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Music with Meaning (and Chicagoist Writers)

By Scott Smith in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 2, 2006 5:21PM

It’s only the second day of June and we’re already feeling overwhelmed with all the events that are on tap for this summer. This month is extra chockfull of good times thanks to Music With Meaning, a series of events to raise money for two great causes: America’s Second Harvest and Rape Victim Advocates.

Music With Meaning 2006_06_mwm.jpgis a series of 30 music and literary events throughout the 30 days of June. You want jazz? They got it. You want metal? They got it. You need some thoughtful, amusing readings from Chicago’s best authors, ‘zinesters and small press houses like Featherproof Books? That’s there too. Taking place at venues across the city like Double Door, Rodan, Deliliah’s, the Nite Cap Lounge, and many more, the events are cheap and stuffed full of talent. Check out daily updates at the Music With Meaning blog, run by Avant/Chicago and get the lowdown on all the events here.

Now for a bit of full disclosure: two of the Chicagoist writers you know and (presumably) love will be appearing at two separate Music With Meaning events. Scott Smith will join several other individuals--all more talented than he--for a series of readings at MoJoe’s Hot House in Logan Square tomorrow night at 6 p.m. It’s a free event and Scott will be blathering on about music in much the same way he does here, only in a more sweaty and drunken fashion.

Also, the firecracker wit and insight of Chicagoist writer Alicia Dorr will light up the night at Sheffield’s on Thursday, June 8th at 7 p.m. (so there's plenty of time to see her in all her glory before heading to the Pontiac) A $5 donation is encouraged for this event that also features local literary gadflys like A.B. Drea, John Cunningham, and Kelsey Snell. Alicia’s writings have previously been featured in Punk Planet and the Columbia Chronicle.