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Welcome to the Neighborhood 

When: Tue., Jan. 20 2015
To outsiders, Chicagoans present a united front: we're all from Chicago. But when talking among ourselves, we're all emphatically from our own neighborhoods. Paul Dailing, a Bucktown resident, and Rachel Hyman, a Hyde Parker, have invited the city's writers to celebrate their neighborhoods on their respective websites, 1,001 Chicago Afternoons and Anthology of Chicago, and in a series of readings. Now, at their latest event, Welcome to the Neighborhood, hosted by the MCA, they're including artists. "We paired the performers with artists, who created art inspired by the themes in the readings," says Dailing. "So they'll be reading their work in front of someone else's interpretation of it." Hip-hop artist Psalm One and her mother, Elaine Hegwood Bowen, will be reading pieces about Englewood during their respective childhoods, illustrated by Dmitry Samarov and Marine Tempels. Hyman and poet Steven Schroeder will both cover Hyde Park; Hyman will be paired with artist Sarah Zimmer, while Schroeder will be paired with himself. And finally, Hyman and Dailing felt that visual and trapeze artist Camille Swift's frantic style would make a fitting counterpoint to Megan Stielstra's story about waiting tables at the Bongo Room in Wicker Park. Dailing is aware of perceptions that the live-lit scene is skewed toward white north-siders. That's why he and Hyman have worked to bring diversity to their readings. "You can't tell the story of Chicago," he says, "without people who look like Chicago." —Aimee Levitt

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