Mouzam Makkar, actor and writer is considering a new career as a cheesemonger thanks to:

Mastering Cheese I love cheese. I’m of the opinion that you can add cheese to anything and it would only make it better. Well, maybe not to sushi but never say never! I realized, however, that I didn’t know anything about this ancient food so I picked up a copy of Mastering Cheese: Lessons for Connoisseurship From a Maître Fromager by Max McCalman. The author is a true connoisseur, and everything you would possibly want to know about cheese is covered in this book.

The way he describes the history of cheese, explains the science behind it, and details the nuances of the flavors and aromas in the different varieties all serve to instill a true appreciation of cheese in the reader. One of the best things the book has done is to encourage me to try a different cheese each week. My favorite so far: Midnight Moon, an aged goat’s milk cheese by Cypress Grove Chevre. Top a slice of Midnight Moon with fig preserves (you don’t need a cracker) and it will make your day!

Leland Meiners, T’bone bassist is feeling inspired by:

Project Onward When I get a day off I like to see what’s new at Project Onward in the Chicago Cultural Center. They offer studio space and a gallery for local artists with disabilities. The incredibly exciting work made by these artists makes me eager to go home and get into projects of my own.

On a recent visit, I really enjoyed the lettering on David Holt’s cardboard memorials of recently deceased celebrities and Chuckie Johnson’s meditative depictions of very specific moments in works such as He Is Looking at a Bit of Dust and Laughing. It’s fun to get to know some of the artists, and many will do work on commission if you are looking for a portrait, poster, or album cover.

Billy Helmkamp, co-owner of the Whistler is savoring the innovative sounds of:

Comfort Music Comfort Music is a weekly series of eclectic (and free) concerts held in a small historical building located in the heart of Logan Square. In the early 20th century, the Comfort Station functioned as a shelter for train riders, but it has since been repurposed as a music venue/art gallery. The name is both fitting and ironic; during brutally hot summer days the tiny outpost is anything but comfortable, but the small, idiosyncratic space is nonetheless inviting.

I love the immediacy to the shows there. Performers are encouraged to embrace the reverberant acoustics of the space and to play with little to no amplification. I also find their mission to be especially unique. Curators Jordan Martins and Dan Mohr (both Logan Square artists/musicians) highlight unexpected intersections of music and facilitate cross-pollination between musical communities, e.g. pairing a noise band with a classically trained solo pianist. Comfort Music runs from April through November.