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First Time: First Fling - Danielle Sines

danielle sinesDanielle Sines is a singer-songwriter for Chicago's Impulsive Hearts. She sings, shouts, plays guitar and piano, and records noises on tape recorders.She likes melodies that remind her of summertime.


When she's not dreaming up summery tunes, she's working as a marriage & family therapist, or volunteering for CHIRP Radio or Girls Rock! Chicago.


Danielle's latest release is called, metoo: a benefit for Resilience, a limited edition cassette tape EP with all proceeds donated to Resilience Chicago!

Event produced and directed by Julie Mueller with Assistant Producer Bobby Evers and Host Jenn Sodini. Podcast recorded, produced and edited by Jenn Rourke. Engineering by Ray Quinn.

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Topics: bobby evers, danielle sines, first fling, first time, impulsive hearts, jenn rourke, jenn sodini, julie mueller, live lit, martyrs, stroytelling

Blacker Face Interview

Assistant Director of Features Ari Mejia chats with all five members of Chicago band Blacker Face at the Chirp studio. Tune in to learn about their ethos, inspirations, and the  dialogue that their live performances have with you about race, capitalism, and the need for revolution.  Their new album Distinctive Juju is out October 18th, 2019!

Produced by Ari Mejia

Photo Credit:Hillary Turner

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Topics: blacker face, chicago local band, chirp features, chirp radio, interview

First Time: First Fling - Ellen Mayer

Ellen Mayer is a writer, podcaster, performer and general media gal about town. She is one half of the team behind the Girl, I Guess voter guide and a  writer/producer for The Hoodoisie, a radical live news show about culture and politics.  Previously she has worked for South Side Weekly, City Bureau, and WBEZ’s Curious City. She is also a recovering music journalist and ex-musical theater kid. She's from Brooklyn and enjoys arguing about the best place to find bagels in Chicago and convincing people not to New York.

Event produced and directed by Julie Mueller with Assistant Producer Bobby Evers and Host Jenn Sodini. Podcast recorded, produced and edited by Jenn Rourke. Engineering by Ray Quinn.

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Topics: bobby evers, ellen mayer, first fling, first time, first time four, jenn rourke, jenn sodini, julie mueller, live lit, martyrs, storytelling

First Time: First Fling - Tekki Lomnicki

Tekki Lomnicki is the founder and Artistic Director of Tellin’ Tales Theatre, a 23-year old company dedicated to shattering the barriers between the disabled and non-disabled worlds through the power of personal story. Tekki’s two full-length plays When Heck Was a Puppy: The Living Testimonies of Folk Artist Edna Mae Brice and Blurred Vision were critically acclaimed by The Chicago Reader and The Chicago Sun Times. She has written and performed over 26 solo performance pieces, and starred in the award-winning film, The Miracle by Jeffrey Jon Smith. She taught youth at Chicago’s Gallery 37 and After School Matters, and adults at the Victory Gardens Training Center. She is a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship in New Performance Forms, the 2008 3Arts Award in Theater, the 2010 Grigsby Award for Excellence in Solo Performance, the 2014 Dan Van Hecke Award for outstanding leadership and service to the disability community and was named a 2016 Duke of Distinction at York Community High School in Elmhurst. She is currently working on a new full-length musical spotlighting the disability experience.

Event produced and directed by Julie Mueller with Assistant Producer Bobby Evers and Host Jenn Sodini. Podcast recorded, produced and edited by Jenn Rourke. Engineering and flute by Ray Quinn.

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Topics: bobby evers, first fling, first time, first time four, jenn rourke, jenn sodini, julie mueller, live lit, martyrs, storytelling, tekki lomnicki

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