical attention and will eventually make a full recovery.&nbsp;All of us at Northlight&nbsp;wish George&nbsp;all the best for&nbsp;a speedy recuperation,&quot;&nbsp;said Executive Director Timothy Evans in a statement. Grapey was playing the role of Murray the Cop, and previously was a cast member in the recent production of <em>The Odd Couple </em>on Broadway with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. The production opens this Friday.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 14:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-george-wendt-leaves-odd-couple-due-medical-reasons Daily Rehearsal: Connections, connections http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-connections-connections-102659 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/david cromer.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Gorilla Tango Theatre</strong></span></span>&nbsp;wanted <em>me </em>to let <em>you </em>know that they are looking for people to audition<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-06/daily-rehearsal-how-start-your-own-theater-company-88795"> for <em>A Nude Hope</em></a>, which I&#39;m sure you are aware is a burlesque show about <em>Star Wars</em>. But you gotta be 21. Auditions are this Saturday; if you&#39;d like to reserve one, email a headshot and resume to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:mariecurieosity@gmail.com" target="_blank">mariecurieosity@gmail.com</a>. Oh and a reminder: &quot;May the force be with you.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- In other weird productions</strong></span></span> to <a href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/auditions/industrydetail.php?AuditionID=2262">audition for:&nbsp;<em>Fifty Shades of Plaid&nbsp;</em></a>&nbsp;is one option.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- This Sunday</strong></span></span>,&nbsp;Victory Gardens&nbsp;will be screening the documentary <em>Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry</em>; their play <em><a href="http://www.victorygardens.org/onstage/equivocation.php">Equivocation</a>,</em> is also running now. The connection?<em> &quot;</em>Ai Weiwei and Shakespeare&mdash;as depicted in Cain&rsquo;s play&mdash; are artists fighting to speak truth to power in difficult times and both refuse to allow their work to be used to prop up what they see as corrupt regimes,&quot; said&nbsp;Director of New Play Development Geoffrey Jackson Scott in a statement.</p><p>And guess who that production stars? Marc Grapey, who was spotted at Sunday night&#39;s <em>Sweet Bird of Youth</em> at the Goodman. You may know Grapey from his brief but memoral cameo role as J.J. Mitchell on <em>Sex and the City</em>. His attendance at <em>Sweet Bird</em> makes sense (not that anyone has to have a reason to go to the theater), given his connection to David Cromer, who directed the production&nbsp;(they won a Jeff award together in 2003 for&nbsp;<em>The Cider House Rules - Part I</em> at the Famous Door Theatre in Chicago, Illinois).</p><p>And speaking of Cromer; here&#39;s an <em>Interview Show</em> interview with him:</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KRh6xo1ItdE" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-connections-connections-102659