Yo, Essay Fiesta fans! It’s Friday! And that means all we have to do now is get through the weekend until Essay Fiesta time. Our final reader to highlight is an essay powerhouse. It’s Andy Bayiates. Andy is a former member of the Neo-Futurists. He also contributes material to the weekly podcast Insects and Robots. … Continue reading
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Essay Fiesta Reveals September Line-Up
Hey Essay Fiesta fans! September marks the end of summer. But not to worry. We’ll have a whole crew of sizzling readers to keep the fire burning. On Sept. 19 at the Book Cellar, Alyson and Keith we will play host to the following talents: Playwright and former Neo-Futurist Andy Bayiates . . . Founder … Continue reading
Why Andy Bayiates Is Awesome
Essay Fiesta is just a few days away.Can you feel the excitement in the air? Can you?!? Well, we’re very excited to welcome back the delightful Andy Bayiates, who is getting the “Why So-And-So Is Awesome” treatment today. Andy has entertained audiences across Chicago with his sometimes heartwarming, often quirky and always honest essays. He’s … Continue reading
Essay Fiesta Announces Anniversary Line Up
Essay Fiesta is turning 1 on Nov. 15th, and to celebrate the event, we have packed our anniversary show with some really stellar talent. Come out to the Book Cellar at 7 p.m. to see the hilarious and awe-inspiring: Playwright and former Neo-Futurist Andy Bayiates! Stand-up comic extraordinaire Cameron Esposito! Improviser and host of reading … Continue reading
Come Rain Or Shine, Essay Fiesta Is Tonight!
The weather report says it’s going to rain. Fortunately Essay Fiesta is indoors. Come on out and grab yourself some hot tea or a cold beer and listen to these amazing storytellers do their thing. 2nd Story literary director Megan Stielstra Neo-Futurist alum and playwright Andy Bayiates The Kates producer and stand-up comic Kelsie Huff … Continue reading
Get To Know: Andy Bayiates
We here at Essay Fiesta could go on and on about how amazing Andy Bayiates is. And we will! Andy’s a former Neo-Futurist and current playwright. You can find him around town doing readings at shows like The Paper Machete and the Encyclopedia Show. Andy has read with us before, and let us tell you, … Continue reading
Alyson Lyon To Play The Paper Machete
Keith Ecker did it last week. Now Alyson Lyon is getting some Paper Machete love. That’s right! Your weekly live magazine show, hosted by the tall Christopher Piatt, will be featuring the enchanting musical stylings of our very own Alyson. The show is back at Ricochets this week (3 p.m. on Saturday), so come and … Continue reading
Essay Fiesta Announces June 21 Line-Up!
The sun is turning our skin from a whiter shade of pale to a redder hue of burnt. Looks like June is upon us. And with a new month comes a new promise of literary wonderment. You know what I’m talking about. Say it with me: ESSAY FIESTA!!! Our June line-up is so jam-packed with … Continue reading
Alyson and Keith Are Doing Things!
In case you missed it, the lovely Alyson Lyon made an appearance on the L.A. radio show The Hollywood London Show. She discussed all things Matt Dillon, including her catchy little song, as well as Essay Fiesta. Way to plug us, Alyson! You can now listen to Alyson’s interview on the show’s archives (skip to … Continue reading
Essay Fiesta’s Talented Friends
Here’s a round up of some of the great things past readers of Essay Fiesta are up to. Bryan Bowden may have wowed you with his tale of bicycle riding at Essay Fiesta, but now he will completely hit you over the head with a laughter frying pan courtesy of his new video sketch (P.S. … Continue reading