I just started on my next literary project! I'm working on two full-page illustrations for the book The Wild Pumpkin Patch for Back to Print, a publishing apartment of storytellers broadening the world of bookmaking with an offline community of creatives where stories can be crafted, published, and told. Their books can be found at places like Uncharted Books, Women & Children First, Wolfbait & B-Girls, Quimby's and GMart Comics (most of my favorite book stores in Chicago!). Back to Print is all about getting artists out from behind their computers and into a shared space to create wonderful things to read, and I think that's fabulous. This book will have a kaleidoscope feel as different artists will design two pages of the book - and you don't know what anyone else is submitting before it's printed! I'm so excited to see the end result compiling everyone's diverse talents. Working with this fun team of literarians is a blast! I'll be sure to let you know where you can pick up The Wild Pumpkin Patch when it's bound!
Yesterday I finally had the chance to play with technology that I've been reading about for years. This device, with the help of creative computer programmers, will help me create a new kind of technologically-responsive theater. This is the new frontier I've been dreaming of! I can't wait to explore more!!
Hooray!! Issue II is born! I'm so proud of Save the Bees Worx for another zine well done.
You can snag both Issue I and II tomorrow 10/12 at the Handmade Market Chicago
happening from 12:00 - 4:00 pm at the Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western Ave · Chicago, IL
Stop by and say hi!
Or you can buy Save the Bees Worx Issue I & II on Etsy at the Stand On Your Hands and Clap store
BIG thanks to everyone who came out to see
We hope you enjoyed the performance and cookies!
Write for Light is an inspirational, creative writing program that raises money for Light for Children Ghana, a charity that supports the welfare of vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Ghana. All of the proceeds from the books will go directly to the charity to help them build and maintain an education center in Ghana.
Where To Buy: Write for Light is available in Paperback from Amazon and on the Amazon Kindle store.
USA buy the paperback & ebook
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CANADA buy the ebook
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Write for Light contains stories that show how the human spirit can triumph in the face of adversity. Please be advised that Write for Light might not be suitable for younger readers.
Earlier this year I got involved in one of my favorite projects yet! Hywel Griffith (a lovely actor I've had the pleasure of directing) and his good friend Dean Tucker graciously asked me to do a hot dog comic for their book Write for Light. The prompt was "Tell us about a time in your life when you found light in the darkness." I wrote an environmentally-focused comic titled "Good Morning. How Are We Going to Help Save the Planet Today?" I am so proud to be featured in this collection. I'm not only lucky to be showcased along side all of these enriching stories from around the world, but I'm also the last piece in the book! I hope my hot dog goes down like an after-dinner mint.
It would mean a lot to me if you picked up a copy of this book,
all proceeds go to a phenomenal charity.
This one makes a great gift or even better library donation!
Amy Poehler talks to Time Out New York about Del Close Marathon:
"It was inspired by this great thing in Chicago called the Abbie Hoffman Festival, and they would stay up all night."
Upright Citizens Brigade performed in 2 Abbie Fests.
10 Chicago theater shows to see this summer
Mark your calendar for these summer 2013 highlights on Chicago theaters' stages // by Kris Vire
The 24th annual performance mashup celebrates the anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair of 1969. Three days of non-stop entertainment include more than 150 theater groups and performers on the 3 stages at THE DEN. Festivities begin at 2 p.m. Friday, August 9th at Daley Plaza, where participants gather for a peaceful march to the theater’s home in Lakeview.
STAND ON YOUR HANDS AND CLAP WILL PERFORM MY NEW PLAY
Well, Hell, I Guess That Makes Me a Feminist SUNDAY, AUGUST 11TH AT 7PM!
Ticket options: Passes include access to unlimited performances and
“come-and-go” privileges during one day ($10) or the entire weekend ($25 - limited weekend passes available) Purchase Tickets HERE
ABBIE FEST XXV IS STILL ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS!
We are now accepting submissions for this year’s Abbie Fest. We are looking for all types of theatrical performance: plays, sketch, improv, dance, music, film, performance art, etc. Only requirement is that it must be 1 hour or less. Download application HERE
[update 7/28/13: Submissions for this year have been closed. Spend your weekend with us at The Den 8/9-11 and apply early in 2014!]
I HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE UNDERGROUND ART MARTKET TOMORROW! CINCO DE MAYO! 12 - 8PM!
1617 N. Drake Ave. Chicago. IL
I'll be selling Save the Bees Worx: Issue 1 with limited-edition hand-printed covers, felt brooches and puppets - along with some watercolor postcards. Come out and browse crafty local art! Edible Alchemy will integrate some local food into tamales and tacos - with some kickass salsas, moles, and toppings. Bring your friends and your $$ it's going to be a terrific SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY
This month has been a delight. This week I closed my art blogspot of over 4 years - therefore I feel like I should give a brief summary. Where did I leave off?
Oh yes, I've just come back from New York City where I dropped off one of the first copies of Save the Bees Worx : Issue 1 to Mellow Pages Library in Brooklyn! You can read about how nice they were to us on our homepage www.savethebeesworx.com, while you're there why not read some preview pages too.
In December of 2012, I co-founded a publishing company with fellow baseball fanatic Zachary N.K. Baron. At the top of April, we published the first run of our 20 page zine and now we're working on block-printing the covers and binding. I encourage you to visit our website for more info about our zine and how YOU can help save the bees. $1 of each sold issue of Save the Bees Worx will directly benefit a local beekeeper or bee-friendly institution in Chicago. Copies will soon be found at a local comic book shop near you, until they are available to buy through my online store orrrrr
COME FIND ME AT THE UNDERGROUND ART MARKET!!!!!!!
They are in ties with Edible Alchemy, which is my new favorite spot in Pilsen. I just bought my first CSA share there - a $10 fruit bag which included a plentiful variety of citrus, avocados, bananas and earth-shatteringly delicious dates. Recently the farm-to-table model has influenced and changed my artistic approach in a large way, shifting my palette more towards upcycled resources. I'm proud to live in a city that is generating community strength through urban gardening and exploring relationships with local farmers.
MORE ABOUT THE UNDERGROUND ART MARKET, I'll be selling Issue 1 of Save the Bees Worx, along with fresh watercolor postcards, felt brooches & puppets. My brooches are made from wool purchased from Esther’s Place in Big Rock, IL. Their home dyed, sustainably farmed roving wool is all from local Illinois flocks - including their own adorable Cheviots. Each market vendors will be displaying/ selling art & fashion that focus on wellness, recycled or re-purposed objects, and functional art. Add this event to your calendar of fun! Bring your friends and your wallets, it's going to be a swell afternoon!
I was recently interviewed for the documentary on Fashion Forward: a Benefit Gala in Celebration of People of All Shapes, Sizes and Abilities. This film will screen at Tellin' Tales Theatre's annual benefit, where I will walk the runway in a steampunk-inspired couture gown designed by the talented Diane Hamm. Tickets for this fancy evening at the National Hellenic Museum can be purchased on brown paper tickets. The fashion show will be accompanied by a silent & live auction over light bites & spirits. $50 in advance/ $60 at the door. We hope to see you there!