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Getting sober and drawing rabbits

An illustrated timeline of the Sober Rabbit comic strip’s title character’s journey includes Rabbit losing some years, finding sobriety, doing stand-up, and embracing recovery. Credit: Courtesy of Whitney Wasson

“Since I was a little kid, I’ve been drawing rabbits,” said Whitney Wasson.

The Chicago-based comics artist and comedian said that rabbits are cute and easy to draw, which were two ideal qualities for their early childhood doodles.

“[The drawing] could be terrible, but as long as you [make] long rabbit ears it reads as a rabbit,” Wasson said. “You can draw a rabbit very cute or you can make them deranged because of the way their noses and teeth look.”

The 1978 animated film Watership Down comes to mind. The film follows a group of animated rabbits on a bloody journey across the English countryside, and likely still lingers in the nightmares of anyone unlucky enough to have seen it during their childhood.

It was a similar schadenfreude of sending a cutesy bunny through the ringer that partially inspired Wasson’s web comic, Sober Rabbit.

“I did a drawing of a rabbit hungover on the toilet throwing up. That drawing is sort of what started the comic.”

Shelby, a character from Sober Rabbit, thinks about their cycle of drinking. Credit: Courtesy of Whitney Wasson

Started by Wasson in 2019, Sober Rabbit is a webcomic that follows the titular Rabbit and their animal friends through the recovery process. Rabbit works to find life balance after becoming sober and a life-changing accident. Brenda the Pigeon recovers from a history of disordered eating and self-image issues. Shelby the Squirrel relapsed during the pandemic.

“My dad is a bartender and bar owner, so I was in his bar as a little kid sometimes, and I would draw the regulars as characters when I was very little.” Wasson said. “My dad’s friends at the bar were very cartoonish people. There’s always like, bar archetypes you know, I know that from my experience as an alcoholic.”

In December, three years and a pandemic later, Wasson released a comic book in print, Scars and Strips Forever, which highlights panels from Sober Rabbit’s Instagram posts and more. They said it was a rare opportunity to take a holistic look inward at how the series had progressed.

“[Sober Rabbit] is grounded in reality and then has elements of fiction. But it’s still all sort of coming from and is based on what I’ve observed in recovery,” said Wasson.

Rabbit’s adventures cover subjects ranging from death and grief to disability and LGBTQ+ relationships. Sober Rabbit strips are concerned mostly with daily struggles and small victories. Wasson says that giving an honest look at the recovery process was paramount.   

“Being a person in the world and absorbing how recovery is shared in art, people tend to focus on very black and white stuff. Someone hits rock bottom, then they recover. It’s heroic or it’s tragic.”

Sober Rabbitsoberrabbit.com and at Instagram

Before Sober Rabbit, Wasson worked as a self-described “road dog” comedian from 2013 to 2018. Originally from Fort Smith, Arkansas, Wasson performed and produced shows across the south and midwest before landing in Chicago in 2015. Comedy was a much-needed creative release but also helped to intensify drinking habits Wasson had struggled with before picking up the microphone. 

“Stand-up is a brutal world if you’re not also consuming substances like everybody else is. It was pretty rough,” Wasson said. 

Wasson originally leaned into their drinking within their comedy, but concerns over the level of dysfunction the drinking was causing were piling up. Motivated by friends and the future of their stand-up career, Wasson got sober in 2016.

“I didn’t plan to get sober, I had to get sober,” they said. 

Wasson continued to hit the stage throughout the process. Sobriety had made doing stand-up easier to manage for them thanks to more sleep and an easier time remembering sets. Motivated by the experience, Wasson began hosting the Serenity Now!sober space-oriented comedy show in 2018 to benefit other comics and audience members also in recovery.

Whitney Wasson Credit: Courtesy of Whitney Wasson

Stand-up held Wasson’s complete focus until 2019, when an injury left them disabled.

“I was walking to a show by my old job, regular day, nothing going on,” they remember. “This woman in a sedan runs two red lights and hits me in profile while crossing the street. If she had hit me a little bit head on, I would have either gone underneath the car or over it.”

Wasson’s foot was broken, among other injuries, and a misdiagnosis meant it never healed correctly. A layoff followed shortly after, forcing Wasson fully into freelance visual arts, which they had done occasionally to support their standup.

“What the fuck do I do?” Wasson said, remembering the seismic shift in priorities.

“I basically just said to people, ‘can I draw you a podcast logo? Can I make somebody a poster? What can I do?’ I started literally just sitting there and drawing stuff.”  

Scars and Strips Forever: Selected Strips (2019-2022) by Whitney WassonSelf-published, paperback, $15, soberrabbit.bigcartel.com

Sober Rabbit, which Wasson had begun officially only a few weeks before their accident, graduated from a hobby to full-time project

“Obviously Sober Rabbit is a project about recovery, but I think it really is a rediscovering of a hobby thing, that I was like ‘oh yeah, I love doing this.’”

Wasson had already published a few zines on recovery, and the 15-page The Farewell Party, a sort of prequel comic to Sober Rabbit. Wasson describes The Farewell Party on their website as “a standalone comic about my—er—RABBIT’s teenage hijinks.”

An excerpt from Whitney Wasson’s comic The Farewell Party shows Rabbit drawn in black and white. Credit: Courtesy of Whitney Wasson

“[The Farewell Party] is sort of like a supercut of a lot of things,” they said. “Yes, there’s some exciting spicy stories to tell about me cleaning up, but my adolescence is when I became an alcoholic. I sort of have to go back and talk about it pretty hard and the emotional problems that jump-started the drinking.”

Sober Rabbit was also motivated by what Wasson felt was a lack of first-person stories about addiction, especially in the world of comics.

“I’ve had a lot of newly sober people reach out to me, and that’s probably one of the most touching things that’s come from this.”

To Wasson, recovery is a long game. Getting sober is an unglamorous daily commitment and remains so well after the fact.  

“In reality, for me anyway, it’s mundane. Drinking is monotonous,” Wasson said. “You think about the Johnny Cash movie. They sort of only do the highlight reel of the most dramatic stuff. I bet Johnny Cash sat there in rehab a little bit.”

“He probably did some journaling. He probably lit a candle.”

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Robert McKay (write-in)

A retired city worker, McKay worked of the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) and later was an investigator at the Office of Fire Investigation. He has also served as safety director and fire marshal at Providence Hospital.

In 1995 while working at the CFD, McKay was part of a group of firefighters who challenged discriminatory hiring practices that prevented Black applicants from being hired. That effort ultimately resulted in a 2009 Supreme Court decision that ordered lower courts to provide relief for affected applicants. In 2021, McKay was involved in an effort overturn the CFD’s decision to remove a specialized fire engine with a “tower ladder” for reaching high-rise apartments from a firehouse at 79th and Stony Island. The department ultimately decided to move the fire engine to another station at 118th and Michigan, a move McKay describes as it having been improperly allocated.

“It is my intention to use the authority vested in this new citizen’s review panel to highlight and compel the city to respond quickly and effectively to instances of malfeasance and or criminal conduct when it comes to public safety in the delivery of police and fire services,” McKay told the Reader.

Democracy for America has endorsed.

Activist or organizer Credit: Amber Huff
Political endorsement Credit: Amber Huff
Supports more police accountability Credit: Amber Huff

Candidate questionnaire responses:

Do you have experience as an activist or community organizer? Yes
Do you have experience interacting with CPD? Yes
Do you have experience working or interacting with government? Yes
Should the city hire more police officers? No
Is CPD adequately funded? Yes: funding should stay about the same.
CPD reform: The police need significant reform.
Mental health crises: Police should accompany healthcare workers to mental health crises.

What do you consider the primary role of a police district councilor to be?

Establishing civilian control of the police
Communicating with the department on behalf of the community

Why are you running for Police District Council?

I am running as a write-in candidate the 5th Police District in the City of Chicago.because a retired police officer, William McMahon, backed by a legal firm based in Evergreen Park, decided that the residents of the 5th district did not deserve to have the opportunity to evaluate the merits of my credentials and my overall worthiness to serve our community in the capacity of a watchdog over the quality and character of the delivery city services as they to relate to public safety in our community.

Employment status, race and mental health issues seem to determine police reaction in the 5th District. A uniform Code of Conduct of respect by the police within the 5th District should be established, similar to the Boy Scout Law!

According to the citizen Police Data Project, There are 1,834 officers in District 5 with a total of 4,645 complaints/allegations filed against the 5th district CPD, of the total 3,900 were filed by citizens 745 were filed internally by the police.

These issues can be quickly addressed by complying with the Consent Decrees issued for the Chicago Police Department and requiring mandatory basic policing Civic Classes to promote civic accountability for Police Officers, citizens attending CAPS meetings, and detainees while in custody to ensure a better understanding of civic responsibilities for all parties.

With an effective elected oversight council representing the 5th District, we will make the required decisions to eliminate police misconduct, Period!

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Robert McKay (write-in)

A retired city worker, McKay worked of the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) and later was an investigator at the Office of Fire Investigation. He has also served as safety director and fire marshal at Providence Hospital.

In 1995 while working at the CFD, McKay was part of a group of firefighters who challenged discriminatory hiring practices that prevented Black applicants from being hired. That effort ultimately resulted in a 2009 Supreme Court decision that ordered lower courts to provide relief for affected applicants. In 2021, McKay was involved in an effort overturn the CFD’s decision to remove a specialized fire engine with a “tower ladder” for reaching high-rise apartments from a firehouse at 79th and Stony Island. The department ultimately decided to move the fire engine to another station at 118th and Michigan, a move McKay describes as it having been improperly allocated.

“It is my intention to use the authority vested in this new citizen’s review panel to highlight and compel the city to respond quickly and effectively to instances of malfeasance and or criminal conduct when it comes to public safety in the delivery of police and fire services,” McKay told the Reader.

Democracy for America has endorsed.

Activist or organizer Credit: Amber Huff
Political endorsement Credit: Amber Huff
Supports more police accountability Credit: Amber Huff

Candidate questionnaire responses:

Do you have experience as an activist or community organizer? Yes
Do you have experience interacting with CPD? Yes
Do you have experience working or interacting with government? Yes
Should the city hire more police officers? No
Is CPD adequately funded? Yes: funding should stay about the same.
CPD reform: The police need significant reform.
Mental health crises: Police should accompany healthcare workers to mental health crises.

What do you consider the primary role of a police district councilor to be?

Establishing civilian control of the police
Communicating with the department on behalf of the community

Why are you running for Police District Council?

I am running as a write-in candidate the 5th Police District in the City of Chicago.because a retired police officer, William McMahon, backed by a legal firm based in Evergreen Park, decided that the residents of the 5th district did not deserve to have the opportunity to evaluate the merits of my credentials and my overall worthiness to serve our community in the capacity of a watchdog over the quality and character of the delivery city services as they to relate to public safety in our community.

Employment status, race and mental health issues seem to determine police reaction in the 5th District. A uniform Code of Conduct of respect by the police within the 5th District should be established, similar to the Boy Scout Law!

According to the citizen Police Data Project, There are 1,834 officers in District 5 with a total of 4,645 complaints/allegations filed against the 5th district CPD, of the total 3,900 were filed by citizens 745 were filed internally by the police.

These issues can be quickly addressed by complying with the Consent Decrees issued for the Chicago Police Department and requiring mandatory basic policing Civic Classes to promote civic accountability for Police Officers, citizens attending CAPS meetings, and detainees while in custody to ensure a better understanding of civic responsibilities for all parties.

With an effective elected oversight council representing the 5th District, we will make the required decisions to eliminate police misconduct, Period!

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Chicago Blues Festival 2024

Chicago Blues Festival

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Come out and enjoy amazing culture and music.

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Chicago Jazz Festival 2024

Chicago Jazz Festival

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Celebrate jazz and culture at the Chicago Jazz Festival.

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September 6, 2024 6:08 am
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Discover the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Schedule!

Are you looking for a way to experience the beautiful sounds of classical music in Chicago?

Look no further than the world-renowned CSO! With its upcoming Chicago Symphony Orchestra schedule, you can enjoy a variety of concerts from classical pieces to contemporary compositions.

From attending one show at the iconic Chicago Symphony Center or planning an entire night out with friends and family, there is something for everyone when it comes to enjoying the chicago symphony orchestra schedule.

Get ready for an unforgettable evening filled with incredible performances by some of today’s top musicians as they bring life into classic works through their own unique interpretations.

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Upcoming Concerts

Experience the thrill of a live performance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming concerts – an unforgettable experience!

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is one of the most renowned orchestras in the world and offers a wide variety of concerts throughout the year.

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Whether you’re looking for a romantic evening out or an exciting night with friends, there’s something for everyone at Symphony Hall.

Dates and Times:

The CSO performs over 130 concerts each season from September to June, including special holiday performances during December and January. Concert times vary depending on the performance but typically begin at 8 pm with some matinee shows available as well.

Check their website for upcoming dates and times so you can plan your perfect night out!

Ticket Prices:

Ticket prices vary based on seating location within Symphony Hall but range from $20 – $150 per ticket. Student discounts are also available for select performances so be sure to check before purchasing tickets!

Symphony Hall has a capacity of 2,500 seats which includes both balcony and orchestra sections that provide excellent views regardless of where one is seated.  Buy tickets here from the CSO Box Office.

Additionally, there are private boxes located near the stage for those who wish to have an even more intimate experience.

Attending a concert at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is an unforgettable experience. Get ready to be inspired by the amazing music, and now let’s look into ticket prices and seating capacity for upcoming concerts!

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Venue Information

Explore the world-class Chicago Symphony Orchestra and discover its stunning venue, convenient parking options, and box office hours.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is one of the most renowned symphony orchestras in the world, and its concerts are held at the historic Symphony Hall. Located in downtown Chicago, this venue offers a unique experience for music lovers.

Here’s what you need to know about attending a CSO performance at Symphony Hall.

Location and Address:

The address of Symphony Hall is 220 S Michigan Ave, Chicago IL 60604. It is located on South Michigan Avenue near Grant Park and Lake Michigan, making it easy to find from any direction.

Parking Options:

There are several parking garages nearby that offer discounted rates for CSO concertgoers with validation from the box office or lobby bar before or after performances.

Additionally, there are several public transportation options available including buses and trains that can take you directly to Symphony Hall.

Box Office Hours:

The box office opens two hours prior to each performance and closes 30 minutes after curtain time begins for evening shows; matinee show times vary so be sure to check ahead of time if you plan on arriving late!

Tickets may also be purchased online up until two hours before curtain time begins but keep in mind that tickets will not be available once they have sold out so make sure you purchase your tickets early!

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Overall, attending a CSO performance at Symphony Hall is an unforgettable experience. To ensure the best possible experience, it is important to be prepared by knowing all of the necessary information beforehand.

Venue information is an important part of planning your visit to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. With this information, you can plan ahead and ensure that you have a great experience at the show. Next, let’s look at the upcoming schedule for the orchestra so you can find just what performance best fits your needs!

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Types of Concerts Offered

Experience the magic of classical music, special events, and family-friendly shows with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra!

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra offers a variety of concerts for music lovers to enjoy. From classical performances to special events and galas, there is something for everyone.

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Classical Music Performances:

Enjoy the beauty of classical music with performances from some of the world’s most renowned musicians. Whether you prefer Beethoven or Bach, Mozart or Mahler, you can find it all at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Special Events and Galas:

For those looking for an extra-special experience, check out one of their many special events and galas!

These are typically larger scale productions featuring guest performers from around the globe as well as unique collaborations between different musical genres.

Family-Friendly Shows and Programs:

The CSO also has plenty of family-friendly shows and programs that are perfect for introducing young ones to classical music in a fun way!

They offer interactive activities like singalongs, story time readings, instrument demonstrations, dress up days, and more – so bring your kids along for an unforgettable experience!

Whether you are an experienced concertgoer or just beginning your journey into classical music appreciation, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has something to offer. Do not miss this opportunity to explore all types of concerts offered by this amazing orchestra.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra offers a wide variety of concerts, from classical music performances to special events and galas. The next heading will discuss the family-friendly shows and programs available.

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Symphony Hall Amenities and Services

Discover the world-class amenities and services available at Symphony Hall, from gourmet dining options to accessible seating for disabled patrons.

Symphony Hall offers a variety of amenities and services to make your experience enjoyable. From food and beverage options during performances, to accessibility services for disabled patrons, there is something for everyone!

Food and Beverage Options Available During Performances:

Symphony Hall provides an array of delicious food and drink options available throughout the venue. Guests can enjoy snacks such as popcorn, candy, chips, pretzels or even hot dogs from the concession stand.

For those looking for something more substantial, there are also sandwiches and salads available at select locations. In addition to traditional snack fare, guests can purchase beer or wine from any of the bars located throughout the venue.

Accessibility Services for Disabled Patrons:

Symphony Hall is committed to providing accessible seating areas in all sections of the venue so that all guests may enjoy their visit regardless of physical limitations.

Wheelchair-accessible seating is available on each level with companion seats nearby; please contact customer service if you need assistance finding these designated areas prior to your arrival at Symphony Hall.

In addition to wheelchair-accessible seating areas, Symphony Hall also has elevators located near both entrances which provide access between levels within the building as well as audio amplification devices available upon request at no additional charge.

Symphony Hall offers audio/visual equipment rentals to enhance any performance experience.

Whether it is for a corporate event or private party celebration, they have the necessary items such as projectors and screens (both large and small), sound systems (including microphones) and lighting packages for stage shows.

All rental requests must be made through their website 48 hours prior to the desired date in order for them to accommodate your needs.

Prices vary depending on what type of equipment is required, so planning ahead is advised.

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Key Takeaway: Symphony Hall in Chicago provides a variety of amenities and services to make your experience enjoyable, including food and beverage options during performances, wheelchair-accessible seating areas, elevators for easy access between levels, audio amplification devices available upon request at no additional charge, and audiovisual equipment rentals. All these features ensure that everyone can enjoy their visit regardless of physical limitations.

Additional Resources for Symphony Hall Visitors

Discover the best attractions, restaurants, hotels, and reviews near Symphony Hall to make your experience unforgettable!

When visiting Symphony Hall, there are plenty of additional resources to make your experience even more enjoyable.

From nearby attractions and restaurants to local hotels with discounted rates for guests, you can easily find the perfect way to enjoy your time in Chicago.

Nearby Attractions and Restaurants:

Symphony Hall is located in downtown Chicago, so it’s easy to find something fun or delicious near the venue.

There are several popular attractions within walking distance from Symphony Hall such as The Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum of Natural History.

If you’re looking for a bite before or after the show, there are many great restaurants nearby including Girl & The Goat (American), RPM Steak (Steakhouse) and Sushi-San (Japanese).

Local Hotels with Discounted Rates for Symphony Hall Guests:

Whether you’re traveling from out of town or just need a place to stay close by while attending an event at Symphony Hall, there are several hotels offering discounts specifically for guests attending shows at the venue.

Some popular options include Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown/River North (3 star hotel), Hyatt Place River North (4 star hotel) and Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago (5 star hotel).

All three offer special deals when booking through their websites that include discounted rates on rooms as well as other perks like free parking or complimentary breakfast buffets.

Before making any decisions about where to stay or what restaurant to visit during your trip to Symphony Hall, it is important to read reviews online from previous visitors who have already experienced these places firsthand.

TripAdvisor is a great resource that offers honest feedback about all types of venues around the city, including hotels near Symphony Hall, so you can get an idea of what others thought before committing yourself.

From finding nearby attractions and restaurants to taking advantage of discounted hotel rates, there are plenty of resources available for visitors to Symphony Hall. Next, let’s explore online reviews from previous guests.

Key Takeaway: Symphony Hall in Chicago is a great place to enjoy an evening of music and entertainment. With nearby attractions, restaurants, and hotels offering discounted rates for guests, there are plenty of ways to make the most out of your visit. Be sure to read reviews online before committing yourself so you can get an idea of what others thought about their experience at Symphony Hall.

FAQs in Relation to Chicago Symphony Orchestra Schedule

What are the best seats at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra?

The best seats at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra depend on your preferences. For those who prefer a more intimate experience, the first few rows of seating in the main orchestra section offer excellent views and sound quality.

If you’d like to be closer to the stage, balcony seating provides an elevated view with great acoustics. For those looking for a more immersive experience, box seats provide excellent sightlines and are often accompanied by complimentary drinks or snacks.

No matter where you choose to sit, you’re sure to have an enjoyable evening at one of Chicago’s premier music venues!

What do you wear to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra?

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is a formal event, so attire should be smart and elegant. Men typically wear suits or dress pants with a collared shirt and jacket, while women usually opt for dresses or skirts with blouses.

If you prefer to be more casual, dark jeans are acceptable as long as they are paired with a nice top. Shoes should also be appropriate; avoid sneakers or flip-flops in favor of dress shoes or sandals.

Remember that the goal is to look neat and presentable without being overly flashy.

How much do Chicago Symphony musicians make?

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians are among the highest paid in the world. The base salary for a full-time musician is $162,822 per year, with additional compensation for seniority and other factors.

Musicians also receive an annual pension of up to $50,000 and health insurance benefits. In addition to their salaries, they may earn extra money through private teaching or performing engagements outside of the orchestra.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is committed to providing its musicians with competitive salaries and benefits that reflect the quality of their performances.

Where does the Chicago Civic Orchestra play?

The Chicago Civic Orchestra plays at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in downtown Chicago. The orchestra is composed of professional musicians from around the world, dedicated to providing quality performances of classical music.

Their season runs from September through May, with concerts taking place on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings. They also offer special programs throughout the year such as holiday concerts, family matinees, educational outreach events, and more.

With a commitment to making classical music accessible to all audiences, they are sure to provide an unforgettable experience!

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a great way to spend an evening in Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra schedule is sure to provide something that will fit your needs.

From classic symphonies and operas to modern music, there’s something for everyone at Symphony Hall.

With its convenient location, comfortable seating capacity, helpful amenities and services, and easy access to tickets through the box office or online resources, it’s no wonder why so many people come back time after time.

So don’t miss out on all the amazing performances offered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra – check out their schedule today!

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