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Posted by : cj on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 04:05 PM
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Billy Tuggle at TraceTrace is a bar at 3714 N. Clark, right down the street from Cabaret Metro. They do their "PolyRhythmic" thing on Tuesdays, late, starting at 10:30 PM (though you'd be wise to get there by 10:00 PM if you expect to get a spot on the sign up sheet). Spoken-word is celebrated with massive energy upstairs, in a rectangular room full of mirrors. This is the night spot for twenty-something poetry. Expect a grab bag full of goodies. It is well worth the hassle you'll have finding parking.

On July 13th the open mic. was an impressive mixture of styles, offering a little bit of everything, from Billy Tuggle (pictured) representing the Wicker Park Slam Team (he promised his team would concentrate more on the art of slam poetry and less on the competitive aspect of it), to a wonderful new female voice rising in Chicago, Lane Falcon, who will be one of the features at this year's Chicago Poetry Fest. A DJ kept the giggles coming as he sampled Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Queen, and anything else he could muster, between each poet. Musical sets are allowed during this program, so also expect one or two songwriters with guitars to share their work, but the focus is primarily on poetry.

The older generation better get busy, because if the quality of the work presented at Trace is any reflection of what the younger generation is up to these days, we have some major catching up to do. The work (except for one babbling screamer who ignored the four minute time limit) was extremely literate and well performed. There was a lot of heart in that room. You just gotta check it out to understand it.

--C. J. Laity



 
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