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A Star-Spangled Fourth of July Tribute: ‘This Is My America’

By Patty Wetli

Yesterday we introduced you to the City Life Supplement. (Haven’t read the post yet? Clink the link, we’ll be here when you get back.) Today we offer up this audio clip from the most recent CLS production, “The America Show,” recorded June 30 at Transistor. It’s a lovely bit of storytelling, courtesy of Matt Lyle, Read the Rest…

City Life Supplement: The Best Live, Recorded, Theater, Radio, Sketch, Improv, Comedy, Drama, Music Show Podcast You Haven’t Heard of…Yet

By Patty Wetli

And now, for the latest episode of As the World Sighs. Shay is about to marry Dustin, the evil twin of her true fiance, Justin, who’s been kidnapped and held in a bunker … without Wi-Fi. Without Wi-Fi! As the World Sighs is just one of the creations of the City Life Supplement, a collection Read the Rest…

Transistor Solves the Cultural Omnivore’s Dilemma

By Patty Wetli

Lots of people turn their passions into businesses, opening up bakeries, bike shops or pet boutiques. Andy Miles just happens to like music. And art. And books. And movies. And photography. And live performances. When he founded Transistor in 2009 (originally located in Andersonville, now at 3819 N. Lincoln Ave. since fall 2011), the idea Read the Rest…

Laurie’s Planet of Sound Prepares to Celebrate Record Store Day

By Patty Wetli

For awhile there, it looked like the independent record store was headed for extinction, an obsolete dinosaur displaced by the genetically superior iTunes. But iTunes is no match for hipsters. Or audiophiles. Or anyone who still likes to see and touch something before they buy it. Thanks to a resurgent interest in vinyl, the record Read the Rest…

From Photography to Knitting, Classes Are Right Around the Corner

By Patty Wetli

How’s that New Year’s resolution coming along? Totally transformed your life yet? Yeah, me neither. But if you were serious about getting creative in 2012, learning a new skill or dusting off an old hobby, you won’t have to look far for inspiration. You say you can’t boil water? The Chopping Block, 4747 N. Lincoln Read the Rest…

Teach Yourself Some New Tricks; Classes for Photography, Sewing and More

By Patty Wetli

Feeling in a rut? There’s no excuse to stay there with so many creative opportunities right around the corner. Chicago Photography Center, 3301 N. Lincoln Ave., offers classes for everyone from budding shutterbugs to advanced professionals, in both digital and film formats. One-day workshops and certificate programs are also available, as well as free basic Read the Rest…

Andersonville’s Transistor To Fill Old Deadwax Space

By Mike Fourcher

After just two short years in Andersonville, music and art shop, Transistor is moving to the old Deadwax Records space, 3819 N. Lincoln Ave., in Northcenter. Co-owners Rani Woolpert and Andy Miles cited lower rents and a more simplified lifestyle in Northcenter in an email sent last week to store email subscribers. More than just a Read the Rest…

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