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Live the Story

     

INSPIRED! is a celebration of self-expression featuring storytelling and more. Each show features five performers who will read or tell stories, poems, essays or fiction. A piece of art from Gallery Seven that illustrates a part of the writer’s piece will be displayed during the show.  


Producers: Lisa Colleen and Barbara Eberhard

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When is it Happening

     

INSPIRED! takes place on the first Tuesday of the month beginning at 6:30 with our musician soothing your souls then at 7 p.m. our FAB FIVE  storytellers share their tales. 


  • (art)INSPIRED! live lit is not recommended for children under 16 years of age.

December Show

Where is it Happening

INSPIRED! is held at the Public Landing Restaurant or Gallery Seven in the historic Gaylord Building, 200 West 8th Street, Lockport, Illinois 60441


  • For a tasty treat...Come early and have dinner at the Public Landing Restaurant

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Tuesday, August 6th

Five Fab Storytellers

6:30 Our Musician....Harold McCay 7 p.m. Five Fab Storytellers

Public Landing Restaurant , Lockport

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Tuesday, August 6th

Five Fab Storytellers

Lisa Colleen, Barbara Eberhard, Megan Fulara, R.C. Riley, and Paul Teodo


Lisa Colleen loves the sharing of stories because they connect, empower and INSPIRE! As a mother, grandmother and coach, she has an endless supply of stories to tell. Rarely does she make it through the telling of one story without wanting to interrupt herself with another story.   


Barbara Eberhard is making her storytelling debut . If she could sing, her song for today would be "like a virgin, telling for the very first time..." Barbara just retired from teaching photography at the University of St. Francis . For over 10 years she was director of her Children's Theatre Company- "Eberhard and Friends." She is a member of Gallery Seven, Chicago Society of Artists, member and founder of artitude and along with her buddy Lisa Colleen, founder and producer of  this show!. You can see her art at www.barbaraeberhard.com


Megan Fulara is a Chicago native TEMPORARILY living in the suburbs. She is the host of the wildly successful ‘Live From Wherever We Are, It’s The Megan Fulara Show!’ (not a real show). By day she is a

pencil pushing bureaucrat and by night a robust fitness enthusiast and yogi. She enjoys storytelling, comedy, and employment law.


R.C. Riley is a queer warrior woman, writer, performer, and storyteller who began writing as a means of healing after a sexual assault.  R.C.'s work challenges heteronormative views and seeks to find justice for and liberate those who have felt left out, forgotten, ignored, and unloved by our society.  Her 1-woman show, Wrong Way Journey delineates her personal journey of healing from trauma to triumph. When she's not performing her solo show, R.C. can be found telling short stories around the Chicagoland area.  Check out her next performance dates at www.rcrileyempowers.com.



Paul Teodo is a retired healthcare executive. Born and raised on Chicago’s south side. He recently published his first novel “PASTAMAN” a coming of age story of a young man growing up in the 60’s on Chicago’s spit side. It is available on Amazon, ITunes, Google Play, and at Barnes and Noble. Paul has been telling stories on stage in and around Chicago the past 8 years and is a 5 time Moth Story Slam winner, a Moth Grand Slam winner and has been featured on the CBS tv program Sunday Morning. 


After the dishes are done

Kinda full.
Very nice dinner of fish
             Done up Veracruzana, says my wife
                          With a little pasta and sprouts of Brussels

And now the dishes are cleaned
             The pots and pans and such, some even dried
                          And with the third or fourth glass of wine
I retire—meaning go outside and sit
             To write insightful verses on
                         The condition of common lives today.

Swatting at a gnat
             I knock over my glass, nearly full, of wine.
I clean it up.
             Upset, but not too much.
                          The gnat is dead.

The Nighthawk squeaks above
             The light and the breeze fades
                          On a very warm day at the end of May.

I will now refill my wine.

Ahhh.  There, now.
             Back in the mood for poetry.

But my light fades,
             So back to my subject—dishes.
What peace, repose—almost joy.
            The dishes are done.

by Harold McCay

6:30 Our Musician....Harold McCay 7 p.m. Five Fab Storytellers

Public Landing Restaurant , Lockport

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Tuesday, September 3rd

Five Fab Storytellers

6:30 Our Musician = Mike Zigrossi...7 p.m. Five Fab Storytellers

Gaylord Building, Lockport

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Tuesday, September 3rd

Five Fab Storytellers

 Lisa Colleen, Tom Hernandez, Eunice Jarrett,  Kyna Lenhof, 

Kimberly Vanbiesbrouck

Lisa Colleen loves the sharing of stories because they connect, empower and INSPIRE! As a mother, grandmother and coach, she has an endless supply of stories to tell. Rarely does she make it through the telling of one story without wanting to interrupt herself with another story. 


Eunice Jarrett is a retired public school teacher, proud mother of 2 adult sons, and ex-wife of more, who engages in stand-up comedy, storytelling and public speaking.  She is a member of Kates comedy organization and has performed for audiences in Illinois, Michigan and various Indiana venues.  She is proud to say she is almost as funny as her 96-year-old mother.


Tom Hernandez is a writer, public speaker, raconteur, performer and communications professional. Born and raised in Joliet, Illinois, Tom has been writing personally and professionally since childhood.  He was a reporter for 10 years at several suburban daily and weekly newspapers and wrote a “slice of life” column for another 11 years for two community newspapers. He now serves as the Director of Community Relations for a large suburban Chicago public school district. Tom’s writing explores the many complicated facets of life — marriage, family, relationships, identity, aging, parenting, faith, social justice and politics. He has published three books, all available on Amazon and through his website, www.tomhernandezbooks.com:

· “Chocolate Cows and Purple Cheese and other tales from the homefront” – essays about young parenthood, marriage, politics, faith and family. 

· “Abundance – a collection” poems exploring the common experiences that connect human beings – life and death, love and loss, joy and sorrow, faith and doubt. 

· “The Edge of Middle – thoughts from the top of the hill” – essays, poetry and short fiction about one man’s journey to, and through middle age.

Tom and his wife, Kellie live in Plainfield, Illinois. They have two adult daughters and welcomed their first grandchild in 2018.


Kyna Lenhof is the host and co-producer of the monthly variety show and podcast, This One Woman. She is a stand-up comedian, storyteller, improviser and all-around great gal and can be seen at shows such as Serving the Sentence, the kates, The Fillet of Solo Festival, and the Chicago Women's Funny Festival.


Kimberly Vanbiesbrouck is an actor, dancer, singer, writer and most importantly, a Mom. She’s a Belgian girl raised in Detroit, but thanks to her highly useful Bachelors degree in Theatre and Dance, she has appeared in numerous productions across this great land of ours; from A Chorus Line, Forbidden Broadway, Always, Patsy Cline, Forbidden Hollywood, Motherhood, the Musical, to the long running, highly successful and all too relatable show, Menopause, the Musical. Kimberly has been fortunate enough to be apart of story telling events all around the Chicagoland area; such as, Filet of Solo, Chicago Story Sessions, Voicebox, Homewood Stories, Miss Spoken and Louder Than A Mom

6:30 Our Musician = Mike Zigrossi...7 p.m. Five Fab Storytellers

Gaylord Building, Lockport

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Tuesday, October 1st

ANNIVERSARY SHOW!

6:30 p.m. - Our Musician...7:00 p.m. SIX Stunning Storytellers

Gaylord Building, Lockport

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Tuesday, October 1st

ANNIVERSARY SHOW!

Celebrating our ONE Year Anniversary!!! With Six Stunning Storytellers teaming up with artists from "artitude"!!! 


Storytellers- Rachal Brooks, Amy Burrows, Lisa Colleen, Amy Curtis, Jill Howe, and Eunice Jarrett!  


Members of "artitude"- Mary N. Carnahan, Barbara Eberhard, Mary T. Ehrler, Joe Hadamik, Robert Ryan, Michael Veltman.



“Writing poetry and stories gave me the voice I never realized I had. My poems and writing are evidence of living, healing, falling, and rising - shared to help others do the same. I’m a runner, writer, listener, occasional farmer, and adventurer. I love all kinds of music, traveling and being near the water.” 

-Rachal Brooks


Amy Burrows is back on the live lit stage . Amy would like to thank INSPIRED! live lit's storytelling classes.


Lisa Colleen loves the sharing of stories because they connect, empower and INSPIRE! As a mother, grandmother and coach, she has an endless supply of stories to tell. Rarely does she make it through the telling of one story without wanting to interrupt herself with another story.    


Amy Curtis is a local real estate agent, a student of writing and storytelling, and a regular participant in the Art Inspired Live Lit Classes. She believes stories connect us. In telling our stories we remind one another we’re not alone. 


Jill Howe is the producer of Story Sessions, a showcase featuring true stories and live music. Jill has facilitated her monthly storytelling group Friends with Words for the last seven years, organizes and teaches Story Sessions writing retreats, and presented a Tedx Talk focusing on vulnerability through storytelling. She shares her stories at bars and theaters all around Chicagoland. Also, after recently becoming a resident storyteller at The Field Museum, she develops kid-friendly true stories about beloved animals who need to have their memories dusted off.


Eunice Jarrett is a retired public school teacher, proud mother of 2 adult sons, and ex-wife of more, who engages in stand-up comedy, storytelling and public speaking.  She is a member of Kates comedy organization and has performed for audiences in Illinois, Michigan and various Indiana venues.  She is proud to say she is almost as funny as her 96-year-old mother.


"artitude" is a group of artists that have come together to exhibit their vision of our world.


The Six Storytellers are writing stories based on the work of the artists of "artitude"



6:30 p.m. - Our Musician...7:00 p.m. SIX Stunning Storytellers

Gaylord Building, Lockport

The Magic of Storytelling

Class 1- Thursdays-August 29-September 19

Seek Your Stories

  • Unearth the stories you want to tell, the stories that have shaped you into the amazing person you are today. We will use a variety of methods to discover your stories in a creative, safe and supportive environment. You will leave this class with a list of stories you want to explore.

Class 2-Thursdays-September 26-October 17

Shape Your Stories

  • Shape your stories so they honor who you were then and who you are now. This class helps you answer the question: Why are you telling this story now? We will explore different writing techniques with the goal of telling each story in its own unique way. 

Class 3- Thursdays-October 24-November 14

Share Your Stories

  • Share your Stories! The world needs to hear them! This class will give you many opportunities to tell your stories and receive helpful, caring feedback to empower you to share your unique life experiences with others.

Sign Up: Seek/Shape/Share

  • You can sign up for one, two or all three classes.  Cost: $50 each or all three for $125!!! Contact us below if interested!  Classes are held on the 2nd floor of the Gaylord Building, 200 West 8th Street, Lockport. Classes begin at 7 p.m.

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