Looking to perform? Poonie’s Cabaret is free and easy!

Looking to express ideas in a nontraditional, relaxed, honest, format? Do you have a piece that’s not quite ready for primetime but still deserves a chance to be presented; or are you a fringe performer who just wants to figure some stuff out? Perhaps (and I am just saying perhaps) maybe you are just like us: slightly confused, curious, in need of a nudge.

This is the deal: we provide the space, maybe even an assignment if you need inspiration. Poonie’s is the first Tuesday of the month at Links Hall. You get in at 8:00 p.m., we start the show at 8:30 p.m. We also provide a fistful of fairy fun. You provide the work, no more than 15 minutes in length. Any work. We welcome all forms of expression: music, dance, contact improvisation, puppetry, performance art, theater, live painting, queer expression, Indian classical singing, tap dancing, cheerleading, hip hop and b-boy/girling, film/video,freestyle rapping, freestyle martial arts, four square, capoeira, baroque music, freejazz, middle eastern music/dance, flamenco…etc. We’ll program up to four artists/groups per show. We are not picky people.

We are Brian Robert Hinkle and Matthew Hollis, the new hosts/curators of Poonie’s Cabaret.

Email us if you are interested in performing!
Matthew Hollis
Brian Robert Hinkle

Poonie’s Cabaret was created by Selene Carter, who was inspired by Patrick Scully’s “Patrick’s Cabaret” in Minneapolis, MN. Poonie’s is named for Poonie Dodson, a much-loved Chicago dancer/choreographer who died of AIDS in the early 90’s. Performers and audience members are asked for a $5 donation. Proceeds from the cabaret go to the Links Hall Duncan Erley Memorial Coming Out of the Closet Fund, which is periodically awarded to artists whose work explores the realms of healing, gay activism, and spiritual and sexual transformation.

Poonie’s Cabaret Christmas & Time
December 2, 2003
Tuesday 8:30 p.m.
Donation $5

Join your host Brian Robert Hinkle for a nontraditional holiday cabaret.

First Love
November 4, 2003

Tuesday 8:30 p.m.
Donation $5

Fall in love with Poonie’s Cabaret all over again, as NEW host/curators Brian Robert Hinkle and Matthew Hollis usher in November. This month at Poonie’s all artists who were chosen were asked to explore what it is that makes first love still hum in the heart. Featured performers are contact improvisers Erica Hagen and Mark Koenig, the musical styling of KDRONE, a couple surprise guests, and as always a treat from your favorite hosts. Come join us, there is lots of love for everyone.

October 7, 2003
Tuesday 8:30 p.m.
Donation $5

Minds and bodies poised and sailing into the moment! This monthly evening of improvisation and works-in-progress is in memory of Poonie Dodson and Duncan Erley, both Chicago dancer/artists who succumbed to AIDS in the late 20th century.

September 2, 2003
Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.
Donation $5

Poonie’s Cabaret is informal, unpredictable, and ripe with possibility and community. Come see performing artists realize their new work in a relaxed environment. Your $5 donation goes to the Duncan Erley Memorial Coming out of the Closet Fund.