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Submissions Thu Jun 05 2014
You know the Empty Bottle, at 1035 N. Western Ave., right on the corner of Cortez. You probably went there to see any number of bands, readings, arts festivals, or book clubs. You might have walked into their side door that doubles as a chalk board denoting that night's line up. Maybe you played pool, posed in their photo booth or grabbed an Old Style from the bar.
In the Bottle's 20 plus years, they haven't documented their goings-on, until now. Teaming up with local publishers Curbside Splendor, the Empty Bottle is going to put out an oral history in the fall of 2015. Titled, 20-Something Years of Piss, S*#%, and Broken Urinals, the book will include stories, interviews, show posters and photographs from the bands who've played, the staff who've tended bar and anyone who's stepped through the door.
That's where you come in. Curbside Splendor is opening up submissions for anyone to share their stories, memories, photos, hangovers or worse. All submissions will be poured over and those selected will appear in the book or possibly posted on the book's website blog.
If you've got something to say about this notable Chicago venue (the only one I know of with a diagonal stage), then get your work ready and celebrate the Bottle's history.