OTL: Episode #359- 35 Best Tacos in America, Windy City BBQ Classic, Open Tables movie

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “tacos and BBQ” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks about the best tacos in America, previews the Windy City BBQ Classic, and learns about a new independent film shot in Chicago called Open Tables.   35 Best Tacos in America–  The Daily Meal came out with a list of the 35 best tacos in America.  Chicago makes a few delicious appearances on the list.         Gary Wiviott– Pit Master, Co-founder of the Windy  City BBQ Classic, Author of Low & Slow: Master the Art of Barbecue in 5 Easy Lessons We preview the Windy City BBQ Classic that’s happening this Sunday at noon in the South Parking Lot at Soldier Field.  There will be live Blues, great BBQ, and cooking demonstrations!     Jack Newell– Writer, Director, and Producer of Open Tables This independent film is slated for release early next year and was shot mostly in Chicago restaurants. Behind the scenes of Open Tables     OTL #359 local music provided by The Sweeps…  

OTL: Episode #358- Inside Joe’s Barbershop, Streetsblog Chicago, Chicago Writers Conference Preview

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “straight razor shave” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen vists Joe’s Barbershop in Logan Square, learns about Streetsblog Chicago, and previews the Chicago Writers Conference.   Joe Caccavella Jr.– Barber at Joe’s Barbershop Located at 2641 W. Fullerton, this historic barbershop has been serving the community since 1968.  We go inside this Chicago gem.         John Greenfield– Editor of Streetsblog Chicago This new blog focuses on local sustainable transportation issues.  We learn about this site and discuss the proposed Chicago bus rapid transit system.     Mare Swallow– Founder of the Chicago Writers Conference This upcoming conference is a great resource for local writers or anyone who aspires to be an author.  We chat about what’s new at this year’s conference.       OTL #358 local music provided by Rabble Rabble…  

OTL: Episode #357- Chicago Ticket Ninja, Mom is your #1 fan, The All Write Already! podcast

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “call your mom” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about a website that pays your parking tickets, gets an awesome voicemail from his mom, and talks to the co-host of a fun local literary podcast.   Nick Gartmann– Creator of the Ticket Ninja Getting a parking ticket in Chicago stinks and so do the late fees if you don’t pay those tickets promptly.  We learn about this site that pays the ticket for you.         Mom always loves ‘ya– Mike’s mom watched his performance in In For a Trim and left him a voicemail about it.  We hear the always-uplifting Mrs. Stephen’s message. Mike Stephen as Bruce Cardiff in the short In For a Trim.     Willy Nast– Co-founder and co-host of the All Write Already! podcast This podcast covers the local literary scene and isn’t “all huffy about it.”  We talk to Willy to get the lowdown on the show.       OTL #357 local music provided by New World Ancients…  

OTL: Episode #356- Sky Full of Bacon, In For a Trim, Rooftop Sessions Chicago

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “water hero” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to the creator of the “Sky Full of Bacon” blog and podcast, chats with the DP of a locally-produced video short, and learns about Rooftop Sessions Chicago.   Michael Gebert– Creator of “Sky Full of Bacon“ Chicago has a great food scene and the Sky Full of Bacon blog and podcast give us some unique perspective on all the local culinary action.         Jason “Doug” Beaumont– Director of Photography for Group Mind Films Recently, Mike caught up with Doug on set of the short In For a Trim.  Click on the pic below to watch the short and check out Doug’s site HERE. Mike Stephen as Bruce Cardiff in the short In For a Trim.     Joel Hoover– Audio engineer for Rooftop Sessions Chicago Music venues don’t have to be in traditional settings.  They can be anywhere, even on a roof.  Joel gives us the details.     OTL #356 local music provided by Yellow Jacket…