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The Moth Lands In Chicago

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 29, 2009 7:20PM

2009_09_the_moth.jpg We've fallen in love with The Moth and its regular podcast -- discovered through its being featured on This American Life a few times -- and are excited to see they're kicking off a regular StorySLAM in Chicago, beginning with tonight's event at Martyr's.

For those of you unfamiliar with The Moth, it's basically an evening where people take the stage to perform stories from memory around a particular theme. No scripts, no props, just a storyteller, their audience, and a stage. When it's successful this often results in tales that are often funny, gripping and touching, all at the same time. Some of our recent favorites from the podcast that should give you a good idea about what to expect are James Braly's "Gut Instinct" about the temptation of infidelity while in exotic locales and Alex Draper's experiences with the superstars of Bollywood in "You Are A Great King."

Tonight's show is built around the theme of "School" and begins at 8 p.m. at Martyr's, 3855 North Lincoln, $7, 21+