Oct
21
5:00pm 5:00pm

Busboys & Poets Youth Open Mic [DC]

Youth-focused and youth-led, Youth Open Mic is a monthly series that features student poets, singers, musicians and actors from the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Middle school and high school students are encouraged to come share their art in our supportive, progressive, artistic atmosphere. Eve L. Ewing will be the feature for this open mic, reading from Electric Arches

Youth Open Mic is presented by Busboys and Poets in partnership with DC Youth Slam Team and Split This Rock.

$5 Cover. On the day of the event, tickets can be purchased online here starting at midnight and in the restaurant starting at 10:00 AM in the bookstore (cash only). 

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Oct
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Life & Times of Rodeo Caldonia (California African American Museum)

Presented in conjunction with We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85, this panel reflects on the contributions of Rodeo Caldonia High Fidelity Performance Theater, the black feminist performance collective founded in Brooklyn in the mid-1980s. Panelists include Lisa Jones, co-founder and writer-director; Alva Rogers, co-founder and lead performer; Lorna Simpson, artist; and Derin Young, musical director and sound artist. The panel is moderated by scholar and poet Eve Ewing.

Free. For more information and to RSVP, go here.

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Oct
31
9:00pm 9:00pm

Reading at Da Poetry Lounge [LA]

Spend a Tuesday night with us and enjoy Hollywood’s best kept secret! All are welcome to come take the stage and share their art, or to just sit and be part of our audience. Come early! It is not unexpected for people to start lining up at the Greenway steps prior to 8 PM. Seating is limited and once full, you’ll be ushered to sit on stage. Tickets are $10 cash at the door. 

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Nov
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Helen 7.0: Resilient and Relentless [Chicago]

This event will serve as a celebration of Helen Shiller's birthday and her lifetime of activism, and all proceeds will support the Westside Justice Center.

The West Side Justice Center is a community-centered organization that promotes a holistic approach to justice by: facilitating legal literacy, providing legal and quasi-legal assistance to community members, and establishing and nurturing community trust through participatory deliberations and quality service. More info here.

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Nov
10
8:00pm 8:00pm

NPR's Code Switch LIVE [Chicago]

Join the Code Switch team LIVE on stage with poet, author and Chicago native Eve Ewing for a live poetry performance from her new collection, Electric Arches, that you DO NOT want to miss. 

The Code Switch team is made up of journalists of color, and this isn’t just the work they do. It’s the lives they lead. Sometimes, they make you laugh. Other times, you’ll get uncomfortable. But you’ll always find unflinching honesty and empathy. The reporting team has tackled the constantly-shifting and overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture and how they play out in people’s lives and communities. Named after the many ways people shift how they express race and culture in daily life, Code Switch aims to deepen the coverage of these topics and capture the issues that define an increasingly diverse America. Come mix it up with us.

Tickets required. More info here.

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Nov
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Reading at Breathing Room [Chicago]

Eve L. Ewing reads from Electric Arches. Free and open to the public. 

Presented by #LetUsBreatheCollective. LetUsBreathe Collective aims to harness creative capital and cultural production to deconstruct systemic injustice in America and worldwide. A grassroots alliance of artists, journalists, and activists, we use our talents to amplify marginalized voices, disrupt the status quo, offer opportunities for healing and education, and provoke critical thought and dialogue about the intersections of oppression through film, music, theater, poetry, and civil disobedience.

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Nov
17
to Nov 19

No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks brings to life the story of one of Chicago’s most beloved figures. She was an icon, a poet laureate, and a Pulitzer Prize winner—but she was also a treasured educator and mentor to the countless writers and children who knew her as their very own “Miss Brooks.” Weaving together poetry, storytelling, sound design, original music, and striking visuals, No Blue Memories is an exploration of Brooks’s beloved city and a story of how she navigated identity, craft, and politics over the course of one of the most remarkable careers in American literary history. The performance combines intricate paper puppetry, live actors working in shadow, and an original score for an unforgettable multi-media experience.

Commissioned by the Poetry Foundation for the Brooks Centenary, No Blue Memories will receive two weeks of free performances in November 2017 for both the general public and Chicago Public School students.

Performances:

Pritzker Auditorium Harold Washington Library Center
400 South State Street
Enter on South Plymouth Court

  • Friday, November 17th, 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, November 18th, 6:30 PM
  • Sunday, November 19th, 2:00 PM

This program is first come, first served. Doors open one hour before start time.

Go here for more info.

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Dec
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Singing in Dark Times [Chicago]

In the dark times, will there also be singing?
Yes, there will be singing.

About the dark times.
- Bertolt Brecht

As the public is being steadily eroded and eclipsed, and as neoliberalism persists and fascism lurks close by, we who believe in freedom have a special responsibility to reimagine, revitalize, and create anew a public square, a public presence, and a wide range of participatory public spaces. Beginning December 12, 57th Street Bookstore will host a monthly public conversation focussed on current events and this political moment. “Singing in Dark Times” will be led by a handful of Chicago writers in dialogue with one another and, then, with whatever citizens and residents show up. Please join us for our initial conversation, featuring Eve Ewing, Rachel DeWoskin, Kevin Coval, and Bill Ayers.

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Oct
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

Reading with Elizabeth Acevedo at Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe [DC]

NOTE TIME CHANGE - EVENT IS NOW AT 6 PM

Eve L. Ewing reads from Electric Arches at Sankofa in Washington, D.C. She will be joined by Elizabeth Acevedo, author of Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths and The Poet X. 

Founded in 1997 by filmmaking couple Haile and Shirikiana Gerima, Sankofa Video and Books specializes in videos and books about people of African descent around the world. Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe is nestled in the college campus corridor of Georgia Ave, in Washington, DC, across from Howard University, two blocks from Benjamin Banneker Sr. High School.

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Oct
17
3:30pm 3:30pm

Here Say: A Gathering of Artists Using Speaking as Performance [Atlanta]

The Wolf Creek performance on this day is free; the Cherry Hollow performance requires tickets.

AIR Serenbe is planning to bring eight of the nation’s poets, storytellers, and emcees to a series of South Fulton public libraries in the fall of 2017. The day includes performances at three libraries, with a final ticketed evening show at a Cherry Hollow Farm in Chattahoochee Hills.

Featured Artists:
Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz
Bright Son
Derrick Brown
Ray Christian
Shira Erlichman
Eve L. Ewing
Anis Mojgani
Dame Wilburn

As part of this series, Eve L. Ewing will read at the Wolf Creek Branch Library (Atlanta, GA) at 3:30 PM. All of the artists will perform at Cherry Hollow Farm in Chattahoochee Hills, GA. Doors at 7 PM, show at 8 PM. $25: general admission. $20: seniors/students.

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Oct
15
4:00pm 4:00pm

Reading at Boneshaker Books [Minneapolis]

Eve L. Ewing reads from Electric Arches at Boneshaker Books. She will be joined by Danez Smith and Sarah Ogutu. Hosted by Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre. 

Boneshaker Books is a community supported, collectively organized, and volunteer run bookstore. Our mission is to provide a welcoming space that promotes social justice and movements through books, education, and activism. We offer progressive and radical literature and a place to spark conversation, inform, and inspire.

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Oct
13
7:30pm 7:30pm

Reading with Danez Smith and Hieu Minh Nguyen [Pittsburgh]

  • Elise H. Hillman Auditorium at the Kaufmann Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Eve L. Ewing, Danez Smith and Hieu Minh Nguyen read at the Hill House Association.

The Hill House Association is a settlement house (community center) located in Pittsburgh's historic Hill District. As such it offers a variety a variety of place based social services, focused on Family Strengthening, Livability, Education, and Business & Economic Development. 

Tickets and info here.

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Sep
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

Electric Arches - Boston Launch [with MassLEAP]

Join us to celebrate Eve L. Ewing's new book Electric Arches, which will be on sale thanks to our friends at Papercuts JP. This is a ticketed event and all proceeds go to MassLEAP. 

The Massachusetts Literary Education and Performance Collective (MassLEAP) is dedicated to building and supporting spaces for youth to experience the transformative power of their own voices in community with one another. MassLEAP exists as a platform for young people, artist-educators and organizers to foster positive youth development through spoken word poetry forums. 

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Sep
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

Reading at Loyola University Chicago

  • Loyola University - Damen Student Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Presented by the Loyola Psychology Club. This one-hour event will combine the elements of a poetry reading and a topical lecture, as Eve L. Ewing reads poems from Electric Arches while drawing on her work as a sociologist to discuss the broader social context around the poems. Q&A and book signing to follow. Free and open to the public.

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Sep
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

Electric Arches - Official Chicago Launch

Join Eve Ewing to celebrate the launch of her new book Electric Arches.

Space is limited, and tickets will be required for entry. Your $10 ticket includes a signed copy of Electric Arches.

The evening will feature readings by Tara Betts & Kara Jackson.

“Eve L. Ewing’s stunning debut collides an array of forms as she questions what the imagination can make possible in the realm of social justice. As the boundaries between the self and the outside world blur, the political ramifications of interior life start to become clearer.”
–Publishers Weekly

Thank you to Marwen for graciously agreeing to host this event. Marwen educates and inspires young people from under-resourced communities and schools through the visual arts. Marwen achieves its mission by providing free visual arts classes to Chicago youth in 6 - 12 grades. Marwen also provides free college and career counseling to high school students and their families who are interested in pursuing a career in the visual arts or wish to continue their education beyond high school.

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Jul
29
2:00pm 2:00pm

Chicago Poetry Block Party

Chicagoans of all ages and levels of experience with poetry, come have fun with us! Enjoy performances from poets and musicians, poetry workshops, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and more… all FREE! 2PM to 9PM, on 19th Street between Wolcott and Wood. Brought to you by Crescendo Literary in partnership with the Poetry Foundation and the National Museum of Mexican Art. More info here.

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Jul
9
3:00pm 3:00pm

Pass Over Post-Show Discussion

Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner—talking shit, passing the time and hoping that maybe today will be different. As they dream of their promised land, a stranger wanders into their space with his own agenda and derails their plans. Emotional and lyrical, Pass Over crafts everyday profanities into poetic and humorous riffs, exposing the unquestionable human spirit of young men stuck in a cycle just looking for a way out. 

Following every Sunday performance, stick around for a deep dive into Pass Over. Join scholars, artists, journalists, activists and community members for robust conversations about the world of the play. The series is moderated by Erick Deshaun Dorris.

Pass Over takes Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, a work that majority culture has deemed valuable, and uses that cultural value as a theatrical tool to also assert the value of Black lives. In this panel we welcome artists across disciplines who are also asking their audiences and viewers to reflect on the Black experience. How do they think about form and audience as they craft and deliver their message, and how do they respond to Pass Over? Panelists include Eve L. Ewing and Anna Martine Whitehead. 

Tickets and more info here.

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Jul
9
2:00pm 2:00pm

Pitchfork Music Festival

Join poets from The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop at a special Pitchfork appearance at the Bookfort tent. Fatimah Asghar, Kevin Coval, Safia Elhillo, Eve L. Ewing, Raych Jackson, Nate Marshall, and José Olivarez will read. (Pitchfork tickets required.)

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Jun
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Another Round LIVE

WBEZ’s Podcast Passport in partnership with BuzzFeed presents the award winning podcast Another Round as the next event in the Podcast Passport series!

Another Round, is co-hosted by Tracy Clayton and Heben Nigatu and features interviews with guests like Queen Latifah, rapper Remy Ma, Get Out director Jordan Peele, Hillary Clinton, Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as segments on topics ranging from race, gender and pop culture to squirrels, mangoes, and jokes. Another Round has a distinctly youthful and bourbon-based sound (usually Woodford Reserve – the ladies’ drink of choice), which captures and speaks directly to a wide audience.

Join them for a round – or three – as Tracy and Heben make their Chicago debut at Thalia Hall on June 21st. Featuring special guests Eve L. Ewing, Jamila Woods, and Kuumba Lynx!

Get tickets here.

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Jun
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Raising Bertie Screening & Discussion

Raising Bertie is an intimate six year portrait of three African American boys growing into adulthood in rural North Carolina, exploring complex relationships between generational poverty, educational inequity, and race. Following this advanced screening, there will be a Q&A with director Margaret Byrne, producer Ian Kibbe, and journalist Evan F. Moore, moderated by Eve Ewing. 

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Jun
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Fashion Your Fit Dialogue Series

Join our panel of powerhouse women to hear the stories that shaped them, how they express themselves, and the paths they forged to find their fit in life. Pull up a front row seat as four influential changemakers share how they each discovered their one-of-a-kind passion, purpose, and place in the world: Eve L. Ewing, Jessica Hopper, Kaede Matsumoto, and Alexis Jones.

The first 20 people who register for the event are invited to an exclusive Fit Workshop with Levi’s®Brand Style Director, Kaede Matsumoto, following the panel discussion. Everyone who participates in the Fit Workshop will walk away with a perfect-for-YOU pair of Levi’s jeans. And don’t worry if you can’t stay for the workshop – all other attendees will get a VIP ticket good for one fit session in June. 

More info here.

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Jun
5
6:30pm 6:30pm

We Real Cool: A Celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks’s 100th Birthday

Join us for the premiere of Manual Cinema's video honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, who was born one hundred years ago on June 7, 1917. Using simple, illuminative paper-cut puppetry, this enchanting video imagines the moment of witness that inspired Brooks to write her landmark poem, “We Real Cool.” Created by Manual Cinema in association with Crescendo Literary with story by Eve Ewing and Nate Marshall and music by Jamila Woods and Ayanna Woods.

Join the Facebook event here.

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May
19
8:30am 8:30am

Transcending Boundaries Conference

  • University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join us for an inaugural interdisciplinary research symposium for underrepresented minority graduate students to be held on Friday, May 19, 2017. This conference is designed to highlight the work of underrepresented minority (URM) graduate students and postdoctoral scholars including all intersectional identities within the URM community at the University of Chicago. The theme of the symposium, “Transcending Boundaries: Research and Scholarship in an Uncertain Era,” encourages scholars to reflect on our current political and social climate and how that might affect our research and scholarship in the present as well as the years to come. The symposium will feature a lunchtime keynote address given by Eve Ewing.

Learn more here.

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May
6
5:00pm 5:00pm

Poetry Prom 2017, Presented by MassLEAP

Join us for this special pre-slam party featuring music, drinks, special performances, a raffle, and more. Your ticket supports MassLEAP, dedicated to uplifting social justice through youth poetry and performance across the state--and your ticket includes admission to the Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Slam Festival Finals Showcase immediately following this VIP reception.

Tonight, the poets are running the prom. Consider this a chance to relive the prom you had, imagine the prom you wish you had, or just wear that gold sequined top hat you have in the closet. Suggested attire: formal wear, informal wear, vintage, your favorite t-shirt with a blazer over it, your actual prom dress, whatever you want.

Click here to purchase tickets.

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Apr
17
to Apr 19

Auditions for No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

Manual Cinema is seeking non-equity Black/African-American performers for NO BLUE MEMORIES: THE LIFE OF GWENDOLYN BROOKS, a new work by Eve L. Ewing and Nate Marshall and with music by Jamila Woods and Ayanna Woods.

NO BLUE MEMORIES brings to life the story of one of Chicago’s most beloved figures, Gwendolyn Brooks. She was an icon, a poet laureate, and a Pulitzer Prize winner—but she was also a treasured educator and mentor to the countless writers and children who knew her as their very own “Miss Brooks.” Weaving together poetry, storytelling, and striking visuals, NO BLUE MEMORIES is an exploration of Brooks’s beloved city and a story of how she navigated identity, craft, and politics over the course of one of the most remarkable careers in American literary history.

Commissioned by the Poetry Foundation for the Brooks Centenary, NO BLUE MEMORIES will receive two weeks of performances in November 2017 for both the general public and Chicago Public School students, to be followed by a TBD extended Chicago run and the prospect of out-of-town touring.

Manual Cinema is casting non-equity, Black/African-American actors, dancers, spoken word artists, and puppeteers of all genders who will act, puppeteer, and play multiple characters throughout the show. Experience with puppetry, movement, or poetry is a plus but not required.

Character Descriptions
(All characters are black unless otherwise specified.)

GWENDOLYN BROOKS
(20s, 30s, 40s) A black woman with a slow lilting voice. A poet born and raised in Bronzeville.

HAKI/ENSEMBLE
(20s, 30s) A fiery young Black Arts Movement poet.

NORA/ENSEMBLE
(20s, 30s) Gwendolyn’s daughter.

HENRY/ENSEMBLE
(30s, 40s) Gwendolyn’s husband.

KEZIAH/ENSEMBLE
(30s, 40s) Gwendolyn’s mother.

 
Audition Dates:
Monday, April 17 from 2-6pm
Tuesday, April 18 from 1-5pm
Callbacks: Wednesday, April 19 from 2-6pm

Auditions will take place at the Manual Cinema studio in the Kimball Art Center (1757 N Kimball Ave).

Time Commitment: 
Rehearsal: October 1 – November 5, 2017
Tech and School Performances: November 6-10, 2017
Public Performances: November 16-19, 2017
Extended Run: TBD

Material To Prepare: 
The audition will consist of two parts. In the first part, actors will prepare a side provided in advance. The second part will involve movement and puppetry work (no preparation necessary).

To schedule an audition time, please submit a headshot and resume to casting director Sarah Fornace at sfornace@manualcinema.com. Must be based in Chicago. Learn more and see Manual Cinema's other work at manualcinema.com.

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Apr
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

Being Black at School - Doing the Work Awards

Being Black at School is a national nonprofit advocacy organization focused on addressing the complexities of being a Black student in the American education system. The mission is to utilize data and policy analysis to foster a movement for schools that are safer and more equitable for Black students. Join founder Kelly Hurst, the Being Black at School Team, and her special guests at the Currency Exchange Cafe to celebrate the launch and help us raise funds to dismantle systemic racism across the country. This year's award recipients are Monica Haslip and Eve L. Ewing. [Tickets and info here.]

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Mar
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

The View from Room 205: A Public Discussion w/ Linda Lutton and Eve Ewing

  • Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This event is free, but an RSVP is required-- click here to reserve your space.

Join WBEZ for an open, community discussion about the station’s recent documentary, The View from Room 205. WBEZ reporter Linda Lutton spent a year in a fourth grade classroom on Chicago’s West Side to examine the intersection of poverty, the American Dream and education. The story is told from the perspective of 9-year-olds and their school.

Education sociologist (and former CPS middle school teacher) Eve Ewing of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration will be the classroom teacher for the evening. Documentary producer Linda Lutton will discuss the making ofThe View from Room 205 and answer questions. Audience members are invited to ask questions and share their point of view regarding the documentary and the broader issues it raises.

Don’t come to class without doing your homework! Listen to the 57-minute audio documentary ahead of time! Download or stream it here: wbez.org/room205, or on iTunes (Episode 1).

Doors Open: 6:00 PM**
Program: 6:30-8:00 PM
Reception in the Rotunda: 8:00-9:00 PM

** This event is free and open to the public. If you would like to attend, please RSVP. Please note your RSVP does NOT guarantee admission. We anticipate a large crowd and strongly recommend that you arrive early to claim your seat.

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Feb
28
6:30pm 6:30pm

The Interview Show

The Interview Show features guests from every walk of life — musicians, authors, comedians, community activists, chefs, CEOs, etc., both local and passing through town — sharing their world views and talents in a laid-back, intimate setting. This will be a special edition of the show. Ticket sales will support the nonpartisan Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law's work to eliminate barriers to voting and improve civic participation, especially in communities of color and low-income communities to ensure that each eligible citizen is able to cast a ballot and make her voice heard. For tickets and more info, click here.

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Feb
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

SSA Social Justice Talk

  • University of Chicago School of Social Service Admininistration (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The SSA African American Alumni Committee is excited to host its first annual Social Justice Talks in honor of Black History Month. The broad theme of the Social Justice Talks was created to give voice to the unique and scholarly perspectives of some of Chicago’s most prominent leaders, educators, and researchers presenting their ideas and solutions around areas such as violence, race, education, and politics. Register here.

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Feb
4
2:00pm 2:00pm

An Afternoon with Eve Ewing, Sarah Kay, and Mahogany L. Browne

Join us for a very special performance by Eve Ewing, Sarah Kay, and Mahogany L. Browne. Eve is 2017's recipient of the SWACC! Focus Fellowship at AIR Serenbe. This award residency supports a spoken word artist with a commitment to community and collaboration. Sarah, an alumni of AIR Serenbe and now a member of our National Advisory Council, will collaborate with Eve for a week of this residency.

Mahogany, recipient of the 2016 SWACC! Focus Fellowship, returns to join Eve and Sarah on the stage for a remarkable afternoon of poems performed live.

$18. Doors at 1pm, show at 2pm. Book signing after the show. Buy tickets here.

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