OTL: Episode #567- Chicago Fringe Fest, Bars of Chicago, Goodbye to Andy Hermann

Mike Stephen talks with:   Chicago Fringe Festival executive director Anne Cauley about seeking out the weird and unique in the performing arts;   Bars of Chicago creator Katherine Hodges about Instagramming as many taverns as she can in the city and beyond; and   Outside the Loop co-founder Andy Hermann about leaving the city he’s called home for almost two decades.   Meanwhile, we play a voicemail from #1 OTL fan Mrs. Stephen… who wishes Andy the best in New York City. (And don’t forget to take our listener survey!!)   This week’s local music is provided by Varsity.   OTL host Mike Stephen and producer Andy Hermann say goodbye after a 16-year professional and personal relationship.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #322- “The Chicagoans” column and video, RIP Gold Star’s Susan, Chicago Filmmakers winter 2013 series

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 Chicagoans” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about “The Chicagoans” column and video series, remembers Susan from Gold Star, and previews Chicago Filmmakers 2013 winter season. Anne Ford– Freelance writer, creator of The Chicagoans column and producer of its video series Get a glimpse into the fascinating lives of your fellow citizens.  We get the lowdown on this project.       RIP Susan – Earlier this week Susan Stursberg, co-owner of Gold Star Bar in Wicker Park, passed away.  Mike remembers her.   Susan Stursberg of Gold Star (pictured on the left)     Beckie Stocchetti– Program Director at Chicago Filmmakers We get a preview of their Winter 2013 screening series.   OTL #322 local music provided by Rocketboat…  

OTL: Episode #314- The Believers documentary, Goodbye Hamilton’s, Andersonville Homebrew Contest

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 “homebrew” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to the local co-director of the new movie, “The Believers,” says goodbye to his college bar, and previews the Andersonville Homebrew Contest.   Clayton Brown– Co-director of The Believers This new documentary tells the story of the two scientists in 1989 who announced they discovered cold fusion as an energy source.  Three months later their reputations were ruined.  We find out more from Clayton.   Goodbye Hamilton’s –Mike bids farewell to his college bar Hamilton’s (6341 N. Broadway) has been a meeting place for Loyola University students and Rogers Park locals since 1933.  The bar shuts its doors on October 27th.  Mike says goodbye to this local institution. Hamilton’s on Broadway.  Photo courtesy of chibarproject.com.   Colleen O’Toole– Managing Director of the Andersonville Development Corporation We preview the Andersonville Homebrew Contest coming up on November 15 and discuss the business climate of the neighborhood.     OTL #314 local music provided by Brendan Losch…  

OTL: Episode #162- CTA Tattler on Apple and Possible Fare Hikes, Elia From Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, Mourning the Loss of Johnny

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “RIP Johnnie” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to the CTA Tattler about Apple Inc’s latest move in Chicago and about the threat of a fare hike, checks in on the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir after their horrific tour van accident, and mourns the loss of Johnnie, owner of Johnnie’s Lounge. Kevin O’Neil — The CTA Tattler Apple will cough up some cash to rehab the crappy North/Clybourn El stop.  With the bad economy can we expect CTA fare hikes in the future?  The CTA Tattler discusses these issues! Elia — Songwriter, Guitarist, and Vocalist for the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir This past September the local band Scotland Yard Gospel Choir was nearly killed when their tour van flipped over in I-65 in Indiana.  Elia recalls the story and gives us a recovery update. Elia Jason Mathews – Former Regular at Johnnie’s Lounge Ivan “Johnnie” Vrbetic passed away on October 23, 2009 at the age of 87.  He was the owner of Johnnie’s Lounge on Lincoln, one of the greatest bars in Chicago.  Jason and Mike fondly remember Johnnie and the bar. Johnnie’s Lounge Johnnie OTL #162 local music provided by Scotland Yard Gospel Choir…