Which is exactly what I'll be doing on Monday, February 15, when I take the stage for Essay Fiesta!
What is Essay Fiesta! you ask?
It is billed as Chicago's only charitable first-person reading series. Hosted by comic writers Kurt Ecker and Alyson Lyon, Essay Fiesta! began a few months back and has been packing in standing-room-only crowds at its home, The Book Cellar, Lincoln Square's cozy, independent bookstore at 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. On the third Monday of each month, some of the city's best writers, comediennes and actors read their humorous and oftentimes touching stories.
And at 7 p.m. on February 15 I'll be one of those taking center stage. The evening's full lineup has yet to be publicly announced (Ecker releases the names one-by-one on Fiesta!'s Facebook page), but judging by past month's, it's sure to be entertaining. And it's all for a good cause. Each Fiesta! ends with a raffle that benefits the Howard Brown Health Center.
So come out of winter's hibernation for a couple hours on February 15 and treat yourself to a glass of wine while listening to some great stories. Hope to see you there!