Sunday, January 22, 2006

Puppet Life




At 10:45 PM, Puppet Bike said...

Well here it is... A place where puppet people can communicate.

You know who you are.

308 Comments:

At 10:45 PM, Blogger Puppet Bike said...

Well here it is... A place where puppet people can communicate.

You know who you are.

 
At 10:10 AM, Blogger Jim&Nicki said...

Congratulations on the Puppet Bike web site--now we can get our "puppet fix" anytime!

 
At 11:49 PM, Blogger E said...

Haiku for puppets:


Near this lighted lane
Monkey dance delights my soul
Stirring parts unknown


Power to the Puppet People!

Keep on dancing and enchanting!!

 
At 7:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Small town tour? Pacific Northwest? Colorado?

Are the puppets leaving Chicago?

Say it ain't so.

 
At 4:23 PM, Blogger Puppet Bike said...

No.. no.. never...

Chicago is home of the puppet bike.
The one and only.
The original at the very least.

We're just in need of a break. (Not like this icy winter break) It's just a trip to get away from it all. Do a little camping and sightseeing of our own. We really want to bring the show to a few people who might otherwise never get a chance to see it. We're going to bring our little piece of Chicago out to the country and make a few people smile.

When we arrive in Colorado we hope to be able to find the little puppet show on a trailer that made everybody smile and inspired me to make the Puppet Bike.

All we have to do now is figure out everything.

Everything...

 
At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to see that the law got passed that banned performers on Michigan Avenue. I live in the area, and I always enjoyed coming out to Michigan & Pearson and catching you on the sidewalk. By the way, one of your puppets reminds me of Daniel Striped Tiger from Mr. Rogers' Neihborhood.

Take care.

-Phil

 
At 12:36 PM, Blogger Puppet Bike said...

Yeah... It is a bit of a let down, but I do understand the noise levels have gone out of control. I can understand the crowding issue to some extent. It was cited as the issue driving performers from Michigan Ave at Millennium Park, but if you look at the grass around the Crown fountain, it seems to be poor landscaping design along the western edge. We spent much of the summer in '04 there, but the head of park security insisted we leave.

We will forever miss our little spot on the corner of Michigan and Pearson. It's been our home for some time now, and we have some loyal friends who will notice our absence. We're just glad we had the opportunity to spend a summer at that location before it became totally unavailable. At least people will be able to say. Remember when?...

I remember taking the train downtown with my cousin when we were 12. I didn't have much money then with my $2 a week allowance, but I always had change for the performers. I could always sit and listen or watch them in the summer for as long as I wanted. To me, these people were Chicago and I would have been drawn to the Puppet Bike.

In the future it would be nice it they would enforce a noise level specific ordinance. I don't like noise either. I know it was a landslide vote, and I'm glad the people are getting the silence they fought for, but they are loosing a piece of the atmosphere that so many residents and visitors found most endearing. It was certainly not the haven for pick pockets as reported. I don't recall a single incident in our little world. Just a few laughs, some love, a little dance and tears.

It's a good thing we have wheels.

 
At 4:21 PM, Blogger Puppet Bike said...

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So that's what pops up when I log on today. And then I have to read more about the lottery curse and how it destroys peoples lives etc... I know taking possession of a huge sum of money may be a daunting task; nevertheless, I'm once again listening to people who don't know what to do with their money.

Worry no longer. Just send some my way. I have lots of brilliant ideas and no way to fund them. Anybody that want's the thrill and satisfaction of being involved in the development of new products, systems, and so much more. Just let me know.

There, now if somebody could just forward this message to the appropriate person or persons, I can begin relieving them of their problem cash right away.

Problem solved!

 
At 10:28 PM, Blogger Lubow said...

Hey, I just met Jason and Tom, because I live across the street from the Peter Jones Gallery. They seemed like kewl guys, so I came back inside and checked out the website. In the immortal words of Billy Ocean: SIMPLY AWESOME.

I can't wait to see the show!

Always,
J (lubonzo@yahoo.com)

 
At 9:26 PM, Blogger Puppet Bike said...

Well, ... we're out there on Michigan Avenue once again.

After starting north of the Chicago River we ended up moving south to one of our old haunts across from the Art Institute. What a great crowd! Look here or ask if you want to know where we "should" be anytime.

We will definitely show effort in giving both sides of the river equal time this year; however, It will be especially tough since we street performers are no longer allowed in the rezoned stretch of Michigan Avenue between Superior and Delaware.

All of the puppets are having a blast.... Even though they seriously miss their quaint little spot on Pearson Street.

We WILL return to the Taste of Chicago this year. We had a ton of fun there in '04 and hope to see some of the fans out there.

There's a lot of new things going on both inside and outside the box, and it will be fun to see where things go this year.

Hope to see you at the bike!

 
At 4:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm impressed with your site, very nice graphics!
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At 11:33 AM, Blogger Puppet Bike said...

All of us are impressed with the graphics as well!

The puppets really have a flair for the dramatic.

As far as our beautiful web site, it's all thanks to the contribution and efforts of some very special friends of the Puppet Bike. Superfans 2.0

They are in fact responsible for more than one peculiar animal web site!?!?

A link perhaps?

We have some great plans for the future of the puppet bike web site.

 
At 7:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We gotta hook up some time. I can drive you around town.

Toonces The Driving Cat

 
At 8:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm so glad to find out about the michigan ave. ban (though it sucks obviously). my man and i were out looking for puppet bike last weekend by the borders where i first found such puppet joy. now i'll know to head south to the art institute for a fix.

are the puppets on any sort of schedule? saturdays, sundays, morning, afternoon? i hear schedules are very important in the life of a healthy puppet.

 
At 10:05 AM, Blogger Puppet Bike said...

First of all... Toonces... That would be great... It's a rare treat for the puppets to get a ride in a motorized carriage, but where does a puppet want to go?
_________________________________________

And where will we be? North.. South?? Where!

Currently we are back NORTH of the river... You have to get those feet moving to keep up with us. We will probably be near Huron and Michigan for a few days before making another move. That's the way it goes these days...

Schedules ... ahh yes... They exist... But due to the nature of the show it's tricky to make it work ... there are more variables than you could imagine!

More puppets are making themselves available each day, so don't worry too much. The last year has been one for positive changes for many, and with that comes more puppet shows!

 
At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Visiting the great city of Chicago this weekend was made so much better when i came across the puppet bike. Im from the south and have never seen anything like this before. I was not only impressed with the creativity of the show but the great art done on the bike it self. Is there a link to the artist? Does he have a name?

 
At 4:25 PM, Blogger Puppet Bike said...

Tonee Garcia is responsible for the fantastic wave scene with the round fella and the puppets on the sticks as well as the sign itself that says "Puppet Theatre"... The rest of it ... for the most part belongs to me, and as ever it remains unfinished, but I like to get down time to time and do a little work on the paint.

I went to HS with Tonee, and he doesn't have a link, nor does he part with work he's done. Some additional pieces are available to view at the gallery from the show we did over the weekend.. It was great!

 
At 4:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My black note book has been gone for five days now. If you've seen it, you know you should call me.

Reward for ANY information. email or call.

At least let me know it's not in a dumpster somewhere!

you know who this is.

 
At 2:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We saw the WGN interview last week. awsome puppeting, great music, and a brillant painting of the round guy on the side. A much needed breath of fresh air in our fast-moving crazy city.

 
At 1:40 PM, Anonymous sararyllis said...

yay! you're back and i love you!

i was worried this year with the new ordinance and all, but it looks like i can put those fears to rest.

i saw you with that band "tuesday" today--way to be prepared!

i work on the avenue and look forward to seeing you all summer!

xox
saf

 
At 11:12 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

thank you for the whimsical puppetry! I just love it!

 
At 4:36 PM, Anonymous jamie said...

hi jay my space is jmc_gods@yahoo.com

 
At 3:22 PM, Blogger GatorGirlintheCity said...

I dedicated a blog posting to the Puppet Bike! See it here: http://gatorgirlinthecity.blogspot.com

 
At 3:55 PM, Blogger sophisticuffs said...

are you going to regularly keep up the blog? or is this just acting as a forum-type thing?

i really enjoy puppetbike and would love to read about the (mis)adventures...

 
At 10:50 PM, Anonymous John L said...

Hi puppet bike!! I am so glad I spyed your bike near the Goran Bregovic show and got a glimpse of your new paint job and your website advert. I missed you!! Now I know where to look! I love love love love your puppets and your unbelievably talented dancing moves. You make me cry every time I have seen you. I have to be torn away!! I always try to give you lots of money, sometimes all that's in my pocket. Your art can entertain and make everyone, every age, every race, gender, and class smile all over the entire f-ing globe. You do truly great work.

I noticed in your site you somehow got hooked up with EE, which is conincedental because I know about half of those folks. I hope to meet and/or be introduced to you and the puppets...or at the very least hopefully I will see a show this Summer before the weather turns chilly. Thanks so much--I really mean what I say, you are the best street performer ever--you broke my original favorite of a keyboard-playing guy who dressed and looked like Prince and sang "The Beautiful Ones" like Prince at my request...until last Summer he was my favorite street perfomer memory. I used to tape record street performers and I have tapes of a lot of amazing performers like classical guitarists and gypsies from Belgium and blues and jazz guys in Chicago, but your work is a different and more pure thing--it transcends all barriers--everyone stops and smiles--EVERYONE!!

Thanks!!

--John L.

 
At 12:45 PM, Blogger Puppet Bike said...

Hello! The site will be maintained and become more active.. The puppets all have their own story to tell and in time ... Who knows?

The puppets are having some computer problems this week, but we hope everything’s ok soon!

Many puppets were worn out doing shows at the Taste and we had a great time. We moved back north to the area around Huron and Michigan for a little break from the excitement we always seem to encounter south of the river.

NOTE: For the adult fans of the Puppet Bike and other worldly sophisticates... There's a major show coming up at the Peter Jones Gallery that we will be working. There are more surprises than you can imagine! That's on June 22nd and it should not be missed.

 
At 6:52 PM, Anonymous Sonya said...

I see the chocolate bunny is famous! (Do you have puppet kangaroos?)

 
At 8:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm impressed with your site, very nice graphics!
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At 3:47 PM, Blogger Puppet Bike said...

Hello!?

Anybody who would like to receive updates etc. should email me with their info.

This past week my phone was damaged and I can't access my phone book. So I really need your number.

Also state weather or not you'd like to be a member of the PBFCA (Puppet Bike Fan Club of America)
____________________________

It's been a hot and busy summer. We hope we can get out on a regular schedule very soon, but the heat is the one to beat.

We had a wild time at the Peter Jones Gallery being a part of the Devil at the Fair show las Saturday night, and tomorrow night (Friday, July 28) there will be a bit of a reprise. A bunch of Models will be photoed taking their turn though the FUN HOUSE starting at 7PM... We will all have a chance to do our thing, and enjoy a puppet show to boot!

Come on by if you want to see what we've been up to.

We can't survive without you.

The Puppets

 
At 11:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is directed to a sir chock kitty pirate.
upon visiting chicago today, me and two of my friends were delighted to find your puppet bike performing on a street corner.
we were entranced and uplifted by your performance and you almost brought amie to tears.
during your break, amie bummed you a cigarette, and we told you we wanted to hang out.
we weren't kidding.

endless love,
cat&amie

 
At 10:22 AM, Blogger Chock said...

Hello Cat & Amie,

That's a nice idea. Drop an email to puppetbike@aol.com and I'll get the information.

The other puppets will take care of the show.

It's a great big city. So much to do. I wouldn't mind hanging out where I can hear some music.

CHOCK
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On a serious note... Namy... Our beloved friend who lost his eye in a puppeting accident went missing (again) recently.

We think he might have made his escape the night we had a big party at the Peter Jones Gallery.

Hopefully he's doing well. If anybody has any information about Namy... Please let us know.

Puppet Bike

 
At 1:38 PM, Anonymous Steve said...

Glad to see you again on Michigan Avenue, although my job at the ADA building makes me wish you were back outside the Borders at Pearson. Perhaps you could take a trip up to Lincoln Square sometime?

 
At 2:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who came up with this? It's ingenius, conbining the appeal of puppets and bikes. Saw a QT movie on someone's blog site. It's so cute it made me cry. I gotta find out where you'll be next so I can make up for my misspent childhood.

 
At 10:35 PM, Blogger Miss A said...

Oh no! I didn't know you had to leave your corner! My daughters and I really love your show.

Pics of them enjoying it here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/alanawaters/86990876/in/set-1115577/

Best of luck to you. Perhaps you could come down to Pilsen for the Artwalk at the end of September. We'd love to have you.

 
At 4:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh man you guys! my intestines were cramping.. i was laughing so hard watching your puppets frolic across the stage :sigh: you made my chicago experience complete! props :)

 
At 1:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who the heck is Brian Jones?

 
At 12:21 PM, Blogger GatorGirlintheCity said...

Hi! I got approached to write for a new online magazine called Jargon Chicago. I guess they liked what they read in my blog gatorgirlinthecity.blogspot.com

For my first feature, I am going to share my love of the Puppet Bike as my favorite street performer in Chicago. Are you going to be out and about this week? Would love to come by and get some pics!

 
At 5:12 PM, Blogger Puppet Bike said...

To Gator Girl... and Those who wish to know...

On Tuesday we're usually out early and doing a show at the farmers market outside of the MCA. This is a great place to check out a show in a beautiful setting with a few locals and some new fans too. Everybody enjoys doing the shows over there; however, the majority of the time we're at or near the corner of Huron and Michigan.

It's a very interesting place to perform, and we put on a show for a lot of people that really enjoy it! It's usually quite fast paced compared to our old spot outside of Borders. It's interesting how the ban on street performers to the North has condensed 'the community' into a couple of blocks starting just south of Superior. It's kind of strange as it's created a more pronounced corridor of street performers (On a good day you can catch a puppet show, have your palm read, enjoy the unique moves of the 'Tin Man' get a superior balloon twist creation from 'Balloon Man,' have your portrait drawn with absolute artistry, and help out somebody who's sign might read 'I'm Just Hungry.' I wonder how these businesses and residents in this strip of the mile will respond to the undeniable presence? I can only wonder and speculate. I just hope the past isn't any indication...

Anyhow...

Outside of having a genuine problem with one very territorial and very upset pan handler that will come after and scare any of the puppeteers that set up our show on 'his block'... Outside of that. It's a great spot... Very quiet at times, and no horses ... no books, no chocolate, and no Water Tower ... but still a great spot. We do have access to great coffee, popcorn and a host of other fine services... The mall is an amazing piece of engineering.

In the end I just hope the street performers are still allowed to perform on the street... Like it says on their license.

And thanks again for all the nice words Gator Girl. I have enjoyed much of what you have written previously. It's a nice mix. keep it up!

 
At 10:58 PM, Anonymous Julie said...

I saw the show for the first time last night and LOVED it! The best combination was the monkee with the grey kitty! I took lots of pics. Thanks to the puppets for posing with me!

Julie

 
At 6:38 PM, Blogger Puppet Bike said...

Today the weather was perfect.

The afternoon crowds loved the show.

Except for one guy who had pizza pie that eventually ended up in new squirrel's left eye.

Long story short, the police showed up with support and the puppets shut down for the rest of the day... Shaken, and unable to eat the pizza that landed in the box.

Look for us at Huron, but we may move to the South side of Superior.

-By the way... It was the first day for the new squirrel... And he's magnificent... The former squirrel aka Squirrely will be properly retired at the end of season party along with Monkee, and maybe a few others.

The only reason some of the puppets are performing well into retirement... Besides being dedicated performers, is the difficulty in finding their replacements as they are no longer made.

Be good to one another.

 
At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! A Chicago police officer today told Puppet Bike to move south of the river due to an amplified music ordinance.

This recent ordinance stated that licensed street performers using amplified music should stay south of Superior St. So, suddenly this ordinance has been changed to include Michiagan Avenue anywhere north of the river...


Thanks guys...now you can go back to your donuts and ley the unmedicated panhandlers harass and frighten the kids, tourists and everybody else who walks down Michigan Avenue.

Better that everyone should be scared than have a pleasant smile and fond memories to take back home.

Nice job!

 
At 6:37 PM, Blogger Puppet Bike said...

Hey guy's it's true. I just got the message myself, and I came on to give you the low down. I wasn't out at the bike myself, but one of the puppeteers was indeed asked to move the bike south of the river, and in the officers defense, he was only following his direct orders when asking us to leave.

We have had a number of very visible confrontations with one particular pan handler since the first week we moved onto this strip of the mile. I'm sure there was pressure to diffuse the situation and what could be easier than to ask us to move. We have always complied with the well respected rules of street performing and each of the performers are required to carry their own license.

The aspect of the situation I find most troubling is that in all of the other locations along the mile including our old favorite spot in front of the Borders book store is that we lived symbiotically with our friends on the street and were appreciated as a great boost to the mood and atmosphere. We would often tip each other for a smile or a laugh. Just last week our friend Brian gave most of the money he made away to a few excited pan handlers (shouldn't they be called cup holders?) and for whatever reason also bought and gave away the better half of a pack of Newport's to the street folk and a few applicative smokers. I don't personally smoke ciggs as I don't like the smell and want to live a long cancer free life, but if I did... That would have been greatly appreciated!!

Anyhow, we're really sad we have to move. It's a lot more tough than people realize for any single puppeteer to have the endurance to puppet up a decent wage. Imagine puppeting for several hours a day several days a week? The strain is tremendous! Nobody is standing still in the box and it's a huge workout... Which is great for your health, and what it does for ones psyche borders on mystical, but in the end you're just beat with exhaustion and puppets need their rest!

Here I go on a rant again. I'll try and bring it to a close for now and listen to what you have to say about the whole situation. Until then, I hope we can eek out and existence south of the river through the fall, and we're very sorry to those of you to the north who have come to depend on us.

The south end of the mile could use us I guess. It will be fun, and hopefully we'll be able to keep regular hours and I can continue to provide a real living to my puppet friends.

Chock told me on the phone just a little while ago... "Oh Man!?! I'm gonna hafta go out and get another job!"

I hope it doesn't come to that. We should be ok so long as they don't suddenly start to enforce rules that nobody's previously heard of or cared about.

The police let us know there were 'turf problems' in the area a few weeks ago. I just laughed. I though they were joking.

...Maybe they were not!

If it's not against ordinance, I'll swing the bike north now and then and put on a few free shows.

We will be doing the show all day every day at the opening of the Chicago Historical Museum at the end of the month (ironic me thinks) and we will also be riding and showing the following weekend for the Ravenswood Art walk to support the local artist community in this area that has strong Puppet Bike history. We hope to see you there!

If nothing else, we will still put on our shows and host our "A Night with the Puppets" parties, and maybe do some private shows for those of you who ask for them from time to time... Puppets need work!

Peace

 
At 8:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason,

Can't believe the bike has been banned.

Don't some citys have a zoned areas that are specifically used for street performers?

I think that the city should be able to designate specific areas where street performers are not only welcome, but where people interested in similar dying arts can visit with some certainty that they will find something unique and entertaining.

How this could be implemented exactly, I don't know maybe it can be a simple brass pole or a black and white barber pole but street performers will know that as long as you are within 35 feet of the pole you are welcome to execute your craft.

The best thing about it is that areas can be carefully suggested and placed in unique aread where the sound is held captive and businesses won't be affected. Add that the location can be altered at any time by authorities. Some businesses could even request a "S.P. marker" near their business. Maybe this would even open areas near Millenium Park or Navy Pier, or Buckingham fountain, once again. Perhaps even near Water Tower, the orginal location of the Puppet bike.

It's a sorry shame and there has to be a way ammount to combat what amounts to an attack on expression.

One other idea I have is this. It's pricey but I have been looking into mechanical music boxes. They are hard to find but they exist. They aren't amplified at all and some are even programable so they could play just about any combination of real instruments. If you had one of these, you could essentially have carte blanche on the entire city and it would make the sounds and sight of the puppet bike even more unique. Perhaps this is the natural evolution of the PB!
Hope you find an answer soon.

~Eric

 
At 8:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the puppetbike with a nonamplified magical music box? U guys make that happen and ill do a dollar dance everytime i walk by u!

 
At 10:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first encounter with the Puppet Bike was on a day I was feeling quite down. Your performance and performers put an instant smile on my face. You are doing God's work.

 
At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just in Chicago...I love Puppet Bike. Watching the little puppets dance made my evening and I wasn't even drunk. Keep up the happy work you do.

 
At 7:11 PM, Blogger Puppet Bike said...

I just got a call from a puppeteer that the Puppet Bike is missing.

I have to go out and try to find it.

 
At 11:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please tell us you found it. -Sarah

 
At 5:37 PM, Blogger Puppet Bike said...

Found and a-ok. The only thing lost was some senseability.

That was a big scare.

 
At 12:00 PM, Anonymous Marga said...

I work in near the MCA, and I had always seen a quiet and closed Puppet Bike. But today on a walk during my break I finally got lucky and saw Puppet Bike in action!!! It was absolutely adorable. I loved seeing the puppets dancing to "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens". Puppet shows are so cool, and I had sentimental flashbacks to when my sister and brother and I put on a couple of puppet shows at the public library in Iowa City, IA when were were teenagers (our puppets danced to "I Get Around" by the Beach Boys).

I went to puppetbike.com as soon as I could (shhh... don't tell my boss), and I was thrilled to see that a couple of your puppets are doppelgangers of the puppets my sister and brother had (still have!). Monkee is the same as my sister's "Meg" and I think "Lefty" is the same as my brother's "Tigger". Alas, I did not see a photo of a bear puppet, which would be like my "Charlie" bear. Still, I was happy...

Anyway, sorry this is so long, but seeing Puppet Bike made my day today. And I hope PB never gets lost again. Long live Puppet Bike!!!

 
At 9:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in town last week for work as I strolled along MI Ave I came across the puppet bike on the corner in front of the Art Institute. I totally made my night. I laughed as I enjoyed the dances of the puppets. I took some photos and gave some money...I really appreciate the entertainment and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thanks for making my night! Keep on dancing...

 
At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yipee, my daughter found you yesterday at the market by MCA. I'm so happy. I love you!

 
At 11:46 PM, Anonymous Cathy said...

My friends and I saw you at ArtWalkRavenswood today, and I was instantly reminded of seeing you on Borders way back when! But this time you had a website and so I had to see it! Profiles of each puppet! What could be better? (Possibly seeing the puppets in action but not much else)

Now the question I have for you is, who sings the 'sweet thing' song? I must know, for it is stuck in my head and I am seeing kitties dancing away to it...

-Cathy

 
At 5:54 PM, Blogger Puppet Bike said...

Hello Hello..

Just checking in. I've been away for a bit. Thanks for all the kind emails. Feel free to email directly for information about the show or it's availability for private functions, and we have been doing one great show after another. We'll be back down near the Art Institute this weekend, and we hope to see some fans out in the cold!... There will be some new things coming to the bike soon and we can't wait to share!

In case your wondering.. We will continue to puppet well into the worst cold and snow of January. Then If we can swing it we'll bring the show south for the winter. That would be a fantastic way to start the year.

 
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At 10:54 PM, Anonymous puplust5000 said...

I don't know who's maneuvering inside that 2'x2' box, but let me say that seeing Puppet Bike for the first time made me hot.

Who are these dexterous devils behind the scenes?

 
At 2:17 PM, Anonymous Shari said...

Hello Puppet Bike,

We LOVED your show on Randolph/Michigan today (10/22). My little daughter and I were the ones blowing you kisses, and waving to you. (There are probably many like us - but maybe you remember us). When, exactly, are you by the Art Institute - days/times? We would LOVE to come see you again, and we live in the area. Thank you.

 
At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you've been hanging around Michigan and Randolph lately. I'd been really depressed since moving to Chicago in July, but seeing your puppets and hearing your music makes me forget how much I miss my family, even if only for a few minutes. So I thought I'd repay you with some cupcakes.
Heart, Michelle. 10/27
PS. Hope you enjoyed the cupcakes.:)

 
At 11:07 PM, Blogger vjvelo said...

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At 11:16 PM, Blogger VJVELO said...

thank you for the kisses and the cupcakes!!!!!
yay!!!!!!!
lets dance!!

 
At 8:59 PM, Blogger Maggie said...

Hooray for Puppet Bike! I was so happy to see you after work yesterday at Randolph/Michigan. My husband met me on the corner and I ran up to him and yelled "PUPPETS!" and he knew exactly what I was talking about. We love you!

 
At 11:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

pupptetbike-
i saw you last night on the corner of michigan and randolph. I LOVED SEEING YOU PERFORM!! is this your corner now? will you be there through christmas? i can't wait to see the show again. thanks for being out there for us.

 
At 10:06 AM, Blogger wildkat said...

HEY PUPPET BIKE! I WAS IN CHICAGO FOR THE FIRST TIME ON VACATION AND I LOVED THE PUPPET BIKE!!!!! IT WAS THE CUTEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN. I LIVE IN MORGANTOWN, WV AND I'VE NEVER SEEN STREET PREFORMERS. I SAW SO MANY IN CHICAGO, BUT YOURS WAS THE BEST!!!! I STOPED BY 4 TIMES TO WATCH, I JUST COULDN'T GET ENOUGH! WELL THANK YOU FOR MAKING MY BIG CITY TRIP SO AWESOME, I GAVE YOU A GOOD TIP FOR IT, SINCE I KNOW THE RENT WAS DUE, LOL!

 
At 12:00 PM, Anonymous ChiefCoyote said...

Hi Clover and Chock! I didn't know you even existed until I saw you about 3 weeks ago. Now every night when I walk by Randolph and Michigan I look to see if you are there. I'm sorry I have been calling you Mr. Bunny and Mr. Cat because I didn't know your correct name. I can't wait until I see you again. You make me smile all the way home to Indiana!

 
At 12:20 PM, Blogger rocio said...

Miss seeing the puppet bike. Please come to NY or CT so I can can my fix of Squirrelly. He's such a cutie, or is he a she....

 
At 1:22 PM, Blogger Jeff Vande Zande said...

We were just in Chicago visiting from Michigan on Nov. 11. The puppet bike was the highlight of our trip, and we plan to come back and catch you all -- with our kids this time. Whoever was in the puppet bike might remember us. We were the couple that came back three times -- and paid every time! What a great idea. You made us smile and laugh.

Best,

Jeff Vande Zande
www.jeffvandezande.com

 
At 12:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw it again last night and couldn't stop myself from grinning and laughing. Those disco ball lights at night just make it even more priceless.
You're a true gift to this city!
- Meghan J.
P.S. Thanks :)

 
At 12:08 AM, Anonymous Meghan said...

Saw it again last night and couldn't stop myself from grinning and laughing. Those disco ball lights at night just make it even more priceless.
You're a true gift to this city!
- Meghan J.
P.S. Thanks :)

 
At 9:53 PM, Blogger Hans said...

What a phenomenal production! Today was my first exposure to puppet bike and it certainly will not be the last! This afternoon I was leading a group of college students on a tour through the museums and galleries in the neighborhood. We stopped to watch the performance and the group all wanted to spend the afternoon there! Without question my group liked your work much better than that of Nan Golden, Sally Mann and Nick Nixon combined! Keep up the good work.

Hans

 
At 4:11 PM, Blogger Puppet Bike said...

Hello all,

The Puppet Bike has just been featured in this weeks 'Time Out Chicago [TOC] magazine! You can find the jokingly fun piece by Laura House on page 5. The well written article covers a lot of Puppet Bike related knowledge while giving the readers a good idea of what seeing a show might be like and some q&a from a puppeteers perspective. You can't miss this weeks issue. It's cover features a flaming background with Kyle and Jack of Tenacious D muggin' for a D-licious cover! If nothing else you can have a good laugh at their captioning... Har de har har har.

The best thing of all... And this is in no way a discredit to the hard work of Laura, Leah, Nicole and all the others at TOC... The very best thing for me was seeing that the humble Puppet Bike was able to share the same page with Amy Sedaris! I collect and look out for very few things, and her work is something of questionable value that I do value and that's why I collect it. The wisdom she brings to the world is absolutely without value.

Moving on... The puppet bike has made roots and thankfully made peace south of the river on Michigan Ave. And as we know all too well... That's a very good thing! All of the puppets are in high spirits and are performing most days at Randolph St. and Michigan Ave. If you don't see us any particular time, it's likely because all the puppets are worn out from the demanding holiday season. Or we've changed locations.

A lot of you have been asking WHEN! WHEN! WHEN!, but our annual 'Night with the Puppets' party has yet to nail down a date; nevertheless, we promise it will be great... Extra special even! Be patient!

Spread the love this holiday season, and be understanding of others. Don't just pretend too.

Now go see a show at the Puppet Bike! What are you waiting for!

 
At 7:12 PM, Blogger Puppet Bike said...

Well, here it is. It was about this very time. The Saturday evening after Thanksgiving at 6:30 PM just four years ago that the Puppet Bike did it's first performance. We were near the Water Tower in a basic red and beige box.

The first shift in the box was my own and I lasted for about 35 and my hands and arms could really feel the burn. My performance was a lot like what you see in the video on our web site... Only less polished. While the shows now days have become even MORE polished. With all the different puppeteers using in their own style with each song, and the ever changing selection of puppets we have become quite popular with some regulars that just come to enjoy a show or two before disappearing... Until their next break perhaps?

If anybody ever runs across some very old pictures of the bike, or has some old memories of seeing it the 1st time. Please feel free to let me know.

We were going to head back over by the 'Water Tower' for an anniversary show, but we didn't want no trouble. ... Another time ... the show ... not the trouble.

 
At 12:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The puppet show you had on Michigan and Randolph on Nov 25th really made my day, because I was heading to work that Saturday, and I was depressed as I was heading to work. However, after I watched the show, it cheered me up for the rest of the day.
The puppets were fun and the music was so good. I wish I knew the music you played because it was really enjoyable to listen to.

Jim B

 
At 9:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I seen you recently on Michigan Avenue. I am an amateur photographer and took about 100 pictures of you during a show that you were performing. I would like to send them to you and you may use them anyway you like. Do you have a place that I may be able to send them too. I would email them but they are way too big to email.

Your show is extremely entertaining and we really enjoyed ourselves while there for about 30 minutes.

Thanks again for your entertainment……One last question, do you guys still entertain during the winter months or are you only available during certain times, also do you do private shows. I may want to hire your services for a private show for some less fortunate children this holiday season.

Thanks in advance

The Preston Family
Steven, Lisa, and Cheyenne
847-417-9529

 
At 10:10 PM, Anonymous John B said...

You made my son's day when he saw you at State and Randolph this afternoon, and as a result mine too. The whole way home he talked about the Penguin puppet and the two kittens. Is there any schedule of where you are going to be?

John B

 
At 9:45 PM, Anonymous Stephanie said...

Just saw puppet bike for the first time. Not sure who loved it more -- me or my three year old. We couldn't get enough. 'Magical' seem like best way to describe it. By far the best street show i've ever seen.

 
At 2:55 PM, Blogger lilbitMcD said...

Thank you PuppetBike Inventor! You have made my day . . . many times. It's great to run into a puppet show on the streets of Chicago.

 
At 9:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the Puppet Bike people. I saw you perform outside Macy's on December 15 and you guy's were great. Rock on and keep it alive.

 
At 12:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

from puppetbike people: glad you enjoyed the show if were not rockin there were on michigan till end of january.
chock
attn. cat are you out there

 
At 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, just wanted to say, we really enjoyed your show last night outside of Macy's. The kids were enthralled! The puppet bike is ingenious,happy, and fun. Pure entertainment. We loved it. Thanks, and happy holidays!

 
At 7:27 PM, Blogger Marino33 said...

Several months ago, my girlfriend and I saw you performed at a street corner on Michigan Avenue for the very first time and we got hooked!

We particularly love the one-eye kitten and Clover.

We really enjoy your shows and look forward to seeing them again in the future.

 
At 1:13 PM, Blogger Puppet Bike said...

Well, Here it is... The end of the year... We have been having a wild time keeping the Puppet Bike operating these past few weeks. We've experienced unseasonable warmth, bitter cold and days of rain, on top of a host of other difficulties and a couple of flat tires, but we still managed to perform more hours curbside than the previous year and that means more happy people out on the street. So all things considered, we've had a really great end to the year.

It's been a little while sine I've chimed in on what's happening with the Puppet Bike, but that's only because it's such a busy time of year. Keep an eye on the website for updates and information about upcoming events etc. And a special thanks to Jim and Nikki (our webmasters) who have done such an excellent job of making the site what it is today and each day. We have also had a number of puppets gifted to us this past year so thanks to Yvette, John, Kathy, Eric, Sarah, Fred, Chrissy, and Jeff... Who else!? Tonee! Thank you to Peter Jones for continuing to do that thing you do.
___________________________________________

If you haven't heard, the end of season party 'A Night With the Puppets' is Scheduled for the 10th of February which is the second Saturday of the month.

As we have done for previous Puppet Bike functions at the Peter Jones Gallery, we will open the doors to our younger guests at 4pm and we will have puppet shows, music, theater, as well as some arts and crafts. It's also an opportunity to meet some of the puppeteers and ask questions about life inside the box! If you want, you will also be invited to take a peek inside the box to see how it all works!

Starting about 7PM we will be switching gears and inviting our more mature fans... Yes, .. mature people who happen to enjoy an occasional puppet show... Yes, our mature fans are invited to come join us for the rest of the evening and into the night. Entertainment options throughout the gallery and throughout the night with live musical performances, performance art, PUPPETS, ...A lot will be going on.

While some acts have yet to be considered, booked, communicated with or contacted you can look forward to seeing such acts as...

Alan Emerson Hicks /Sculptor / Art Illusionist
(Creator of temporal sculpture; Destroyer of video tape)

Christopher Wonder / Magician and Beyond

Environmental Encroachment / Music
Eleffant Foot / Theater

Lord of the Yum Yum / performance

Dave and his Kitty Moon Cabaret Jazz Band / Music

What's this about "Puppet Bike-The Musical - The Death of Street Art - Chicago Style" ??? Come find out.

More music, more fun, art and more.

Do you have something you can do? Just let me know by email.

I'll leave it at that for now as far as party info. It will be a great time as usual, and to help keep the riff raff out we will be requesting a modest donation at the door. We will have a lot of food, snacks and beverages on hand, but always feel free to donate something for the cooler. We really wouldn't mind.

Those dressed as an animal will be given instant access.
______________________________________________

The year coming up is bound to be full of surprises. Lately there have been so many request for shows at various functions that I haven't been able to answer all the emails yet! So this year we definitely have to get ourselves road worthy and that means a trailer... But that also means a lot of other responsibilities, so one thing at a time. Getting the trailer will also put us one step closer to taking that road trip with the Puppet Bike we've been wanting to do, but there are a few logistical and financial considerations that must be put to rest before we can move forward with any of that.

What we really need to do is repair the problems the Puppet Bike already has.. Currently the middle sprocket is busted and we can't move anywhere outside our current zone... The end of season repair and upgrade list is ... substantial.

Other things on my list of things I would like to do this year...

Make Studio recording made of our "Hey Hey Kitty" song.

Produce our wares and sell them.

Peng Peng? Are you out there?

Return the Golden Gear

Move on to the next exciting and successful project with my brother

Well, ... there's a lot I'd like to do... That's enough for today.

Finish the current bike and ... then...
___________________________________________________

Recently we were filmed as part of a scene for an upcoming movie. It's an Indie Feature Film titled 'Actually Adieu My Love' and it's being by 2006 Moondance international film festival Foreign Award winner Minji Kang.
_________________________________________________

Puppet Bike Art for sale on eBay!! Be Savvy!

Check it out! You could own this wonderful painting of mine for only one penny.

eBay: Chicago Puppet Bike - Original Art Painting 'WINTER' (item 320066387475 end time Jan-07-07 20:24:15 PST)


__________________________________________

http://www.puppetbike.com/

 
At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to tell you how much my two boys enjoyed your show this past weekend. It definitely made this trip their most memorable ever. We look forward to seeing you on our next trip to Chicago.

 
At 5:18 PM, Blogger Kristen said...

Our family went to Chicago this past weekend, and came across the Puppet Bike for the first time! We loved your show outside of Macy's! I hope you'll consider Grand Rapids, MI as one of your future tour stops. Stopping by the Puppet Bike was the highlight of our trip!

--Kristen

 
At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE PUPPET BIKE! Please come to San Francisco :)

-Pauline

 
At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Angela said...

I adore Puppet Bike~MUAH
Caught you downtown last summer and thought you were amazing!
thanks for being there, keep it up!~*~ Can't wait to see you again ~*~
Angela

http://www.myspace.com/chinarellazia

 
At 1:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the puppet bike. Saw on 12/29. What is name/artist of son that talks about "just us chickens"?

Puppets want to visit Alaska?

 
At 9:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you guys are the coolist nerds i have ever saw
keep rocking
best nerd bombs

 
At 7:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NSU - 4efer, 5210 - rulez

 
At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Mad ALyice said...

Puppet Bike ... I LOVE YOU!!
The End of Season party was the BEST!!!

I have a Wizard puppet his name is Sim Sala Bim and he is almost 50 yrs old but he still has it! ..can We come and play??

I really wanna know
"WHAT'S IN THE BOX???"

Love,
Mad ALyiCe

 
At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Mad Alyice said...

I want to be a member of the PBFCA (Puppet Bike Fan Club of America)..

How do I join??

- Mad ALyiCe

 
At 10:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Puppet Bike is awesome.
My mom and I went last night.
I wanted to stay and watch for a long time, but we had to leave after a bit.

 
At 8:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You rock!! Including your puppets! I really enjoyed your show, it was very funny! from Holden.

I liked your funny dances with the puppets. My favorite one was the cat. from Jackson.

The above message is from my nephews age 6 and 8. Ask them what they remember about their weekend in Chicago and they say, ice skating in Grant Park and your puppet bike. This is after the St.Paddys parade, Sue, Wrigley Field, the subway, & Millineum park. Pretty impressive. Amazing show btw.

 
At 12:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was having a bit of a blah day..then I saw the puppets...thanks, I needed a pick-me-up...

 
At 1:27 AM, Blogger smussyolay said...

wow! i loave the puppet bike! so good. i sat there for 30 minutes at randolph and michigan today until the puppet bike closed. the puppets were SO CUTE!

yes, one of them DID look a ton like daniel striped tiger!

they were so cute and the music was amazing and then part of the fun was watching people walk by and smile and smirk and grin and such.

what a wonderful random act of kindness. what a wonderful thing. i was so taken. great. thank you.

i will email you -- i'd like to interview you for chicagoist. but mostly, i just wanted to say thanks for such a wonderful thing. sharing happiness through music and puppets. CUTE!

 
At 2:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's my favorite thing in all of Chicago. Stay right there on Randolph and Michigan where I can enjoy you every day. You'll get a dollar every time I see you - and that's been adding up over the couple of years you've been there.
PUPPET POWER!!

 
At 9:49 PM, Blogger Super Changuito said...

Hi puppet bike! My parents visited recently and you were one of the first sights that I took them to! Rock on puppet friends!
-Mark Jordan
PS visit my changuito blogger site some time! I am the world's only typing monkey and I write stories!

 
At 9:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh, what joy to leave after a long day of work and find you on the street! I always stop to listen/watch and you make me laugh. I hope this becomes part of my daily routine. I have only seen you a few times on randolph and michigan.

my question is would it be ok if I record next time I see you? Last time, I had my camera with me, but wanst sure how you would feel about it...I would gladly share the video!
Thanks for the laughs and smiles :)
GC

 
At 5:31 PM, Blogger chock said...

chock the pirate puppeteer says go right ahead and video,film,dance,havefun anytime u want we appreciate your support. as well as the support of everybody who enjoys the puppetbike.i would actually love to see your recording of my act.i was inside the box that day we plan on staying in this area,but a set schedule were we will be performing may be posted in the future.thank you gc se ya later
the puppetbike

 
At 7:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey I came out to see you today at Michigan + Randolph (I'm one of the crazy four college girls who were taking pictures and laughing like crazy). My sister LOVES you and we walked all the way from Michigan + Chicago to see you.
Thanks for announcing your location on the website so we won't have to guess where you are anymore!
You're HILARIOUS

 
At 6:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember you guys! Your enthusiam really made my day! Hope your pictures turned out good. I'll be on or near Michigan and Randolph when the weather not too bad. Hope to see you guys again.

 
At 3:19 PM, Blogger jenabean said...

I heart the puppet bike. You always cheer me up when I'm feeling down.

I try to wait until other people are around before I pull out my dollars to tip because I think you deserve a million! I'm in grad school and can only afford one each trip.

Puppets make me happy! Keep on dancing!

 
At 11:02 PM, Blogger Erica said...

I watched the kitties dance today and it made me so happy I almost cried. I even went back an hour later for more. I think the Puppet Bike is the best thing in Chicago. Thank you.

 
At 5:01 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

We came across the Puppet Bike for the first time this morning, at Michigan and Randolph. We had two young boys (one in a back carrier) who thought it was fun to drop the money on the head of a puppet when he went into the donation box. Perhaps you will remember, or perhaps there are so many enthusiastic children who throw money at you that you can't keep them straight (I hope this is the case!).

But anyway, I just wanted to say that we were truly moved by the entire enteprise. The puppets are just like the adorable but mangy puppets my husband has from his youth (he's got an owl and a penguin), and we've never put them to as good a use as you have. They got us dancing and laughing and feeling better than we had all morning (we were all hungry and grumpy, I'm afraid). What a lovely idea.

I hope we'll see you again (and again).

 
At 10:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for being the highlight of our weekend - you totally tickled our funny bones and made us smile and dance! We (a dozen 35 yr old gals from Minnesota) LOVED the Puppet Bike. We even went and got other friends to bring them back to see the fun. They thought we were crazy... until they saw the magic and they too now love the Puppet Bike. Thanks for all the cheer!

 
At 12:13 PM, Anonymous Sherri said...

I saw you on Sunday morning and was mesmerized. I watched the show for quite some time, and I was laughing my head off! I loved it, and can't wait to come back to Chicago and look for you. Thank you for brightening my day!!!

Sherri from Michigan

 
At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for putting on such a delightful show. My husband and I came back 3 or 4 times to watch, take pictures, and laugh out loud. We tried to strategically time our donations to coincide with a large audience in the hopes of encouraging a group response! Hope that worked out.

 
At 5:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife and I live on the corner of Michigan and Randolph and love to stop and check out a show from time to time. I especially like it when I'm walking back from work, it's a great de-stresser from a long day...keep up the great work.

 
At 8:59 AM, Anonymous yvette said...

I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT!! it's the cutest thing I've ever seen in my life....I could stand and watch the puppets for HOURS!!! Me and my kids are HUGE FANS!!

 
At 6:36 AM, Anonymous kvahle said...

Thank you, Puppet Bike!! You are one of my very favorite things in the city. Every time I see the puppets dancing, I must dance with them!

 
At 10:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Puppet Bike,
My mom and I were visiting Chicago this past weekend. We were walking by and saw the puppet show. It was so cute! We enjoyed the music and puppet dancing. Thanks for adding a special and unique touch to Chicago!

 
At 12:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PUPPET BIKE I LOVE YOU!!!!!

 
At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is this "puppet bike"? I saw it/him on Michigan Ave today...

 
At 6:38 AM, Blogger i don't want to be here today said...

Thank you for making Chicago so much more silly! I love you Puppet Bike!

 
At 10:29 PM, Anonymous WalterMitty said...

Thank you so much for doing what you do! You have made my day on at least one occasion now. What talent!

 
At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Puppet Bike,
We were walking by and saw the puppet bike two days ago. We had so much fun watching the show (squirrel was our favorite), the music and the dancing were so cute! This was our first visit to Chicago, and you will remain one of our favorite memories from there!

 
At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I walked by the Puppet Bike for the first time today. I didn't get a chance to watch much of it, but maybe tomorrow if I can find the time (and I think I will.)

You guys are awesome.

 
At 8:55 PM, Blogger Debbie said...

Hi Puppetbicycle! Loved the show today near Millenium Park. The puppets dance so well and took me away from my adult worries and made me smile and laugh for the whole time during the show. Thanks for cheering us up on a hot summer day. We are now big puppetheads. Will you ever be appearing in Philadelphia? I can hook you up with a place to park the bike overnight.

 
At 4:32 PM, Blogger Pamela said...

Oh puppet bike, what a delight it was to discover you during my excursion to chicago. was only in the city for a day to play and stumbling upon you was one of the highlights. I have a great friend in New York who makes puppets and I'm going to tell him about you. It may give him ideas too!

Thanks for the charm. It brought a huge smile to my heart.

I'll looking for you next time I'm Chicago.

 
At 12:40 AM, Anonymous Nikki said...

Puppet Bike I think you need a myspace or facebook...That way it is always a fresh update. Do you think you will ever expand to Nashville...

 
At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw you today in front of the Institute today and was pleasantly surprised. I especially loved the raw hardcore blues that Lefty, Monkee, and....Amtrak(?) were digging! Keep up the good work!

 
At 9:35 PM, Anonymous michellemybelle said...

I miss seeing Puppetbike parked in front of the Cultural Center in the morning - even though it's closed, seeing it gives me hope for the world. For the past 2 days I've been lucky enough to catch performances at the corner of Michigan and Randolph and it makes me so happy that I almost cry.

P.S. Puppetbike totally turned me onto Louis Jordan - thanks!

 
At 11:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Puppet Bike
Saw you this afternoon, Sunday. You made my day. I love the kitties the best.

 
At 3:45 PM, Blogger Kate said...

PuppetBike you are the best
PuppetBike is number one
PuppetBike is better than the rest
PuppetBike is tons of fun!!!!

I saw the puppets for the first time yesterday and I was mesmerized.

You totally made my day. I wanted to shake hands with the puppets but was too shy to ask! Maybe next time.

Keep up the fabulous job!

Kate

 
At 9:37 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

i love you guys! nothing brightens a gloomy day in the loop quite like the puppet bike.

 
At 10:10 PM, Anonymous Emily said...

Puppet Bike! I saw you for the first time today on Michigan in front of the poster store... thank you for making me laugh and making me feel 6 again! P.S. My aunt and mom gave me the two fives and 3 ones I put in, I saw some pennies, how can anyone give the Puppet Bike pennies?! Hope you're around next June so I can see the Puppet Bike on my birthday! Also thank the puppets for posing for some glamorous photos.

- Emily - Grand Rapids, MI
(i'm not sure if this thing puts dates, so, 10/3/07 aka today!)

 
At 8:12 PM, Blogger You're So Lucky said...

Hi,
I am a student journalist at Roosevelt University. I have walked past
your show many times on my way to class. Now I have an assignment to
write a profile on an interesting person and I would love to interview
you. I am available at any time tomorrow, Friday. We could meet and do
the interview somewhere in the Loop, or we could do it over the phone
if you are free. If you are really short on time, I could even e-mail
you some questions. Please let me know what's best for you. Feel free
to call my cell phone which appears below my signature.
Thanks very much,
--
Kristina Zaremba
Managing Editor
The Torch Newspaper
Roosevelt University
Cell 630-373-1796

 
At 10:49 AM, Anonymous karenca said...

I was recently on vacation in chicago and walked by puppet bike.
it was so good. i loved it.
I was cold and tired then after watching puppet bike for 5 10 mins i was reenergized. I wish i could watch you every day.
thank you puppet bike!

Karen
st.thomas ont canada

 
At 3:57 PM, Anonymous sarah said...

Puppet Bike, I had no idea. I saw you last night and I was feeling kind of down. After a few seconds I had a huge smile on my face and was feeling great. I hope happen upon you again soon. Sarah :)

 
At 11:17 AM, Blogger Becca said...

I so enjoyed the puppet bike when i saw it at the Christkindlmarkt this past weekend. I work at a church that has a puppet ministry and i really want to bring my group to see you sometime, as you are a great example of "personality" in puppetry. I had a great time watching the show and really enjoyed that the puppets interacted with me. THanks so much for a great experience!

 
At 9:34 PM, Anonymous leftylover said...

My favorite is the tiger. I saw u guys to nite and my rudolph toy got pinched in the nose by Lefty. ha! i really want lefty for x-mas. he is so cute.

 
At 10:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Puppet bike we love you. And want to have you for a party....next Summer...July 12.

On Roscoe, we know you have been down or way.

Our children love you and so do we.

Oh Puppet bike...you are awesome....just saw you last night at Chrisankindel Market.

We laughed about how'd you dance if we gave you a $50.

Thanks for making my three and nine year olds smile.

 
At 10:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ps

A 37 and 42 yr. old smiled too.

 
At 5:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love, love, love you!! I first saw the Puppet Bike on Friday at the Christkindlmarket and went back on Sunday for another fix. I have been obsessed with your delightful theatre and hope to see you many, many more times around town.

 
At 12:36 AM, Blogger Jill said...

Puppet Bike! You're the best! Thanks for making an ordinary walk through downtown Chicago something special!

 
At 8:33 PM, Blogger Slywy said...

My friend has been talking for years about Puppet Bike, and I finally got to see you at Christkindlmarket. I love that tiger—I couldn't stop handing him money! Hope to run into you again (when I've got cash!).

 
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At 10:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in Chicago visiting from out of town today and stumbled upon your magical show on wheels! I felt like a little kid watching the Nutcracker for the first time - my mouth was to the floor and my eyes were widely sparkling! Thank you for sharing good, clean, and artistic fun with the rest of us! What a treat!

 
At 3:30 PM, Anonymous Renae said...

Hey, Jason!
Great website and amazing idea! I especially like the puppets on vacation (around the world)....I'll have to catch a show sometime when I trek to Chicago. Glad to see you are still your lovable, artistic self.
Renae from Indiana

 
At 8:02 PM, Blogger Slywy said...

I was really glad to see Puppet Bike tonight (1/22/08). Stay warm.

 
At 10:16 AM, Anonymous Brian said...

on hearing about Heath "the Joker" Ledger. May he rest in peace. I'm sure he would have loved the Puppetbike.

 
At 4:57 PM, Anonymous haru said...

wow- I am so glad you have a website. My husband and I saw you on Michigan Avenue probably over two years ago now and it was the highlight of our trip. He started getting me Steiff puppets because we fell in love with your little cats dancing to zydeco (mine like to dance to Japanese drums). I am so sorry to hear you won't be on Michigan anymore. At least we got to see you once. Actually it was twice because we went back the next day, too.

 
At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Rich said...

I CANNOT IMAGINE CHICAGO WITHOUT SUCH A MAGNIFICENT CREATION. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

 
At 6:12 PM, Anonymous Carl said...

WOW! I can't wait for the puppetbike party! I thought last years' party was crazy! five nights? you guys are insane! The lineup sounds GREAT! how'd you get so many awesome bands this year!? Is this the final party? Is this the end of puppetbike forever? I heard there will be a Karaoke lounge. I'll be there for sure on Wednesday and Saturday! Ill be the one passes out inside the puppetbike at about 2am. Ciao!

 
At 9:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi bike puppets wherever you are. My husband and I came up to Chicago today from Kansas City for a weekend of opera. Or that's what he thinks. I'm really here to look for the bike puppets again. I saw them in January on State Street on our way to the opera house. What magic! I remember their dancing with dollars and smile. Where oh where are you? Do I need to go to Colorado for the magic? Say where and when. And thanks for the memories.

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger Nicole said...

Puppet Bike, will you make T-shirts? I want to impress my friends by wearing one.

 
At 3:51 PM, Blogger Renae said...

Hey, Jason,

Any news on where Puppet Bike might appear next?
Would love to check out a show with my kids.........
Renae

 
At 6:58 AM, Anonymous Dr. John Criser said...

My girlfriend and I laughed so hard last weekend we almost peed our pants!

I posted our personal story of Pupper Bike-induced enlightenment on my own Forum:

http://musclechatroom.com/forum/showthread.php?t=923

Hope you enjoy! I sure enjoyed your show (twice--had ot come back later for a second round).

 
At 7:01 AM, Anonymous Dr. John Crisler said...

Oops! The midst of an 80 hour work week lost my editing ability. I even mispelled my own name.

 
At 6:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey! i saw your puppet bike in chicago during an art trip from canada. i absolutely loved it!
I hope to see it again when i go back to chicago. =)

 
At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in Chicago this winter right before christmas. I was at the german market when I first ran into the puppet bike and i was amazed. Out of all the street shows i have ever seen in my life the puppet bike is by far the greatest thing i have ever encountered. If that wasnt enough the very next day when i went to shop at Macy Department store and see the window displays there it was... the puppet bike again, it really made my day. KUDOS!

 
At 2:47 PM, Blogger Bellmedia said...

I visit Chicago often but this past weekend was the first time I've encountered puppet bike. What a wonderfully entertaining experience. Love the puppets and their dancing. Power to the puppets! I can't wait to see them again.

 
At 11:59 AM, Blogger heather from canada said...

I miss Puppet Bike -

 
At 1:19 PM, Blogger Rose Morrison said...

I'd like to see the "I'm Your Puppet" song on your Web site.

 
At 9:51 AM, Blogger E said...

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At 9:57 AM, Blogger E said...

What's that..a puppet bike at the olympics in Bejing China?

China's Olympic 'Madman'

http://
afp.google.com
/article
/ALeqM5ialO4ACD3gPaWJikOw4xbnoo6tEA

not quite..but it could be.

 
At 5:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like the show. How about a cowboy puppet holding a toy gun and a bottle of beer (with blond hair and a cowboy hat...and sunglasses.). I love the show Brian. Keep up the good work. Nation (6yo)

 
At 12:17 PM, Anonymous anita robles said...

I have tryed to contact you over the e-mail but no luck.

Please call me Anita Robles at 773-227-8203 office or cell 773-418-1675. I did see the puppets at the gay parade I thought they were great please call me Anita

 
At 10:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Passed you tonight on Clark in Andersonville, and I have to say that you made my WEEK! You are so awesome! Thanks! :)

 
At 11:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Puppet Bike, thank you so much for coming to Andersonville! You have made me deliriously happy two days in a row now! The kitties and the squirrel are my favorites. They have an unbelievable amount of personality. I so wish my little nephew could see you (he lives out of state). Thank you! Thank you! Mwah!

 
At 9:40 AM, Anonymous m brandt said...

Yay! i spied the puppet bike in Andersonville this week. I had to park my car IMMEDIATELY and stop all that I was doing in order to take in the wonder and fun of puppet bike. My son thought I was crazy but I just couldn't help myself!

It was great to see the puppets in my 'hood. Keep on dancing and making people smile. It would be wonderful for you to have a few permanent spots so that we could always know when and where to get our puppet fix, yet the serendepity of finding you in unexpected places is truly joyful.

a totally smitten admirer

 
At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Mike said...

Huzzah, Puppet Bike!

I first found out about you when researching our recent move to Chicago and reading everything I could find on the city online.

Just saw you in our new neighborhood (Andersonville) a couple of times this past week and you never failed to raise my spirits.

Well done, and keep up the great work!

 
At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We saw the puppets in Andersonville on Friday...I still can't get over it. The best thing ever!!! You Rock Puppet Bike, i've told everyone who will listen. What is the name of the song the kittens were dancing to.. "sweet thing something something? The music is the best.

 
At 12:27 PM, Blogger Danny Volk said...

Please stay in Andersonville forever and ever. Was the trailer getting towed the other night? And why? Did you get it back without having to pay too much? I'm glad (so glad) to see you up and entertaining again.

 
At 8:52 AM, OpenID thistles said...

Hello Puppet Bike! We saw you in Andersonville last weekend and my daughter was riveted. She is STILL talking about "Don't Mess With My Toot Toot" and how she got to shake the kitty's hand.

I know Clark Street probably isn't as lucrative as the Loop but We Need More Puppet Bike!

 
At 11:01 PM, Anonymous sarah said...

Is he gone from the bike permanantly?

 
At 10:48 PM, Blogger Hannah Gelder said...

Dear Puppet Bike,

We saw you tonight on Clark Street in Andersonville. You made our day complete. Obama was inspiring, but you were the frosting on the cake.

Can't wait to see you again in these parts of town!

~The residents of a nearby corner

 
At 11:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi my name is and i'm a puppeteer too i just like the idea of a puppet bike and i do lip syncing mostly oldies some show tune sand other weird song i can do with puppets i would like to meet some of the puppeteers if i ever come to Chicago keep up the great work Chad PS i live in Appleton Wisconsin Home of Willem Dafoe Edna Ferber and The Great Harry Houdini.

 
At 11:56 AM, Anonymous jo@veggiediner.com said...

The dancing of the puppets with great tunes! For the young and old at heart. Makes you laugh with joy how creative those little puppets are and they are so thankful for the tips at that. how cute..
Hey come down to boys town and hang near the Chicago Diner what fun.......
Jo & Mickey

 
At 7:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We love you! Caren, Nat (who cries when you close up shop) and Selina :)

 
At 3:23 PM, Blogger Kathleen said...

Just saw you in Andersonville on Clark by the bookstore. You made my day! Thanks for the smiles.

Please keep your shows popping up around town! It's always a pleasure to see your show!

11/15/2008

 
At 10:20 PM, Blogger Michele said...

Where will you be on Friday, December 5, 2008? My mother-in-law is visiting and I'd like her to see you guys. I last saw you in Andersonville but don't know if you've moved on? Can you update your blog and let us know where you'll be? thanks!

 
At 12:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BRIAN IS COOL- BUT HE IS A FOOL! glad you got rid of him!

 
At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We saw you for the 1st time on Nov 28 by the Kringle Market. You made me soooo happy! I used to have Steiff animals & puppets as a child -- still do! You are an expert at making the puppets come alive. I am so grateful!
Lauri Wade-Higdon
Grayslake, IL

 
At 6:23 PM, Anonymous Brian Jones said...

The Video Kicks Butt!!! -B. Jones k' bye!...

 
At 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw a little showing in Andersonville on Valentines night across from starbucks. It was extremely cute and impressive.

 
At 8:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw last year's party- and I couldn't imagine how you could top it- although I'd bet you could make it just as spectacularly AMAZING(as I see it will have All new- All different highlights)-or better. -but don't increase the quality just for me(lol). much love :) to you puppetbike! -'nuff said.

 
At 9:24 PM, Anonymous Liza B. said...

Puppet bike rocks! I love the way the puppets take the money!!!

 
At 1:35 PM, Blogger arey02 said...

I heart the puppetbike with ALL my heart.

 
At 7:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the Puppet Bike for the first time today and I loved it! It was so charming and cute. Just wanted to say thank you for adding some extra cheer to Chicago!

 
At 11:58 PM, Blogger Justin said...

Puppet Bike, you are terrific. You made me smile when I needed a smile.

 
At 8:46 PM, Blogger Laura said...

December 12th 2009, saw the Puppet Bike today with a cat, dog, parrot and a very talented hand manipulating them in Andersonville on Clark. So sweet! So funny! So completely right with subtle and broad moves and nuanced reactions. A little Ernie Kovacs combined with my own memories of a Steif Kitten when I was a kid. More people should know about Puppet Bike!

You are very talented. I love how your puppets move together. They are so in sync. It was a real pleasure to watch. My daughter, her friends, my friend and I all enjoyed the show thoroughly.

We need more stuff like this all over the place. It was so happy!

 
At 9:45 PM, Blogger Allison Vivian Fine said...

Bike Puppet--I love you so much! I saw you on Daley PLaze today and you just made my day! I was in a shitty mood and you brightened me right up. You know working hard and being poor on the holidays are not the greatest. I want SO MUCH to give you some money but I had nothing on me. Let me know where you will be next and I will make a donation or I would be happy to donate on line.
My best to you--thanks for making life sweet.
Allison Fine

 
At 10:59 AM, Blogger nancy cavaretta said...

Can you come to my preschool for special needs kids? We are not far from Sears Tower. Big puppet fans. LOVE this stuff!!!!!

 
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