OTL #Episode #389- Extreme underground dinners, Chicago Improv Fest preview, Chicago Taco Tour

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 “taco-life” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen investigates “extreme” underground supper clubs, previews the Chicago Improv Fest, and talks tacos with the creator of the Chicago Taco Tour website.   “Brant”– Patron at an “extreme” underground dinner “Tim”– A local sous chef, formally at Trubadeaux What the heck are they serving at pop-up underground dinners these days?  We hear from two guys who were a part of a crazy local dining experience recently. What kind of meat is that?   Kevin Mullaney– Artistic Director of the Chicago Improv Festival The 17th annual Chicago Improv Festival takes place March 31-April 6.  We get a preview.       Titus Ruscitti– Blogger at Chicago Taco Tour Titus gives us the lowdown on his site that chronicles his local taco-eating experiences.  Check out his other site too: Smokin’, Chokin’, and Chowing with the King.     OTL #389 local music provided by NE-HI…  

OTL: Episode #388- First Tuesday Roundtable, Team Englewood’s poem, The other side of “Chicagoland”

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 “poetry is powerful” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to Mick Dumke about his new show at The Hideout, chats with the poetry coach at Team Englewood about his team’s local popularity recently, and analyzes CNN’s “Chicagoland” with the Chicago Justice Project.   Mick Dumke– Senior Writer at the Chicago Reader We all know Mick is a great reporter, but now he gets his chance to co-host a political roundtable called First Tuesdays at The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia) every first Tuesday of the month starting April 1st.   Dave Stieber– History teacher and poetry coach at Team Englewood Community Academy Last week we heard students from Englewood perform a group poem that talks directly to the mayor about their neighborhood vs. the other Chicago.  This week we hear from the students’ poetry coach.     Students from Englewood performing at Metro   Tracy Siska– Executive Director of the Chicago Justice Project CNN is airing it’s series called Chicagoland.  The CJP has taken issue with some of the information (or lack thereof) has been presented.  We get the details.     OTL #388 local music provided by Cousin Dud…  

OTL: Episode #387- Louder Than a Bomb poetry slam, Mayor Emanuel needs to hear from the kids, Story Club 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 “Louder Than a Bomb” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen visits the Louder Than a Bomb 2014 Semi-Finals at The Metro, airs a pointed critique of Mayor Emanuel from high school students, and learns about Story Club Chicago.   Louder Than a Bomb– An amazing teen poetry slam We go inside the LTAB poetry slam semi-finals that took place last weekend and hear the voices of the incredible youth that made it happen.   A message for Mayor Emanuel – From some high school students in Englewood Students from Englewood perform a group poem that talks directly to the mayor about their neighborhood vs. the other Chicago.     Students from Englewood performing at Metro   Dana Norris– Founder of Story Club Story Club is a nonfiction storytelling show that aims to mix the spontaneity of an open mic with the experience of live theater.  Also, check out the new Story Club Magazine.     OTL #387 local music provided by Organ Wolf…  

OTL: Episode #386- Backbones’ great work, Double Feature returns, LoganSquarist socializes the neighborhood

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 “double feature” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to the co-founder of a local organization that helps spinal cord injury victims, previews the return of Double Feature, and talks Logan Square with the founder of LoganSquarist.com.   Reveca Torres– Co-founder of Backbones Backbones is an organization based in Chicagoland that provides support for people with spinal cord injury and their families.  We get the details.   Melody Kamali – Co-founder of Double Feature This monthly show combines stand-up comedy and a short film fest.  After a three-month hiatus, Double Feature is back at Subterranean (2011 W. North Ave.) on March 26th.         Kate Hamilton– Founder and Publisher of LoganSquarist This hyper-local website that covers Logan Square just celebrated its three year anniversary.  We find out how this site works to “socialize the neighborhood.”     OTL #386 local music provided by Absolutely Not…