Well, I'm happy to say that CCLaP's big event last night with Nathan Rabin, head writer of the AV Club, managed to come off successfully, although admittedly it was an...um, intimate audience -- 25 people in attendance altogether, in a 150-seat theatre, much of that due to an eight-hour storm of freezing rain we experienced here in Chicago last evening, which kept a lot of people home who were originally planning on coming out. But still, I had a great time talking with Nathan, for about an hour altogether, about all kinds of issues; and of course I was glad to hear Ben Tanzer read his new story about bad movies as well. Don't forget, we recorded the entire 90-minute show, and it will be available as a free podcast download here in just another week or two, for those who weren't able to physically attend; and don't forget as well that our new friends at CAN-TV were in attendance last night too, and filmed the entire thing in order to show multiple times this winter on Chicago's public-access cable stations. After the show, then, I had the pleasure of being joined by local authors Tanzer, Mark Brand and Tom Henkey at a brewpub across the street, where Ben and I decided to go crazy and each order an eleven-dollar small-batch beer from local brewery Goose Island, half-stout and half-bourbon that is literally aged in oak barrels (and with the same kick as hard alcohol, too).
Anyway, my many thanks again to Rabin, Tanzer, Brand (who graciously acted as house manager last night, and took many of the photos you're seeing above), as well as my sound engineer Ki, Marcos and Luis at CAN-TV, and Brian and all the other hardworking staff at Stage 773, where the show was held. Like I said, I'll have the podcast version to share in just another week or two, and more photos at that time as well over at Flickr; but for now, given the long night and nasty weather I just went through, I'm off to go take it easy for the rest of the day!