By Kevin Guilfoile
Wednesday night (January 7) at 9 PM, the Discovery Channel debuts a new show, Personal Justice and the first episode is an account of the murder of Dr. David Cornbleet, which we have followed closely in this space over the last year and a half. (Scroll to bottom and read up for full recap of the Cornbleet story.)
Also today's New York Times Magazine includes a feature on Chicago's own Andrew Bird, whom we've also talked about in the past. Bird's upcoming album, Noble Beast, is expected by many to be his breakthrough record and in the article he seems to have a charming amount of midwestern angst about the attention large-scale success might bring. I've seen Chicagoans expressing similar sentiments over the last year whenever Barack Obama's election or the possibility of a Chicago Summer Olympics in 2016 comes up. For very different reasons, both politicians and artists in this city are often quite happy to go to work each day under a modest amount of scrutiny. On the other hand, I have great hope for a culture in which a guy as brilliant and quirky as Bird can become a rock star.
By the way, for those less familiar with Chicago indie music but more familiar with stuff kids watch on TV, Bird is better known all over the world to pre-schoolers like mine as "Dr. Stringz" from a popular episode of Jack's Big Music Show on Noggin:
In politics and art, we could all use a guy who knows how to fix stuff about now.