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Artist Interviews Matthew Dear

Matthew Dear is a prolific producer, remixer, and the co-founder of electronic label Ghostly International. In 2012 he released Beams on said label, and toured the world in support of it. CHIRP's Jenn Rourke caught up with Matthew before his Chicago stop at Lincoln Hall. They discussed his musical roots in New York, working in the city versus the country, and bouncing back from Hurricane Sandy.

(produced by Jenn Rourke)

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Artist Interviews Justice

French electro duo Justice headlined Lollapalooza in 2012 and caught up with CHIRP's Dylan Peterson before a headlining show at the Congress Theater. Backstage with Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay, they discussed the power of the cross, making art without apology, and the delicate process of successfully executing a live Justice set. The group's second live album, "Access All Arenas," releases in 2013.

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Chicago Theatre Off Book Chicago Theatre Off Book: November 23, 2012 Ed.

Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies:

"Fuddy Meers" at Ka-Tet Theatre

"Werther" at Lyric Opera

"Hellcab" at Profiles Theatre

Our special guests are Gwendolyn Whiteside, Producing Artistic Director at American Blues Theatre and playing Mary Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life: Live at the Biograph," and Blake Montgomery, Founder and Artistic Director at The Building Stage and performing in "Charles Dickens Begrudgingly Performs 'A Christmas Carol'. Again." Plus, we have two new "Got A Minute" segments from Mary and Blake's shows.

This November 23, 2012 episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by MARTY'S MARTINI BAR.

Shot word of the day: "beautiful"

Hosted by Actor Joshua J. Volkers and Reviewer Katy Walsh from The Fourth Walsh, Off Book is where Chicago meets to discuss artistic innovation.

500 Days to 50 is chronicling a daily journey to a milestone. Follow @thefourthwalsh and @500daysto50 on Twitter

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News Found Magazine: Ten Years of Publishing Scraps of Your Soul

One night Davy Rothbart found a note on his car. It was a very personal note. Except it wasn't for him. The writer had mistaken Davy's car for her boyfriend's car. And it was that note that got Davy started on Found Magazine and the website It's a collection of notes, scraps and photos found by people all over the world, items that are sometimes inexplicable and usually funny, perplexing and raw. They are always very personal in that they reveal something about the soul of the writer.

Now after ten years of publishing other people's innermost feelings, Davy has turned the lens on himself with his new book of personal essays, My Heart is an Idiot. He's on a 79-city tour to promote the book and to celebrate Found Magazine's tenth anniversary. He's been traveling with his brother Peter, a musician who writes songs based on found notes. Peter's new CD is You Are What You Dream.


Before their show at the Old Town School of Folk Music, Davy sat down with CHIRP's Dan Epstein. Davy popped open his briefcase, shuffled through the hundreds of scraps of paper inside and chose a few of his favorite found notes to share.

(music heard in this story: The Baddest Nissans in the Northwest and You Are What You Dream, both by Peter Rothbart)

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