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Wine and Stories

Chicago Public Radio (Chicago, IL) , May 1, 2007


The idea for 2nd Story was born back in 2002 amidst the Cabernets and Merlots in Webster's Wine Bar.

At the time, Adam Belcuore was working at the bar, and came up with an idea to do a theater performance there. They ended up bringing in storytellers and music to the second floor of the wine bar, and realized that this happenstance actually made a lot of sense.

Five years on, they’re still at it. And 2nd Story, put on by Serendipity Theatre, is both a monthly performance series as well as an annual festival.

Billed as “twelve nights, fifty-four stories, forty-five storytellers, and four thousand glasses of wine,” the fifth annual 2nd Story Festival began on Thursday, April 26, and runs through Sunday, May 13, at Webster’s Wine Bar on Webster Avenue in Lincoln Park.

A typical 2nd Story evening goes something like this: you hang out with your friends at Webster's Wine Bar and eat and drink and make merry, and four or five times during the night, the lights go down, a spot comes up on somebody—maybe the person sitting next to you!—and they tell you a story. It's a great time, and our hope is that if we do our job right, you'll leave telling your own stories.

For reviews of this festival, see Time Out Chicago, Nov. 16, 2006 and Centerstage Chicago, Sep. 18, 2006.

Subjects Covered: storytelling festivals

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