SALON 49 - "What Does It Cost to Change the World?"
Image by Elissa Shortridge Jacobsen
SALON 49 What Does It Cost to Change the World?
Monday, April 29 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Please note the NEW LOCATION for this FREE event!
Voice of the City 3429 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
F R E E ! ! !
Curated by Eileen Tull
Featuring the work of the following artists:
Ines Bellina A. Elliot Besmann Mark Chrisler Jessamyn Fitzpatrick Khloe Janel Kai Love Emily Nikfar Coco Sho-Nell Maggie Wagner KJ Whitehead - Queen of Radical Comedy
SOCIAL HOUR begins at 7:00 PM and the programming itself starts at 8:00. So come early to hang out and fuel yourselves with drinks and treats!
Then witness these talented artists share brand new pieces exploring the theme of "What Does It Cost to Change the World?" Lean into an adult beverage, laugh, shed a tear, and be inspired as you experience an evening you won't soon forget. And let us be born again into a new art experience with LIVE ART!
The event is FREE!!!
Curated by Guest Artist (who we are so excited about!!!!) Eileen Tull. Eileen has played with us as a performer and a curator in the past and we are honored and wildly excited) to have her share her talents with us again.
We can't wait to see you there!
About the Curator:
Eileen Tull is a storyteller, performance artist, poet, comedian, and one-woman-show person. She is so proud, happy, and thrilled to be back curating another Plagiarists Salon! Eileen has performed throughout the country, from San Francisco to New York City, including in the SF Fringe, New Seeds Festival, United Solo, the Cincy Fringe, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and the Dallas Solo Festival. Her work has been seen all over Chicago in theatres, bookstores, art galleries, bars, and other non-traditional spaces with such companies as Collaboraction, Salonathon, Knife & Fork, You're Being Ridiculous, and Broken Nose Theatre, among others. Her work as a creative activist was recognized by The White House in 2016, but her biggest accomplishment to date is "winning" Stage Left's Drekfest competition in 2017 where she was crowned the Worst Playwright in Chicago. Eileen co-curates Sappho’s Salon at Women and Children First bookstore, a performance series for artists exploring gender, sexuality, and feminism.
About Plagiarists Salons
The Plagiarists' mission is to steal from literature, visual art, history, and the culture at large to create new creative expression that finds the familiar in the strange, the unique in the commonplace, and ultimately enlarges the world. Plagiarist Salons are another way we put our theory into practice, providing a forum for artists to share their work and ideas with one another. They occur twice a year, with a single curator assembling group of artists creating a variety of works around a theme that relates to our season. Past salons have featured short plays, full-length readings, songs, dances, puppet shows, radio plays, readings of comic books, essays, a talk show, even the pilot for Christopher Piatt's Paper Machete. This salon focuses on our season's theme, TIME: The Beginning And The End of Everything. Each performer is exploring an aspect of time: the past, the present, or the future in a kaleidoscope of genres and forms.
Our manifesto is “The Ecstasy of Influence,” an essay by Jonathan Lethem about cultural ownership and artistic influence which articulates our ideals and ideas about art and creation. We believe that art is a gift given to its audience and that drawing on those gifts to make your own work is how the artistic creation process works. We select our projects as a group, write much of our work collaboratively, and encourage collaborators to have a voice in its development.
About the Artists:
Ines Bellina is a writer, storyteller, and bon vivant. Her writing has appeared in The A.V. Club, Gapers Block, Book Riot, The Billfold and more and she has performed in shows like The Skewer, You're Being Ridiculous, Story Club, and the Chicago Women's Funny Festival. She will be teaching a live lit class at StoryStudio in May and really wants you to sign up for it!
Elliot Besmann identifies as a self-loathing narcissist. Originally from Tennessee, they started doing stand-up storytelling when they realized it meant people would have to quietly listen to them talk for 7-10 minutes without a single interruption. Elliot's work focuses on queer issues, Jewish identity, the inherent folly of conflicting cultural norms, and being a giant nerd. They perform frequently at storytelling shows around Chicago, including the Filet of Solo Storytelling Festival two years in a row and the premiere of 'Am I Man Enough?'. In their spare time they enjoy cross stitching swear words, dressing up as a supervillain, and trying to remember the third thing on this list.
Mark Chrisler is a playwright, monologuist and host of The Constant: A History of Getting Things Wrong, a podcast about exactly what it says it is. His work has been produced or developed at The New Ohio Theatre, ACT, The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, The Stella Adler Studio, A Red Orchid, Ilkhom Theatre, Prop Thtr and many more. He’s published through Broadway Play Publishing as well as Smith and Kraus and holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Ohio University.
Jessamyn Fitzpatrick is Chicago born actor and educator. A graduate of Reed College in Portland, OR, Jessamyn has performed with various Chicago companies including Broken Nose Theatre, Raven Theatre, Mudlark, Walkabout and Imagination Theatre. She is a company member with For Youth Inquiry for the Illinois Caucus of Adolescent Health - which offers participatory theatre and workshops surrounding reproductive justice. With FYI Jessamyn conceived, co-wrote and produced FIRST, a play about virginity in 2017 and more recently co-wrote This Boat Called my Body, a play about abortion access in Illinois. Jessamyn is a proud teaching artist with TimeLine Theatre and an educator with Catharsis Productions – with whom she performs Sex Signals; an interactive show about gender, sexual violence and consent education. Jessamyn is a poet, pleasure activist and theatre-maker interested in the creative potential of vulnerability, storytelling and feminist questioning. Much love and light to all your brave, warrior hearts.
Khloe Janel is an artist from Little Rock, Arkansas. Recently graduating from Columbia College Chicago, she has performed all over the Chicagoland area. You can hear/read some of her poetry on her YouTube channel (Khloe Janel) and several literary publications nationwide. Her TV credits include Empire, Chicago Fire, Easy, and The Chi. Follow her artistic journey at Khloejanel.com
Emily Nikfar is a Columbia College Chicago graduate with a BA in acting. She loves doing solo work and is excited to create her own characters. Emily has performed with the Plagarists a few times now and is very excited to be back again!
Coco Sho-Nell was born in a small town outside of Gary, Indiana…… And that town was called Chicago! For 8 years she was a resident choreographer and regular cast member performing every 3rd Saturday of the month at the Call Bar. There Coco was part of the Charity Drag show “Ashley Morgan Presents…” Now you can find Coco periodically in her own drag/cabaret variety show “Coco Sho-Nell’s Variety Show” all around Chicago. Every first and third Saturday of the month at Charlie’s Night Club with Ben D. Mann's boylesque. To find out where you can check out Coco Sho-Nell, visit her on twitter @CocoShoNell, IG @cocoslense and feel free to support Coco because Tipping isn’t just a city in china via Venmo @Cocosho-nell80.
Maggie Wagner hails from Minneapolis, MN where clinical studies at 3M proved her to be the most brightly packaged and cost effective playwright available in her price range. She reviews theater productions for Windy City Times and Theatre By Numbers. You can catch her spinning yarns for Loose Chicks, Bad Grammar, The Gumbo Fiction Salon and wherever quality theatrics are sold.