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Storytelling / Poetry

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  Cole Escola, from Craigslist to the Park West

The home page of Cole Escola's website features an irreverent commercial parody. Decked out in a brunette wig, pink lipstick and a sensible pastel plaid button-down, Escola plays a stay-at-home mom who breezily describes her devotion ...


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  Chicago poets bear witness to LGBTQ-lived experiences in four new collections

Chicago is famous for a lot of things, but one of its best-kept secrets is a thriving community of some of the country's most innovative poets. They can be found hosting and performing at reading series ...


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  Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series, October's featured storytellers

The September edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, October 2, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info. —Anna DeShawn is ...


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  Writer/performer R.C. Riley on queer identity, #MeToo

Writer and performer R. C. Riley's journey toward full acceptance of her queer woman identity has gone through many stages and now she is embracing that label in a big way. That journey was painful for ...


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  Blythe Baird, young and hungry

Blythe Baird, a "mostly lesbian" author, spoken word performer and unstoppable creative force, is the poster child for successful, young artists. Originally from Palatine, a northwestern suburb of Chicago, Baird is currently living in St. Paul, ...


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  Poetry in the air, Chicago poetry events Fall 2018

This fall, "local author" shelves of Chicago's indie bookstores will be flooded with titles that "disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed," as the old adage says art should. In almost all of these new works, ...


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  Birth, rebirth and reinvention, Goddess Warrior The Poet

After more than a year of hideout and hiatus, Dianna Tyler, aka Goddess Warrior The Poet, came out strong with her first spoken-word album More Than a Woman, which is due to be released Saturday, Sept. ...


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  David Cale unearths tragedy, secrets in 'Short Time'

Imagine the worst thing that could possibly happen to you as a child. Now, imagine something worse. For groundbreaking multi-hyphenate David Cale ( singer-composer-actor-writer ), there's no "imagine" in the exercise. Growing up in one of ...


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  Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series names September's featured storytellers

The September edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, September 4, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info. —Molly Brennan is ...







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  Sidetrack's OUTspoken Series, August's featured storytellers

The August edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info. —Bill Demaree has ...


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  OUTspoken! continues to shine, celebrates milestone at Sidetrack

OUTspoken!, the monthly LGBTQ Storytelling Night, kicks off its fifth year on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Sidetrack—with seven people set to hit the stage for about 10 minutes each. About 300 have told their story at ...


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  OUTspoken, Chicago's Monthly LGBTQ Storytelling Night, Celebrates 4 Years

From a press release

OUTspoken—Chicago's Monthly LGBTQ Storytelling Night Celebrates 4 Years. August 7, 2018 commemorates the beginning of OUTspoken's fifth year. August's evening of storytelling and celebration will include special moments and surprises for the always-supportive, engaged audience. This ...


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  Promethean three show season looks to past for clues to present

From a press release

CHICAGO — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Was Dr. Martin Luther King correct in saying the moral arc of the universe bends toward justice? Even if we do learn from the past, are we still doomed to ...


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  Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series, July's featured storytellers

The July edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, July 10, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info . —Rev. M ...


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  THEATER Disability storytelling aims to focus on intersectionality

"I didn't come out as a little person until I was 26." So begins a story written and performed by Tekki Lomnicki, artistic director of Tellin' Tales Theatre and director of Divercity, Tellin' Tales fifth annual ...


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  Genderqueer poet at AWM on June 5

At a June 5 "Tuesday First Books" event at the American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave., playwright/activist Ana Simo ( author of the new novel Heartland ) will engage in conversation with genderqueer Appalachian poet ...


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  OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series May 1

The May edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, May 1, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info. —Donny Acosta is ...


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  Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series names April's featured storytellers

The April edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, April 3, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info . —Lisa DeSantiago ...







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  Sidetrack's OUTspoken Series, March's featured storytellers

The March edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, March 6, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info. ...


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  Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: February's featured storytellers

The February edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. —Emily Fightmaster is from Cincinnati, Ohio.She is the ...


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  January's featured storytellers in Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series

The January edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, Jan. 2, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info . —Garrett Allain ...


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  Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: December's featured storytellers

The December edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info. —William Gordon ...


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  OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series Nov. 7

The November edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info. —Nestor Gomez was ...


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  OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series at Sidetrack Oct. 3

The October edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info . —Megan ...


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  Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: September's featured storytellers

The September edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. September's featured storytellers: Jenn Henry, Courtnay O'Connell, Adam ...


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  Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: August's featured storytellers

The August edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, August 1, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info . —Melvyna Gaynor ...


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  Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: July's featured storytellers

The July edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, July 11, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info . —Sonal Aggarwal ...







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  OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series continues June 6

From a press release

The June edition of the monthly OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, June 6, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. Richard Dahlman was born in Chicago ...


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  Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: May's featured storytellers

The May edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, May 2, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. —Lihy Epstein has been performing in various media ...


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  Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: April's featured storytellers

The April edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, April 4, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. —Elizabeth Gerard, aka "The Mighty B," is an ...


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  Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: March's featured storytellers

—Rita Adair is a retired social worker and sensitive crimes specialist. Currently, she is an activist, author and mother of three grown children and six grandchildren ( along with previously fostering 23 teenaged girls ). Rita ...


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  Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: Storytellers to be featured in January

The January edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, January 3, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. Speakers are Liz Baudler, Ann Marie Carrothers, Lily ...


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  Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: December's featured storytellers

The December edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info. Bea Cordelia ...


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  OUTspoken LGBTQ storytelling to feature Friends & Allies in November

From a press release

The monthly OUTspoken LGBTQ storytelling series at Sidetrack, held the first Tuesday of each month, always features an eclectic mix of voices. November 1st, OUTspoken! will be a Special Edition featuring LGBTQ Friends & Allies storytellers. ...


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  OUTspoken features variety of storytellers Oct. 4

The monthly OUTspoken LGBTQ storytelling series at Sidetrack, held the first Tuesday of each month, always features an eclectic mix of voices, and the Oct. 4 program is no different. The event is free, located at ...


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  OUTspoken features variety of storytellers Oct. 4

The monthly OUTspoken LGBTQ storytelling series at Sidetrack, held the first Tuesday of each month, always features an eclectic mix of voices, and the Oct. 4 program is no different. The event is free, located at ...







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  OUTspoken! marks two years of community stories

About 150 participants have, since 2014, taken to the stage at Sidetrack for OUTspoken!, the monthly storytelling program for members of the LGBT community, according to its co-emcee Kim Hunt. August marked the two-year anniversary of ...


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  OUTspoken LGBT storytelling at Sidetrack marks 2 years Aug 2

From a press release

Retell. Relive. Relate. OUTspoken!, Chicago's monthly evening of LGBTQ Storytelling celebrates its two-year anniversary on Tuesday, August 2. Our August evening of storytelling and celebration will include special moments and surprises for the always-supportive, engaged audience. ...


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  OUTSPOKEN!: Sidetrack's monthly storytelling event

Being heard at OUTSPOKEN!, Sidetrack's monthly storytelling event, Tue., July 5. Photos by Bryan Smith ...


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  Teacher talks about coming out and being 'OUTspoken'

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

This past summer, Jeffrey Tomlinson was one of the featured performers at OUTspoken! ( Sidetrack's monthly LGBTQ storytelling event ) and his story centered around the day he came out to his students in the spring ...


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  Binational gay couple talk health scare, sharing at OUTspoken!

Tyler Greene and Ziwu Zhou's love story has had many twists and turns, and it all started on a snowy, cold January night in 2012. Greene, who was house sitting for a friend, decided to check ...


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  OUTspoken! marks one year with rousing stories

Appearing before a packed house, emcees Kim Hunt ( outgoing executive director of Affinity Community Services ) and Art Johnston ( co-owner of Sidetrack ) kicked off OUTspoken!'s one-year anniversary celebration Aug. 4 at Sidetrack. The ...


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  OUTspoken! marks one year of LGBTQ storytelling

OUTspoken!, Chicago's monthly LGBTQ storytelling event at Sidetrack, is the brainchild of David Fink ( co-founder, producer and board member at the Acorn Theatre in Three Oaks, Michigan ) and Art Johnston ( co-owner of Sidetrack ...


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  OUTspoken! LGBT Storytelling at Sidetrack celebrating one year

From a press release

Enlightening. Inspirational. Entertaining. OUTspoken! Storytelling celebrates its one-year anniversary on Tuesday, Aug. 4. This monthly night of LGBTQ story-telling is held at Sidetrack ( 3349 N Halsted ). Doors to the event open at 6PM, stories ...


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  OUTspoken! takes place at Sidetrack

The first installment of 2015's OUTspoken!, the monthly showcase of LGBTQ oral storytelling, took place Jan. 6 at Sidetrack in front of an SRO house of enthusiastic supporters and participants. The event, which takes place on ...







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  Outspoken LGBTQ storytelling series launches at Sidetrack

Kim L. Hunt and Art Johnston hosted the inaugural edition of Outspoken LGBTQ Storytelling at Sidetrack on Aug. 5. The first show featured storytellers Jim Bennett, Tracy Baim, Patrick Gill, Katie Prout, Kareem Khubchandani and Kim ...


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  Storytelling show OUTspoken! at Sidetrack Aug. 5

OUTspoken! is a new storytelling show presented at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Storytellers identify as LBGTQ. The first performance will be on Tuesday, Aug. 5, and the shows will occur monthly on the first Tuesday ...


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  Gay History: Chicago Whispers

I received an e-mail from 'a long-time Chicagoan' about his experiences in local bathhouses. This is Part 1. 'A few months ago you ran some memories of the baths, and I wanted to add my memories of ...


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  Gay History: Chicago Whispers

Behind-the-scenes at Sparrows Pt. 2 The following is based on an article by Thomas Benji in the July 1972 issue of The Paper, and from my own research into Sparrows, a Chuck Renslow-owned drag bar ...


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  Gay History: Chicago Whispers

Behind-the-scenes at Sparrow's Pt. 1 Sparrows at 5224 N. Sheridan Rd. was a drag bar owned by Chuck Renslow that opened in October 1970 and closed two years later. An ad in the December 1970 issue ...




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