For more than a year, the Tribune has been behind a weekly WGN radio show called Chicago Live!, recorded at The Chicago Theatre.
If you haven’t visited yet, I hope you make it Thursday to our last show of 2011 -- to see host Rick Kogan, our partners from The Second City and our always-eclectic lineup of guests and performers, as well as for the grandeur of this historic theater. It was the nation’s first giant movie palace when it was built in 1921.
It is fitting, then, that we devote much of this week’s show to discussions of Chicago’s vibrant movie scene.
Can you cite the most interesting Chicago locations used on the big screen? City historian Tim Samuelson can, and he’ll be onstage to talk about that with Kogan and location scout Al Cohn.
Actor John Mahoney, who is a force on stage and television, but also has a lengthy film resume, will be with us too. And we’ll introduce you to a number of other Chicagoans from the film industry who love to make and present movies here: Filmmaker Xan Aranda, Facets founder Milos Stehlik, and a panel of Chicago movie critics ready to weigh in on the season’s offerings with Tribune critic Michael Phillips.
In the event the critics get too, well, critical, Svengoolie will be on hand to lighten the mood. Bring a rubber chicken.
Our musical guest, Kids These Days, is a collection of young musicians, most of whom met at Chicago’s Merit School of Music. They’ll close out our season with a performance after an interview with Tribune critic Greg Kot. Seeing them perform from our intimate Downstairs space at Chicago Theatre is sure to be a rare treat. And then stick around with us for the mix-and-mingle reception afterward.
For information or to buy $20 tickets, go to chicagolive.com.
-- Lara Weber, executive producer, Chicago Live!
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