WBEZ | Batman http://www.wbez.org/tags/batman Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago has a 'Project Batman' and it's hiring http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/chicago-has-project-batman-and-its-hiring-105799 <p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wMpHZs0F7k&amp;feature=youtu.be&amp;t=5m5s" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Screen%20shot%202013-02-27%20at%201.24.24%20PM.png" style="float: right; height: 182px; width: 300px;" title="City of Chicago Director of Analytics Tom Schenk Jr." /></a></p><p><strong>YEAH, CHICAGO HAS A &#39;PROJECT BATMAN.&#39;</strong>&nbsp;Chicago&#39;s analytics director, <strong>Tom Schenk Jr. </strong>&mdash; who kinda looks like Bruce Wayne, doesn&#39;t he? &mdash; tells a gathering of journalists, programmers and government leaders&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wMpHZs0F7k&amp;feature=youtu.be&amp;t=5m5s" target="_blank">the city&#39;s working with the University of Illinois at Chicago to visualize crime data</a>&nbsp;in a 3-D&nbsp;<a href="http://techland.time.com/2013/02/25/cave2-not-a-star-trek-holodeck-yet-but-getting-closer/" target="_blank">virtual reality &quot;cave.&quot;</a><br />* P.S.&nbsp;<a href="https://chicago.taleo.net/careersection/100/joblist.ftl" target="_blank">They&#39;re hiring</a>. (The &quot;Project Manager - DoIT&quot; job.)</p><p><strong>&#39;THE NRA WANTS TO KEEP GUN RECORDS SECRET FROM EVERYONE EXCEPT THE NRA.&#39; </strong>You know&nbsp;those public gun ownership records that have brought shame and <a href="http://jimromenesko.com/2013/02/26/editor-who-made-request-resigns/" target="_blank">death threats</a>&nbsp;to journalists who&#39;ve dared even just to express interest in them? The records the National Rifle Association contends shouldn&#39;t be public because they put gun owners &quot;at risk to criminals who may target their home to steal firearms&quot;? Funny thing: Gun-rights groups, including the NRA, have for years been <a href="http://gawker.com/5987293/the-nra-wants-to-keep-gun-records-secret-from-everyone-except-the-nra">diving into those records for fundraising and recruiting efforts</a>, according to&nbsp;<em>Gawker</em>.<br />* For NYC&#39;s Bloomberg, election that nominated Robin Kelly for Congress was mainly about testing&nbsp;<a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/cjlotz/bloombergs-pac-reveals-strategy-for-making-a-chicago-area-ra" target="_blank">political strategy to defang the NRA</a>.<br />* ... And for Republicans in that race? Guy who did almost <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-2nd-district-republican-nominee-20130228,0,3550456.story" target="_blank">20 years for burglaries, armed robberies and aggravated battery</a>.<br />* <em>Chicago Magazine</em>&#39;s Carol Felsenthal: &quot;<a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Felsenthal-Files/February-2013/Billionaire-Mayor-Bloomberg-Buys-Illinois-2nd-District-Congressional-Seat/" target="_blank">Bloomberg could be a key funder of a Rahm run for the presidency</a>.&quot;<br />* &quot;Gun rights&quot; Democrats may <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/02/27/liberals-to-dems-no-more-cozying-up-to-the-nra/" target="_blank">pay a price for coziness with NRA</a>.<br />* Downstate Republican Illinois representative compares gun control to emasculation: &quot;<a href="http://www.rrstar.com/blogs/kevinhaas/x711925952/Rep-Jim-Sacia-compares-gun-control-to-castration" target="_blank">You folks in Chicago want me to get castrated because your families are having too many kids</a>.&quot;</p><hr /><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:20px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif;"><span style="color:#a52a2a;"><em>Friday: The next WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz.&nbsp;</em></span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank"><span style="color:#a52a2a;">Take last week&#39;s now</span></a><span style="color:#a52a2a;">.</span></span></span></p><hr /><p><strong>SHOULD NPR SWEAR OFF GOVERNMENT CASH? </strong>National Public Radio&#39;s former CEO says <a href="http://www.newsmax.com/US/Ken-Stern-NPR-funding/2013/02/27/id/492286" target="_blank">walking away from federal cash</a> would lay to rest questions about the organization&#39;s credibility. He says public radio &quot;would do better&quot; without public financing.<br />* <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/02/27/173056290/5-4-3-2-1-we-have-sequestration" target="_blank">Countdown to sequestration</a> just latest of many.</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/27/4038280/star-trek-tng-in-theatres-best-of-both-worlds-april-25" target="_blank"><img alt="&quot;Star Trek&quot;: &quot;The Best of Both Worlds&quot;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DqQygKOCVUs/TlkNyU0uBCI/AAAAAAAAADQ/DRYhmMEP8Uw/s1600/The+Best+of+Both+Worlds.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 229px; float: right;" /></a>RESISTANCE IS FUTILE.&nbsp;</strong>What some fans consider the best two &quot;Star Trek&quot; episodes ever -- &quot;The Best of Both Worlds&quot; (a.ka. <strong>Capt. Picard goes Borg</strong>) -- <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/27/4038280/star-trek-tng-in-theatres-best-of-both-worlds-april-25" target="_blank">will be shown, newly remastered for Blu-ray, as a single movie on the big screen</a>, one night only, April 25.<br />* <a href="http://www.fathomevents.com/?utm_source=Star_Trek_TNG3_Press_Release&amp;utm_medium=PR&amp;utm_campaign=Star_Trek_TNG3_Fathom_Event_Page#!star-trek-best-of-both-worlds/more-info/theaters" target="_blank">22 Illinois theaters</a> on list of those screening the episodes.</p><p><b>UNRELATED DEVELOPMENTS.</b><br />* The departing <a href="http://www.newser.com/story/163589/popes-living-arrangements-are-a-little-er-weird.html" target="_blank">Pope Benedict&#39;s future living arrangements</a> are&nbsp;raising eyebrows&nbsp;around the world.<br />* Nonprofit foundation seeking couple for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/02/201322723556589753.html" target="_blank">501-day roundtrip mission to Mars</a>.</p><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.<br />* Get this blog by email, free. <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/chicago-has-project-batman-and-its-hiring-105799 Congratulations, Mayor... um... Bloomberg http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/congratulations-mayor-um-bloomberg-105778 <p><p><a href="online.wsj.com/article/AP6eb7df0373e54f7ebd3cdbbae9844eda.html" target="_blank"><img alt="Mayor Bloomberg in 2009, by Boss Tweed, on Flickr" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/bloomberg.jpg" style="height: 170px; width: 256px; float: right;" title="Mayor Bloomberg, by Boss Tweed, on Flickr (2009)" /></a><strong>WELCOME TO CHICAGO, NEW YORK&#39;S 6TH BOROUGH.</strong> The woman most likely to replace Jesse Jackson Jr., representing Chicago&#39;s South Side in Congress, is <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-2nd-congressional-district-jackson-20130226,0,4718425.story" target="_blank">State Rep. Robin Kelly</a> -- the winner of yesterday&#39;s Democratic primary and&nbsp;<a href="http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/27/17114921-bloomberg-scores-victory-on-guns-in-illinois-race" target="_blank">the choice of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg</a>, whose political fund <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/brown/18500540-452/brown-new-york-mayor-michael-bloomberg-put-robin-kelly-top-of-the-heap.html" target="_blank">spent millions to help her win</a>.<br />* <em>The Nation: </em>Defeated candidate Halvorsen &quot;<a href="http://www.thenation.com/blog/173110/voters-send-loud-anti-nra-message" target="_blank">undone by her association with the NRA</a>.&quot;<br />* <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-sources-jesse-jackson-jr-memoir-20130226,0,789819.story" target="_blank">Jackson Jr. reportedly writing memoir</a> to &quot;clear up his legacy.&quot;<br />* Democratic congressman <a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/02/rep-keith-ellison-explodes-on-fox-news-host-sean-hannity-157971.html" target="_blank">goes medieval on Fox News&#39; Sean Hannity</a>.</p><div><strong>&#39;BANNING CONCEALED-CARRY ON PUBLIC BUSES AND TRAINS ... BASICALLY MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR A PERSON WITHOUT A CAR TO EXERCISE THE RIGHT OF SELF DEFENSE WITH A FIREARM.&#39;&nbsp;</strong>The <em>Tribune</em>&#39;s Eric Zorn: &quot;I get why so many folks don&#39;t want more guns on trains (I say more because there surely are already quite a few guns on trains), <a href="http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/" target="_blank">but ...</a>&quot;<br />* Illinois House OKs <a href="http://www.sj-r.com/carousel/x930805405/Republicans-delay-Illinois-House-hearing-on-firearms-bill" target="_blank">limits on right to carry concealed weapons</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>PAPER! HEY, GET YER PAPER!</strong> Tribune Co. is exploring <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-tribune-newspapers-20130227,0,3990940.story" target="_blank">the possibility of selling its newspapers</a> -- including the one from which it gets its name.<br />* North Carolina newspaper editor who received threats after requesting gun-permit information on county residents&nbsp;<a href="http://jimromenesko.com/2013/02/26/editor-who-made-request-resigns/" target="_blank">is quitting</a>.<br />* Universities of Missouri and Nebraska are teaching journalism students <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/02/26/two-universities-operate-drones-and-teach-journalism-students-how-to-use-them" target="_blank">how to operate drones</a>.<br />* How many recent college grads are <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/02/heres-exactly-how-many-college-graduates-live-back-at-home/273529/" target="_blank">really living back with their parents</a>?</div><hr /><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:22px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif;"><span style="color: rgb(165, 42, 42);"><em>Get this blog by email, free.&nbsp;</em></span><a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(165, 42, 42);">Sign up here</span></a><span style="color: rgb(165, 42, 42);">.</span></span></span></p><hr /><p><iframe align="right" frameborder="0" height="144" scrolling="no" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:cms:video:colbertnation.com:424180" width="256"></iframe></p><div><strong>INCOMING.</strong> A newly spotted comet may&nbsp;<a href="http://science.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/26/17107085-comet-just-might-hit-mars-in-2014" target="_blank">slam into Mars next year</a>.<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2013/02/25/asteroid-apocalypse-why-scientists-worry-about-2036-planet-buster.html" target="_blank">&quot;Nation buster&quot; asteroid</a>&nbsp;could clobber this planet in 2036.<br />* <strong>Stephen Colbert: </strong>&quot;<a href="http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/424180/february-26-2013/michio-kaku" target="_blank">Can we <em>lubricate</em> the earth in any way?</a>&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>WANT MORE TWITTER FOLLOWERS?</strong> <a href="http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/205411/science-reveals-what-really-increases-twitter-followers/" target="_blank">Georgia Institute of Technology researchers</a> who analyzed the reactions to half a million tweets say one key is to follow the &quot;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wui-PNqJrxs" target="_blank">Rule of Thumper</a>.&quot; They conclude: &quot;<a href="http://comp.social.gatech.edu/papers/follow_chi13_final.pdf" target="_blank">Expressing negative sentiments in tweets is the second most harmful factor to growing a Twitter audience</a>.&quot;<br />* Is Twitter <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323384604578328303487784818.html" target="_blank">worth $10 billion</a>?</div><p><img alt="Artwork from DC Comics" src="http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/news/topstories/2013/02/26/hi-852-robin-rip.jpg" style="width: 256px; height: 144px; float: right;" /></p><p><strong>RED, RED ROBIN.</strong>&nbsp;History repeats itself this week:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2013/02/26/robin-killed.html" target="_blank"><strong>Robin, the Boy Wonder</strong>, will die</a>&nbsp;in the pages of Batman comics.<br />* TV&#39;s Robin, Burt Ward: &quot;<a href="http://www.tmz.com/2013/02/27/batman-robin-killed-burt-ward/" target="_blank">It&rsquo;s a terrible choice</a>.&quot;<br />* 8 ways <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/240595/8-absolutely-ridiculous-ways-comic-book-characters-have-been-brought-back-from-the-dead" target="_blank">comics characters have come back from the dead</a>.<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/fantastic-four-seth-grahame-smith-424697" target="_blank">&quot;Fantastic Four&quot; set for movie reboot</a>&nbsp;with script polished by author of&nbsp;<em>Pride and Predjudice and Zombies</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter</em>.<br />* University of Connecticut Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences (an expatriate Chicagoan) on &quot;Downton Abbey&quot;: &quot;<a href="http://today.uconn.edu/blog/2013/02/down-with-the-abbey/" target="_blank">The plot makes it unwatchable</a>.&quot;</p><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.<br />* Looking for the most recent WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank">Here you go</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/congratulations-mayor-um-bloomberg-105778 Acclaimed film critic says newest 'Batman' movie stinks http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-07/acclaimed-film-critic-says-newest-batman-movie-stinks-101021 <p><p><em>Earlier this week, our regular film contributor <a href="http://thehoyde.com/web/">Steve Delahoyde</a> was invited to attend a preview screening of </em>The Dark Knight Rises<em>, the latest sure-to-be-blockbuster action film from director Christopher Nolan. Because the film opens this Friday and its early reviews have been so hotly discussed and contested, we have decided to release his critique of the film one day early. Warning: This review contains several spoilers.</em><br /><br /><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/batman%20christian%20bale%20AP.jpg" style="height: 452px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="Actor Christian Bale on the set of the latest Batman film, ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ (AP/Darla Khazei)" /><em>The Dark Knight Rises</em> is Christopher Nolan&#39;s final chapter in the wildly-popular series, which found the director re-imagining the familiar Batman franchise, often taking it to dark and unexpected places. The latest is no different, with Nolan at perhaps his most cynical and perverse, very rarely lessening his tight and violent grip on us, with brutality after brutality bombarding the audience at every turn. One would assume that eventually, like with nearly any hyper-violent action film &mdash;&nbsp;or even some grisly schlock of horror &nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;that eventually we would grow desensitized to a point. This would be true, had the cleverly-deft Nolan not decided to heighten the violence and mayhem seemingly tenfold with each new scene, reaching new levels of cinematic discomfort. By the end of the film, the best that can be said to describe the experience is simple: poop.<br /><br />The bottom line is that the film is unabashedly stupid. Absolute poop.<br /><br />Should you have been able to forgo the basic premise from the very start of this, or any previous series, or even the original comic books &mdash;&nbsp;which is essentially that a sad, rich orphan dresses up in a silly costume to fight even sillier bad people &mdash;&nbsp;then somehow you must nearly be impervious to how absurd and dumb all of this is. That we are, somewhere in our brain, supposed to take a lunatic in an utterly foolish get-up absolutely, 100 percent seriously is an insult to our collective intelligence.<br /><br />Even all the junk Batman garbage that Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher made were better than this.<br /><br />Many have made much ado about Nolan&#39;s use of the franchise to comment on modern-day social issues, with <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em> apparently bringing to light the horrors of terrorism and the police state. To this critic, the only horrors the film exposed were that somehow someone gave someone else money to make not just one of these, but three. Three! About a man wearing a cape and a plastic head with pointy ears! For no good reason. How about making a movie about how it&#39;s dumb to make movies like this? But shoot it backwards and in reverse so you can be all clever about it.<br /><br />The film does have one redeeming quality, however, and that is the chemistry between Christian Bale&#39;s Batman and Anne Hathaway&#39;s Cat Lady. Their romance is believable and cleverly constructed, and the pair&#39;s energy radiates off the screen in waves. Michael Keaton and Michelle Pfeiffer from Burton&#39;s 1992 <em>Batman Returns</em> have nothing compared to the sizzle shared between this pair. However, upon the launch of the film&#39;s third act, Nolan utterly dissolves this cinematic relationship he&#39;s worked so hard at building by showing us Batman&#39;s penis. Tiny and inconsequential, it sits there full frame for nearly three full minutes. That bewildering scene, of course, is not benefited at all by the Cat Lady&#39;s cackles throughout, nor her outbursts of &quot;Little penis!&quot; throughout the remainder of the film.<br /><br />Though to be fair, she&#39;s right.<br /><br />The villain in this film is a behemoth called Bane, a ruthless killer and planner of unspeakable atrocities. He is also clearly an allusion to presidential candidate Mitt Romney&#39;s former company, Bain Capital. Some have asked how Nolan could have possibly inserted a character, let alone make a critique about a specific candidate, when the film finished filming nearly a year ago, and the character was first introduced in comic form in the early 1990s. But that&#39;s just foolish, because of course the whole movie boils down to this: A British director wanted to spend $250 million to say that he wants one guy to be the president of a country more than a different guy.<br /><br />The soundtrack also stinks.<br /><br />In closing, while this critic hasn&#39;t enjoyed a single second of any Batman feature film, save for the 1966 original, the most positive thing about the release of <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em> is that it means it will be at least five to ten years before they decided to make another one of these stupid crap fests.</p><p>Also, I didn&#39;t care for Batman&#39;s high, squeaky voice.</p></p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 08:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-07/acclaimed-film-critic-says-newest-batman-movie-stinks-101021 What a runoff! I had no idea voter apathy could be so hyper-local! http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-06/what-runoff-i-had-no-idea-voter-apathy-could-be-so-hyper-local-84788 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-06/Rhymefest-boe.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Wait, I thought runoff was what was in my yard after a rainstorm, not the MEDIA EVENT OF THE CENTURY!!!! Alderman Freddrenna Lyle lost????? Michael Chandler is back???? Smith beat Egan??????? My world is going to change foreeevvvvveerrrr!</p><p>I understand that this is hyper-local news at its core. The people who care about the runoff election in the 24th ward are either a) voters or b) niche blog editors. I'm not sure a random Chicagoan could name more than three alderman. So the loss of Lyle, Dixon and Stone probably won't change much. Listen, we have a new mayor and it's probably okay that some of the resident alderman shuffle out. Hopefully the newcomers can either a) be better than the old alderman or b) be as good as the old alderman.</p><p>So instead of the mayor appointing aldermen, 14 percent of the ward chooses who gets paid $119,000.</p><p>Funny story: I talked to a friend today who said she didn't have a runoff in her ward, because her alderman, Mike Quigley, had already won. I told her Quigley was her U.S. Representative, not alderman. She then said, "Oh!!! I meant Deb Mell." Nope. Deb Mell is her state representative. "Oh. Wait, so who's my alderman?" Good question.</p><p>I think the better question might be, are we over-represented?</p><p>Here are my quick, random observations from the 2011 aldermanic runoff:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" height="375" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-06/Rhymefest-boe.jpg" title="" width="500"></p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/20th-ward/che-rhymefest-smith-vows-election-challenge-84796">Rhymefest lost by 300 votes in the 20th ward</a>. Well, he isn't conceding because his camp is claiming "massive voter irregularities." They pulled a mini-Tony Peraica last night and stormed the Chicago Board of Elections. Well, by stormed, I mean they brought a couple lawyers to a closed door meeting. I was hoping Rhymefest would come down, someone would throw a chair through a window and then have an impromptu rap concert.</p><p>So I was disappointed when I tagged along with Tony Arnold to cover the event. I recuse myself on covering Rhymefest because we are friends. He's a funny dude and we do a lot of performing together, even before he ran for alderman. We <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-05/new-video-alderman-ed-bus-how-raise-big-campaign-cash-featuring-rhym">released a video last night of my character, Alderman Ed Bus (fictitious 53rd) teaching Rhymefest how to raise money</a>. Anyway, the reporters grilled Rhymefest's lawyers about what could actually be done and it seemed that this was more for show, less for changing the vote. Ah, well. Rhymefest got more pub for running for alderman than he did with his last record. So something tells me he knows what he's doing.</p><p>Berny Stone has left the building! The<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/50th-ward/stone-loses-50th-ward-offers-no-apologies-84802"> elder statesman of the City Council was trounced last night</a> by Debra Silverstein. So another of the Daley rubber stamp City Council members rides off into the sunset. It's kind of like Jedi when Luke sees the glowing images of Yoda and Obi-Wan. In this case, Waguespack will look over his shoulder and see images of Burt Natarus, Bill Banks and Berny Stone. And oh how the Ewoks will dance.</p><p>I think I will like this <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/john-rice/chicago-firefighter-upseat-incumbent-alderman-ward-organization-84800">Nicholas Sposato</a>. He is a firefighter who beat Bill Banks' chosen one, John Rice. Sposato should be a fun guy to cover. Rice's loss is more symoblic than anything, as he was backed by big Chicago machine committeeman. Emanuel also endorsed Rice, but - according to the latest state records - gave no money. Not a huge vote of confidence in the machine, eh?&nbsp;</p><p>And how 'bout this for an internship coup? This photo was on the front page of the <em>Chicago Tribune</em> today. Stone is talking to the media. Next to WBEZ's Odette Yousef (red jacket), stands our new intern, Kate Dries. Find a paper copy and put that in the ol' scrapbook, Dries!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" height="500" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-06/trib-odette-kate.jpg" title="" width="500"></p><p><strong>B story</strong>: Enough elections. Let's get to the real stories of this city. As you may have heard, <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-04-05/entertainment/ct-live-0406-batman-pittsburgh-20110405_1_dark-knight-rises-local-film-industry-richard-moskal">Batman is not coming back to Chicago</a>. They are shooting the next installment of the Batman movies in Pittsburgh. See what happens when you lose a series at home to the Pirates? Boom, $50 million in lost revenue.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/TheBlog/archives/2011/04/05/local-reggae-club-returns-to-its-african-roots">The Reader reports that the Wild Hare is closing</a>. The Wrigleyville reggae bar was a destination spot for touring bands and adventurous Cubs fans who couldn't get into Sluggers. I raise a Red Stripe in your honor, out-of-place reggae bar. You treated me well a few times. Is Exodus 2 still open across the street? <a href="http://www.exeduslounge.com/">Indeed it is</a>!</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: They did it! <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/blewt/dont-spit-the-water-lets-make-a-pilot-and-get-on-t">Blewt and Steve Gadlin</a> raised enough cash to produce a pilot for WCIU! We should be seeing a new gameshow called "Don't Spit the Water" soon. GM Neil Sabin will have to honor his word. Wait - what?&nbsp; Want me to back up? Ah, just click the link (above).</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: Don't look now, but a young star is budding on the North Side. Starlin Castro has been lights-out at the beginning of the season. He is hitting over .500 and leading the charge for a Cubs team that is 3-2. Can it continue? Will this be the best shortstop the Cubs have had since swingin' Shawon Dunston? And in college basketball news, a <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/cbsports-illinis-richmond-declares-for-nba-draft-20110405,0,4658309.story">guy from the Illini squad is going pro</a>. I wouldn't know him because he didn't play in either of the NCAA tournament games because of a suspension. The paper told me he averaged 7.6 points a game in his freshman year in Champagne. Sounds great.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: Have you been out to Wrigley yet? I want a progress report on our new PA announcer. <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/sports/mlb/cubs/chicago-cubs-wrigley-field-home-opener-opening-day-redford-bellison-fans-20110401">Andrew Bellison was chosen as the winner</a> of the Cubs' contest to take over duties announcing at the ballpark. Here's his audition tape, where he tells the world that he "I always idolized Paul Friedman as a kid growing up." Paul works with us at WBEZ.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" height="450" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-05/Friedman.jpg" title="" width="300"></p><p>And now, he's an old man. Hilarious.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/adHdypzE774" title="YouTube video player" width="425"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 15:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-06/what-runoff-i-had-no-idea-voter-apathy-could-be-so-hyper-local-84788