WBEZ | Chicago Magazine http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-magazine Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en In one week: Funny Ha-Ha: Live Forever http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-04/one-week-funny-ha-ha-live-forever-97866 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//hahasmall_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/hahasmall.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 958px; " title="Funny Ha-Ha: Live Forever April 10 2012"></p><p>The <em>Tribune</em>'s Steve Johnson had a nice piece today about <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ent-0403-focus-variety-shows-20120402,0,6979059.column">Chicago's live variety show scene</a> and mentioned the literary humor show I host and produce, Funny Ha-Ha. Our next show happens to be in a week, so I hope you come check us out!</p><p><b>Funny Ha-Ha: Live Forever</b></p><p><b>Date:</b> Tuesday, April 10, 2012<br><b>Time:</b> 7-8:30 PM<br><b>Place:</b> <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/">The Hideout</a><br>1354 W Wabansia Ave<br>Chicago, IL 60622<br>(773) 227-4433</p><p>Featuring readings and performances from:</p><p>The AV Club's <a href="http://www.avclub.com/">Marcus Gilmer</a></p><p>Essay Fiesta host <a href="http://keithecker.com/">Keith Ecker</a></p><p>Beloved comedian <a href="http://therealcameronesposito.com/">Cameron Esposito</a></p><p>Chicago magazine's <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/cassiewalker77">Cassie Walker</a></p><p>Kates host <a href="http://www.kelsiehuff.com/">Kelsie Huff</a></p><p>Filmmaker man <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/sdelahoyde/featured">Steve Delahoyde</a></p><p>$5 suggested donation. Proceeds benefit the <a href="http://www.jot.org/"><span class="il">Neighborhood</span> <span class="il">Writing</span> <span class="il">Alliance</span></a>.</p></p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 10:11:10 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-04/one-week-funny-ha-ha-live-forever-97866 Seasoned biographer discusses the art of profiling public figures http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-12/seasoned-biographer-discusses-art-profiling-public-figures-95487 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-12/RS2935_bill clinton_getty.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Writer Carol Felsenthal specializes in profiling public figures. She has penned intimate portraits of Rod Blagojevich, Michelle Obama, Bill Daley and Dan Rostenkowski for <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/" target="_blank"><em>Chicago</em></a> magazine, where she writes the<a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Felsenthal-Files/" target="_blank"> "Felsenthal Files."</a> And, she, like Jodi Kantor, wrote an unauthorized biography about a president. Felsenthal is the author of <em>Clinton in Exile: A President Out of the White House </em>and she joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to discuss her experiences.</p></p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-12/seasoned-biographer-discusses-art-profiling-public-figures-95487 Exploring the relationship between lawmakers and lawbreakers http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-14/exploring-relationship-between-lawmakers-and-lawbreakers-94884 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-14/Police 2 Getty Tim Boyle.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It’s no secret that Chicago politics have long thrived on backroom deals between aldermen and the city’s rich and powerful. Journalists David Bernstein and Noah Isackson have been teasing out another surprising connection on and off for about the past two years–between lawmakers and lawbreakers. <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/January-2012/Gangs-and-Politicians-An-Unholy-Alliance/index.php?cparticle=1&amp;siarticle=0#artanc" target="_blank">In an article for </a><a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/January-2012/Gangs-and-Politicians-An-Unholy-Alliance/index.php?cparticle=1&amp;siarticle=0#artanc" target="_blank"><em>Chicago </em></a><a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/January-2012/Gangs-and-Politicians-An-Unholy-Alliance/index.php?cparticle=1&amp;siarticle=0#artanc" target="_blank">magazine</a>, they report on summits between gang leaders and aldermanic candidates and attempted to track what, if anything, actually changed hands between the two camps-–votes, cash, influence? The reporters joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to share more about what they found.</p><p>"Lawbreakers, Lawmakers," their article on the connections between aldermen and gang members will appear in the latest issue of <em>Chicago</em> magazine – which is out Thursday.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Music Button: Zone 12, "Moody Pan Pipes", from the album Trip To The Andes, (Ark 21)</em></p><p><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-14/exploring-relationship-between-lawmakers-and-lawbreakers-94884 Looking at the many faces of 'Governor Sunshine' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-08/looking-many-faces-governor-sunshine-94716 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-08/AP Photo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> continued its look at Rod Blagojevich following his sentencing hearing by talking to a woman who has profiled many embattled political figures. Back in 2003, Carol Felsenthal’s <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/November-2003/Governor-Sunshine/" target="_blank">profile</a> of the then newly-elected governor coined a new nickname for Blagojevich, "Governor Sunshine." Since then, the <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/" target="_blank"><em>Chicago</em></a> magazine writer has kept her eye on Blagojevich, his wife Patti and his brother Robert Blagojevich.</p></p> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 15:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-08/looking-many-faces-governor-sunshine-94716 The Paper Machete Radio Magazine: Scott Smith on NBC's Chelsea Clinton appointment http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-25/paper-machete-radio-magazine-scott-smith-nbcs-chelsea-clinton-appoi <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-23/Scott Smith at Ricochets June 11 2011 Evan Hanover.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-23/Scott Smith at Ricochets June 11 2011 Evan Hanover.jpeg" style="width: 500px; height: 332px;" title="Scott Smith as his last 'Machete' appearance (Photo by Evan Hanover)"></p><p>Scott Smith of <em>Chicago Magazine </em>talks about his lack of surprise, and growing frustration, with Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton's appointment as a new correspondent for NBC. An excerpt is below. As usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE.</p><p><em>So this week, NBC Nightly News announced they'd hired Chelsea Clinton as a correspondant for "Making a Difference", its series of heartwarming feature stories. This was really good news because WOO the media's hiring! And also, someone is hiring! </em></p><p><em>Before I sat down to work on this piece, I thought, this is not a big deal. The real issue here is how NBC News and Entertainment Divisions are completely lacking in ideas that aren't brought to them by a bold-faced name. An idea, I promise you, I'll get back to in a moment.....</em></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483829-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-11-19-papermachete-scott-smith.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><div><p>This Saturday at the Horseshoe, expect to see Phillip Dawkins, playwright responsible for&nbsp;The Homosexuals;&nbsp;Micah Philbrook of The Tim and Micah Project;&nbsp;Katie Rich of Second City; magic by Dennis Watkins of the House Theatre, with a special performance by Barrel of Monkeys. Music from the <em>Machete</em> house band Sleepy Lou.</p><p><em><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a></em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It's always at 3 pm, it's always on Saturday, and it's always free. Get all your&nbsp;<em>The Paper Machete Radio Magazine</em>&nbsp;needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://wbez.org/thepapermachete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</p></div></p> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 16:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-25/paper-machete-radio-magazine-scott-smith-nbcs-chelsea-clinton-appoi Daily Rehearsal: Fall theater previews galore http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-14/daily-rehearsal-fall-theater-previews-galore-91964 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-14/timeoutfallpreview.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <em>Bus Stop</em>&nbsp;comes from <a href="http://www.raventheatre.com/">Raven Theatre</a> in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-02/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-62-87319">October</a></strong></span></span>, and it sounds romantic: "Trapped by a blustery winter storm, wayward travelers converge at a rural Kansas City diner. Forced to stay the night, the weary group turns the cold into heat as they discover new relationships." In a statement, director JoAnn Montemurro said,&nbsp;“Raven's mission is to present plays that illuminate the American experience and you can't get more American than cowboys and a showgirl stranded in Kansas."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2.&nbsp;</strong></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>Stage Left Theatre has announced the recipients</strong></span></span> of their Downstage Left playwright residencies for the 30th season. They say that "this season represents the start of a larger scale restructuring of the program's resources towards extended development opportunities." This was the first year they had an open application process, and the residencies that won include&nbsp;</span><i>Warped</i>&nbsp;by Barbara Lhota and&nbsp;<i>Witches Vanish</i>&nbsp;by Claudia Barnett. <em>Warped </em>feels a little ripped from the headlines; it's about a drunk woman who is reportedly raped by police officers that drove her home. And <em>Witches Vanish</em> retells Macbeth.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-14/timeoutfallpreview.JPG" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 402px;" title="Justin Timberlake doesn't do theater, but the people inside do"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Strawdog also opens their new season in October</strong></span></span>, with <i><a href="http://www.strawdog.org/index.php?section=history&amp;production=oldtimes">Old Times</a></i>. That may sound familiar to you, and but don't get it confused with <em>Old Town</em>, the play the company put on in October. Kimberly Senior last did <em>The Cherry Orchard</em>, which you also might recall did pretty well, review-wise.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. I'm catching up on <em>This American Life</em></strong></span></span>, so this is new news to me; their September 5 episode (originally aired in 2003, so it's really old) called "<a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/241/20-acts-in-60-minutes">20 Acts in 60 Minutes</a>" was inspired by the Neo-Futurists. TAL throws their usual structure on their heads (long-form audio stories) to bring you short short little pieces, like <em>Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind</em>, which famously performs 30 plays in 60 minutes once a week.&nbsp;Of course, lots of radio does this every week (like radio news, for example), but I guess that doesn't make the gimmick less exciting. If you'd like to listen to just this one the piece during the show, it's the last one before the first break.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">5. Fall preview season is upon us</span></strong></span>, and the latest from <em>Chicago Magazine</em> and <em>TimeOut </em>have hit my desk. <em>Chicago Magazine</em> steals a bit from <em>New York Magazine </em>and creates an "Anticipation Index" of what they're excited about, gives us "Promising Players", a look at five young people being talented, a glimpse at the difficiculties of putting on a solo show, and an interview with Patrick Andrews, the younger star of <em>Red</em>. <em>TimeOut </em>has a look at the <em>six </em>local companies with new artistic directors, the headshots of the actors for <em>Spring Awakening</em>, the story behind the new space for the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural center, and a Q&amp;A with Kate Fry, the star of Sarah Ruhl's <em>In the Next Room or the vibrator play</em>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 14:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-14/daily-rehearsal-fall-theater-previews-galore-91964 Dennis Rodkin updates the rulebook for real estate in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-14/dennis-rodkin-updates-rulebook-real-estate-chicago-91963 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-14/4550832875_496b4b5dab_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A lot can change over a decade; and not all of it necessarily good. When <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Radar/Deal-Estate/" target="_blank">Dennis Rodkin</a> wrote "The New Rules of Real Estate" for <em><a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/" target="_blank">Chicago</a></em> magazine back in 2000, the housing market was a hotbed of activity--but no longer. The mortgage crisis put the kibosh on many things – leaving some folks struggling to stay in their homes and others desperate to get out. Thus, the new game needed new rules. So, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> asked the author of the old rules to share his annual update of the Chicago real estate rulebook. Rodkin writes the<em> Deal Estate</em> column for <em>Chicago</em> magazine.</p><p>The October issue of <em>Chicago </em>magazine hits newsstands Thursday but Rodkin gave <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Radar/Deal-Estate/September-2011/A-Look-at-One-Aspect-of-Chicagos-Annual-Real-Estate-Charts-Time-on-the-Market/" target="_blank">a preview</a> on his blog.</p><p><em>Mocean Worker, "Ya Damn Right", from the album Candygram for Mowo!, (Mowo! Inc.)</em></p></p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 13:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-14/dennis-rodkin-updates-rulebook-real-estate-chicago-91963 Daily Rehearsal: 'My Fair Lady' cast is announced http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-20/daily-rehearsal-my-fair-lady-cast-announced-89397 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-20/myfairlady.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Our fave Chi Theater Addict Bob Bullen&nbsp;<a href="http://chitheatreaddict.com/2011/07/19/chicago-shakes-follies-casting-partly-announced-where-are-the-chicago-actors/">has some thoughts</a> on the<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-19/daily-rehearsal-timeline-produce-jon-conroys-my-kind-town-89335"> recently announced <em>Follies </em>casting</a></strong></span></span>, and he's not super happy with Chicago Shakespeare's dependence on "outside talent" (outside Chicago that is). "Yes, the supporting cast and ensembles in these shows are mostly made up of local talent (woot for Resnik singing 'I’m Still Here' — a song I’m sure she’ll make into the full-out showstopper that it is), but why the reliance on non-local talent to star in these high-profile Sondheim shows?" he asks. "Are there no other actors in the city whom we can trust to star in major productions of musical comedies? Seriously?" SERIOUSLY GUYS.</p><p><sup><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-20/myfairlady.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="(Photo by Brett Beiner)"></sup><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Bob Bullen can't complain about the <a href="http://www.paramountaurora.com/">Paramount Theatre</a></strong></span></span>&nbsp;not sending their love to local actors; they've<a href="http://www.paramountaurora.com/">&nbsp;</a>announced the cast of <em>My Fair Lady</em>, and it's Chicago-actor heavy.<em>&nbsp;</em>Eliza Dolittle is played by&nbsp;Andrea Prestinario (Jeff Award winner) and Henry Higgins is taken on by Nathan M. Hosner, with a full cast of other locals. This is the first of Paramount's attempts at a Broadway musical, and will include a full orchestra. Also not to be weird, but don't Prestinario and Hosner look a little related?</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Speaking of look alikes in productions:&nbsp;</strong></span></span>&nbsp;TimeOut has&nbsp;<a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/dance/14861315/dance-usa-showcase-at-the-mca-photo-gallery" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">photos&nbsp;</a>of the Dance/USA Showcase at the MCA Stage.&nbsp;<em>Sharks Before Drowning</em>, a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-02/working-weekend-critics-picks-63-65-87333" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Laura Molzahn pick</a>, seems to have used the similarities oftheir dancers aesthetics for their benefit.</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. I've been waiting for the internet version of <em>Chicago Magazine</em>'s</strong></span></span> Best of 2011 issue to come out, so I could do more than just reference their&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/August-2011/Best-of-Chicago-2011-Theatre/" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Best of Theater article</a>&nbsp;and actually&nbsp;<em>cite my sources</em>. Their rundown:</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;">Best Theater Company - TimeLine,&nbsp;Best Play -&nbsp;<em>A Twist of Water,&nbsp;</em>Best Director - Dexter Bullard,&nbsp;Best Actor - Nick Sandys,&nbsp;Best Actress - Ora Jones and&nbsp;Best Musical -&nbsp;<em>Working</em>.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;">What say you?</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">5. <em>5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche</em> has been extended</span></strong></span> through August 13. This generally ridiculous production manages to pull together fears of nuclear eradication due to the Cold War, love of quiche, and of course, lesbians, into a semblance of something that makes sense and is completely hilarious.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 14:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-20/daily-rehearsal-my-fair-lady-cast-announced-89397 Street-smarts earned West Side gang members a full-ride to the Ivy League http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-20/street-smarts-earned-west-side-gang-members-full-ride-ivy-league-89396 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-20/2514540143_e422116ca4_o.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>There's no standardized test for street-smarts and that sort of experience will not necessarily earn students a ticket to the college of their choice. But in the late 1960s, curbside know-how helped a group of West Side gang members get a full ride to Dartmouth College. The story of the experimental program that took a group of young men from North Lawndale to the Ivy League is in the new edition of <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/" target="_blank"><em>Chicago</em></a> magazine. WBEZ’s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/richard-steele" target="_blank">Richard Steele </a>recently sat down with the author, Jay Pridmore, and a graduate of the program - Allan 'Tiny' Evans. Tiny began by telling Steele that he did not mind gang life—he was good at.<br> <br> &nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 13:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-20/street-smarts-earned-west-side-gang-members-full-ride-ivy-league-89396 New details raise more questions in the mysterious death of Michael Scott http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-13/new-details-raise-more-questions-mysterious-death-michael-scott-89078 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-13/Michael Scott.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>When Michael Scott was<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/news/education/chicagoans-react-michael-scotts-death-0" target="_blank"> found dead</a> in the Chicago River back in 2009, the news came as a shock to many. Scott spent much of his life in different capacities for the city--at the time of his death he was president of Chicago’s school board.&nbsp; He was close to then-Mayor Daley and a respected member of his community.</p><p>Many people were surprised to learn that Scott may have taken his own life but his death was ruled a suicide by the Cook County medical examiner and then the Chicago Police Department. To this day members of Scott’s community and family resist that conclusion and have questions about the investigation of his death. Now writer David Bernstein has revisited the case of Michael Scott. His report "Shadows of Doubt" will be in Thursday's <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/" target="_blank"><em>Chicago</em> magazine</a> and contains new details that raise troubling questions about the case.&nbsp; Bernstein joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>to discuss the lingering questions surrounding Michael's Scott's death.</p><p><em>Music Button: Do Make Say Think, "Bruce E. Kinesis" from the release Goodbye Enemy Airship the Landlord Is Dead (Constellation)</em></p></p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 14:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-13/new-details-raise-more-questions-mysterious-death-michael-scott-89078