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.