Frequently asked questions
- It’s an event and a show that puts you in the midst of a brothel from Chicago’s romantic and seedy Victorian past, with poetry whores providing public and private readings of their work.
- Also available for your delectation are musicians, fortune tellers, burlesque dancers, vaudevillians, whiskey and wines, and much more!
- It’s fun for both poetry enthusiasts and neophytes alike!
Sit back. Relax. Down a Jameson and ginger, and simply enjoy the spotlight readings, fortune-tellings, burlesque dances and more, then purchase tokens to obtain private-readings with our fantastic cast of poetry whores. The Good Doctor and Madame Black-eyed Susan will ensure you have the most fun you've ever had in a bordello.
Please check our schedule for upcoming events!
$10 at the door, $5 if you are dressed in Victorian (or Steampunk) garb!
- The paramount act at the event is the private one-on-one readings between you, the visitor and Poetry Whore of your choice! Like the courtesans of centuries past, our poets will recite one of their own poems, chosen especially for you to enjoy, based on your tastes and interests, providing you a unique and pleasurable experience with contemporary poetry unavailable anywhere else.
- Also, as Kathleen Rooney (who plays Vivian Nightwood, Poetry Whore) explains in her article: “The process of exchanging cash for art creates the opportunity for everyone involved to be more invested.” Read more: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/journal/article.html?id=241004
Is the style or form of the poetry restricted, to say, that which was popular during the Victorian Era?
No. All poetry at the event is authored by the Poetry Whores themselves. Each has his/her own unique and individual style, and so, after listening to the “poetry teases” performed throughout the evening, you are free to have private readings from those Poetry Whores that appeal to you most!
- Just about everything that one might expect to find entertaining Chicago’s Victorian socialites, including a fully stocked bar, burlesque dancers, vaudevillians, burlesque and parlor musicians, people -- performers and guests alike -- in Victorian costumes, and don’t forget our world-famous poetry whores!
- Also there’ll be an assortment of “Regulars” who’ve stepped right out of 1890’s Chicago, draped in the height of Victorian fashion, to help guide visitors through their evening.
No. Patrons are not expected to come in costume. However, many do, and those that do receive a discount on admission.
Yes. Alcohol is served and there is sometimes partial nudity.
Yes. Please email us for information regarding groups of 5 or more.