Bloody Theatre

My personal thoughts on Las Vegas? The media is already talking about “mental illness,” but only in the context of White people getting shot. An irrelevant diversion. No indication of mental illness here. In fact, if you are around a person struggling with a mental illness, statistically, and in my personal experience, you are far safer than with a “normal” person. By that standard, I’d like to see greater control to prevent starfish and grasshoppers from getting guns. That is how foolish and irresponsible and diversionary the knee-jerk reaction to insinuations of responsible and reasonable gun laws.
Not the time for analysis or asking hard questions? When is the right time when a crime has been committed, or  that the status quo is always leading to the same tragic result? Is it when NRA surrogates in talk radio and cable TV news tell you it is time?
$18.6 million. That’s how much the NRA contributed via its corporate gun and ammo producing backers to politicians in the 2012 election. $18.6 million, compared to $245,000 on the non-corporate, predominantly victim and survivor funded opposition.  The numbers aren’t in for 2016 yet, but recall Trump is quoted saying he would be the best friend the NRA ever had. Add to that cash poured into the media. And what has that wrought for the gun industry? Mind you, as an aside, it tends to be working class and poor people who are the victims of gun violence. There are theater shooters, gang shootings, nightclubs, country western concerts, Army bases, small business, schools where the shootings happen. Exclusive country clubs…not so much. That’s not a dare, it is an indication that the people who have no voice in the issue tend to be the ones being shot. America’s gun issue doesn’t really affect rich people, the ones who can pick up a phone and get right through to whichever price-tag politician they may have helped purchase.
And I do mean purchase. Coming back to the $18.6 million to politicians primarily in Washington D.C, did you know the center for disease control is forbidden from studying gun violence, by law? That was a policy encouraged and promoted by the gun and ammo industry. And did you know federal dollars are prohibited from going to gun research in Universities? Why would that be?
America has no interest in honestly addressing this issue, and so, like the constant hysterics of an insane girlfriend, I am learning to tune out the crocodile tears and faux outrage. At this point we’re just waiting for the next greatest mass shooting in US history in the next six months, and the one after that and the one after that. At this point, it’s just macabre theatre of the bloodiest kind.

PlayTime Picks: A Thursday peek at what’s hot each weekend around Chicago

It’s Thursday and time for Playtime picks the best and most unique in entertainment and events in and around Chicago. Playtime is heard each and every Thursday on French and Friends from 5-7pm on AM1590 WGCO in Chicago. Playtime is part of “Playtime with Sid and Bill, heard every Sunday from 1-3pm on WGCO, Chicago’s only and most irreverent radio show for the Arts and entertainment!  This week. bacon and beer, more beer. Music, and beer, Halloween a sing along at the bean, Beer! a meat market and the end of the world postponed.

  1. This Saturday, the bacon and Beer classic kicks off in Daley plaza from 1-6pm, 12 noon if you are on the VIP list. General Admission Tickets start at $55 for unlimited food and beer, plus a commemorative glass. VIP tickets start at $69, but that gets you in an hour early with an exclusive VIP line 50 brewers, including some of Chicago’s best, like Some of Chicago’s best beers: Metropolitan, Baderbrau, and Half Acre, and truly some of Chicago’s finest restaurants, like:

Ms. Tittle’s cupcakes

Flo, an interesting Mexican and American fusion place at 1434 west Chicago. Recommending their Sloppy Flo $10, made with Ground beef stewed in a red chili BBQ sauce on a toasted kaiser bun with red onion and pickled jalapenos, or the Guacamole BLT $9, made with Guacamole, thick cut bacon, tomato and romaine on toasted baguette. Personal favorite, their short rib tacos

Also Evanston and Wilmette’s own Bangers and lace, with their Duck BLT, made with duck sausage, tomato bacon chutney, arugula and a garlic aioli on chabatta roll. or Kielbasa and pork belly with beer braised Brussels sprouts, fried egg, potatoes and a mustard vinaigrette.

The public house. 400 north state, public for their brunch, gluten friendly, main menu and late night menu. Excellent burgers and sandwiches, ask about house cocktails, such as their Bad Apple- made with citron, apple liquor, lemon, guava, raspberry.

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  1. The bacon and beer fest too pricey? Something for the whole family? How about free???? Join St. Benedict’s parish and neighbors Friday through Sunday, as they celebrate their German roots with the 52nd Annual St. Benedict OktoberFest. Held in the courtyard at 2215 west Irving. This is all ages, but you must be 21 to consume alcohol. Live music, Friday 6pm the Bratwurst brothers. Free still too steep? Volunteer for the event! And of course, it is for a great cause!

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 3. For two nights only, October 6, 7 at The Chicago Theatre Comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short. The show, a retrospective about their lives in show business, includes stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and conversations

  1. Shout out to bassist for The Imperial Blue Dogs Nick Georhke, who will be playing this Friday at the Basket Brigade Band Benefit 2017, their annual band benefit also performing with The Imperial Blue Dogs: Chasing Alice, U.F.C Raffles and auction items.  Friday at 6 PM – 11:59 PM The Chicago Loop Sports Bar and Grill7 W Streamwood Blvd, Streamwood. 100% of the proceeds goes to building Thanksgiving food baskets for needy families!
  1. And from Diana Dalnes, Sunday, OCT1st, 730pm at the Millennium Park Bean  

“This Is Halloween” To start off a kick on the first day of October we shall be singing “This Is Halloween” from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”! Show your Halloween Spirit!!!!!


  1. Running Saturday through Thursday October 5th, at the Steep Theatre 1115 West Berwyn, Chicago The Invisible Hand, a play written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar and directed by Audrey Francis tells the story of an American banker taken hostage by an isolated militant group in Pakistan. When his ransom goes unpaid, his only hope is to trade on his expertise in international finance to earn his way to freedom. This tense geo-political thriller asks, just how free is the free market?   

The Steep has won critical acclaim for outstanding works, brilliant acting whose previous plays, include HINTER, about a brutal murder and Earthquakes in London Earthquakes in London about the end of the world!


  1. And in a continuing effort to help Dan French find things to do  that don’t require travel or parking, Sep 30-oct1, from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm It’s the Argyle and Andersonville Global Food Tour…Toast like a Viking in a haunted speakeasy? An Asian market and mural walk on Argyle Street, French-Vietnamese Street food, tour Charlie Chaplin’s Essanay Studios, Taste your way through a Middle Eastern spice bazaar. $55 per person  Book online at


  1. From our friends at RadiO.D. congratulations as they celebrate their 100th show, and being voted the number 2 music radio DJ in the 2017 Chicago Reader poll this Friday with live performances featuring Evil Engine! in an exclusive event 6-9 pm, 2643 West Chicago Ave,Chicago!


Friday at Underground Lounge, 56 West Illinois St. it’s “Sasha’s crazy birthday party time extravaganza” w Battalion Of Saints/ The Nobodys/ The Cryptics plus locals Law Of Keanu/ Landspeeder/ Shots Fired Shots Fired

 10/1: @ Brauerhouse: Screaming Females also w/ Street Eaters/ Rad Payoff Brauerhouse, 1000 Rohlwing Rd, Lombard

 Sat & Sun, Sep 30th & Oct 1st @ Bottom Lounge, Riot Fest presents 2 Nights w/ Between The Buried And Me (Colors 10th Anniversary Tour). Also with The Contortionist/ Polyphia/ Toothgrinder Both shows are All Ages / & Both shows r @ Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake St, Chgo

 Sep 29th thru Oct 1st: @ The Metro. Cracknation Records presents “Cold Waves Vi”. 3 day fest of industrial music. The headliners by day are: Fri: Stabbing Westward link Sat: Front 242 link Sun: KMFDM All shows are 18+ / Metro, 3730 N Clark St, Chgo

 9/30: @ Reggies Rock Club, Empire Productions presents Agnostic Front(35th Anniversary Tour)/ Spare Change/ Crime Spree/ Decline 17+ / Reggies, 2105 S State St, Chgo


  1. Fulton Market Harvest Fest brings together Chicago’s restaurants, fantastic craft beer, live music and cooking demonstrations to celebrate the city’s rich culinary history. Curated by Chefs Stephanie Izard and Paul Kahan, Fulton Market Harvest Fest unites the city’s top culinary talent with notable chefs from around the country for three days of pop-up dinners, food and beverage classes, cooking demonstrations and a neighborhood street fest. Proceeds from Fulton Market Harvest Fest benefit the food-focused charity, Pilot Light. Entrance on Fulton Market & Halsted St.

Saturday, September 30th 11am to 10pm, Sunday, October 1st 11am to 8pm

Something for the kids as well, with storytelling, music classes from The Old Town School of Folk Music, DIY snacks, a coloring station, pumpkin decorating and yoga with Barefeet Power Yoga.

Details, and a rundown of restaurants and some great music, including 2:45pm-4:00pm Golden Horse Ranch Band, rockabilly and roots country. The O’My’s Saturday at 7:15

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  1. And finally, the end of the world has been rescheduled for sometime in October. The predictors of doom point to a math error and apologize for any inconvenience. The end of the world is an all ages event. We will let you know when the great tribulation has been rescheduled…


And that is Playtime Picks. This week on Playtime with Sid and Bill, featuring Kerri Kendall, Comedian Thomas Bottoms. Search Inc and Visibility Arts, a local effort supporting adults with developmental disabilities, a new segment taking an Arts approach to those with chronic pain and Fibromyalgia, The Art of Recovery with Stacy Ihlenfeld, RadiO.D., hot off their 100th episode celebration for the best in live metal and punk music. Sid gets a job and a date and Kerri toasts her friend, the late Hugh Hefner.


SORRY. Must Rant on Transgenders in the Military. Caution: Adult Language

A pal says this is another distraction, which is true to an extent. I would argue that the blatant and gleeful rollback of human rights regardless of the size or uncomfortable nature of that minority is dangerous to us all. Next, and mark my words, Trump will return the military to forcing homosexuals from the military. Once we get on that slippery slope, we’re on it, baby, and we are on it!

Regarding the transgender issue in the military. I’m hearing two arguments from the right against having transgender personnel in the military. The first is that keeping them out of the military is important for our national security. Number 2 is that the transgender personnel in the military are a tiny, tiny minority less than two-tenths of a percent. So which is it? If there’s such a tiny minority then it really doesn’t affect National Security which would seem to entirely in the gate the administration’s excuses.

Today the administration announced it would remove Transgender personnel from the military. I am confused, because I thought the Right was all about logic and a patriotism which extolls our soldiers-ALL of our soldiers?

I thought that everyone who serves in the military is a hero and we owe them an unending expression of gratitude, and yet not one person is saying the transgender people in the military ALREADY haven’t done their jobs. Like they all lay around all day dreaming of their new taxpayer-paid vaginas and penis’. So they aren’t being discriminated against based on merit.

As for the figure of 250 current taxpayer funded transgender surgeries to military personnel…I’ve known a lot of fat Type II diabetic motherfuckers in the military or spawning one too many army brats, getting hospitalized for drunken brawls, raping women overseas-and here- ALL ON THE TAXPAYERS DIME-I could go on and on about a whole fucking universe of “LIFESTYLE” issues costing me as a taxpayer money so spare me the bullshit propaganda about the cost of a surgery or two, or a couple hundred. Seems some schmuck dragged us into an unnecessary war costing taxpayers about 4000 funerals, better that 25000 injuries and lifetimes worth of rehab and medical costs.

And the final argument regards this fiction of unit cohesion, that in battle LGBTQ soldiers and service members will run away like dainty children or spend their energies checking out fellow service members rather than watching for the enemy. That would come to a great surprise to men like Air Force Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, a decorated airman who flew combat missions over the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan, or 10 year veteran and Army Captain, who sought a Texas congressional seat in 2012, or Baron Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin von Steuben who fled persecution in Europe when his homosexuality was revealed. Von Steuben was instrumental in helping America win its independence. More than 200 homosexual soldiers died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, including Maj. Alan Rogers who was killed in January 2008 in Iraq by a roadside bomb while on patrol.

Rush Limbaugh, Denis Prager and Kate Daly all expressed alarm that soldiers might see a vagina or a penis in a shower and lapse into a stupor from which they might not survive. having been to war, in the middle of battles, if those snowflakes are more upset by a non-lethal genital that seeing bodies ripped apart, not to mention the overall misery and trauma of the war experience, then I say, get rid of them all and give me a 100% LGBTQ military!

Giving back: The debut of “Playtime with Sid and Bill”

The debut of “Playtime with Sid and Bill” with me and Sid Yiddish on the 10,000 watt WCGO, AM1590 is slated for Sunday, September 3rd from 11-1pm, following The Mike Nowak Show with Peggy Malecki. Tune in for the deepest green environment and gardening show, then stick around with us. Your radio Sunday magazine! I guess I am speaking a little bit for both of us in saying that the show is our gift to our friends in the Theatre, Music, Comic, Poetry, Entertainment, Food and Arts communities. This is your space. Sid and I will work to bring a vibrant, sometimes unusual and always entertaining look at the arts and performing arts and what is happening in and around Chicago and beyond. We will need you to help support the show as listeners and participants. You are the marketing and outreach wing of the show, helping keep us informed on what you and other artists are up to so that we can get the word out. No one else is doing this in Chicago commercial radio. WCGO’s signal currently reaches Northern Indiana and South to Kankakee, West to Elgin and Aurora, and North to the southern suburbs of Milwaukee. The station will move to a 50,000 watt signal, meaning your work will be heard nationwide. More to come… 

Dr. Lora Chamberlain on Illinois gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy…

but love her or fear her, the good Doctor calls it like she sees it, knows the issues, and is an unflinching Progressive who never pulls her punches. Thought this post was critical as the race heats up towards the election; one that may decide the future and fate of the state and it’s people, and whether it returns to the people or is looted to insolvency and ruin by Rauner and the oligarchs. Doctor:  

Kennedy – Is He Our Progressive Champion??? A report from the Gubernatorial campaign trail:

I have been going to multiple forums with the candidates trying to push them on a IL State Bank, fracking / climate change, single payer health care, progressive taxing solutions, I toss out as many questions as I can get in.

Yesterday I saw Chris Kennedy at Horner Park. A couple of thoughts: Wow, he really does have a temper – this was the second time he has berated me, without my attacking him, I was just stating some truths, I am not liking that very much!

He does seem to be really angry at Madigan and the IL power elites for their corruption, he wants to end conflicts of interest in Springfield by disallowing them of serving as property tax assessment attorneys, and ending other conflicts of interest, and get everyone back to public service – this is very good.

He states that he wants to bend the rules of the economy to benefit the poor and the average folks – this is very good.

He is very concerned that our youth are leaving the state, that our University system is being dismantled by Rauner, and that 75% of high school graduates across the state are not college ready.

He is for a Progressive Income Tax and something he calls a “Jupiter Island Tax” – (“Some of the wealthiest people in the United States live in Jupiter Island: Worth magazine ranked it #1 in the country for having the highest median home sale, and it has the highest per capita income of any inhabited place in the country”.,_Florida ). This “Jupiter Island Tax” will be levied on executives or anyone who does business transactions in Chicago, even if they are employed elsewhere – (I am pretty sketchy about this tax and tried to get more details from him last night and could not seem to get him to come forth with any). But it sounds like it would tax who we want to tax – the rich folks.

He does not think a transaction tax would work, he thinks they will squirm out of the tax and get away with it.

He does not want to legalize pot and tax it, (he thinks legalization requires more research – he would be more inclined to support decriminalization, he is pretty conservative on this one).

He is for getting to a Single Payer Health Care System eventually, even on the State level if the Feds destroy Medicaid and Obamacare, but was again very sketchy on the details and did not mention California’s steps in that direction.

He thinks that fracking is not part of our energy future but he thinks that coal will stay at the same percentage of our energy mix that it has right now – I was personally aghast at this comment – his brother is Robert Kennedy Jr. who is a very significant environmentalist, it does not seam that they talk very often about this issue.

I really tried to push Kennedy on the economic issues last night. He was for maintaining our obligations to our pensioneers, but seemed to be behind Rahm’s attempt last winter to come to a pension bargain – this did not make sense to me.

I asked him how we could tax the 25% of corporations that pay no tax in this state, I have to say he was not forthcoming – he asked me if I wanted to get into the weeds of corporate tax issues and I said “yes” and then he did not answer my question.

My sense of him is that he prefers not to be questioned about the details around his policies, he is a bit of an elitist, and he wants us to trust that he is going to act in our best interest – well Mr. Kennedy that just does not fly any more in American politics!

He also was not very happy at the end when we brought him a copy of: “Here Come the Kennedys”…/chris-kennedy-illinois-governor-ra…, – a must read about some aspects of Kennedy’s background, but he did not have much to say about it.

I was hoping that Kennedy was our independent progressive in the race who had the balls to take on Madigan, Cullerton, and the rest of the power elites in this state – and this would call for a serious set of kahunas! But I get the sense that Kennedy is really a centrist Democrat, similar to Pat Quinn, with a few pet progressive issues. I am going to continue to push him on a IL State Bank, and some of the other progressive issues – I will let you know if I get anywhere.

…and I will let you know what she finds…

“Question for my Smarties: I’ve been told again and again by the media and other outlets that my parent’s generation (Baby Boomers) wrecked everything for future generations…”

Chicago comic and friend Catherine “Povs” Povinelli posted that question on Facebook the other day. As a Boomer, technically, born 1962, my first reaction was a thought I’d had for a long time. And I’ll accept responsibility for my generation’s missteps, but there is equal blame to go around regardless of what year you were born. I’ll get to that, but first some effort of generational reconciliation is imperative.

My generation was decidedly and openly non-political, as a whole. Not for any reason. We were just lazy.  The election turnout peaked in 1960. In 1972 it took a nose dive and has remained in the embarrassingly low 50% range since. We partied. We were the last generation before AIDS. In the era of Oprah, local news, mall reports and the consumer generation, we were blithely irresponsible. Mass entertainment, the advent of cable TV and the dawn of Reagan and Clinton era media deregulation erasing boundaries between information and marketing, we settled into a comfortable ignorance. By the time significant realities were coming home to roost we were numbed and dumbed, fat, lazy and righteously judgmental now that we had begun to spawn. MOTHERHOOD IS THE HARDEST JOB, OR IS IT COPS, FIREMEN, SEWER WORKERS, ELVIS IMPERSO…?

As for the later, it was my generation that abandoned Dr. Spock, for video games and TV, placating children into oblivion. We shoved them in a corner with a toy and continued partying, hitting the beauty parlor and bars and essentially treated kids like pets, unless we needed a reason to call in sick to work.

Essentially, on a cultural, economic and social level we were fattened lambs for the slaughter. It began to the slow erasure of news and journalism into information; a qualitative difference. The Oprah generation complained that news overseas didn’t mean anything and brought disturbing images to young and impressionable minds. WON’T SOMEBODY PLEASE SAVE THE CHILDREN! “News you can use,” soon appeared. Through the 1990’s Americans ignored “unimportant” news from the rest of the world. That ignorance, rather than correcting on September 11 2001, instead cauterized as ignorant flag waving, Chevy buying, rube-driven nationalism. The Baby Boomer president told us to go shopping, them wrote a check for $10 trillion on an unnecessary war, then blamed a Black Boomer president for having the highest debt in history.

It was all a purposeful roadmap prescribed within the 1971 Powell memo. The memo, by Lewis F. Powell Jr, former corporate attorney and later SCOTUS appointee under Nixon, laid out a recommendation that corporations needed to control the media, the government and education in the country as a matter of priority and power. The WW 2, Boomer and Gen X Republicans have followed that roadmap to the letter.

So yes, Catherine, the Republicans to own Santa Claus!

However, the reality is, tomorrow is a mystery and a crap shoot, and how we get there is anyone’s guess. It is complex and international in scope, a planetary tug of war with a thousand ropes, many of which change sides in dizzying frequency. Each generation comes to its own layered lessons and ignorance equally. The  thing is, following World War 2, started by a previous generation Nazi, whose was stopped by that same generation, the capacity for really screwing things up was exponentially increased. A hand full of weapons, invented by Depression era leaders, from the E=MC2 equation of a turn of the century scientist, could essentially erase humanity. WW 2 era teachers instructed Boomer kids to duck and cover beneath their desks in the event of a Nuclear war. WAIT. WHAT?

Here in America, Black Boomers fought for Civil Rights, joined by White Boomers, and opposed by White boomers. They w ere fighting for rights ascribed in a constitution by revolution generation men who also wrote that Blacks were 3/5th a person. The Civil Rights Boomers Gen X-ers grew up cajoled by Alex P. Keaton characters on television, and dumbed down by truly insipid programs like Alf. They helped teach a generation partly abandoned by parents simplistic and reactive lessons on relationships. A divorce culture, woven inside a consumer culture underscored that family and relationship commitment is as transient as corporate charters and contracts.

Boomer hippies abandoned Vietnam-era activism for the boardroom, or checked out. Generation X-ers faired no better, and in some cases worse. Paul Ryan is Generation X. Generation X and Millenials were the masses strengthening the Occupy movement. They also abandoned the Occupy movement, while the Boomer-driven Tea Party movement helped propel Trump to office. It was Boomers and Gen X-ers, by the way who strategically sought to crush the revolutionary spirit of millenials towards Boomer presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. I have witnessed two genocides leaving millennials scarred or as orphans. We can only wonder how that will resonate with millenials to the benefit or detriment to succeeding generations.

The bottom line, every generation has its blessings and short falls. The problem is that regardless of generation, we are all being coaxed into binary thinking, which has long been the legacy of every generation. Ultimately that is a measure of the quality of information we receive, but also a measure of our desire to understand what is happening in the world. That isn’t easy, but then nothing essential ever is. Learn that you, regardless of generation, are being manipulated, and that includes pitting generations against one another so that the focus is on blaming fellow victims rather than the real perpetrators.  Because here is the deal, a millennial may blame some aspect of the world on Boomers, but Boomers are absolutely bitching about millennials, and Gen X-ers are getting pounded from both each time they complain about being overlooked!