Ben Hecht’s House Party

Wednesday, June 27th
7:00 – 9:00 pm
5210 S Kenwood

Pocket Guide to Hell and the Op Shop invite you to attend a 1920s literary salon held in the ACTUAL ROOMS in the actual house once occupied by BEN HECHT, author of The Front Page, A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago, and Scarface.

The house will soon be a private residence once more, so consider this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Join Ben Hecht and other members of the Chicago Renaissance, like Carl Sandburg, Vachel Lindsay, and Margaret Anderson, as they read from their work.

Past writers and editors will be portrayed by contemporaries in the Chicago scene, including:

David Durstewitz, JC Gabel, Caroline Picard, Kathleen Rooney, Martin Seay, and others.

Northwestern University’ BILL SAVAGE will deliver a short lecture on Hecht and the Chicago literary scene of the 1920s.

SUSAN GOLLAND will perform a MAGIC LANTERN slideshow with an actual magic lantern!

Period appropriate refreshments will be provided by TARA LANE, the chef at Hull House, formerly of Blackbird and Avec.

With period music by AARON COHEN, editor at Downbeat, and CURTIS MYERS.

And a BOHEMIAN COSTUME CONTEST with prizes courtesy of Poetry, The Chicagoan, The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, and Chicago Publishes!

Space is limited so please RSVP to by Monday, June 25.

Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for students.

All proceeds go to the cost of food, drink, music, and performers.


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