WBEZ | London http://www.wbez.org/tags/london Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago Bears answer 'London Calling' with a win http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-24/chicago-bears-answer-london-calling-win-93402 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-24/ap-201110231325483060589.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>London’s <a href="http://www.wembleystadium.com/" target="_blank">Wembley Stadium</a> is the home field for England’s national football team; but Sunday American football was the draw. The<a href="http://www.chicagobears.com/index.html" target="_blank"> Chicago Bears</a> met, and beat, the <a href="http://www.buccaneers.com/" target="_blank">Tampa Bay Buccaneers</a> 24-18. The Bears' record improved to 4-3 as they headed home for a bye week. But some of their sporting brethren – namely basketball players – looked like they could be headed abroad to practice their craft. Cheryl Raye Stout joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk about the transatlantic sports beat.</p></p> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 14:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-24/chicago-bears-answer-london-calling-win-93402 The Bears are 4-3. Which, according to the players and coaches, is exactly where they want to be? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-10-24/bears-are-4-3-which-according-players-and-coaches-exactly-where-they <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-24/AP111023095024.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="349" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-24/AP111023095024.jpg" title="Look at those choppers! (AP/London)" width="512"></p><p>So the Bears are now 4-3. The rhetoric in the locker room yesterday was that this record is identical to last year's team - and look how that turned out. I hate to be the guy who says it, but wasn't the plan to be better than last year? 4-3 is fine for an upstart, but for a team that has Super Bowl aspirations, 4-3 seems to be a bit of a letdown. Maybe they can run the table and end 13-3. Maybe lose a few and still make the playoffs. But make no mistake: this team has yet to impress us. The last two games have shown glimpses of what we expected this year, but the Jekyll and Hyde Bears still have work to do.</p><p>Chicago is not a 'slow-start' town. Fans respect when teams come out of the gates blazing. We jump on quick and ride the train. We don't have a lot of patience for a .500 performance at the break. We are spoiled.&nbsp; Blame it on Ditka and Jordan, I guess.</p><p><strong>Here are some other random observations from yesterday's game: </strong></p><p>I had a technical snafu yesterday. Set my DVR for the game and made sure to have the ole' extended play cover if the game went past it's alotted time on the Comcast grid. Well, the game did and the DVR didn't. So with about 5 min to play, the game ended for me. Luckily, I was able to catch highlights, but that was a very depressing moment. So I've asked my colleague Kate Dries to sum up the ending, since she watched the Bears for the first time this season (and quite possibly, in her life):</p><blockquote><p>"Um, they won and it was really close and everyone was upset because it wasn't by a lot. "</p></blockquote><p>Well said.</p><p>I watched most of the game in fast forward. Here's what it looked like:</p><p>Two national anthems, Jay Cutler found the British one amusing; <em>Tower Heist </em>is coming out; Ford Trucks; Fox robot was all over the place; game was played at night; Moose had a drab suit on; Siragusa put on a top hat; Mike Martz threw down his pencil; Tampa had, like, 30 injuries; Budweiser; Roger Goodell was in the booth; Bud Light; new TV shows; Briggs played cricket; and a knight dressed like a Raiders fan. Did I miss anything?</p><p>Oh, London! The game was played in London! I loved the Fox approach to show as many goofy, British fans as possible. The 'Ha! They wish they knew how to be fans of this sport' camera shots were funny initially, boring later, annoying at last. If they wanted to give us a good feel for a game in London, they should have played local British commercials. Or <em>Fawlty Towers</em> at halftime.&nbsp;</p><p>Is there an Occupy London? If I were Occupy London, I would have been all over this NFL game. Maybe they were and Fox just didn't show it. Personally, I was expecting much more hooliganism from the crowd. So imagine my surprise when I found this AP picture this morning.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="271" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-24/AP111023048577.jpg" title="" width="512"></p><p>Fox just didn't show it. Run, dude run! Also, here's a picture of the pre-game festivities, featuring the great British band, the Goo-Goo Dolls.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="285" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-24/AP111023043107.jpg" title="" width="512"></p><p>Seriously? The Verve wasn't available? What about Coldplay? We'd even take The Proclaimers over the Goo-Goo Dolls.</p><p>Did I hear Coach Lovie actually say "We're a good football team" in his post-game press conference? I wonder if he has any thought in his head when he says that. Does he think "Oh boy, I shouldn't say that again. I say that too much. Every year. Don't say 'Rex is our quarterback...don't say Rex is our quarterback..."</p><p>Wow, it's starting to be very apparent: If the Bears D-line plays well, the Bears win. Julius Peppers is a beast. Not a bad showing for the offensive line, either. They are run blockers.</p><p>Also, this would be a good week to pay Matt Forte. Here's my rationale:</p><p>If you pay him now, you will definitely have to pay top dollar. If he gets hurt in the next nine games, you will still have to pay him top dollar (unless it is career ending). One of the reasons for not paying him might be motivation. If he is seeking a contract, he will play better. But in this case, Forte might actually be seeking historic numbers. He's within reach of 2,000 yards. So money is less of a motivating factor. And frankly, the Bears organization is taking a black eye over this. Every week, it's a storyline. So for Angelo to continue to say "We don't want a contract distraction during the season" is kind of bogus.</p><p>Also, it's a bye week. You don't have to worry about distractions.</p><p>You know who I like? Chris Conte. Maybe it's the weird arm tattoo. But I like his style. He roughed up Kellen Winslow a bit after Winslow beat him for a touchdown. At first, it looked like Winslow was overreacting, but when you saw the replay, Conte just took a nice, petite cheap shot after the play was over. You like that in your safety.</p><p>Do you feel like Urlacher and Briggs are household characters? Fox seems to seek them out whenever they are together on the sideline or doing off-field antics. Are they the real face of the Chicago Bears? Whenever one of them makes a play, the other defenders go crazy congratulating them (especially Briggs after the interception). I ran into a NY Jets fan on Staten Island a few weeks back and he said to me, "Hey, Bears fan, eh? They are brutal. Love the defense though. Better pay Forte." So I guess that's sort of what this team is? Brutal, defensive and cheap?</p><p>So a week off. Then? Michael Vick and the Eagles. Yep, the playoff push begins. The Bears have the Eagles, Lions, Vikings, Packers, Seahawks and the AFC West left to play. Not bad.</p></p> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 13:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-10-24/bears-are-4-3-which-according-players-and-coaches-exactly-where-they Bears win over Tampa in London http://www.wbez.org/story/bears-win-over-tampa-london-93396 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-24/AP111023050953.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Bears are heading back to the U.S. with a victory. They beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 24-18, in a game played in London.</p><p>Come the third quarter, the Bears had a comfortable 21-5 lead over Tampa. But the Buccaneers made a game of it in the second half for the Wembley Stadium crowd. They came back to within three points before the Bears made one final field goal.</p><p>Both teams struggled with penalties. Combined, the Bears and Bucs had 15 penalties for a total of 123 yards lost.</p><p>On offense, the Bears' Matt Forte ran for 145 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown and Jay Cutler completed 17 passes out of 32 attempts with two interceptions.</p><p>The Bears get next weekend off to get over their jetlag. Then they take<span style="text-decoration: underline;"> </span>on the Eagles in Philadelphia.</p></p> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 12:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/bears-win-over-tampa-london-93396 Daily Rehearsal: Rhythm World festival from CHRP takes off http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-26/daily-rehearsal-rhythm-world-festival-chrp-takes-89645 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-26/poster_krapps.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Porchlight's love Sondheim continues</strong></span></span>, as they launch&nbsp;<a href="http://www.porchlighttheatre.com/2011-12-preview.htm"><em>Putting It Together</em></a>, a revue of his work to start off their 17th season going up at the beginning of September. The revue modernizes Sondheim's work a bit, as the actors sing songs in what's supposed to be a West Loop apartment. It's directed by Brenda Didier, with music direction by Austin Cook. This season, they'll also be doing <em>tick, tick...BOOM</em> and <em>A Catered Affair</em>.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <a href="http://www.signalensemble.com/productions/nowplaying.html"><em>Krapp's Last Tape</em></a> is at Signal Ensemble Theatre</strong></span></span>. If you cried during Pixar's <em>Up</em> (who didn't?), this one probably won't be much better, in that it's also about an old man. The play was also at the Goodman last winter.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-26/poster_krapps.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 194px; margin: 10px; float: right;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. The Artistic Home Acting Studio is wrapping up</strong></span></span> their <a href="http://www.theartistichome.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=89&amp;Itemid=238">Cut to the Chase festival</a> (their 10th year) this weekend, which workshops one-acts and original pieces.&nbsp;<em>Whistling Past. The Graveyard One-Act</em>s has a few highlights, including <em>Purity Ball </em>by Aline Lathrop, which is probably about what you think it is, and <em>Last Chance</em> by Jim Lynch, about a salesman who sells burial plots. You might notice that it's all about death.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. SUPER delayed, but I lost this piece until I found it</strong></span></span>; the <a href="http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/21/the-staggering-cost-of-broadway/"><em>New York Times</em> discusses the cost of bringing a show to Broadway</a>. They use the example of <em>Betrayal</em>, a production that went up in London, whose producer says that though the show is doing well there, “on Broadway these days, even with a movie star, it’s very hard to survive.” She also says her current play <em>Jeruselum </em>will not make back all its costs.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-26/rhythmworld.jpg" style="width: 300px; margin: 10px; height: 125px; float: left;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. The Chicago Human Rhythm Project </strong></span></span>started its <a href="http://www.chicagotap.org/pg.120.147.873_794_830.aspx#11programs">21st annual Rhythm World</a> festival of tap and percussive arts yesterday. In March, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-03-17/chicago-human-rhythm-project-finds-new-home-83859">the Project found a new home courtesy</a> of a grant provided by the MacArthur Foundation. There are a variety of events in the next two weeks, including residencies and a variety of classes.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-26/daily-rehearsal-rhythm-world-festival-chrp-takes-89645 48 hours of eating, drinking and working in London http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-04-22/48-hours-eating-drinking-and-working-london-85477 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="276" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/22686922?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;color=c40215" width="490"></iframe></p><p>As you may know by now, I was in London earlier this week attending the "<a href="http://www.theworlds50best.com/">World's 50 Best Restaurants</a>" awards ceremony. While I was there, I tried to make the most of my extremely short trip. I had lunch at an amazing regional Indian restaurant - <a href="http://www.veeraswamy.com/">Veeraswamy</a> (no relation to Veerasway in Chicago) - the oldest Indian restaurant in London (1926). I also got a reservation for lunch at <a href="http://www.dinnerbyheston.com/">Dinner by Heston Blumenthal</a>, located in the Mandarin Oriental next to Hyde Park. Blumenthal's <a href="http://www.thefatduck.co.uk/">Fat Duck</a> (located in Bray, about an hour from London) came in 5th this year; Dinner... is his first restaurant in London, and our lunch was very good. Squeezed in a breakfast at the posh <a href="http://www.thewolseley.com/">Wolseley</a> on Piccadilly, where I had my first <em>haggis</em> (reminded me of <em>kishke</em> my mom used to make); then managed to slip into <a href="http://www.purl-london.com/">Purl</a> for a really unique cocktail experience that would make <a href="http://www.theviolethour.com/">The Violet Hour</a> look positively old fashioned (you'll see what I mean in the video above). Our group also managed to have dinner at <a href="http://www.pollenstreetsocial.com/">Pollen Street Social</a>, the latest restaurant from Jason Atherton, which proved to me yet again, that there's so much more to London's dining scene than Gordon Ramsay or fish &amp; chips.</p></p> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-04-22/48-hours-eating-drinking-and-working-london-85477 Human costs of proposed UK budget cuts http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/human-costs-proposed-uk-budget-cuts <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/105974828.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In London, Liberal Democrat MPs were warned that their constituency offices may be occupied tomorrow, as anger and protests over proposed increases in university fees threaten to spread across England.</p><p>The last few weeks have already seen thousands of students in the streets over spending freezes and cuts. Now, more than 20,000 school, college and university students have signed up to a Facebook site organizing a coordinated &quot;walkout&quot; from classes at 11a.m. tomorrow.</p><p>In addition to education cuts, budgets will get slashed in housing, policin, and a wide range of other services.</p><p>&nbsp;<a href="http://johannhari.com/">Johann Hari</a>, a blogger and columnist for the Independent of London,&nbsp; tells us about the possible affects the deep cuts could have on British society.</p></p> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 17:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/human-costs-proposed-uk-budget-cuts