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Stand & Deliver: Open Mic Night Friday, February 28

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Stand & Deliver: Open Mic Night

  • Date: February 28, 2020
  • Time: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Price: $15
    $15 regular admission; $10 student ticket (with I.D.)

We want to hear your story!

Storytelling open mics have exploded all over Chicagoland from Evanston to the loop. And now Gorton will debut an open mic evening! We want to hear YOUR story! No experience necessary. You have 7 minutes to tell a story about your life!
WHERE:  Gorton Community Center
WHEN: Friday, February 28
HOW: Sign up at 7, show at 7:30
This will be a cabaret themed evening with cocktails for purchase. There will be two featured storytellers.If you are interested in telling a story, please arrive early and sign up. Names will be called in order of sign up and you will have 7 minutes to tell your story. No experience necessary!


Expertly produced and moderated by Anne Vandy Purky:

Anne Purky has burst on the storytelling scene talking about the dark side of a privileged upbringing, stirring up trouble on the North Shore and being a renegade mom of an astonishing differently abled daughter. She studied film & writing at Northwestern and the School of the Art Institute.She is active in politics, disability rights, and advocates for the homeless with PADS in Waukegan & Zion. Anne’s performed at Story Jam, Chicago Dramatists, Truth Be Told, Beast Women, Story Lab, Pour One Out, You’re Being Ridiculous and had a sold out one woman show at Filet of Solo festival at Lifeline Theatre this year. She resides in Lake Forest where she chronicles entitlement with raucous glee!






Kristin Crane Harper is Braving the World. One Story at a Time. A Graduate of Chicago’s famed Second City Conservatory, KCH has studied with local icons Jimmy Carrane (Improv Nerd) & Stephanie Rogers (Story Jam Studios). RECENT Performances include: Do Not Submit, StoryJam Showcase,The MOTH, Fillet of Solo Festival (opening story to Anne Vandy Purky’s one-woman show The Fixer) and Louder Than A Mom. Kristin brings passion, intensity, and a quick wit to every encounter. (So Sorry Walgreen’s Dude.) She’s currently working on “connection over perfection” and healing hearts through laughter. “She also throws the best Brunch in the Village”! – MomSquad Wilmette





DAVID QUACH is a Moth StorySlam winner. He has performed improv at The Second City and iO, and he is also a graduate of their improv programs. For his day job, he is a number-crunching data scientist at Avant. He was born and raised in Sydney, Australia and moved to Chicago in 2010 for graduate school. In his spare time he runs, plays in the Chicago netball league, reads nonfiction books and listens to podcasts. To see when David is next performing near you, you can follow David on Instagram: @quachdavid.


Enjoy opening cabaret music on the piano by Caryn Caffarelli from 7-7:30 pm!


Please arrive early, around 7pm, to sign up to tell.  Limited spots available!

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