Live-Lit Roundup for the week of February 13th, 2017

Grown Folks Stories (c) 2017


Come out to The Whistler (2421 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647) for the Feminist Happy Hour Galentine’s Day Party tonight at 6:30pm! Join hosts and BFFs Alicia Swiz and Shanna Shrum in welcoming performers like Britt JuliousAnita M. Melcher, and Tamale Sepp to the stage. Tonight’s show is going to be a blast! 
// Donate to SlutTalk // 21+ //

Poetry off the Shelf will feature the talents of two brilliant poetesses tonight at 7pm at the Poetry Foundation (61 W Superior St, Chicago, Illinois 60654). Angel Nafis and Shira Erichman will be performing their poetry live. Nafis rose to prominence for her poetry anthology, BlackGirl Mansion and is a Cave Canem graduate fellow; Erichman is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. This event is cosponsored by Young Chicago Authors.
// Free and open to the public // All ages // 

Is This A Thing? proudly presents, “Freedom”, tonight at 7pm at O’Shaughnessy’s Public House (4557 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60640). Featured headliners include Elena ColásIsrael AntonioJulie Ganey, and more! Jake Cowan hosts. 
// Free and open to the public // 21+ // 


This Much Is True will host “An Intimate Evening of Storytelling” in honor of Valentine’s Day tomorrow night at 7:30pm at Mrs. Murphy & Son’s Irish Bistro (3905 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60613). Featured headliners include Jill HoweBrittany AlstonJeff Baltes, and more. Scott Whitehair produces and hosts.
// Free and open to the public // 21+ // 

Seven Deadly Sins is back for a special Valentine’s Day show! Come out to Café Mustache (2313 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647) tomorrow night at 8pm for a sinfully fun night featuring performances by Gint Aras (“Greed”), Rachel Head (“Gluttony”), and Allyssa Bujdoso (“Lust”), among others. Don’t miss it!
// Free and open to the public // 17+ // 


The February Salon Series at the Columbia College Chicago Library (624 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60605) will take place this Wednesday at 6pm. This month’s salon series features are authors Alexis Pope (That Which Comes After) and Olivia Cronk (Skin Horse).
// Free and open to the public // 17+ // 


If you missed your chance to see Eileen Tull‘s hit show, Bad Dates, you have one last chance to see it! Book your tickets now to see live-lit darling Eileen Tull’s candid and humorous tale of her romantic misadventures and love of Harrison Ford. The magic kicks off at 9pm at the Prop Thtr (3502-04 N Elston, Chicago, Illinois 60618).
// Get tickets // All ages //

The Columbia College Chicago Signature Showcase proudly presents Shawn Shiflett, this Thursday at 5pm at the Columbia College Chicago Library (624 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60605). Shiflett is on the faculty at Columbia and is the author of, Hey Liberal! 
// Get tickets // All ages //

Don’t miss Grown Folks Stories at the DuSable Museum of African American History (740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, Illinois 60637) this Thursday at 7pm. Hosted by Cara Brigandi, Grown Folks Stories is an all-inclusive storytelling series where prospective performers can put their name in a jar, if their name is chosen the lucky performer will get to tell their story. Grown Folks Stories is also the reading series that made local luminary Lily Be fall in love with the live-lit world.
// $10 contribution // Libations provided by 5th St. Wines // 

The book launch party for Juan Martinez‘s short story collection, Best Worst American will take place at 7:30pm at the iconic Women & Children First Bookstore (5233 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 60640) in Andersonville. Martinez’s writing has been published in McSweeney’sGlimmer TrainTriQuarterly, and other esteemed literary journals. He is an assistant professor of English at Northwestern University.
// Free and open to the public // All ages //


Come out to Silvie’s Lounge (1902 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, Illinois 606130) Friday night at 7:30pm for the open mic/musical showcase, Folk You! hosted by Larry O. Dean. This month’s featured performers include Marshall Hong and Adele Nicholas
// Free and open to the public // 21+ //

Café Cabaret Uptown will take place at Emerald City Coffee (1224 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60640) this Friday at 8pm. Headliners include Angela VelaDan ShapiroLauren Huffman, and more. // Free and open to the public // All ages //

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