It's the most horrible time of the year: when a shadowy figure darkens our doorway with its bony hand extended, asking for our hard earned money...or possibly our souls. Maybe both, we're not sure, and we'll probably have to file a 1040X because we messed up and used a childcare credit when we meant to say that we're rotting sacks of meat and for the love of God, please end our misery on this fiery trash heap we call Earth. We have little say in either collection, and the Repo Man comes for us all. Might as well let him hear our full-throated screams of protest as we're dragged off to debtor's prison or the eternal DMV lobby of the afterlife. Just like our forefathers wanted.
Join Overlord Ian Belknap (New City's "Lit 50 2013/15" list) as he tenaciously grips our collective angst and releases it like a flock of bloody doves onto the waiting heads of our audience. Plus? This lineup of combatants is one of the finest to hit the Hideout stage in recent memory (though, admittedly, our memory is about a month long). It's sure to be a battle of revolutionary proportions, but without all the wigs and bayonets.
Oh yeah, we'll have CASH PRIZES for our combatants, too. Money talks, after all. And of course, the LOVING CUP OF DEATHLESS FUCKING GLORY! The Only Prize That Matters™. Corrbette Pasko is back as Timekeeper, making sure the show keeps running with huge smiles, and that Ian doesn't stroke out on stage while explaining rules to people.
Still not sold? Well, then we question your judgment. But here's the kicker: it's a bar. It's a Tuesday. It's smart people, cunning linguists, and oral combat.
Only THREE of these word-warriors will take home the Cup - the other three will lose (and still get some sweet cash). Come, cheer them on, and help shape history...forever (ever, ever, ever....)
CAPITAL (Himabindu Poroori) vs LABOR (Clarence Browley)
CASH (Bear Bellinger) vs CREDIT (Ricky Harris)
BUY (Kevin Alves) vs SELL (Andrew Bentley)
WRITE CLUB - "Best Literary Event," Chicago Reader Poll;
"Best Live Reading Series," Chicago Magazine's Best of Chicago, "Top Five of Everything," New City Year-End Issue 2013, "Best Live Lit Event" - Audience Choice, New City Best of Chicago
"The punchiest thing to hit literature since Hemingway" - Chicago Reader
WRITE CLUB is:
3 bouts of
2 opposing writers/2 opposing ideas (assigned in advance)
7 minutes apiece
Audience picks a winner
Cash money prizes
$12 - get your tix in advance. No lie. $15 at the door. All truth.