StorySlam: A Benefit for Farther Foundation
Farther Foundation enables students to break free from the constraints of poverty and experience the wider world through travel. They become immersed in new cultures, provide community service, cultivate leadership potential and attain personal growth. Inspired by their experience, Farther Foundation alumni return home with new skills, confidence, and enthusiasm—ready to take on new challenges in school and in life. Learn more at https://www.fartherscholar.org/
From 7-10 pm, enjoy food, drink and the company of friends while hearing stories of adventure, mishap and discovery told by consummate storytellers.
Tickets start at $60 and include admission, food and entertainment. Purchase tickets at https://www.fartherscholar.org/events. See you there!
The storytellers are....
Gerald Dowd: Grammy Award-losing drummer Gerald Dowd has played with Robbie Fulks, Justin Roberts, Mavis Staples and Rich Little. Hailing from the Boston area, he relocated to Chicago in the late 1900s and has now been here longer than he hasn't. Father of two and husband of one, he took so long making his DCASE-funded solo record that when it actually came out, everyone forgot to buy it. Apparently. www.geralddowd.com
Colby Burnett: Colby Burnett is a college counselor and quiz bowl coach at ITW David Speer Academy in Chicago. He was inspired to have a lifelong thirst for knowledge after receiving an encyclopedia set at the age of four. He was raised in the Austin neighborhood, and attended Fenwick HIgh School and Northwestern University. He has participated in four "Jeopardy!" tournaments, winning the 2012 Teachers' Tournament, 2013 Tournament of Champions, reaching the semi-finals in the Battle of the Decades, and captaining one of the final teams in the All-Stars Tournament. Since his first appearance on the show, he has purchased his mother a home in Oak Park, appeared on a nerd-themed reality show, and is a constant fixture at trivia and board gaming events in Chicago and throughout the nation.
Dani Sher: Dani Sher is a comedian-turned-Physician Assistant. After leaving (escaping) her hometown of Jacksonville, Florida, she earned a French and Pre-med degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She then packed up her roller blades and moved to Chicago in the 1990's to do one thing: perform improv comedy. She has performed on the major comedy stages in Chicago including Annoyance Theater, iO, and Second City. Then she decided to go to medical school...but, at the same time she got an unexpected job offer to perform at Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, one of the most coveted sketch comedy jobs in the world. So, she did what most reasonable people do: put medical school on hold to perform comedy in front of international audiences in Amsterdam. After two years in Amsterdam performing with other alums like Jordan Peele, Seth Meyers, Ike Barinholtz, and Nicole Parker, she moved back to Chicago and went back to medicine. She now "performs" as a trauma/ER Physician Assistant at some of the roughest trauma centers and ER's in Chicago. She still performs comedy on Monday nights at the iO with the Armando Diaz show.
Maui Jones: Kamau “Maui” Jones is a facilitator, community organizer, and activist. He has worked on stage and in film, hosted karaoke, run a trivia league, and hosted/created his own game show. In his 30’s he decided to pursue his dream of starting a community theater company. As the founder and artistic director of Echo Theater Collective he has partnered with Suburban Unity Alliance and Oak Park Women of Color and other organizations to curate events focused on giving voices to those less heard such as the Sing! Series (community singalongs to celebrate underrepresented groups), The Minority Monologues (an exploration of cultural identity in America), and The Unity Festival. After realizing the transformative power of sharing our stories, Maui committed himself to social change through art, music, and storytelling. In December, he gave the TEDx talk, Echolove: Recoding Your Trauma. Directorial Credits include: James Baldwin’s Blues for Mister Charlie (2018), Fiddler on the Roof (2016), and Legends of Broadway(2016).
Kim L. Hunt: Kim L. Hunt is the executive director of the Pride Action Tank (PAT), a project of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), where she also serves as the Interim Vice President of Policy & Advocacy. PAT is a project incubator and think tank, focused on action that leads to improved outcomes and opportunities for LGBTQ+ people and other marginalized groups. AFC mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases. Kim’s career spans the public, private, and nonprofit sectors with a focus on advocacy, community and organizational development, and leadership. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism, from Iowa State University, a master’s degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s degree in public policy studies from the University of Chicago. She has served on several boards, advisory councils and civic committees and task forces. Kim has been inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame. She is the co-host of OUTSpoken , a monthly LGBTQ Storytelling show, and host of the semi-quarterly Black Girls Sci-Fi Brunch.