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Events Mon May 19 2014

Do You Have a Face -- and a Tale -- for Radio?

If you do, then head to Pilsen on Wednesday, May 21 at 7pm for Vocalo Music & Stories: Balls of Confusion at The Chicago Urban Art Society, 600 W. Cermak Rd. Hosted by Vocalo host and producer, Luis Perez, with music by Ayana Contreras, Music & Stories combines a lineup of live lit vets with an open mic for novices, and offers a chance for all to be heard on the radio.

Wednesday's featured storytellers are Natasha Samreny, a writer, stand-up, and storyteller who has performed at Write Club and Lifeline's Fillet of Solo, and Drew Anderson, a Chicago actor and writer who has worked with Collaboraction and About Face Theatre, and who regularly performs at iO Chicago and Laugh Factory. After the headliners have shared their stories, there will be a music break courtesy of Ayana Contreras, host of Vocalo's Reclaimed Soul.

Here's where you come in: after the intermission, the stage will be opened up to audience members. To participate, you must tell a true story (music acts and poetry are wonderful, but not on the event's agenda), and you must tell this story in six minutes. If you can't wrap up in time, you probably won't get pulled off stage by a giant cane, but you can bet the ending of your anecdote will end up lost in post-production. This event will be recorded for broadcast on Vocalo Radio 90.7 FM/89.5 FM WBEW and 91.5 FM WBEZ, so take advantage of your chance to be heard on the radio, and maybe give the folks at Snap Judgment a run for their money.

This is an all-ages event that is free and open to the public.

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