Category: Interviews

Games for Growth: An Interview with David Rheinstrom of LeftSide-RightSide

Growing up, I got some pretty mixed messages about educational gaming.  I remember loving computer titles like Word Munchers, Oregon Trail, and Gizmos and Gadgets.  I ALSO remember teachers telling me that video games would fry my brain.  Finally, I recall classmates scoffing at anything outwardly educational; game creators had to “hide” the education like parents tried... Read more »

Rising Stars of Geek Rock: The GameMen

Wow.  When I first started the Rising Stars of Geek Rock series, I never imagined it would have so many installations.  Today’s band is my fifth featured, with many more waiting in the wings.  Chicago geeks, you’re too talented!  I am no longer going to number the titles. …Enough about that, on to the music!... Read more »

Evolution, Ethology, and Eminem: An Interview with Rapper Baba Brinkman

Working in mid-level management at a science museum has its perks.  Last October, I got to attend the ASTC (Association of Science Technology Centers) Conference.  There, I witnessed two performances by Baba Brinkman, a hip-hop artist who raps about science, literature, and other unconventionally intellectual topics.  I thought his act would be cheesy. I ended up... Read more »
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Doctor Who, Daleks, and Big Finish: An Interview with Nicholas Briggs

What comes to mind when you hear the words “Doctor Who“?  For most, the iconic aliens top the list.   Daleks.  Cybermen.  Their threats of “EXTERMINATE,” “UPGRADE,” and “OBEY” have resonated with fans for decades. The talented Nicholas Briggs has voiced the Daleks and Cybermen since Doctor Who’s 2005 return.  Briggs is also the Executive Producer of... Read more »

Big Damn Well-Dressed Heroes: An Interview with Costume Designer Shawna Trpcic

Joss Whedon is a big deal these days.  …OK, he was always a big deal, but The Avengers brought him to a whole new level.  For my part, I’ve dressed up as his characters, lead a (short-lived) Doctor Horrible shadowcast, and will be emceeing Can’t Stop the Serenity.  Yea, I’m a fan.  However, there’s someone on Team Joss... Read more »

Emporium Arcade Bar Will Be More Hipster Than Geek

Emporium Arcade Bar in Wicker Park has been pushing back its Grand Opening since at least March.  The staff has been hired.  Building inspections have been passed.  Countless tweets and status updates from Emporium have promised “SOON”, but the doors remain closed.  At this point, it’s almost a joke.  Emporium has told its fans to... Read more »
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Meetup.com: Discover Your New Dungeon Mates and Drinking Buddies

It might be a sign that I’m getting older, but I’ve been avoiding the trendy social networking/news/imagery sites.  Pinterest, Tumblr, Plurk, Reddit…  I asked my geek guy to explain the differences to me.  It didn’t work. …BUT THEN, in a shocking twist, I discovered Meetup.com.  The site totally gets my stamp of approval.  Meetup users... Read more »

Rising Stars of Geek Rock II: Arc Impulse

I wish my blog came with sound, so that every Rising Stars of Geek Rock could be introduced with awesome guitar riffs.  Man, they’d be sweet.  Take a minute to imagine that… aaaaand… here we go. Last article, I featured a musician new to the geek rock scene.  Today’s act has been around (in some form)... Read more »

Rising Stars of Geek Rock I: Viking Jesus

Pop Quiz!  Do you know what any of these words mean?  1. Filk   2. tlhIngan QoQ   3. Wrock   4. Trock …If not, it’s time to learn.  Welcome to a new GGC series.  Rising Stars of Geek Rock will feature musicians that are 100% local and 110% geek.  How geeky?  Try a metal mashup... Read more »
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Aren't You A Little Sexy For a Stormtrooper?

Princess Leia.  What a babe.  When I was little- I’m talking toddler, here- I didn’t just idolize her. I WAS her.  If you can relate, then consider spending a Saturday at Gorilla Tango Theatre for A Nude Hope: A Star Wars Burlesque. Yes, Star Wars burlesque.   The moment I heard, I had to know more.... Read more »