A: A hundred percent. But the truth is that Mike always conceived this as a character, because it seemed like it would free him up. And coincidentally, that's exactly the way I would have wanted it, for all the reasons that you're saying. I mean, the broad outlines of the story did happen, but it isn't a truthful enough story to have it be his real name. And it is associated with the show, so I wouldn't want it to be his real name, given how much the movie tinkers with the truth.
A: I have to run--I'm supposed to do MTV now, which is a sentence I never thought I would say.
Ira Glass will be at the Friday & Saturday screenings of "Sleepwalk with Me" at the Music Box. Go to http://www.musicboxtheatre.com.
Get a jump on the new TV season with a screening of the new NBC series "Revolution" 8 p.m. Thursday at Kerasotes Showplace Icon. Created by J.J. Abrams, the survivalist drama imagines a future where all technology (and electricity) has become incapacitated. Go to kerasotes.com.
The Siskel Film Center's fall discussion series will focus on American cinema of the 1950s, led by film scholar Fred Camper, who describes the era as expressing "both celebration and disillusionment toward such subjects as consumerism, popular culture, the American Dream, and even the American family. Deliberately differentiated from the new medium of television, Hollywood film style of the 1950s was uniquely rich in ways that were designed specifically for celluloid and do not translate well to video." Screenings begin Tuesday with Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil," followed by "The Searchers" (Sept. 11), "Kiss Me Deadly" (Sept. 18) and "Vertigo" (Sept. 25). Go to siskelfilmcenter.org.
Old episodes of "Studs' Place," the unscripted TV series set in a diner starring Chicago's own Studs Terkel, which ran from 1949 to 1951, will screen Wednesday at the Museum of Broadcast Communications. Found by Terkel's son while cleaning out the basement after his father's death, four episodes have been transferred to digital video, along with 1989 reunion of the cast. The Tribune's Rick Kogan will interview archivist Tom Weinberg about the show and Terkel's career. Go to museum.tv.√
If the fall TV season feels far off in the future, there's always the option of catching some of TV's more interesting character actors on film. Aubrey Plaza, the sullen intern April on NBC's "Parks & Recreation," stars in "Safety Not Guaranteed," a film that earned three stars from Tribune film critic Michael Phillips, who called it "sardonic like its heroine but, at heart, a sweetie, the fetching new comedy" about a magazine reporter who investigates a man who claims he can travel back in time. Go to siskelfilmcenter.org.