What’s the time? 730pm
Where’s the place? O’Rourke’s Office (11064 S. Western Ave.)
Jeff Danna; Writer/Blogger, Main Street Beverly
Shay DeGrandis; Artist: shaydegrandis.com, Mortifier: getmortified.com
Mikki Kendall;Writer and occasional feminist
Evan F. Moore; Political sportswriter
Scott Smith; Writer, ourmaninchicago.net
Is it free? It is! But if you want to bring a few dollars to donate to the Beverly Area Arts Alliance (see below) then everyone will think you’re smart and good-looking and generous.
Are there seats? Yes, but it’s limited. So get there early. Otherwise, wear shoes for standing.
Where do I park? The Leona’s lot on 111th St. (Trust me, it’s fine.)
How do I get there via transit? Take Metra’s Rock Island line to 111th. Walk west toward Longwood then up the hill and keep going until you hit Western Avenue. Make a right and you’re there.
Where can I eat? Get to O’Rourke’s early and order in from Waldo Cooney’s or Leona’s and you can get a 20% discount. Five Star Burgers is also nearby. If you don’t mind a walk there’s Home Run Inn Pizza up the street or Horse Thief Hollow for an after-show beer.
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. You can listen to stories from our first event here.
Who’s helping you with this? I’m producing this in partnership with The Beverly Area Arts Alliance (or The Alliance, for short). They’re a great non-profit and you should check out some of their other upcoming events including Summer Swelter, a food music and arts fest at Horse Thief Hollow on July 25th and the 2015 Beverly Art Walk on October 3rd.
A big thanks to Monica Wilczak, Sal Campbell, David Barsotti, Chris Wilczak and Lizzy Benner who’ve given this event material, financial and moral support. And a huge thanks to O’Rourke’s Office for hosting us. (Thank them by purchasing beverages tomorrow and tipping profusely.)
And, of course, huge thanks to all our readers and, in advance, to you for coming.