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Story Lab

Seven up-and-coming storytellers tell their true personal stories in the cozy back room of a pub. Hosted by Scott Whitehair (who also hosts This Much Is True and Do Not Submit). Black Rock Pub & Kitchen | 3514 N Damen | FREE | 21+ | 7:30pm every third Wednesday of the month | Website

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This Much Is True

Seven different true, personal stories “revealing the humorous, embarrassing, and poignant moments that make up a life remembered,” some from core performers and some from featured guests. Hosted by Stephanie Douglass, Larry Kerns, and Scott Whitehair. (Scott Whitehair also hosts Do Not Submit and Story Lab.) Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro | 3905 N Lincoln Ave | Free | 21+, unless with parent | 7:30pm every second Tuesday of the month | Website

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Coming of Age in Chicago Live Lit: An Interview with Xavier Jordan
by Alba Machado

Xavier Jordan


Sometime in February, I braved the cold and snow to see Xavier Jordan tell a story at the Jazz Showcase. It was a true story about someone who is a school teacher and also a horrible person. He reveals himself to be a horrible person through a series of escalating incidents, starting with kicking a student out of his class for sneezing. Now, four months later, that story continues to stay with me. Of course, it’s not surprising that a story told by one of Chicago’s live lit performers is memorable. What is surprising is that this storyteller is seventeen years old. You may know a number of teenagers who can spin a hell of a good yarn. I certainly do. But how many of them tell stories on stage alongside local literary celebrities? Xavier Jordan is one of a kind. The son of The Moth Grand Slam Champion Lily B, he has come of age at the epicenter of the live lit movement and has performed at a variety of the city’s reading series so many times that everyone has lost count. He’ll be leaving Chicago for college come summer’s end, returning to perform only during breaks. But he’s a tireless storyteller, so keep an eye on the calendar for show announcements or come out to the Printers Row Lit Fest this weekend, where he’s featured at a special installment of Stoop-Style Stories taking place at the Guild Literary Complex tent at Dearborn and Polk on Sunday at 11am. This week, he performed at The LitMash on Monday, graduated from high school on Tuesday, and got together with me for an interview at Fabcakes on Wednesday. We ate triple berry cheesecakes because, as he put it, “Why would anyone get raspberry cheesecake when you can get triple berry cheesecake?” Continue reading

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