Links: Orland Park magic man delivers on Penn & Teller’s ‘Fool Us’

This gentleman reached out to me to let me know he was going to be on Penn and Teller: Fool Us on The CW, and then he shared his story with me. Pretty fascinating guy, and it was cool to watch his segment on TV. Happy I got to write about him. To check it out, click here. (Subscription) The intro… When it comes to what separates most magicians, Orland Park’s Glenn Morphew has a simple theory. “I think some guys are creators, and some guys are not,” he said. “The guys who are good creators are not performers.” But Morphew may be Continue reading

Links: An editorial with a Beatles tie

So, following up on that McCartney piece I shared the other day, I wrote an editorial to go along with it. My uncle was a longtime Beatles fanatic, used to co-host a radio show called “Breakfast with the Beatles” on WCKG. So I had an interesting connection/full circle sort of feeling when covering the Paul McCartney show. So, I unearthed the photo and wrote about the experience that week. Pretty happy with the way it turned out. You can check it out here (subscription). A little bit… “I never quite shared the same passion as him for The Beatles. I Continue reading

Links: Writer, photographer get personal about Paul [Live Music Review]

I’ve been meaning to share this for awhile but had some personal things going on around the time it ran. Still wanted to share it, so here it goes. Paul McCartney was in Tinley Park for two nights. He was awesome. His set was slightly different each night, and some other things happened. Our photographer was there a different night than I, so instead of the standard story, we put together this conversation about our experiences the two different nights. Also included setlists and a sidebar giving some local residents the chance to weigh in. I was really happy with the way Continue reading

Links: ‘Legend of the Sword’ offers little to like about an Arthurian reboot [Review]

So, I mostly hated this movie. “Charlie Hunnam has some great abs. “I say this not to simply grab attention, but because — no matter your sex, no matter your orientation — they might be the only thing worth appreciating about “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” In director Guy Ritchie’s vision of what makes men men, there is no doubt Hunnam is his ideal hero and that he has put in the work to play the role. “One might as well appreciate the results of that work, because beyond that “Legend of the Sword” takes everything worth loving about Continue reading

Links: Nidhogg 2 Review for 22nd Century Media

What I like about “Nidhogg 2” in a nutshell… “Everything about ‘Nidhogg 2′ — Messhof Games’ follow-up, reviewed on PS4 but also available on PC — sees only small tweaks to the formula that made its predecessor a success, but they are all for the better’ “The most notable is that the weapons list has expanded from a simple fencing sword to feature a heavy broadsword, a shorter knife, and a bow with arrows. They modify the strategies on both offense and defense, without losing the balance of the original game.” Full review by clicking here. I’ve been a bit Continue reading

Links: 22nd Century Media Solar Eclipse Editorial

“Mondays can be stressful times around our office. “It’s go-to-print day, and that means assistant editors are bouncing between papers, trying to clean up their stories, trimming calendars to fit our Page 2 space and walking the tightrope between which editors need their help most at any given moment. …” Editorial I wrote for the Sept. 1 edition of The Orland Park Prairie I was pretty happy with. About how everyone stopped at work to look at the eclipse. But it’s kind of about more than that, too, I think. You can read it by clicking here. (Subscription)