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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-----May 7th

FIVE FAB STORYTELLERS

6:30 Musician Skip Griparis--------_7 p.m. FAB FIVE Storytellers

Public Landing Restaurant, Lockport

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Tuesday-----May 7th

FIVE FAB STORYTELLERS

Lily Be, Margaret Burk, John Capaul,  Patrick Curtin and Eunice Jarrett.


Lily Be is a Chicago legend in the making.  Her off book storytelling style is like no other in the scene which she stormed onto completely by accident in 2010.  A near death experience followed by a mental breakdown is what essentially got her here today.Today thanks to storytelling, Lily is a teacher, producer, healer, host and writer.  Find out everything she does and is doing on her website lilybe.com 

 


Margaret Burk co-produces and co-hosts two monthly storytelling events in Oak Park/River Forest: BACK ROOM STORIES at Hamburger Mary's, and Do Not Submit Oak Park at the Eastgate Cafe.  After a career in fundraising for arts organization, Margaret returned to her love - the spoken word.  She performs throughout the Chicago area and believes in the power of story, not only to entertain, but to touch the heart, spark the imagination and embolden the spirit.


John Capaul  is a storyteller, essayist and playwright.  John has performed at Pour One Out, Three Cats Cabaret, Bughouse, Tenx9, The Stoop, Chicago Dramatists, Ice House, Story Club, Duly Noted, Story Jam and Truth or Lies. For money he's a marketing professional at a large, independent, Chicago-based marketing innovation agency. 

For almost three years, he was the organizer for Chicago Theater Meetup and board member and fund raiser for Interrobang Theatre Project, where they earned fourteen Jeff nominations and won four awards in last two years. John is an enthusiastic and unskilled dancer, and loves Irish whiskey, fruit-filled butter-crust pies, and his dogs, Hank and Gabby. 

Quoting John:  "If you buy me good Irish or Scotch whiskey, I will gladly talk about my zeal for writing, my love of my dogs, my love for blues music, and what being deaf in one ear means to me."


Patrick Curtin is a Chicago native that incorporates storytelling as a celebrant for weddings, memorials and other moments in life that should be celebrated. Patrick has shared stories at the Irish American Heritage Center, Steppenwolf, Second City and the Goodman Theater.


Skip Griparis has been a versatile performing artist and writer since 1964.  Highlights include 1971 Mercury album as singer and guitarist for Joliet rock band, Trilogy. 1972-74 member of MCA recording artists, the New Colony Six. 1975-78 member of Olivia Newton-John band, and songwriter for MCA recording artists, Buckacre. 1983-2013 musical comedian, headlining Dangerfield's NYC, Zanies Chicago, and the Ice House LA.  1988 and 1993, featured actor in the "Major League" movies.  2014 to present, writer and star of The Heroes of Rock!, a fun, two-hour musical about the dynamic evolution of the 40's/50's/60's.   www.skipgriparis.com 


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 the 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.

6:30 Musician Skip Griparis--------_7 p.m. FAB FIVE Storytellers

Public Landing Restaurant, Lockport

Tuesday--- June 4th

FIVE FAB STORYTELLERS

6:30- Our Musician---7 p.m. FAB FIVE Storytellers

Public Landing Restaurant, Lockport

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Tuesday--- June 4th

FIVE FAB STORYTELLERS

Ada Cheng, Lisa Colleen, Beatriz Gartler,  and Randy Kim


Ada Cheng is a professor-turned storyteller, performing artist, and storytelling producer. She has been featured in storytelling shows and done her two solo performances all over the United States. She is the producer and the host of several storytelling shows, including Pour One Out: A Monthly Storytelling Series, Am I Man Enough?: A Storytelling/Podcasting Show, Talk Stories: An Asian American/Asian Diaspora Storytelling Show, and Speaking Truths Series. Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell. Check out her website: www.renegadeadacheng.com


Beatriz Badikian-Gartler was born and reared in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has lived in the Chicago area for over forty years. Badikian-Gartler holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has taught at various institutions of higher learning, including Northwestern University, Loyola University, Roosevelt University, University of Illinois, Columbia College, and others.  Her essays, poems, and stories have been published in The New York Times Travel Section, Third Woman, Diàlogo, Blue Lake Review, After Hours, Make Magazine, Hammers, The Winfield Post, The Journal of Modern Poetry, Short Story, and many other journals, anthologies, and newspapers.  She is a popular performer in the Chicago area and lectures often on literature, women's issues, and art.  In 2000 Badikian was selected as one of the One-Hundred Women Who Make a Difference in Chicago by Today's Womanmagazine.  She is an Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar and a frequent Newberry Library instructor.  Her second full length collection, Mapmaker Revisited: New and Selected Poems,was published in 1999 from Gladsome Books in Chicago.  Her first novel Old Gloves – A 20thCentury Saga was published in 2005 by Fractal Edge Press in Chicago.  Her new poetry collection, Unveiling the Mind, is out from Pandora/LoboEstepario Press. For more information take a look at her website: www.bbgartler.comand visit her blog: www.gartlerwritingstudio.blogspot.com.



Randy Kim is a queer Southeast Asian-American who currently serves as a board member with the National Cambodian Heritage Museum in the Chicago Lincoln Square neighborhood (Ask him for more details).   He has been performing at various storytelling shows around the Chicago area.  He is also the co-producer with rock star Ada Cheng on the "TALK Stories: An Asian / Asian American Diaspora Storytelling Show" 

6:30- Our Musician---7 p.m. FAB FIVE Storytellers

Public Landing Restaurant, Lockport

Tuesday July 2nd

FIVE FAB STORYTELLERS

6:30- OUR MUSICIAN ....7P.M. FIVE FAB STORYTELLERS

Public Landing Restaurant, Lockport

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Tuesday July 2nd

FIVE FAB STORYTELLERS


6:30- OUR MUSICIAN ....7P.M. FIVE FAB STORYTELLERS

Public Landing Restaurant, Lockport

SO YOU WANT TO BE A STORYTELLER...

Become a storyteller! Writing classes at Gallery Seven in the Gaylord Building, Lockport 

Wednesdays, April 17,24, May 1,15


and another session- June 5,12,19,26 


Stories have the power to entertain, heal, inspire and connect.  Our mission is to instill love and respect for stories and to build a community of storytellers.  This class is designed to support and gently guide you as you find your stories and your voice and to help you tell the stories that you want to tell and the world needs to hear.  


Class will be capped at 6  to ensure that everyone 

has time to present and receive feedback.


Price- $50

(a real bargain!)

contact us at inspiredlivelit@gmail if interested in signing up!


In the News...

Read the Fabulous story about INSPIRED! live lit in the Herald News!            and...                 in the Lockport Legend!



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