Paper Machete: Live Magazine and Parlor Show
By Betsy Mikel in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 5, 2010 5:40PM
Christopher Piatt performs at "Paper Machete"
When Piatt was feeling burned out after almost five years of theater critic-ing, he wanted to do something new but still magazine-related and deadline-oriented. Spoken word shows in bars aren't uncommon in Chicago. But ones from a magazine editor's perspective are. Piatt started thinking along the lines of after dinner speaking, which is the old timey craft of giving an oration or speech that incorporates humor. He wanted to find people who were both humorists and experts on specific topics. With each Paper Machete performance, Piatt attempts to put together a lineup of performers who can deliver comical and persuasive editorials about what's going on in the world at large.
Here's tomorrow's lineup:
Margaret Lyons (former Chicagoist EIC, Entertainment Weekly writer)
Lisa Buscani (original Neo-Futurist, the pilot of This American Life)
Ryan O'Connor (food blogger)
Cliff Doerksen (Reader film critic)
Musical guest Sad Brad Smith (from the Up in the Air Soundtrack)
and a live interview with Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune, At the Movies)
Paper Machete, Ricochets Tavern, 4644 N. Lincoln Ave., 3 p.m., free