Monday, January 31, 2011

Real Talk Live

Real Talk Live: featuring Beth Stelling and Aimee Le – Feb 11
Our features for our next show will be comedian Beth Stelling and poet Aimee Le.

Real Talk Live is Chicago’s most raucous monthly variety show—electrifying the finest living room stages with poetry, music, comedy, visual art, dance, storytelling, and other holy acts, since June 2010.

On February 11th, we will once again be wreaking havoc in our cozy new Uptown space: 1142 W. Lawrence Ave., #202 (at Lawrence and Broadway / just off the Lawrence red line stop / above Uptown Lounge). Doors open at 7 pm, and the show starts promptly at 8 pm.

For more info: http://www.realtalkavenue.com

Saturday, January 29, 2011

W4tB presents Open Mic at the Bus Stop


7:30pm - 10:00pm

Cafe Ballou

939 N Western Ave.

W4tB Open Mic Night

Cafe Ballou

939 N Western

7:30-10pm

Featuring: Sarah Carson

Suggested Theme: The Art of Breaking Up

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Jan 29: Woodland Pattern marathon

WOODLAND PATTERN BOOK CENTER
17TH ANNUAL POETRY MARATHON & BENEFIT
SATURDAY, JANUARY 29TH, 2011
10:00 AM TO 1:00 AM

720 E. Locust Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
http://www.woodlandpattern.org

Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin presents more than 40 events each year, including readings, music concerts, films and art exhibits. The bookstore includes over 27,000 titles, and is considered by many to be the country’s best bookstore for small press poetry.

Every year, on the last Saturday of January, over 125 poets, writers, and performers show their support for Woodland Pattern by participating in its Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit. All proceeds raised from this event will help Woodland Pattern continue its literary programming.

The Poetry Brothel's Dangerous Amusements


Slideshow in Time Out by John Dugan

Monday, January 24, 2011

Knee-Jerk Release


Friday, January 28, 9:00 p.m.
The Gallery Cabaret
2020 North Oakley Avenue
Chicago, IL

Readings from Michael Czyzniejewski, Mary Hamilton, Lindsay Hunter, Jacob Knabb, and Kathleen Rooney! A special performance of The Gospel According to Jim by Brandon Will! And music from Bill Tucker & Friends and DJ LP!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Exact Change Only, journal release party and show



Monday, January 31 · 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Cafe Ballou
939 N Western Ave.
Chicago, IL

it's the release party for the new issue of "exact change only" that crazy wacky poetry journal, come on out and celebrate with us.

featured performers include.

Erika Mikkalo
Donna Vorreyer
Kristin LaTour
Pamela Miller
Dena Pope
Robin Fine
Matt Barton
R. Jerome Gibbons
Esteban Colon
Buddha 309
Charlie Newman
M.A. Brown

See these talented performers handle such topics as :
Pushing our Will on the Universe,
The Universe pushes back,
The Death of Machiavelli,
and The trouble with "N" words.

bring your stuff, there is an open mic after the show.

Friday, January 14, 2011

02.15 the Cafe poetry open mic & feature


February 15, 8:30PM

The Cafe open mic

5115 N. Lincoln Ave.
$2 & 2 drink minimum (any drink, even bottled water or soda)
plus donation for the feature


The Cafe (5115 N. Lincoln Ave.) hosts a weekly poetry/performance art open mic (hosted by Janet Kuypers). February 15th has Jackie Wolk as a feature, following an open mic.

For info about the open mic and the 2011 schedule (or getting the chance to sign up for your OWN feature, or even to check out the menu for the great food at the Cafe, because we have a collection of books to choose from for anyone who orders food at the Cafe during the poetry evening), you can always check out http://www.chaoticarts.org/thecafe/ for weekly podcasts, feature videos or future schedules.

02.08 the Cafe poetry open mic & feature


February 8, 8:30PM

The Cafe open mic

5115 N. Lincoln Ave.
$2 & 2 drink minimum (any drink, even bottled water or soda)
plus donation for the feature


The Cafe (5115 N. Lincoln Ave.) hosts a weekly poetry/performance art open mic (hosted by Janet Kuypers). February 8th has Ned Haggard as a feature, following an open mic.

For info about the open mic and the 2011 schedule (or getting the chance to sign up for your OWN feature, or even to check out the menu for the great food at the Cafe, because we have a collection of books to choose from for anyone who orders food at the Cafe during the poetry evening), you can always check out http://www.chaoticarts.org/thecafe/ for weekly podcasts, feature videos or future schedules.

02.01 the Cafe poetry open mic & feature



February 1, 8:30PM

The Cafe open mic

5115 N. Lincoln Ave.
$2 & 2 drink minimum (any drink, even bottled water or soda)
plus donation for the feature


The Cafe (5115 N. Lincoln Ave.) hosts a weekly poetry/performance art open mic (hosted by Janet Kuypers). February 1st has Martin Altman as a feature, following an open mic.

For info about the open mic and the 2011 schedule (or getting the chance to sign up for your OWN feature, or even to check out the menu for the great food at the Cafe, because we have a collection of books to choose from for anyone who orders food at the Cafe during the poetry evening), you can always check out http://www.chaoticarts.org/thecafe/ for weekly podcasts, feature videos or future schedules.




ALSO, because it is the beginning of he month (the the Cafe host Janet Kuypers also published two magazines through Scars Publications,
http://scars.tv) Select short poems from the new releases of cc&d magazine and Down in the Dirt magazine will also be read during the open mic (with the readings recorded for the web page issues of both magazine).

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Jan 14: Chicago All-Star Reading


FRIDAY, JANUARY 14th
8PM

6721 N HERMITAGE
APT 1C

With readers:
MAIREAD CASE
RADU DICHER
BOBBY EVERS
LAURA GOLDSTEIN
JENNIFER KARMIN
EDWIN PERRY
AMANDA RYBIN
MIGUEL SORIA
LUIS HUMBERTO VALADEZ
ADAM WEG

FREE & BYOB

Matthea Harvey @ SAIC


Thursday, January 13, 6:00 PM


Poetry Off the Shelf: Seeing Things
Matthea Harvey
Fullerton Hall
Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Free admission

Matthea Harvey grew up in Germany, England, and Wisconsin before attending Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of Sad Little Breathing Machine (Graywolf, 2004) and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form (Alice James Books, 2000). Her third book of poems, Modern Life (Graywolf, 2007), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book. Her first children’s book, The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel, was published by Tin House Books in 2009. Of Lamb, an illustrated erasure with images by Amy Jean Porter, will be released by McSweeney’s in 2011. An accomplished musician and photographer, Harvey is a contributing editor to jubilat, Meatpaper, and BOMB. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn.



Co-sponsored by The Poetry Foundation and the Art Institute of Chicago

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

W4tB presents Open Mic at the Bus Stop


Poetry Pot Luck is a concept developed by W4tB. It is a standard open mic, but you don’t read your own work. All poems are collected on a table, if you contribute one poem to the pot luck you can take one poem out, If you contribute three you can take three. It is an exercise in hearing your work as interpreted by someone else. It makes for a very interesting evening of poetry.
Participation is optional.

FOURTH SUNDAYS RHINO POETRY FORUM WORKSHOP

Sun, Jan 23
1:30-4:30
Evanston Public Library
Church & Orrington -- Room 108

FOURTH SUNDAYS RHINO POETRY FORUM WORKSHOP

and peer exchange

sponsored by RHINO/the Poetry Forum

COME AND TRY OUT YOUR NEW WORK ON US!

Past leaders and readers and all poets welcome. Drop in, have poems critiqued, and participate in an ongoing discussion of poetry and poetics. Sessions are free* and no registration is required.

Sunday, January 23, 2011
Leader: Cin Salach

cin salach has collaborated with musicians, video artists, dancers and photographers for over 20 years in such groups as The Loofah Method, Betty’s Mouth and ten tongues. Her first book, Looking for a Soft Place to Land, was published by Tia Chucha Press. She has been widely published in journals and anthologies, most recently, Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days, Iowa Press. An Illinois Arts Council recipient and four-time Ragdale fellow, cin is also co-founder of Words@Play, a joint project with the Chicago Park District and the Children’s Humanities Festival. A recent Emmy nominee for her voice-over and on-screen narration of the PBS documentary “From Schoolboy to Showgirl,” cin is living happily ever after in Andersonville, memorizing the works of Dr. Seuss and performing them for her young son, Leo.

Topic: How to be a singer of your own work

It’s not “spoken word.” It’s not “slam.” It’s your heart. Out loud. Whether you are reading one poem to a friend, or putting together a longer set for an audience, there are ways to make sure everyone hears the essence of your work -- to make your poems come to life off the page once you’ve polished them on the page. I'll share some ideas about the use of music, body language, and the ways of some poets.....



Bring 17 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued.*$5 - $10 donation appreciated.

This project has been partially supported by grants from Poets & Writers and the Illinois Arts Council.

COPIES OF RHINO 2010 MAY BE PURCHASED AT OUR WEB SITE: RHINOPOETRY.ORG

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Beats January 13th


The Beats
Berwyn Cultural Center..
16th Street Theater
Berwyn Cultural Center
6420 16th Street
Berwyn, Illinois
Tickets $18

Beat poets took on 1950s mainstream America and brought it, kicking and screaming, into the 1960s. Marilyn Campbell’s adaptation of The Beats is directed by Ann Filmer. The play focuses on such writers as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Diane di Prima. A cast of five young actors digs into the words, ideas, culture, and lifestyle of the Beats, asking: Are we progressing? Regressing? And do we still have a love affair with the road?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Molly Malone's

Mon, Jan 10

NEW
7:00 -- open mic sign-up begins
7:30 -- open mic (5 minutes per reader)
9:00 -- featured reader

Molly Malone's Irish Pub
7652 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL
708-366-8073

Hosts Nina Corwin and Al DeGenova invite you to the Molly Malone's Open Mic and Reading Series. Be part of one of the longest running and most highly respected open mics in the Chicago area.

Join us in kicking off the new year with a “don’t miss” night at Molly’s

featuring poet, translator and Poetry magazine Senior Editor Don Share.

Don Share’s books include Squandermania (Salt Publishing), Union (Zoo Press), and Seneca in English (Penguin Classics). Forthcoming are a new book of poems, Wishbone (Black Sparrow), a critical edition of Basil Bunting’s poems (Faber and Faber); and Bunting’s Persia (Flood Editions); his translations of Miguel Hern├índez, collected in I Have Lots of Heart (Bloodaxe Books) were awarded the Times Literary Supplement Translation Prize and the PEN/New England Discovery Award. He has been Poetry Editor of Harvard Review and Partisan Review, Editor of Literary Imagination, and curator of poetry at Harvard University.

$5 if you can, $3 if you can't

Poetry/fiction at Molly's is the second Monday of every month.

Molly’s Features, mark your calendars:

February: John Paul Davis

March: Robin Behn

Feel free to forward this notice to your writing pals...we love new faces with new voices.

Nine Muses Ball


The Poetry Center of Chicago requests the honor of your presence
at the First Annual

Nine Muses Ball

Friday, February 18, 2011
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Preston Bradley Hall
Chicago Cultural Center

Join us to honor nine muses who have inspired others in the fields of Poetry, Art, Dance, Fashion, Architecture, Theater, Music, Photography and Film.

Dinner, Dancing, Silent Auction
Black Tie optional


For Tickets, visit here.

First Friday @ St. Paul's

Fri, Jan 7
7:30-9:30
St. Paul's Cultural Center/Acme Art Works
2215 W. North Avenue

W4tB presents
First Friday Poetry Classic
See & Hear:

Jacob Saenz
Priscilla Atkins
Ralph Hamilton
Dolly Lemke


beverages available at cool low prices