OTL: Episode #536- Dodging the minimum wage increase, The Secret History of Johnnie Temple, Rocking Chicken Wings at Wing Fling

Mike Stephen talks with:   reporter Stephanie Grimoldby about how some Cook County suburbs are not complying with the new minimum wage and sick time requirements;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about obscure singer/guitarist Johnnie Temple for this week’s “Winter Blues” edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and   Toons Bar & Grill owner Danny Beck for a preview of the Toons 6th Annual Wing Fling.   Meanwhile, we celebrate the best burritos in Chicago!   This week’s local music is provided by Black Bolts.   OTL host Mike Stephen serves as MC and milk slinger at the 4th Annual Wing Fling at Toons Bar & Grill! [photo circa 2015]   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #510- Divvy bike equity, Legendary Dudas, The Secret History of Joe Daley

Mike Stephen talks with:   Streetsblog Chicago editor John Greenfield about the Divvy bike sharing system investing in Chicago’s west and south sides via their Divvy for Everyone outreach effort;   Batavia-born multimedia writer Kevin Jakubowski about creating the live-action Legendary Dudas television show for Nickelodeon; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about free jazz pioneer saxman Joe Daley for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we update OTL #503 with the news that the Chicago City Council ruled to protect our urban coyotes.   This week’s local music is provided music provided by The Socialists.   OTL host Mike Stephen warms up for OTL #510 in a seventh floor radio studio in the Tribune Tower.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #446- Using your DNA as art, The story of local rocker Marty Grebb, Previewing Chicago Zine Fest

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “DNArt” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen learns about a local artist using found DNA in her projects, gets the story of Buckinghams member Marty Grebb, and previews the Chicago Zine Fest happening next weekend.   Heather Dewey-Hagborg– Assistant professor of art and technology studies at The School of the Art Institute DNA says a lot about who we are and Heather’s Stranger Visions project uses random DNA to make art.  We get the story.   An example of a Stranger Visions DNA portrait   The Secret History of Chicago Music– Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles Chicago rocker, Marty Grebb, in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on his musical contribution to the region.       John Wawrzaszek– Co-organizer of Chicago Zine Fest Zines are a form of independent publishing and are popular in Chicagoland.  We get a preview of the Chicago Zine Fest, a two-day event on May 8th and 9th that celebrates the art of zine-making.       OTL #446 local music provided by Redfield…

OTL: Episode #445- Living on a Chicago houseboat, Taking art to the streets with Opera-Matic, The Secret History of Chicago Music: Churchill Moor

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “houseboat” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen visits a couple who is living on a Chicago houseboat, learns about Opera-Matic’s mission to bring art into the community, and gets the story of 60s rockers from Des Plaines: Churchill Moor.   Colette Gabriel and Kevin Wright–  Residents of Cygnet, a houseboat docked at River City Marina We visit a Chicago couple who decided to live on a houseboat in Chicago…even through the winter.   Colette Gabriel and Kevin Wright standing outside their home   Mark Messing– Executive Director, Opera-Matic On June 6th the much-anticipated Bloomingdale Trail opens in Chicago.  We find out what participatory public art projects Opera-Matic has planned for this event.   The Secret History of Chicago Music– Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles 60s rockers from Des Plaines, Churchill Moor, in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on their musical contribution to Chicago.         OTL #445 local music provided by Werewheels…