Old Town Ale House

If this blog is gonna be called North and Clark we ought to at least identify a place for somebody chilling on that corner to get a drink. Lincoln Park and Old Town have plenty of places to go, but if you can’t find your khaki shorts and Cubs hat and want to enjoy your beer in a darker danker room good dives can be hard to come by.

Don’t despair. You don’t need to buy a forty from the Shell station just yet. If you walk down North Ave a little past Wells you can stop in at the Old Town Ale House.


Notable Features of the Old Town Ale House:

  • A long finger-nailed bouncer who calls you baby
  • Juke box filled with Miles Davis and Billie Holiday
  • A dirth of Dudebros and TVs
  • Quasi-graphic erotic paintings behind the bar

Like Austin sticking out in the middle of Texas, this is a welcome bit of weird in the middle of too much of the same.

Keep your nails long old town.

Wednesday Podcast: Robin Kacyn Interview

In today’s podcast actress Robin Kacyn talks about Diversey Harbor, Theater Seven and playing herself (sort of).

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Diversey Harbor runs through May 10 so if you gonna go you best get to getting.

Programing Note

We are trying a new format.  For the next couple of weeks we’ll have a new podcast every Wednesday and new blog posts (like these) every Monday and Friday.

The next few Wednesday podcasts will be interviews like those Dan Jerez and Shaheli Guha.   
Coming up, you can look forward to interviews with actress Robin Kacyn from Theater Seven’s Diversey Harbor, Tom Fort singer guitarest and rock idol from Cobalt and the Hired Guns and many more.
Thanks for tuning in we’ll see you Wednesday.

Old Media Showdown

The Economist recently published an article questioning the long term viability of broadcast television.  If their chart (below) is to be believed they are probably right.

CBS however found the economist’s article too “dramatic.”  Their response letter is printed below.


SIR – Your article “The not-so-big four” (April 11th) is certainly dramatic, but is excessively negative and misleading. Your claim that “broadcast television is declining at an accelerating rate”, while true for some, is not the case with the CBS television network, where ratings are higher this season then they were a year ago.

Over the past four decades many have predicted the demise of the broadcast medium. Yet we continue to deliver higher numbers of viewers than our media competitors, night after night. We believe our business model will prevail, not “collapse abruptly”, as you predict. And we believe news of the impending death of the magazine business is also premature.

Gil Schwartz
Executive vice president
CBS Corporation


The bold print is my addition, ham fisted yes, but I wanted to make sure that you the reader was saying “Oh no he didn’t!” along with me at home.

I maintain that they’re both screwed.  After all, I read about this on The Economist’s website and you read about it on a blog.

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