The Frunchroom, Volume XIII: 3rd anniversary edition

When we started The Frunchroom, we imagined it would be a going concern for a while. But it’s still hard to believe we will have featured 70 speakers over the course of 13 shows in these three years (and across three different venues).

Join us Thursday, April 19th at 730pm for five new stories about, of and for The South Side of Chicago at the Beverly Art Center (2407 W. 111th Street).

A $5 donation is requested and goes toward the production of more great arts programs from the Beverly Area Arts Alliance.

The Beverly Area Arts Alliance proudly presents:

The Frunchroom’s 3rd Anniversary Show!

Sponsored by: The Beverly Arts Center

Colleen Hart-Kozubowski
Wordsmith, musician, leader, advocate, fighter

Tamar Manasseh 
Founder/President, Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK)

Edward McClelland
Author, Folktales and Legends of the Middle West

Ricardo Muñoz
Alderman, 22nd Ward

Claire Zulkey
Co-creator/host, Funny Ha-Ha

Hosted by: Scott Smith
$5 donation requested to benefit the Beverly Area Arts Alliance

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Podcast: Volume 7, ladies night edition (plus show notes)

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This is almost two weeks late. Sorry about that.

Our readers are:

Sheila Maloney
Mom, lawyer, professor, friend, wine enthusiast

Eileen O’Connor

Katy Jacob
Writer, professional nerd, payments expert

Eve Ewing
Essayist, poet, sociologist, editor, artist

Mare Swallow
Writer, founder of Chicago Writers Conference, fan of gin, ukulele novice

Here’s the book Sheila wrote on conflict resolution.

Eileen’s Chicago Now blog can be found here.

Katy’s blog is here.

You can buy Eve’s book Electric Arches here from Haymarket Books (or from Bookie’s on Western if you are in the neighborhood). Information on her many other projects can be found on her website. The New Yorker piece she excerpted for The Frunchroom is here.

Here is the beginning of Alderman Matt O’Shea’s plan to close/merge schools in the 19th ward, here is an article about parents going in front of the CPS board about it and here’s his decision to eventually scrap the whole thing after parents marched in the streets. Oh and here’s a letter I wrote to the Beverly Review about the whole thing.

Mare Swallow has collected some of her writing on her website.

This episode was recorded by Jaime Black of Dynasty Podcasts on September 27th, 2016 at Beverly Woods Restaurant at 115th and Western. (The restaurant was briefly closed, but has been purchased and re-opened by a new set of owners.)

Brought to you by your host Scott Smith – a resident of Beverly/Morgan Park – and The Beverly Area Arts Alliance.

As always, our audio production and editing is by Tim Mata.

Our next Frunchroom live show is on Thursday, Aril 19th at Beverly Arts Center at 730pm. More details to follow.

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Everything you need to know about The Frunchroom, Volume XII

This will be our 2nd show at Beverly Arts Center, but we have a few new touches in store for you thanks to our production partners, the Beverly Area Arts Alliance.

Who are the readers?

Aaron Cynic
Writer, photographer, mithrandir, aspiring coot

Ronne Hartfield and Audrey Peeples
Sisters, executives, community creators

Kelly Wickham Hurst
Activist, educator, speaker, troublemaker

Nate Marshall
Writer, MC, South Side enthusiast

Amy Wiegert
Pastor, mom, writer

What’s the time?
730pm. But show up 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’ll close the balcony at BAC to keep things a bit more intimate and cozy.

Wait, there’s art?
Come early, grab a drink and enjoy photography from two local artists in The Blue Room, located just off the lobby at BAC. Curated by Beverly Area Arts Alliance co-founder Sal Campbell, The Blue Room will showcase photography by Preston Thomas and Holly Donovan (who is the resident house photographer at all The Frunchroom events).

Where do I park?
Beverly Arts Center has parking just west of the building.

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?
Waldo Cooney’s is across the street for pizza. Manzo’s is on the other side of Western for burgers. Up the street is Open Outcry Brewing for Neopolitan pizzas, sandwiches and craft beer or farther up the street you’ll find Horse Thief Hollow for dinner and craft beer.

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. 

Photos: Main image by Holly Donovan. Inset image by Preston Thomas. Read the caption to the above photo on Instagram.

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In the Frunchroom: Nate Marshall

We’ve had our share of poets at The Frunchroom. Perhaps because with poetry it’s about the words that aren’t there, the spaces in-between, which seems to describe a lot of what’s missing about the way we talk about the South Side.

We’re very proud to welcome one of the South Side’s best-known poets to the Frunchroom: Nate Marshall.

Nate Marshall is from the South Side of Chicago. He is the author of Wild Hundreds and an editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-HopWild Hundreds has been honored with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s award for Poetry Book of the Year and The Great Lakes College Association’s New Writer Award. His last rap album, Grown came out in 2015 with his group Daily Lyrical Product.

Nate is a member of The Dark Noise Collective and co-directs Crescendo Literary with Eve Ewing (another former Frunchroom reader). He completed his B.A. at Vanderbilt University and an M.F.A. at The University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program. Nate has received fellowships from Cave CanemThe Poetry Foundation, and The University of Michigan. He is the Director of National Programs for Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival and has taught at The University of Michigan, Wabash College, and Northwestern University.

Nate is originally from West Pullman and now lives in South Shore.

Join Nate and the rest of our readers at 730pm this Thursday at Beverly Arts Center for The Frunchroom.

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In the Frunchroom: Amy Wiegert

To the best of our recollection, we’ve never had a pastor read at The Frunchroom.

All that changes this Thursday when we welcome Amy Wiegert to the stage at 730pm this Thursday at the Beverly Arts Center.

Amy did most of her growing up in Loveland, Colorado. She is a Lutheran pastor, mom, spouse, writer and  people watcher. For the last 13 years, she has served congregations on Chicago’s south side and south suburbs. She has been published in several magazines including The Christian Century and is currently focused on growing kids, learning anti-racism and bad dance moves in the living room.

She lives in Mt. Greenwood with her husband, Doug, and their two children. Her story will be about what it feels like to be new to the South Side.

See you this Thursday!

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In the Frunchroom: Audrey Peeples and Ronne Hartfield

At our next edition of The Frunchroom, we’ll try something we’ve never done before: two storytellers at once. Ronne Hartfield and Audrey Peeples are sisters who grew up (and still live) on the South Side. They’ll tell that story together this Thursday.

Audrey is a trust officer at Bank of America (formerly Continental Bank). She is also the retired CEO of YWCA of Metro Chicago and the former executive director of the Girl Scouts of Chicago. A resident of Beverly, she describes herself as a mother and community volunteer with “an abnormal obsession with politics.”

She currently serves on a number of volunteer boards including the Chicago Community Trust, Little Company of Mary Hospital, Alumni Board Chicago Foundation for Women and Turnstone Development Corporation. She is a graduate of both the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and the Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University.

Ronne is an author, essayist, and international museum consultant. A retired Executive Director for Museum Education at the Art Institute of Chicago, she was also a decade-long Executive Director at Urban Gateways: The Center for Arts in Education. Her 2004 memoir, Another Way Home: The Tangled Roots of Race in One Chicago Family, published by the University of Chicago Press, received critical acclaim, and her essays and poetry are widely published.

Her undergraduate and graduate education was at the University of Chicago, and she wasawarded an Honorary Doctorate by DePaul University. She served as Dean of Students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has taught at several local universities. The recipient of a range of honorary awards and international residential fellowships, she is permanently located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.

The two sisters will tell the story of their mother – based in part on excerpts from Ronne’s book with commentary from Audrey.

See them both this Thursday at 730pm at Beverly Arts Center.

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In the Frunchroom: Kelly Wickham Hurst

Our next reader for this Thursday’s Frunchroom is Kelly Wickham Hurst.

Kelly Wickham Hurst is the founding Executive Director of Being Black at School, an advocacy movement for equity and safety for Black students. She’s a writer and 23 year educator both in the classroom and as an administrator from teacher to literacy coach to guidance dean and assistant principal. She’s currently working on her first book.

Currently living in Springfield, Kelly grew up in Hyde Park. Her Frunchroom reading is about schools and housing.

Join Kelly and the rest of our readers at Beverly Arts Center this Thursday at 730pm.

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