Everything you need to know about The Frunchroom, Vol. 19

Another Art Walk Week is upon us and with it comes a Tuesday Frunchroom – on September 17th.

We’re also welcoming Bookie’s back for some pre-and-post-show book sales. They’ll be selling copies of The Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook and other books by Frunchroom readers, including Soulless, The Case Against R. Kelly, How To Speak Midwestern, A Few Red Drops, and more.

Here are our storytellers:

Veronica Arreola
Professional feminist, rookie rock climber

Lee Bey
Author, photographer, Sam Cooke fanatic

Karen Clanton
Owning my story, stepping into my voice

Don Hayner
Author, editor, South sider

Evelyn Venegas
Realistic, always keeping it real

What’s the time? And where?
730pm. But show up to the Beverly Arts Center (2407 W. 111th St.) by 7-715pm to guarantee yourself a seat, chat with friends, get a drink from the bar, check out the art, and settle in. We usually close the balcony at BAC to keep things a bit more intimate and cozy unless the crowd size demands it.

Wait, there’s art?
Yes! It’s Art Walk Week! Arrive early to preview two Beverly Art Walk exhibitions from St. Xavier University and the Beverly Arts Center’s Drawn to Humor: National Cartoonist Society.

Where do I park?
Beverly Arts Center has parking just west of the building and another lot on the south.

How do I get there via transit?
Take the Metra Rock Island Line which departs from the LaSalle Street Station in the Loop. Get off at 111th Street. Head west up the hill for about three blocks. The BAC is the big red building on the corner.

Where can I eat?
Places nearby include Manzo’s Burgers and Waldo Cooney’s Pizza on 111th Street and AmericanosOpen Outcry Brewing and Horse Thief Hollow on Western Avenue.

You mentioned drinks?
Beer, wine and liquor will be available at the cash bar before and during the show. The post-Frunchroom festivities will continue at Open Outcry Brewing.

What are the stories like?
Some are sincere, some are tongue-in-cheek. One may be a call-to-action, another might make you think. One might be historical, one might make you remember a place you haven’t been since childhood. Basically, like having a conversation with someone you haven’t seen in a while. This review from South Side Weekly really captures what we’re about.

Who’s helping you with this?
I’m producing this in partnership with The Beverly Area Arts Alliance (or The Alliance, for short).

A big thanks to Monica Wilczak, Sal Campbell, David Barsotti, Jane Zia, Chris Wilczak, Lizzy Benner, Chris Castaneda, Corinne Rose and Cicely Harris who’ve given this event material, financial and moral support. And a huge thanks to Beverly Arts Center for sponsoring the show.

See you there!

The Frunchroom is presented by The Beverly Area Arts Alliance and sponsored by Beverly Arts Center. 

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In the Frunchroom: Evelyn Venegas

Evelyn Venegas Cuzco, is the Family Support Network Coordinator at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). In her current role, Ms. Venegas oversees the family support network hotline and conducts training and presentations about current immigration issues and policy.

Evelyn was born in Quito, Ecuador. She grew up in the north side of Chicago in the neighborhood of Irving Park. Ms. Venegas earned a B.A in Political Science with a focus in urban studies and a minor in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before joining ICIRR, Ms. Venegas served as a youth leader at the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, focusing on immigrant trauma in DACA youth. In her previous role, she also helped pass Online Voter Registration and Election Day Registration while a Democracy Corp fellow at Chicago Votes.

Evelyn enjoys helping her community on her free time, she volunteers to help Legal Permanent Residents fill out their citizenship application at Erie Neighborhood House.

Join Evelyn as we kick off Beverly Art Walk Week with the next Frunchroom this Tuesday at 730pm at Beverly Arts Center. A $5 donation is requested, which goes to fund more Beverly Area Arts Alliance events.

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In the Frunchroom: Lee Bey

Lee Bey is a photographer, writer, lecturer and consultant whose work deals in the documentation and interpretation of the built environment—and the often complex political, social and racial forces that shape spaces and places.

His architectural photography has appeared in magazines such as the New York Times, Architectural Digest, Chicago Architect, Architect, Old House Journal, CITE, and in international design publications such as Bauwelt, and Modulør, both published in Germany.

A former Chicago Sun-Times architecture critic, Bey’s writing and reporting on architecture and urban design have been featured in Architect, Chicago magazine, Architectural Record, the Houston Chronicle, Crain’s Chicago Business, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, Fox News Chicago, Guardian Cities, Monocle Radio, and CBS2 News Chicago.

A resident of Pullman, Bey is the author of Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side, a forthcoming book that showcases his writing and photography.

Bey, who served as deputy chief of staff for architecture and urban planning under former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, is also a sought-after expert on architecture, architectural history and the development of cities.

Join Lee as we kick off Beverly Art Walk Week with the next Frunchroom this Tuesday at 730pm at Beverly Arts Center. A $5 donation is requested, which goes to fund more Beverly Area Arts Alliance events.

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In the Frunchroom: Don Hayner

Storytelling is often about documenting the world around us. One of the readers at this week’s Frunchroom knows all about that.

Don Hayner is the retired editor in chief of the Chicago Sun-Times where he managed and directed coverage of a broad range of urban issues. Hayner managed a staff of up to several hundred with responsibility for all departments as managing editor and editor in chief.

He earlier worked as a general assignment reporter, a feature writer and business reporter. During his tenure as editor and managing editor the Sun-Times won multiple general news and investigative reporting awards including the George Polk Award for local reporting (2004) and a Pulitzer Prize for local reporting in 2011.

He also co-hosted a Saturday morning talk show with Tom McNamee on WLS radio (890). He was co-author with McNamee of three books: Streetwise Chicago, A History of Chicago Street Names, The Metro Chicago Almanac: Fascinating Facts and Offbeat Offerings about the Windy City, and The Stadium: 1929-1994, The Official Commemorative History of the Chicago Stadium.

Hayner recently finished Binga: The Rise and Fall of Chicago’s First Black Banker, which will be published by Northwestern University Press this fall. He’ll read an excerpt from Binga at The Frunchroom.

Join Don as we kick off Beverly Art Walk Week with the next Frunchroom this Tuesday at 730pm at Beverly Arts Center. A $5 donation is requested, which goes to fund more Beverly Area Arts Alliance events.

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Photo by Scott Stewart/Sun-Times

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In the Frunchroom: Karen Clanton

We’ve had our fair share of lawyers at Frunchroom. Perhaps because lawyers know how to weave a narrative and reveal something from a different perspective than the conventional wisdom.

Karen Clanton is an attorney whose law degree did not stifle the English major lurking within. She has forged a career as a writer in the legal profession, where she has led complex editorial projects in securities law, women’s history and diversity & inclusion.

Karen currently works in a large law firm in the area of Diversity & Inclusion. She is a single mom living on the South Side of Chicago chronicling her adventures through stories told on her back porch that end up being heard on stages across the city.

A resident of Washington Park, Karen will tell a story about being a transplant to Chicago and the South Side.

Join Karen as we kick off Beverly Art Walk Week with the next Frunchroom this Tuesday at 730pm at Beverly Arts Center. A $5 donation is requested, which goes to fund more Beverly Area Arts Alliance events.

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In the Frunchroom: Veronica Arreola

If you remember nothing else about this week’s Frunchroom, remember this: It’s on Tuesday, not Thursday.

But there are lots of other things to remember like Tuesday is the 17th of September. And the show starts at 730pm. And it’s at Beverly Arts Center. And we have five more readers with South Side stories, including … a North Sider!

Veronica I. Arreola is a professional feminist, writer, and mom. Her writing has been featured in USA Today, New York Times, as well as Bitch Media where she serves on the board of directors. By day she works on diversity in science issues at UIC, currently as director of their Latinx in Science office, L@S GANAS.

Veronica hates treadmills and running, so she gets her gym on by indoor rock climbing. She’s always looking for a climbing partner, so if you are ready to tackle your fear of heights, hit her up.

She’s performed at Feminist Happy Hour, Miss Spoken, Tuesday Funk, and the Marrow (RIP). You can find her online at her blog Viva la Feminista or on Twitter & Instagram at @veronicaeye.

Veronica lives in West Rogers Park and has a story to tell about how soccer brought her to South Side coffee shops.

Join Veronica as we kick off Beverly Art Walk Week with the next Frunchroom this Tuesday at 730pm at Beverly Arts Center. A $5 donation is requested, which goes to fund more Beverly Area Arts Alliance events.

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The Frunchroom, Vol. 19: Beverly Art Walk Week edition

Join us Tuesday, September 17th at 730pm at Beverly Arts Center (2407 W. 111th St.) for another evening of South Sider storytelling.

Here’s our lineup:

Veronica Arreola
Professional feminist, rookie rock climber

Lee Bey
Author, photographer, Sam Cooke fanatic

Karen Clanton
Owning my story, stepping into my voice

Don Hayner
Author, editor, South sider

Evelyn Venegas
Realistic, always keeping it real

$5 donation requested. Proceeds go to support the work of the Beverly Area Arts Alliance.

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