OTL: Episode #499- Protecting high school journalists, Oak Park’s newest theater productions, The Mini Maker Faire preview

Mike Stephen talks with:   Illinois Journalism Education Association board member Stan Zoller about Illinois House Bill 5902 (aka the Speech Rights of Student Journalists Act) and how the proposed law would give some legal protections to high school students;   Surging Film & Theatrics artistic director Billy Surges about the Oak Park theater company’s 2016 season (featuring walk-ons by Tracers actors Patrick McGrath and Tony Calkins); and   Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire founder Christina Pei about the fifth annual celebration of DIY and all the amazing and innovative stuff we create.   Meanwhile, we play yet another voicemail from #1 OTL (and Lou Manfredini) fan Mrs. Stephen!   This week’s local music is provided music provided by THEDEADWOODS.   OTL host Mike Stephen and multimedia star Lou Manfredini go way back! [pictured in the old WGN Radio newsroom circa 2004]   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #490- Blackfish: The Musical, The Secret History of Lonnie Brooks, RIDE asks who has the right of way?

Mike Stephen talks with:   Blackfish: The Musical (for real!) director Jonald Reyes and co-writer Thomas Simmons in anticipation of the play’s world premiere opening night at MCL Chicago;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about living legend Lonnie Brooks for this week’s “Winter Blues” edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and   Under the Rug Theatre Company crew members (playwright Neil Connelly, director John Wilson, and cast members Annie Prichard and Todd Wojcik) at The Den Theatre about their new play RIDE inspired by Chicago’s cycling community.   Meanwhile, we discuss Mike’s biggest fan “Jim,” eating spicy hot foods, and a new approach for the next Toons Bar & Grill annual Wing Fling.   This week’s local music is provided by Radio Shaq.   OTL host Mike Stephen takes a ride with Blackfish: The Musical co-writer Thomas Simmons and director Jonald Reyes. Who’s driving??   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

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…