Karaoke Storytellers | iO Theater, The Mission Theater | Spoken Word/Poetry Slams/Open Mikes | Chicago Reader
When: Sun 10 PM
Price: $5
With the possible exception of Jackhammer's Monday-night 2 AM drag competition, stakes don't get lower on the Chicago stage than they do at this low-key, encouraging open mike at iO. Host DJ Stephen Alec and in-character coordinator Franny Giroux emcee performances by a roster of comedians, amateur singers, and interested civilians who preface a karaoke song with a personal story that inspired their selection. It's a creative twist on the Moth-style conventions that normally outline storytelling shows and serves as a welcome addition to Chicago's rich storytelling scene. At the performance I attended, one singer recounted how her bar rendition of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" introduced her to her late husband; another sang Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" after describing his first on-the-job panic attack. The results are bare, vulnerable, and truly unique. —Dan Jakes

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