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Pencil This In: Miss Spoken At Gallery Cabaret

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Jan 28, 2015 6:30PM

2015_01_miss_spoken.jpg Miss Spoken is the monthly reading series where talented women read short essays on a particular theme. We know, that sounds like every other reading series in the city, right? But Miss Spoken tends to shine through their carefully curated selection of readers, so that leads to performances that tend to stand above the rest.

The January edition of Miss Spoken has the theme of "Worst New Year's Eve" and takes place tonight at Gallery Cabaret and the performers include a number of local luminaries including writers from from the local comedy and tech scenes. Fruzsina Eördögh sports a name that appears challenging until you actually hear it said, and has made her name writing about all things digital for a number of years now for publications including The Guardian and Slate as well as appearing on an episode of On The Media about the "Attack of the reply girls." We can only hope er tale of the worst NYE is Y2K related.

Liz McArthur is a a staple of the local theater and comedy scene, and her delivery is marked by quick fire responses to questions you didn't even know had been asked. She curently appears in Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play but we suggest you take a stroll through her website to see the wide range of characters she can convincingly inhabit, all the way from a zombie to a participant in a straightforward pharmaceutical commercial. Based on the fact Faith No More presale tickets sold out in record time, and she's a noted Mike Patton fanatic, there's a good chance her piece will look to NYE 2016 and focus on how much 2015 sucked since she didn't get to see Faith No More.

Other readers include Sarah Joyce, whom we're sure you've seen out and about since she's one of the principals at Glitterguts. Take her photo for once and take in her reading as a chance to watch her shine instead of you. Erin Watson was named as one of New City's Best Emerging Poets of 2014, but don't hold that against her. And Jac Jemc rounds out tonight's line up.

Miss Spoken takes place tonight, Jan. 28, at Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley, 7 p.m., free, 21+

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