Tales from Chicago’s South Side, told with music and heart

Mon Jun 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Jack Zimmerman

Jack Zimmerman of the Lyric Opera of Chicago is known to members of the musical press for his unflappable professionalism and wryly subversive sense of humor. Yet in addition to his deft handling of press inquiries in his day (and night) job in the Lyric’s public relations office, the native Chicagoan is also a published novelist, and wonderfully engaging story-teller and raconteur.

Jack will present two public readings from The Gift, his new CD collection of stories, featuring musical accompaniment by son, Andrew Zimmerman. The tales offer witty and poignant autobiographical reminiscences drawn from Zimmerman’s South Side Irish family and childhood. For those of us who also hail from similarly humble South Side Irish origins, these events are not to be missed and should be attended by all with an interest in superb writing and Chicago history.

Jack will be also be on Prairie Home Companion this Saturday, which is broadcasting live from Ravinia starting at 4:45 p.m.

Copies of The Gift may be ordered at jackzimmerman.net.

7 p.m. June 26
Haymarket Brewery
737 W. Randolph

8 p.m. July 11
Uncommon Ground
1401 West Devon Avenue

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