WBEZ | Glen Ellyn http://www.wbez.org/tags/glen-ellyn Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Carrie Fisher is still 'Wishful Drinking' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-28/daily-rehearsal-carrie-fisher-still-wishful-drinking-92541 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-28/wishful_drinking.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-28/wishful_drinking.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 259px; height: 400px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Carrie Fisher is still <em>Wishful Drinking</em></strong></span></span>, and thank god. The show opens in Chicago at the Bank of America Theatre next week, and chock full of juicy details from Fisher's very full life. In fact, a preview story in <em>TimeOut Chicago </em><a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/14960175/carrie-fisher%E2%80%99s-wishful-drinking">includes the sentence</a>, "A decade later, her daughter’s father left her for a man."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <a href="http://www.16thstreettheater.org/seasonfour/thebeats.html"><em>The Beats</em></a>&nbsp;continues to run at 16th Street Theater</strong></span></span>, with performances on Thursday and Friday followed by at Q&amp;A. The play unsurprisingly follows the stories of visionaries like Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Live jazz by Grant Stromeck and Doug Lofstrom. When it ran last winter, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/beat-generation-remix-comes-berwyn">Kelly Kleiman called it</a> "a thrilling immersion in the headwaters of contemporary American culture."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Glen Ellyn's <a href="http://atthemac.org/">New Philharmonic</a></strong></span></span> starts the new season (the 35th) with "Joy! Beethoven" this weekend. It's not your usual fare; there will be performances by guests like Michelle Areyzaga (soprano), Denise Gamez (mezzo), John Sumners (tenor) and Corey Crider (baritone), all joined by the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus. Tickets are resonably priced, depending of course, on what you consider reasonable (around $38).</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. <a href="http://www.aredorchidtheatre.org/season.html">Red Orchid</a> has <em>Becky Shaw</em></strong></span></span>, about a blind date that goes very, very wrong. “I was interested in the scenario of a disastrous first date,”&nbsp;writer&nbsp;Gina Gionfriddo <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/7775346-421/red-orchid-theatres-becky-shaw-explores-fallout-of-bad-date-gone-bad.html">told the <em>Sun-Times</em></a>.&nbsp;“How, when something is important to you, a simple thing like a wrong dress can shift the power in the room out of your favor.” Gionfriddo has written extensively for television, but apparently wasn't getting an outlet for "existential-philosophical things."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Deanna Isaacs at the <em>Reader </em></strong></span></span>had some harsh words about <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-27/daily-rehearsal-dan-savage-spotted-steppenwolf-92490">yesterday's "Paint the Town RED Day."</a> "you can dip your hand in red paint, slap it on a giant canvas, and help make painter Mark Rothko — who hung out in the dark, winced when his paintings were shown, and didn't want to be a commodity — roll in his grave," <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2011/09/26/tuesday-is-red-day#more">wrote Isaacs</a>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 14:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-28/daily-rehearsal-carrie-fisher-still-wishful-drinking-92541 Local girl chosen as "Super Kid" at Super Bowl http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/local-girl-chosen-super-kid-super-bowl <p><p>A 10-year-old suburban Chicago girl will join the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers on the field at the Super Bowl - at least briefly.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />Ava Childs of Glen Ellyn beat out 17,000 other kids to win the chance to hand National Football League officials the ceremonial game ball on Sunday.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />Childs won the title of Super Kid by writing about health and fitness, and about how the Chicago Bears' Robbie Gould inspires her to want to be the league's first female kicker.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />Gould delivered the good news about the contest to Childs at a school assembly. She said Gould also taught her and her classmates how to kick a field goal.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />The only disappointment is that the Bears didn't earn the chance to join her at the game.</p></p> Sun, 06 Feb 2011 16:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/local-girl-chosen-super-kid-super-bowl