WBEZ | Claire Zulkey http://www.wbez.org/tags/claire-zulkey Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Won't you be my neighbor? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/wont-you-be-my-neighbor-99861 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/neighborhoodwatch.jpg" style="width: 613px; height: 613px;" title="(Flickr/chrisinplymouth)" /></div><p>Chicago is oft described as a city of neighborhoods&mdash;which is understandable when you consider that there are more than 200 distinct pockets, each with its own identity, history, quirks and perks. Historically, neighborhoods were largely defined by the people and places that occupied and roamed its streets; by the parish and the pub; by the porches and the familiar faces out front. But as many of our most intimate communities move online, have we lost touch of the people right outside our own doors?</p><p>Growing up in Chicago&#39;s northern suburbs, I knew the names and faces of every family on my block&mdash;where they worked and where they worshipped; which neighbors were nice and which were not so nice; which were nosy and which were no good. Our doors were left unlocked and if, for some strange reason, your own home was shut, you walked over to a neighbor&rsquo;s house to use the phone, kick up your feet and wait for mom or dad to come home to let you inside.</p><p>Nowadays, my door has two locks and a baseball bat by the entryway. I&rsquo;ve lived in my apartment for more than three years but could not tell you the name of any of my neighbors&mdash;that&rsquo;s actually a lie, I know one name: Kerry Wood. But I assure you, if I weren&#39;t a sports fan and if every third person in Wrigleyville didn&#39;t have his name affixed to their back each summer, I would not know his name or flash him a creepy star-stuck grin on the sidewalk.</p><p>Once upon a time, when someone on the sidewalk flashed you a grin, it was considered a friendly gesture&hellip;now, it feels more like a confirmation of crazy. People, it seems, tend to be fearless online but increasingly terrified of face-to-face interactions.</p><p>There&#39;s no denying things have changed. Columbia College history professor <a href="http://www.colum.edu/Academics/Humanities_History_and_Social_Sciences/faculty/Dominic_Pacyga.php" target="_blank">Dominic Pacyga</a> has been teaching and writing about Chicago&rsquo;s historic and evolving neighborhoods for more than 30 years. He says he&rsquo;s seen a real shift over time&mdash;part of it is economic, part of it is technological. But a big part of it, he says, is fear.</p><p>&ldquo;People are simply afraid of other people; that&rsquo;s increased over time and neighborhoods have broken down,&rdquo; Pacyga said.</p><p>That said, Pacyga grew up in Chicago&rsquo;s Back of the Yards neighborhood and still lives on the city&rsquo;s South Side&mdash;so there must be some reason, some roots, keeping him in the hood.</p><p>WBEZ blogger Claire Zulkey likes many things about her Edgewater neighborhood. In her most <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-06/my-favorite-neighbor-bar-99851?utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ClaireZulkey+%28WBEZ+Blogs+|+Claire+Zulkey%27s+An+American+Writer+%28According+to+Wikipedia%29%29" target="_blank">recent post</a>, she writes that she finds it, &ldquo;charmingly real, or realistically nice, or whatever combination you want to come up with to describe &lsquo;urban&rsquo; and &lsquo;neighborly.&rsquo;&rdquo; She also writes that her favorite neighbor is a dive bar called Ollie&rsquo;s.</p><p><em>Afternoon Shift</em> asked Pacyga, Zulkey and Kathy Chaney, managing editor for the <em><a href="http://www.chicagodefender.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Defender</a>, </em>to join the show&mdash;and you&mdash;for a conversation about neighbors.</p><p>So tell us: what kind of relationship do you have with your neighbors? What makes a great neighborhood?</p></p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 11:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/wont-you-be-my-neighbor-99861 Daily Rehearsal: 'Shark Tank!' is not part of 'Shark Week' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-27/daily-rehearsal-shark-tank-not-part-shark-week-95889 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-January/2012-01-27/shark tank.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Claire Zulkey has a great addition</strong></span></span> to her series "Dad Talks" this week, where she <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2012-01-26/dad-talks-marty-geraghty-musicals-95852">interviews her friend Nora's dad Marty&nbsp;Geraghty</a>, who is an unabashed fan of musicals. My favorite part? When he talks about ruining his <em>Phantom of the Opera</em> mug by accidentally microwaving it.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MLVSPR3">Finalists </a>in for the Honor Awards 2011</strong></span></span> in theater have been revealed; vote again, and cull it down to those worthy final few.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. 2nd Story's line-up last night</strong></span></span> was praised on UChicago's <a href="http://uchicagoadmissions.tumblr.com/post/16553097066/2nd-story-right-now-a-uchicago-student-and">student admissions Tumblr</a>. The theme this week was secrets: "Creative writing teacher Megan Stielstra and fourth-year Margaret M. will be absolutely amazing, and I know this because Margaret and I took Megan’s&nbsp;Intro to Genres: Writing and Performance&nbsp;class together last year.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-27/shark tank.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 169px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. <em>Doyle &amp; Debbie</em> have released</strong></span></span> a new block of tickets, pushing the show at the Royal George through June 24. <a href="http://www.doyleanddebbie.com/">Call </a>or go through Ticketmaster (or <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/2012-01-09/ticketmasterlive-nation-goes-clubbing-95358">don't</a>...).&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Are you familiar with Steve Gadlin</strong></span></span>? You should be. The Blewt! Productions star is making a turn appearance on ABC's <a href="http://abc.go.com/shows/shark-tank"><em>Shark Tank!</em></a> tonight. "An artistic man hopes the sharks are interested in his cat drawing service and anoother man pitches a system to improve a salesperson's skills", says the blurb. I wonder which one Gadlin is?&nbsp;Mark Geary, a Lincoln Lodge producer, <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/gyrobase/four-lions-blewt-productions-lillstreet/Content?oid=5485583&amp;storyPage=2">approves</a>, he tells the <em>Reader</em>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 16:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-27/daily-rehearsal-shark-tank-not-part-shark-week-95889 Chicago's new salon culture http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-23/chicagos-new-salon-culture-95746 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-23/3547401942_f54f39704f_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Regular WBEZ listeners may have heard about <em><a href="http://themoth.org/events" target="_blank">The Moth</a></em><em>: </em>It's not only on the air but has also become a live event where folks get together and share stories on stage, and is hosted by several WBEZ staff members, like Brian Babylon of Vocalo's <em>The Morning AMp</em> and Events Coordinator Don Hall.</p><p>But <em>The Moth</em>'s not the only game in town--there are other, similar events in Chicago that involve not only readings but theater, music and sometimes, the genres are juxtaposed, and have been been called the "<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-30/salonatopia-look-salon-renaissance-sweeping-chicago-91203">new salon culture</a>" here at WBEZ. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-10-24/abraham-levitan-funny-ha-ha-talkin-about-good-wet-dumpling-93391">WBEZ blogger and host of <em>Funny Ha-Ha</em> Claire Zulkey</a>&nbsp;joined host of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-20/dyan-flores-breaks-down-myth-behind-meat-filled-midwest-95678"><em>The Paper Machete</em></a> (which <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345">WBEZ also podcasts</a>) Christopher Piatt, as well as Brian Babylon and&nbsp;Robert Valadez, a Pilsen gallery owner, to talk about this resurgence. Below is are some highlights of their thoughts.</p><p><em>On the resurgence of salon culture in Chicago:</em></p><p><strong>Piatt:</strong> There is a history in Chicago of sort of, you know, pointy-headed intellectual types that are kind of mouthy, getting together in a bar, in an environment where there are readings….It was also very big in the 90s; you know, Laura Links, Milly’s Orchid Show,&nbsp; David Sedaris and writers like that, came out of a reading tradition that was sort of mixed up with some first person reporting, some essays, some stand-up, some slam poetry.</p><p><em>On the importance of humor in these salons:</em></p><p><strong>Zulkey:</strong> When I started <em>Funny Ha-Ha</em>, I wanted to showcase the funnier parts of Chicago literature. Whenever I would go to a reading, there’d be two funny readers and three serious ones, and I’d always think ‘I want more of the funny’, just because I didn’t want reading series' to be so serious.</p><p><strong>Zulkey:</strong> I prefer, if we’re having a stand-up comedian, I will ask them maybe to do something that’s more like a one-man show or a reading, as opposed to doing like five minutes of stand-up, just because I want them to stretch their definition of what they do a tiny bit. I still want them to do what they do, but it’s not a stand-up show. It’s not Zanies. It’s <em>Funny Ha-Ha</em>.</p><p><em>Who attends the salons, and whether it matters where they are:</em></p><p><strong>Piatt:</strong> They’re very populist.</p><p><strong>Zulkey:</strong> I think we always want to get more people in, but it’s also sort of a recurring cast of characters. I’ve borrowed readers from<em> Paper Machete</em>; I know Christopher has seen friends of mine at <em>Funny Ha-Ha</em>.</p><p><strong>Piatt:</strong> Yeah, we poach each other’s talent. There’s like a Greek mythological level of incest among the series around town…you see the same faces at a lot of these events.</p><p><em>Where are salons in Chicago? Are they just on the North Side, with a primarily White audience? Is there a difference depending on location?</em></p><p><strong>Babylon:</strong> How to get people out on the South Side is different than the North Side, proximity of the locations, the bars, the South Side is more spread out, so it’s harder to go out.</p><p><strong>Valadez:</strong> What we’re doing in my gallery and studio is we’re providing an open door and an opportunity for people to express themselves in various ways.</p><p><strong>Zulkey:</strong> I’m always open to changing venues if they’re available, but the Hideout is our home and we have a soft spot in our heart there.</p><p><strong>Babylon:</strong> When <em>The Moth</em> actually went outside of Martyrs', and they called me and they said ‘We want to do an event on the South Side’ I was like ‘Uhhh.’ I mean, at first. It was going to be kind of tough, I felt, to get people out. But they moved it to the sort of south loop side, west area, and it’s been a pretty good crowd…So if you build it, as they say in New York City, The Moth folk, that is, they will come.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-23/photo.JPG" style="width: 600px; height: 448px;" title="Through the looking glass -- Christopher Piatt and Claire Zulkey join Tony Sarabia to discuss salon culture."></p></p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-23/chicagos-new-salon-culture-95746 Eight Forty-Eight 1.23.12 http://www.wbez.org/episode/eight-forty-eight-12312 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//episode/images/2012-january/2012-01-24/crane-phase-out-hearing-120120.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Public Schools is holding a series of community meetings to hear public input on proposed closings, consolidations and turnarounds. WBEZ education reporter <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/linda-lutton" target="_blank">Linda Lutton</a> and <a href="http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/" target="_blank"><em>Catalyst</em></a> Chicago deputy editor Sarah Karp joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to discuss what happened at Friday night’s meetings. And Pastor<a href="http://www.brightstarchurchchicago.com/about-bright-star/chris-harris" target="_blank"> Chris Harris</a>, chairman of the Bronzeville Community Action Council, explained why they’re calling for a moratorium on turnarounds in Bronzeville. Also, former Penn State football coach <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/penn-states-joe-paterno-dies-85-after-scandal-95732" target="_blank">Joe Paterno died Sunday</a>. But some media outlets misreported Paterno’s death the night before. How did it happen and what does this say about the pressures of breaking news first? <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>talked with reporters from the old--and new--media worlds to learn more about the rules getting the story first--and getting it right. Then, candidates for political office in Illinois have the option of filing paperwork pledging to run a fair campaign...and that they are not communists. WBEZ’s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/sam-hudzik" target="_blank">Sam Hudzik</a> breaks down the history of the oaths, and tells the show which 2012 candidates signed them. And will shows like <em>The Moth</em>, <em>Funny Ha-Ha</em> and <em>Paper Machete</em> make Chicago the literary humor capital of the country? WBEZ blogger and writer <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey" target="_blank">Claire Zulkey</a> hosts<a href="http://www.zulkey.com/funnyhaha.php" target="_blank"> <em>Funny Ha-Ha</em></a>, and she other local writers join the show to talk about the art of combining performance with the written word.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 14:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/eight-forty-eight-12312 Save the date for the next Funny Ha-Ha! http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-09-16/save-date-next-funny-ha-ha-92076 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-16/FunnyHaHaHosts-lrg.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>I'm quite proud of the theme of this upcoming show! Hope to see you there!</p><p><br> <img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-16/FunnyHaHaHosts-lrg.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 773px; " title=""></p></p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 16:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-09-16/save-date-next-funny-ha-ha-92076 Daily Rehearsal: get your 'Funny Ha Ha' on tonight http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-02/daily-rehearsal-get-your-funny-ha-ha-tonight-89971 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-18/zulkeyrunner2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-18/zulkeyrunner1.jpg" style="width: 266px; height: 400px; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="This woman will be at the Hideout tonight"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=121937237895363">Funny Ha-Ha</a> with WBEZ blogger Claire Zulkey is tonight</strong></span></span>. This particular show is called <em>Hot Stuff</em>, and in case you don't know about this thing that's cool and makes you laugh, it's a literary humor series with local Chicago writers. This week's line-up includes <em>Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me</em> panelist and "Ask Amy" columnist Amy Dickinson, as well as Jezebel writer Erin Gloria Ryan. It's all at The Hideout at 7 pm.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. The long-awaited Chicago premiere of <a href="http://griffintheatre.com/griffin-theatre-opens-23rd-season-with-tony-award-winning-musical-spring-awakening-2/"><em>Spring Awakening</em></a></strong></span></span> has <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/14879379/casting-complete-for-griffins-spring-awakening">its cast</a>, and they're a motley crew of unknowns, much like the original Broadway production which, fun fact, had a girl from my high school in it (she still went to classes, by the way). Good to see that there won't be a Rosario Dawson-playing-a-teenager-in-<em>Rent</em>- when-she-was-ancient<em>&nbsp;</em>situation going on here. The cast includes local students, from Columbia College, Northwestern, Roosevelt University, the Theater School at DePaul, UIC and Loyola, as well as&nbsp;Cornell University and Oklahoma City University.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Steppenwolf has shaken up it's artistic staff</strong></span></span>; their Associate Producer is now Jacob G.&nbsp;Padrón&nbsp;and their Literary Manager position has gone to Aaron Carter (no, not that one).&nbsp;Padrón will oversee Steppenwolf's Garage Rep, First Look, and NEXT UP series, while Carter will be working on finding new work for the company and getting audience engagement up.&nbsp;Padrón has been at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Carter was at Victory Gardens.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-02/second city sex.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 253px; margin: 10px; float: right;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Another day, another<em> Sex and the City</em> knockoff</strong></span></span>...homage, I mean. Opening this weekend at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights, Second City is doing a "pre-Chicago run" of <em><a href="http://www.metropolisarts.com/index.php/fuseaction/show.details/showid/251/the-second-citys-sex--the-second-city-a-romantic-dot-comedy.html">The Second City's Sex and the Second City: A Romantic Dot Comedy</a>&nbsp;</em>which "puts a&nbsp;hilarious spin on the technologies that are supposed to make our lives easier, but really make us pull out our hair." More importantly, Fred Willard, a Second City alum, and amazing star of movies like <em>Best in Show</em>, will be appearing via video. That's <em>so </em>21st century.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. <em>Memoir </em>at Greenhouse Theatre</strong></span></span> is also opening this weekend, and it's filled with history and...memory. "It is the summer of 1922 on an island off the coast of Brittany. Sarah Bernhardt, an icon of the nineteenth century stage, sets out to write the second volume of her memoirs. As Sarah and her secretary Pitou rekindle memories, they discover the truths behind her mythic stature." Oooooooh.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 14:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-02/daily-rehearsal-get-your-funny-ha-ha-tonight-89971 My demented deranged hip http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-07-18/my-demented-deranged-hip-89305 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-18/zulkeyrunner2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>I started running a few years ago, thanks in part to a personal trainer who tricked me into liking it.&nbsp; I realized that it can be a relaxing, enjoyable exercise and not hell from start to finish. I ran my first 5K in June 2009 and realized that running is an ideal exercise for the goal-oriented. I never liked spinning on stationery bicycles going nowhere or watching the back of some lady’s head in a step class, but with running I could challenge myself to faster times and longer races. So this year I signed up for my first half-marathon.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-18/zulkeyrunner1.jpg" title="" height="500" width="332"></p><p>To help with my training, for Christmas my dad gave me a <a href="https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=142&amp;pID=83280" target="_blank">Garmin forerunner 210</a>, a nifty toy that tracks how far you’ve run, how fast you’re running and your heartbeat, amongst other things. Plug it into your computer and you can see that the satellites have tracked exactly where you’ve run too, which falls into that neat/creepy realm that describes most new things.</p><p>If I were a member of the Chicago White Sox, I’d be Paul Konerko, not because I’m awesome but because I’m slow. In a tight game, you’d put a pinch runner in for me for sure. I knocked out about a ten-minute mile on the treadmill, normally. With the Garmin, though, I could see exactly how fast I was running, which started to give me something of a complex, especially when I ran outside, on the lakefront, on January days. If I could run faster I’d be home in the hot shower sooner. I started trying to run faster and faster and, not surprisingly, I started enjoying running less.</p><p>I also eventually began noticing a slight ache in my right hip. Nothing major--just after I ran, but still, it bugged me because it didn’t go away, not even after I replaced my running shoes. My trainer suggested I take a month or so off from running, which I did this spring, but the second I returned to running, the ache came back too, only now I started feeling it when I was running. And after. And in the mornings. And walking around. It was no longer aching, it was grinding.</p><p>The annoying thing about a running injury is that it’s so minor in the big picture. I wasn’t visibly injured, I wasn’t on crutches or bleeding or had a diagnosis, but still, it was bringing me down, and less coolly, making running a drag again when I had successfully un-drag-ified it a few years previously. I realized there was no way I could handle the anxiety of training for a half-marathon and worrying about my hip, so based on the recommendation of a friend, I made an appointment at <a href="http://www.ric.org/conditions/sportsmed/index.aspx" target="_blank">RIC Spine and Sport</a>.</p><p>I’m currently four appointments deep in a six-appointment commitment and I’m very intrigued by the whole process. The facilities are stuffed with equipment: padded tables, treadmills, exercise balls, stuff I can’t even identify. It looks very official. But I felt kind of like a dope when, for my first appointment, I was asked to identify my pain on a scale of 1-10. Well, clearly, 10 is for people who are getting stabbed and giving birth at the same time. Um...a 2? I felt like I was wasting their time.</p><p>Fortunately my therapist at RIC hasn’t treated me that way thus far. I was hoping for a cool-sounding diagnosis so that I could tell people I had something that sounds very official, like bursitis or something. When I asked her last week though what the definition for what my hip problem was, she made it sound like my hip is insane.</p><p>“What did you say my hip problem was again?” I asked today. “It’s demented?”</p><p>“No, it’s deranged,” she said, and then put me on a table called the <a href="http://www.hilllabs.com/chiropractic/Hill-McKenzie-REPEX-Table.php" target="_blank">RePex</a> that bends you backwards like a delicious potato chip and makes squeaky noises like a ghost mouse. Long story made extremely short, my gait is wonky and my hip is weak and so I need to strengthen it and my various other muscles to get back in shape.</p><p>I like things that are effective (which, I know, makes me the specialist snowflake.) I tried acupuncture a few years ago for a different running issue and while it was relaxing, I hoped it worked more than I thought it was really working. Plus I had to pay out of pocket for it which I don’t have to do at RIC. So far at RIC though I feel like things are happening. I am given different stretches and exercises to perform which I do diligently (once again, goal-oriented, and a bit of a people-pleaser to boot). Per my therapist's recommendation, I ice my hip so frequently I uttered the phrase "I'm getting really sick of sticking bags of ice down my pants" to my husband last night. Today I ran both on the treadmill and the track so my therapist could figure out what’s wrong with my gait. I was told to imagine I was “running on clouds” next time, which is a delightful mental image. I also liked that I basically got my workout in today while at the doctor’s office.</p><p>I still have a few more appointments to go and at least 13.1 big miles to run before I’ve reached the end of this summer’s physical health journey. What have I learned? That if you have good insurance, you should milk every sweet cent out of it that you can if you’re not feeling well. That I am pretty sure that if running a half-marathon is causing me this much angst, a marathon is not in the cards for me. And that maybe running and simultaneously obsessively checking a computer strapped to your arm that’s talking to outer space isn’t the best idea ever.</p></p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 15:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-07-18/my-demented-deranged-hip-89305 Writer Claire Zulkey gives her picks for the weekend http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/writer-claire-zulkey-gives-her-picks-weekend <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//starwars.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Most days you&rsquo;ll find writer Claire Zulkey behind the keyboard, blogging for the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.avclub.com/">AV Club</a> or working on her latest book. But it's the weekend which means the latest installment of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/weeklyguide"><em>The Weekly Guide</em></a>.</p><p>Claire stopped by &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; to share her ideas for getting into the holiday spirit.<br /><br />You can also catch Claire Saturday at 2 p.m. reading from her latest book &quot;An Off Year&quot; at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.readbetweenthelynes.com/">Read Between The Lynes</a>.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Friday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m.</strong><br /><a target="_blank" href="http://www.bookcellarinc.com/event/kates-2 ">The Kates at the Book Cellar </a><br /><a target="_blank" href="http://www.thekates.org/ ">The Kates</a></p><p><strong>Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.&nbsp;</strong><br /><a target="_blank" href="http://www.saintjamescathedral.org/ ">Handel's Messiah at St. James Cathedral </a><br /><strong>RELATED: </strong><a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXh7JR9oKVE">Flash mob singing Handel's 'Messiah' </a><br /><br /><strong>Sunday, Dec. 12 at 9 a.m. </strong><br /><a target="_blank" href="http://www.active.com/running/chicago-il/rudolph-ramble-presented-fleet-feet-sports-2009 ">Rudolph Ramble </a><br /><br /><strong>Sunday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m.</strong> <br /><a target="_blank" href="http://roadshow.ampcommunity.com/?page_id=13">Indie Lit Roadshow at the Green Latern Gallery</a> <br /><br /><strong>Sunday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. </strong><br /><a target="_blank" href="http://www.starwarsholidayspecial.com/. ">The Star Wars Holiday Special</a> screening at <a target="_blank" href="http://chicago.metromix.com/movies/movie/movie-night/1325951/content">Delilah&rsquo;s </a></p></p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 14:27:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/writer-claire-zulkey-gives-her-picks-weekend