OTL: Episode #368- Chicago film history, Rooftop Sessions Chicago, Chicago Review Press turns 40

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 “Chicago review” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about Chicago film history, chats about local music with Rooftop Sessions Chicago, and discusses the 40th anniversary of Chicago Review Press.   Michael Corcoran– Co-author of Hollywood on Lake Michigan We learn about the rich film history in Chicago.       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.         Cynthia Sherry– Publisher, Chicago Review Press Chicago Review Press just celebrated 40 years in the the local literary scene.  We get the lowdown about this Chicago institution.     OTL #368 local music provided by Fort Frances…  

OTL: Episode #366- Graveyards of Chicago, Beer & video games fundraiser, Sweet time lapse video of downtown

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 “beer & video games” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to the co-author of Graveyards of Chicago, previews a video game and beer pairing charity event, and learns why a photographer spent the last two years creating a time lapse video of Chicago.   Matt Hucke– Co-author of Graveyards of Chicago We discuss how local graveyards give interesting historical insight into Chicago.         Mike Chuck– Chairman, Chicago Loot Drop This local charity is holding a video game & beer paring event called Tokens & Tankards on Sunday, November 3 at the Emporium Arcade Bar (1366 N. Milwaukee).  We get the lowdown on this great cause.         Max Wilson– Local photographer Max spent two years working on a 6-minute time lapse video of Chicago’s downtown and the final product is incredible.  We learn how and why he created this work of art. Click above to watch the video!     OTL #366 local music provided by Nick and the Ovorols…  

OTL: Episode #362- Chi Raq documentary on city violence, A parking warning, A family doesn’t buy anything for a year

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 “watch where you idle your car” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to the director of a film about the culture of violence in Chicago, shares his downtown parking woes, and checks in with a family that isn’t purchasing anything in 2013.   Will Robson-Scott– Director of Chi Raq We discuss this documentary on the culture of violence in some of Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods.         A bogus parking ticket–  Mike tells the story of how his dad received a parking ticket while Mike was idling the car, waiting to pick him up.  Friend of OTL, The Parking Ticket Geek, recently featured Mike’s story in a column.   OTL Host Mike Stephen with a bogus ticket.  Photo courtesy of dnainfo.com.     Joe Basilone– Co-owner of Thrift & Thrive resale shop Could you go a whole year without buying anything?  That’s what Joe and his family are attempting in 2013.  We check in with him once again to see how it’s going.       OTL #362 local music provided by Speck Mountain…  

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…