Like to read? Like to drink? Well, you're in luck: tonight, the University of Illinois at Chicago's literary magazine is combining high-minded literary endeavors with the finest form of drunken entertainment in a night of bar-lit.
Here's how it works. Any writer who's game brings in a poem or short piece of prose. The piece is read by a randomly selected reader from the audience, who has to perform it live much like a karaoke night. A body of judges selects the winning piece, which earns its author an as-yet-unspecified prize, according to Gapers Block.
If you're neither writer nor performer, there will also be readings (of the usual kind) throughout the night, as well as a book sale and a drawing. Not to mention, Jak's has got 40 beers on draft, a solid food menu and was nominated as one of Time Out Chicago's best beer bars of 2009.
There's a suggested donation at the door of $10, but it's down to $5 if you're willing to participate in the karaoke.
All proceeds benefit Packingtown Review, which is expecting to publish its third issue in the Spring of 2011. Issue 2 featured works from Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Daniel Nester, Dayana Stetco, John Greiner, Michele Glazer, Matt Hart, Julie Carr, Johanna Drucker, and others, and is on sale at the UIC Bookstore and Quimby's.
Prose And Poetry Karaoke
Jak's Tap (901 W. Jackson)
Friday, August 20, 7-10 p.m.