February 5, 2009

My Pix of the Feb 4 Young Chicago Authors' Encyclopedia Show at Chopin Theater

(All pix by me, full set here.)

My Chicago Underground Comedy co-producer Dan Telfer (who's opening for Maria Bamford at the Lakeshore Theater this weekend, holy crap!) has a little brother named Robbie Q. Telfer. Robbie is a big-deal slam poet and writer and works with Young Chicago Authors. Last night was the third installation of his and Shanny Jean Maney's monthly Encyclopedia Show, which is a great fun. Each show has a theme -- this one was the visual spectrum -- and each performer has written five minutes of material on the theme. (Except for hyper-achiever Dan, who writes, designs, and publishes an original book on each theme!)

Performers include kids associated with the YCA who have already cut their teeth at competitive poetry slams, and Chicago creative notables including writers, poets, visual artists and musicians. The show was really fun, and funny, and there were lots of hilarious and poignant moments throughout the night. If you're looking for a night of invigorating creativity and lots of laughs, I highly recommend heading to the Chopin Theater for the next show.

Robbie Q. Telfer and Shanny Jean Maney
Robbie Q. Telfer and Shanny Jean Maney @ Encyclopedia Show Feb. 4 2009

Dan Telfer
Dan Telfer @ Encyclopedia Show Feb. 4 2009

Shadell Jamison
Shadell Jamison @ Encyclopedia Show Feb. 4 2009

Jilted Emily Rose
Jilted Emily Rose @ Encyclopedia Show Feb. 4 2009

Leena Trevedi-Grenier
Leena Trevedi-Grenier @ Encyclopedia Show Feb. 4 2009

Robbie Q. Telfer and Shanny Jean Maney
Robbie Q. Telfer and Shanny Jean Maney @ Encyclopedia Show Feb. 4 2009

Joel Chmara
Joel Chmara @ Encyclopedia Show Feb. 4 2009

Annalissia-Kiana "KeeKey" Itson
Annalissia-Kiana "KeeKey" Itson @ Encyclopedia Show Feb. 4 2009

Cameron McGill
Cameron McGill @ Encyclopedia Show Feb. 4 2009

Robbie Q. Telfer
Robbie Q. Telfer @ Encyclopedia Show Feb. 4 2009

Jonathan Messinger
Jonathan Messinger @ Encyclopedia Show Feb. 4 2009

Alex Petruszak
Alex Petruszak @ Encyclopedia Show Feb. 4 2009

slam poetry legend Marc Smith
slam poetry legend Marc Smith @ Encyclopedia Show Feb. 4 2009

slam poetry legend Marc Smith @ Encyclopedia Show Feb. 4 2009

Final bow
Encyclopedia Show Feb. 4 2009

4 comments:

Dan Telfer said...

If I can figure out how to get people to buy these books, I will have cracked the code of LIFE.

nora said...

Great photos -- and I'm a big Cameron McGill fan.

Elizabeth McQuern said...

Funny you should say that, and then sell a bunch at the Maria Bamford show! Woo hoo!

Oh, cool, Nora, I know nothing about music, so Cameron was new to me. His original song was lovely, just really beautiful.

nora said...

Cameron is a great example of the type of music that I cover. In fact, I think he was one of the first people that I wrote about. I'm glad you enjoyed him!