If you get a chance to see Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt…

If you get a chance to see Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt on their acoustic tour, grab it. Tour dates are here (http://www.lylelovett.com/#/tour_dates/). I was in Chapel Hill on Oct 27 for the show in Memorial Hall. It was terrific. Especially wonderful performances on My Baby Don’t Tolerate, If I Had a Boat, Thing Called Love and Drive South. First saw Lyle Lovett at The Cave in 1986. No one better in an acoustic show.

Cheers to David Simon

Just back from a conference session where David Simon http://davidsimon.com/ spoke.  He’s the writer behind The Wire and Treme. Treme’s final season begins in December. Will Antoine Batiste ever have cab fare?

Cheers to Kenny Powers

Amos Barshad (@AmosBarshad ) has a terrific piece on Grantland about the magic of Kenny Powers — and Jody Hill, the creator of Eastbound. Jack Hamilton (@jack_hamilton) in Slate has his own take on the series: “To borrow from its main character, Eastbound & Down has a mouth like a sailor, an arm like a damn rocket, and a mind like a fucking scientist. It’s also got the soul of a poet, and we’ll soon be much poorer without it.”

Best German restaurant in Chicago?

I have a trip to Chicago coming up. Chicago Brauhaus is on the itinerary. Good sauerbraten and good oom-pah band. Any other suggestions for good German food in Chicago?

Stay away from the herring

Incredible pork shank at Chicago Brauhaus, and Gody and the band were wonderful. Lots of dancing. Only negative – the herring. Stay away from the Bismark Herring dish. Cheers, John

“If You Build It” Documentary Film

Thanks to film producer Christine O’Malley for sharing news about her new film, If You Build It. Emily Pilloton’s story is inspiring designers and makers all over the world. Follow her work on Twitter via @ProjectHDesign.

The Maker Movement

My latest CNN column, Teach kids to make things, went live on Friday, Sept 20, as NY Maker Faire was kicking off. Thanks to Dale Dougherty of Maker Media, Jane Werner from the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum and staff from the Maker Education Initiative. Jeff Sturges in Detroit was kind enough to let me see the makerspace he’s created in the basement of a Detroit church. I met yesterday with Atlanta leaders interested in accelerating the maker movement here. Should be a fun ride. John

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