Archive for January 2014

Essay Fiesta, Salonathon and more in this week's live lit roundup

Essay Fiesta, Salonathon and more in this week's live lit roundup
Monday January 20th, 2014  7pm… Warm Up with Essay Fiesta at The Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60625) and help raise money for 826CHI. Join your hosts Karen Shimmin and Willy Nast for exclusive readings by YA author Jeff Miller, actor/playwright, Tania Richard and many more. Donations are appreciated.  8pm… Salonathon is back at Beauty Bar (1444 W... Read more »

Talkin' shop with Monte LaMonte

Talkin' shop with Monte LaMonte
Tomorrow night at The Jazz Showcase in the South Loop is the inaugural run of The Weekly Show. This sizzling new variety show is the brainchild of Chicago personality Monte LaMonte and will feature artists like Angela Oliver, Daniel Shapiro and many more. LaMonte first rose to fame for his YouTube videos that featured him... Read more »

Ozzie Totten of 2nd Story in an exclusive interview with Chicago Literati

Ozzie Totten of 2nd Story in an exclusive interview with Chicago Literati
As the host of the 2nd Story podcast, Ozzie Totten’s ebullient energy and unique anecdotes are a perfect complement to the stories the company produces. Upon turning on the podcast, Totten greets you as if you’re an old friend, and it’s hard not to smile along with him while he gallantly introduces a story. This... Read more »
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Fighting writer's block: six easy tips to help inspire writing

When you’re stuck inside with cabin fever, it’s hard to get inspired. Here are six tips to insure you don’t turn out like Jack Torrance when your Muse is elusive. Take a lyric from your favorite song and repurpose it in a story. This method is highly effective especially if you have strong ties to... Read more »

The Seven Deadly Sins, CYSK and more in this week's live lit roundup

The Seven Deadly Sins, CYSK and more in this week's live lit roundup
Monday January 13th, 2014 7:30pm… Come out to another installment of 2nd Story at Webster Wine Bar (1480 W Webster Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60614) in Lincoln Park. In honor of the new year, this meticulously crafted show is called, “Fresh and Clean: Stories of Brand New”, and will feature readings by Alice Kim,  Maureen Riley, Vince Pagán and Andrew... Read more »

Write Club, 2nd Story and more in the weekend literary event roundup

Friday January 10th, 2014  6:30pm… Come out to Shame That Tune Goes to the Future! at the Hideout Inn (1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago, Illinois 60622). Featured performers tonight include Danny Black, Peter Andreadis and Thymme Jones.  7:00pm… What would you do if you had a contract to, not only marry someone, but gradually poison them as well? This is the concept behind Chris... Read more »
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Gina Frangello discusses her highly anticipated new book, A Life in Men with Chicago Literati

Gina Frangello discusses her highly anticipated new book, A Life in Men with Chicago Literati
  With the release of her highly anticipated third novel on the horizon, I took the time to interview author Gina Frangello about how she balances her formidable career (she’s the Sunday editor at The Rumpus, the fiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown) with motherhood (she has twin daughters and a son) and still finding... Read more »

Miracle by Andy N

Miracle by Andy N
Miracle     Snickering behind the drones of a stationary train the bin outside your flat rattles across the floor with a mind of it’s own,   undressing itself for the first time in the thrones of a horde of shaking trees with leaves becoming notes   and the headlights from the flats clanking and... Read more »

Curbside Splendor presents Tales From the Punchbowl tomorrow night

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If you’re looking for a cure to your cabin fever, look no further: Curbside Splendor presents Tales From the Punchbowl tomorrow night at 7pm. Come out to the Punch House (1227 W 18th St, Chicago, Illinois 60608) to hear readings from Anna Marie Wirth Cauchon, Daniela Olszewska and Russ Woods. Click the video thumbnail to hear Russ Woods’... Read more »
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God's Last Trip to Wrigley Field by Louie Centanni

God's Last Trip to Wrigley Field by Louie Centanni
God’s Last Trip to Wrigley Field by Louie Centanni   God flew into Midway because he heard that O’Hare was busy as hell. Also, he thought the airline charges for checking bags was inhuman, so he wanted to fly Southwest. This time he made sure to double-check his seat-back pocket before he deplaned, because he... Read more »