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Real Talk Live! With Third Throat & Bassel Al-Madani!

Rocking your faces and blowing your minds, AT THE SAME TIME! We’ve got a multi-sensory poetry experience and some AMAzing music for you with Third Throat and Bassel Al-Madani As always, doors & open mic list open at 7:30 and the raucous starts promptly at 8PM. $7 Cover. 18+. BYOB. Elastic Arts 2830 N Milwaukee […]

Real Talk Live: April 19 with Epic and Aja Monet!

I know it’s National Poetry Month and everyone is posting poems and there is poetry everywhere, but that’s why we dug deep to bring you TWO dope-ass features: Aja Monet & Epic As always, doors & open mic list open at 7:30 and the raucous starts promptly at 8PM. $7 Cover. 18+. BYOB. Elastic Arts […]

Real Talk Live (Jan 18): Get your life right with Ed Mabrey & Cameron McGill

Your New Year’s resolution should include more raucous and we are here to help. You all don’t even deserve features this good. I’m serious. But you can have em. Take em. They are amazing. Ed Mabrey (TWO time Individual World Poetry Champion!) and Cameron McGill (one of our all time favorite singer/songwriter/rocker/humans) As always, doors […]

Dec 21: Real Talk Apocalypse Now! (Regie Cabico and Jasmine Quintana)

The world if going to end, so why not keep it really real with us. We got your raucous right here: Regie Cabico and Jasmine Quintana! Art, Words, Belly Dance, maybe even a little Mayhem. If you haven’t ever seen us, it’s your last chance before the world ends. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. […]

Nov 16: Real Talk Live w/ Katelyn Lucas, Sam Sax, Tim “Toaster” Henderson and musical group Count the Days!

Only so many weeks before Turkey, family gatherings and the inevitable plunge into holiday jingles and endless bell ringing. You’ve got to get all you debauchery in now, friends, and we are here to help you. Besides boasting the highest-quality open mic in Chicago, (always open to poets, MCs, dancers, comedians, storytellers, etc) we’re bringing […]

Sept 21: Real Talk Live: Ain’t Nothing Wrong – Kings & Queens

Summer’s over, but the party don’t stop! We’re bringing you a very special show where you get, not two, BUT FOUR royally amazing features! Tomorrow Kings, Laura Yes Yes, K. Serra, & Stephanie Douglass. I know! It’s Hip Hop and Music and Storytelling and Poetry! Don’t freak out! We’re excited too. Elastic Arts 2830 N […]

Aug 17: Real Talk Live with Coya Paz & Shannon Matesky!

It’s Summer time, but that’s no excuse to be lazy. We’ve got air conditioning, two hot features and the best open mic in town. As always, Real Talk Live presents a mixed open mic, featuring writers, storytellers, poets, comedians, musicians, contortionists, and other assorted brilliance. We also bring you, not one, but TWO amazing features. […]

July 20 – Real Talk Live: Year 3, the Premiere!

It’s been a glorious and raucous couple of years, let’s keep it going! Real Talk Live is turning 3 and we’re celebrating with an encore performance by some of our favorite features. Brace yourself for all this hotness: Janna Sobel Scott Whitehair Jus Love Marty McConnell Allen Earnstyzz & Totale Zerstorung (Germany) Brandi Rae Madrid […]

Our Anniversary Show is Coming!

Keep your eyes open, we’re bringing back some of our favorite features from throughout the year. July 20, 2012 @ Elastic Arts 2830 N. Milwaukee Ave doors at 730p BYOB, 18+, $7 It’s all happening!

Real Talk Live – Feb 17 featuring Danez Smith & Janna Sobel!

Hello Beautiful Real Talkers! First of all, thanks to everyone who came out in the midst of the blizzard last month! We thought for sure we’d be dead all but a surprisingly large crop of the faithful came out, drank some grown-ass hot chocolate and we had a terrific show. This month we bring you […]


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