Posted in July 2014

Meet our readers: Willy Nast

Essay Fiesta was one of the very first shows on the live it scene in Chicago, and one of the very first that we saw and performed in. It’s been around long enough that it has changed hands from it’s founders – Alison Lyon and Keith Ecker, to it’s current co-hosts – Karen Shimmin and … Continue reading

Meet our readers: Patrick Gill

Hello there everyone, We’re getting ready for our Great Lakes Tattoo show, and are thrilled to announce that Patrick Gill is reading with us! Patrick Gill is a writer, hailing from way out on the West Coast now centered in Chicago. He is the co-founder of In Our Words: An Online Salon for Queers and … Continue reading

That’s All She Wrote @ Great Lakes Tattoo

We are ridiculously happy to announce that our August 10 show will be happening in the gallery space at Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Avenue! GLT is accessible via CTA, and is located midway between the Chicago and Grand stops on the Blue Line, just a couple blocks east of Twisted Spoke.  As usual we’ll start the stories … Continue reading

July Wrap-Up: Dudes, Moves, and News

Our show gets a new address more often than the average 22 year old; our very first show was delayed by a month because the venue we were originally scheduled to premiere in closed 12 days before our launch date. We set up headquarters at Swim Cafe for a 14 month run before they closed, and then we moved to the … Continue reading

Meet our readers: Clarence Browley

We’ve got the one and only Clarence B reading with us on Sunday! Clarence Browley was born and raised in Chicago. He hosts a show with his best friend Lily Be called Stoop Style Stories at Rosa’s Lounge every last Thursday of the month. He’s an easy going guy who likes to laugh, play video … Continue reading

Meet our readers: Paco Zamora

Our very own Paco Zamora is reading with us on Sunday! If you’ve been to the show since our move to the Savoy, you’ve met Paco. It took just one visit from us and he’d memorized our favorite wine and food orders, and the man is FULL of stories – sometimes he tells them, impromptu, … Continue reading

Meet our readers: Jared Crum

Everyone: meet Jared, who comes to us via Story Club, which is kind of the mother of many storytelling related things. Jared Crum hails from a farm in Northern Indiana but still thinks 4H is a waste of time. Jared is an aspiring writer and English major going into his senior year at Wittenberg University. … Continue reading

PostScript: Karen Gerod

Last week we received the news that Karen Gerod, former owner of Swim Cafe, had lost her battle with cancer. Those of you who’ve known us for a while may remember that Swim Cafe was our first home. Karen welcomed us to her cafe, was an enthusiastic supporter of our show, and always had a kind … Continue reading

Meet our readers: Chuck Sudo

Hello and happy summer! This month’s show is a week later than usual, we’ll be at The Savoy on Sunday, July 20. Also different this month: for the first time ever we have an All Dude Revue, prepare yourselves for a torrent of testosterone and swagger! Kicking off our XY lineup is Chuck Sudo. Born and … Continue reading