SHOWBIZ NATION LIVE! Interview with Playwright/Poet/Performer MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH

Marc Bamuthi Joseph discusses his multi-disciplinary performance piece /peh-LO-tah/ – a futbol framed freedom suite… that recounts personal stories of playing soccer mixed with social commentaries about the business of the sport. /peh-LO-tah/ will be presented by the MCA in association with the Chicago Humanities Festival October 5 – 8, at the MCA Stage. Tickets for the performances are $30 and are available at the MCA Box Office at 312.397.4010 or www.mcachicago.orgRead more

MCA presents award-winning poet-performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph/The Living Word Project’s multidisciplinary performance, /peh-LO-tah/ – a futbol framed freedom suite

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents award-winning poet-performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph/The Living Word Project’s multidisciplinary performance, /peh-LO-tah/ – a futbol framed freedom suite… that recounts personal stories of playing soccer mixed with social commentaries about the business of the sport. Inspired by Joseph’s first trip to South Africa, when the nation was preparing for the 2010 World Cup, the performance shows how soccer – a source of joy and physical freedom for so many – is also a means of corruption and inequality. Through spoken word poems, live music, and video projections, with choreography inspired by soccer movements and techniques, /peh-LO-tah/ explores the political, economic, and social significance of ‘the beautiful game.’ Presented by the MCA in association with the Chicago Humanities Festival, /peh-LO-tah/ takes place Thursday through Sunday, October 5 to 8, at the MCA Stage.

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Chicago Slam Works Ensemble Theatre proudly announces its 2016-17 season featuring three World Premieres of original, poetry-forward, interdisciplinary theater at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. New to the season is an expanded schedule including matinees and subscription and flex pass options. Using poetry as a primary medium, Chicago Slam Works Ensemble Theatre uses elements of movement, drama, music, spoken word, and sketch comedy based on a central theme to create a truly unique and unified theater experience. The three performance in the 2016-17 season are written by Chicago Slam Works Ensemble Theatre. J.W. Basilo is the artistic director.  The 2016-17 season includes “Just Numbers”, Oct. 7 – Nov. 11, 2016, “Never Mind, It’s Nothing”,Feb. 17 – March 24, 2017 and “Carrier”, May 6 – June 9, 2017. Tickets are $15 – $25 and performances are Fridays at 8:15 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. For tickets and information visit Read more


download (15)The Chicago Public Library Foundation and the Chicago Public Library have announced that the 16th annual Carl Sandburg Literary Award will be presented to legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Universally heralded for his immense contributions to musical theater in a career spanning more than 50 years, Sondheim will be honored at the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at The Forum (725 W. Roosevelt Road) on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Read more

Poetry Foundation Announces Fall Events Season

unnamed (20)The Poetry Foundation’s fall event season embraces poetry in an array of offerings that range from a salon concert, featuring music by Aaron Copland and Charles Ives, to readings by Joyce Carol Oates and Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Muldoon. Juan Felipe Herrera, the new US Poet Laureate, reads at the Harold Washington Library for the 61st annual Poetry Day— a series Robert Frost inaugurated in 1955. Jacqueline Woodson, the Young People’s Poet Laureate, will appear in collaboration with the Chicago Humanities Festival, as will Rae Armantrout and Claudia Rankine. The season begins on Wednesday, September 2 with acclaimed playwright and performer Beau O’Reilly’s Plug Nickel Cabaret, featuring Troy Martin and Judith Harding. Read more

Chicago Humanities Festival Announces Schedule For 26th Fall Festival

cRrbGSfiThe Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) announced today the complete schedule for the 26th Fall Festival, 130 events which will explore the theme of Citizens, Oct. 24-Nov. 8, 2015 at venues across Chicago. This year’s presenters include Between the World and Me author Ta-Nehisi Coates, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elvis Costello, TV personality and cookbook author Nigella Lawson, actor and former contributor to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Aasif Mandvi, Reading Lolita in Tehran author Azar Nafisi, comedian Patton Oswalt, The Wire actor and author Wendell Pierce, 2015 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize-winner Salman Rushdie, American history writer Sarah Vowell, Brown Girl Dreaming author and Newbery Honoree Jacqueline Woodson, and many more. To view a complete schedule, visit
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