WBEZ | Park West http://www.wbez.org/content/park-west Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The Moth GrandSLAM Championship: "The Showdown" http://www.wbez.org/moth-grandslam-championship-showdown-110124 <p><p><strong>The Moth</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>WBEZ&nbsp;</strong>and&nbsp;<strong>Vocalo</strong>&nbsp;host Chicago&rsquo;s seventh GrandSLAM Championship on Wednesday, May 21st at Park West in Chicago. Hosted by WBEZ&#39;s&nbsp;<strong>Don Hall</strong>, the show will feature ten champion Moth StorySLAM raconteurs who&rsquo;ll spin five-minute true tales on the theme&nbsp;<strong><em>&ldquo;The Showdown.&rdquo;</em></strong></p><p>No notes, no scripts &ndash; just pure, old-fashioned, unadulterated storytelling.&nbsp; Hear tales of whims, wildcards, split-second decisions and other game-changing shifts. The winning storyteller will be determined by guest judges chosen from the audience.</p><p>Competing for The Chicago Moth GrandSLAM Champion Title are:&nbsp;<strong>Renee Albrecht-Mallinger, Erica Clark, Erin Diamond, Susan Haarman, Arch Jamjun, Andi Nelson, Jim Padar, Jeffrey Qaiyum, MacKinzie Weaver and Scott Whitehair.</strong></p><p><em><strong>About The Moth StorySLAM and GrandSLAM</strong></em><br />At each StorySLAM, The Moth provides a stage, a microphone, a theme, and a host to guide the festivities. Storytellers toss their name into a hat and wait for their chance to share a crafted story from their life.&nbsp;&nbsp; If chosen, they have five minutes to regale the crowd.&nbsp; As with all Moth events, no notes or scripts are allowed. In Chicago, StorySLAMs are held on the second Monday of each month at Haymarket Pub and Brewery, and on the last Tuesday of every month at Martyrs&rsquo;. The GrandSLAM is the championship round, when 10 StorySLAM winners take the stage to crown the year&rsquo;s Champ.</p></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 11:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/moth-grandslam-championship-showdown-110124 The Year in Review http://www.wbez.org/year-review-109283 <p><p><strong>ONLINE SALES HAVE ENDED. &nbsp;Walk Up Sales are encouraged!</strong></p><p>Miley Cyrus twerking, the ACA website debacle, the new Progressive Pope, the bombing of the Boston Marathon, the closing of the government, Stand Your Ground laws, the closing of Chicago Public Schools, and Edward Snowden. &nbsp;Like it or not, 2013 was a year filled with news. &nbsp;If you could pick only twelve moments, what would you choose?</p><p>Join six WBEZ reporters and six local poets, comedians, and storytellers as they walk us through 2013, month to month, with stories of the news that mattered and the events that shaped Chicago and the world.&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/YearInReview.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Hosts:<br />Scott Whitehair/Stephanie Douglass</p><p>DJ:<br />Ayana Contreras</p><p>Storytellers:<br />Odette Yousef<br />Alex Keefe<br />Linda Lutton<br />Natalie Moore<br />Lauren Chooljian<br />Rob Wildeboer<br />Shannon Cason<br />J. H. Palmer<br />Malcolm London<br />J. w. Basilo<br />Tim Stafford<br />Thea Lux</p><p><strong>ONLINE SALES HAVE ENDED. &nbsp;Walk Up Sales are encouraged!</strong></p></p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 12:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/year-review-109283 Chicago GrandSLAM Championship VII: Old Enough to Know Better http://www.wbez.org/chicago-grandslam-championship-vii-old-enough-know-better-108725 <p><div>The Moth presents the GrandSLAM, a battle of wits and words - fierce, hilarious, heartbreaking and all points between. Listen as ten StorySLAM champs tell tales of childish behavior, adventurous risks, shameful manners, and more.<br /><br />The Moth is dedicated to finding intriguing people to tell inspired stories. At The Moth StorySLAM, those people find us. On this night, using words as weapons, they compete to determine The Moth&#39;s Chicago GrandSLAM Story Champion.<br /><br />Hosted by<br /><strong>Brian Babylon</strong><br /><br />Stories by:<br /><strong>Josh Berling</strong><br /><strong>Moran Cerf </strong><br /><strong>Sean Cooley</strong><br /><strong>Erin Diamond</strong><br /><strong>Don Hall</strong><br /><strong>Erin Kahoa</strong><br /><strong>Alana Kinarsky </strong><br /><strong>Daniel Kozuh</strong><br /><strong>Dan Nelson</strong><br /><strong>Paul Teodo</strong><br /><br />Music by: <strong>Tomeka Reid</strong><br />&nbsp;</div><div>More information about this event <a href="http://themoth.org/events">here.</a></div></p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/chicago-grandslam-championship-vii-old-enough-know-better-108725 The Moth and WBEZ present Chicago GrandSLAM Championship VI: The Heat is On! http://www.wbez.org/moth-and-wbez-present-chicago-grandslam-championship-vi-heat-107703 <p><p>The Moth presents the GrandSLAM, a battle of wits and words - fierce, hilarious, heartbreaking and all points between. Listen as ten StorySLAM champs tell tales of whims, wildcards, split-second decisions and other game-changing shifts.<br /><br />The Moth is dedicated to finding intriguing people to tell inspired stories. At The Moth StorySLAM, those people find us. On this night, using words as weapons, they compete to determine The Moth&#39;s Chicago GrandSLAM Story Champion.<br /><br />Hosted by<br /><strong>Don Hall</strong><br /><br />Stories by:<br /><strong>Lily Be</strong>, <strong>Erica Dreisbach</strong>, <strong>Dennis Frymire</strong>, <strong>Susan Haarman</strong>, <strong>Erin Kahoa</strong>, <strong>Megan Kellie</strong>, <strong>Andy Kim</strong>,<br /><strong>Jim Padar</strong>, <strong>Tom Sklar-Blake</strong>, <strong>Zac Willette</strong></p><p>More information about this event <a href="http://themoth.org/events">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Purchase tickets <a href="http://www.jamusa.com/ConcertDetails.aspx?ConcertId=5393">here</a>.&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/moth-and-wbez-present-chicago-grandslam-championship-vi-heat-107703 The Moth 3rd Annual GrandSLAM http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-13/moth-3rd-annual-grandslam <p><P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Join WBEZ’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me host, Peter Sagal as he hosts The Moth 3rd Annual GrandSLAM, on Tuesday, March 13th at Park West. Winners of the Moth's Chicago StorySLAMS will take the stage and tell stories on the theme of “Fight or Flight.” Special appearances include Vocalo’s Brian Babylon and WBEZ’s Don Hall, both Chicago Moth StorySLAM hosts.<SPAN style="DISPLAY: none">&nbsp;</SPAN></P></p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 17:45:43 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-13/moth-3rd-annual-grandslam