Monthly Archive for August, 2013

Laydeez Do Comics September Edition: Rachel Foss and MK Czerwiec aka Comic Nurse 9/26

Sep ’13
7:00 pm

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Laydeez do Comics is a unique salon with a focus on graphic works based on life narrative, the drama of the domestic, and the everyday. Invited guest speakers have 10-20 minute slots to present works/ideas followed by a Q&A. Launched in London in July 2009, the group has now expanded to other cities, including Chicago. Quimby’s hosts the Chicago chapter and it is usually the last Thursday of every month.

September’s guests:


Rachel Foss is a happy cartoonist drawing sad stories for real people everywhere.  Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, she moved to Chicago after spending a year with the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont.  Her new comic, the Wandering Fox, a historical drama based on her family history, will debut October 1, 2013. She writes: ”

I was raised in the general area of (infamous) Flint, MI, where I watched a lot of Nickelodeon and read every Goosebumps book released prior to 1996.However, Flint sucked, so I left as soon as possible.  I went to school and studied film and design.  I graduated realizing that I didn’t really want to do either of those things. I moved to Grand Rapids and did nothing for a really long time.  THEN in 2009, thanks to some amazing people, i discovered Comics/Graphic Novels/Cartooning.  For many reasons, including this, I consider Grand Rapids, MI my true home.

In 2011 I moved to White River Junction, VT (or more fondly TOON TOWN, VT) after I was accepted into the Center for Cartoon Studies Master’s Program.I now live in Chicago where everything is awesome, especially me.



For more info:

MK Czerwiec aka Comic Nurse presents on “Comics, Laydeez, and the Movies,” with a surprise announcement at the end!




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Brian Tuohy Reads From Larceny Games: Sports Gambling, Game Fixing and the FBI 9/28

Sep ’13
7:00 pm


Major League Baseball claims it hasn’t had a game fixed by gamblers since 1919. Point shaving hasn’t admittedly occurred in the NBA since 1954. And the NFL publicly states not one of its games has come under outside influence—ever. This league-sponsored history, however, is wrong.
Larceny Games provides the details and names the names of Hall of Fame athletes who have either bet upon their own sport or outright thrown games for the benefit of gamblers—and why the sports leagues have covered-up these incidents.

Larceny Games also digs into this vast underworld through interviews with sports gambling insiders and former FBI agents as well as detailing information from more than 400 previously unreleased FBI case files relating to sports bribery to reveal how professional athletes and referees have been corrupted into fixing games in the NFL, NBA, MLB, boxing, soccer, and tennis.

Brian is also the author of The Fix Is In: The Showbiz Manipulations of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR and is the leading expert on the subject of game fixing.

“Once again, Brian shows there’s much more to professional sports than meets the eyes (or ears), He digs so deep that he’ll need a bodyguard!” — Sam Bourquin, Host, WHBC Ohio


Saturday, September 28th, 7pm – Free Event

Off-Site: Audrey Petty, Editor of High Rise Stories, at the Hull-House 9/24, in conversation with WBEZ’s Natalie Moore

Sep ’13
7:00 pm


Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and The Public Square presents, author and WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore in conversation with Audrey Petty, compiler and editor of HIGH RISE STORIES: VOICES FROM CHICAGO PUBLIC HOUSING.

Cabrini-Green. Robert Taylor Homes. Stateway Gardens. Ida B. Wells and Harold Ickes. Imposing structures that dominated the landscape of the city and the lives of residents in the second half of the 20th century in Chicago. In the gripping first-person accounts of High Rise Stories, former residents of Chicago’s iconic public housing projects describe life in the now-demolished high rises. These stories of community, displacement, and poverty in the wake of gentrification give voice to those who have long been ignored, but whose hopes and struggles exist firmly at the heart of our national identity.

About the editor:
Audrey Petty is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A Ford Foundation grantee, her work has been featured in ColorlinesStoryQuarterly, and Saveur, among many others.

For more info:

Join us Tues, Sept 24th from 7-9pm at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (800 S. Halsted St.) as we provide this title for event attendees.

*Please note: this event is NOT at Quimby’s. It is at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum at 800 S. Halsted St., Chicago IL 60607

About the book, among the narrators:
DONNELL, who was initiated into gang life at the age of twelve. A former resident of Rockwell Gardens, Donnell recounts growing up in an environment where daily life involved selling drugs, fighting rival gangs, and navigating encounters with a corrupt and often violent police force, as well as his efforts to turn his life around after incarceration.

SABRINA, whose sister was shot in the head in their Cabrini-Green apartment when she was caught in the middle of a turf-related shooting. Because ambulances refused to come to Cabrini-Green, and the elevators were out of order, Sabrina’s father and her then-pregnant mother had to carry her sister down thirteen flights of stairs to rush her to the hospital.

DOLORES, who, at the age of 82, was hastily displaced from her home in Cabrini-Green after 53 years and forced to leave many of her belongings behind. Dolores depicts her community’s evolution over five decades, including her leadership in resident government, and her husband’s mentoring of youth through a Drum and Bugle Corps.

CHANDRA, whose son’s felony conviction bars him from entering the grounds of Chandra’s home in Orchard Park. Chicago Housing Authority rules demand that Chandra report him to the police if she sees him on the property, or face eviction herself.

Advance praise for High Rise Stories:

“The importance of this book cannot be overstated. High Rise Stories is essential reading for anyone interested in fair housing. The Voice of Witness series is a megaphone for our country’s most marginalized voices, opening critically needed space in the national conversation on housing reform.” —Van Jones, Former Special Advisor to the Obama White House, author of Rebuild the Dream and The Green Collar Economy

“A hard look at the consequences of poverty and flawed concepts of public housing and urban renewal.” — Kirkus Review

“The[se] stories demand attention…though nearly all of the high-rises themselves have been torn down over the last decade, the problems discussed in th[is] book remain.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“A powerful and authentic work. High-Rise Stories captures the vibrant sense of community and home, as well as the challenges, that existed for those who lived in Chicago’s public housing developments, through a series of searing first person narratives. An important book and a very moving read.” —Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps

“Although Chicago demolished almost all of its public housing towers over the last few years, the “projects” live on in infamy. Cabrini-Green, Henry Horner, Robert Taylor–these were the imagined wastelands of the inner-city’s decay, the proper names of urban catastrophe. Employing the intimate interview style of Studs Terkel, High-Rise Stories allows real residents of public housing to speak in their own voices. Their gripping life stories are at once harrowing and inspiring, and give the lie to the myth that the projects were a monolithic hell, the people there mere victims or victimizers. The book is important reading for anyone hoping to understand Chicago in all its workings.” —Ben Austen, The Last Tower

‘Whatever else might be said about Chicago’s Plan for Transformation, it has proved a stunningly effective disappearing act. The city did not merely demolish its high-rise public housing developments; it erased them, without regard for the identities, attachments, and histories of those for whom these communities were home. High-Rise Stories is a major act of recovery and rescue. Bypassing the official narrative of enlightened urban “transformation”—as well as the social scientific folklore and magical thinking about “mixed income communities” deployed to support it—Audrey Petty has done something radical: she has simply and deeply listened to residents. Her book is an extended act of neighborly hospitality. Each of the voices she has assembled is distinct. Taken together, they evoke a lost world and speak to a future in which all have an equal right to the city.” —Jamie Kalven

Joe Janes and Friends Present Staged Readings From Seven Deadly Plays 9/21

Sep ’13
7:00 pm

playsIn Joe Janes’s new book Seven Deadly Plays, he assembles seven plays he wrote that are set in dangerous places in and around Chicago. All the plays were written in one week and then presented at Strawdog Theatre in the summer of 2012. The locations include a speedboat on Lake Michigan, an urban farm in Englewood, the abandoned Damen Silos, a haunted cemetery, a fun house, up in a big tree and Lower Wacker. The approach was similar to how many 24-Hour projects are constructed. Directors and casts were predetermined. Janes visited each site and then wrote a play that day which was submitted to the director and actors the following morning. The first group had six days to prep their play. The last group had the day of opening night to get ready.  The result was a dynamic mix of comedy and drama in some very unusual settings.

“silly, bizarre, violent, and provocative…the pieces showcase Janes’s willingness to take risks of all kinds.” – Chicago Reader on 50 Plays

Joe Janes is an Emmy award winning writer and former stand-up who teaches comedy writing at The Second City and Columbia College. He has written for Jellyvision’s “You Don’t Know Jack” and SNL’s “Weekend Update.” He has written three books: 365 Sketches, 50 Plays and Seven Deadly Plays. His full-length plays include Metaluna and the Science of the Mind Revue, A Hard Day’s Journey Into Night and Always Never. He writes regularly for WNEP Theatre and Robot vs Dinosaur. He has been a director for Second City for over ten years including directing the national touring company and Second City main stages in Las Vegas and Detroit.

For more info: or e-mail joejanes1065(at)gmail(dot)com

Saturday, September 21st, 7pm – Free Event



David Moscovich You Are Make Very Important Bathtime Release Event With Eckhard Gerdes 9/13

Sep ’13
7:00 pm


David Moscovich’s new book, You Are Make Very Important Bathtime (JEF Books Publishing), is about an expatriate in a foreign land and his failure to navigate the awkward seas of extreme culture clash. Set in Southern Japan, it is a celebration of the beauty of misunderstanding and the inadvertent poetry of bad grammar.

“A wild and enlivening collection of stories that capture the comedy, chaos and uncertainty of living as an alien in a place just beyond one’s understanding. Moscovich is a daring writer, and this book, both preposterous and beautiful, is an unusual demonstration of talent.”

-Michael Thomsen, author of Levitate The Primate


David Moscovich writes flash fiction and performs his texts both live and on the radio, fragmenting, ricocheting, and refurnishing language until it meets its own devolution. He lives with chronic insomnia in New York City and runs Louffa Press, a micro-press dedicated to printing innovative fiction.

Also reading: novelist Eckhard Gerdes read from his first published book of poetry, 23 Skidoo! 23 Form-Fitting Poems (Finishing Line Press) and from his short novella The Sylvia Plath Cookbook (published by Sugar Glider Press in Queensland, Australia).  Eckhard Gerdes is the author of 14 published novels, including My Landlady the Lobotomist and Hugh Moore.  He lives in Geneva, Illinois, and is the publisher of the Journal of Experimental Fiction and JEF Books.



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Friday, September 13, 7pm – Free Event

Light refreshments will be served