The Frunchroom Vol. 18: It’s finally summer edition

frunchroompodcastfull (1).jpgJoin us July 25th at 730pm at Beverly Arts Center (2407 W. 111th St.) for another evening of South Sider storytelling. 

Here’s our lineup:

Kathy Benson
Wounded healer and daydream believer

Whitney Capps
Host of Grown Folks’ Stories, podcaster, improv’er

Jim DeRogatis
Author, “Sound Opinions” co-host

James Gordon
Poet, storyteller, and actor

John Tolley, Jr.
Cop, artist, dad

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

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The Frunchroom celebrates its 4th anniversary

Frunchroom May 2019 lineup

(Clockwise from left: John Brand, Griselda Garibay, Kambium Buckner, Frank Williams, Tim Samuelson)

The Frunchroom, the live storytelling series about the South Side of Chicago that makes its home in Beverly/Morgan Park celebrates its 4th anniversary with a new lineup that celebrates all aspects of the South Side.

The next show will be at 730pm on Thursday, May 23rd at Beverly Arts Center (2407 W 111th St, Chicago). A $5 donation to benefit the Beverly Area Arts Alliance is requested.

Scheduled to appear at The Frunchroom’s January show are John Brand, owner of Open Outcry Brewing; Illinois State Representative Kambium Buckner (D-26th); Griselda Garibay, National Director of the Mujeres Leadership Program for Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE); Chicago cultural historian Tim Samuelson; and realtor and fair housing advocate Frank Williams.

“When the Arts Alliance and I started this project, I’m not sure any of us imagined it would be a years-long endeavor,” said Scott Smith, host and co-producer of The Frunchroom. “We’ve received so much support from the community. That’s what makes it possible.”

Attendees are encouraged to dine before the show at Ellie’s Cafe and Catering (10701 S. Hale, Chicago). Anyone who brings a meal receipt from Ellie’s for that evening can show it at the door in lieu of a donation.

The unique mix of art, cocktails and stories at The Frunchroom is sponsored by The Beverly Arts Center. The event continues to be produced as a showcase for original written work and presented in partnership with The Beverly Area Arts Alliance, the organization responsible for local arts events like the Uprising Craft Market and Local Art on Tap.

The Frunchroom has played to packed houses since it began in April 2015. Previous readers include local residents and business owners; radio and podcast hosts, teachers, poets, politicians and artists. In addition, The Frunchroom has featured reporters and anchors from the Chicago Tribune, South Side Weekly, Bloomberg News, WBEZ-FM and WGN-TV.

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The Frunchroom, Volume XVII, 4th anniversary edition

Four years of this with our friends at the Beverly Area Arts Alliance.

See you on May 23rd at Beverly Arts Center.

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Everything you need to know about The Frunchroom, Volume XVI

“Passing Souls” by Preston Thomas

Usually at this time, we’re lamenting the winter: the cold that descends upon us each year, the snow that’s piled up around our feet and the homebound feeling that keeps our bodies wrapped in sweaters and blankets and our butts firmly planted on our couches.

While this winter has been more mild than most, tonight’s lineup is still the best reason to get out of the house, hang out with friends and neighbors and feel the warmth of a night of South Side storytelling.

Here are tonight’s storytellers:

Dennis Foley 
Author, The Blue Circus

Angela Jackson
Poet, novelist, playwright

Nneka Jones Tapia|
Psychologist committed to justice

Preston Thomas
Photographer, musician, writer

Lisa Wilberding
Quilty as charged

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 (see below) 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?
Come early, grab a drink and enjoy the photography of Preston Thomas, one of tonight’s storytellers. His work will be on display in the BAC lobby, including the image above, “Passing Souls.”

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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The Frunchoom, Volume XVI: Winter of our discotheque edition

The Frunchroom, the live storytelling series about the South Side of Chicago that makes its home in Beverly/Morgan Park is back with five new storytellers as it approaches its 4th anniversary.

The next show will be at 730pm on Thursday, January 17th at Beverly Arts Center (2407 W 111th St, Chicago). A $5 donation to benefit the Beverly Area Arts Alliance is requested.

Scheduled to appear at The Frunchroom’s January show are author Dennis Foley (The Blue Circus), poet Angela Jackson (Dark Legs and Silk Kisses, All These Roads Be Luminous), psychologist and former Cook County Jail warden Nneka Jones Tapia, photographer and musician Preston Thomas and Lisa Wilberding, co-owner of The Quilter’s Trunk.

“To paraphrase Whitman, the South Side contains multitudes,” said Scott Smith, host and co-producer of The Frunchroom. “Politics, justice, childhood memories, art and more all weave through the stories told at The Frunchroom. It’s a new, unique experience each time.”

Attendees are encouraged to dine before the show at Ellie’s Cafe and Catering (10701 S. Hale, Chicago). Anyone who brings a meal receipt from Ellie’s for that evening can show it at the door in lieu of a donation.

The unique mix of art, cocktails and stories at The Frunchroom is sponsored by The Beverly Arts Center. The event continues to be produced as a showcase for original written work, presented in partnership with The Beverly Area Arts Alliance, the organization responsible for local arts events like the Uprising Craft Market and Local Art on Tap.

Guests are encouraged to arrive early and partake of the pre-show lounge and pop-up art gallery in the BAC’s “Blue Room,” curated by Beverly Arts Alliance co-founder Sal Campbell.

The Frunchroom has played to packed houses since it began in April 2015. Previous readers include local residents and business owners; radio and podcast hosts, teachers, poets, politicians and artists. In addition, The Frunchroom has featured reporters and anchors from the Chicago Tribune, South Side Weekly, Bloomberg News, WBEZ-FM and WGN-TV.

Storytellers, clockwise from left: Lisa Wilberding, Dennis Foley, Preston Thomas, Nneka Jones Tapia and Angela Jackson. 

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Everything you need to know about The Frunchroom, Volume XV

Beverly Art Walk Week is already in full swing thanks to the Studio Tour & Terrain Fest on Sunday.

Next up is The Frunchroom tonight at Beverly Arts Center in advance of Saturday’s Beverly Art Walk celebrating its fifth anniversary. It’s all brought to you by The Beverly Area Arts Alliance.

Here are tonight’s storytellers and links to their bios.

Patricia Frazier
Chicago’s National Youth Poet Laureate

Rayshauna Gray
Writer, researcher, historienne

Claire Hartfield
Author and education leader

Rebeca Nieves Huffman
Proud Beverly boricua

LaShawn Williams
The wittiest woman you know

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 (see below) 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?
Come early, grab a drink and enjoy a sneak peek of Diego Ivan Martirena’s photographs (Maplewood Photography) in advance of the Art Walk. His work will be on display in the BAC lobby and the Simmerling Gallery. (Beverly Area Arts Alliance co-founder Sal Campbell is pictured above in a photograph by Diego).

Where do I park?
Beverly Arts Center has parking just west of the building and another lot on the south. Note that there is still construction around the BAC, which makes it a little tough to get into the parking lot off Campbell. (You can do it, I believe in you.)

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: LaShawn Williams

Our final storyteller in this Beverly Art Walk Week edition of The Frunchroom is LaShawn Williams.

LaShawn is an arts and entertainment freelance writer who has pushed her pen as the arts and culture editor of Gapers Block.com and as a contributing writer for SoulTrain.com, BlackDoctor.org, Comedy Hype and more.

Having spoken with a variety of famous folks over the years, she is excited to be only the “O” away from her interviewing ‘EGOT’. Her interest in “all things entertainment” has given her an unhealthy obsession with old school sitcoms, and she wishes more of them had been set in Chicago—especially on the South Side.

As a former resident of Altgeld Gardens – she now lives in Morgan Park – LaShawn will offer a bit of humorous insight into the Southeast Side neighborhood. Don’t miss her at The Frunchroom!

Tuesday, September 25th, 730pm, Beverly Arts Center. $5 donation requested to benefit the Beverly Area Arts Alliance.

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