Are all the Frunchroom shows good? Well, you can be the judge of that, but we try to make it so. Our anniversary shows, however, tend to be extra-special – thanks, in part, to our co-producer The Beverly Area Arts Alliance. Things just come together in a certain kind of way.
Our upcoming third anniversary show this Thursday, April 19th at 730pm at Beverly Arts Center is no exception.
Starting off our lineup is someone with a story that’s perfect for an event called “The Frunchroom.”
Edward McClelland is a native of Lansing, Mich., which is also the birthplace of Burt Reynolds and the Oldsmobile, and a longtime resident of Rogers Park.
Ted’s most recent book, How to Speak Midwestern, is a guide to the speech and sayings of Middle America, which The New York Times called “a dictionary wrapped in some serious dialectology inside a gift book trailing a serious whiff of Relevance.”
His upcoming book, Folktales and Legends of the Middle West, tells the stories of Resurrection Mary, Paul Bunyan, Nanabozho, and other mythical characters from our part of the world.
Ted is a former staff writer for the Chicago Reader. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, Salon, Slate, and Playboy.
Ted will be reading a story about the disappearing Chicago accent and why Beverly is one of the few neighborhoods in Chicago where it can still be found.
Join Ted and two, tree odder people in da Frunchroom this Thursday, April 19th at 730pm at Beverly Arts Center.