Black Lives Matter. The fact that it needs to be said shows how very far we still have to go as a country. We hear you and we are with you.
Ines Bellina is a writer, storyteller, and bon vivant. She has performed in shows all over town like Is this a Thing, You're Being Ridiculous at Steppenwolf, Story Club, Miss Spoken, and the Chicago Women's Funny Festival. Her writing has also appeared in Block Club Chicago, The Takeout, The A.V. Club, and more. She is currently working on a contemporary YA novel that combines her hatred of Catholic school with her love of high school musicals.
The First Time is CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series. It pairs a reader’s personal story about a specific "first time" -- a different "first" for each show -- with a song performance. This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by The First Time Four. The band takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements, so it is hard to tell which the audience enjoys more: the story or the song.
The First Time is produced and directed by Julie Mueller with Assistant Producer Bobby Evers and Host Jenn Sodini. Podcast recorded and produced by Jenn Rourke. Engineering by Tony Baker.
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