Live Lit Roundup for the week of December 15th, 2014

Tonight 

It’s an Essay Festivus For the Rest of Us tonight at 7pm at The Book Cellar (4736 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60625). Featured readers include Lily Be, Naomi Huffman and Bill Hillmann.

// Free event // 

Tomorrow Night  Bare

Come out to the Hideout (1354 W Wabansia Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60642) for WRITE CLUB Chicago – Chapter 65: War on Xmas/Book Release-travaganza at 7pm. Celebrate the release of Bare Knuckled Lit: The Best of Write Club and enjoy an exclusive reading by Samantha Irby defending Santa Claus.

// $20 get tickets in advance // 

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The Poetry Foundation (61 W Superior St, Chicago, Illinois 60654) is hosting another installment of The Open Door Readings tomorrow night at 7pm. This month’s featured poets include Matthew ShenodaAbigail ZImmer and Kaisa Cummings.

// Free event // 

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Story Club South Side presents “Stories About Things That May or May Not Happen in the Future”, Tuesday night at 7:30pm at the Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219-21 South Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60607). Featured readers include Maura Clement and Bill Drew.

// $10 suggested donation //

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Jac JemcElizabeth Gomez and Ben Johnson are just a few of the featured readers who will be performing at The Pungent Parlour at The Black Rock Pub & Kitchen (3614 N Damen Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618) this Tuesday at 8:30pm. Don’t miss it!

// Free show // $3 beer specials // 21+ // 

Wednesday 

Join Keith Ecker and Samantha Irby upstairs at Schubas (3159 N Southport Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657) for another installment of Guts & Glory this Wednesday at 7pm. Featured readers include Melinda McIntireGwynn Fulcher and Valentine Soposky.

// Free show // 

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We Must BreatheArt has the ability to affect change in the way most mediums cannot. Victory Gardens Theater placed a call to local poets and playwrights to help remember the lives of Eric GarnerMichael BrownTamir Rice and countless other black men who died due to police brutality. We encourage our readers to live-stream WE MUST BREATHE this Thursday night at 7pm and to never stop fighting against injustice.

// Please visit victorygardens.org for more info on this event // #WeMustBreathe // 

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Story Lab is back at Black Rock Pub & Kitchen (3614 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618) for its annual Christmas show, this Wednesday at 7:30pmLaura BollinMindy Park and Marina Murphy are just a few of the amazing writers reading at this awesome series hosted by Scott Whitehair. Don’t miss it!

// Free show // 

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You’d be a fool to miss the Curbside Yuletide Book Thing happening Wednesday night at 7pm at Beauty Bar (1444 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622). Come meet some of your favorite authors and buy some great books from one of the city’s most celebrated indie publishing houses. Gina FrangelloJames Tadd Adcox and Ben Tanzer are just a few of the literary all-stars who will be in attendance.

// Free event // 21+ //

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A Survival Guide to the Holidays will take place at Uncommon Ground (1401 West Devon Ave Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60613) at 8pm and will feature exclusive performances by Jeremy OwensIke Holter and Sharon Lanza.

// $10 // Call Uncommon Ground for table reservations // 

Thursday

Poetry Off The Shelf: Write Club Edition will take place at the Poetry Foundation ((61 W Superior St, Chicago, Illinois 60654) at 7pm. Featured poets include Robbie Q. TelferJessica Anne and more.

// Free show // 

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Grown Folks Stories is back at The Silver Room (1442 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622) this Thursday at 8pm. Join host Cara Brigandi for a night full of holiday cheer.

// Free show // 21+ // 

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Don’t miss another episode of I Shit You Not! at the Logan Theater (2646 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647) at 8pm. This series about humiliating body blunders hosted by Seth Davis and Monte LaMonte will feature readings by Bobby CondonAdam Gulley and more. Prepare to laugh your gut off!

// $5 admission // 

Friday 

Earliana McLaurin is the incredible curator behind 2nd Story‘s annual Christmas episode with the Lakeview Orchestra, this Friday at 7pm. Come out to Nettelhorst Elementary (3252 North Broadway Street, Chicago, IL 60657) and settle in for a night of magic featuring moving readings by Julie GaneyJessica Young and Vince Pagan. It’s sure to be a wonderful evening that will put you in the Christmas spirit!

// Get tickets // There is an encore performance on Saturday night // 

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Folk You! is back at Silvie’s Lounge (1902 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60613) Friday night at 7:30pm. Join host Larry O. Dean for this round-robin concert series.

// Free show // 21+ // 

Saturday 

Chicago is teeming with amazing local artisans and presses, so instead of buying from corporate big-wigs,why not support local vendors? Come out to Block Thirty Seven: Shops on State (108 N State St, Chicago, Illinois 60602) for Made in Chicago Holiday Market on Saturday from 9am to 7pm. Featured vendors include Abbey Brown Soap ArtisanDo-Rite Donuts & Coffee and many more.

// Free event // 

Sunday 

Join Naomi Huffman and Leah Pickett at the Punch House (1227 West 18th Street, Chicago, IL 60608) for another installment of Curbside Splendor’s nonfiction reading series The Marrow this Sunday at 7:30pm. Featured readers include Susan Hope LanierTyler Snodgrass and more.

// Free show // 21+ //