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Chicago, IL - Predictably Unpredictable

  • Hairpin Arts Center 2810 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL, 60618 United States (map)

Join us on Saturday, April 6th for the debut of Story Collider in Chicago at Hairpin Arts Center in Logan Square for a night of personal stories about science told live on stage.

Doors open at 6:30 pm, show begins at 7:00 pm. Please arrive early for the best seats. Seating is not pre-assigned or guaranteed.

Hosted by Nakeysha Roberts Washington and Lily Be.

Stories by:


Reyhaneh Maktoufi is a Ph.D. candidate in Media, Technology, and Society at Northwestern University. Her main fields of interest are science communication, curiosity, and public engagement with scientists. She works at the Nonprofit Network and Social Impact Lab where she researches nonprofit mergers and attitudes toward nonprofit-corporation partnerships. She is also a researcher at the Adler Planetarium, where she studies science communication and facilitates workshops on communication skills.

Before starting a Ph.D., Rey has been working as a health communication facilitator and cancer preventive/palliative care campaign manager in Tehran, Iran. Rey currently enjoys working with different nonprofits such as the Communicating Science Conference (ComSciCon). She also engages in science outreach through writing blog-posts and making science comics.


Yvette Marie is a congenital heart disease survivor born and raised in Chicago. She can hear her titanium heart valves tick with every heart beat and this serves as a reminder to embrace life. She is an animal lover and a registered feral cat colony caretaker in Chicago. She volunteers her time transporting animals to the ER from animal control and also transporting feral cats to spay/neuter appointments. She’s a novice storyteller but believes she inherited the skill, along with her distaste for eggs, milk, meat and bananas, from summers spent on the family banana farm in Puerto Rico where she’d stay up late at night listening to family stories.


Luyi Cheng made her way from the West Coast to Chicago to study for her PhD in biology at Northwestern University. When she’s not busy in lab pipetting clear liquids into other clear liquids, she’s interested in exploring, learning, and practicing ways to connect science with a wide range of audiences beyond the lab (including, for the first time, live storytelling!). She also finds ways to fill her days with runs by the lake, trying out new baking recipes, and taking care of her house plants.


Tori Szekeres lives and writes somewhere in Chicago's Northwest suburbs. She co-produces Serving the Sentence, a storytelling show every second Tuesday of the month in Rogers Park.


Ana Arredondo has been a professor at Richard J. Daley College for fifteen years, where she teaches composition, literature, creative writing, and sociology. She enjoys writing creative non-fiction and poetry, and her work has appeared in Fifth Wednesday Journal, Hotel Amerika, Storm Cellar, and Gravel. She is a yoga-loving, feminist romantic who lives and dreams in Chicago with her family.

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