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I don't know how many people watch CAN-TV, Chicago's cable access channel.
On any given night, I figure there's at least 50 of you out there. Give or take.

Once in a while, I'll check it out — mostly because I like watching kooks on TV, specifically, — 3 Guys Pickin' (Check it out on Channel19, Monday's 10:30 p.m.)

But what CAN-TV is best for is getting a good look at your alderman, especially if you only see your ward boss around election time. For 30 minutes a pop, they tackle important issues in the hood.

That is if you consider the "Dos and Don'ts" of Chicago's trial recycling program super important or even necessary.

It's enough to make you ask yourself, "People really voted for these guys?"

If you're into doll heads, puppets, costumes and voodoo love oil, whatever that is, Jojo Baby of Wicker Park is your guy.

You can find his studio at the Flat iron building, but beware it's a tiny closet of a space, and there are hundreds, maybe thousands of glass doll eyes staring at you at all times.

Below is his story.

(If you know someone in the city with a great story to tell, drop me a line.)

Due to plumbing problems at the Konkol abode, the blog will be delayed today.

But to entertain you, here's Flat Iron resident and traveling folk singer Jaik Willis singing "Leaving Vancouver" ...

Filter, that urban hipster coffee joint, at Six Corners along with hot dog stand Swank Franks are on their death bed, set to be replaced by a Bank of America branch. Could this mean ...

Mark Konkol

Mark Konkol covers city neighborhoods for the Chicago Sun-Times. You can e-mail him or call (312) 321-2146.

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