Our July Lineup Lowers the Boom Pow Crackle!

Our July Lineup Lowers the Boom Pow Crackle!

Now that July Fourth is two weeks gone, you’ve exhausted your fireworks stockpile down to a few piddly sparklers. But don’t despair! Come to The Book Cellar at 7pm on Monday, July 18th for this lineup of writers and performers who will bring the boom-pow-crackle without violating noise ordinances: Diana Slickman is a 30-year veteran … Continue reading

Hungover Dads Love Our June Lineup

Hungover Dads Love Our June Lineup

We know that his head is pounding from the Father’s Day kegger, but find a hungover dad (any hungover dad will do), give him some water, and bring him to The Book Cellar at 7pm on Monday, June 20th for an evening of personal essays in support of 826CHI. He’s going to love all of … Continue reading

Take A Hungover Dad To Essay Fiesta on June 20th!

Take A Hungover Dad To Essay Fiesta on June 20th!

Father’s Day, the day when all fathers get away from their families to throw a raging, dads-only keg party in the woods, is always followed the next day by the less-recognized-but-equally-important Hungover Dad Day, when dads sleep in, skip work, and eventually watch all their pending Snapchat stories from the Father’s Day kegger. After your … Continue reading

Make Way For Our May Lineup, Okay?

Make Way For Our May Lineup, Okay?

Monday the 16th of May is today. This very day! Come down to The Book Cellar Cafe at 7pm, and stay (until they close.) We’re giving 826CHI all of the money you can pay. This lineup will put on an essay display that shines even brighter than the milky way: Lily Be is Chicago’s very … Continue reading

Our April Lineup Is So Fresh And So Clean Clean

Our April Lineup Is So Fresh And So Clean Clean

April in Chicago started with some pretty shitty showers (of snow and ice and rain and hail and Ted Cruz), but now the weather man is telling us it’s not going to rain, so come to The Book Cellar on Monday, April 18th at 7pm to raise money for 826CHI. Hosts Karen Shimmin and Willy Nast have put together a lineup that’s … Continue reading

Our March Lineup Speaks For Itself

Our March Lineup Speaks For Itself

Look, we don’t want to rain on the parade that is World Puppetry Day, but there’s something that the puppetry Illuminati doesn’t want you to know about puppets: they are dead, soulless inanimate objects. So instead of staying at home and playing with your sad, motionless facsimiles of real people, how about you come on … Continue reading

On March 21st, Essay Fiesta Socks It To You!

On March 21st, Essay Fiesta Socks It To You!

We know, we know. We’re absolutely crazy to schedule the next Essay Fiesta on March 21st, which is the much-anticipated World Puppetry Day. Most of you will be binge-watching episodes of Thunderbirds or Sifl & Olly before heading out to boogie down at your favorite creepy puppet dance party. How can we compete? But just in case … Continue reading