Friday, June 24, 2011

Destination of the Day: A Prairie Home Companion, Saint Paul, MN

Destination 3 in the series "Pledge Drive"


Across North America right around 5pm CT radios change from the local sports or classical music stations to the opening song of APHC,  "Tishomingo Blues".  What started as a simple variety show has become an American institution.  Just the RUMOR that Garrison Keillor was planning to retire from the show made it to the top of many online papers.  


APHC's summer road show season is in high gear.  Upcoming performances include: Chicago-Highland Park (26 June), Grand Rapids (12 August), Lansing-East Lansing (13 August), Louisville (14 August), and the Minnesota State Fair (2 September).  


Address:
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor
http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/
Fitzgerald Theater
10 East Exchange Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Tickets: Varies by section
Audience shows are normally on Saturday for a live broadcast.



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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Destination of the Day: Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?, Madison, WI

Destination 2 in the series "Pledge Drive"


Part comedy show, interview show, and quiz show, there is little doubt a listener will find 'Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?' entertaining and somewhat odd.  Broadcast from alternating locations in Madison, catching a show is just one of many attractions and events a CTer can enjoy while visiting Wisconsin's capital.  


Address:
Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?
http://www.notmuch.com/
NOTE: CHECK SCHEDULE FOR SPECIFIC MADISON LOCATION
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
1 John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI
OR
Mitchell Theatre (Vilas Hall)
821 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
Tickets: $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students/senior citizens
Audience shows are normally on Saturday for a live broadcast. 



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Destination of the Day: Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, Chicago, IL

Destination 1 in the series "Pledge Drive"


Hosted by Peter Sagal with long-time NPR broadcaster Carl Kasell, Wait Wait quickly has become a major hit for NPR.  For the uninitiated, Wait Wait is a news quiz show, but with a lot of humor.  The rotating guest panelists include Paula Poundstone, Kyrie O'Connor, P.J. O'Rourke, and Adam Felber.  


Address:
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
http://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/
Chase Auditorium (lower level of Chase Tower)
10 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60603
Tickets: $24.75 in advance, $25.00 at door
Audience shows are normally on Thursday for Saturday broadcast.  Shows tend to sell-out early.  



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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Series of the Week: "Pledge Drive"

Public radio is alive and doing very well in the Great Lakes & Upper South.  The region is home to a number of major stations and not just one, but two, of the three major producers and distributors of programming for public radio stations.  Shows like Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, Sounds Opinions, This American Life, Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?, and of course the granddaddy of them all, A Prairie Home Companion, entertain millions of loyal listeners, pump tourism dollars into their local economies, and provide training for a new generation of radio talent.  


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Special June Spotlight: "Gaga, AGAIN?": For the Weekend 24-26 June

Special June Spotlight: "Gaga, AGAIN?"
For the Weekend 24-26 June


-Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, Twin Cities Pride 2011
http://www.tcpride.org/


-St. Louis, MO, Pridefest 2011
http://www.pridestl.org/


-Cleveland/Akron, OH, Pride 2011
http://www.clevelandpride.org/


-Lexington, KY, Lexington Pride Festival 2011
http://www.lexpridefest.org/


-Chicago, IL, Chicago Gay Pride 2011
http://www.chicagopridecalendar.org/
The first documented Chicago Pride parade was on 28 June 1970 and had all of about 150-200 watching.  Contrast that with the current 2.4 mile parade, lasting nearly 4 hours, with nearly 450,000 people of all walks of life enjoying one of the biggest, wildest, and most interesting parades in Chicago.  Last year's parade included the Stanley Cup (sponsored by the local GLBT hockey club and the Chicago Blackhawks) and the Chicago Cubs (long overdue!).  For those enjoying an extended weekend make plans to visit The Chicago History Museum's "Out in Chicago" special exhibit (http://www.chicagohs.org/), the Friday and Saturday Pride Fest (http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=142), the Grant Park Music Festival (http://grantparkmusicfestival.com), and (with a little luck) one of the hundreds of private parties held in the condos/apartments overlooking Halsted Street.  The festivities continue the following weekend with Chicago Windy City Black Pride (http://www.chiblackpride.com)


Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau:
http://www.choosechicago.com/


Gay Cities-Chicago:
http://chicago.gaycities.com/


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Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "Broadway Dinner Theatre in Lake Delton closes its doors" from the Portage Daily Register

"LAKE DELTON - A dinner theater in trouble with creditors and tax collectors has closed its doors. But its owner hopes to reopen when the economy improves.


In a statement on the theater's Web site, Peggy Sutphin, the CEO and owner of Wohlfahrt International LLC, the company that owns the Broadway Dinner Theatre in Lake Delton, announced the venue would close May 24."


Link:
http://www.wiscnews.com/portagedailyregister/news/article_85eb3ab8-6ec9-11df-9181-001cc4c03286.html


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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Special June Spotlight: "Gaga, AGAIN?" For the Weekend 17-19 June

Special June Spotlight: "Gaga, AGAIN?"
For the Weekend 17-19 June


-Nashville, TN, Pride 2011
http://nashvillepride.org/


-Grand Rapids, MI, West Michigan Pride Festival 2011
http://www.westmipride.org/


-Hamilton, ON, Hamilton Pride-CANCELLED!
http://www.hamiltonpride.com/


-Columbus, OH, Columbus Pride 2011
http://www.columbuspride.org/


-Louisville, KY, Kentuckiana Pride Fest 2011
http://www.kypride.com/legacy/festival
A warm night with a bunch of great looking southern boys and girls kicks off Kentuckina Pride Fest 2011.  This year's Pride parade, held on Friday, snakes its way through downtown Louisville and concludes at The Belvedere riverfront park (Main/5th Street) with a free festival.  Saturday's festivities begin at 12:00 pm with performances from Sibella, Sienna, La Boy Le Femme, Cazwell (must be on a Midwest tour), Adam Barta, and Jade Sotomayor and is a steal at only $5/person.  This fantastic downtown location is near a range of hotels, the Frazier International History Museum, Louisville Slugger Museum, and The Kentucky Center.  


Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau:
http://www.gotolouisville.com/index.aspx


Gay Cities-Louisville:
http://louisville.gaycities.com/


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Friday, June 10, 2011

Destination of the Day: Madison Children's Museum, Madison, WI.

Destination 4 in the series "Second Look"


Address (CURRENT HOME):
Madison Children's Museum
http://www.madisonchildrensmuseum.org/
100 North Hamilton Street
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 256-6445


Former home on State Street.  Photo taken on 7 July 2009.
Current home under construction at Hamilton Street location.  Photo taken on 7 July 2009.

Current home at Hamilton Street location.  Photo date not provided.


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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Special June Spotlight: "Gaga, AGAIN?": For the Weekend 10-12 June

Special June Spotlight: "Gaga, AGAIN?"
For the Weekend 10-12 June


-Lansing, MI: Michigan Pride 2011
http://www.michiganpride.org/


-Pittsburgh, PA: Pride 2011
http://www.pittsburghpride.org/


-Milwaukee, WI: Pridefest 2011
http://www.pridefest.com/


-Indianapolis, IN: Circle City INPRIDE 2011
http://www.indyprideinc.com/
Now how can you beat a parade titled the "7th Annual Cadillac Barbie IN Pride Parade".  Like many large cities Indianapolis does not have a "gayborhood", but the northeast section of downtown will due.  The parade begins at Saint Clair Street and follows Massachusetts Avenue and Michigan Street to the American Legions Mall/Veterans Plaza.  It is a VERY late arriving crowd so do not panic if moments before the parade there is a lot of space along the route.  The party continues at the INPride Festival with God-Des and She, Kaci Battaglia, and the Indianapolis Men's Chorus, all free.  The Westin Indianapolis (located downtown) is a sponsor and is offering special weekend rates.  


Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association:
http://visitindy.com/


Gay Cities-Indianapolis:
http://indianapolis.gaycities.com/


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Destination of the Day: Huntington Center, Toledo, OH

Destination 3 in the series "Second Look"


Link:
http://www.huntingtoncentertoledo.com/

11 May 2008
Photo taken 4 December 2009.  From Wikipedia





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Destination of the Day: Downtown Peoria, Peoria, IL

Destination 2 in the series "Second Look"


One can get a feel for a city's health by changes in its skyline.  


4 September 2005

5 July 2008


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Monday, June 6, 2011

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Series of the Week: "Second Look"

An empty lot becomes a condo tower.  A museum moves to a new site.   A theatre is renovated and restored.  A historic home left untouched.  The advantage to having the GLCT online, and not printed, is that when something does change it only takes a few mouse clicks to update photos and information.  For nearly five years the GLCT has visited and then revisited and updated what is so great about the many communities making up the Great Lakes and Upper South regions. This week a second look to see how time has treated some of the region's attractions.  


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Friday, June 3, 2011

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "The Scoreboard Doesn't Lie: The Indians Are Winning" from NPR

"The Cleveland Indians are Major League Baseball's biggest surprise so far this season. They have the best record in the American League, despite having one of the lowest payrolls. And they currently lead their division by a healthy margin."


Link-Story:
http://www.npr.org/2011/06/02/136854387/the-scoreboard-doesnt-lie-the-indians-are-winning


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http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=cle


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Special June Spotlight: "Gaga, AGAIN?": For the Weekend 3-6 June

Special June Spotlight: "Gaga, AGAIN?"
For the Weekend 3-6 June


-Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, ON: tri-Pride
http://tri-pride.ca/


-Charleston, WV: West Virginia Pride 2011
http://www.pridewv.org/


-Quad Cities, IA: QC Pride 2011
http://www.qcpride.org/


-Detroit, MI: Motor City Pride 2011
http://motorcitypride.org/
After many successful years in Royal Oak and Ferndale, MotorCity Pride is heading to downtown Detroit!  For the CTer, this a fantastic news.  While both previous cities where very welcoming and a joy to visit, the new site in Hart Plaza is much more visitor friendly with easier access to mass transit, hotels, Comerica Park (Tigers), and attractions.  This year's lineup includes Cazwell, Alexis Jordan, DJ Irene, and many more.  Festival is on Saturday with the parade on Sunday.  


Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau:
http://www.visitdetroit.com/


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http://detroit.gaycities.com/


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Special June Spotlight: "Gaga, AGAIN?"

April showers bring May flowers, but what do May flowers bring?  From the looks of farm houses, suburban McMansions, townhouses, and apartment balconies, apparently rainbow flags! Yes, June is Gay Pride Month.  Across the Great Lakes and Upper South region communities large and small hold street fairs, music festivals, and parades of all sorts.  As a special month-long series the GLCT will highlight the upcoming weekend's community events.  


Not so sure about attending your local event?  Fortunately all are welcoming and many events are family friendly (although some entertainers might be inappropriate for younger audience members).  So rub on the sunscreen, grab your camera, and enjoy!


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Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "The Grand Rapids Lip Dub: A Giant Street Party Set To Music" from NPR

"If you were online over the Memorial Day weekend, you may well have seen The Grand Rapids Lip Dub.


Maybe you saw it after Roger Ebert called it "the greatest music video ever made." Maybe someone you know posted it to Facebook. Maybe someone e-mailed you the link. But by whatever channel, there's a decent chance you've stumbled on it: posted last Thursday, the video has already racked up over 1.3 million views, and that's over a holiday weekend.


Lindsey Smith of Michigan Radio has followed the story of the video for a while, and as she reports on today's All Things Considered, it's what Grand Rapids, Mich., came up with in response to Newsweek, which included it on a list of "America's Dying Cities" — subtitled, in case anyone missed the emphasis, "Cities With Bleak Futures Ahead." (Newsweek's editorial staff has since pointed out that the piece appeared at Newsweek pursuant to a content-sharing agreement with a site called Main Street, and that the magazine didn't produce it.)"


Link: 
http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2011/06/01/136816940/the-grand-rapids-lip-dub-a-giant-street-party-set-to-music


Roger Ebert Post:
http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/music/the-greatest-music-video-ever.html


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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "Detroit Techno City: Exporting A Sound To The World" from NPR

"This Memorial Day weekend, techno music and its fans come home — to Detroit — for the annual Movement Electronic Music Festival.


Today, most of techno's audience is in Europe. But its futuristic sound was nurtured by African-Americans in Detroit in the 1980s. It all started in the late '70s, when a Detroit radio DJ named Electrifying Mojo put music on the air in a way that had never been heard before in the city: Kraftwerk plus Jimi Hendrix; Rick James plus the B52s and Phillip Glass – all on a spaceship."


Link:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2011/05/27/136718287/detroit-techno-city-exporting-a-sound-to-the-world


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Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "The Indy 500: Born Out Of 'Blood And Smoke'" from NPR

"On May 30, 1911, a literal multitude swarmed into Indiana with all the subtlety of the eighth plague of Egypt. Dozens jammed into hotel rooms. Those who couldn't fit slept in hallways and on the streets. The Indianapolis Sun described the horde as "speed-lust kings and queens, trimmed in gold and perfumed with gasoline and lubricating oil.""


Link:
http://www.npr.org/2011/05/29/136714920/the-indy-500-born-out-of-blood-and-smoke


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