"This is the insider's guide for anyone looking to make it in the Windy City arts scene. Whether your field is art, poetry, dance, comedy, film, theater, literature, opera, jazz, or rock n' roll, this hitchhiker's guide to Chicago's arts galaxy tells you where to go, who to talk to, and how to get gigs, showings, auditions, productions, openings and more." Also contains interviews.
In the summer of 1934, a baby goat fell off a truck and made its way into a tavern owned by Greek immigrant William Sianis, and an icon was born. Soon the Billy Goat Inn became a haven for police, politicians, reporters, and anyone else hungry for hospitality and the unique atmosphere "Billy Goat" Sianis had to offer. But did Billy really jinx the Cubs? When he and one of his goats were barred from entering Wrigley Field during the 1945 World Series, the Cubs' loss fueled a legend. Today there are seven Billy Goat Taverns, and within this volume you'll be sat down next to luminaries such as Mike Royko, John Belushi, Bill Murray, and Don Novello as you are reminded why the American Tavern is still the friendliest place in town.
A collection of short stories and itineraries on South-meets-Midwest cultural differences, strained familial and romantic relationships, catching up with old friends, dead rats tied together at the tail, and various things to do with vegetables, including shooting string beans at strangers through a straw, and searching for things like sunglasses, grits, and skunk-apes.