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An apocalyptic Strange Cage heads to Fair Grounds


Strange Cage has returned!
Strange Cage returns to Fair Grounds Coffeehouse on Friday, December 13 at 8 p.m.

So, here’s the good news. The world didn’t end on December 21, 2012, like the Mayans and a bunch of nutjobs suggested. No hidden planets collided with the Earth, no geomagnetic polar switch, no zombie apocalypse. The problem is, it seems as though the world might end anyway at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 13 with Strange Cage 16: End Days.

Strange Cage is a semi-regular poetry reading series held at Fair Grounds Coffeehouse. Hosted by Strange Cage co-editor and “living hologram” Russell Jaffe, the series offers a warm and laid-back alternative to the more stuffy and buttoned-up readings held at the Dey House and Prairie Lights, while still maintaining an experimental flair. Full disclosure: Jaffe writes a semi-regular art column for Little Village.

The sixteenth installment will highlight the work of eight young writers, plus a bonus ninth reader to be selected by the audience. Russ Woods and Jeannette Gomes will be making the voyage from Chicago to read, so you can’t bail and use the weather as an excuse. Plus, Cooper Whittlesey, lead singer of the bizarre psych-punk band Cool Boobs, will be reading, and whatever he’s got up his sleeve will certainly warrant the trip down to Fair Grounds.


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