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Events Tue Jun 02 2015

What do The Blackhawks and RUI have to do with each other?

Local reading series Reading Under the Influence has been going strong for over a decade on the first Wednesday of the month at Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave. So what do they have to do with the Blackhawks?

Sheffield's is a neighborhood bar in Wrigleyville, the brings in a sports crowd. Their walls have numerous screens showing whatever sporting event might be on that night, from NCAA and professional sports as well as international sports. For anyone who's attended an RUI, you know that their is a mutual respect from the bar that allows sports and live lit to coexist. This is a hard balance to keep and one that most reading series don't have to juggle. Before each reading, one of the many hosts of RUI, be it past host Rob Duffer or current host Frankie Migacz, will reach up to turn off the screens the showed the Cubs or the Bulls, so the reading could commence (I would have mentioned host Behnam Riahi, but he simply can't reach that high).

Chicago's love of literature and sports can sometime get in the way of each other. Such is the case for this month at RUI as the Blackhawks begin their quest for their third Stanley Cup in a decade. Game one happens to be this Wednesday, the first one of the month. That's pushed the loyal series to alter its monthly slot to Thursday, June 4th. Lucky for them the Bulls didn't make the NBA finals which begin on that day. I doubt the bar will mind turning off the LeBron show for one night.

Join RUI this month as their theme is Tools. Their signature mix of great readers and literary trivia will not change. In fact, this month's reading lineup is one worth waiting for.

Featured readers include LA-based author Bronwyn Mauldin, Chicagoan Cyn Vargas (who's first novel On the Way was released on Curbside Splendor this spring), Carly Oishi co-host of reading series Miss Spoken, and local writer Laura Adamczyk.

The reading opens at 7pm with $2 domestic bottle specials and the readers begin at 7:30pm. There is a $3 cover. RUI will return to its regularly scheduled date the first Wednesday of the month, on July 1st. Go Hawks and RUI.

 
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