We’re three years into The Frunchroom. We must be doing something right because they’re even using the name for fancy North Side restaurants now. It’s all thanks to YOU for showing up at our shows, our readers for sharing their talent and the fine folks at The Beverly Area Arts Alliance for co-producing such a great night of art and storytelling.
So here’s what’s on tap tonight:
Who are the readers?
Wordsmith, musician, leader, advocate, fighter
Founder/President, Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK)
Author, Folktales and Legends of the Middle West
Alderman, 22nd Ward
Co-creator/host, Funny Ha-Ha
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 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 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 visual art by three artists from the Beverly Hills Marketplace (1809 W. 95th Street, Chicago): Phillip London (above), Fred Mathews and G.L. Smothers as well as Maired Zigulich (at right).
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?
We recommend Ellie’s Cafe at 107th and Hale. Their Thursday night dinner specials are not to be missed. Tonight their specials are the house-made veggie burger topped with bleu cheese and spicy bleu sauce and the English-cut Primal Rib – heaps of thinly sliced prime rib served with augratin potatoes and fresh veg of the day. Choice of soup or salad & dessert included. (If meat isn’t your thing, let them know & they’ll substitute salmon.)
If you eat at Ellie’s tonight, bring your receipt and you can bypass the request for a $5 donation at the door.
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.