A daylong celebration of the Louder Than a Bomb Youth Poetry Festival’s 15th anniversary will bring Alec Baldwin, Alfre Woodard and hip-hop composer Ali Shaheed Muhammad, a co-founder of A Tribe Called Quest, to town to co-host the festivities.
The March 1 events are being organized in collaboration with Young Chicago Authors, the producers of Louder Than a Bomb, billed as “the largest youth poetry festival in the world.”
The program consists of three components. The top ticket — at a steep price of $1,000 — includes all three events, beginning with an 11 a.m. brunch at Soho House in River West, providing an introduction to the work of Louder Than a Bomb in Soho House’s screening room, with the three co-hosts present. Film segments and live spoken word poetry performances will be among the entertainment.
The second event (priced at $375, which also includes a ticket to the evening event) will be a 6 p.m. program with the co-hosts at the Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark, and a surprise appearance by an award-winning Chicago chef for a pre-show cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception on the theater’s stage.
The third component (with tickets priced at $100) is the evening “Re-Imagining Chicago” show, that begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Ensemble Theater. That will include a series of performance vignettes from spoken word poetry to musical numbers, performed by current Young Chicago Authors youth program participants and alumni.
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