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Chicago Literati Review by Cassie Sheets
Chicago’s live lit scene is huge. There are more reading series than I can count, and just when I think I’ve got a good handle on what’s out there I learn about something new. If you’re anything like me and generally prefer to spend your evenings curled up on the couch with your trusty friend pizza, and make only the very occasional voyage out to an event, you probably find the thought of attending all these series completely overwhelming. Well, I’m going to do you a favor and narrow it down for you. In my opinion, if you can only go to one event in the next six months, you should go to Loose Chicks.
Loose Chicks is an hour of original monologues, conceived and performed monthly by two powerhouses of the form, Jillian Erickson and Roberta Miles. Jillian Erickson is a performance artist and co-producer of the Beast Women all-female cabaret. In addition to being a monologist, Roberta Miles is an accomplished jazz singer and artist and the co-host of Cafe Cabaret at Cafe Ballou. Performing separately together as the Loose Chicks, Erickson and Miles have used a series of intimate performance spaces to give their audiences intimate access to their minds and experiences.