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MCA Live
Pocket Guide to Hell

Tue, Mar 18, 2014, 6–8 pm


Paul Durica
Courtesy of the artist

The talks, tours, and reenactments of Paul Durica’s Pocket Guide to Hell are open to everyone but geared toward those who live in Chicago and want to know more about the city. Each program focuses on an aspect of labor history, social justice, or true crime. Participants are invited to challenge stories told, to tell their own, and to help create the experience. Props, costumes, music, poetry, and jokes are all a part of the dialogue. In this MCA Tuesday Evening performance, Durica explores the history of Streeterville.

About the Artist

Paul Durica is founder of Pocket Guide to Hell, a series of free and participatory talks, walks, and reenactments dealing with Chicago history. The programs have led to collaborations with the Chicago Cultural Center, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago Architecture Foundation, and Newberry Library, among other places. He is currently the festival programmer for Let’s Get Working: Chicago Celebrates Studs Terkel, a three-day festival to be held at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts in May 2014. Durica has a PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago and is the coeditor with Bill Savage of Chicago by Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker’s Guide to the Paris of America (Northwestern University Press, 2013).