Tagged with Second City

Get to Know: John Loos

Strap yourselves in because we’re about to get all Essay Fiesta up in here! That’s right! Essay Fiesta, Chicago’s premier personal essay reading series, is happening this coming Monday, Oct. 17. And we are super happy to have the one and only John Loos! John is an improviser, sketch artist and photographer. He, along with … Continue reading

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Essay Fiesta Announces Its October Line-Up

Fall is most certainly in the air, which means its time to warm up with some spiked apple cider, some canned soup and a bunch of great writers. On Oct. 17, Essay Fiesta will be welcoming a range of talent, from stand-up comics to savvy storytellers. Feast your eyes on our line-up: OutLoud Chicago producer … Continue reading

Get To Know: Janna Sobel

The next reader we’re highlighting as we amp up for the next Essay Fiesta (Sept. 19 at the Book Cellar at 7 p.m.) really doesn’t need much of an introduction. She may very well hold the record for most Essay Fiesta appearances, and, if our memories serve us correctly, she may have even read at … Continue reading

Get To Know Ali Weiss

Happy Saturday, Essay Fiesta fans! We are pleased to tell you about a first-time reader to the show. The super talented Ali Weiss. We first saw Ali read at The Paper Machete, the live magazine show she co-produces. But Ali does and has done so much more. Her work has appeared in TimeOut Chicago, Cheeky … Continue reading

Essay Fiesta Announces October Line-Up!

Can you believe that it’s been almost a year since Alyson and Keith started Essay Fiesta? In these 11 shows, we’ve hosted dozens of artists and hundreds of audience members. Plus, you all have helped us raise nearly $1,500 for Howard Brown Health Center. As we round out our year, we have yet another great … Continue reading

Essay Fiesta Says Get To Know Deanna Moffitt

Hey, Essay Fiesta friends! We’re super-duper thrilled to welcome comedian/writer Deanna Moffitt! Deanna is one of the co-creators of another reading series called This Much is True, which also features personal essays. You should check it out. It’s every second Tuesday of the month at Hopleaf in Andersonville. Deanna has a huge background in comedy. … Continue reading

Essay Fiesta Reader Profile: Rebecca Rine-Stone

With a surname like Rine-Stone, you’re destined for greatness. Rebecca Rine-Stone is the author of Sunbathing in a Body Cast, a memoir-based collection of short stories. Rine-Stone is currently an English instructor at Harper College, she has taught at the Second City Training Center and she is currently an instructor at StoryStudio Chicago. Come hear … Continue reading

Essay Fiesta Reader Profile: Bryan Bowden

Bryan Bowden is a manly mountain man who hails from North Carolina. Legend has it, he caught a bear with his bare hands and rode it cross-country to Chicago. That legend is probably false. Currently Bowden is a stand-up comic. He performs regularly around town. Bowden also has a gift for teaching. He currently is … Continue reading

Essay Fiesta’s April Line-Up

Wait no longer folks. Behold! Essay Fiesta’s April line-up in all its list-like glory! (The show will be on April 19th at the Book Cellar at 7 p.m.) Stand-up comic Cameron Esposito Writer, activist and the brains behind LifeLube.org Jim Pickett Stand-up comic and Second City Training Center instructor Bryan Bowden Science fiction writer William … Continue reading