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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Slog Happy: Special “Let’s Embarrass the Fuck Out of Ourselves” Edition!

posted by on November 11 at 10:30 AM

This month’s Slog Happy is a very special edition of Slog Happy. First, instead of being this Thursday (the 2nd Thursday of the month), we’re moving it to a Wednesday night in order to accommodate those folks who can never make it out on a Thursday night. You’re welcome!

But that’s not all—this month’s Slog Happy is going to be the Slog Happy of Shame, inspired by (but not officially affiliated with) the local Salon of Shame* readings where people bravely get on stage and read the terrible poetry/stories/letters from their awkward adolescent years.

It will, no doubt, be hilarious and awful and gloriously torturous.

It’ll take place Wednesday, November 19th at the Theater Off Jackson in the International District. Thatís next week! So what we need right now are courageous people who are willing to read excerpts from their old diaries/journals/poetry collections. Still got that love letter you wrote to Duran Duran in 8th grade? What about that poem you wrote your first boyfriend, but never had the balls to give him? Or maybe you were a loner… scribbling sonnets alone in the back of your closet while blasting Nirvana? If that’s you e-mail me at megan@thestranger.com (I’m looking at you Joh, Monique, Mr. Poe, Abby, Scary Tyler Moore, and Fnarf). You must sign up with me in advance in order to read that night! And in an effort to fit in as many readers as possible, each person will get about 2 minutes MAX to share their fantastically awful teenage angst, so you only need to prepare to share a small sample.

And, if we’re lucky, a couple brave Stranger folks will dig out some old gems too… no promises, though.

It’ll be a lovely, shameful, drunken way to prepare for Thanksgiving, don’t you think?

See you next week!

(Oh yes, it should be noted: THERE WILL BE BOOZE AVAILABLE. Should you need a little liquid courage.)

*This event is produced by Theater Off Jackson and The Stranger. While we have the Salon of Shame’s blessing, they are not officially affiliated with the event. Their next reading is December 2nd, visit their website for more info.

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1

Uh... is anyone else's calendar giving them a cannot compute signal? Wednesday is not the 18th.

Posted by Carollani | November 11, 2008 10:34 AM
2

oh, this is gonna be good.

Posted by boxofbirds | November 11, 2008 10:36 AM
3

@1 Yeah, that was my typo. It's Wednesday the 19th.

Posted by Megan Seling | November 11, 2008 10:37 AM
4

Since it is likely that I will already be embarrassing the fuck out of myself for Aislinn and Monique's Strangercrombie item, I would have to pass even if I was going to be in Seattle.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | November 11, 2008 10:37 AM
5

I may be the one person alive that didn't write that much embarassing shit in my awkward teen years. Due to my freak magnetism, I did however, receive a lot of painfully penned poetry and letters from others; is that fair game or just mean?

Posted by Lara | November 11, 2008 10:42 AM
6

Oh Lord. I'm going to have to dig through my archives, there's got to be something good in there...

Posted by Abby | November 11, 2008 10:42 AM
7

I'm totally going through my journals this week.

Posted by Carollani | November 11, 2008 10:43 AM
8

Ugh. I dunno. Ugh.

Posted by Mr. Poe | November 11, 2008 10:46 AM
9

I am in. I have a trunk full of shit to look through this weekend...

Posted by Original Monique | November 11, 2008 10:48 AM
10

Oh lord, I really hope that my mother hasn't trashed all of my middle school "poetry" yet. I'll go searching this weekend.

Posted by Hernandez | November 11, 2008 10:54 AM
11

Isn't just showing up at Slog Happy embarrassment enough?

Posted by Just wondering | November 11, 2008 10:54 AM
12

@11

yes

Posted by boxofbirds | November 11, 2008 10:55 AM
13

And Megan, when you say "booze" are you talking just beer/wine, or a full bar? I think (and I'm sure I'm not alone on this) that getting up and sharing that night will require at least a few shots of whiskey.

Posted by Hernandez | November 11, 2008 10:56 AM
14

I think I have the perfect thing to read, if I can find it at my parents' house. (Sweet Jesus, it's terrible.) I'm glad that the event is next Wednesday rather than tomorrow.

Posted by Greg | November 11, 2008 11:01 AM
15

Yeah, I'm with you, Lara. I always attracted the, uh, expressive types. I asked one guy in high school to stop calling me and then a month later he handed me a binder. Every day he hadn't been able to call he had written me a letter and then collected all 30 to hand over.

Unfortunately I think it would definitely be mean to share them...

Posted by leek | November 11, 2008 11:03 AM
16

Oh, God. My folders of writing from high school (transferred from computer to computer, for some reason) are color-coded and named after Smashing Pumpkins songs. I was worse than I remembered. I'm terrified to go back and actually read them...

Posted by Abby | November 11, 2008 11:10 AM
17

Do we buy tickets ahead of time like the regular salon of shame shows?

Posted by J | November 11, 2008 11:10 AM
18

@17 Nope, Slog Happy is always and will always be completely free. So just show up next Wednesday. Doors open at 6 pm.

Posted by Megan Seling | November 11, 2008 11:13 AM
19

@13 They serve beer, wine, and spirits in the lobby. Hooray!

Posted by Megan Seling | November 11, 2008 11:15 AM
20

You guys could always have another edition of this where people read old love letters. There's a great recurring show in Chicago called Letters/X that basically does this with breakup/love letters.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | November 11, 2008 11:19 AM
21

Have fun. I'll be at my weekly guitar lesson that night.

Besides, I threw out all that embarrassing, self-indulgent crap years ago...

Posted by COMTE | November 11, 2008 11:23 AM
22

That's my Baby Club night.

Posted by elenchos | November 11, 2008 11:23 AM
23

@22: I KNEW you were in a Baby Club.

Oh man. What about livejournal entries, are those acceptable?

Posted by Aislinn | November 11, 2008 11:39 AM
24

Dear Diary,

Why did I never bother to write in you.

Ambivalently,
Woodrow

Posted by jackie treehorn | November 11, 2008 11:50 AM
25

Clubbing babies is considered an organized activity? o.0

Posted by NapoleonXIV | November 11, 2008 12:26 PM
26

I already have mine picked out.

@5: thankfully I learned to read and write long after I won your heart.

Posted by Joh | November 11, 2008 12:49 PM
27

Oh god. The possibilites in this for me are endless. Looks like I'm reliving the shame!

Posted by Jessica | November 11, 2008 1:03 PM
28

I am so there.

Posted by AudreyK | November 11, 2008 1:24 PM

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