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YABP Story Slam

April 21st—

Today, 40 of the 125 student-essayists from Curie Metropolitan High School visited 826CHI to participate in a performance workshop, in anticipation of two upcoming readings featuring their personal narratives.

We kicked off the morning with improv games led by programming intern Kana Felix, which introduced students to awareness of their voice and breath. As a large group, we watched and analyzed performances from The Moth to identify performance techniques, like utilizing pause, emphasizing/elongating words, gesturing, taking deep breaths, and experimenting with tone, pace, cadence, and expression.

Then, in small groups, students worked to identify sections of their pieces where these performance devices would be especially effective. To end the morning, 10 brave writers practiced reading before the whole class!

These students’ narratives are being published in our 2015 Young Authors Book Project—Around That Age, I Liked To Play With Fire—which will be released at Printers Row Lit Fest the weekend of June 6-7. Help us pack the Poetry tent on Saturday, June 6th, as these students give the world-premiere reading of their work!

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TOMORROW: Record Store Day

April 17th—

Record Store Day (Saturday, April 18th) is just around the corner and our next-door neighbors, Shuga Records, are fully-stocked with vinyl delights. Lucky for you, the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. is offering a bounty of books to round out your day of music nerdery— How Music Works by David Byrne, Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon, and Confidence, Or the Appearance of Confidence: The Best of the Believer Music Interviews. Stop in and say hi!

We’ll be open 8am - 6pm.

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826CHI on Live Television

April 14th—

826CHI made its live television debut on Fox 32's Good Day Chicago! Two of our four segments are online—CLICK HERE to poke around the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co., hear about our plans for the summer. Bonus points if you manage to spy Tyler, the store's head agent, creeping in the background of a few shots.

These clips will disappear from Fox's web site after two weeks, so be sure to watch and share today!

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Prologue: Cocktails for a Cause

April 9th—

826CHI’s Associate Board invites you to Prologue: a signature evening of hors d'oeuvres, open bar, and a raffle of luxe prize packages in support of the educational programming of 826CHI, a nonprofit tutoring and writing center for youth in Chicago. Revel in stunning city views overlooking Michigan Avenue at this event of literary proportions, while helping write the future for Chicago's youth.

CLICK HERE to purchase a ticket now

When: Friday, June 5, 7-10 PM
Where: The Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S Michigan Ave, Floor 22
Tickets: $85 regular, $125 VIP
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Summer Programming

April 8th—

Registration for our three summer camps and four summer Workshops begins Friday, April 13th, online. Priority enrollment is reserved for low-income students and/or English Language Learners, though we certainly welcome students of all backgrounds to apply for spots. Parents can expect to receive registration confirmation within two weeks of registration. 

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