Revolution #177, September 27, 2009

Benefit for Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund & Dramatic Readings of Prisoners’ Letters

Sunday Oct. 11, 2009
7pm at Boocoo
1823 Church St. (at Dodge), Evanston Illinois
$20 at the door; $17.50 advance; $10 under 21

On Sunday evening October 11, 2009, a unique and inspiring all ages benefit will be held in Evanston for the Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund (PRLF).  The evening at Boocoo Cultural Center & Café at 1823 Church St (at Dodge) will be filled with music, performances, food and beverages beginning at 7pm.

A highlight of the evening will be the dramatic readings of letters from prisoners by actors Ernest Perry Jr. and David Shapiro.

Ernest Perry Jr., the highly acclaimed 30 year resident at the Goodman Theatre who attended Evanston Township High School, has been in productions of Magnolia, Gas for Less, An Enemy of the People, A Raisin in the Sun, and many others.  David Shapiro, another actor with Evanston roots, is currently appearing in An Apology for the Course and Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Dr. John Faustus On This His Final Evening with the Oobleck Theater.

Clyde Young, a former prisoner and member of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, will make a fund appeal at the October 11 Benefit.

Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls have their roots in the rebellious jazz and improvised music of the 1960’s but draw on myriad styles, including afro-pop, funk, reggae, ska and hip-hop. “Ted Sirota has put together a band that includes some of the better young musicians in Chicago who can play on both sides of the inside and outside split in jazz aesthetics...” -The New York Times.

Hip-hop artist Diverse will be in the house.  The Daily Northwestern described his talents, “Raised in Evanston, the local rapper is gifted with one of the freshest flows out there—his authoritative voice effortlessly swoops between the beat, filling up every possible space with carefully placed syllables. Diverse is clearly a rapper’s rapper, spitting thoughtful verse after thoughtful verse.”

Tickets are $17.50 in advance, $20 at the door, and $10 under 21. Two advance $17.50 tickets will buy a prisoner a subscription to Revolution newspaper for one year. The evening is hosted by: Bennett J. Johnson; Ted Sirota, musician; Joann Shapiro; Jed Stone, criminal defense lawyer; and Dave Trippel, peace activist.

The Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund (PRLF), is an educational fund project of the 501c3 International Humanities Center ( PRLF has filled thousands of requests from men and women who are locked up in U.S. prisons and are seeking revolutionary literature, especially subscriptions to Revolution newspaper, ( Donations can be tax deductible.  For more information see the PRLF website at

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