Monday May 19th, 2014
7:00pm // Come celebrate the 186th anniversary of when President John Quincy Adam signed the Tariff of 1828 into law with Essay Fiseta at A Tariff-ic Essay Fiesta. The magic will happen at The Book Cellar (4736 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625) and feature readings by Story Club founder Dana Norris, You’re Being Ridiculous host, Jeremy Owens and more. Free show.
7:30pm // LiveWire Unplugged Reading Series presents a live reading of The Farm by Walt McGough at O’Shaughnessey’s Public House (4557 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640). Don’t miss this action packed performance directed by Brad Akin. Free show.
Tuesday May 20th, 2014
7:00pm // WRITE CLUB Chicago – Chapter 60: Bad Mother… Shut Your Mouth is happening at The Hideout Inn (1354 W Wabansia Ave, Chicago, IL 60642) featuring Ryan P. Duke, Willy Nast and more. The indomitable Lindsay Muscato will act as timekeeper. Liven up your Tuesday night with the best literary event Chicago has to offer! $10 at the door. ATM on premises.
7:30pm // Story Club South Side is celebrating their One Year Anniversary the best way they know how: through an epic Crosstown Classic with Story Club North Side! Join your hosts Dana Norris and Andrew Marikis at the Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219-21 South Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60607) for the ultimate clash of the titans, featuring readings by Erin Kahoa, Keith Ecker and the amazing Lily Be. This will be a Story Club for the ages, and you can event try your hand at some storytelling, too at the open mic! Free show.
8:00pm // The BYOB Story Hour is back at The Playground Theater (3209 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657) celebrating Second Chances. Tuesday’s lineup includes Fatimah Asghar, Rose Freeman and more, with musical guest Christine Stulik. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own drinks (doesn’t have to be alcohol). Cheers! $5 at the door.
8:30pm // Head on down to the Black Rock Pub & Kitchen (3614 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60618) for another edition of The Pungent Parlour featuring readings by Dustin Monk, Maggie Corbett and more. Your hosts for the evening will be Jeff Philips and Jeremy Solomon. Free show. $3 beer specials.
Wednesday May 21st, 2014
6:30pm // Come hear the exceptional young poets of tomorrow read at Hands On Stanzas: All School Reading & Benefit at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602). The best and the brightest from every classroom have been chosen to read their original works, and you can mingle with them after the show and learn more about this incredible program that works to ensure literacy and poetry in Chicago Public Schools. Free event.
Also happening at 6:30pm is Story Sessions // DEVOUR at City Winery (1200 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607) featuring readings by world renowned pastry chef, Mindy Segal, the founder of Knife & Fork, Dani Bryant and more. Be sure to read our upcoming review of this series to see why it’s one you shouldn’t miss! Get tickets.
7:00pm // Join Keith Ecker and Samantha Irby upstairs at Schubas (3159 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657) for another installment of Guts & Glory: Live Lit for the Lionhearted featuring readings by Deanna Moffit, Johanna Stein and more. We’ve rated this series five stars for how fundamentally awesome it is, why don’t you see for yourself? Free show. Literati Rating: *****
If that doesn’t strike your fancy, also happening at 7:00pm is Volcalo Music & Stories: Ball of Confusion at The Chicago Urban Art Society (600 W Cermak Rd unit 1B, Chicago, IL 60616) hosted by Luis Perez and featuring music by Ayana Contreras. This month’s show will feature storytelling guru, Natasha Samreny and actor Drew Anderson. If you want to try your hand at some stories, there will be an open mic available. Free show. WBEZ will be recording this performance.
Friday May 23rd, 2014
7:30pm // If you missed last week’s edition of You’re Being Ridiculous: Change, have no fear! Jeremy Owens wants you to come to this week’s show featuring Jennie Ellman, Ben Harpe, Mary Lorenz and more. Come out to Mary’s Attic (5400 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640) in Andersonville for another great night of humorous stories. Get tickets.
Also happening at 7:30pm in Andersonville, author Johanna Stein will be reading from her new book, How Not To Calm a Child on a Plane at Women & Children First Bookstore (5233 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640) and signing copies. Free event.
8:00pm // Venture on up to the Emerald City Coffee & Grill (3938 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60613) for Loose Chicks North, hosted by Roberta Miles and Jillian Erickson and featuring bold stories by Sarah Alice Weidmann, Erika Price and Valentine Soposky. Free show.
That’s it for our weekly Lit Live Roundup! Check back on Friday for our weekend edition.