Show up to our September Show

Hey men and women of Chicago, we know we can be a bit lax about updating our little corner of tumblr here, but we like to keep it that way since the ease of technology can leave a lot of us inundated with TOO MUCH INFORMATION.

So the basics are that we have an awesome line-up of readers joining us tomorrow night at Black Rock Pub’s back room for The Pungent Parlour:

Susannah Breslin
Ben Tanzer
Kevin Robinson
Aaron Cynic

As well as pieces from show hosts Jeremy Solomon and Jeff Phillips.

We hope to see you then, because the Internet is a great tool, but nothing beats traditional live interaction.

Let us know you’re coming on Facebook if you’d like.

And a thank you to Chicago Literati on the Chicago Now network for the recommendation!

An August Must

The summer is flying by, damn. July was a good turn out. One of our readers brought his class of ESL students. Immersion! August has steam rolled up to the 3rd week. Tomorrow (August 20th) we are delighted to do it again.

Black Rock Pub & Kitchen
3614 North Damen Avenue, Back Room 

A Place for You to Go Tonight (6/18)

Admittedly we’ve been lax about updates here on the tumblr section of the internet. Good thing this show takes place flesh and blood. Things took a turn for the brisk overnight, so come warm your bellies, your faces, and your souls with some of the city’s best writers and storytellers tonight at the Pungent Parlour:

Black Rock Pub & Kitchen
3614 North Damen Avenue, Back Room 

Featuring readings by:

Ben Tanzer
Nicki Yowell
Monte LaMonte
• Jeff Phillips
• Ben Bliss
• Jeremy Solomon

Doors at 8pm, show at 8:30pm

Drink, eat, listen, mingle. 

See You Tonight

The storm going on right now threatens flash flooding. But things should dry off in time for a flood of fiction and essay at the Pungent Parlour tonight.
Come on out to:
Black Rock Pub & Kitchen

3614 North Damen Avenue, Back Room 
Chicago, IL 60618

Doors open at 8pm, show kicks off at 8:30pm

Featuring readings by:

  • Andrew O’ Connor
  • Paige Doepke
  • Jeff Phillips
  • Jen Bosworth
  • Golda Carrico
  • Bryan Bissell
  • Jeremy Solomon
Stoked to see y’all!

Join Us Tomorrow Night

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Tomorrow night, Tuesday, April 16th, we’re at it again at

Black Rock Pub & Kitchen

3614 North Damen Avenue, 
Chicago, IL 60618

Doors open at 8pm, show kicks off at 8:30pm

Featuring readings by:

Adam J. Galanski

Rachel Blau

Janna Sobel

Shannon Cason

Donny Rodriguez

Jeff Phillips

Jeremy Solomon

The weather will be just a touch warmer, and the atmosphere as warm and inviting as always. Looking forward to faces both familiar and new.

From one of our readers, aaroncynic:

I did the first and probably only live reading I’ll do (at least for a few months) earlier this week at the Pungent Parlor reading series, hosted by my wonderful friends Jeff Phillips and Jeremy Solomon. Everyone who read was fantastic, and I can even honestly say that the piece I offered is one of the things I’m most proud of in a long time. You can read it here.

Two More Reasons to Come out Tonight

Keith and Laura are pretty damn good reasons to show up tonight, but it doesn’t hurt that we’ve got Aaron Cynic and Vincent Truman. We’re very excited to have them all. Get to know these two a little better. 

Aaron Cynic is an independent journalist and activist from Chicago. He writes regularly for Chicagoist and the Diatribe Media collective. His work has also appeared on Shareable, Truthout, Z Magazine and in numerous other publications and zines. When he’s not writing about smashing the state, he’s either skulking around the punk and hardcore scenes of Chicago or working with Dark Catt productions on a documentary on Chicago food trucks.

Vincent Truman was born the third of two children in Morris, Illinois. He has written and published two books (“Ugly Bungalow” and “This Is My First Time So Please Be Brutal”) and eight plays. Four of his plays have been produced in Chicago, and all have received good reviews and good audiences. Critic J. Scott hill heralded his play “The Observatory” as one of the top 20 plays you should have seen in 2010. He was the founder and editor of Uno Kudo, an annual book featuring independent authors, photographers and artists working with a single-word theme. He was also the founder of, and head writer for, the sketch comedy group Suspicious Clowns, through which he earned the distinction of a lifetime ban from DePaul University due to a sketch involving nudity, the pope, and bodily fluid.

He is currently at work on a new original play entitled “Killing Angela” and a collection of short stories entitled “Non-Marital Asset.”

We look forward to seeing you all tonight.

Check Out Tomorrow’s Readers

We’re really excited for tomorrow’s show, featuring Vincent Truman, Keith Ecker, Laura Zak, Aaron Cynic.

Here’s a little info you to introduce Laura and Keith:

Laura Zak is a prolific writer of prose, poetry, and g-chats. A New-Englander by birth, she’s been to many corners of the US and we’re glad to have her here in Chicago. Get a preview of Laura on the blog Femmes de l’Aville, which she runs along with professional funny-lady and Pungent Parlour alumna, Caitlin Bergh.

Keith Ecker is the creator of Essay Fiesta and Guts & Glory, two of Chicago’s most popular live lit events. He has performed his writing throughout the city at such shows as Write Club, Story Club, This Much Is True, 2nd Story, Printers Row, the Chicago Writers Conference and many others. His work has been published on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and the Huffington Post. You can find out more about him at keithecker.com

Get to know them better tomorrow night, at Black Rock Pub: 3614 N Damen, at 8pm. This lingering winter means the fireplace will be roaring.

See you there!

Some details about the next one: 
Tuesday, March 19th.
Doors open at 8pm, show kicks off at 8:30pm
Black Rock Pub & Kitchen3614 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618
Featuring readings by:
Vincent Truman
Laura Zak
Keith Ecker
Aaron Cynic
Jeff Phillips
Jeremy Solomon
http://thepungentparlour-es2004.eventbrite.com/?rank=1

Some details about the next one: 

Tuesday, March 19th.

Doors open at 8pm, show kicks off at 8:30pm

Black Rock Pub & Kitchen
3614 North Damen Avenue, 
ChicagoIL 60618

Featuring readings by:

Vincent Truman

Laura Zak

Keith Ecker

Aaron Cynic

Jeff Phillips

Jeremy Solomon

http://thepungentparlour-es2004.eventbrite.com/?rank=1

Gearing Up for Our Second Show

So if you didn’t make our first show, here’s a little review that was in Gapers Block  that will give you a good idea of the atmosphere.

The show was a success, and we’re excited as we gear up for round 2, which will take place on Tuesday, March 19th, with doors opening at 8pm (and you can get there earlier too, it’s a bar).

We’ll list the reader bios here as we get even closer.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for something to do in Wicker Park tonight, you might want to check out Bitch n’ Purge at Jerry’s Sandwich Shop at 8pm.

The Pungent Parlour is a new monthly reading series hosted by Chicago writers Jeff Phillips and Jeremy Solomon, and will feature a rotating cast of six-to-seven writers presenting short pieces of Fiction and Essay. Held at Black Rock Pub in Roscoe Village, every 3rd Tuesday of the month, doors open at 8pm, shows kicks off at 8:30pm.

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