Readings & Performances

If you'd like to catch Deb R. Lewis telling stories,
check out these events:

9/? ? 7p 2nd Story's 2014-2015 Season Opener: The Morning After/What Next? I'll be storytelling along with Vince Pagan, Lisa Schlessinger, and Aimy Tien. Precise date in September and location TBA.
6/25 W 7p-10p 2nd Story Summer Series, part one: Joy I'll be storytelling along with Melissa DuPrey and Shaun Sperling, and Seeking Wonderland live music is a real treat. Untitled 111 W. Kinzie, Chicago, IL. [Note: If you've never been to this gorgeous speakeasy, the entrance is unmarked (untitled!), left of the CVS, right of the parking garage.] Good food and drink!
12/5 R 7p-10p Gumbo Fiction Salon: Chicago's Multi-Genre Story Stew: I'll be the featured reader, plus there's an open mic, so come read with me! Or just hang out and listen. Upstairs at the Galway Arms, 2442 N. Clark, Chicago, IL. GFS is founded and hosted by the kick-ass Tina Jens.
11/26 T 7p, doors Feast: Stories of Together A night of stories and music developed to question, explore, and celebrate the moments that bring us together at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL. Andrew Reilly, Deb R. Lewis, and Jasmin Cardenas tell the stories, and the Harold Washington Trio provides your listening pleasure.
10/27 Su 7 p, doors 2nd Story Masquerade: Bump in the Night: Stories After Dark An evening of story and masquerade at Untitled, 111 W. Kinzie, Chicago, IL. I've curated and directed this very special, one-night-only event, and with storytellers Bobby Biedrzycki, Molly Each, and Cyn Vargas--it's not-to-be-missed! And, hey, Seeking Wonderland's in the house!
3/17 Su 2:30-5 Story Workshop Mini-classes open to alumni and the general public in the Fiction Writing Department on the 12th floor at 624 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL. It's great way to kick-off Story Week 2013!
3/2 Sa 10 a-12n I'll be emceeing for the SAGE-COH/GeNarrations storytellers (featuring Dion Walton, Carol Heddin, Randy Gresham, and Delphine Goree) for the GeNarrations City-wide Showcase in the Chicago Cultural Center's Rennaisance Court, 78 E. Washingon, Chicago, IL. It's always a really good time!
2/22 F 6:00 I'll be hosting the SAGE-COH/GeNarrations storytellers at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL, featuring Dion Walton, Carol Heddin, Randy Gresham, and Delphine Goree.
1/29 T 6:30 pm A special 2nd Story performance concerning diversity for the Justice Council at Sacred Heart School, Chicago, IL
11/20 T 7:30 pm, doors Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low Flying Duck: Stories from 2nd Story Book Tour at Scott Free's long-standing music and spoken-word series--Homolatte, Big Chicks/Tweet 5024 N Sheridan, Chicago, IL
11/2 F 7 pm, doors Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low Flying Duck: Stories from 2nd Story Book Tour at Lonnie Walker's Underground Wonderbar, 710 N. Clark, Chicago, IL
10/14 Su 4 pm One Big Happy Queer Family Panel discussion with Gregory Martin, Erica Lorraine Scheidt, and Paul Fukui at Wordstock in Portland, OR
10/14 Su 1 pm Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low Flying Duck: Stories from 2nd Story Book Tour at Wordstock in Portland, OR
9/7 M 7 p, doors "Up,Up & Away: Stories of Busting Out" 2nd Story, Brasserie 54, 5420 N. Clark, Chicago, IL.
It's a redux of the 2nd Story season opener!
9/9-10 Su, M 7 p, doors "Up,Up & Away: Stories of Busting Out" 2nd Story, Webster's Wine Bar, 1480 W. Websters, Chicago, IL.
It's the 2nd Story season opener!
5/18 F 9 p, doors Windy City Story Slam Semi-Finals, Urban Arts Society, 600 W. Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL.
I'll be competing against Cara Brigandi of Grown Folks Stories, Scott Whitehair of This Much is True Storytelling, Shannon Cason of Moth Chicago, Luis Perez of Vocalo FM’s Stories and Music, Jacob Knabb of Another Chicago Magazine, Jesse Jordan of RUI, Jeff Kerr of Criminal Class Press, and several more. Out of 15 semi-finalists only 5 will advance to the All-City Championships where they will share the stage with new Chicagoan Irvine Welsh author of Trainspotting and Skagboys at the Viaduct Theatre May 26th. The audience will decide who advances to the big stage -- so come out and howl for me!
4/28 Sa 7 p, doors 2nd Story: "Breaking Through", Underground Wonderbar, 710 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL.
See us in Lonie Walker's gorgeous and comfortable venue. Stories by JC Aevaliotis, Bobby Biedrzycki (he's doing my favorite, the New York Jazz story!), Deb R. Lewis, and Earl McLaurin
12/31 9 p, doors 2nd Story: New Years, Morseland, 1218 W. Morse Ave., Chicago, IL.
11/13-14 Su-M 7 p, doors 2nd Story: A Cold Day in Hell: Stories of Hatred and Forgiveness , Webster's Wine Bar, 1480 W. Webster Avenue, Chicago, IL.
“We say that forgiveness is divine, but what about those we can’t forgive? Join 2nd Story this November as our tellers share stories of hating and being hated, of forgiving and being forgiven. From a young woman’s imaginary internet feud with a local celebrity, to man’s struggle to be at peace with the life and death of his alcoholic father, our tellers will guide you on a journey through the instinct to hate, and the challenge to forgive.”
I'll be reading with Ian Belknap, Brandon Will, and Earl McLaurin.
11/10 R TBA Windy City Queer: LGBTQ Dispatches from the Third Coast reading at Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN (612) 822-4611.
11/11 F TBA Windy City Queer: LGBTQ Dispatches from the Third Coast reading at A Room of One's Own, 307 W. Johnson St., Madison, WI. 608-257-7888
9/22 R 7 p 2nd Story: The Wonder Years: Stories of Growing Up , In Fine Spirits, 5420 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL.
”"As kids we are constantly confronted with the challenges of growing up, but do these challenges ever really stop? Join 2nd Story this September as we head to In Fine Spirits in Andersonville for a very special performance exploring the challenges of becoming an adult. From a young man’s discovery of music with “dangerous lyrics,” to a divorcee’s attempt at a one night stand, we bring you stories dealing with the never ending challenge of growing up."
I'll be performing with Eileen Dougherty, Andrew Reilly, and Jessica Young.
8/4-6 R-Sa 7 p (8:30 p on Friday) 15th Annual Fillet of Solo Festival , Heartland Studio Theatre (aka BOHO), 7016 N. Glenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL. I'll be performing Ferocious Love alongside Kelli Strickland's We've Got a Badge for That
The overall festival runs from July 21-August 7. Most events are $10, but there are Festival Passes available for $30, good for all shows except for the event on August 7, which runs $20. The link above leads to further details.
I'd like also to especially plug the shows by Kim Morris, Julie Ganey, and Matt Miller.
6/29 W 7 p "Can You See Me?" -- 2nd Story at the Morseland , Morseland, 1218 W. Morse, Chicago, IL. Come see my directorial premiere! Storytellers: Bobby Biedryzcki and Khanisha Foster. Sound design: Mikhail Fiksel Curation: Deb R. Lewis




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