LIVE TALK: Too Big to Fail





Live Talk: Too Big to Fail

March 22, 2018 at 7:30pm
Uncommon Ground – Devon
1401 W. Devon Avenue

Join us for our last LIVE TALK of the season, an evening of mashup performances about big hopes, dreams, and ambitions! MC’ed by Cards Against Humanity writer Nico Carter, our final LIVE TALK of the season features a motley band of performers grappling with big artistic ambitions.

Neo-Futurists Kurt Chiang and Lily Mooney bring us The Arrow, a storytelling show subject to spontaneous interventions. Mike Oleon, Founding Artistic Director at Rough House Theater and Puppet Cabaret curator extraordinaire, presents Squidbaby’s Day Out. With stories by actor (the grown-up kind) Theo Allyn and Goodman Theatre’s Tanya Palmer, and music by Karen Salmon and Christopher Elam, LIVE TALK: Too Big to Fail is too good to miss!

Kick up your heels with playwright Derek McPhatter during the “Pivot DIY,” our lively audience engagement activity. Scoop up tickets for $12!


Live Talk: Let’s Talk About Love

February 21, 2018 at 7:30pm
The Hopleaf
5148 N. Clark Street

Live Talk show is an entertaining mash-up of short performances, engaging discussion, plus food + drink for purchase. Join us at Chicago’s most popular Belgium Bar/Restaurant with host Sharon Lanza (Mucca Pazza).

Comedians Rashawn Scott and John Szymanski perform songs by artists they love with Alex Kliner on the keys. Plus sound, visual + performance artist Meg Leary, tap dancer Nico Rubio, storyteller Julie Ganey, live music with The Glass Trio featuring Courtney Glascoe, Holly Stevens and Stacy Erenberg along with cellist Nora Barton, Julie Pomerleau (violin) and Marc Piane (bass), the Pivot DIY led by the inspiring arts advocate Erick Deshaun Dorris and discussion with actress Laura Fisher, one of the leaders of the NOT IN OUR HOUSE Chicago Theatre Standards, harassment and safety guidelines now being used by theaters nationally.

This is a fun and eclectic night out. Kind of like a late night talk show? But different.






Live Talk: We’re Still Here!

January 17, 2018 at 7:30pm
Uncommon Ground
1401 W. Devon

Our Live Talk show is back!! An entertaining mash-up of short performances, engaging discussion, plus food + drink for purchase. On January 17 we celebrate resiliency the week of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and the one year anniversary of the inauguration of Donald Trump.

Come laugh with our host, LAUREN WALKER of Second City plus performances by PREACH Improv; Poet/Performer Nikki Patin with musician, Marta Cook; storyteller Lily Be; performer Quenna Barrett leads the Pivot DIY and music duo Emmy Bean and Stacy Erenberg will blow you away with their soulful tunes.

Panel Discussion on Art and Resiliency moderated by January Parkos Anall (Curator of Public Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art) with David Feiner (Albany Park Theater Project), Brett Swinney (Curator/Producer) and Jireh L. Drake (Artist/Activist).