Creative by proximity

There’s nothing quite as creatively inspiring than being around people who are creative and inspiring. This notion manifested while attending The Interview Show hosted by Mark Bazer at The Hideout last night. I was bewitched by the talent, creativity, passion and boldness of each guest.

Someone needs to explain to me why had I never been to The Interview Show before. The topics discussed—local food, indie music, comedy and err…Chicago politics—are all things I usually can get behind. (Well, the Chicago politics part is questionable.) And the very talented writer Dave Reidy has even been a guest on The Interview Show. Still puzzled over here.

Highlights from last night’s show:

Paul Kahan, Executive Chef, Blackbird, Avec, The Publican and Big Star

I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t dined at any of Paul Kahan’s restaurants yet, but I imagine that his approachability and easygoing demeanor permeate each one. I respect that Kahan falls into the camp of local restaurant owners and chefs who strive to take the pretension out of fine dining. Which is why I’ve been dying to go to Big Star just down the street. From what I’ve heard, there are many reasons there is always a line out the door, namely cheap gourmet street food and an impressive drink menu that runs the gamut from Schlitz to craft beers. Taking over the former Pontiac Cafe space, Kahan said he and his business partner felt obligated to cater to the neighborhood or else face “a hipster revolt” in which he imagined “kids on fixed-gear bikes” chasing him down. Kahan also had a funny story about cooking for culinary legends Charlie Trotter, Gord0n Ramsey and two other world-renowned chefs.

Rob Miller and Nan Warsaw, Founders and Owners, Bloodshot Records

The Blacks, band

Rob Miller and Nan Warsaw are examples of two people who found a way to turn their passion into a living. They joked that, initially, they were DJs who started a label as way to get into shows for free. The label eventually turned into a success and family of sorts. And they’ve had the opportunity to represent, champion and mentor acts who are now big names, including Ryan Adams and Neko Case.

After the interview, a band on the label The Blacks performed. Named after bandmates Danny Black and Gina Black, The Blacks have an enjoyable blues/country/rock sound that’s made even more eclectic by Gina Black’s haunting, soulful Lucinda Williams-esque voice. Miller and Warsaw looked on the performance like two proud parents.

Also performing was Dominizuelan, a sketch comedy group with a funny, oh-too-real depiction of Wrigleyville girls. Host Mark Bazer was also really funny and guided the show with perfect cadence. I particularly enjoyed his letter to the man who stole his wife’s iPhone on the CTA. Funny stuff.

The Hideout Show and its smart, funny guests inspired me to want to exploit my own passions and start writing again. I hope to pick this up again when schedule permits. And vow not to use fuzzy iPhone images.

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One response to “Creative by proximity

  1. mmm, sounds awesome. i can’t believe i haven’t heard of it either. i’m sorry i missed out!

    ps. big star is redonk. let’s go immediately.

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