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.

All performances
Tuesday evenings at 8:30 p.m.
Admission $5
Interested performers, please contact Matthew Hollis at (773) 252 – 8136

January 6, 2004
I will not…Happy New Year! Take some time to review all the things you have never done or never will do again.

February 3, 2004
Love Is A Drag. Come celebrate love the right way. All pieces are performed in drag. Put on a dress, tape down your breasts, see how the other half lives.

March 2, 2004
Leprechauns, Lions, and Lambs. Oh my! So many things make March, march. So many questions. Will it go in like a…or out like a…will the groundhog win? And what about the Irish?

April 6, 2004
Stupid April. Let’s face it…April has been holding us back for too long.

May 4, 2004
cubs game

Mother may I? Change is upon us. Will you take two baby steps forward or four giant steps backwards…is this the month with clocks? Matt Hollis and Brian Hinkle host an informal, multifarious evening of off-the-cuff performance by a variety of artists.

June 1, 2004
cubs game
What do Gay Horses eat? Come and celebrate your pride with hosts Matthew Hollis and Brian Robert Hinkle. You don’t have to be gay but let’s face it…it helps.