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Events


Northern Fiddle Jam
Feb
28
7:30 PM19:30

Northern Fiddle Jam

Join local fiddle aficionados Charlie Walden & Patt Plunkett (aka Patt & Possum) every 4th Wednesday of the month as they lead an old-time fiddle jam featuring “northern” tunes from the Upper Midwest, Canada, New England and beyond. Bring your fiddles, mandolins, guitars and other such instruments and play along with the reels, hoe-downs, jigs, hornpipes, waltzes, schottisches and hambos.

 

For more info check the “Northern Jam Info” link at http://www.charliewalden.com.  There you’ll find a list of basic session tunes and links to download music.

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Naoko Fujimoto's "Star Fragment" Art Reception
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Naoko Fujimoto's "Star Fragment" Art Reception

Join us in celebrating the opening of our February and March Graphic Poetry art exhibition by Naoko Fujimoto! Starting at 7pm, Naoko will be performing her graphic poetry reading along with two piano pieces by Ernesto Nazareth and C. Debussy.

Come be a patron of the arts at this FREE event and enjoy a deliciously crafted latte, tea, or, Naoko's favorite, a strawberry shake.

 

<3 

 

 

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Naoko Fujimoto | Star Fragment - February and March Featured Artist
Feb
1
to Mar 31

Naoko Fujimoto | Star Fragment - February and March Featured Artist

Naoko Fujimoto is a Japanese poet and artist. Her first chapbook, "Home, No Home" won the annual Oro Fino Poetry Chapbook Competition by Educe Press. Another short collection, "Silver Seasons of Heartache" was released by Glass Lyre Press. She is currently working on her graphic poetry collection, which will be published by Tupelo Press in the Winter of 2019. Naoko is also a member of RHINO Poetry. 

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Northern Fiddle Jam
Jan
24
7:30 PM19:30

Northern Fiddle Jam

Join local fiddle aficionados Charlie Walden & Patt Plunkett (aka Patt & Possum) as they lead an old-time fiddle jam featuring “northern” tunes from the Upper Midwest, Canada, New England and beyond. Bring your fiddles, mandolins, guitars and other such instruments and play along with the reels, hoe-downs, jigs, hornpipes, waltzes, schottisches and hambos.

 

For more info check the “Northern Jam Info” link at http://www.charliewalden.com.  There you’ll find a list of basic session tunes and links to download music.

 

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Kafein Reading Series: January Poetry Throwdown
Jan
18
6:30 PM18:30

Kafein Reading Series: January Poetry Throwdown

The Kafein Reading Series is proud to feature Catherine Esther Cowie , Lulu Diavolo, Hawk Durham for our January Poetry Throwdown on Thursday January 18th at 6:30 pm to 8pm at 1621 Chicago Ave Evanston IL


Catherine Esther Cowie is a 2017 Callaloo Writing Workshop graduate. Her work has been featured in Public Pool, Rock & Sling, and Bird’s Thumb. Originally from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, Catherine now resides in Wisconsin.

Lulu Diavolo studied journalism and creative writing in Athens, Ohio. She writes for Teen Vogue's New and Politics section and plays bass in the Chicago-based rock band The Just Luckies, but she'd really like to publish genre fiction. She lives with her partner and her cat in Logan Square.

Hawk Durham is a Chicago based Speaker, Writer, Aikido Instructor, focused on non resistant living, perspective and natural law. The Universe is, Love...in constant motion.

Come join us for an evening of brilliant work by amazing authors, come share with us your best work at the open Mic, enjoy delicious drinks and yummy food, and a warm gorgeous atmosphere! 

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lewis lain - December/January Featured Artist
Dec
14
to Jan 31

lewis lain - December/January Featured Artist

lewis lain is a narrative visual artist and illustrator from Chicago.  He uses “resonant” materials (re-claimed windows, found-glass and recycled cardboard) as tools to reveal an ongoing story by an “enlightened” typeface designer named 53947.  The resulting paintings contain bold-color, elevated layers and interlocking “linework.” Further exploration with resonant material led to an ongoing cardboard sculptural series, “cardboard forge."  A full catalogue of available work can be seen @ www.lewislain.com.

Exhibits include: how six found a way @ Harold Washington Library, resonant glass generator @ Hairpin Gallery, Ephemera @ Polarity Ensemble, and a Chicago Artist Month exhibit: respond.react. lewis’ illustration may be seen in Roby Duncan's Smaller Totems @ www.smallertotems.com.


"my work is based around the idea that mundane material can contain/be infused with energy.  for instance(and most importantly) windows--when we look through a window and see a flower, the light from that flower passes through the window and strikes our eyes.  our rods and cones fire and we see a flower. i argue that some of the energy passing from the flower to our eye gets caught in the glass.  over a period of time, that light
energy gathers and "resonates."

three years ago i was staring at a window i had pulled from an alley behind a rehab.  i noticed all the 'resonating energy' came together and solidified into a distinct image.  i then captured this image with layers of cardboard and acrylic.  this phenomenon happened repeatedly over the course of a year when i saw an image of a typeface designer frozen in the glass.  he was sitting in rubble.  i went to get my paints and when i
returned, he had shifted positions.  i realized one of two things was happening.
1. i was going further and further toward schizophrenia or
2. the typeface designer was real and he posed for me to prove it.

i chose he was real and immediately received a download of info.  his name is 53947 and he is a typeface designer that lives on the other side of the windows in a world called 'worldview.' three years ago, he was looking in the sky when an image appeared that he had never before seen.  it was an image that was put there by me (his sky shared the same plane as the glass in a window i was painting on)

immediately upon seeing the image, 53947's brain opened and he gained 'sublime knowledge.'  this allows him to know everything.  now that he has this skill, he uses the windows like polaroids, freezing images of his world(and sometimes mine) in glass in the hopes that one of those images will open sublime knowledge for me."


This is obviously a feature you do not want to miss. Come in and check it out - all works available for sale. 

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The Sweet Maries - Live in concert at Kafein
Dec
9
8:00 PM20:00

The Sweet Maries - Live in concert at Kafein

Kafein is excited to welcome one of Chicagoland’s finest acoustic folk duos, The Sweet Maries. 

This is a fee show for anyone who patrons Kafein. There is a suggested donation of $10 that goes directly to the band. ALL AGES, NO COVER.

The Sweet Maries are Amy Shoemaker and Susie Lofton, with their amazing vocal blend and soaring harmo nies performing originals and some of the best-loved songs of the ’60s.

Very acoustic, very much listening music, very heavenly altogether.

“The Sweet Maries sizzles with its eclectic mix of songs and styles–everything from folk, blues and jazz to gospel and traditional, including outstanding originals. Performing with a flair that gathers in the audience like bees to honey, The Sweet Maries delivers a fun and very sweet musical experience. Amy Shoemaker, Susie Lofton, Don Stiernberg, and Jim Cox are a superb group infused with chemistry, chops, and charisma. The debut album is very highly recommended, and a live show is not to be missed!” -Lilli Kuzma, host of “Folk Festival” on 90.9fm WDCB Public Radio
Don’t miss this unique concert offering at Kafein. $3 peppermint hot chocolate drink special!
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Plumb Line Poets - Kafein Reading Series Special Feature
Dec
1
6:30 PM18:30

Plumb Line Poets - Kafein Reading Series Special Feature

Come join us as the Kafein Reading Series features the Plumb Line Poets, an extraordinary group of local writers including Patrice Boyer Claeys, Gail Goepfert, Melissa Huff, Catharine Jones, Betsy Merbitz, Marcia J. Pradzinski, Catherine Ruffing, and Barbara Kreader Skalinder. 

Come hear a gathering of luminous voices, enjoy the warm atmosphere, the delicious drinks, and the bottomless feels! A brilliant way to start your night - Friday December 1st, 6:30 to 8pm @ Kafein!

Patrice Boyer Claeys holds a certificate in poetry from The Writer’s Studio of the University of Chicago. She edited The Journal of Northwestern University. Her poems have appeared in Found Poetry Review, Mom Egg Review, Ardor, Blue Heron Review, The Avocet. She reads for Mom Egg Review and has been nominated for Best of the Net.

Gail Goepfert is a poet and photographer from Illinois. She’s an associate editor at RHINO. She has a book coming out in early 2018 about her Midwest roots. Her most recent writing preoccupation is with Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter. Her poems have ridden buses, been set to music, and posted alongside paintings and sculptures. More atwww.gailgoepfert.com

Melissa Huff has returned to an early love of writing after fifteen years immersed in making one-of-a- kind jewelry: www.melissahuff.com . She has won awards for both formal poetry and free verse. Her publishing credits include River Poets Journal, Glass: Facets of Poetry, and Winterwolf Press and she currently serves as the secretary of the Illinois State Poetry Society.

Catharine Jones is both an artist and a poet. She engages in workshops and writing groups, including Rhino Forum, Iowa Writers' Workshop, and now with Plumb Line Poets in the Evanston-Chicago area. She has been published in The Journal of Modern Poetry, Ekphrastic Review, After Hours, and Psychological Perspectives. She is affiliated with the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago.

Betsy Merbitz has been a featured performer in the queer music and poetry series Homolatte, at the independent women's bookstore Women and Children First, and at the LGBT community Center on Halsted. Betsy is active in organizing with SURJ and Showing Up for Racial Justice, and she works as a labor support and postpartum doula.

Marcia J. Pradzinski, an award-winning poet, lives in Skokie, Illinois. Her widely anthologized poetry has appeared most recently in Paper Swans Press UK, Blue Heron Review, East on Central, and Pirene's Fountain. Finishing Line Press published her chapbook of poems, Left Behind, in December 2015. She's often found staring into space.

Catherine Ruffing, a non-profit fundraiser by day and a poet by night, writes to place herself in the world and to observe that place over time and space. She is a Midwesterner by birthright and a Chicagoan by choice; her work has appeared in Rattle and Blue Hour Magazine.

Barbara Kreader Skalinder is a poet, musician, and teacher who lives in Evanston, Illinois. Her poems have appeared in What Music Means to Me, JOMP, Persimmon, Split This Rock, and Clavier Companion. She is the co-author of The Hal Leonard Student Piano Library and author of The Music of Teaching: Learning to Trust Students’ Natural Development.

 

You don't want to miss out - come kick off your December in a beautiful and meaningful way. 

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November Kafein Reading Series
Nov
16
6:30 PM18:30

November Kafein Reading Series

Happy November, all! New month means a new lineup for the Kafein Reading Series - mark your calendars - Thursday, November 16th - this is another one for the books.

Hosted by the one, the only, Pablo Otavalo and featuring Faisal Mohyuddin, Alison Thumel and Charles Russell Price.

Come, Share your best work with us during the open Mic from 6:30 to 7:00pm and enjoy our featured readers from 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Warm up from the November chill with great coffee, warm ambiance, and radiant words. Come for the feels, stay for the feels! 



Faisal Mohyuddin, the son of immigrants from Pakistan, is the author of the collection The Displaced Children of Displaced Children, winner of the 2017 Sexton Poetry Prize from Eyewear Publishing, and of the chapbook The Riddle of Longing (Backbone Press, 2017). In addition, he was a finalist in Narrative’s Eighth and Ninth Annual Poetry Contests and is the winner of the 2014 Edward Stanley Award. Mohyuddin received an MSEd from Northwestern University and an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and teaches English at Highland Park High School in Chicago, where he lives with his wife and son.

Alison Thumel is a Chicago-based poet, writer, and erasurist. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago where she was awarded the Elsie F. Filippi Memorial Prize in Poetry. Her work has recently appeared in DIAGRAM, The Rumpus, and Salt Hill. She is the author of the chapbook LIFE OF, which won Salt Hill's Dead Lake Chapbook Contest in 2016.

Charles Russell Price is an Appalachian genderqueer punk poet originally from Virginia but now lives on Chicago's northside. Previous publications include: Court Green, Lambda Lit, Nimrod International, Weave, and elsewhere. They were a 2015 Lambda Lit Fellow and a finalist for the Edes Prize, Luminarts Fellowship, and the Boston Review/Discovery Award. Their chapbook TONIGHT, WE FUCK THE TRAILER PARK OUT OF EACH OTHER was published by Sibling Rivalry Press in June 2016. They are a Visiting Assistant Professor in the English Department at Northwestern University.

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Tromblau - Jazz Trio
Nov
2
9:00 PM21:00

Tromblau - Jazz Trio

Emma Blau is a Third Year at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, where she is a 5 year Dual- Degree Student in Jazz Studies with a concentration in Trombone Performance as well as in Middle Eastern Studies. Currently studying with Vincent Gardener, Emma has had the opportunity to play with acclaimed musicians such as Louis Danowsky and Sam Wolsk in the DWJO as well as Cecil Brooks III,  Warren Wolf, and Victor Goines . As a former member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Vincent Gardner, Emma had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall and Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola.  She can also be seen in Jennifer Lopez’s Music Video “Same Girl” with the JLCYO. 

 

We are jazzed (pun 100% intended) to Host Emma along side Spenser Charles and George Estey on Thursday, November 2nd.

Come ready to groove and bring along your coolest cats. 

10-11:30pm. 

 

 

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Iris Jacobson - November Featured Local Artist
Oct
23
to Nov 30

Iris Jacobson - November Featured Local Artist

We are pleased and excited to feature the beautiful artwork of Iris Jacobson for the next month. Come enjoy over a cup of coffee and show some support and appreciation of local artists!


From Iris: 

     Thank you for the opportunity to share my art with you!

     My passions for physical movement, intuitive spontaneous expression, spirituality, nature, a need to connect and find beauty in the world all inspire me to create. I am blessed to have a loving family & friends, adventurous travel (2 of my 3 children live in Israel), varied creative work and life experiences, which have all influenced my creations.

     I have always been involved in some form of the arts:  Dance, musical theater, improv, writing, photography, film, drawing, painting, collage, ceramics, crocheting, drumming, singing, and as an arts educator with various populations. I have interviewed Holocaust survivors for the Shoah Foundation, worked as an educator with Poetry Pals/Olive Tree Arts Network interfaith youth arts organization, Mummies and Masterpieces and the Jewish Federation of Metro Chicago.  I’ve been a teen outreach worker, produced, stage managed and acted in shows, danced in an Israeli dance troupe and worked in the funeral profession.  I received a B.F.A. in Theater Management from the University of Illinois and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago, which included dance therapy courses and a thesis show consisting of my hand-colored photographs combining images of birth and death. 

     Most of these collages and paintings were produced partially or entirely at Open Studio Project (OSP) in Evanston, an art and social service organization for all ages, which promotes creative expression, personal exploration and growth.  I have recently become a facilitator at OSP, after participating in classes on and off for 17 years!  OSP provides therapeutic and stimulating programming combining the visual arts and writing.  My art is created from tempera paints, oil pastels, paper and glass.  I am grateful for the OSP community, where we create intentional art, witness writingand strong bonds in our music-filled, comment and judgement-free environment.

     I hope you enjoy viewing my recent works while relaxing and nourishing yourself at Kafein!  Thank you Karissa, Brandon and Thomas.

 

Iris Jacobson

 

For more information,

please contact me at:

irisjacobson@yahoo.com

 

   

 

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Oct
20
to Oct 21

Comedy and Coffee - Hosted by Kellye Howard

Kellye Howard brings the laughs to Kafein every month! You don't want to miss the select line-up of local and national comedians Kellye brews up every month.

It's LIVE, it's hilarious, there's nothing like late night laughter.

Cost of admission is simply whatever delicious item you order from Kafein's menu!

No Cover = No excuse not to come laugh with us

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Oct
19
6:30 PM18:30

Kafein Reading Series: Poetry Throwdown

Enjoy our Monthly Reading Series featuring genuine and diverse voices from near and far, an inviting open mic, welcoming atmosphere, and an exiting mix of eclectic poets willing to boldly express and explore their poetics on our stage.

Hosted by Chicagoland poet Pablo Otavalo, October will featured amazing readers: Jessica Walsh, Robert McDonald, and Elizabeth O'Connell-Thompson. 

Jessica L. Walsh is the author of the poetry collection How to Break My Neck as well as two chapbooks. Her work has appeared in Tinderbox, Midwestern Gothic, Rogue Agent, and more. She is a professor at Harper College. http://www.jessicalwalsh.com/

Robert McDonald’s poetry and prose have appeared in Sentence, Court Green, and Escape Into Life, among many other journals and zines. He lives in Chicago, works in an independent bookstore, and blogs (infrequently) at http://livesofthespiders.blogspot.com/

Elizabeth O'Connell-Thompson lives in Chicago, where she is the Literary Coordinator of the CHIPRC and a Poetry Ambassador for the Poetry Foundation. he is the author of Honorable Mention (dancing girl press, 2017), and er work has been published in RHINO, ntropy, he Cardiff Review, and The Best New British and Irish Poets, among others. et in touch at EOTwrites.com

Open Mic will start at 6:30-7pm - sign up by 6:30pm
Featured Readers will read from 7pm-8pm


Showcase your best work at the open mic or just enjoy three brilliant unique readers, delicious coffee, warm perfect ambiance.

Come celebrate the beauty of language while enjoying the spectacular aroma of the drink you've wisely chosen to sip. Do autumn right!

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Oct
18
to Oct 19

LIVE MUSIC - The Man at the Piano

Kafein is pleased to have Ron Mills offer your ears musical sustenance. Ron is a true gentleman, and a fantastic musician. Come for a cup of cappuccino or our "Kind of Blue" Latte (a drink you can only find here at Kafein), whatever your drink you can enjoy it with a little live music.

Our piano is a Baldwin - Hamilton upright.

"I like that chair, it feels just like Paris" - Ron Mills

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Oct
16
6:30 PM18:30

Open Mic Night

Kafein's famous Monday Night Open Mic happens every Monday. Sign up at 6:30pm, performances start at 7pm.

The open mic offers musicians a chance to play their original un-registered material, comedians a chance to make the room laugh, and poets and story-tellers a room of ears ready to hear their work.

Time slots are: 3 songs - Music   |   15mins. - Spoken Arts

Hosted this week by: Brandon Cummings, Brandon is one of the owners of Kafein. Prior to ownership he was a faithful weekly host of our beloved Monday night Open Mic from 2012 till the present.  |  Hosted by a rotating team of talented Chicagoland artists and comedians.

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Oct
15
6:00 PM18:00

LIVE MUSIC - The Man at the Piano

Kafein is pleased to have Ron Mills offer your ears musical sustenance. Ron is a true gentleman, and a fantastic musician. Come for a cup of cappuccino or our "Kind of Blue" Latte (a drink you can only find here at Kafein), whatever your drink you can enjoy it with a little live music.

Our piano is a Baldwin - Hamilton upright.

"I like that chair, it feels just like Paris" - Ron Mills

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Oct
5
5:00 PM17:00

Google Allo App Free Coffee Pick-up!

Come in to Kafein get your FREE COFFEE and learn everything you need to know about the NEW Allo App by Google.

Collect your voucher from a Google Allo App Representative on the Northwestern campus and in the Evanston area, or drop on by and say HI from 5pm-9pm September 14th, 21st, 28th, and October 5th.

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Oct
4
to Oct 5

LIVE MUSIC - The Man at the Piano

Kafein is pleased to have Ron Mills offer your ears musical sustenance. Ron is a true gentleman, and a fantastic musician. Come for a cup of cappuccino or our "Kind of Blue" Latte (a drink you can only find here at Kafein), whatever your drink you can enjoy it with a little live music.

Our piano is a Baldwin - Hamilton upright.

"I like that chair, it feels just like Paris" - Ron Mills

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Oct
1
6:00 PM18:00

LIVE MUSIC - The Man at the Paino

Kafein is pleased to have Ron Mills offer your ears musical sustenance. Ron is a true gentleman, and a fantastic musician. Come for a cup of cappuccino or our "Kind of Blue" Latte (a drink you can only find here at Kafein), whatever your drink you can enjoy it with a little live music.

Our piano is a Baldwin - Hamilton upright.

"I like that chair, it feels just like Paris" - Ron Mills

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Sep
25
6:30 PM18:30

Open Mic Night

Kafein's famous Monday Night Open Mic happens every Monday. Sign up at 6:30pm, performances start at 7pm.

The open mic offers musicians a chance to play their original un-registered material, comedians a chance to make the room laugh, and poets and story-tellers a room of ears ready to hear their work.

Time slots are: 3 songs - Music   |   15mins. - Spoken Arts

Current summer Host: John Lamm  |  Hosted by a rotating team of talented Chicagoland artists and comedians.

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Sep
22
to Sep 23

Comedy and Coffee - Hosted by Kellye Howard

Kellye Howard brings the laughs to Kafein every month! You don't want to miss the select line-up of local and national comedians Kellye brews up every month.

It's LIVE, it's hilarious, there's nothing like late night laughter.

Cost of admission is simply whatever delicious item you order from Kafein's menu!

No Cover = No excuse not to come laugh with us

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Sep
21
9:30 PM21:30

LIVE MUSIC NIGHT - Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings

Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings are coming to Chicagoland! Songwriter Eli August, cellist Thillman Benham, and Evanston native Joel Michael-Schwartz will be bringing their ornate, gothic folk to Evanston's best coffee joint.

There is NO COVER for this even, admission is open just order from our menu.

 There is a suggested donation of $10 for the musicians via tip jar at the stage!

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Sep
20
6:30 PM18:30

Poetry Throwdown

Hosted by renowned Chicagoland poet and thinker Pablo Otavalo with featured readers TBA.

The reading will begin at 6:30pm and go until 8:00pm at which point there is a poetry only open mic.

Come for an evening enveloped in the beauty of language, thought, and the spectacular aroma of that cup of coffee you've wisely chosen to sip upon.

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Sep
18
6:30 PM18:30

Open Mic Night

Kafein's famous Monday Night Open Mic happens every Monday. Sign up at 6:30pm, performances start at 7pm.

The open mic offers musicians a chance to play their original un-registered material, comedians a chance to make the room laugh, and poets and story-tellers a room of ears ready to hear their work.

Time slots are: 3 songs - Music   |   15mins. - Spoken Arts

Current summer Host: John Lamm  |  Hosted by a rotating team of talented Chicagoland artists and comedians.

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Sep
7
to Sep 13

KAFEIN'S SUMMER VACATION - Closed for our Wedding

Thank you for your support in our first few months as the new owner's of our beloved coffee-house, Kafein. We are getting married on September 9th 2017!

Kafein will be closed from September 7th through the 13th and we will be back to serve you on September 14th at NOON!

If you feel like giving us a shout we'd love to hear from you comment below, give us a like on the Facebook page, or tag us on instagram @buzzedonkafein (#buzzedonkafein)

Thanks so much we're looking forward to having a cup of coffee with you!

-Brandon and Karissa

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Aug
28
6:30 PM18:30

Open Mic Night

Kafein's famous Monday Night Open Mic happens every Monday. Sign up at 6:30pm, performances start at 7pm.

The open mic offers musicians a chance to play their original un-registered material, comedians a chance to make the room laugh, and poets and story-tellers a room of ears ready to hear their work.

Time slots are: 3 songs - Music   |   15mins. - Spoken Arts

Current summer Host: John Lamm  |  Hosted by a rotating team of talented Chicagoland artists and comedians.

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