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Real Talk Live – Jan 20 (Tha Steinmenautz & Simone Beaubien)

Aaaaaaand we’re back! Did you miss us? Fret not, my lovelies.

This month we have our regular open mic and two fabulous features!!

Simone Beaubian (possibly the best person on the entire east coast) and Tha Steinmenautz (you know them from the Louder Than a Bomb documentary and they are b-a-n-a-n-a-s). It’s going to be an amazing show. You’re going to lose your fool mind. No joke.

Here’s what you need to know:

Real Talk Live @ Elastic Arts
2830 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60618

January 20 (always the third Friday)
Doors at 7:30 PM.
BYOB. IDs checked at the door.

For more on our incredible features, keep reading:

Tha Steinmenautz are a collection of writers, emcees, poets and vocalists, all hailing from Chicago’s west side. Members include Kevin “K.V.O.” Harris, Lamar Jorden, Jesus “L3″ Lark, She’Kira “The Queen” McKnight, and Charles Smith, Jr. They all met while students at Steinmetz Academic Centre, where they formed the school’s first poetry slam team in 2007, which competed in Louder Than a Bomb, the world’s largest youth poetry slam, and became the first ever team to win the competition in its inaugural year. In 2008, they were one of four subjects of Louder Than a Bomb, a full-length documentary by Siskel-Jacobs Productions, which was theatrically released to critical acclaim in 2010 before airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network in 2012. Their music is available for free download at

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Simone Beaubien has operated as the SlamMaster for the Boston Poetry Slam @ the Cantab Lounge since February 4, 2004. Only the second SlamMaster in the history of the show, she acts as host, booking manager, arithmetic whiz, press agent, and webmaster, as well as performance and strategy coach for the annually selected slam team.

Simone first walked into the Cantab in the fall of 1999 upon the repeated urgings of then-regular Jack McCarthy. She judged the team selection slams for the Finals-bound 2000 Cantab Slam Team and subsequently was the top scorer in the venue’s 2001 team slams. After a two-year hiatus, she returned to claim the Champion of Champions venue title and to attempt to fill the intimidatingly large shoes of outgoing SlamMaster Michael Brown.

Simone has competed at the National Poetry Slam for six additional Cantab Slam Teams and operated as coach or player-coach for every team save one– she took a little time off in 2011 to serve as the Host City Director for the wildly successful 2011 National Poetry Slam, hailed as the best-attended (6000+ spectators) NPS of all time. She frequently produces shows in the Boston area, including the annual Boston Poetry Slam @ First Night, and she serves as the Tournament Director for the annual NorthBEAST Regional Poetry Slam.

As a member of the Cantab Slam Team, Simone competed in the Finals of the 2008 National Poetry Slam in Madison, Wis. In 2006, she hosted the Finals of the 2006 Individual World Poetry Slam in Vancouver, B.C., and in 2010 hosted the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in Boston. She features frequently throughout New England and has been invited to perform on stages from Seattle to Columbus to Chicago to New York City. She believes strongly in the ephemera of slam and currently chooses not to publish her work; to book her for a show, you may contact her through her personal website,

In addition to her poetry slam cred, Simone has also competed nationally in pinball (1999) and ultimate Frisbee (2001, 2005-2006). In 1995, she served as the senior judge for the Crayola Big Kid Coloring Contest. She works as a paramedic in the greater Boston area. Her favorite event is the vault.

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