Saturday, April 21, 2018

All Things BBC! – 4/21/18

This was a fun (and free) social event that celebrated everything BBC, honoring Doctor Who, Sherlock, Merlin, Top Gear, and any other favorite BBC show you cared to bring up. Thirty-three people attended this three hour event. (Twenty-nine in the photograph above.) 

So what I notices during this social event were a lot of Doctor Who fans, and some cosplay. You were not required to come in costume. I was very happy that a few did. I may not want to cosplay myself, however, I do enjoy when others do.

My bride and I were the first ones there, by intent. We arrived about 11:35 AM for a 12:30 social start. The Red Lion Pub, where this was held, opened at noon. Living in NW Indiana you can never really know how much time it will take you to get from home to anywhere in Chicago. If it were a simple day with no accidents and normal traffic backups, it would take us 45 minutes. Today we planned for more because of some foot racing along the lakefront, and it took us 75 minutes. Not too bad compared to say a Wednesday evening trying to get to Music Comedy Live in the same area that would take us 150 minutes (38 miles).

Not to fret. This social event was set at the right time on a Saturday afternoon. We were able to park our TARDIS (Kia Soul Makeover) in front of the British themed pub. This place was BEAUTIFUL! Ironically, being parked in front of The Red Lion Pub neither Christi or I photographed the front of this establishment with our professional cameras. (Christi did with her cell phone.)  So if others attending this social event did and would like to submit a photo or two for placement in this blog post (credit will be given), please feel free to message me at WesBushby[at] (I use the [at] instead of @ to keep the bots away, and it works.)

What we did photograph from the outside was The Biograph Theater sitting sort of kitty corner from The Red Lion Pub. This is where John Dillinger was shot by FBI agents in 1934. I only bring this up is because Dillinger escaped from the Crown Point Indiana jail, just a few miles from my house. Given that, the first couple photographs are of The Biograph Theater instead of The Red Lion Pub.

(Update: Christi reads my blogs! She sent me her cell phone photograph.)

The front room of the pub caught my eye first. The photographs and books that line the walls make you feel you are in Britain. You absorb that fantasy as you gaze around, easily pretending you were really there.

An upstairs loft with seating for ten people made the experience feel more like you were in the local pub of old. The woodwork pulled you into that experience. The view to the front room in one direction, the open back room in the other direction, made you feel something special about this pub.

The photograph above was taken of the upstairs, me kicked back on the sofa, and foot in the lower left of the photograph. I just thought I would call that out so that I am not made too much fun of for taking a photograph of my foot. It was intended, however the photograph is meant to show the space.

There was merch given away to help draw attendance to this event, along with props for photo ops. There were raffles, one for a $25 gift card to the Blue Box Cafe (which Christi and I still have yet to see), two movie tickets to the Davis Theater graciously given by Jake Lyons Realtor, and the grand prize being weekend passes for the Chicago TARDIS conventions 2018 Thanksgiving weekend. I do not recall who the winners were, or I would post.

The one item you received for being early came from Crumby Art Bakehouse & Cakery. The cookies were not only artistically decorated, as in the next photograph of my Dalek cookie, they are very very good tasting cookies as reported by Christi. I have not had the strength to eat my art piece yet . . .

Chicago TARDIS also handed out TARDIS pins, as you can see the the photograph below, near the lower right corner of my Dalek cookie. Oh, did I mention that one of my cars has the personalized plate of "DALEK"?

Besides bananas (as seen in the upper right of the next photograph), different loose teas could be bagged and taken home for later, or to make your cup of tea there should you so desire.

Christi and I ate and drank, enjoying the food, the atmosphere, the great service from Chris (not only for his service, the group photo too), and of course enjoyed this social event and the people who attended. A big thanks to The Red Lion Pub who let us use their establishment. A big thanks to Happy Fish Parties and Chicago TARDIS who hosted the event. A bigger thanks to Emma for doing all the work to get us together!

The Red Lion Pub
2446 North Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL

Happy Fish Parties

Chicago TARDIS

Blue Box Cafe
176 E Chicago St
Elgin, IL 60120

Crumby Art Bakery & Cakery
890 Elm Grove Rd
Elm Grove, WI

Jake Lyons Realty
2447 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

The Tomfoolery Fun Club — 4/15/18

Tomfoolery Fun Club is the happening scene around NW Indiana, supporting the Arts and specifically bringing comedy to the region. Tonight I had the pleasure of witnessing and photographing the event at the Hoosier Theatre located in downtown Whiting Indiana.

I have always said and written that NW Indiana is dripping in talent. The Arts are here. We just need someone, everyone, pulling it together. Tom Byelick and Michele Gonzalez Piskol have the passion that makes NW Indiana feel special, because they are special people. Tonight I spent time watching them. Not only were they the most excellent hosts you could have, there passion to orchestrate an evening like this drives deep with them. They will stop and talk to you at any time. They go out of their way to assist us in anything we want. They reach out to everywhere to give a NW Indiana venue to comedians. They support local business and local art which includes our musical talents like Nomad Planets.

Thank you Tom and Michelle for an enjoyable evening. Please keep up the good work. Promote comedy. Promote NW Indiana as the place to be once again. Promote our local Artists that are dripping in this talent. Please keep supporting comedy, as we will keep supporting you.

Here are some photographs from the evening, starting with the outside of this beautiful Hoosier Theatre in downtown Whiting Indiana.

I did not bring my wide angle lens to better show you the inside of this gorgeous theater first opened their doors in February of 1924. Inside the theater is ornate terracotta design throughout that give the venue a majestic feel when you walk in.

This theater was once the cross roads to Chicago, hosting entertainers like W.C. Fields, Amos & Andy, and the Three Stooges (why certainly whoop whoop whoop whoop). As you read their website you find that James Cagney sold war bonds outside the theater. As of recent, the theater shows first time movie runs, and of course, The Tomfoolery Fun Club.

My photographs do not do the theater justice. I did not bring my card to color balance. You will just have to go see a movie or another event at the theater for yourself!

The photograph above was taken from inside the theater, looking toward the opposite side of the street. The photograph below is one of the wall lights within the theater.

The lineup for tonight: Comedians Micky Housley, Manny Acosta, and Lindsay Lucido. Additional entertainment between the comedic shows included American Idol contestant Justin B. Ray, along with our local musician friends Nomad Planets. Link to all of them can be found at the end of this blog.

To get us started . . .

 Nomad Planets

Mark Mybeck – Lead Guitar / Vocal

Phil Rapchak – Bass

John Carpenter – Guitar

Terry Boylan – Drums


Tom Byelick

Michele Gonzalez Piskol

Comedian Lindsay Lucido

I liked all of the comedians tonight. Lindsay brought to the stage a shy doubting presence to her routine and pulled it off. I especially like her walking in the alley skit. (Oh good, I don't know him . . .)

Comedian Manny Acosta

Manny though being from Chicago, brought his ethnicity to his routine tonight. The story about taking a kid to lunch who ordered the Baconator® then proceeded to pull of all the bacon because he did not eat pork, "you are pork . . .". Okay, you had to be there, so why were you not?

Somewhere among all of this as I sat and watched, not taking photographs, was our Allstate agent Jorge Gutierrez on stage who debuted his comedic routine. Don't quit the insurance business George, we need you there . . . (kidding aside, Jeorge came across as a genuinely caring person. Please go check him out if you are in need).

American Idol Contestant Justin B. Ray

All I can say is that Justin and his siblings blew me away.





Comedian Micky Housley

Micky got is in trouble by playing us. His routine focused on the audience and their connections to the person sitting next to them. He had the audience blurting out delayed responses to earlier questions, which he shown pure talent working with that like an improv. Because he was so good, I failed to take better photographs of him. I sat and laughed instead.



The Tomfoolery Fun Club


Mickey Housley

Manny Acosta

Lindsay Lucido

Special Guests

Justin B. Ray

Nomad Planets

Show Sponsor

Allstate Insurance
Jorge Gutierrez Agency

Special Thanks To

Hoosier Theatre

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