Monday August 4th, 2014
7:00pm // Beat the Mondays by going to Jon Griffin’s Hilarity Will Hit Your Ear Tonight Monthly Comedy Showcase at the Double Door (1572 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622) featuring a stellar lineup of local comedians such as Angela Vela, Adam Urbanski, David Franks and more. Tonight’s headliner is Mike Sheehan. Doors are at 7:00pm and the show starts at 7:30pm, don’t miss it. $5 cover.
7:30pm // Come out to the Haymarket Pub & Brewery (737 W Randolph St., Chicago, Illinois 60661) for LitMash featuring Dana Norris, Robbie Q. Telfer, Bee Kapri and more. Musical guest Bassel Al-Madani will also be in attendance, and your host and curator for the evening is the indomitable, J.W. Basilo. It’s going to be a great show! $8 cover //
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Tuesday August 5th, 2014
7:00pm // Have a story you’ve been working on and want some feedback? Visit The Den Theater (1329-1333 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd floor, Chicago, Illinois 60622) for another installment of The Salon. You can perform original solo pieces, staged readings, audition scenes, monologues and more in a safe, non-judgmental environment and network with a broad range of nascent and veteran talent. Grab a Negroni at the theater bar and finally get the ball rolling on the project that’s been eluding you! $10 to watch.
9:00pm // Two Cookie Minimum celebrates four years with a special anniversary show at the Hungry Brain (2319 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618) featuring exclusive performances by Franki Jo Beckwith, Tom Simmons and more. Your host for the festivities is Johnny Misfit, and as always, there will be significant amounts of freshly baked goods! Free show.
Also happening at 9:00pm // Chocolate Cake for Breakfast Comedy Showcase will take place at Quenchers Saloon (2401 N Western Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647) featuring exclusive performances by Kyle Mosher, Allen Murphy and many more. Your emcee for the evening is Jeff Hester. 21+ // $5 tickets.
Wednesday August 6th, 2014
7:00pm // Your favorite bar trivia/reading series, RUI: Reading Under the Influence is back at Sheffield’s (3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657) and the theme for this installment of the beloved series is “Attitude Adjustment” and will feature exclusive readings by Liz Grear, Jacob Hall, Darwyn Jones and Jael Montellano. Grab a beer and sit out on Sheffield’s famous patio while enjoying some candid and amazing storytelling from some of Chicago’s finest, you won’t regret it! 21+ // $3 cover.
9:00pm // Don’t miss The God, Sex & Death Variety Hour now at Schubas (3159 N Southport Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657). Join your hosts Lily Be and Daniel Shapiro for an evening of raucous fun, featuring readings by Lola Luscious, Micki LeSueur and Xavier Jordan. 21+ // Free show.
Thursday August 7th, 2014
7:00pm // Venture out to the High Dive (1938 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622) for the release party of Scott Mile’s new short story collection, The Downriver Horseshoe. Also reading will be literary luminary Eric Charles May, whose new novel Bedrock Faith has been hailed by critics as an achievement. Enjoy a cocktail and some appetizers and be sure to buy a book while you’re there! 21+ // Free event.
Also happening at 7:00pm is the Foundation Room House of Blues Comedy Showcase (329 N Dearborn St., Chicago, Illinois 60654) hosted by Jon Griffin and Kelly LaBanco featuring comedians Nick Fleming, Elizabeth O’Neill and more. 21+ over // No cover.
7:30pm // You don’t want to miss this installment of Story Club North Side at The Holiday Club (4000 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60613). “Hot Hot Heat” will feature awesome performers such as author Debbie Capone, actor and writer Julie Marchiano, playwright Erin Lane and you! That’s right, open mic sign-up starts as soon as you get to the venue, but be sure that what you perform doesn’t exceed eight minutes (1300 words). Are you game? $10 suggested donation // 3 open mic slots.
8:00pm // Simone Muench will be holding a special reading at Cole’s Bar (2338 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647) alongside Coya Paz, Marvin Tate and Daniela Olzewska in a special event hosted by Curbside Splendor Publishing. 21+ // Free event.
Friday August 8th, 2014
7:15pm // Loose Chicks is back at Uncharted Books (2620 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647). Hosted by Jillian Erickson and Roberta Miles, see for yourself why we give this series five stars.
Saturday August 9th, 2014
1:00pm // Jac Jemc is hosting a special workshop with the amazing folks over at the CHIPRC (858 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622). If you’ve been in a rut and need some inspiration, “Fooling Ourselves (Into Writing)” will be a powerful catalyst to get your writing off the ground. $25 pre-registration is suggested // Email chicagoprc (at) gmail (dot) com for assistance.
3:00pm // The Paper Machete hosted by Christopher Piatt will take place at The Green Mill (4802 N Broadway St, Chicago, Illinois 60640). Free event.
7:00pm // Don’t you dare miss You’re Being Ridiculous at Hamburger Mary’s (5400 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 60640). Jeremy Owen’s candid and hilarious reading series will make you split a gut, and Saturday’s lineup will feature readings by David Allen, Allison Shoemaker and more amazing talent. Get tickets.