by Miles Raymer
By far the classiest thing that's ever happened to the Fireside Bowl is being profiled in the New York Times. The punk landmark has cleaned up its act considerably since owner Jim Lapinski committed the blasphemy of renovating it in 2004, turning it back into an actual functional bowling alley, but House Call talent buyer and all-around great guy John Benetti has brought music back to the Fireside—albeit not for the first time and still on a much smaller scale than during the place's glory days. Benetti booked the current summer series, which so far is just Tuesday nights.
Speaking for Chicago music journalists, I have to say it's nice to see that Brian Peterson of MP Productions—who booked God knows how many shows at the Fireside during its heyday—is just as unwilling to talk to the Times as he is to humble local rags.