It isn't a WBEZ event.
It does, however, fit all the criteria behind the nature of gathering smart people in a room and sharing food while hearing stories.
The Live Lit scene has exploded (in a tiny, artsy sort of way) in Chicago since The Moth
came in four years ago with the StorySlam at Martyrs (host Brian Babylon
celebrated his fourth year in that venue just last Tuesday and I will be celebrating my second year hosting The Moth at Haymarket Pub & Brewery on November 11th). Lately, Live Lit nights like StoryClub
, WRITE Club
and Guts & Glory
have been getting a lot of press and audiences hungry for the thrill of seeing live stories in bookstores and bars are growing in number.
None of them, however, invite the hungry audiences to bring food for each other and feed both their bellies as well as their minds. None except Janna Sobel's Here's the Story.
Here's the Story
features a giant potluck dinner and inspiring stories from Chicago raconteurs. At 7:30 on the first Sunday night of every month, Sobel opens the doors and invites her audience to join a potluck dinner (admission is free if you bring some food to share) and encourages people to keep eating even while the show is commencing.
The November 3rd show features stories from Chicagoans who make magic behind the scenes. Jen Spyra, staff writer for The Onion, Political Strategist and Public Relations expert Angela Benander, Fr. Michael Shanahan, Catholic Priest and human rights activist, and M.K., the man behind the curtain of Puppet Bike, will all tell stories. Five open slots are also available for audience stories.
It isn't a WBEZ event. It does, however, feel like one.