Stories & Music at Inspiration Kitchen

For the first time, live music & storytelling will be presented in the Garfield Park community, in an exciting collaboration between Chicago West Community Music Center and 2nd Story.  Featuring stories by Howard Sandifer, Bobby Biedrzycki, and Margaret Marion, and with live music by Howard Sandifer Productions and friends, we invite you to join us as we kick off this partnership with a pair of public performances.

The first performance will be on February 22nd, and the second performance (of the same show) will be on March 15th.  (We will begin taking reservations for the March 15th performance on February 23rd.)

The show includes three stories, live music, and a 4-course meal (menu choices include: fried green tomatoes, sweet potato soup, and crawfish etouffe, just to name a few!)

Admission is open to the public (donations will be accepted), and reservations MUST be made in advance either here or by calling 773.217.8679.  Once our reservation list is full, we will continue to take names for a waiting list, so please let us know if you’re interested in attending!

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The Storytellers

Bobby Biedrzycki

Bobby Biedrzycki is a writer, performer, educator, and transnational human rights activist who resides in Chicago, IL. His stories, poems, and performances have appeared on pages, stages, and public spaces across the U.S. and beyond. His work is rooted in cross-disciplinary art making that focuses on creating social change. Bobby is the Curriculum and Instruction Associate in the Department of Education and Community Engagement at the Goodman Theatre, a company member of 2nd Story, and is faculty in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago, where he was the 2013 recipient of the Excellence-in-Teaching Award. Bobby is deeply committed to collaborating with youth artists working to change the world, and is @bobbyfloats on all forms of social media.

Howard Sandifer

Howard Sandifer is a native Chicagoan who began taking piano lessons at the age of seven and performed his first piano solo "Moon River" by Henry Mancini in sixth grade at his elementary school talent show. Howard is a graduate of Farragut High School and Roosevelt University's Chicago Musical College where he majored in Music Education and minored in piano. During his college days, he began working as an accompanist for local pop, R&B and theatrical performers. While maintaining a full musical schedule, Howard founded a music school serving the youth on the city's Westside: Chicago West Community Music Center, ( whose mission is " to enhance the quality of individual lives and develop family connectivity by providing instruction, exposure and experiences in music".

Margaret Marion

Margaret debuted with 2nd Story at the “All in the Family Show” the day before Thanksgiving, 2011. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, and is currently a full-time adolescent therapist on the south side.

About the Stories & Music Series

At a Stories & Live Music event, live musicians accompany each of the stories of the night. The stories are developed as collaborations between storytellers and musicians, wherein music and narrative inform and influence each other. During the storytelling, the live music underscores the stories, and when there is a break between stories, musicians will continue to play. A Stories & Live Music event is festive affair and a rare treat that we are excited to share with our audiences!