What with Easter on Sunday and April 20th (whatever that means to you) on Saturday, this is a holiday-filled weekend. If you’re in the mood for celebrating and want to get out of the house, we’ve got you covered.
Jill Hopkins, host of the Morning AMp on Vocalo, joins the Morning Shift with her suggestions for things to see, hear, and eat this weekend.
What to see and hear
Lottery Day at the Goodman Theatre - This play by Ike Holter tells the story of gentrification in a fictional Chicago ward. See it before it closes April 28th.
Silent Disco at the Promontory - A dance party...where everyone wears headphones. Hear loud music if you want, or chat with your friends in a quiet corner. Choose your own party adventure!
Dope Comedy @North Bar - Comedian Dave Hellem visits from Los Angeles and curates a comedy show each month. Some big names have stopped by as well.
Grown Folks Stories at the Silver Room - An open mic for storytelling that makes us all blush. Cast off your embarrassment and join in!
Waldo’s Forever Fest - Music, education and vendors for cannabis lovers, all day on 4/20. Big Freeda headlines, and Vocalo’s own Jill Hopkins DJs a bit as well.
Jesus Christ Superstar Do-it-yourself Messiah Complex - What’s the best way to spend your Easter afternoon? Dress in your most biblical outfit and sing along with the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack!
What to eat
Ghost Burger at Kuma’s Corner - This slightly blasphemous burger is sauced with a red wine reduction and topped with an unconsecrated communion wafer. Deliciously unholy.
Two special bonuses
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Also, we’ve been having lots of poets on the show lately. Back in March, Field Museum Poet-in-Residence Eric Elshtain joined the program, and just this week we heard from National Youth Poet Laureate Kara Jackson. Both poets gave out writing prompts, and we’ve received great poems in response! If you’d like to submit a poem, call our hotline at 888-915-9945 and read it aloud. We might play it on a future show!
This conversation was adapted for the web by Char Daston. Click 'play' above to listen.
GUESTS: Jill Hopkins, host, Vocalo’s Morning AMp
Paula Friedrich, interactives producer, WBEZ.org