Ray's Tap Reading Series Chicago

The Ray's Tap Reading Series is a semi-once-in-a-while reading series that still takes place in the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago, but since Ray's Tap is now closed, we are now doing shows at the Prop Thtr on Elston Avenue. The Ray's Tap Reading Series is "curated" by Chris Bower and is committed to only put on shows that are not fucking boring and will always display some of Chicago's best writers and artists, trying something new while working under strange and often text (real and imaginary) specific restraints. It's weird, it's long, it's often boozy, it's sometimes incredibly beautiful and moving, and very often crude but it's always the most original reading series in Chicago. And it only happens once in a while!

contact cbower54@gmail.com for more info. about future shows.
poster by Susie Kirkwood (Hire her at susiekirkwood.com)

The Ray’s Tap Reading Series will return November 9th for a show called The Ray’s Tap Reading Series Has Allergies. Water, cold, peanuts, cats, sunshine, mold, pollen, eggs, penicillin, anesthesia, tree nuts, seafood, latex, human touch and even exercise are making us break out into hives, speeding up our hearts and in some cases, killing us. Now Isn’t that ridiculous? The show will be about dissecting allergies and our bored and nonsensical immune systems, mistaking mostly harmless and sometimes helpful things for dangerous enemies. When: November 9th. 10 PM. Where: The Prop Thtr. 3502 N. Elston Avenue Who: Featuring the work of Natalie Edwards, David Isaacson, Charlotte Hamilton, Dave Snyder, Matt Test, Ruth McCormack, Erin Kahoa, Daniel Shapiro, Mark Chrisler, Tim Racine, Mason Johnson, Margaret Chapman and featuring the music of Tijuana Hercules. Hosted by Chris Bower. How much?: The show is 15 dollars or pay-what-you-can (Seriously) We need to pay for the space but if you are broke, throw in a dollar. If you are really broke, come for free. Proceeds go to pay for the space, posters, buttons and the rest goes to the performers. Will there be a bar? Yes. Will there be buttons? Yes, there are always buttons. Will it be funny? Yes, it will be funny and a lot of other things too. contact Chris Bower @ cbower54@gmail.com for more information.

poster by Susie Kirkwood (Hire her at susiekirkwood.com)

The Ray’s Tap Reading Series will return November 9th for a show called The Ray’s Tap Reading Series Has Allergies.

Water, cold, peanuts, cats, sunshine, mold, pollen, eggs, penicillin, anesthesia, tree nuts, seafood, latex, human touch and even exercise are making us break out into hives, speeding up our hearts and in some cases, killing us. Now Isn’t that ridiculous? The show will be about dissecting allergies and our bored and nonsensical immune systems, mistaking mostly harmless and sometimes helpful things for dangerous enemies.

When: November 9th. 10 PM.

Where: The Prop Thtr. 3502 N. Elston Avenue

Who: Featuring the work of Natalie Edwards, David Isaacson, Charlotte Hamilton, Dave Snyder, Matt Test, Ruth McCormack, Erin Kahoa, Daniel Shapiro, Mark Chrisler, Tim Racine, Mason Johnson, Margaret Chapman and featuring the music of Tijuana Hercules. Hosted by Chris Bower.

How much?: The show is 15 dollars or pay-what-you-can (Seriously) We need to pay for the space but if you are broke, throw in a dollar. If you are really broke, come for free. Proceeds go to pay for the space, posters, buttons and the rest goes to the performers.

Will there be a bar? Yes.



Will there be buttons? Yes, there are always buttons.

Will it be funny? Yes, it will be funny and a lot of other things too.

contact Chris Bower @ cbower54@gmail.com for more information.

The Ray’s Tap Reading Series Has Allergies

The Ray’s Tap Reading Series will return November 9th for a show called The Ray’s Tap Reading Series Has Allergies.

Water, cold, peanuts, cats, sunshine, mold, pollen, eggs, penicillin, anesthesia, tree nuts, seafood, latex, human touch and even exercise are making us break out into hives, speeding up our hearts and in some cases, killing us. Now Isn’t that ridiculous?   The show will be about dissecting allergies and our bored and nonsensical immune systems,  mistaking mostly harmless and sometimes helpful things for dangerous enemies.

When:  November 9th. 10 PM.

Where:  The Prop Thtr. 3502 N. Elston Avenue

Who:  Featuring the work of Natalie Edwards, David Isaacson, Charlotte Hamilton, Dave Snyder, Matt Test, Ruth McCormack, Erin Kahoa, Daniel Shapiro, Mark Chrisler, Tim Racine, Mason Johnson, Margaret Chapman and featuring the music of Tijuana Hercules. Hosted by Chris Bower.

How much?:  The show is 15 dollars or pay-what-you-can (Seriously)  We need to pay for the space but if you are broke, throw in a dollar. If you are really broke, come for free.  Proceeds go to pay for the space, posters, buttons and the rest goes to the performers.

Will  there be a bar?  Yes.

Will there be a poster?  Yes, there will be a poster very soon. Susie Kirkwood is hard at work.

Will there be buttons? Yes, there are always buttons.

Will it be funny?  Yes, it will be funny and a lot of other things too.

contact Chris Bower @ cbower54@gmail.com for more information.

Ray’s Returns with Allergies in November

Mark your calendars: The next Ray’s Tap Reading Series show will be Saturday November 9th at the Prop Thtr. The show is called, for now, Allergies!: From Antiquity…to Fragility…to America…and… Beyondica? It will be a late night show and feature many of our regular readers and our special guests will be announced shortly. It will long, loud, drunken and as always, a fucking blast. It’s the reading series that does not respect your time, but only happens a couple times a year, which is pretty damn respectful if you ask me.

Ray’s Fall Return

The Ray’s Tap Reading Series will return in the Fall for a show about Allergies.  Date and venue  to be announced soon.

Talking to Ray, 2 years after Ray’s Tap (the bar) is closed (over dinner)

And his basement is like a replica of Ray’s except it’s not as filthy because we and 30 years of people were not there.  I had a really nice dinner with him and his family and he doesn’t miss the bar but he misses the people and he misses the Ray’s Tap Reading Series and what really touched me is that he really missed me. the shooting of the shit, the opposite politics and the company.  I won’t discuss the private stuff we talked about but we always had some conversations that went much deeper than they should have.  I was never going to change his mind about things but he saw me as someone that was worth listening to and while it does not seem like a lot, I thought it was something.  This is what his basement looks like now.  It kind of looks like Ray’s.  It looks sad, just like Ray’s did and this is not a post to make anyone feel better about themselves.  The next Ray’s Tap Reading Series will be announced soon and I hope you are all very excited!  I am hoping for a lot image

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of optimism because I am pretty sure the next show is going to be about feeling better about yourself.  

The Ray’s Tap Reading Series is coming back to the Prop Theater in September

‎Ray’s Tap Reading Series is coming back in September with Samantha Irby, Vicki Walden, Barrie Cole, Tijuana Hercules, Matt Test, Dave Snyder, Daniel Shapiro, Mason Johnson and Margaret Chapman. The show will be about Liars and will be at the Prop Thtr, September 8th. The show will be 15 bucks or pay what you can, which means you can come for free if you are broke.

Poster by Susie Kirkwood

Poster by Susie Kirkwood

The Don Rickles Bird

The Don Rickles Bird is a bird that looks exactly like Don Rickles. The oddest part about this bird is that while the actual Don Rickles ages, the bird adapts to look like the most current version of him. The bird itself is docile and indifferent to race and some say their fecal droppings taste like strawberries and also shit, which is actually worse than just shit.

The Bird of Stolen Sadness

The Bird of Stolen Sadness (BSS) is a bird that swoops in on crying humans, steals their tears and then deposits them on the faces of fresh corpses. It is endangered because people don’t quite cry or die like they used to.