//Ad libs

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Puppets plus Palo Alto: A perfect pair (please?)

Last November I went to Chicago for the first time and fell head over heels for the city. (It helped that there was some freakish weather pattern that resulted in four straight days of 60-degree weather.)

Deliver me from the faceless, too-new stucco buildings of California: Chicago's structures have history, character, and fascinating architecture. There were historic plaques everywhere I looked, along with lovely, non-earthquake-safe brick. And grinders. And tons of theater. And evenings cold enough for an honest-to-goodness European Christmas market. With sausages and sauerkraut. Can we have a market here?

The main thing I want to bring here, though, is Chicago's famous Puppet Bike. This enterprising artist rides around on a bicycle built for a mini-puppet theater. We found him on a corner near Millennium Park, entertaining the masses with wee animals grooving to music. Kids were dying to drop coins in front.

If we can't have architecture and outdoor sauerkraut, can we have mobile puppets cruising University Avenue? I would be so impressed if someone started this here.

By the way, I don't know why my video is so blurry. I am a writer but merely a fledgling cinematographer, my little chickadees.