• Thirsty Ears and Poetry Slam this weekend shows Chicago creativity is back and ready for the stage

    by Rick Kogan / Chicago Tribune / August 10, 2021

    As far as I know, Marc Smith and Seth Boustead have never met, but they share this upcoming weekend with a couple of innovative creations, a pair of events that go a long way in convincing me not only of the durable spirit of Chicago’s creative community but also that there remains hope for lively pursuits to rise above the troubles and restrictions of the ongoing pandemic.

    Boustead six years ago created the Thirsty Ears Festival, a street fair featuring classical music. He did this, he told me before the initial fest because, “I used to love street fairs. There was once such a wide variety of them that were specific to a certain neighborhood or ethnic group. But over the years I have watched them become so generic. I went to what was billed as a German festival and the band was playing the blues. And then when the band started playing ‘Mustang Sally’ I thought, ‘There has to be something better.’” Read more HERE

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