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spacer.gif   The Whistler on Milwaukee Avenue Presents Orange Alert
Posted by : cj on Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 08:52 PM
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ORANGE ALERT!

I checked out the Orange Alert Reading Series on October 18, 2009. Very cool indeed.



The Whistler at 2421 N. Milwaukee Avenue is a cozy place with (drumroll please) a stage and a good sound system. It's a perfect spot to host a poetry reading, and on the third Sunday of every month at 6 PM that's exactly what they do with the Orange Alert Reading Series. For you bums, there is a $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon special, and for you microbrew lovers, there is a wonderful assortment of $5 brews, but the real treat is watching these guys mix their fancy, special concoctions. Let me tell you, these guys know how to mix a drink, and you'll be pleased to learn that there is artistry behind the bar as well as on the stage. It is mighty fun to wet your whistle at the Whistler.



Jason Behrends is the perfect poetry host. He is a gentle soul who makes the Orange Alert event about the authors and their literature. Every month he selects four or five poets to feature and he has good poetry taste. He also runs the website OrangeAlert.net, which has tons of stuff on it. He's a wonderful influence and the Chicago Poetry Scene needs more guys like this.



As part of the SunnyOutside book tour, Micah Lang read from her collection Three Islands, which consists of poetry in the voice of three people who have found themselves on islands, including the Birdman of Alcatraz. I found her work to be completely unique and compelling.



Nathan Graziano dared to break the rules by starting his set with a piece of flash fiction, and since he travelled to Chicago all the way from New Hampshire, he was entitled to break whatever rules he wanted to. I found his male oriented work to be quite refreshing and I could relate to it, something that I can't say about a lot of the poetry coming out today. Here's some poetry gossip for you: he has a website



Simone Muench is always a pleasure to listen to. Her's is one of the finest female voices in Chicago, no doubt about it. She read some work that I've never heard her read before, including some stuff that was co-written via email with Bill Allegrezza. This gal is one top notch poet and if you haven't experienced Simone, I recommend you keep an eye on my calendar for her next reading.



And finally Larry O. Dean took the stage, also reading a lot of new stuff that I haven't heard before. Larry's wit is very entertaining, but what I find cool is that he uses his readings as a means of rewriting. He listens to his audience while he reads and he then uses the response he gets to rework his poetry. If you are lucky enough to hear him read a poem that he is writing on a few different occasions, you will witness it improve until it finally finds its perfect form. So now I'm looking forward to hearing him again, to find out if anything that he read at Orange Alert is going to change in the future.

ChicagoPoetry.com gives the Orange Alert Reading Series two big quills up. Don't miss the next one!

Note: I checked out the Orange Alert reading at the Whistler on October 18. Here's the scoop from ChicagoPoetry.com.

 
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