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Music & Comedy, Theatre & Performing Arts

Story Jam presents: Duet Stories with cellist Ian Maksin

STORY JAM features true, personal storytelling duets from six incredible storytellers, plus musical creations by the extraordinary Ian Maksin!

Join Story Jam for another beautiful night of live storytelling by six fantastic tellers— Lily Be, Jacoby Cochran, Marya Frankel, Connor Gorman, Reba Meshulam, and Binkey Tolefree—with music by renowned cellist Ian Maksin.

After each poignant true story, world-famous cello sensation Ian Maksin will create a unique musical creation for each story. He is a musical phenom who uses high-tech looping and tracking technology while improvising over developed musical themes. See Ian in action here!

With an engaging and diverse cast of phenomenal storytellers and a musical experience like no other, this live storytelling event is perfect for lovers of live music or shows like “The Moth.” The combination of duet (or duologue) stories– woven (or braided) in partnership by two talented tellers —and improvised cello compositions will make for an unforgettable and unique evening! 


As with every Story Jam show, there are two ticket prices:

  • Regular Ticket $22 or 

  • Pay What You Can

Tickets can be purchased via Ticketleap.


Artifact Events is a stunning event space in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago. With plenty of nearby restaurants, and a welcoming vibe, Artifacts is an incredible destination for entertainment, stories, music, and gathering with friends. 

Story Jam has been spotlighting true, personal stories from a fantastic lineup of diverse performers since 2014. Story Jam hosts monthly shows at Artifact Events in Chicago and Madame Zuzu’s in Highland Park, IL. Story Jam also offers a free monthly open mic called The Cocoon. In addition to their monthly shows, Story Jam teaches storytelling classes, workshops, and training sessions for groups and individuals. Story Jam is hosting a storytelling and writing retreat this fall. Learn more at! 


ACCESSIBILITY: Artifact Events is wheelchair accessible with a large entrance on the first floor and a glass elevator from the first floor down to the seating area one half-floor below. Story Jam and Artifact Events will provide every accommodation to ensure a comfortable, enjoyable experience. On-hand staff will be available for assistance. 


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