[CHICAGO] 8 Year Anniversary

For the last eight years, Naked Girls Reading has spread the joy of combining nudity and reading all across the world. Come share in our celebration with some of the best moments! We’ll even have international readers joining us live, projected on the big screen!

We’re relaunching our salon with an improved new theater space at Studio L’amour and we can’t wait to see you!

MARCH 24TH – 8PM (Doors at 7:30)

Studio L’amour (4001 N Ravenswood, Suite 205, Chicago)

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“The World’s Most Provocative Literary Salon…” (The Toronto Globe and Mail)

[CHICAGO] Nude Beginnings

Some of the most famous parts of great works of literature are the opening lines and/or passages. The good ones hook us right away and make us want to stay up all night reading the rest.

Since January is the beginning of a brand new year, we’re going to open it by taking off our clothes and reading the best openings of books. Can you think of a better way to start the year?

JANUARY 13TH – 8PM (Doors at 7:30)

Studio L’amour (4001 N Ravenswood, Suite 205, Chicago)

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“The World’s Most Provocative Literary Salon…” (The Toronto Globe and Mail)

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like (Naked) Christmas!

It’s a Naked Girls holiday tradition. Join us as we doff our gay apparel and take to the stage for a reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” in addition to other holiday favorites. Heart warming tales and nudity will both warm your chestnuts on this festive occasion.

December 8th in Chicago (at Studio L’amour)

Doors open at 7:30pm.  Reservations Recommended.  Make yours now by CLICKING HERE.

“The World’s Most Provocative Literary Salon…” (The Toronto Globe and Mail)

[CHICAGO] HALLOWEEN

GHOULS-2015-webThere is no better way to spend Halloween than with Naked Girls.  For the NINTH year in a row, we continue the tradition of Naked GHOULS Reading by regaling you with the scariest of scary tales, macabre moments and ghoulishly ghastly stories.

This year’s theme is “CLASSIC HORROR” (from Mary Shelley to Stephen King) and as always, we’ll be in “costume” while we expose paranormal phenomena before your very eyes.  This is not for the faint of heart.

Join us on the evening of October 27th for a special edition of the acclaimed literary salon.  We promise to scare our own pants off.

Show at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:30pm.

Get your tickets now! This even usually sells out.

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[CHICAGO] HALLOWEEN

GHOULS-2015-webThere is no better way to spend Halloween than with Naked Girls.  For the seventh year in a row, we continue the tradition of Naked GHOULS Reading by sregaling you with the scariest of scary tales, macabre moments and ghoulishly ghastly stories.

As always, we’ll be in “costume” while we expose paranormal phenomena before your very eyes.  This is not for the faint of heart.

Join us on the evening of October 23rd for a special edition of the acclaimed literary salon.  We promise to scare our own pants off.

Show at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Get your tickets now! This even usually sells out.

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Know Your Naked Girls – Frankie Valentine

Half of our newest production team in Melbourne, Australia is the beautifully literate Frankie Valentine. She and partner Vesper White, launched just a couple of weeks ago at the coveted Garden of Unearthly Delights at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. They’ave already been darlings of the press and have had major celebrity readers like Fiona Patten, a politician in Australia.  They’re off to a terrific start, so we figured we should feature them in our Know Your Naked Girls.  Enjoy.

What are you currently reading?

Frankie03-smI am currently reading Norman Mailer’s The American Dream. Tough Guy’s Don’t Dance is an old favourite of mine and I stumbled across it in a second hand shop the other day.

It is very dark and twisted while still making you smile and laugh out loud, which is what I loved about Tough Guy’s Don’t Dance. It is a hard thing to reconcile the person with the work that he created! I’m not much of a fan of the late Mr Mailer’s views but I do enjoy some of his works.

What is your favorite book? Why?

Hmmm, one favourite, that’s tough. I don’t think I can narrow it down!

Frankie02-smJitterbug Perfume, by Tom Robbins is one of my all time favourites, I actually have a tattoo of Pan on my arm which was inspired by this book.

I love magical realists, Robbins, Gabriel García Márquez etc. I also spent many, many hours in my room as a late teenager/young adult, sometimes naked, forcing my lover at the time to to listen to me recite passages of Bukowski and Hunter S. Thompson whilst drunk on something or other, these authors have a special place in my heart and on my bookshelf.

What is your least favorite book? Why?

I don’t have a least favourite, I will go with the last one I didn’t like.

The last book I really didn’t enjoy was actually a Nick Cave book called The Death Of Bunny Munro. I am a huge Nick Cave fan but i was so repulsed by the protagonist in this story so much so that I just couldn’t enjoy the book.

How long have you been reading naked?

Professionally for a month but I’ve been busted reading naked in my boudoir for at least a decade now!

What is it about reading naked that appeals to you?

Frankie01-smMy partner recently said to me “I think I’ve finally realized your’e a nudist, you’re naked at home, you’re naked at work, your naked in the garden and now you’re producing a show about it.”

I get to combine this with reading and amazing people. It’s appealing on so many levels!!

What are the best/worst things about reading naked in public?

I’m actually really enjoying it, I love it. The best thing is all these amazing women who have put their hands up to drop their robes for us and read naked.

I love my naked girls!! I am yet to have a worst but will keep you posted.

Tell me about your best naked reading experience?

Like I said, I’ve just recently boarded the Naked Girls Reading bandwagon, I decided to do this by jumping head first and doing an entire fringe season of 24 shows.

The experience as a whole has been amazing. A lot of fun, a lot of amazing women, a lot of amazing books and boobs!! We have had actors, writers, film makers, burlesque performers, a dominatrix and even a politician (Fiona Patten, founder of The Australian Sex Party) disrobing and reading for us.

It was and is an honour to share the stage with all of these amazing women.

I’m going to quote the founder of Naked Girls Reading for this one and say “Why not?”

What advice do you have for someone who wants to read naked?

Do it!!

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Know Your Naked Girls – Nasty Canasta

Naked Girls Reading has been around for more than four years and the New York Chapter has been around almost since the beginning.  Coming up this October, the NYC chapter will be celebrating it’s four year anniversary, so we figured we’d introduce you the “Girl With the 44 Double D Brain”, Nasty Canasta, producer and naked girl extraordinaire.

IMG_3848What are you currently reading? Right now I’m re-reading a few of Dawn Powell’s novels – “The Locusts Have No King” and “The Wicked Pavilion.” She’s a little bit Dorothy Parker and a little bit F. Scott Fitzgerald, and her books are a wonderful wry picture of Bohemia-meets-high-society in postwar New York City.

What is your favorite book? Why?  I’ve had to narrow it down to three, since I absolutely cannot pick just one! In no order:

4“Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas” by Hunter S. Thompson – It’s the closest you’ll ever get to seeing inside Thompson’s brain … which is a place I’d love to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.

“Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov – The man loved language so intensely and used it so impeccably that I can’t help reading aloud every time I pick it up.

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” by Douglas Adams – Simply put, this book has everything that’s important to me: sci-fi, comedy, Britishness and wise-assery.

What is your least favorite book? Why? Having grown up in the Massachusetts public school system, I had New England literature thrown at me like the sack of bricks it is; and to this day I simply cannot appreciate the desperate Puritan unhappiness of books like “Johnny Tremain” and “The Scarlet Letter.”

How long have you been reading naked? About 3 and a half years now!
What is it about reading naked that appeals to you? I love reading, I love performing, and I frequently forget to put pants on unless forcibly reminded to do so; reading naked is the perfect fusion of all these things.
What are the best/worst things about reading naked in public? The worst thing is constantly explaining to people who have never been what an amazing experience it is for readers and audiences alike; fortunately, the best thing is sharing such an incredible event – and the fact that, as soon as people *do* experience it themselves, they understand, too.
Tell me about your best naked reading experience? I hear time and again after our events that we’ve inspired audience members to read, to write, to be naked – and to combine all three. Every time I hear this, I’m so incredibly proud and delighted to be a Naked Girl.

Why Naked Girls Reading? It’s a loving, supportive, unique and beautiful. What is more fabulous than women and books?

What advice do you have for someone who wants to read naked? Do it! If you have even the slightest inclination, then jump in and try it. I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll be instantly hooked!

(CHICAGO) MYTHOLOGY

Art by TJ Rappel for Krushervision
Art by TJ Rappel for Krushervision

Climb Mount Olympus with us!

Some people say lovely ladies who read naked in public is too good to be true…that it’s a myth!  We assure you, it is not.  But for the first time in Chicago history, we are taking our clothes off and taking on Mythology for a night you will not soon forget.

The gods will surely smile as we regale you with tales of debauchery, mayhem and a little morality.

APRIL 26TH

Doors open at 7pm.  BYOB. Reservations Required. CLICK HERE FOR RESERVATIONS.

“The World’s Most Provocative Literary Salon…” (The Toronto Globe and Mail)