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South Side Weekly Lit Issue Release and Backyard Series Open Mic - Fundraiser for Blackstone Summer Block Party


South Side Weekly Lit Issue Release and Backyard Series Open Mic
Featuring Kiéla Adira, Apollo Mighty, and writers/poets featured in the Lit Issue!
A Fundraiser for Blackstone Summer Block Party
Friday, August 9th, 7:00-10:00PM
Doors at 7, Open Mic 7:30-8:30, SSW Lit 8:30-9:30, Featured Artists 9:30-10:00

On Friday, August 9th, the Experimental Station hosts a collaboration between South Side Weekly and the Backyard Series.

This event is a release party for South Side Weekly's 2019 Lit Issue, as well as a fundraiser for the Blackstone Summer Block Party, which will be held at Experimental Station on August 16th.

From the food (“walking taco” bar) and beer available (Marz and others), all of the donations and proceeds will be go directly towards the efforts of the block party. We will also be collecting school supplies and donations for the school drive that leads up to the Block Party. For more information on how to contribute or participate in the School Drive and/or Block Party, visit:

We come together to celebrate and share a community of wordsmiths, soundsmiths, and creative individuals. In light of all this political shame, environmental madness, and callous injustice, it's important to stand together and remind ourselves that we will always hold the power in our hands to lift each other up and put effort into making an impact that does matter.

We invite everyone to a stage set for you: take your place alongside a talented set of performers for the evening. This night is an opportunity for residents and guests to network and engage with the wide community of underground Chicago.

Open Mic:
FIRST COME FIRST SERVE (10 with a 5 person waitlist)

•A Selection of the contributors to South Side Weekly's Lit Issue
•Apollo Mighty
•Kiéla Adira

OPEN MIC: 7:30-8:30
SSW: 8:30-9:30
BYS: 9:30-10

This is an open opportunity for everyone. If you are interested in becoming involved, please reach out. This series is about elevation. There are no limits and there is no gate keeping.

Earlier Event: August 5
Synergy Hip-Hop Technique Workshop
Later Event: August 10
August 10th Farmers Market