Chicago Stories Come to Life at Cole’s

Your favorite Chicago cultural luminaries will all be hanging out at Cole’s this Saturday, April 21. It might be because of the great beer selection or it might be because Curbside Splendor is having the book release party for Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions. Hopefully you read this blog post before you’re three sheets to the wind at Cole’s Saturday night wondering why someone who sounds like Ann Landers is going on about Twitter!

Mrs. Landers will be joined by Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Hefner, John Hughes, and Gil Scott-Heron (or, at least the actors playing them) among many others in the dramatic presentation of several short vignettes from Michael Czyzniejewski’s book.

Chicago Stories is the latest release from Logan Square’s own Curbside Splendor, a small independent press run by Victor David Giron. As he told the Chicago Reader in a recent feature, “Curbside’s aim is to present artful books that can be enjoyed by the casual reader or the urban reader.”

Czyzniejewski’s Chicago Stories fits right into this mission. In the book, forty different Chicago well-knowns receive portraits both literary and illustrated--Rob Funderburk created the illustrations--from a humorously unhinged imaginative perspective. You’ll find stories like “Rod Blagojevich Negotiates His First Prison Tattoo, Joliet State Penitentiary” and “In His New Infomercial for Male Enhancement Tablets, Mr. T Feels Pity for the Foolish Consumer Who Does Not Call Now.”

Go to check out the book, or go to see if the actors stay in persona after the performance. Will you catch Oprah swigging a PBR? You’ll just have to trek down to Cole’s to find out.

Chicago Stories Release Party
April 21, 7 p.m.
Cole’s Bar
2338 N Milwaukee Ave

--Tamara Matthews


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