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Events Thu Jun 03 2010

Windy City Story Slam @ Empty Bottle


This Saturday is the next installment of the Windy City Story Slam, now held the first Saturday of every month at Empty Bottle. Bill Hillman, Columbia College student and 2002 Golden Gloves boxing champ, started the Slam in 2007 after being inspired by a trip to the legendary Uptown Poetry Slam at the Green Mill. Windy City Story Slam employs similar tactics - adrenaline-fueled competition, audience heckling and cheering encouraged. Past performances have included Marc Smith of the Uptown Poetry Slam and Ernest Hemingway's grandson John, author of Strange Tribe: A Family Memoir, whom Hillmann met - where else? - while running with the bulls in Pamplona. The Onion calls Windy City Story Slam "Chicago's best kept secret" and calls it "The hippest literary event this un-hip correspondent has ever attended." This Saturday's event is a fundraiser for the National Story Slam Championships on June 13, part of the Printer's Row Lit Fest. Readers TBA. June 5, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave. at 7:30pm. Admission is $5 donation, 21+.

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