Lily Be Archive

  • Last night was totally fantastic. I sometimes feel a little redundant in the adjectives I use to describe this show. But what can you do when a totally exalting, hilarious, tender exchange happens between 100 strangers and friends on a monthly basis? Click for photos, podcast and October's Awesome Walk-Up Winner! 0

    September Recap and Walk-Up Winner!

    Last night was totally fantastic. I sometimes feel a little redundant in the adjectives I use to describe this show. But what can you do when a totally exalting, hilarious, tender exchange happens between 100 strangers and friends on a monthly basis? Click for photos, podcast and October's Awesome Walk-Up Winner!

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  • June 7th was a moving, unique and beautiful show. It held stories of crime, magic, institutionalization, accidental international espionage, prophecy and love. The tone was serious and somber at times... but underneath that surface was something pushing through, like life resolute, resillient and rising. Click for beautiful photographs, and for free audio of the night. 0

    June Recap and Walk-Up Winner!

    June 7th was a moving, unique and beautiful show. It held stories of crime, magic, institutionalization, accidental international espionage, prophecy and love. The tone was serious and somber at times... but underneath that surface was something pushing through, like life resolute, resillient and rising. Click for beautiful photographs, and for free audio of the night.

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  • Fantastic human beings are coming to share their stories with you on June 7th. Join us for an evening of true stories told live, diverse creative community, and a giant potluck dinner. Tickets tend to sell out, and so we suggest grabbing yours in advance. They can be had at the link on the right. Join us at Theater Wit for a beautiful night. 0

    June 7th Show

    Fantastic human beings are coming to share their stories with you on June 7th. Join us for an evening of true stories told live, diverse creative community, and a giant potluck dinner. Tickets tend to sell out, and so we suggest grabbing yours in advance. They can be had at the link on the right. Join us at Theater Wit for a beautiful night.

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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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  • What a gorgeous night. Our first show of 2014 was a joy. After our brief hiatus, it was great to see so many friendly people turn out to be in each other's company. The show sold out, and true to form, it was a night of delicious food (fried Mac and Cheese balls... what?!), beautiful stories, and warm creative community. Click to see photos, find out who won Audience Favorite, and listen to the podcast. 0

    March Recap and Walk-Up Winner

    What a gorgeous night. Our first show of 2014 was a joy. After our brief hiatus, it was great to see so many friendly people turn out to be in each other's company. The show sold out, and true to form, it was a night of delicious food (fried Mac and Cheese balls... what?!), beautiful stories, and warm creative community. Click to see photos, find out who won Audience Favorite, and listen to the podcast.

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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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  • What an incredible night. Thanks to all who made it.  An exceptional group of 100 people came together to share generously and receive graciously. This was a powerful show. Click to read more, see images, hear the podcast, and find out who was picked as the Audience Favorite walk-up teller! 0

    November Recap and Walk-up Winner!

    What an incredible night. Thanks to all who made it. An exceptional group of 100 people came together to share generously and receive graciously. This was a powerful show. Click to read more, see images, hear the podcast, and find out who was picked as the Audience Favorite walk-up teller!

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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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