Get Up Get Out: April 10th to 17th

by: In Our Words


Thursday, April 11th

 Lucy Knisley is coming to Challengers on April 10th for a party! She’ll be signing copies of her terrific new book Relish: My Life In The Kitchen (I’ve read it! It is terrific!), hosting a slideshow, and hanging out with fans in a gallery decked out with her artwork. Beer and wine will be served, as well as Lucy’s recipes from Relish prepared by local fans. It’s going to be fun (potentially) on a bun!


Once again, Chicago poets host poets from all over the United States and beyond. This year, Juan Carlos Mestre, from Spain, and Coral Bracho, from Mexico, are our honorees.

Por sexta vez, nuestros poetas en Chicago reciben a poetas que nos visitan, cruzando fronteras nacionales e internacionales, para participar en esta celebración de la poesía en español.

QUEER AMP is a night dedicated to the LGBT Community and will reoccur every 2nd Thursday of the month at Quenchers. Each night will showcase some of the best local LGBT artists in Chicago. Be sure to come out every month and support your local scene. Hell, just come out to party with us regardless!

LOVE AND RADIATION is the project of Adele Nicholas and Lakshmi Ramgopal, vocalists, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists based in Chicago. Love and Radiation’s first album, You Will Know Me, drops April 9, 2013. Evoking meditative forests alongside pulsing dance floors, You Will Know Me explores darkness and ritualism with an urgency hard to

Friday, April 12th

Dance Party After-Party with us from 9PM-1AM

Saturday, April 13th

The Queer Pride Graduate Student Association is bringing this year’s Queergasm! home to the Alvina Krause Studio in Annie May Swift Hall on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus.

In conjunction with the 6th Annual Queertopia! Conference, QPGSA invites you to come eat, drink, play, and ogle during an evening of performances exploring the intersections of gender, sexuality, race and national belonging by local and regional artists.

H. Melt’s SIRvival in the Second City: Transqueer Chicago Poems (New School Poetics) contributes to a powerful movement in Chicago’s queer culture for self-determination. It documents the daily lives of Transqueer communities who are often ignored and kept hidden, placing them out in the open to encourage a public understanding. It traces H. Melt’s experiences growing up in Chicago from visiting traditional landmarks like The Art Institute to frequenting queer spaces such as Big Chicks. This collection is a historical artifact of intersecting queer and trans communities to be archived and shared with all audiences in Chicago and beyond. Books will be available for sale at the event and through Haymarket Books online:

Sunday, April 14th

Monday, April 15th

  • Poonie’s Cabaret, 8 PM, Constellation Chicago, 3111 N Western Ave, suggested donation $5

Poonie’s Cabaret is Links Hall’s risk-taking tri-annual performance cabaret of “the edgiest performers in Chicago, both up-and-coming and veteran” (Think Pink Radio).

Just like its home Links Hall, Poonie’s welcomes all forms of expression: music, dance, contact improv, puppetry, performance art, theater, live painting, queer expression, Indian classical singing, tap dancing, cheerleading, hip hop and b-boy/girling, film/video, freestyle rapping, martial arts, four square, baroque music, freejazz, ventriloquism, burlesque, boylesque, goth horror drag…and anything which cannot be defined but can be thoroughly enjoyed.

Tuesday, April 16th

Solo in the 2nd City Reading Series
Stories of single, sex, and dating in Chicago.
The Y Chromosome: All male lineup
Tuesday, April 16th, 7:30 PM music, 8:00 PM readings


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