10 Years later – Remembering Gene Siskel

genesmiling-thumb-200x261 While scanning through the Sun-Times a few days ago, I had one of those “wow, time goes fast” moments.  It seems like just a few years ago that the much-admired Chicago movie critic Gene Siskel passed away.  But, as Roger Ebert‘s poignant article says, Siskel’s death was actually 10 years ago!  I always liked seeing Mr. Siskel on the television; he always exuded great intellect combined with a Buckingham-Fountain-sized heart.  It’s such a great tribute that the Gene Siskel Film Center serves as his biggest legacy.

Although cinema was Siskel’s biggest passion, he also was a big supporter of arts in Chicago.     Gene Siskel, R.I.P.

Roger Ebert’s entire article, “Remember Gene” can be read here.

Gene Siskel Film Center, located on State Street in Chicago's Loop.

top photo courtesy of Chicago Sun-Times.

Jumping on the Blago bandwagon

blago Second City (and its TV spin-off “Saturday Night Live“) has always capitalized on current events, but it’s amazing that Second City was able to create an entire show, songs and all, in just a few wekks..  This super-funny and super-successful troupe birthed the show “Rod Blagojevich Superstar” – and when the first skit’s opening with the lyrics are:

“Rod Blagojevich Superstar, are you as nuts as we think you are?”,

you know you’re in for an evening of knee-capping and wise-cracking fun, all courtesy of our state’s coo-coo ex-governor.   

Created by Ed Furman (book writer) and T.J. Shanoff (music/lyrics), …Superstar has immediately fostered some great reviews.   For info and tickets, click here.