Monthly Archive for July, 2010

Off-Site Event! Quimby’s Co-Sponsors Clockwork Vaudeville at Exit!

Jul ’10
10:00 pm

Clockwork Vaudeville is Chicago’s Premiere Steampunk Dance party, this month featuring among other things, a magician, dancers, the DJ group The Chaotic Good and even a hypnotist!  Also, fashion and invention contests, with prizes! And Quimby’s will be there with swag! For more info:

This is an off-Site Event, not at Quimby’s. It will be at Exit Chicago Punk & Rock Club, 1513 W. North Ave, 773-395-2700.

Quimby’s Co-Sponsors Dating for Nerds Singles Trivia Night at the Holiday Club!

Jul ’10
7:00 pm


Think the brain really is the sexiest organ? Find out with other unattached smarties during a singles trivia night featuring a video quiz by local filmmaker and critic Collin Souter (“Breakup Date” and “Meet the Monkeys”), an audio quiz by staff from Record Breakers music store and guest rounds by staff from Quimby’s Bookstore, American Science and Surplus, G-Mart Comics and Abraham Lincoln Book Shop.

How it works: Singles mingle over moderate-level trivia questions in a variety of general interest categories, including books, music and movies, with a different round dedicated to each subject. Each round, the winners score prizes and all attendees get the chance to win a themed giveaway inspired by the topic. Singles meet by rotating tables and forming new teams every round. Includes a cocktail.

Venue: Holiday Club

Address: 4000 North Sheridan Road, Chicago

Date: 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 13

Price: $20 advance/$25 door

Registration: <> or 312-265-6085

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4000 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60613-2005 – (773) 348-9600,

Work In Progress at Quimbys

Jul ’10
7:00 pm


The rumors are true, our monthly social get together, Work In Progress is tons of fun! It happens that last Wednesday of the month, and involves free snacks, and working on projects in a social atmosphere.

You can either present something your working on, and get feedback, or just hang out and work on your project and not feel so all alone for one night.

Stop by July 28th from 7 – 8:30pm for a good time!

Dear Deer Wolf Bear Shark and Little Brother

Jul ’10
7:00 pm

One and a half years ago, in an attempt to overcome his nigh crippling shyness and to get out of the basement, Brayton J. Cameron began the zine Dear Deer Wolf Bear Shark (Long Reach Publishing) so he wouldn’t just sit in the corner of venues silently weeping in the dark while on tour with local rock band Geronimo!  This kind of worked.    Issue 5 is Brayton’s celebrated final issue.  Some said it was funny, others said it was stupid, he just said the same as issue one, it was the “World’s best content.  World’s worst zine.”

Shaylah Kloska and Lauren Hunter teamed up early this year to create Little Brother, a zine about, well anything, their first issue contained stories, poems, comics, and drawing ranging in topics from actual brothers, to strangers, to an octopus with a typewriter.    Throughout this year Shaylah and Lauren have worked across the ocean, but this event brings the two of them together once again to officially release their 2nd delightful issue and, of course, read a bit from it.

Dear Dear Wolf Bear SharkLittle Brother Cover

For more info: & & Little Brother on Facebook.

Mike Faloon, James Jay and Jonathan Messinger

Jul ’10
7:00 pm

Mike Faloon, editor of the world-famous Go Metric! zine, celebrates the launch of his new book of stories, The Hanging Gardens of Split Rock: Stories, out now on Gorsky Press. Faloon is on tour with fellow Gorsky-ite James Jay (The Undercards), and will be joined by Chicago guy Jonathan Messinger (Hiding Out).

According to conventional wisdom some goals are best not pursued. The characters in The Hanging Gardens of Split Rock have yet to learn this. Pocket Hercules taps into the power of the ancient wonders to mend a broken heart, with some heavy metal to help. Little League coach Gary Shouldice probably goes too far in motivating his son. Leon Rayner serenades a girl he barely knows with his week-old punk band. From small town watering holes to veterinary clinics to jam band festivals the people portrayed in The Hanging Gardens of Split Rock are undeterred in the pursuit of their dreams. And maybe they should be. Deterred, that is.

The Performers:

Mike Faloon has paid the bills as a DJ, dishwasher, drummer, and school teacher. He is the publisher of two zines (Go Metric, Zisk) and a contributing writer to magazines such as Chunklet, Razorcake, and Roctober. His work has also appeared in The Zine Yearbook (Soft Skull) and The Overrated Book (Last Gasp). He lives in Brewster, New York with his family.

Poet and essayist James Jay lives in Flagstaff, Arizona where he has worked as a bartender, fire fighter, dish washer, janitor, furniture mover, and the like. He has taught poetry in high schools, jails, and universities. Currently, he is the Executive Director for the Northern Arizona Book Festival and the Managing Editor for Two Dogs Press.

Jonathan Messinger is the co-founder of Featherproof books, co-host of the Dollar Store reading series, Books Editor for Time Out Chicago and author of the short-story collection Hiding Out. He’s currently at work on Hiding Out 2: Hiding In, and Hiding Out 3: Don’t Stop Hiding.

For more info:    Mike Faloon: James Jay:

Jonathan Messinger: