danette chavez

Meet Our Readers

Is Sam Smith kinda edgy for you? You’re in luck this Wednesday. We’ve got Melanie LaForce, Ali Kelley, Danette Chavez, and a *~mystery guest~*, talking about what those star tattoos on your wrist really mean, and perhaps going a little or a lot deeper than you’d expect.

Okay the mystery guest is Brittany Meyer. Also, it’s Ali’s last Chicago show before she departs for her East Coast homeland. Also, we’re going to have a raffle.  Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

Melanie LaForce

Melanie LaForceMelanie LaForce was born in Painesville, Ohio and has lived in Chicago since 2000. Most of Melanie’s time is spent as an education researcher at the University of Chicago. Melanie also writes essays and satire for websites such as The Hairpin, Bust, Refinery29, and Medium. In her spare time, Melanie plays onstage at Second City and trains skaters with the Windy City Rollers.

 

 

Ali Kelley

ali kelleyAli Kelley is a writer living in Chicago and soon to be New York. Her work has appeared in HelloGiggles, McSweeney’s and the Washington Post. She writes about ’90s pop culture and teen angst on her blog, Sleepoverz.

 

 

Danette Chavez

danette chavezDanette Chavez is a culture writer and editor but she took the scenic route getting there, spending over 10 years in the hellscape that is newspaper advertising sales. She’s been published in the Chicago Reader, Chicagoist, Literary Chicago, XOJane, and is currently the Assistant Editor at The Onion’s A.V. Club.

 

 

Brittany Meyer

brittany meyerBrittany is a Chicago-based comic, story teller, cat owner, arm wrestler, and queer. Brittany has green eyes and has often been described as “that song Killer Queen.” As a comic, Brittany performs around Chicago in various clubs and showcases from Zanies to Laugh Factory, and hosts many pop up shows out of state. Brittany is both the creator and producer of ‘Strip Joker;’ a body positive, comedy showcase partnered with the ‘You are Beautiful’ campaign, located at Uptown Underground, cast member of the kates, and producer of Tuxedo Cat Comedy. For more info, check out BrittanyMeyerDoesThat.com.

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BFF

Here’s a recording of our April 2015 show. The theme was BFF. Readers included Lauren Hooberman, Naomi Huffman, Catherine Eves, Tori Szekeres, and Danette Chavez.

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Meet Our Readers

Bee Eff Eff. According to Urban Dictionary, BFF has two definitions, the most common of which is: Best Friends Forever. The other is the complete opposite and is: Big Fat Fuck. We’re going with the first one. Probably. Either way, we’re doing it with the ladies below. See you tomorrow night. Details on the sidebar.

Naomi Huffman

Huffman_picNaomi Huffman is the editor-in-chief of Curbside Splendor Publishing, and an editor at Featherproof Books. She’s the curator of the Book Fort, a roving interactive book fair that this year will appear at Printers Row Festival and Pitchfork Music Festival. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Newcity, Bookslut, and elsewhere.

 

Tori Szekeres

photo-2Tori Szekeres is a stranger from a strange land. You may have heard of it; it’s known as Wisconsin. She ventures into the city from the Northwest Suburbs to do stand-up and storytelling with venues such as Zanies, Guts & Glory Just Dickin’ Around, the kates, Beast Women Rising, Flabby at the Abbey, and Serving The Sentence.

 

Danette Chavez

DCDanette Chavez is a culture writer and editor but she took the scenic route getting there, spending over ten years in the hellscape that is newspaper advertising sales. She’s been published in the Chicago Reader, Chicagoist, Literary Chicago, XOJane, and the A.V. Club.

 

 

 

Catherine Eves

971549_10200982378339686_824572717_nCatherine Eves is an editor for Curbside Splendor. She was born in Australia, but basically grew up in Iowa, and now she lives in Chicago. She likes to read and sometimes likes to write, mostly nonfiction scribbled in the margins of her date book that will probably never see the light of day.

 

Lauren Hooberman

LH_PicLauren has called Chicago home for over 14 years. Her favorite job in the city has been a bartender, but she makes the big bucks in education. Lauren recently completed an all-women’s comedy class called Feminine Comique, and is looking forward getting more experience! In her free time, she rides her bike in the city and practices martial arts. She lives in Lakeview with her anxious and neurotic cat, Jen.