2nd Story Presents: Tough Guys Talk Tough: Stories of Image and Action (March 10-11 at Webster's Wine Bar)

Tough Guys Talk Tough: Stories of Image and Action

March 10 - 11, 2013

Doors open at 7pm. Stories begin at 7:30pm.

at Webster's Wine Bar
1480 W. Webster
Chicago, IL

Chicago is a world famous ‘tough guy’ town. From Al Capone to Mike Ditka, the Chi has always embraced the image of the tough guy. But what happens when an individual’s actions don’t exactly match their tough guy persona? This month, 2nd Story will explore this image through the lens of the personal, with stories by, for, and about the ‘tough guy.’ From a man learning to draw the line with a new flame to a woman brushing full-on against the limits of revenge, this March we break out the scowls and explore what it really means to be tough.

Curated by Andrew Reilly. Directed by Dorothy Milne. Produced by Katie Pryor. Sound Design by Nick Kawahara.

The Storytellers


Kim Morris

Kim Morris earned her MFA from Columbia College Chicago and her BA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications. She’s written short plays included in Theatre Seven of Chicago’s “Yes, This Really Happened to Me” and “We Live Here.” Her work has been performed in New York as part of Bohemian Archaeology’s “Holidays Uncorked” and “BOOzy: An Evening of Spirits and Storytelling.” She’s performed her stories at Victory Gardens Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Lincoln Hall, Strawdog Theatre, and many other venues in Chicago. She wrote and performed original pieces for the Fillet of Solo festival in 2010 and 2011 and performed a devised ensemble piece for the 2011 Chicago Fringe Festival.


David Berner

David W. Berner is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author, and teacher. His first book, Accidental Lessons was awarded the 2011 Royal Dragonfly Grand Prize for Literature. His broadcast reporting and audio documentaries have been aired on the CBS Radio Network, NPR’s Weekend Edition and a number of public radio stations across America. David has been the recipient of awards from the Associated Press, RTNDA (Radio and Television News Directors Association) and the Broadcast Education Association.

For the summer of 2011, David was awarded the position of Writer-in-Residence at the Jack Kerouac Project in Orlando, Florida. His writing, both reporting and personal essays, have appeared in publications and online journals such as PERIGEE, Tiny Lights Journal, Shaking Like a Mountain,,, Golf Chicago Magazine, The Sun Newspapers, and Write City Magazine. David is also a performer. He’s a regular on the Chicago storytelling circuit, reading his personal essays at events such as Story Club, Essay Fiesta, and This Much is True. As an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago, he teaches radio narrative, audio documentary, and writing. He has presented writing workshops at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and for numerous literary organizations throughout the Chicago area.


Kareem Khubchandani

Kareem Khubchandani is a performance artist and activist interested in issues of gender, class, sexuality, race, and migration. His performance styles include storytelling, drag, South Asian dance, spoken word, and weird performance-arty things. In his free time, he writes a dissertation on queer nightlife in India and the South Asian diaspora; this will eventually assist him in graduating from a Ph.D. program in Performance Studies at Northwestern University.

About the Stories & Wine Series

At our flagship Stories & Wine series, held upstairs at Webster's Wine Bar in Lincoln Park or at Brasserie 54 in Andersonville, you'll have the opportunity to purchase a flight of wines, one wine for each story, while you dine.

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