Real Talk Artists

Laura Yes Yes

lauraLaura Yes Yes is a Cave Canem fellow, and founder and co-curator of Real Talk Live. She has competed with her poetry on a national level many times, notably as a finalist in 2010′s Women of the World Poetry Slam. When in Chicago, Laura teaches with Young Chicago Authors and performs with The Speak’Easy Ensemble, the brainchild of slam founder Marc Smith. Laura performs at venues all over the world, and leads workshops on writing, performance, and empowerment. Her first book, How to Seduce a White Boy in Ten Easy Steps, is available for purchase from Write Bloody Publishing.

Emily Rose Kahn-Sheahan

emilyEmily Rose is a Chicago-born and raised poet, performer and host of many things. Named by TimeOut as one of Chicago’s Cultural Curators, she is currently a Real Talk Avenue Artist, co-slammaster and host of the Mental Graffiti Poetry Slam, Jilted Emily Rose at The Encyclopedia Show, Tournament Director for Louder Than a Bomb, member of the 2010 & 2011 Mental Graffiti Slam Teams, a board member for Chicago Slam Works, chair of poetry for the Bucktown Arts Festival, and much much more. Her first chapbook, Cigarette Love Songs and Nicotine Kisses (Cross+Roads Press), was published in 2004. Her work has appeared in After Hours, TimeOut Chicago and more. Emily Rose probably already likes you.

Stevie Edwards

stevieStevie Edwards spent her formative years in the majestic city of Lansing, MI. She currently lives in Chicago, where she works for a non-profit by day and writes and debauches by night. She is Editor-in-Chief/ Founder of MUZZLE, an online literary magazine, and she is currently working on her first book of poetry (tentatively titled Good Grief). Her work often explores female sexuality and social stigma in the Rustbelt. Her work has appeared in several literary magazines, including Word Riot, PANK Magazine, Night Train, Bestiary, and Union Station. She completed her BA at Albion College (a liberal arts school in Michigan) in 2009, where she worked as Poetry & Fiction Editor for the Albion Review. She plans to pursue an MFA in creative writing sometime in the not-too-distant future. Check out her janky website: www.stevietheclumsy.com.

John Paul Davis

johnJohn Paul Davis’s poems have been published in print and online journals such as RATTLE, The Columbia Poetry Review, WordRiot, Apparatus, The Cordite Poetry Review. He has represented Chicago multiple times at the National Poetry Slam. He was a 2009-2010 Writer In Residence with Vox Ferus. Currently he is the video curator and projection designer for The Encyclopedia Show in Chicago, a founding member of RealTalkAvenue, a regular contributor to The Paper Machete. He is editor and designer of Bestiary Magazine.

J.W. Basilo

basiloWriter/performer/humorist, J.W. Basilo, is equal parts poignant and perverse, hilarious and heart-wrenching. His raucous performances and uncanny charisma have earned him a reputation as one of the most sought-after and compelling spoken word artists working today. His work has appeared on NPR, in the Chicago Tribune, several literary journals and in hundreds of theaters, dive bars, schools and comedy clubs across North America. His one man dramedy, No One Can Fix You, debuted in 2009 to rave reviews in Chicago, Seattle, and New York City. As a competitor, Basilo was a finalist at the 2007 Individual World Poetry Slam, finished 2nd at the 2009 National Underground Poetry Individual Championship, and has represented Chicago at the National Poetry Slam four times. To date, he has released two full-length albums, Poet Laureate of Apt. 2E (2006) and Love Crimes, Etc. (2007), as well as the chapbook I Dare You to Believe This. Currently, he is a Writer in Residence at Chicago’s Real Talk Ave. All things considered, he’s doing pretty well for a guy who failed Creative Writing in high school. His artful jackassery can be found at his internet home, BustedMouth.com.

Roger Bonair-Agard

rogerRoger Bonair-Agard is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, a Cave Canem fellow and author of two collections of poems, tarnish and masquerade (Cypher Books, 2006) and GULLY (Cypher Books, Peepal Tree press, 2010). Co-founder and Artistic Director of New York’s LouderARTS Project, Roger’s work has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, including Muzzle, Harvard Review Online, Gulf Coast, The Seneca Review and the Louisville Review. He is poet-in-residence at Young Chicago Authors and teaches at Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.

march 25 real talk live with red hot annie and kevin coval

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O darlings, spring is almost upon us – and what better way to celebrate than with hot performances by two of Chicago’s most legendary artists? For March, we’re bringing you Red Hot Annie, the Windy City’s premiere burlesque performer, and Kevin Coval, internationally known hip-hop poet, and co-founder of Chicago’s Louder Than a Bomb spoken word festival.
As always, Real Talk Live promises the most exciting open mic in town, welcoming artists of all creeds (musicians, comics, poets, dancers, storytellers, etc). The open mic list goes up immediately when the doors open at 7:30 pm, so please arrive promptly if you wish to perform.
18+ please! We also request a $5 donation at the door to help pay the features (artists of this caliber deserve to be paid for their labor) and to keep the show going.
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Red Hot Annie began as – and remains – a pinup model since 2003. Drawing on her extensive performance background, she turned her attentions to burlesque in early 2008. Three years and close to 300 performances later, she has become one of the most recognizable and visible faces in Chicago burlesque, blending comedy, sexiness, and storytelling into a crowd-pleasing style.
In July 2008, Red Hot Annie paired up with Dick Dijon to form Vaudezilla, a production company that has become a major force in Chicago by redefining the burlesque bar show and setting a new standard for burlesque variety shows. Always looking to branch out, Red Hot Annie began teaching burlesque at Demaira Dance Studios in 2009 and has served as one of the Executive Producers of the Windy City Burlesque Fest since its inception in 2010.
Red Hot Annie’s impact in Chicago is undeniable, as evidenced by her numerous interviews (TimeOut Chicago, The Chicago Reader) and her appearances on WGN radio, WCIU television, and along with Vaudezilla – as the subjects of a recently completed documentary film, entitled “What a Tease!” She has also begun to make waves on the international burlesque scene, having been voted #34 in the Burlesque Top 50 for 2010.
She regularly pops up all over the midwest and welcomes performance inquiries from other states & countries. Ask anyone, and they’ll tell you: Red Hot Annie really knows how to make the wieners boil!
Kevin Coval is the author of everyday people (EM Press, Nov.’08) and slingshots (a hip-hop poetica) (EM Press, Nov. ’05), named Book of the Year finalist by The American Library Association. Coval’s poems have appeared in The Spoken Word Revolution and The Spoken Word Revolution: Redux (Source Books), Total Chaos (Basic Civitas), I Speak of the City: New York City Poems (Columbia University Press), The Bandana Republic (Soft Skull Press), Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reporter, Cross Currents, Crab Orchard Review, Rattle, 2nd Ave Poetry, The Drunken Boat, and many other periodicals and journals. Coval writes for The Huffington Post and can be heard regularly on National Public Radio in Chicago.
Coval has performed on four continents in seven countries including; The Parliament of the World’s Religions in Capetown, South Africa, The African Hip-Hop Festival: Battle Cry, Poetry Society of London, University of the West Indies in Jamaica, St. Xavier’s College in Bombay, India, and four seasons of Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Poetry Jam, for which he also served as artistic consultant. From Jan. 2006 to May 2007, Coval visited 26 states and more than 50 cities during the promotional tour for his first book, performing at over 150 high schools, universities, book stores, theaters, community centers and Union Halls around the country.
Co-founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Teen Poetry Festival, the largest youth poetry festival in the world, Coval is poet-in-residence at The Jane Addams’ Hull House Museum at The University of Illinois-Chicago and poet-in-residence at The University of Chicago’s Newberger Hillel Center, and teaches at The School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

Fun-filled events in Milan

If you are addicted to adventurous trips, then you should consider including Milan in your travel diary. Located in Italy’s northern Lombardy region, Milan is considered by many as the capital of design and fashion you can have a check at Eventi Milano to find the latest. The town is also home to some of the oldest and most attractive architectural designs such as the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent which houses Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco “L’ultima cena”. Here are three fun-filled events in Milan which you can be part of when visiting.

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Tour the Brera Art Gallery

Brera Art Gallery is one of the greatest Musei Milano  (in italian galleries in Milan). The museum contains some of the most sought-after Italian art masterpieces from the XIV to the XX century. When touring the gallery, you can be sure of seeing renowned paintings such as Raphael’s “Marriage of the Virgin”, Piero Della Francesca’s “Urbino Altrapiece” and Andrea Mantegna’s “The Dead Christ”. Other galleries and architectural designs like Monumental Cemetery, Santa Maria Delle Grazie Church, and Brera Art Gallery can also give you a reason to travel back to the marvelous city.

Attend the Festival of Sant’Ambrogio

Every year on the seventh day of December, Milan celebrates its patron saint, Saint Ambrose with an attractive fair called “O bej O bej”.

This festival takes place on the streets around the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio. During the festival, many Milan natives usually showcase different handicrafts, furniture pieces, and delicious delicacies that carry their rich history. Other festivals that can also interest you when touring the magnificent city include The Carnival Ambrosiano and the Corteo dei Re Magi festival.

Settle down and enjoy a classical La Scala Opera Concert

Classical La Scala Opera concert typically provides a tourist with an opportunity of learning the rich history of the fashion city. The show is usually organized in Magical sceneries like the Academies of Music or the Teatro Alla Scala Theater which in itself is a tourist attraction. The concert, among others, frequently attract hundreds of the world’s finest singers and operatic artists simply because of their uniqueness.