WBEZ | Robert Loerzel http://www.wbez.org/tags/robert-loerzel Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Dunning's dark past http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/dunnings-dark-past-106317 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Flickr Jeff Zoline Dunning.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="750" src="http://embed.verite.co/timeline/?source=0AgYZnhF-8PafdFV3OHN5Y0l3TUI5QTEtaWJYel9FMGc&amp;font=PTSerif-PTSans&amp;maptype=toner&amp;lang=en&amp;hash_bookmark=true&amp;width=620&amp;height=750" width="620"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/about-curious-city-98756">Curious City</a>&nbsp;is a news-gathering experiment designed to satisfy the public&#39;s curiosity.&nbsp;People&nbsp;<a href="http://curiouscity.wbez.org/#!/ask">submit questions</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://curiouscity.wbez.org/#!/ask">vote&nbsp;</a>for their favorites, and WBEZ reports out the winning questions in real time, on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/curiouscityproject">Facebook</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/WBEZCuriousCity">Twitter&nbsp;</a>and the timeline above.</p><p>Mike Dotson from Chicago&#39;s Wicker Park neighborhood is curious to know: &quot;What&rsquo;s the history behind Cook County&rsquo;s former Dunning Insane Asylum and the people buried near there?&quot; The site is now home to the Chicago-Read Mental Health Center. Freelance writer and photographer <a href="http://www.robertloerzel.com/">Robert Loerzel</a>&nbsp;is digging into the history behind Dunning. Do you have family members or know anyone who was buried at Dunning or lived there? We&#39;d love to speak with you. Comment below!</p></p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/dunnings-dark-past-106317 Daily Rehearsal: Global warming is super funny http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-13/daily-rehearsal-global-warming-super-funny-93122 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-13/sizzle.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-13/sizzle.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 357px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <a href="http://www.newsuittheatre.com/sizzle.html"><em>Sizzle</em></a>'s final preview is this Friday&nbsp;</strong></span></span>at the West Stage of Raven Theatre. It's a production by New Suit Theatre and goes where Al Gore couldn't, in this "global warming comedy." It's based off of not Gore's film, but from a documentary by Dr. Randy Olson. Melding mediums for the better.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Ah, <em>Follies</em></strong></span></span>. <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/ct-ott-1014-follies-review-20111012,0,2326749.column">Chris Jones gave the musical</a> that's making him <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-07/daily-rehearsal-dionne-warwick-interior-designer-92929">reexamine his entire life</a> four stars (or squares, as it were). And read <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/8144384-452/chicago-shakespeare-theaters-follies-dazzles-at-every-turn.html">Hedy Weiss' review</a> just for the first paragraph, trust me. &nbsp;Jones ends on a somber note: "...none of us is perfect. Just a little wiser and sadder as we go."</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Lucia Mauro was on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-13/theater-and-film-classics-inspiring-chicagos-dance-scene-93116"><em>848 </em>this morning</a></strong></span></span> discussing the latest dance performances that were heavily inspired by film and theater. Lucky Plush's<em> The Better Half </em>takes a note or two from the 1940s thriller <em>Gaslight</em>, while <em>Dancing Henry 5</em> refers to what you think it refers to.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Robert Loerzel <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-loerzel/chicagos-theater-season-o_b_1001416.html">writes about</a> the best of this fall's theater season</strong></span></span>, and though it's all stuff you've heard of, he digs up a great quote from the <em>Tribune</em>'s critic in 1936, Charles Collins did back in 1936. Writing about that year's fall theater scene, Collins said, "I come up from under the heavy wave of first nights ... blinking my eyes and shaking stars out of my hair. This has been a surfeit of pleasures akin to a debauch." Woah boy.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. This is not even tenously connected to Chicago</strong></span></span> (as far as I can tell) but it is about theater, and is really cute; the cast of Broadway's<em>&nbsp;Lysistrata Jones</em> is being coached by former NBA All-Star player Chris Mullin.<a href="http://video.nytimes.com/video/2011/10/12/arts/100000001108847/broadway-basketball.html"> This video</a> of the cast frolicking about and learning to play basketball is very cute and reminds me a bit of summer camp for adults.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-13/daily-rehearsal-global-warming-super-funny-93122 Remembering when Chicago was a hub of country music http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-15/remembering-when-chicago-was-hub-country-music-92020 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-15/hayloft_gang-03-thumb-large.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Beginning in the early 1920s, the sounds of a typical Saturday night in some Chicago households sounded less like the big city and more like a small town. <em>National Barn Dance</em> premiered on WLS the same week that radio station got underway. The show was a honky-tonk good time. It featured live country-music acts, comedy and theatrical skits. And it was popular – <em>National Barn Dance</em> ran for more than four decades. A new documentary,<a href="http://contest.hayloftgang.com/" target="_blank"> <em>The Hayloft Gang: The Story of National Barn </em></a><a href="http://www.pbs.org/programs/hayloft-gang/" target="_blank"><em>Dance</em></a>, explores the music and fans that defined the show. Freelance reporter <a href="http://www.robertloerzel.com/" target="_blank">Robert Loerzel</a> sat down with director <a href="http://www.hayloftgang.com/filmmakers.html" target="_blank">Steve Parry </a>to discuss the film. Parry said the show put Chicago on the country map in a way most people probably don’t remember.</p></p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 13:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-15/remembering-when-chicago-was-hub-country-music-92020 Evolution of Chicago's handgun ban http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-27/evolution-chicagos-handgun-ban-88376 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-27/102835733.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago’s top cop Garry McCarthy has been criticized for <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/emanuel-mccarthy-sabina-124439094.html" target="_blank">recent comments</a> he made about gun control in a predominately black parish. Race relations were a factor when the City of Chicago first implemented a hand gun registry in 1968. To learn how Chicago got there, contributer <a href="http://www.robertloerzel.com/" target="_blank">Robert Loerzel</a> explored the history, using archival recordings from the <a href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/lib/specialcoll/services/rjd/findingaids/Crawfordf.html" target="_blank">Bob Crawford Audio Archive</a> at the University of Illinois at Chicago.<br> <br> ANNOUNCER ON WFAA-TV, DALLAS: You’ll excuse me if I’m out of breath. A bulletin, this is from the United Press, from Dallas. President Kennedy and Governor John Connelly have been cut down by assassins' bullets in downtown Dallas. They were riding in an open automobile when the shots were fired. The president, his limp body carried in the arms of his wife, Jacqueline, was rushed to Parkland Hospital.</p><p>AUDIO: Taps being played at JFK's funeral.</p><p>The assassination of President John F. Kennedy shocked the nation in 1963. The years that followed were a time of civil-rights protests, police brutality, race riots and increasing urban crime. Chicago's murder rate more than doubled in the 1960s. Some people, including Mayor Richard J. Daley, said stricter gun laws were needed. Tensions flared in 1966 when Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Chicago. He spoke at Solider Field on July 10.</p><p>KING: Now is the time to get rid of the slums and the ghettos of Chicago. Now is the time to make justice a reality all over this nation. Now is the time.</p><p>King preached nonviolence, but two days after his speech, African-Americans rioted on the West Side, after police shut off the water spraying from a fire hydrant in the middle of a heat wave. Snipers fired at police from rooftops. Six officers were shot and wounded. Two black residents were killed by police gunfire.</p><p><em>MUSIC: Mothers of Invention, "Trouble Every Day"</em></p><p>President Lyndon Johnson got on the phone with Mayor Daley. The White House secretly recorded their call, as Daley made the case for gun control.<br> <br> WHITE HOUSE TAPE DALEY: Something has to be done, Mr. President, about the sale of the guns.</p><p>Daley's voice can be heard faintly on the tape. Here's actor Neil Giuntoli, reading Daley's words to LBJ.</p><p>GIUNTOLI/DALEY: Outside the suburbs in the city, we have control, but what the hell, in the suburbs, there are — you go out to all around our suburbs and you've got people out there, especially the non-white, are buying guns right and left. Shotguns and rifles and pistols and everything else. There's no registration. … There's no, and you know, they've had trouble with this national gun law, but after the president's assassination, someone ought to do something.<br> JOHNSON: We thought so, but you can't get the Congress to vote for it, these damn conservation leagues and everybody come—<br> GIUNTOLI/DALEY: By God, when they see this thing that happens here, they get surprised...</p><p><em>MUSIC: The Montgomery Gospel Trio, the Nashville Quartet, and Guy Carawan, "We Shall Overcome."</em></p><p>Daley blamed outside agitators for bringing violence to Chicago, but King was pleading with Chicago's blacks to stop the violence. At the time, conservatives blamed the civil-rights movement for creating disorder. Politicians made speeches about "law and order." Some of them seemed to be using that phrase as a code for racial repression. Still, crime was increasing, and many people really were concerned about it.</p><p><em>MUSIC: Buffalo Springfield, "For What It's Worth."</em></p><p>In 1967, Daley pushed for a state law requiring the registration of all guns. His bill was defeated. The Illinois General Assembly approved a Republican compromise. It was supported by the National Rifle Association and Illinois State Rifle Association. Instead of registering every gun, the state registered gun owners. It was the Firearm Owners Identification Card.</p><p>The compromise wasn't good enough for Daley. In January 1968, the City Council ordered the registration of all firearms in Chicago. But before Daley's ordinance took effect, America was stunned by another assassination.</p><p>ROBERT F. KENNEDY: Martin Luther King was shot and was killed tonight in Memphis, Tennessee.</p><p>"VIOLENT TRIBUTE" TV REPORT: By 4 o'clock Friday afternoon, huge portions of the West Side ghetto were aflame.</p><p>Daley issued an executive order that temporarily banned the sale of all guns and ammo. And—as for the arsonists—he ordered police to "shoot to kill."</p><p>RICHARD J. DALEY: Men poised with Molotov cocktails, incendiaries or firebombs of any kind are the same as the assassins who pulled the triggers on the gun that killed the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and the late President John F. Kennedy. We cannot resign ourselves to the proposition that civil protest must lead to death and devastation, to the abandonment of the law that is fundamental for the preservation of the rights of all people and their freedom.</p><p>A month after the riots, Daley's new gun law took effect. Chicagoans registered 165,000 guns. And then, another assassination made news.</p><p>KENNEDY PRESS AIDE FRANK MANKIEWICZ: Senator Robert Francis Kennedy died at 1:44 a.m. today, June 6, 1968.</p><p>In August, police and demonstrators clashed at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.</p><p>SCENE FROM <em>AMERICAN REVOLUTION 2</em> DOCUMENTARY: Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill! Hey, kill! C'mon, kill! C'mon! C'mon, I'm over here! Shoot! Use those knives, c'mon! Shoot to kill! Kill! Shoot to kill! C'mon. Kill!</p><p><em>MUSIC: The MC5, "Kick Out the Jams."</em></p><p>Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley continued pushing for gun control. In 1972, he testified at Congress and called for a national ban on handguns. Here's some of his testimony, re-enacted by Neil Giuntoli:</p><p>DALEY/GIUNTOLI: As far as I'm concerned, the only purpose of a handgun in unauthorized hands is to kill ... The handgun makes no positive contribution to our society. It kills — whether by accident or on purpose.</p><p>When Daley died in 1976, his hopes for gun laws remained unfulfilled. Four years later, another series of violent events prompted more calls for gun control.</p><p>CHANNEL 2: Channel 2, the 10 o'clock news...</p><p>It all started on December 8, 1980.</p><p>WALTER JACOBSON: The handgun that killed John Lennon, the .38-caliber pistol, is manufactured solely for the purpose of killing people. All handguns that are manufactured in the United States are solely for the purpose of killing people. They have nothing to do with hunting, for sport or for food. They are for murdering people. Period.</p><p><em>MUSIC: John Lennon, "Watching the Wheels."</em></p><p>Over the coming weeks, gunfire claimed eleven lives at the Cabrini-Green public housing project. By now, Jane Byrne was the mayor of Chicago, and she was calling for stricter gun laws. To show solidarity with the residents, Byrne moved into Cabrini-Green on March 31, 1981. One day earlier, another shooting made national headlines.</p><p><em>VOICES: Mr. President Reagan! Mr. President! [shots, screaming]</em></p><p>And then, on May 13, yet another assassination attempt, this time in Rome.</p><p>CBS — DAN RATHER: They heard gunfire and saw the pope turn pale and collapse, bloody, into the arms of his aides. Pope John Paul II had been shot.</p><p>Amid the growing concern, the suburb of Morton Grove outlawed handguns. In early 1982, Mayor Byrne urged the Chicago City Council to prohibit all new handguns.</p><p>BYRNE: There are human beings all over this city that tonight, tonight, may innocently be shot by a criminal with a nonregistered gun, who will get away with it. And are we to sit and say, because nobody did it before, we won't do it now? The city is too important, and its people are too important.</p><p>The City Council debated the ordinance on March 19, 1982. Aldermen Richard Mell and Marian Humes spoke out against it.</p><p>HUMES: This is a con game that's being run here, that's all it is.</p><p>Aldermen Timothy Evans and Edward Burke supported the ban.</p><p>BURKE: What it does do, hopefully, is put a freeze on the number of handguns that are presently opened by people in the city of Chicago.</p><p>The City Council approved the ordinance by a vote of thirty to eleven. And what‘s been the result? NRA Lawyer Stephen Halbrook says it hasn’t had any effect on crime.</p><p>HALBROOK: I think it's made it impossible for law-abiding citizens to have handguns to protect their families in their own homes.</p><p>City of Chicago lawyer Benna Solomon disagrees. She says the law is an important tool for police to make arrests.</p><p>SOLOMON: Because we have a handgun ordinance… when a police officer is on surveillance or on patrol and sees a suspicious bulge in someone's waistband, that alone provides probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed... So it allows the police officer to intervene, right then and there.</p><p>Last year, the Chicago police seized more than 8,000 guns. Homicides decreased 10 percent in 2009, but the death toll was still staggering: 458 murders. Out of that total, 352 people were killed with handguns.</p><p><em>MUSIC: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, “Hey Joe.”</em></p></p> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 12:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-27/evolution-chicagos-handgun-ban-88376 Taped conversations reveal special relationship between Richard J. Daley and Lyndon B. Johnson http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-10/taped-conversations-reveal-special-relationship-between-richard-j-daley- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-10/J. Daley Flick TG4.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Rahm Emanuel won’t be the first Chicago mayor with connections to the White House. <a href="http://mayor.cityofchicago.org/mayor/en/about_the_mayor.html" target="_blank">Richard M. Daley</a> is a political ally of both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Daley's was a good friend of John F. Kennedy’s. And Richard J. Daley also had close ties with Lyndon Johnson. In this report,Eight Forty-Eight contributor <a href="http://www.robertloerzel.com/" target="_blank">Robert Loerzel</a> takes a listen to tapes documenting that relationship.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>President Lyndon Johnson recorded more than 9,000 phone calls when he was president. The people on the other end of the line didn’t realize LBJ was recording everything they said, and one of those people was Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley.</p><p>LBJ and Daley talked on the phone a lot. The Lyndon B. Johnson Library has almost nine hours of Dictaphone tapes from more than fifty calls between these two men. It includes Daley in 1966, telling Johnson what he thinks about Martin Luther King, Jr.</p><p><em>DALEY: I think we’ve gone a long way with the “good doctor,” Mr. President. He’s not your friend. He’s against you on Vietnam. He’s a goddamn faker.</em></p><p>The tape is scratchy, but Daley’s thoughts about King are loud and clear. “He isn’t your friend,” he tells the president. “He’s a faker,” he says, adding a profanity. Longtime Chicago journalist Richard Ciccone says this tape reveals Daley expressing his true feelings about King.</p><p>“Daley had no use for Martin Luther King, but he could never say that publicly,” Ciccone says. “He thought he was a charlatan and a faker and a power-grabber. He would warn Johnson in private, you know, ‘Don’t trust that guy.’”</p><p>Ciccone wrote about Daley’s relationship with Johnson in his book, <em>Daley: Power and Presidential Politics</em>. He says Daley and LBJ had a special relationship, that they were genuine friends, but they also they also needed each other for political reasons.</p><p>“Johnson, in his Great Society programs, provided Chicago with millions of dollars that really enabled Daley to turn the city around,” Ciccone remembers. “In return, Lyndon Johnson, well, he bought into the myth that Daley had elected Jack Kennedy. Part of his reason for getting so close to Daley was because he thought he needed him.”</p><p>LBJ constantly flattered Mayor Daley.</p><p><em>LBJ: I’m a Dick Daley man…I’m a Daley man myself, first, last and all the time. And I’m for you when you’re wrong. You’re the only thing we got left in this country.</em></p><p>Daley wasn’t a yes man for the president, but he was full of flattery, too.</p><p><em>DALEY: I wanted to talk to you and say to you you’re still a great president and doing a great job.</em></p><p><em>LBJ: Thank you.</em></p><p>One of the things the tapes show is how Daley acted as an intermediary between LBJ and Bobby Kennedy. In 1968, LBJ was getting ready to run for re-election and Daley urged Kennedy not to run for president.</p><p><em>DALEY: And I said that, “I don’t care who it is that’s president. If he wants the nomination of his party, it’s a damn poor party that will not stand behind their president when it comes to delegates in the convention.”</em></p><p>Ciccone says Daley was putting party loyalty above his friendship for the Kennedy family.</p><p>“His brand of politician was…you were just loyal to the party,” Ciccone added. “You were loyal to whoever had the office. And while he liked the Kennedys, personally — Irish-Catholic, you know. Jack Kennedy was his idol, and he would have loved to have seen Robert in the White House. But Lyndon was the president. And Daley felt that kind of loyalty was paramount, even over personal friendship.”<br> <br> Robert Kennedy did end up running for president. Johnson pulled out of the race. Kennedy was assassinated. And in August 1968, protesters and police clashed at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The tapes reveal what LBJ and Daley were saying behind the scenes. On the final night of the convention, LBJ called Daley from his ranch in Texas.</p><p><em>LBJ: We are so proud of you, and you are so tremendous, and Ladybird was here and we placed a call just to tell you that the Good Lord and the…is looking over you and guiding you, and you are the one, uh, great courageous, decent thing that I know in this country.</em></p><p>A week later, they spoke again. Daley said the Chicago police couldn’t hold back when they saw protesters burning American flags.</p><p><em>DALEY: Some of our fellas that are policemen have sons in Vietnam. Some of them lost their boys. So anyone with any American blood when he saw that, they went in and goddamn it, I’ll stand behind them until the end, and they whacked the hell out of them and they raised — they raised the Viet Cong flag. Our fellas tore it down and raised the American flag. Well, what are you gonna do if someone hits you with human manure in the face? You gonna stand there? Or hits you with human — see, they were throwing bags of manure in the face. They were throwing bags of urine. And then they were calling — you should know the language, Mr. President.</em></p><p><em>LBJ: Oh, I know it, I know it…</em></p><p>Daley insisted that the leaders of the protest movement should be prosecuted.</p><p><em>DALEY: If the attorney general will only stand up, we will turn up with a conspiracy on all — and show, and, and, reveal it with documentation and with evidence and fact. We don’t wanna go after anyone on a witch hunt. But gosh darn it, Mr. President, I think these people should be exposed to the entire nation and show what you’ve been up against for the last year and a half when you go about this country. Organized behind it. Commie.</em></p><p>The federal government did prosecute some of the protesters. The Chicago Seven were acquitted of conspiracy. Five were convicted of crossing state lines to incite a riot, but an appellate court threw out those convictions.</p><p>On the morning after the 1968 presidential election, LBJ sounded tired. Republican Richard Nixon had just defeated Democratic Vice President Hubert Humphrey.</p><p><em>LBJ: Well, we put up a good fight, Dick. We did our best…</em></p><p>But Daley was defiant. He said LBJ could’ve won the race if he’d stayed in it. Daley criticized Humphrey for apologizing for the violence in Chicago.</p><p><em>DALEY: You, you woulda breezed in. You would, and I, honest to God, you woulda, you woulda won and — because you presented the thing. You fought. You weren’t pussyfooting. You weren’t — like, he comes out here Friday and makes a talk in which he talks about the convention. And, “We’re all sorry what happened in Chicago.” Well, we’re not sorry. I’m not, I, I — mistakes were made. That’s one thing. But goddamn it, you don’t be reminding an audience of 25 or 30,000, all Democrats, that we regret what happened in the city.</em></p><p>Author Richard Ciccone says the tapes of Daley talking with LBJ are a gold mine of information about both men.</p><p>“It really shows you what a relationship Daley had with the president,” says Ciccone. “The tapes are wonderful to listen to. Give you an insight into history you couldn’t get any other way.”</p><p>Will we get that same sort of insight into the relationship between Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama? It seems likely the two of them will talk on the phone in the months and years ahead. But it’s unlikely we’ll hear tape recordings of it all. For that sort of intimate eavesdropping, it’ll be hard to top the tapes of LBJ and Richard J. Daley.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Music Button: Lou Busch &amp; His Orchestra, "Street Scene '58", from the CD Ultra Lounge Vol. 4 Bachelor Pad Royale, (Capitol)</em></p></p> Tue, 10 May 2011 14:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-10/taped-conversations-reveal-special-relationship-between-richard-j-daley- The Singleman Affair makes psychedelic folk-rock for escape http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-09/singleman-affair-makes-psychedelic-folk-rock-escape-82035 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/The Singleman Affair.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.myspace.com/thesinglemanaffair">The Singleman Affair</a> has a new record out this week and a gig Friday night at the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/">Hideout</a>. For WBEZ, music critic Robert Loerzel spoke with the group&rsquo;s singer-songwriter, Daniel Schneider, to find out how he came up with his psychedelic folk-rock sound.<br /><br />Daniel Schneider grew up in the 1980s and '90s. But the music he fell in love with was from decades before. He says &ldquo;My dad had an amazing record collection: The Velvet Underground, old Bob Dylan records, Neil Young. That kind of opened up the door. One of the great examples of something that stuck to my head of being like, &ldquo;This is what I want to do,&rdquo; is when you listen to the Stones&rsquo; version of &ldquo;Play With Fire,&rdquo; and you can just hear the tambourine with the reverb and it&rsquo;s like &ldquo;Chhh! Chhh!&rdquo; When I heard that, I was just like, &ldquo;Wow! Why can&rsquo;t all music be like this?&rdquo;</p><p>Music isn&rsquo;t the only thing Schneider loves about the &lsquo;60s. The 1968 classic, <em>The Graduate</em> provided his band name.</p><p>There&rsquo;s a scene in the movie when the main character, Benjamin Braddock &hellip; he&rsquo;s about to have an affair with Mrs. Robinson, and he comes to the hotel clerk. &hellip; He&rsquo;s really nervous. He&rsquo;s fidgeting around. The clerk says &ldquo;Can I help you, sir?&rdquo; Dustin Hoffman&rsquo;s character Braddock replies &ldquo;What? Oh, no, I&rsquo;m just&hellip;&rdquo; The clerk asks &ldquo;Are you here for an affair, sir?&rdquo; There&rsquo;s a pause, and then Braddock says &ldquo;What?&rdquo; The clerk says &ldquo;The Singleman party, sir.&rdquo; &ldquo;Oh , yes, the Singleman party.&rdquo;</p><p>Years later, Schneider decided to call himself the Singleman Affair when he began recording solo music&hellip;music that was influenced by the gentle folk rock of Nick Drake and the psychedelic sounds of Moby Grape. A Chicago music magazine called Galactic Zoo Dossier included one of those songs on a CD. And then someone in England heard it. Schneider explains, &ldquo;Alan McGee, out in England, who is the founder of Creation Records and discovered Oasis and My Bloody Valentine and Jesus and Mary Chain &ndash; he had heard one of those songs and contacted me.&rdquo;</p><p>That&rsquo;s how the first album by the Singleman Affair, <em>Let&rsquo;s Kill the Summer</em>, ended up coming out on McGee&rsquo;s Poptones label. Schneider couldn&rsquo;t get a record deal in the U.S., but he was getting rave reviews in England. But then, almost as soon as the record was out, Poptones went out of business. Schneider wasn&rsquo;t all that disappointed, however. He says &ldquo;I never really felt when it ended that I lost anything. It wasn&rsquo;t like millions of fans or anything (laughs). I&rsquo;ve always continued to make music and this really &ndash; that ending didn&rsquo;t change it. I just had to figure out who would put out the next record.&rdquo;</p><p>That didn&rsquo;t turn out to be so easy. Schneider&rsquo;s been working on his latest album for the past four years. He spent most of that time trying to get record labels interested. &ldquo;I had been given offers to do limited runs of vinyl only for, like, 300 pressings with no real publicity. I just didn&rsquo;t see the benefit of doing that. I could probably do the same thing myself for cheaper.&rdquo;</p><p>That&rsquo;s why Schneider decided to release it on his own record label, Cardboard Sangria. The second Singleman Affair album, <em>Silhouettes at Dawn</em>, is out this week on CD and vinyl. He says &ldquo;I wanted to do something that was really epic. I brought in Mark Messing of (the Chicago band) Mucca Pazza to do all the string arrangements, and we pulled in different guest musicians to kind of fill out that sound that wasn&rsquo;t there.&rdquo;</p><p>For the song &ldquo;Asleep on the Ground,&rdquo; Schneider wanted strings that sounded like the music he&rsquo;d heard in movies as a kid. &ldquo;They used to have Frazier Thomas&rsquo; classic movies on Channel 9. And I always used to remember the old Moby Dick they would show. And they&rsquo;d have, like, these really cool string parts that would come in when they would start rowing across the sea. The narrator says &ldquo;Long days and nights we strained at the oars, while the white whale swam freely on, widening the waters between himself and Ahab&rsquo;s vengeance (music swells). That was kind of the initial idea for strings with that song.&rdquo;</p><p>The songs tell haunting stories about Civil War soldiers and mythical creatures, searching for the lovers they&rsquo;ve lost and the homes they&rsquo;ve left behind. &ldquo;Wings&rdquo; is a song about a world where the people are half-human and half-bird. Schneider says, &ldquo;This main character in this song doesn&rsquo;t have wings, and all he&rsquo;s ever wanted to do is to be able to fly.&rdquo;</p><p>Schneider says these songs come out of his experiences coping with depression and anxiety. He says his music is an escape from all that &ndash; especially now that the Singleman Affair isn&rsquo;t single anymore. It&rsquo;s a full band.</p><p>Friday night at the Hideout, Daniel Schneider and his band mates will celebrate the release of their album, <em>Silhouettes at Dawn.</em></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG /> <o:PixelsPerInch>72</o:PixelsPerInch> <o:TargetScreenSize>1024x768</o:TargetScreenSize> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:DoNotOptimizeForBrowser /> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b style="">Songs featured:</b></p><p>The Rolling Stones, &ldquo;Play with Fire&rdquo;, (B-side to 7-inch of &ldquo;The Last Time&rdquo; on Decca / London Records)<br />The Singleman Affair, &ldquo;Dragon Flies To Find&rdquo;, <em>Let&rsquo;s Kill the Summer</em> (Poptones)<br />The Singleman Affair, &ldquo;Asleep on the Ground&rdquo;, <em>Silhouettes at Dawn </em>(Cardboard Sangria)<br />The Singleman Affair, &ldquo;Wings&rdquo;,<em> Silhouettes at Dawn</em> (Cardboard Sangria)<br />The Singleman Affair, &ldquo;Same Sky I See&rdquo;, <em>Silhouettes at Dawn</em> (Cardboard Sangria)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe width="400" height="225" frameborder="0" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/20835836?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/20835836">The Singleman Affair performs &quot;Same Sky I See&quot; on WBEZ's &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot;</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/wbez">WBEZ</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p></p> Wed, 09 Feb 2011 15:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-09/singleman-affair-makes-psychedelic-folk-rock-escape-82035 Chicago Television: Looking for a Smaller Audience http://www.wbez.org/story/culture/media/chicago-television-looking-smaller-audience <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/101110-CHM-bozo resize.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>From the time Burr Tillstrom and his Kuklapolitan Players first appeared in 1940 until government restrictions changed the entire landscape of local television, Chicago was at the forefront of Children&rsquo;s programming. Led by WGN-TV, the staffs of local stations were flush with talented and creative people that are still remembered today. The shows were innovative and used every resource to its greatest possible extent; but most of all they were fun. Local Children&rsquo;s TV historian Jim Engel talks about this &ldquo;Golden Era&rdquo; of kids&rsquo; TV in Chicago.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img height="43" width="150" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/CHM-webstory.jpg" alt="" title="" /><br />Recorded Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at the Chicago History Museum.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 10 Nov 2010 19:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/culture/media/chicago-television-looking-smaller-audience Chicago's role in TV history http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicagos-role-tv-history <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/bozo resize.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Throughout November, the golden age of Chicago television is on display at the <a href="http://www.chicagohistory.org/" target="_blank">Chicago History Museum</a>. The exhibition features lectures, a bus tour, even re-airings of original broadcasts. For WBEZ, <a href="http://www.robertloerzel.com/" target="_blank">Robert Loerzel</a> reported on the role Chicago played in the evolution of television production. <br /><br />Jim Engel will speak about children&rsquo;s TV Wednesday evening at the Chicago History Museum at 7 p.m.</p><p><em>Music Button: Syd Dale, &quot;Beauty Parade&quot;, from the CD Music For TV Dinners-The 60's, (TVT)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 10 Nov 2010 14:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicagos-role-tv-history