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Classic Album Sundays - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

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Saturday Audio Exchange
1021 W. Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 935-4434

Classic Album Sundays is an immersive album listening experience that builds the community of music lovers and CHIRP is proud to co-sponsor the series in Chicago.

On Sunday, April 30th, CHIRP will join with Classic Album Sundays all over the world to celebrate one of the greatest debut albums of all time, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The album will be spun in its entirety on vinyl powered by a hi-fi sound system at Saturday Audio Exchange, located at 1021 W Belmont Avenue. The event starts at 6 pm and refreshments will be available. More information, including a pre-album playlist, event recaps, and partner information, can be found at classicalbumsundays.com or the Classic Album Sundays Facebook page.

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CHIRP Family Fundraiser at Logan Square Panera

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Panera Logan Square
2310 W. Logan
Chicago, IL 60647

All Ages


Join us at Panera in Logan Square for an all-ages dinner fundraiser!

Pull up the flyer you see here on your phone (or print it out) and bring it with you to Panera. Be sure to show it to the cashier when you pay for your meal, and as much as 20% of your purchase price will be donated to CHIRP!

The more flyers that are received, the higher the percentage of the proceeds we make, so bring your friends! We'll have some CHIRP prizes and special springtime swag.

Email chirp@chirpradio.org if you'd like to receive a version of the flyer that you can print and share with others.

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CHIRP Music Book Club - The Rest Is Noise

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Transistor
5224 N. Clark
Chicago, IL

Join CHIRP on Thursday, May 11th, for the next installment of our bimonthly book group: The Rest is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century by Alex Ross.

 "A work of immense scope and ambition.... a great achievement." — Geoff Dyer, New York Times Book Review

"Just occasionally someone writes a book you've waited your life to read. Alex Ross's enthralling history of 20th-century music is, for me, one of those books." — Alan Rusbridger, Guardian

"Incredibly nourishing." — Björk

The Rest Is Noise is a voyage into the labyrinth of modern music, which remains for many people an obscure and forbidding world. While paintings of Picasso and Jackson Pollock sell for a hundred million dollars or more, and lines from T. S. Eliot are quoted on the yearbook pages of alienated teenagers across the land, twentieth-century classical music still sends ripples of unease through audiences. At the same time, its influence can be felt everywhere. Atonal chords crop up in jazz. Avant-garde sounds populate the soundtracks of Hollywood thrillers. Minimalism has had a huge effect on rock, pop, and dance music from the Velvet Underground onward.

The Rest Is Noise shows why twentieth-century composers felt compelled to create a famously bewildering variety of sounds, from the purest beauty to the purest noise. It tells of a remarkable array of maverick personalities who resisted the cult of the classical past, struggled against the indifference of a wide public, and defied the will of dictators. Whether they have charmed audiences with sweet sounds or confronted them with dissonance, composers have always been exuberantly of the present, defying the stereotype of classical music as a dying art. The narrative goes from Vienna before the First World War to Paris in the twenties, from Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia to downtown New  York in the sixties and seventies. We follow the rise of mass culture and mass politics, of dramatic new technologies, of hot and cold wars, of experiments, revolutions, riots, and friendships forged and broken. The end result is not so much a history of twentieth-century music as a history of the twentieth century through its music.

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CHIRP Night at the Whistler with O Paradiso and Blackerface

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Whistler
2421 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 227-3530

21+


Every fourth Wednesday of the month is CHIRP Night at the Whistler — an evening where you can enjoy the music of CHIRP-curated local artists, the Whistler’s take on classic cocktails, and the good feeling of supporting independent radio.

This May, we're excited to welcome former local band O Paradiso and Chicago's own Blacker Face to the Whistler stage. As usual, there is no cover for this 21 and over event, and it all kicks off around 8:30pm.

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CHIRP New Volunteer Orientation

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Conrad Sulzer Regional Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

18+


Interested in becoming a CHIRP volunteer? Join us for our next new volunteer orientation.

We hold these events three times per year, and attendance at one is required to begin volunteering with the station.

At this orientation, you'll learn about different types of volunteer opportunities with CHIRP, hear about commitment levels and expectations, meet CHIRP leaders and other new volunteers, and have the chance to ask questions.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

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CHIRP RADIO & THE FIRST TIME AT PRINTERS ROW LIT FEST

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Jones College Prep High School
700 S State St
Chicago, Illinois 60605
(773) 534-8600

All Ages


Chicago Tribune is celebrating its 33rd annual Printers Row Lit Fest on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11. The event will be held in the heart of the Historic Printers Row District, in the South Loop. The Printers Row Lit Fest, also known as the Largest Literary Festival in the Midwest, is a free, weekend-long family friendly event that attracts more than 125,000 visitors and offers activities and events from 150+ best-selling authors, entertainers, chefs and musicians for every age and interest. Visit us at Printersrowlitfest.org for tickets, author information and more!

CHIRP Radio’s Storytelling and Music series, The First Time, is unlike any storytelling show in Chicago.  It pairs our readers' personal stories about a First Time experience with a song performance. 

On Saturday, June 10th at 4:15 p.m, CHIRP Radio is delighted to produce an ALL STAR version of this series specifically for the Printer’s Row Lit Fest.  Scheduled readers include writer Joe Meno and former drummer for the band Blake Babies and current food blogger, Freda Love Smith and writer Britt Julious.

This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, The First Time Four band.  The band, includes Gerald Dowd, Steve Frisbie, Liam Davis and Scott Stevenson, and has played with musicians including Robbie Fulks, Ian Hunter, Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor and more.  They take special care to perform unexpected song arrangements of said covers. 

The regular show is a quarterly benefit for CHIRPRadio.org at Martyrs’ on the city’s northside.  Hosted by The Moth champion Jenn Sodini, past readers featured in this quarterly series include Shannon Cason, Bill Ayers, Dan Ponce, Len Kasper, Tony Fitzpatrick, JC Brooks and Ji Suk Yi.  The upcoming First Time show at Martyrs’ is Wednesday, July 12th with the theme First Catch.

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CHIRP Night at the Whistler with Laverne and Anti/Beyond

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Whistler
2421 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 227-3530

21+


Every fourth Wednesday of the month is CHIRP Night at the Whistler — an evening where you can enjoy the music of CHIRP-curated local artists, the Whistler’s take on classic cocktails, and the good feeling of supporting independent radio.

This June, we're excited to welcome Chicago's own Laverne and Anti/Beyond to the Whistler stage. As usual, there is no cover for this 21 and over event, and it all kicks off around 8:30pm.

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CHIRP Music Book Club - Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

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Transistor
5224 N. Clark
Chicago, IL

Join CHIRP on Thursday, July 13th, for the next installment of our bimonthly book group, covering Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation by Jeff Chang. 

Can't Stop Won't Stop is a powerful cultural and social history of the end of the American century, and a provocative look into the new world that the hip-hop generation created.

Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop became the Esperanto of youth rebellion and a generation-defining movement. In a post-civil rights era defined by deindustrialization and globalization, hip-hop crystallized a multiracial, polycultural generation's worldview, and transformed American politics and culture. But that epic story has never been told with this kind of breadth, insight, and style.

Based on original interviews with DJs, b-boys, rappers, graffiti writers, activists, and gang members, with unforgettable portraits of many of hip-hop's forebears, founders, and mavericks, including DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D, and Ice Cube, Can't Stop Won't Stop chronicles the events, the ideas, the music, and the art that marked the hip-hop generation's rise from the ashes of the 60's into the new millennium.

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