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  • It was a wonderful night. Thanks to you who braved Chicago's first big summer storm to join us!  Our May 3rd show sold out, and the downpour only kept a few of you away. Dinner was small but mighty, and included beautiful, healthy contributions like corn-crusted, pan-fried cream cheese-filled peppers, and garlic & olive oil roasted kale. The stories were just as hearty, and photos and audio are included here.   0

    May Recap and Walk-Up Winner!

    It was a wonderful night. Thanks to you who braved Chicago's first big summer storm to join us! Our May 3rd show sold out, and the downpour only kept a few of you away. Dinner was small but mighty, and included beautiful, healthy contributions like corn-crusted, pan-fried cream cheese-filled peppers, and garlic & olive oil roasted kale. The stories were just as hearty, and photos and audio are included here.

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  • We had excellent food and excellent stories last night. The lineup consisted of all of your favorite walk-up storytellers of 2014, and man, it was a great night of performance. Skillful, generous, entertaining and honest... we all laughed and cried and made werewolf hands, and in the end, there was a standing ovation. Click to read more, see photos and hear the podcast, and for news about 2015's schedule. 0

    Thank You (Year End Recap)

    We had excellent food and excellent stories last night. The lineup consisted of all of your favorite walk-up storytellers of 2014, and man, it was a great night of performance. Skillful, generous, entertaining and honest... we all laughed and cried and made werewolf hands, and in the end, there was a standing ovation. Click to read more, see photos and hear the podcast, and for news about 2015's schedule.

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  • Ladies and gents, it's the night that's a year in the making. Join us for our Year-End Holiday Show on December 7th, featuring your Audience Favorite storytellers from 2014. The December shows are glorious. The potlucks are abundant, the stories are great, and the room is full of amazing people. Click to see your featured tellers and reserve seats now, as the event always sells out. 0

    Our Year-End Holiday Show on Dec 7th

    Ladies and gents, it's the night that's a year in the making. Join us for our Year-End Holiday Show on December 7th, featuring your Audience Favorite storytellers from 2014. The December shows are glorious. The potlucks are abundant, the stories are great, and the room is full of amazing people. Click to see your featured tellers and reserve seats now, as the event always sells out.

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  • We have an incredible lineup of featured storytellers for you on November 2nd. Founder of Jellyvision, Harry Gottlieb, CEO of BRIJ Fund Tequila Shabazz, and two-time National Poetry Slam Champion Roger Bonair-Agard are just a few. It's going to be a fantastic night. Please read on and reserve your seats at the link on the right. We are at Theater Wit on the 2nd where the slightly smaller venue sells-out quickly. 0

    November 2nd Show

    We have an incredible lineup of featured storytellers for you on November 2nd. Founder of Jellyvision, Harry Gottlieb, CEO of BRIJ Fund Tequila Shabazz, and two-time National Poetry Slam Champion Roger Bonair-Agard are just a few. It's going to be a fantastic night. Please read on and reserve your seats at the link on the right. We are at Theater Wit on the 2nd where the slightly smaller venue sells-out quickly.

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  • September's audience did it again. "It" being: made each other a beautiful dinner, brought awesome stories, and picked a damn fine storyteller to return as a feature next month. Click to read about a great night of true storytelling, see Matt Williamson's photos, listen to the podcast, and see who your winner is... 0

    September Recap and Walk-Up Winner!

    September's audience did it again. "It" being: made each other a beautiful dinner, brought awesome stories, and picked a damn fine storyteller to return as a feature next month. Click to read about a great night of true storytelling, see Matt Williamson's photos, listen to the podcast, and see who your winner is...

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  • It is an act of trust to curate a show without knowing what stories are going to be told. The selection process overall is careful and intentional, and geared towards giving you a night of good performances from diverse perspectives. However, we never know what stories will be told. That is scary, and it is on purpose. It allows for something to be made by all of us that is serendipitous and surprising. We provide as sturdy a frame as possible, and then let all of you paint in the colors. Last night's collaborative art was powerful. Click below to read about it. 0

    August Recap and Walk-Up Winner!

    It is an act of trust to curate a show without knowing what stories are going to be told. The selection process overall is careful and intentional, and geared towards giving you a night of good performances from diverse perspectives. However, we never know what stories will be told. That is scary, and it is on purpose. It allows for something to be made by all of us that is serendipitous and surprising. We provide as sturdy a frame as possible, and then let all of you paint in the colors. Last night's collaborative art was powerful. Click below to read about it.

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  • Fascinating people are coming to tell you stories on August 3rd. On this night, we'll bring you true stories told live by world-renowned painter and assemblage artist Esperanza Gama, founder of the Prisoner's Revolutionary Literature Fund, Mike Holman, Chicago graffiti artist, muralist and illustrator Rahmaan Statik Barnes, Writer & Performer Keith Ecker, and award-winning Storyteller Lily Be. Click to read more, and reserve seats in advance! 0

    Our August 3rd Show

    Fascinating people are coming to tell you stories on August 3rd. On this night, we'll bring you true stories told live by world-renowned painter and assemblage artist Esperanza Gama, founder of the Prisoner's Revolutionary Literature Fund, Mike Holman, Chicago graffiti artist, muralist and illustrator Rahmaan Statik Barnes, Writer & Performer Keith Ecker, and award-winning Storyteller Lily Be. Click to read more, and reserve seats in advance!

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  • July's show was great. Thanks to each of you for coming, bringing food, and sharing your friends and stories. The performances were lively and strong. A theme of narrow escapes in childhood was bright through the night, with recountings of schoolyard fights, political revolution, international rescue and emergence from a confession booth. Click below to read more, and use the link on the right for tickets to next month's show! 0

    July Recap and Walk-Up Winner!

    July's show was great. Thanks to each of you for coming, bringing food, and sharing your friends and stories. The performances were lively and strong. A theme of narrow escapes in childhood was bright through the night, with recountings of schoolyard fights, political revolution, international rescue and emergence from a confession booth. Click below to read more, and use the link on the right for tickets to next month's show!

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  • June's show was boldly revealing! Tellers recounted moments of exposure and vulnerability-- of the relational, physical, and elemental kind. It was also a night of firsts; first sex, first love, first time outside(!), first car, first intestinal emergency in a car, first personal ad, first time meeting a birth-mother. Themes emerge without us dictating them, and this theme of "firsts" was a sweet note for the first show under the new name. Join us on July 6th for true stories told live in a beautiful theater, in great company, over a gorgeous potluck dinner. Tickets to the right. 0

    June Recap and Walk-up Winner!

    June's show was boldly revealing! Tellers recounted moments of exposure and vulnerability-- of the relational, physical, and elemental kind. It was also a night of firsts; first sex, first love, first time outside(!), first car, first intestinal emergency in a car, first personal ad, first time meeting a birth-mother. Themes emerge without us dictating them, and this theme of "firsts" was a sweet note for the first show under the new name. Join us on July 6th for true stories told live in a beautiful theater, in great company, over a gorgeous potluck dinner. Tickets to the right.

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  • Hello fellows! A fantastic group of human beings are coming to tell you true stories on June 1st. How great is that? Oh... also? We have these four giant tables awaiting your culinary generosity. AND? There are 5 open performance spots that ANYONE from our audience can use to tell a story on a beautiful stage in a fantastic theater full of 150 remarkably awesome people: Here, Chicago has the most diverse, funny, warm, smart, sexy audience in the city. That's right. We said it. Read on and get tickets. 
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    June 1st Show

    Hello fellows! A fantastic group of human beings are coming to tell you true stories on June 1st. How great is that? Oh... also? We have these four giant tables awaiting your culinary generosity. AND? There are 5 open performance spots that ANYONE from our audience can use to tell a story on a beautiful stage in a fantastic theater full of 150 remarkably awesome people: Here, Chicago has the most diverse, funny, warm, smart, sexy audience in the city. That's right. We said it. Read on and get tickets.

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