WBEZ | Royal Wedding http://www.wbez.org/tags/royal-wedding Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 4/29 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-29/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-429-85842 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-29/night_and_her_stars.gif" alt="" /><p><p>1. The Chicago Humanities Festival isn't all lectures and talks. The <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/chicago-humanities-festival/Content?oid=3684373">theater showcas</a>e begins next week, so keep a weather eye open.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="599" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-29/night_and_her_stars.gif" title="" width="440"></p><p>2. A few weeks back,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thegifttheatre.org/now.html"><em>Night and Her Stars</em></a> at the Gift Theatre was extended, but it is wrapping up this weekend.The play is a look behind-the-scenes of the 1952 gameshow <em>21 </em>(not real), where a privileged contestant is given help in order to beat out his working-class Jewish competitor. During this Sunday's closing matinee performance, you can "Come Closer" to the production and compete in the game show, plus attend in a reception afterwards with the cast and crew. The whole thing is in keeping with the 1950s theme too, so perhaps it'll keep you tied over until <em>Mad Me</em>n comes back...oh wait...that's the 60s...nevermind.</p><p>3. <a href="http://www.latenitecatechism.info/"><em>Late Night Catechism</em></a> is, as usual, Thursdays and Saturdays at the Royal George Theatre. Pretend you're in Catholic school all over again, or replace those painful memories with something a little more uplifting.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="343" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-29/the-metal-children.jpg" title="" width="288"></p><p>4. On Sunday, <a href="http://www.2ndstory.com/whatis/when.php">2nd Story teams up</a> with Next Theater at SPACE in Evanston to discuss and perform based off of Adam Rapp's <a href="http://www.nexttheatre.org/the-metal-children-shows-3.php"><em>The Metal Children</em></a> (which is in the middle of its run at Next). Don't expect lighthearted fare though; the play explores what responsibility artists have for their art, as a writer deals with the censorship of his book in small town America. Do expect to jump right in -- 2nd Story is one part storytelling session, one part performance.</p><p>5. It's not exactly theater, but it is a spectacle; early in the wee morning hours, Chicagoans watched the Royal Wedding all over town, and WBEZ's Tony Arnold went to the Globe Pub and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-04-29/chicagoans-raise-their-glasses-british-royal-wedding-85830">got their thoughts</a>. Additionally, TimeOut <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/things-to-do/this-week-in-chicago/14743279/five-questions-for-a-will-and-kate-fanatic">interviewed </a>the ultimate Royal Family fanatic, and it's Chicagoan Allison Lackey, a 24 year old who lives in Lakeview and whose apartment is plastered with memorabilia and overdue library books. The funnest fact: in college, she set up Google alerts for members of the Royal Family. Lackey was recently seen on the BBC show <em><a href="http://www.bbcamerica.com/content/428/royally-mad.jsp">Royally Mad</a>&nbsp;</em>celebrating her obsession.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.</p></p> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 14:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-29/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-429-85842 The Weekly Guide: Wedding planner Kelly Cavanaugh's weekend fit for a princess http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-29/weekly-guide-wedding-planner-kelly-cavanaughs-weekend-fit-princess-85837 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-29/royal wedding getty.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The royal wedding may be over but many were left wondering what to do with their weekend.</p><p>To provide some suggestions,&nbsp;host Alison Cuddy decided to consult Kelly Cavanaugh – the owner of<a href="http://www.clementinecustomevents.com/" target="_blank"> Clementine Custom Events</a>. Cavanaugh’s a pro at planning weddings and other events, so there's no doubt she can lay down a great weekend.&nbsp; She joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> as <a href="http://www.clementinecustomevents.com/" target="_blank"><em>The Weekly Guide</em></a>.</p><p>Kelly's Picks:</p><p><strong>FRIDAY</strong><br> <a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology/2011/04/29/royal-wedding-video-feed-goes-live-on-youtube-watch-it-wherever-you-are-115875-23094510/" target="_blank">Royal Wedding</a><br> <a href="http://www.parisclubchicago.com/" target="_blank">Paris Club</a> on Randolph in the River North</p><p><strong>SATURDAY</strong><br> Wedding at <a href="http://www.stclementchurch.org/" target="_blank">St. Clement Church</a><br> Reception at the <a href="http://www.newberry.org/" target="_blank">Newberry Library</a></p><p><strong>SUNDAY</strong><br> <a href="http://www.peninsula.com/Chicago/en/Dining/Shanghai_Terrace/default.aspx" target="_blank">Shanghai Terrace</a> at the Peninsula Hotel<br> <a href="http://www.chicagobotanic.org/" target="_blank">The Chicago Botanic Garden</a><br> <a href="http://www.vivo-chicago.com/" target="_blank">Vivo</a> restaurant on Randolph in the West Loop</p><p><em>Music Button: Kuba Sojka, "Desert Expedition", Bright Shadow Of A Star EP, (Mathmatics)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 14:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-29/weekly-guide-wedding-planner-kelly-cavanaughs-weekend-fit-princess-85837 Empire Carpet should seriously consider retiring 588-2300 as tribute http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-29/empire-carpet-should-seriously-consider-retiring-588-2300-tribute-85 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-29/Empirecarpet.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="317" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-29/Empirecarpet.jpg" title="Rest in Peace. I hope they show your commercials in heaven" width="500"></p><p>I can't believe local media organizations aren't putting together round-the-clock weekend coverage of the death of the Empire Carpet guy. Now he was royalty. Chicago royalty. I've seen a few articles in the paper and probably missed some small items on the local news. <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2011/04/27/wednesday_afternoon_diversion_remem.php">Chicagoist has the best post</a>, with his best commercials. But very little chatter online and now that it has been a few days, almost nothing in the newspapers/media. That's a shame. The Empire Carpet guy is a symbol of what broadcasting used to be: independent &amp; local. And what a throwback. National advertising used to live and breathe off the jingle. Locally, Empire took the phone number and made it a memory game.&nbsp; And several Chicago companies have followed suit. But no phone number will ever come close to the traction that 588-2300 had. 588-2300 should be retired. Without the sell-out (773) attached. Let's start a petition. My suggestion would be to make the phone number a living tribute to the man. Oh wait, it kind of is. They haven't changed their voice-over (maybe they never will). Have you ever actually called Empire?</p><p><span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/empirecarpet.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-101934">empirecarpet.mp3</span></p><p><strong>B story:</strong> Today was the royal wedding. It's a wedding of Prince William, who is Prince Charles' oldest son. See, Prince Charles is the son of the Queen Elizabeth. And the Queen is the daughter of an old King. And so on and so forth and so on and so forth, until you trace it back to the dude that invented the sandwich. And furthermore, I would bet you that there were 19 'royal weddings' around the world yesterday. But whatever, we have to love the Brits.</p><p>WBEZ's Tony Arnold got up (like 15 minutes before he usually does) to go over to the Globe Pub in Chicago's North Center neighoborhood.</p><p>Tony did a nice piece about it, but here's the DVD extras.</p><p>Some of the bar patrons were partying all night long - didn't even stop (aren't there drinking laws?) to put on PJs. Instead, they went all formal, including Kentucky Derby-type hats and tiaras. The rest of the people were there eating breakfast, drinking coffee before they went to work.&nbsp;</p><p>The bar owner said this isn't his normal crowd. People only go in there for soccer and most of the gathering crowd were women.</p><p>They had several TVs all over the bar - each on the same BBC coverage of the royal wedding. In a regular bar, you have eight TVs but different channels. Sort of surreal, like a low-rent mission control.</p><p>I started to complain about the whole hype surrounding this event and Tony told me it was just like the Oscars or the Super Bowl to some people. Okay, I'll buy that. But unlike the bar sporting event, you just watch BBC and never talk. Seriously, this tape is spooky. Mind you, the bar is packed - standing room only:</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483488-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/globe pub silence.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><strong>C story</strong>: Highlight of my week? Getting to talk to the Yes Men on the phone. They hold workshops for local activism groups and they did one earlier this month in Chicago. The group struck with their first 'prank' by <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-28/yes-men-behind-coal-power-plant-hoax-south-loop-85804">protesting a coal plant proposal in the South Loop</a>. The NIMBY (Not in my backyard) art project was all a hoax, to trick media and get a dialogue started in the community about clean energy. Unfortunately, I'm not sure the South Loop bit on the prank. They were too busy celebrating the return of their royalty, <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20110426/NEWS07/110429899">King Jerry Kleiner</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: The jurors are almost ready for the <em>Blagojevich Trial: Port of call New Orleans</em>. The opening statements for the trial should start early next week. One juror was dismissed because of Oprah tickets, and another was accepted - even though he had the Blagojevich "I've got this thing...and it's f**** golden" sound bite as his ring tone. Come on. You would think that might work in his favor (irony, love that guy!) but the juror actually said he thought Blagojevich was guilty. Riiiiigggghht.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: I dropped off my son at school today and every time a student walked in the door, he would yell "NO RAIN!!!!" My sentiments exactly.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: The Bears got their man last night in the draft. <a href="http://www.nfl.com/draft/2011/profiles/gabe-carimi?id=2495132">Gabe Carimi will slot right into the starting lineup</a> (and into Billy Dec nightlife). <a href="http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/sports/bears/cbsports-bears-gm-on-failed-trade-with-ravens-it-was-a-glitch-on-our-part-20110428,0,720892.story">But they almost didn't and almost screwed over the Baltimore Ravens</a>. The Bears wanted to move up a couple spots to get Carimi before the KC Chiefs were thought to pick him. So they dealt with the Ravens, trading picks and giving them a 4th rounder to round out the deal. But the Bears didn't follow procedure and the NFL didn't reward the trade. The Ravens ran out of time on their pick, forfeiting one spot. The Chiefs moved up and took a different player and then the Ravens still wanted the deal but now that the Bears weren't in danger of losing their guy, they bailed on the trade. WOW.&nbsp;</p><p>And this will kill you Bears fans...who will Carimi likely replace on the line? That's right, former 1st rounder and Guard/Tackle Chris Williams. Ouch.</p><p>In other news: Bulls get the Atlanta Hawks in the second round. Crawford, Hinrich - this is going to be sweet revenge for the time you wasted here in Chicago.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: Plans have been introduced to r<a href="http://chicagoist.com/2011/04/28/city_plan_to_reconfigure_damenfulle.php">edesign the intersection of Fullerton/Elston and Damen</a>. What? You do realize that is the HEART of the 53rd Ward. 32nd Alderman Scott Waguespack threw out the proposal this week, while Alderman Ed Bus was on vacation at the Dells (off-season discounts).&nbsp; But I got a weird call from Bus last night who wants to be heard on this issue. He was really miffed. He says this is personal and another way that the new guard is trying to destroy the old machine. Do I smell a protest? Bus ran on the platform, "Keep it Like it Was." He said he's going to call me after he and his family visit the Future house and have me transcribe an editorial. Man, I feel bad for Alderman Waguespack.&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 13:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-29/empire-carpet-should-seriously-consider-retiring-588-2300-tribute-85 Chicagoans raise their glasses to British royal wedding http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-04-29/chicagoans-raise-their-glasses-british-royal-wedding-85830 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-29/royalwedding.jpg" alt="" /><p><div class="daylife_smartgalleries_container" style="border: medium none; margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; overflow: hidden; height: 375px; width: 500px;"><iframe class="daylife_smartgalleries_frame" src="http://galleries.wbez.org/gallery_slideshow/1304077124424?width=500&amp;disable_link_to_hosted_page=0&amp;height=375&amp;show_related=0" style="border: medium none; margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; overflow: hidden; height: 100%; width: 100%;" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></div><p>Chicagoans are finding their own way to celebrate the royal wedding Friday morning.</p><p>At the Globe Pub in Chicago's North Center neighborhood, it was standing room only. The bar is usually known as a soccer bar, but patrons brought out its romantic side when the doors opened at 4 a.m.</p><p>"Well, it's the royal wedding! Hello?" said Lisa Fusek, who showed up wearing formal attire. "We only have one of these once in a while. You might as well celebrate."</p><p>The bartenders were busy pouring mimosas for the early morning crowd. But once the ceremony started, the crowd quieted and grew more attentive.</p><p>"This is my history. This is my monarchy. I'm a true royalist. I'm a huge fan," said Colleen Dyer, who said she's originally from England. "So, yeah. It means an awful lot to me. And it means a lot to me that people in America are interested in it as well."</p><p>Dyer said she moved to Chicago 30 years ago, right before Charles and Diana married.</p><p>But the main thing on everyone's mind was the wedding dress of the bride, Kate Middleton.</p><p>"Oh, the dress," said Lisa Smith. "It's all about the dress."</p><p>The reviews were kind from Heidi Letzmann.</p><p>"It's gorgeous," she said. "It's gorgeous. She truly looks like a princess. It's very classic."</p></p> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 11:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-04-29/chicagoans-raise-their-glasses-british-royal-wedding-85830 At The Royal Wedding, Choreography Is Everything http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-04-28/royal-wedding-choreography-everything-85824 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/0" alt="" /><p><p>We have almost reached the point where the only thing left to do with regard to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is to actually ... you know, have it.</p><p>We've seen the reporters standing outside Buckingham Palace, we've seen the seating chart, we've seen the flags and the commemorative plates and the coffee mugs, and now, they have to actually conduct the thing. It's easy to forget that this fooferaw actually involves two human beings getting married, but it does.</p><p>There are still things we don't know, of course, including a couple of potentially big surprises. Kate's dress is the most discussed matter that remains outstanding, and it's impressive that they've managed to keep that one a secret as long as they have. Of course, much of the suspense on the ground involves a more prosaic concern: whether it's going to pour down rain on all the silly hats and cheery flags along the route the couple will follow.</p><p>But in the end, much of what the people who watch this wedding will watch it for is its obedience to expectations. This isn't the kind of event you watch in order to be surprised, the way you watch Olympic skiing to see whether anyone falls. This is an event that is meticulously plotted, from every horse to every soldier to every person leaving every royal location for every other royal location.</p><p>And the people who are into it wouldn't have it any other way.</p><p>This is a wedding with a precisely scheduled kiss. Let me say that again: a precisely scheduled kiss. Specifically, the kiss on the balcony is scheduled for 1:25 p.m. London time. Not 1:30, but 1:25.</p><p>If you've ever tried to get, say, a group of five friends to arrive at a bar within a half-hour of when everyone is supposed to get there, it's hard not to admire the sheer wire-walking bravery of an operation that schedules a kiss for 1:25 p.m.</p><p>You think that sounds exact? The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall — that's Charles and Camilla to you — leave for Westminster Abbey at 10:38 a.m., and that's part of the official timetable. They're not afraid to let you know that if they leave Clarence House at 10:39 a.m., something has not gone according to plan. Funnier still, the bridesmaids and pages — who are small children, for the most part — leave at 10:48. You give most people a gaggle of kids to move to a formal event, and they'll be lucky to estimate within three<br />days when everyone will manage to get their shoes on.</p><p>If you think of public events as dances, this is not some crazy boogie where you throw your hips into it and hope for the best. This is ballroom. This is a waltz. There are toes not to be stepped on, there are spots on the floor to be hit, and there are precise ways that dresses are meant to swirl at particular moments in particular directions.</p><p>Or, if you prefer, it's like a wedding put on by a drill team.</p><p>This isn't a wedding that's going to erupt in YouTube-style dancing — they won't do "Thriller" at this particular reception. But that doesn't mean it isn't all about the choreography. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1304046459?&gn=At+The+Royal+Wedding%2C+Choreography+Is+Everything&ev=event2&ch=93568166&h1=Royal+Wedding,William+And+Kate%3A+The+Royal+Wedding,Monkey+See,Europe,Pop+Culture,World,Home+Page+Top+Stories&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=135810069&c7=1048&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1048&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110428&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=135629951,135550285,93568166&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 14:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-04-28/royal-wedding-choreography-everything-85824