WBEZ | festivals http://www.wbez.org/tags/festivals Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Guide to Chicago Halloween 2013 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-10/guide-chicago-halloween-2013-108992 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chicagogeek.jpg" title="Halloween decorations at the Meysenburg Mansion in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. (Flickr/ChicagoGeek)" /></p><p>From Halloweekend to Día de los Muertos, Chicagoland is brimming with eerie events, spellbinding shows, and wickedly fun Halloween-themed parties that give a whole new meaning to the phrase &quot;ghost town.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>But first, a few protips:</p><p><strong>1. Explore the suburbs.</strong></p><p>If you have the means to embark on a mini-adventure before the 31st, take a daytrip outside of Chicago to visit a beautifically autumnal&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/wild-side-chicago/2013/10/the-top-five-chicago-pumpkin-farms-to-visit-in-2013/" target="_blank">pumpkin patch</a> or an orchard for&nbsp;<a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-apple-picking-near-chicago/" target="_blank">apple picking</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>2. Embrace the power of the costume, but don&#39;t abuse it.&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Halloween is the only time of year that you can walk around dressed like Wolverine or Obi-Wan Kenobi and receive little to no judgment from passersby, so why not seize the opportunity and geek out to your heart&#39;s content? Of course, an ignorant lapse in cultural sensitivity (or downright&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theroot.com/multimedia/racially-insensitive-halloween-costumes" target="_blank">racism</a>)&nbsp;does not count.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>3. Enjoy the holiday while it lasts.</strong></p><p>Do the Monster Mash, bake ghost-shaped Pillsbury sugar cookies, and treat yourself to repeated viewings of &quot;Mom&#39;s Got a Date with a Vampire,&quot; &quot;Hocus Pocus,&quot; and &quot;Don&#39;t Look Under the Bed.&quot;</p><p>Also, make sure that you venture out into the city every once in a while, walk around in the brisk autumn air, and experience all of the Halloweentime joys that Chicago has to offer!</p><div><p><strong>Festivals:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/franken_plaza.html" target="_blank">Chicagoween</a>: Delight in spooky entertainment, hayrides, trick-or-treating, a costume contest, and a fall farmers&rsquo; market when&nbsp;Daley Plaza becomes Franken Plaza. Oct. 25-27.&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://www.chicagobotanic.org/hallowfest" target="_blank">HallowFest:</a>&nbsp;Head to the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe for fortune telling, face painting, a carved pumpkin gallery and more. Oct. 26-27.</li><li><a href="http://lincolnpark.patch.com/groups/events/p/clark-street-spooktacular-2013" target="_blank">Clark Street Spooktacular</a>: The annual Lincoln Park neighborhood event returns with family friendly games, trick-or-treating, street magicians, jugglers, balloon artists, and a costume contest. Saturday, Oct. 26.</li><li><a href="http://www.downtownbatavia.com/batfest" target="_blank">BatFest</a>: A parade, pumpkin roll, entertainment, trick-or-treating, hayrides, games, and farmers&rsquo; market along the Riverwalk in Batavia. Saturday, Oct. 26.</li><li><a href="http://www.parkfun.com/programs/special-events/halloween-boonanza" target="_blank">Halloween Boonanza</a>: Kids ages 14 and under can participate in hayrides, crafts, carnival games, and trick-or-treating&nbsp;at the community center in Schaumburg. Saturday, Oct. 31.</li><li><a href="http://www.lpzoo.org/events/calendar/spooky-zoo-spectacular">Spooky Zoo Spectacular</a>. Arrive in costume to enjoy the arts and crafts, trick-or-treating, and live outdoor music at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Thursday, Oct. 26.</li></ul><p><strong>Parties:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/201503493365565" target="_blank">Nocturna All Hallow&#39;s Eve Ball at Metro</a>: The annual music hall extravaganza will feature a costume contest with cash prizes, a photo booth, vendors, and Halloween-themed performances. DJ Scary Lady Sarah spins. Saturday, Oct. 26.</li><li><a href="http://chicagohistory.org/boo/#sthash.j8mHEd8L.dpbs" target="_blank">Boo: A Halloween Ball at the Chicago History Museum</a>: A night of terrifying tales, dancing, and craft cocktails. Thursday, Oct. 31.&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://hauntedyacht.eventbrite.com/" target="_blank">Haunted Yacht Party at Navy Pier</a>: Hop on board! Thursday, Oct. 31.</li><li><a href="http://scofflawchicago.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-ghost-of-bonnys-returns-again.html" target="_blank">Scofflaw&#39;s 2nd Annual Bonny&#39;s Halloween Party</a>: The Ghost of Bonny&#39;s returns! Scofflaw opens the shuttered Logan Square bar for a late-night dance party. Thursday, Oct. 31.&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://www.royalesociety.com/" target="_blank">Dead Celebrities at Enclave</a>: Expect Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, and Marilyn Monroe to make appearances. Also, bring your A-game in the costume department: the winner gets $3,000. Saturday, Oct. 26.</li><li><a href="http://www.oldtownpourhouse.com/2nd-annual-costume-party-event-222.php" target="_blank">Costume Party at The Boundary and Old Town Pour House</a>: $100, $50 and $25 gift cards will be awarded to the best dressed. Saturday, Oct. 26.</li><li><a href="http://thenumbereddays.com/buy-tickets-for-upcoming-events/" target="_blank">The Numbered Days Halloween Loft Party</a>: Head to Logan Square Auditorium for a dance party, trick-or-treat collaborative art, a costume contest, and DJ sets from Clash Gordon, Kyle Garner, and Matt Roan. Thursday, Oct. 31.</li><li><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/626465874071032/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming" target="_blank">Pumpkin Carving Party at Cafe Mustache</a>: BYOP (Bring your own pumpkin) to the annual night of jack-o-lantern carving, beer drinking, and DJ mix jamming. Thursday, Oct. 31.</li><li><a href="http://community-bar.com/" target="_blank">Noche De Muertos: I Put A Spell on You Halloween Party</a>: Celebrate Halloween and the Day of the Dead at Maria&#39;s Packaged Goods &amp; Community Bar. Friday, Nov 1.&nbsp;</li></ul></div><p><strong>Haunted Houses:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://www.thefearhauntedhouse.com" target="_blank">The Fear Haunted House at Navy Pier</a>:&nbsp;This award-winning attraction features both an agressive adult-themed haunted house at night and a low scare, lights-on attraction during the day. Open now through Oct. 31.</li><li><a href="http://statesvillehauntedprison.com" target="_blank">Statesville Haunted Prison &amp; City of the Dead</a>: Located just outside of Chicago, this terrifying institution of horror has been voted Best Haunted House in Chicago, Scariest Haunted House in Illinois, and one of the Top 25 Haunted Houses in America. Open now through Nov. 2.&nbsp;</li><li>More haunted houses in the Chicago suburbs:&nbsp;<a href="http://fearcitychicago.com" target="_blank">Fear City</a>&nbsp;in Morton Grove, <a href="http://www.asylumxperiment.com" target="_blank">The Asylum Xperiment</a>&nbsp;in Villa Park, and&nbsp;<a href="http://42fear.com" target="_blank">Basement of the Dead</a> in Aurora.&nbsp;</li></ul><p><b>Music:</b></p><ul><li><a href="http://cso.org/TicketsAndEvents/EventDetails.aspx?eid=5842" target="_blank">Hallowed Haunts</a>: Come in costume for spooky music and pre-concert activities at the Symphony Center. For all ages 5 and up. Saturday, Oct. 26.</li><li><a href="http://www.martyrslive.com/thu-oct-31-8pm-10" target="_blank">Halloween at Martyrs</a>: A Halloween blowout featuring music from Terrible Spaceship, Diana and the Dishes, and The Lincoln Squares. Thursday, Oct. 31</li><li><a href="http://www.brooklynvegan.com/chicago/2013/10/pictureplane_pl.html" target="_blank">Pictureplane at Berlin</a>: Berlin&#39;s Total Therapy event on last Thursdays happens to fall on Halloween this year, and witch house musician Pictureplane is headlining. Thursday, Oct. 31.</li><li><a href="http://do312.com/event/2013/10/31/halloween-spectacular-featuring-terrifyingly-amazing-performers" target="_blank">Halloween Spectacular at Emporium Arcade Bar</a>: Advertised as the &quot;Best Halloween Party in Town!&quot; (and it very well might be) the barcade spectacular will include music from Mucca Pazza, Mack the Knife, and DJ Risky Bizness/Sean Doe. Thursday, Oct. 31.</li><li><a href="http://www.wickerparkbucktown.info/events-1/annual-double-door-halloween-party-wickerpark-bucktown" target="_blank">Halloween at Double Door</a>: The Wicker Park music venue&#39;s 17th annual bash will take place over the course of two spooky nights this year, featuring Slutter as KISS, Sex Therapy as Janis Joplin, and The Dead On as Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Oct 31-Nov 1.</li></ul><p><b>Theatre</b>:</p><ul><li><a href="http://events.chicago.cbslocal.com/chicago_il/events/all-hallows-eve-eve-variety-show-/E0-001-062194977-8" target="_blank">All Hallow&#39;s Eve Eve Variety Show at California Clipper</a>:&nbsp;Get Halloween started early with some shadow puppetry, literary readings, and a raffle to benefit Chicago&#39;s newest literary institution, ChiPRC (Chicago Publisher&#39;s Resource Center). Multimedia performers include Audrey Niffenegger, Chris Hefner, Chris Bower, and Fred Sasaki. Wednesday, Oct. 30.</li><li><a href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/newswire.php?newsID=917" target="_blank">Musical of the Living Dead at Stage 773</a>: This musical journey about a zombie apocalypse was named Best Musical in 2012 and Best New Play in 2012 by the Chicago Reader. Playing now through Nov. 9.</li><li><a href="http://www.chicagoburlesque.org/belmont-burlesque-revue-halloween-2013" target="_blank">The Belmont Burlesque Revue at Theater Wit</a>: The annual Halloween show will feature the Belmont Bombshells, the Amazing Tomas, and several special guests. Thursday, Oct. 26</li><li><a href="http://chicago.metromix.com/events/mmxchi-nightmares-on-lincoln-ave-5-b-is-for-blood-event">Nightmare on Lincoln Ave 5: B is for Blood</a> and <a href="http://chicago.metromix.com/events/mmxchi-death-toll-a-drinking-game-performance-1-event">Death Toll: A Drinking Game Performance</a>: 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Oct. 31 (&quot;Nightmares&quot;) and 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Oct. 31 (&quot;Death Toll&quot;) at <a href="http://chicago.metromix.com/venues/mmxchi-the-cornservatory-venue">The Cornservatory</a>.</li></ul><p><strong>Movies:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://chicago.metromix.com/events/mmxchi-horror-movie-night-2-event" target="_blank">Horror Movie Night at Delish</a>: Indulge in&nbsp;a three course prix fixe meal while watching a&nbsp;horror movie&nbsp;classic in the days leading up to Halloween. Film selections include &quot;The Shining,&quot; &quot;Carrie,&quot; &quot;Night&nbsp;of the Living Dead&quot; and more. Oct 24-31.</li><li><a href="http://www.thelogantheatre.com" target="_blank">Horror Movie Madness at The Logan Theatre</a>: Watch &quot;Rosemary&#39;s Baby,&quot; Trick &#39;r Treat,&quot; &quot;The Shining,&quot; and John Carpenter&#39;s &quot;Halloween&quot; on the titular night. Oct 24-31. &nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://www.classiccinemas.com/location.aspx?house=2263" target="_blank">&quot;Shaun of the Dead&quot; at Woodstock Theatre</a>: The cult British zombie comedy screens at midnight. Friday, Oct. 25.&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://www.musicboxtheatre.com" target="_blank">Horror Movies at the Music Box Theatre</a>: The lineup includes a &quot;Halloween: Treats and Tricksters&quot; program as part of the 2013 Chicago International Children&#39;s Film Festival, in addition to scary films like &quot;The Wicker Man,&quot; &quot;Rosemary&#39;s Baby,&quot; &quot;Escape from Tomorrow,&quot; and two midnight screenings of &quot;The Rocky Horror Picture Show.&quot; Oct. 24-31.</li><li><a href="http://wickerpark.org/partners/chicago-park-district" target="_blank">Haunted Indoor Drive-In at Wicker Park Fieldhouse</a>: Hate-watch a different film from the &quot;Twilight&quot; series each night at the annual film festival. Oct 24-27.</li></ul><div><p><strong>Other Events:</strong></p></div><ul><li><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1425653127658100/" target="_blank">Paranormal Brunch at the Empty Bottle</a>: In addition to delicious food and storytelling from the Chicago Paranormal Investigator team, there will be craft-making, Tarot readings, and vintage flicks projected on the big screen. Dress up in costume for extra EB street cred. 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.</li><li><a href="https://hubbardinn.projectparties.com" target="_blank">The Haunted Inn at Hubbard Inn</a>: The popular River North bar and restaurant has transformed into a haunted hotel. Stop by for a specialty themed cocktail or three-course harvest menu, if you dare. Now through Nov. 1.&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://nowyouknowevents.com/ai1ec_event/chicago-halloween-trolley-crawl-2013-2/" target="_blank">Halloween Trolley Crawl</a>: Halloween Pub Crawls are kind of a big deal in Chicago, but the &quot;Trolley of Terror&quot; may beat them all. Saturday, Oct. 26.&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://garfield-conservatory.org/" target="_blank">Creatures of the Night at the Garfield Park Conservatory</a>: Spooky spiders, owls, and bats are showcased in this Halloween-themed program. Wednesday, Oct. 30.&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://www.northalsted.com/pages/17th_annual_northalsted_halloween_parade/114.php">Northalsted Halloween Parade</a>:&nbsp;Twisted Circus is this year&#39;s theme. Costume categories are drag, group, original, pet, and scariest. Thursday, Oct. 31.</li><li><a href="http://www.navypier.com/things2do/entertainment/halloween.html">Halloween at Navy Pier</a>: The seasonal celebration includes costume contests on&nbsp;Saturday, fireworks Saturday at 9:30 p.m., and trick-or-treating for children ages 12 and under on Saturday, Sunday, and Thursday. Oct. 26-31.</li></ul><p>What are your favorite Chicago Halloween traditions and haunts?</p><p><em>Leah Pickett writes about popular culture for WBEZ. Follow Leah on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">@leahkpickett</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-10/guide-chicago-halloween-2013-108992 Chicago boutique agencies help craft a stellar line-up for Pitchfork http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-12/chicago-boutique-agencies-help-craft-stellar-line-pitchfork-89014 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-12/Pitchfork.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Album sales are down, and parts of the touring industry have slumped but there’s a segment of the live music world that’s thriving. Music festival culture is growing in the states, with early sellouts at Bonnaroo and Coachella. <a href="http://www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com/" target="_blank">Pitchfork Music Festival</a> sold out of its three-day passes in a week. But what many may not know is Chicago boutique agencies represent a lot of what you see onstage. Music reporter Althea Legaspi met with those who shape the lineup at Pitchfork Music Festival to get the scoop.</p><p>From the mundane: “One of the things I feel like I see on every rider I’ve ever seen is just clean socks,” <a href="http://pitchfork.com/" target="_blank">Pitchfork</a> Media President Chris Kaskie said.</p><p>To the particular: “It seemed such a cliché but was true, is that Yoko Ono needed an exactly white couch for her dressing room. It had to be white,” Pitchfork Music Festival’s Mike Reed added.</p><p>To the outrageous: “Major Lazer has a ballerina on their rider,” explained <a href="http://www.windishagency.com/" target="_blank">Windish Agency</a> booking agent Sam Hunt.</p><p>Those are just a few requests they’ve seen on artists’ riders. As for other goings on backstage?<strong> “</strong>There’s free ice cream backstage,” Windish Agency President, Tom Windish said. Windish Agency’s one of a handful of influential boutique booking agencies located in Chicago.<strong> </strong></p><p><strong>“</strong>We represent the artists and we negotiate how much they get paid to play a live show, and we negotiate where they’re going to play, which venue, how much the ticket’s are going to be, what other artists are going to be on the bill,” he explained. “And if they’re playing at a festival, we’ll sometimes negotiate which stage they’re on or what time they play.”</p><p>Windish Agency represents 500 bands, 18 of them are playing this year’s festival, including headliner Animal Collective and newer acts like Zola Jesus and Twin Shadow. Chicago-based <a href="http://billions.com/" target="_blank">Billions Corporation</a> represents Neko Case and Destroyer, and Chicago’s Red Ryder Entertainment has also had artists like Sharon Van Etten play in the past.</p><p>Unlike major agencies who also represent actors and the like, boutique agencies focus solely on musicians.<strong> </strong></p><p><strong>“</strong>There happen to be a lot of boutique agencies here, there’s like six or seven or something,” Windish said.</p><p>He relocated to Chicago 15 years ago because of the music community, the affordable rent and cost of doing business.</p><p>“And in Los Angeles, for instance, there’s only a couple agencies that are not the major agencies that are out there. It’s strange that there are so many here, but it’s pretty cool,” he explained.</p><p>Reed said it’s mutually beneficial having several boutique agencies in Pitchfork’s hometown: It’s not just a business relationship; there’s a sense of pride and a strong rapport.</p><p>“Here there’s also a really great thing for industry people where it’s like people are coming in and all also get to be hosts in a certain way and so there’s a little bit of a shared value in the festival because it’s from here, business is from here on various levels from here presented from a business from here and right in the smack dab of your home,” Reed explained. “And so I think there’s a little bit more of a community aspect and a hosting aspect that really helps, too the event,” he continued.</p><p><a href="http://www.flowerbooking.com/" target="_blank">Flower Booking</a> represents more than 100 artists like Baths and recently reunited The Dismemberment Plan who both perform this year. Flower agent Jay Moss said it’s essential for artists to play festivals like Pitchfork.<strong> </strong></p><p><strong>“</strong>You start to reach a much wider audience and you get to play in front of people that there’s a good chance they haven’t heard you before, they might not have heard even of your name before. And ultimately in trying to grow a band, you try and make new fans,” Moss said. “Additionally, with playing Pitchfork, it’s grown and it has such a cool factor to it because you have Pitchfork behind it and they build such an eclectic lineup.”</p><p>Popularity might drive some music festivals. But Pitchfork prides itself on being different.</p><p><strong>“</strong>Given the fact that we have an editorial entity in Pitchfork, most every band that we have on our bill we’re proactively asking and picking to play the festival,” Kaskie said. “Versus it being in some cases a reverse scenario where there isn’t really - I mean obviously we have limitations from a numbers standpoint – but you know some fests that have larger capacity or have an interest of covering more broadly all of the music that exists in the world, aren’t necessarily as selective,” he finished.</p><p>Pitchfork Music Festival’s lineup crafting starts shortly after the last festival ends.</p><p>“In the programming of the event that makes it really unique because of the online magazine, like it’s ability to be able to know and on certain levels forecast and to know things that are developing is better than any other event,” Reed said, “because usually events like this, like a festival, they sort of program what was maybe the most popular at the end of the year, whereas what we’re doing is about what’s happening at the moment, or what the editorial folks may be thinking is going to be big for the upcoming year.”</p><p>EMA and Yuck are newer artists Pitchfork added later to this year’s bill. Hunt says the exposure for emerging acts is invaluable. Like when his artist Dan Deacon played in 2007.</p><p>“He had literally played basements and house parties at that point. And this show was part of a tour, and it was a tour where maybe a couple hundred would go . . . And at [Pitchfork] there was 7500 people there watching him . . . and candidly he got so much more money than he’d ever gotten in his life – he was used to getting maybe $100,” Hunt said. “And I think that’s probably the case for a number of bands every year where the Pitchfork people and Mike Reed choose them from relative unknown status or anonymity and give them a platform that doesn’t compare to anything they’ve had before, which is kind of the coolest part of this festival,” he concluded.</p><p>Playing live has become integral to how a band as a business makes money, and the exposure they get playing fests such as Pitchfork Music festival and having a reputable booking agent has become increasingly more important. So while the public sees a band grow, like Fleet Foxes who played a day slot at Pitchfork in 2008 and now headline the fest this year, Kaskie said this side of the behind-the-scenes industry follows suit.</p><p>“As they grow and expand, like that information and just how good our festival is expands with them,” Kaskie explained.</p><p>Pitchfork Music Festival takes place this weekend (July 15-17) in Union Park.</p><p><strong>Music featured (in order of appearance)</strong></p><p>Animal Collective, “My Girls,” from the release Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)</p><p>Zola Jesus, “Sea Talk,” from the release Conatus (Sacred Bones)</p><p>Twin Shadow, “At My Heels,” from the release Forget (Terrible Records)</p><p>The Dismemberment Plan, “The City,” from the release Emergency &amp; I (DeSoto)</p><p>Baths, “Aminals,” from the release Cerulean (Anticon)</p><p>James Blake, “Limit to Your Love,” from the release James Blake (Universal Republic)</p><p>EMA, “Milkman,” from the release Past Life Martyred Saints (Souterrain Transmissions)</p><p>Yuck, “Georgia,” from the release Yuck (Fat Possum)</p><p>Dan Deacon, "Snookered," from the release Bromst (Carpark Records)</p><p>Fleet Foxes, “Helplessness Blues,” from the release Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop Records)</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 13:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-12/chicago-boutique-agencies-help-craft-stellar-line-pitchfork-89014 The potential privatization of Chicago's festivals http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/potential-privatization-chicagos-festivals <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/AP Lolla_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Love it or hate it, the <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/special_events/mose/taste_of_chicago.html" target="_blank">Taste of Chicago</a> is probably one of the city&rsquo;s best known summer festivals. So why would the mayor want to sell the rights to operate it? The answer is a word many Chicagoans have come to loathe: privatization.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/2779824,daley-still-wants-private-taste-100610.article" target="_blank">Chicago Sun-Times reports</a> that over the past three years the city has lost millions on festivals like the Taste of Chicago, the <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/special_events/mose/chicago_jazz_festival.html" target="_blank">Chicago Jazz Festival</a> and the <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/special_events/mose/chicago_blues_festival.html" target="_blank">Chicago Blues Festival</a>.</p><p>So there may be good reason to let private interests manage our fests but would this move benefit you? Would you pay to get into a party that&rsquo;s always been free? And if you&rsquo;re going to pay a cover charge, what do you want for your money? <br />&nbsp;<br />To tackle the business end music critic for the Vocalo blogs <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis" target="_blank">Jim DeRogatis</a> and <a href="http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/lifestyle/offthecouch.html" target="_blank">Tom Held</a>, reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, joined host Alison Cuddy. Held has been covering Milwaukee's Summerfest for over a decade and provided perspective on how summer festivals work in other cities.</p><p><em>Music Button: Jimmy Dawkins, &quot;Beetin Knockin Ringin&quot;, from the CD Earwig Music 20th Anniversary Collection, (Earwig Music)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 14:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/potential-privatization-chicagos-festivals