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Liz Joynt Sandberg is a jack of all trades who does not care so much for the second part of that aphorism. She writes and performs in Chicago.

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Getting Better at Getting Called Out

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 6:59 AM

It's uncomfortable. It feels like it comes out of nowhere. But sooner or later, if you're living in an even moderately diverse environment, you're going to get called out. And how you respond is going to be really important.

For anyone late to the party, getting "called out" is the...

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What's the Surprise Today?

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 5:02 PM

My daughter has been attending morning summer day camp at her preschool for the past several weeks. I guess at some point early in her camp days, I set a precedent for there being a surprise upon my picking her up from camp. Like so many precedents, this one happened...

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Thinking About Sending My 3-Year-Old to College

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 4:00 PM

I've been all over the place in thinking about how to approach my 3-year-old's schooling. Or unschooling... or private schooling... or home schooling... or charter schooling? I'm not sure if it's the same for parents living in more suburban or rural areas, but for this Chicago mom, it feels a...

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I Am 'Those People' -- Why SNAP Matters to Me

(18) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 5:41 PM

Congress is debating the reauthorization of the Farm Bill this week -- a bill chiefly (strangely) concerned with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps as the program is often called. And at a time when almost 48 million Americans receive SNAP (the largest number since the program...

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Music Improv NighT at Studio BE -- Chicago's New Must-See Improv!

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 10:14 AM

Founded in 2013 by Stephanie McCullough Vlcek, Chicago's Music Improv NighT (MINT) takes place each Wednesday at 7 p.m., at Studio Be. The show features three teams of MINT improvisers plus a guest artist (this week's guests are STACKED -- All Female Music Improv). Vlcek, a longtime performer and teacher...

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Chicago Comedian and Bishop Watterson Alum Speaks Out on Carla Hale's Dismissal

(6) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 1:46 PM

Chicago Comedian and self-proclaimed "okay lady" Tara DeFrancisco (iO, Second City, ComedySportz, television actor) attended Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Ohio. And while she did not personally study under Carla Hale (the longtime teacher recently fired after local Catholic officials learned about her sexual orientation), she was...

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Getting a (New) Life: On Finding Comedy After Motherhood

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 12:05 PM

In his latest post for WBEZ, Nico Lang talks funny business with some radass women in the Chicago comedy scene. I am honored to be included in this hilarious group and perhaps feeling happier still for the opportunity to sit down and shoot the breeze with one of...

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Primal Whimper

(5) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 4:12 PM

It's just that I've been gone all day. Doing things like rehearsing the piece that premieres in less than two weeks, and then having a meeting to plan doing a better job of writing on the Internet. Good things -- things that I really like. But things that...

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Spring Training, Chicago-Style

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 3:09 PM

Well, we're a few days in, comrades, and many of us are confused, as we often are, concerning what appreciable difference Chicago has to offer between winter and spring. Unlike last year, when we were drunk on sun beams and irresponsibly letting our toddlers strip to their underpants and run...

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Dear Wine, TV and My Kitchen Timer: A Cry-it-Out Love Letter

(14) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 12:30 PM

Dear Charles Shaw Fine Wine, Lost Television Program on Netflix, and Now-Missing Kitchen Timer,

I know. It's been a long time since we've seen each other. But please don't let that lead you to believe that I never think of you, or that I didn't value our time together. You've...

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Making Out With Wes Perry and Friends March 3 at The Hideout!

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 2:46 PM


Fans of "Making Out With Wes Perry and Friends," rejoice! And get ready! Because on March 3, the popular underground comedy show with a queer twist migrates from it's usual monthly post at Andersonville treasure Upstairs Gallery to The Hideout...

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Making Out with Wes Perry and Friends at Upstairs Gallery Delivers Chicago's Best with Charm and Teeth

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 5:09 PM

"This is what I came for," I thought to myself. Sitting in the third row in Upstairs Gallery, happily mashed into a vibrant crowd, I broke into a giant smile of gratitude. And like I do sometimes when I feel so full of corny, bursting, city-love, I whispered...

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She Speaks in Tongues: The Chicago Band That Changed My Mind

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 1:46 PM

I don't often go out to hear live music. The one notable exception is summertime concerts at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Though, to be fair, it's possible that those concerts are just an excuse to eat a ton of cheese (thanks, Pastoral -- is it...

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Re-Misunderstanding Heckling

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 1:48 PM

Let me start by saying that I get it. I've performed in stand up comedy settings, and you'd better believe that as my act is rooted in dance and performance art, I have been heckled. It's sometimes proven deeply unpleasant for me as a performer. Plus, I'm relatively new to...

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Talking Politics With My Toddler

(2) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 5:41 PM

Over the past few months (and especially the last few weeks), my family's dinner table conversation has often centered on politics. And while it's hard to manage my toddler's myriad questions while dishing the dirt on the latest affront to my reproductive rights and simultaneously dishing out curried chicken and...

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Mommy Brain

(4) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 3:00 PM

Earlier this summer I was at a bar with an old friend, chatting about all kinds of interesting stuff. We share a lot of things in common. One thing in particular is the fact that we've participated in Christian fundamentalist culture. Another thing is that we've each since split from...

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Raising My Rebellious Girl

(3) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 5:18 PM

This post originally appeared in "Rebellious" magazine.

My daughter Ida is, well... how should I say this?

My daughter is assertive. She's got a lot of words for her age and usually has no problem expressing herself. If she wants that sandwich you're eating, doesn't want to share...

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The Improvisational Parent

(5) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 3:43 PM

This post originally appeared in "Rebellious" magazine.

Well hello there! Allow me to introduce myself: My name is Liz and I'm making it up as I go.

To a certain extent, I think we'll all admit that this is true of ourselves. But this truth -- that...

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