February guest artist: Erik Sosa-Kibby

sosa_headshotOur resident artist Betsy Cypert will be jet setting to Ireland this February. In her absence, we have a guest artist stepping in to grace us with interpretive story art- Chicago native, Erik Sosa-Kibby.

About Erik: Erik Sosa-Kibby quickly made a name for himself in the Chicago and Milwaukee art world as one of the most original and innovative new artists to be painting the Midwest.

sosa art01Having started his painting career in 2002, Sosa has mounted several self exhibitions, been featured in collective shows, received national recognition and has proven to be a stalwart of the non-profit community for his generosity.

Inspired by all directions of life, Sosa’s work continues to be a kaleidoscope of paintings that range in size, form and style. “I never really know what I’ll be painting,” says Sosa.

sosa art03“You could say each canvas is a page in a coloring book of my life.” With work often compared to Kandinsky, Haring and Pollock, Sosa’s diverse style allows him to mimic other great artists while bringing a signature all his own.

We’re excited to see what Erik will create at the February 16th show!

Stories are better with Bacon

The first time the Bacon sisters performed at Story Sessions in September 2013, they completely blew us away with their heavenly voices. They are returning to Story Sessions for our February “Love is…” show to share their celestial sound with an even bigger audience. We can’t wait to hear them perform alongside our resident band, Dog 1. Ladies, take it away!

January 11: Story Sessions at Fillet of Solo Festival

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The January show, themed, “Work it” gives us the 411 on stories of 9 to 5 from featured performers, Shawn Cobb, John Lendman, Jennifer Ann Coffeen, John Hahm and Eric May. Guest hosts are funny ladies, Kelsie Huff and Kristin Clifford.

January is a special show as Story Sessions is part of storytelling festival, Fillet of Solo, this month. As an audience member, the festival is a great way to catch a plethora of shows in one evening or even more across two weeks!

For a limited time only, get special HALF-PRICE tickets- only $5 for one show or just $15 for the whole festival- on Goldstar. This is a total deal and when you get the festival pass, you can make a night of it with- see three great shows back to back in one night, then head over the bar next door with the story crowd for drinks and merriment.

When the discount runs out, tickets will still be available through Lifeline Theatre.

October 27 show: Into the Darkness

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Story Sessions will chill your bones and warm your heart on October 27th at City Winery. Six performers will share personal stories inspired by this month’s theme, “Into the Darkness”.

These haunting tales range from strange encounters and spiritual awakenings to private collections of the road less traveled. With humor, intrigue and an element of surprise, these storytellers will take you to the dark side. Get your tickets today!

5:30- Doors open
6:00- Musical guest, Dog 1
7:00- Show begins

September 22 show: Creature Comforts

Join us September 22nd for our “Creature Comforts” themed show. Seven storytellers will reveal personal stories about interacting with animals of all kinds. From developing unnatural fears to suffering unrequited love, these stories will open up a world of beaks, wings, claws and more.
5:30- Doors open
6:00- Musical guest, Dog 1
7:00- Show begins
Get there early to enjoy food and beer with international flair. Get your tickets today!

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Next show: “Schooled”, August 25

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Join us August 25th when we once again take over the whole bar! Seven storytellers will share a chapter of their lives when they taught a lesson or they got taught. Either way, you’ll get to hear the daring details of their encounters. And you might even learn a thing or two!

5:30- Doors open
6:00- Musical guest, Dog 1
7:00- Show begins

Get there early to enjoy food and beer with international flair. Get your tickets today!