WBEZ | Mark Bazer http://www.wbez.org/tags/mark-bazer Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Weekender with Alison Cuddy http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-04/weekender-alison-cuddy-93641 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-04/moon.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/17262149?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="560"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/17262149">Piano.</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/paulrayment">Paul Rayment</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p><p>Chicago has no shortage of film festivals.&nbsp; Seriously you could spend practically every weekend checking out the best in<a href="http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/"> international film</a> or new <a href="http://www.cicff.org/">movies for children</a> or even <a href="http://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com/chicago/">films about bikes</a>! A relative newcomer to the film fest scene is the <a href="http://www.eyeworksfestival.com/">Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation</a>.&nbsp; The fest is four programs over two days - you can watch old and new, classic or rare animated shorts.&nbsp; For a preview take a look at Piano, which screens Sunday. It is just one of the pieces of eye and ear candy I've picked out for you this weekend!</p><p>Here are Weekender's top six picks:</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-04/bazer-thumb.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 120px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></p><p><a href="http://www.markbazer.com/2010/05/29/hideout/"><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">1. The Interview Show</span></strong></a></p><p>Friday 6:30pm</p><p><a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/">The Hideout</a> 13<span style="font-size: 12px;">54 W<span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;"> Wabansia</span></span></p><p>Hear <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer">Mark Bazer</a>'s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-04/weekly-guide-interview-shows-mark-bazer-gets-chicago-couch-93770">Weekly Guide</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-04/moon.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 106px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></p><p><a href="http://kv265.org/"><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">2. Moonrise</span></strong></a></p><p><a href="http://josefrancisco.org/">Dr. Jose Francisco Salgado</a> and the <a href="http://www.chicagosinfonietta.org/">Chicago Sinfonietta</a> perform</p><p>Saturday 8:00pm <a href="http://northcentralcollege.edu/home">North Central College</a> Naperville</p><p>Hear Dr. Salgado's interview <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-01/exploring-outer-space-music-93659">here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-04/MIB.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 132px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></p><p><a href="http://www.michaelianblack.net"><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">3. Michael Ian Black</span></strong></a></p><p>Stand-up Comedian Michael Ian Black at Park West</p><p>Saturday 8:00pm</p><p><a href="http://www.jamusa.com/Venues/ParkWest/Concerts.aspx">Park West </a>322 W Armitage Ave</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-04/evanston.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 102px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://eplfriends.org/the-mighty-twig/"><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">4. The Mighty Twig</span></strong></a></p><p>Six month celebration of the opening of Evanston's volunteer-run library, The Mighty Twig</p><p>Saturday 5:00pm 900 Chicago Ave Evanston</p><p>Paul Friedman explains why he loves Evanston <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-02/comparing-evanston-and-chicago-93689">here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-04/milano.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 160px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.hearmilano.com/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>5. Milano</strong></span></a></p><p>Chicago band Milano play Dudeypalooza</p><p><a href="http://www.martyrslive.com/">Martyrs'</a> 3855 N Lincoln Ave</p><p>Hear a live performance from Milano <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/musicvox-live-from-studio-10/id410349767">here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-04/eyeworks_logo.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 93px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></p><p><a href="http://www.eyeworksfestival.com/01.html"><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">6. Eyeworks Festival</span></strong></a></p><p>Eyeworks Animation Festival</p><p>Saturday and Sunday</p><p><a href="http://www.cdm.depaul.edu/academics/pages/labsandresources/labsandresources.aspx">DePaul CDM Theater</a> 247 S. State Street, basement level</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the Weekender podcast.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 04 Nov 2011 21:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-04/weekender-alison-cuddy-93641 Weekly Guide: 'The Interview Show's' Mark Bazer gets Chicago off the couch http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-04/weekly-guide-interview-shows-mark-bazer-gets-chicago-couch-93770 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-04/63-atlg.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Late-night TV offers an easy way into the weekend--stay up a little later, catch up with all the latest celebrity action, whatever. Lucky for Chicagoans,&nbsp; some of that probing late-night interview style was already in their city--but it requires getting off the couch. <a href="http://www.markbazer.com/2011/09/12/the-interview-show-back-to-brooklyn/" target="_blank"><em>The Interview Show</em></a> is a monthly live event at The <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/" target="_blank">Hideout</a> in Chicago. Host <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer" target="_blank">Mark Bazer</a> sits down with local celebs and taste makers to find out what makes them tick. Bazer is also one of the WBEZ bloggers. Friday, he joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> as the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/search/apachesolr_search/weekly%20guide" target="_blank"><em>Weekly Guide</em></a>.<br> &nbsp;</p><p>Bazer's picks include:</p><p><strong>Friday:</strong></p><p>He will head over to <a href="http://chicagofalafel.com/" target="_blank">Sultan's Market</a> for falafel before heading to his second pick.</p><p>At 6:30 p.m. he will host The Interview Show at The Hideout.&nbsp;</p><p>Then, he'll be sticking around The Hideout to see the band <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/70173/" target="_blank">Baby Teeth</a> perform at 10 p.m.</p><p><strong>Saturday:</strong><br> He is grabbing a bite to eat at <a href="http://www.depotamericandiner.com/" target="_blank">The Depot American Diner</a>:</p><p>Then at 8 p.m. it's off to the <a href="http://www.jamusa.com/Venues/ParkWest/Concerts.aspx" target="_blank">Park West</a> to see <a href="http://www.jamusa.com/Venues/ParkWest/ConcertDetails.aspx?ConcertId=4587" target="_blank">Michael Ian Black</a>.</p><p><strong>Sunday</strong>:<br> Reading <a href="http://alexshakar.com/books/luminarium" target="_blank"><em>Luminarium</em></a>, by Alex Shakar:<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 04 Nov 2011 15:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-04/weekly-guide-interview-shows-mark-bazer-gets-chicago-couch-93770 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 Video: Tavi Gevinson talks fashion and her favorite decade on 'The Interview Show' http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-09-08/video-tavi-gevinson-talks-fashion-and-her-favorite-decade-interview-show- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-08/Tavi Gevinson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Tavi Gevinson, the Chicago-area 15-year-old blogger who to many people's joy but some (nasty) people's dismay grabbed the fashion world's attention a few years ago, has launched <em><a href="http://rookiemag.com/">Rookie</a></em>, a new site for other teen girls. As I am not a teen girl and feel a little creepy perusing the site for too long, I'll offer a very surface-level description. The site so far features everything from "Our Guide to Stomping Out Stress and Restoring Your Sanity" to "Literally the Best Thing Ever: Stickers." It updates faster than I can keep up. But, again, not for me.</p><p>Tavi describes the site this way: "<em>Rookie</em> is not your guide to Being a Teen. It is not a pamphlet on How to Be a Young Woman. (If it were, it would be published by American Girl and your aunt would’ve given it to you in the fifth grade.) . . .&nbsp;<em>Rookie</em> is a place to make the best of the beautiful pain and cringe-worthy awkwardness of being an adolescent girl. When it becomes harder to appreciate these things, we also have good plain fun and visual pleasure."</p><p>Tavi and the launch of <em>Rookie</em> <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2011/09/tavi_gevinson_explains_her_new.html">have been profiled widely in recent days</a>, but some months back she was a guest on <em>The Interview Show</em> - and was one of my favorites. And she's the only guest I know of to have groupies hanging on to her every word after the show.</p><p>Here's the video.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="345" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/iEjxS5TwTT0" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 14:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-09-08/video-tavi-gevinson-talks-fashion-and-her-favorite-decade-interview-show- Daily Rehearsal: Marc Maron takes over Chicago (and The Interview Show) http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-05/daily-rehearsal-marc-maron-takes-over-chicago-and-interview-show-90 <p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-31/mzi.cedtdihh_medium.png" style="width: 300px; height: 300px; margin: 10px; float: right;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <a href="http://www.wtfpod.com/">Comedian Marc Maron</a> was <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-05/wtf-comedian-marc-maron-90172">on <em>Eight-Forty-Eight</em></a></strong></span></span> this morning talking about his new album and the podcast that's burning up everyones feeds, <em>WTF with Marc Maron</em>. He'll be at <a href="http://www.maynestage.com/Marc-Maron.aspx">the Mayne Stage</a> tonight and Saturday night this weekend.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Marc Maron is also at Mark Bazer's The Interview Show</strong></span></span> tonight at <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/53079/">The Hideout</a>, with several other esteemed guests. Watch Bazer interview people, like he does. That is all.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. And speaking of The Interview Show and Mark Bazer</strong></span></span>, Bazer&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-08-05/i-hate-la-or-three-chicago-comics-leave-town-90168">celebrates three Chicago comics</a> who are have left/will leave for Los Angeles to make it big and never again grace us with their presence. "It's inevitable. Comics come here (or are from here), hone their skills and then head west in hopes of landing a part on the next&nbsp;<em>According to Jim</em>," says Bazer. He's speaking of&nbsp;Prescott Tolk, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-15/paper-machete-saying-goodbye-ken-barnard-89210">Ken Barnard</a> and Beth Stelling. Say your goodbyes, ladies and gentlemen.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4.&nbsp;Chicago actress Jessie Mueller <a href="http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/04/for-chicago-actress-a-broadway-debut-opposite-connick-in-on-a-clear-day/">has also made it to the big leagues</a></strong></span></span>, never to return again. You've seen her <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-08/dueling-critics-shout-about-marriott-theatres-new-production-88875">recently in <em>Shout!</em></a>, <em>Merrily We Roll Along</em> and <em>Guys and Dolls</em>. and she will now be the lead in <em>On a Clear Day You Can See Forever </em>with Harry Connick Jr. on Broadway. Of her role in Shout!, Kelly Kleiman said, "And Jessie Mueller extends her streak...of outstanding work, continuing to show herself as&nbsp;<u>the</u>&nbsp;up-and-coming musical comedy star in these parts." Guess she was right!&nbsp;<em>On a Clear Day</em> opens in December.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-05/radio goggles.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 139px; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. <em>Radio Goggles</em> is closing this weekend at Oracle Theatre</strong></span></span>. In my best cut and paste job: "Come to Oracle and gather around the old RCA tube set for an evening of entertainment unlike any other one-act play cycle going on in Chicago. Strap on a pair of genuine RADIO GOGGLES, and watch 3 vintage radio shows come to life. In Oracle’s performance style, the actual recordings are played over the sound system while the actors lip-sync, pantomime, and shadow-play to the recording. It’s a fun, irreverent style that builds on the expertise of those old time voice actors."</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 05 Aug 2011 18:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-05/daily-rehearsal-marc-maron-takes-over-chicago-and-interview-show-90 George Ryan gets out: Who needs the courts when you have the prisons? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/george-ryan-gets-out-who-needs-courts-when-you-have-prisons <p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Top story</strong>: So much for public dialogue and due process. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/george-ryan/ex-ill-gov-ryan-visited-ill-wife">The goverment sent out a statement today</a> saying Gov. George Ryan was released from prison on Wednesday night to visit his ailing wife in the hospital. There ya have it. Who needs courts when you have prisons?&nbsp;To be fair, prisons usually will let prisoners out for emergencies, funerals or hospital visits. It's not the full &quot;I&nbsp;need to move back in my house...&quot; appeal that Ryan was looking for, but he did get to see his wife, Lura Lynn, who is dying from cancer.</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: Wilfredo De Jesus has dropped out of the race for mayor. He is throwing his anti-gay support behind Gery Chico. So does that make Chico the &quot;anti-gay&quot; candidate? That should be the new rule: If a candidate drops out and endorses another candidate, the latter candidate must adopt the most controversial stances and issues of the departing candidate. I mean, that's only fair. Rev. James Meeks endorsed Carol Moseley Braun for mayor. So that would make Chico and Moseley Braun anti-gay. Personally, I&nbsp;think De Jesus felt the heat from the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/video-alderman-ed-bus-martha-lavey-neo-futurists">surging campaign of Alderman Ed Bus</a>. But that's just me.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/privatizing-taste-what-changed-daley-november">Mayor Daley is kind of a crappy boss, eh</a>? Think about it: The Mayor's Office of Special Events put out bids. The mayor was on board. They put in the bid that there might have to be an admission price attached if summer music festivals were privatized. He was fine with it. The bid comes in, the press jumps on DeRogatis' reporting and the mayor steps up as an opponent, saying there is NO&nbsp;WAY&nbsp;that the Taste will have an admission. So back to the drawing board. Ouch.</p><p><strong>D story</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/ellen-weiss-out-npr">Ellen&nbsp;Weiss is out at NPR</a>. She resigned, but the writing on the wall is that she took the fall for the Juan Williams' firing. It sucks it had to go down like that. Why?&nbsp;They shouldn't have fired Juan Williams over remarks on cable talk shows. They should have fired him for being lame. He wasn't very good as a talk show host, so they paid him a ton of money to be a commentator? Glad you landed on your feet at Fox, Juan. Of course, I looked up at the big office TVs this morning and he was all over the cable outlet's morning show. I&nbsp;couldn't hear what he was saying, but I'm sure it was insightful. I&nbsp;think NPR&nbsp;needs to get in front of this and tell all of the affiliates and the members why Weiss is gone, and it better not be because the phone bill was more expensive due to Bill O'Reilly followers flooding the zone. NPR News is pretty top notch. Always has been. Let's hope that doesn't change if they run into another controversy.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: Quoting my three year-old this morning...&quot;Daddy, it's snowin' a little...&quot;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>:&nbsp;Whoa, the Cubs are making moves! <a href="http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2011/01/cubs-close-to-finalizing-deal-for-matt-garza.html">Trib is reporting</a> that the Cubs are close to a deal with pitcher Matt Garza. Garza is young and, at times, dominating. This move would guarantee Garza to go first or second round in our fantasy draft, due to the unabashed loyalty to the Cubs in the league. In football news, the Seattle Seahawks are the home team in this week's NFL&nbsp;Wild Card playoff game. They are playing the defending Super Bowl champions, the New&nbsp;Orleans Saints. The Saints are an 11-point favorite. That's a lot of points for a visitor in a playoff game...And when you watch the playoffs this year, there is a new overtime system. If the team who wins the coin toss goes down the field on the opening drive and kicks a field-goal, the game is not over. The other team gets the ball one more time and if they get a field goal, the game continues, next score wins. If the team drives and scores a TD, game over. I like.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: It's the first Friday of the month, so that means it's time for <a href="http://www.markbazer.com/interviewshow/">Mark Bazer's Interview Show at the Hideout</a>. Bazer has Steve McMichael (Bears glory) as his first guest. I'm going to do a bit in the show. It's right at the top of the show. I'm doing a one-man show based on Mike Ditka's autobiography. It's a classic. If you don't come out, there will be video. It's hip-hop meets German clowning, about Ditka.</p></p> Fri, 07 Jan 2011 16:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/george-ryan-gets-out-who-needs-courts-when-you-have-prisons