Sidetrack OUTspoken featured storytellers for April 5

Tue. April 5, 2022 12:33 PM by News Staff

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Chicago's monthly evening of LGBTQ storytelling – known as OUTspoken - returns Tuesday, April 5 with an exciting line-up of featured storytellers.

"The key is, we all have full, rich lives," curator David Fink told "Talking about significant moments connects us. Although we may outwardly have little in common, as humans we all have a lot in common. Personal, true stories help remind us of these commonalities.”

Six storytellers will take their turn with the microphone as Sidetrack transforms its Main and Cherry Bars into a story-telling hall with chairs for seating.

OUTspoken takes place the first Tuesday of every month at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted, and is hosted by Kim Hunt and Sidetrack owner Art Johnston.

There is no charge to attend, but audience members must be 21 with ID. Proof of vaccination and masks are also required.

Doors open at 6 p.m., stories begin at 7 p.m.

Meet the April storytellers:

Kristian Davis Bailey is a writer, cross-pollinator, and New Yorker-turned-accidental Midwesterner, who has lived in Chicago for 3 years and Detroit for 4 years before that. His writing focuses on the intersection of Blackness, queerness, and social movements around the world - with a particular focus on Detroit, Palestine and South Africa. Kristian has been admitted to the MFA program at NYU in creative nonfiction.

Jack Rothmund is known by many names—on Instagram he's rothdaddy, if the government's calling consider him Jackson McKenzie, and if he's in a wig on stage, listen for Grassi Knowles…aka Beyonce's crunchy Caucasian cousin. Pairing the humor of a 13 year old with the eyesight of a 60 year old who spent the last 20 staring into the sun, Jack would describe his body type at 25 to be reheated “lean cuisine”. He's a November Scorpio with a passion for crying on the CTA, and consider himself an ally to the straight people here tonight—it's not that he has a problem with you, he just doesn't know how to explain it to his kids.

Jen Sinnen is a theatre educator and artist who is new to the Chicago area. Since moving from NYC, Jen started teaching theatre at a school for grades K-8 so she is thrilled to be out at night and talking to adults for a change. Jen loves backpacking, playing cards, and playing with her cat Leonard.

Leo Majors is a filmmaker and musician who moved from Indianapolis last year after graduating from Purdue University. Since then, he's been writing, working in film, and meting as many new people as he can. He's still getting his footing but having a great time doing it. 

Monica Carmean is an attorney who lives in Rogers Park with her rescue pit bull, Dr. Beverly Crusher. She is a Kinsey 0 because sexual orientation isn't a choice. A graduate of Northwestern University and the Georgetown University Law Center, she is finishing her Master of Divinity from the University of Chicago in June. She isn't pursuing ordination because she a good lay. She attends Gilead Chicago, a Queer Storytelling Bar Church, and you should too, since you're into at least three of those four words. 

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