Jill Sobule & Julia Sweeney - 7/3
at City Winery Chicago
- 6:00 pm
- 8:00 pm
Jill Sobule and Julia Sweeney team up for a delightful, informal set that pairs Jill’s witty songwriting with Julia’s wildly funny monologues for a show about love lost and found, finding family, navigating mid-life, and living in our crazy, modern world. The New York Times hails Jill Sobule’s work as “grown up music for an adolescent age” and the Minneapolis Star Tribune says “Julia Sweeney can make you laugh about anything.” City Winery is the launch of their 2013 summer tour which includes stops in DC, Michigan, Pittsburgh and New York city, among others.
About Jill Sobule
Jill Sobule belongs to a rare breed of artists. Her work is at once deeply personal and socially conscious, seriously funny and derisively tragic. Over five albums and a decade of recording, the Denver-born songwriter/guitarist/singer has tackled such topics as the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting, reproduction, the French resistance movement, adolescence, and the Christian right. Did we mention love? Love found, love lost, love wished for and love taken away.
While her songs cover a huge amount of ground, they all have benefit greatly from Jill's subtle intelligence and skillful light-handedness. No sloganeering flag-and-fist waving here, but rather story songs about human beings, real and imagined, which allow us to step back from the issue, be it personal or social, and relate to it as we would a close friend.
To see Jill live and in concert is a rare treat. It is on stage that she is most comfortable, most powerful, and where the delicacy and range of her work can be best appreciated. She entertains, amuses, provokes, and more often then not, takes her audiences on an emotional roller coaster, from comedy to pathos in a few bars of music.
About Julia Sweeney
Julia Sweeney is best known for her four seasons on “Saturday Night Live,” (1990 – 1994) in which her most famous character was androgynous “Pat.” She is also known for her critically acclaimed one-woman monologues, “God Said, Ha!” and “Letting Go of God.” “God Said, Ha!” played on Broadway at the Lyceum theater in 1996. This show chronicled Julia’s brother Michaels’ diagnosis with cancer, and her experiences as his caretaker. During this time, Julia was also diagnosed with cancer. Miramax released the film version of the show in 1998 which was produced by Quentin Tarantino. The CD version of the show was nominated for a Grammy. “Letting Go of God” also was performed in New York and Los Angeles. It was made into a film, which aired on Showtime. This show is about Julia’s search for a God she can believe in.
Julia has worked as a writer on several TV shows including “Sex & the City” and “Desperate Housewives.” She has also appeared in several TV shows including “Fraiser” and “Sex & the City” and in many films, including “It’s Pat: The Movie” “Pulp Fiction” and “Stuart Little” as well as the mother in “Beethoven 3” and “Beethoven 4.”
Julia’s book, “If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother” was published by Simon & Schuster in April 2013. She is the voice of Mrs. Squiggles in the recently released Pixar movie, “Monsters University.” And she is at work on another book, “My Beautiful Loss- of-Faith Story: A Catholic Girl Goes Rogue” as well as the screenplay for her first directorial effort, a feature film entitled “Fork.” Julia lives just outside Chicago in Wilmette, IL with her husband and daughter.