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Real Talk Live Presents: Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong (Dec 16)

Sweet people, we are bringing you a show of epic proportions this December. Real Talk Live is coming at you with four amazing features and a company of all-around dopeness. Lynne Procope, Chance tha Rapper, Scott Whitehair, and St. Moses the Black Santa will be in full effect, amigos mios, so show your purty selves. [...]

Real Talk Live – Oct. 21

Just when you thought the Real Talk Live couldn’t get better… months like this happen. It’s that time again and we have two AMAZING features for you on October 21: Jamila Woods and Khary Jackson. No doubt. This is the LAST SHOW we are going to have at West Side School for the Desperate. As [...]

Sept 23: Real Talk Live Featuring Scott Woods & Deanna Moffitt

Fall is approaching and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than congregating for a night of great art, community and acting the fool. Join us for another raucous night of Real Talk with two great features: Scott Woods (poet) and Deanna Moffitt (actor, storyteller, comedienne). Both are terrific writers and exceptionally engaging [...]

Aug 26th: Real Talk Live feat. Quraysh Lansana & Lucky Boot Trio

After an absolutely gorgeous and inspiring anniversary last month, Real Talk Live, the city’s most raucous open mic and variety show, is back with our first show of the new season. We are thrilled to bring you a couple of great features: Quraysh Ali Lansana (poet) & Lucky Boot Trio (musician). Also, a special spotlight [...]

July 29th: Real Talk Live! Anniversary Show featuring Patricia Smith & Regie Gibson!

Date & Time: Friday, July 29th. Doors at 7:30 pm, show starts at 8:00 pm. Location: Elastic Arts (2830 N. Milwaukee Ave.) Suggested Donation: $10 It’s been a luxurious beauty sleep for the Real Talk fam, and now we’re looking fresh and feeling swell. We’ve been dreaming hard, humans. It’s been a year since we [...]

June 17: Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong – A Night of Performance

One Night Only! Real Talk Avenue & West Side School for the Desperate present a badass gumbo of poetry, music, comedy, and storytelling. Featuring: Avery R. Young J.W. Basilo Kristiana Colon & Shannon Cason with special guests. Hosted by Roger Bonair-Agard The Details: Location: 3608 West Wrightwood Avenue, Chicago  (aka West Side School for the [...]

March 25: Real Talk Live with Red Hot Annie and Kevin Coval

O darlings, spring is almost upon us – and what better way to celebrate than with hot performances by two of Chicago’s most legendary artists? For March, we’re bringing you Red Hot Annie, the Windy City’s premiere burlesque performer, and Kevin Coval, internationally known hip-hop poet, and co-founder of Chicago’s Louder Than a Bomb spoken [...]

Real Talk Live: featuring Beth Stelling and Aimee Le – Feb 11

Our features for our next show will be comedian Beth Stelling and poet Aimee Le. Real Talk Live is Chicago’s most raucous monthly variety show—electrifying the finest living room stages with poetry, music, comedy, visual art, dance, storytelling, and other holy acts, since June 2010. On February 11th, we will once again be wreaking havoc [...]

Real Talk Live: Featuring Kristiana Colón and Kristen Studard – Jan 7

Real Talk Live is Chicago’s most raucous monthly variety show—electrifying the finest living room stages with poetry, music, comedy, visual art, dance, storytelling, and other holy acts, since June 2010. On January 7th, we will once again be wreaking havoc in our cozy new Uptown space: 1142 W. Lawrence Ave., #202 (at Lawrence and Broadway [...]


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