OTL: Episode #215- Straight Dope Chicago With Ed Zotti, Film Fest Previews: Pizza Film Fest & Reeling 29th Gay and Lesbian

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 “straight dope” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen chats with Straight Dope researcher/writer Ed Zotti, previews the Pizza Film Fest and talks to the director of the 29th Reeling Gay & Lesbian Film Festival here in Chicago. A Man’s Gotta Eat—  When you hold big office, you have a big appetite.  President Obama was in town last week and he visited Topolobampo for dinner.  Chef Rick Bayless Tweeted away while preparing the Prez’s food in the kitchen. Pres. Obama’s Dinner.  Photo Courtesy of Rick Bayless’ Twitter Feed Ed Zotti— Confidant, Editor, and Personal Trainer to Cecil Adams, Author of The Straight Dope Column Does Chicago clean its streets more than the average city?  What’s up with dead roosters in the streets?  Is Rahm too much of a lightweight to be mayor?  We answer these questions this week. Tia Ayers— Creator and Producer of the Pizza Film Festival A film festival revolving around pizza?  Yep. Brenda Webb – Director of Reeling 2010: The 29th Annual Chicago Lesbian and Gay Film Festival This week marks the beginning of Reeling 2010- it’s 29th year!  We get a preview on this year’s festival and Brenda discusses why it’s important to our community. OTL #215 local music provided by Reds and Blue..

OTL: Episode #206- Talking Chicago Theater, OTL Rewind with Chicago Gluttons, Check the Tax on Your Restaurant Bill

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 “locally theatrical” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen crashes a rehearsal for a one-act play at this weekend’s Chicago Fringe Fest, plays a clip from the OTL Archives regarding the Chicago Gluttons, and discusses why you should check the tax on your restaurant bill. Jay Sukow, Jason Lord, Kerri Van Aukan— Chicago actors in the one-act play, The Meeting Katie Hawkey— Director of The Meeting We go inside a rehearsal of this show to discuss the local theater scene and preview the Chicago Fringe Festival, happening this weekend.  You can catch this play Thursday (9/2) at 4 p.m., Saturday (9/4) at 8:30 p.m., and Sunday (9/5) at 7 p.m. at the Edinburgh Stage: 2003 S. Halsted. OTL Rewind— An interview with the co-founder of the Chicago Gluttons We rewind back to April 15th of this year on OTL #186 to listen to an interview about this great local food blog. Sarah Klose— Freelance Writer for the Chicago Reader In an article she wrote last week, Sarah tells us why we should pay attention to the sales tax on our restaurant bills.  She joins us to recap her story. OTL #206 local music provided by Mapmaker…

OTL: Episode #200- Mick Dumke Leaves the Reader, A Look Back at Some Great OTL Moments

THE 200th EDITION OF THE PROGRAM! TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios at WLUW) (broadcasting on the “and they said it wouldn’t last” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to outgoing Chicago Reader reporter Mick Dumke, gets an update on Chicago’s “Fashion Man,” Vincent Falk, and takes a look back at some great moments on the show. Mick Dumke— Outgoing Writer & Editor at the Chicago Reader We find out where Mick will land next and what his final Reader story is all about. Mick Dumke Jennifer Burns— Director & Producer of the film, Vincent: A Life In Color Vincent Falk, aka: “Fashion Man,” and the subject of Jennifer’s film, went through some hard times recently.  We get an update on Vincent’s condition. Vincent Falk Looking Back on Some Great OTL Moments Over the Years —  Former Executive Producer Andy Hermann drops by to reminisce about some great times on the show.  We play back some classic clips! Mike Stephen & Andy Hermann OTL #200 local music provided by Mike Stephen’s Harmonica…

OTL: Episode #192- Mick Dumke on TIF Money, LOST Fever, The Vegan Way of Life

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “DHARMA Initiative” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses allocation of Chicago’s TIF money, admits that he’s in the DHARMA Initiative, and learns about being vegan at a vegan restaurant in Edgewater. Mick Dumke — Writer and Editor at the Chicago Reader Mick (along with co-author Ben Joravsky) has come out with another must-read article dealing with TIF money in Chicago.  Mick joins us to discuss how the city spends this money. Mike Stephen is a “Lostie”— OTL Host Mike Stephen said that he wouldn’t get sucked into the Lost craze.  Turns out he’s in his own DHARMA Initiative film that he showed at a Lost finale viewing party. Duc Vu and Kiseung Lee — Partners at Loving Hut, an organic vegan restaurant in Edgewater We learn about what being a vegan is all about and how it can benefit our global community. OTL #192 local music provided by The Bears of Blue River…