OTL: Episode #316- An elected Chicago School Board, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents

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 “go vote” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses the possibility of an elected Chicago School Board and previews the Neo-Futurists production of “44 Plays for 44 Presidents.”   Will Guzzardi– Community organizer in Logan Square Along with the CODE organization, Will worked to get a referendum on the November 6th ballot asking if the Chicago School Board should be elected rather than appointed by the mayor.  We discuss his efforts.     Local craft beer in Chipotle – Chicago Tribune writer Josh Noel reports that soon you’ll be able to drink local craft beer from 5 Rabbit Brewery in select Chicago Chipotle locations. Photo courtesy of Joel Wintermantle and the Chicago Tribune   Genevra Gallo-Bayiates– Co-author and choreographer of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents We learn about this variety show put on by the Neo-Futurists that surveys the lives of the 44 U.S. presidents.     OTL #316 local music provided by Great Divide…  

OTL: Episode #309- The Dinner Party, Chicago Justice Project’s fundraiser, Local comedy with Brandon Wetherbee

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 “dinner party” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano, mentions an upcoming fundraiser for the Chicago Justice Project, and previews some great local comedy events with Brandon Wetherbee.   Elysabeth Alfano – Host and executive producer of The Dinner Party We learn about this monthly show that brings together Chicago cultural luminaries over food and drink in front of an audience that gets to participate in the conversation.  The next Dinner Party happens September 20th at Expo Chicago.   Chicago Justice Project turns 5– On October 2nd at Revolution Brewing (2323 N. Milwaukee) you can be a part of the 5 year anniversary of this organization that aims to increase transparency of justice-related issues in Chicago. Brandon Wetherbee– Host of the You, Me, Them, Everybody podcast Brandon tells us about some great local comedy events he’s hosting in the near future.  Be sure to check out his podcast too!   OTL #309 local music provided by Brother George…  

OTL: Episode #305- Doug James of BOSS, El Stories on stage, Forgotten Chicago’s Corporate Kings 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 “indie king’s” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to one of the cast members of BOSS, gets the lowdown on the play El Stories, and previews a cool tour led by Forgotten Chicago.   Doug James– Chicago-based actor who portrays “The Gray-Haired Man/The Cleaner” in BOSS BOSS, a show starring Kelsey Grammer as the Mayor of Chicago, begins its second season this Friday.  We get a preview of the season and go behind the scenes of this great drama.   Kelsey Grammer and Doug James on the set. Thomas Murray – Creator of El Stories This weekly stage show at the Greenhouse Theater (2257 N. Lincoln) takes your unique El-riding stories and turns them into a play.  We find out the details.   A scene from El Stories.  Photo courtesy of Waltzing Mechanics via gridchicago.com. Patrick Steffes– Contributor to ForgottenChicago.com On August 26th you can be a part of “The Corporate Kings of the Suburbs and Stern Pinball Tour.”  We learn about this fun and historic tour. Motorola’s Old-School HQ. OTL #305 local music provided by Uh Bones…  

OTL: Episode #296- Predator: The Musical, Windy City Cycling Club, Chicago Area Ethnic Resources

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 “get to the chopper!” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen previews Predator: The Musical, learns about the Windy City Cycling Club, and discusses diversity with the president of Chicago Area Ethnic Resources.   Derek Elstro— Director of Predator: The Musical This awesome show that turns the 1987 movie into a musical is at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont) through July 7.  We find out where this idea came from and what’s in store for this production. Jeff Rogers – President of the Windy City Cycling Club We learn about Chicago’s LGBT cycling club that’s now 20 years old.     Jeryl Levin– President of Chicago Area Ethnic Resources We get the lowdown on this organization that provides information on Chicago’s ethnic groups in order to break down barriers. OTL #296 local music provided by Cobalt and the Hired Guns…