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Crush of the Month: Jim Stevens

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Polar Vortex, shmolar vortex! This January while you’re holed up in your house avoiding hypothermia, I’m trolling Chicago’s frozen streets to scope out a new crush.

January’s Crush: Jim Stevens

Hometown: Born in Missouri, but I’ve lived in Chicago longer than anywhere else.
Profession: General Manager of an American Art Tile Company.
Hobbies: Music listening, searching out the odd and interesting, taking time to contemplate, sorting through pictures of comedians for my imaginary family album, people watching, playing video games, finding my own way
through life, keeping people guessing.

How'd a guy like you wind up General Manager of an American Art Tile Company?
Started part-time and worked my way up. I used the leadership skills I developed running on tech crews for television and film. I’ve always enjoyed taking on challenges that present themselves.

Recently you've become active on the live lit scene. What drew you?
I’ve always loved the forms of story-telling found in theater, film and television. When I attended a live lit event for the first time, listening to a stranger reveal something personal, and seeing the universality of it as the crowd and I reacted, I was hooked. I felt that I had some stories to share.

Any tips?
It’s important to know what story you are telling, and why you decided to tell that story in that moment. There are also a lot of live lit events to go to. There’s at least one event every week to see in Chicago to get inspired.

What's your favorite thing about Chicago?
The endless supply of stimuli. The people. The restaurants. The museums. The culture. I haven’t run out of things to discover.

What's your least favorite thing about Chicago? The endless supply of stimuli. The noise. The crowds. It’s hard to turn it off. There isn’t enough Nature here (Nature in the big sense).

Describe your perfect day.
Waking up. Followed by leisurely coffee and breakfast. Finding something I’ve never done before. A good dinner at a restaurant that is comfortable and/ or inspiring to be in. Doing a decent job of being present to what’s going on throughout the day, no matter what it is, all the way until I put my head on my pillow and drift softly to sleep.

Relationship Deal breaker?
Cheating. Lying. Disrespect. Absurd craziness, flakiness, or anything else that prevents us from relating.

Who was your first crush?
A 6-year-old girl who lived on my block. I was 5 and a half. She was Italian, cute and strong-willed. I was always getting crushes. …Five years later, it was a Heather Locklear poster.

Why are you crushworthy?
Probably because I have no clue why, and am not worried about it.

Any questions for me?
Shall we get a coffee and talk about this?

Bio- Director and producer of theater and film. Actor. Story-teller. Idea man. Enjoys his bicycle and a beer alone with his thoughts somewhere outdoors. Makes videos and philosophical musings on the side and for
festivals around the country.

A writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sarah Terez Rosenblum freelances for sites like Pop Matters and Her debut novel, “Herself When She’s Missing," was called “poetic and heartrending” by ALA Booklist. Sarah is also a figure model, Spinning instructor and teacher at Chicago’s StoryStudio. Inevitably one day she will find herself lecturing naked on a spinning bike. She's kind of looking forward to it actually.
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