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CHIRP Presents The First Time: First Child

February 13th, 2013 · No Comments

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Georg Coleman
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Gerald Dowd
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Matt Spiegel
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Susan Messing
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Megan Stielstra
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Erin Shea
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Jocelyn Geboy, MC & Event Organizer
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The week before I went to Toronto, Sara, Steve and I went to the CHIRP event, The First Time: First Child at Beat Kitchen. Like the last few times (First Date, First Record, First Digs, First City), we had so much fun! This time I knew one of the readers, Erin Shea, but also recognized a few from previous events. We’re becoming a family!! :)

As always, all of the essays were great. I enjoyed the music so much too. I, of course, especially like Erin’s piece. Over the years, since we’re not working together any more, we’ve grown apart and I while we’ve kept in contact online, it was interesting to hear her tell her tale in person. I also really enjoyed Gerald Dowd’s essay, which brought him out from behind the drumset. I’ve seen Tributosaurus perform, so was also especially interested Matt Spiegel’s reading. And Megan Stielstra is always great. Ok. They were all great. I call them each out on their own merits, but just believe me, they were all good.

The event was $10 and all proceeds went to benefit CHIRP. Follow CHIRP’s Facebook page to make sure you get alerted when the next event is planned! You won’t want to miss it.

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Beer Organized by Price

September 14th, 2012 · No Comments

I thought it was interesting how Beat Kitchen organizes their beer menu by price.

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CHIRP Presents The First Time: First City

July 24th, 2012 · No Comments


Jenn-Anne Gledhill and Mare Swallow


Wendy Mateo and Jennifer Lizak


Mary Ralph and Samantha Abernethy


Jocelyn Geboy and Gerald Dowd


Liam Davis and Steve Frisbie

Last week Jess, Sara, Chris and I went to the CHIRP event, The First Time: First City at Beat Kitchen. Like the last few times (1, 2, 3), we had so much fun! This was the first time I went to an event in this series and I didn’t know any of the readers, but I did see and get to catch up with a bunch of my former Chicagoist cohorts – Chuck, Jocelyn, Matt, Jim, and Marcus.

Sara and I met up early and ate outside. Surprisingly, Beat Kitchen has super tasty salads, many to choose from, lots of fresh ingredients. The weather was just right, we were in the shade and there was a breeze. Then we headed in a few minutes early to make sure we could get a seat for the show.

As always, all of the essays were great. Anyone who gets up on stage and reads what they write has more guts than I do. I especially liked Jennifer Lizak’s essay about Chicago and how many generations of her family have lived in the city. After each essay the band plays a song of the essayist’s choosing. The band is so talented. That night they played everything from hip hop to country and western. For real. They played “Homecoming” with Gerald doing the Kanye West rap parts and Steve doing the Chris Martin singing parts. And Gerald showed off his diversity again when he sang the lead for “You Never Even Called Me By My Name” by David Allan Coe. I also liked when they played “Chicago Slow Down” by the local band Canasta. Check out their awesome video for the song below:

The event was $10 and all proceeds went to benefit CHIRP. Follow CHIRP’s Facebook page to make sure you get alerted when the next event is planned! You won’t want to miss it.

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