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The Frunchroom is a quarterly reading series about the South Side of Chicago, brought to you by Scott Smith – a resident of Beverly/Morgan Park – and The Beverly Area Arts Alliance and recorded in the Morgan Park neighborhood of Chicago.

The Frunchroom: Stories from Chicago's South Side Scott Smith & The Beverly Area Arts Alliance

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The Frunchroom is a quarterly reading series about the South Side of Chicago, brought to you by Scott Smith – a resident of Beverly/Morgan Park – and The Beverly Area Arts Alliance and recorded in the Morgan Park neighborhood of Chicago.

    The Frunchroom, Volume 9: Night Two

    The Frunchroom, Volume 9: Night Two

    It's the next episode of The Frunchroom podcast...18 months later. You can listen to the podcast for an explanation of why it's been so long.

    These are our 2nd anniversary shows from April 2017. 

    Our readers are (their descriptions reflect their lives at the time of their reading):

    NIGHT TWO

    Jahmal Cole
    Founder of My Block, My Hood, My City

    Bridget Gainer
    Part-time pol, full-time Chicagoan, reader, mother & dual citizen

    Lendon Sadler
    Activist & actor; performer, raconteur, unabashed lover

    Kevin Coval
    Poet; community builder; artistic director, Young Chicago Authors

    Kim Bellware
    Huffington Post reporter, bike adventurer and full-city wanderer

    Night One can be found earlier in this feed.

    Our next live show is Thursday, January 16th at Beverly Arts Center.

    Recorded on April 27th, 2017 at Beverly Woods Restaurant at 115th and Western Ave.

    Audio production and editing by Tim Mata.

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

    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Frunchroom, Volume 9: Night One

    The Frunchroom, Volume 9: Night One

    It's the next episode of The Frunchroom podcast...18 months later. You can listen to the podcast for an explanation of why it's been so long.

    These are our 2nd anniversary shows from April 2017. 

    Our readers are (their descriptions reflect their lives at the time of their reading):

    NIGHT ONE

    Ayana Contreras
    Radio host/producer, DJ and writer

    Rodney Walker
    Author, educator, South Side native

    Tom Cramer
    Blogger, 70s kid, craft beer geek, native South Sider

    Daniel Kay Hertz
    Writer, reader, mapper, spreadsheeter

    Sue Sadlowski Garza
    Alderwoman 10th Ward, CPS Counselor, Progressive Activist, Grandma

    Night Two can be found as the next episode in this feed.

    Our next live show is Thursday, January 16th at Beverly Arts Center.

    Recorded on April 26th, 2017 at Beverly Woods Restaurant at 115th and Western Ave.

    Audio production and editing by Tim Mata.

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

    • 1 hr 14 min
    The Frunchroom, Volume 8

    The Frunchroom, Volume 8

    Recorded on the last night of the Obama administration, it's our first show of 2017. Sorry it took so long.

    John Chatz (blogger, tech consultant, softball player and father to many), Eric Charles May (writer, professor, Sox fan, native South Sider), Robin Baumgarten (WGN Morning News anchor and lifetime South Sider), L.D. Barnes (blogger, poet, mystery writer, essayist, wife and nerd) and Jamie Nesbitt Golden (journalist, mom, coffee-drinker, Buffy-expert).

    Recorded on January 19th, 2017 at Beverly Woods Restaurant at 115th and Western Ave. Full show notes at thefrunchroom.com. Audio production and editing by @timlmata. Brought to you by your host Scott Smith – a resident of Beverly/Morgan Park – and The Beverly Area Arts Alliance. Catch the next Frunchroom live show on Thursday, April 19th at Beverly Arts Center at 730pm.

    • 57 min
    The Frunchroom, Volume 7

    The Frunchroom, Volume 7

    It's a ladies' night edition of The Frunchroom.

    Our readers are:

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

    Eileen O’Connor
    (Blogger)

    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)

    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.

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

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Frunchroom, Volume 6

    The Frunchroom, Volume 6

    Our first show at Beverly Woods featured laughs, tears, poetry and prose. All about the South Side.

    Our readers are:

    Leah Chibe
    Opinionated South Side beer drinker

    Kelly Norman Ellis
    Teacher, mother, poet, South Sider, southern woman

    Bill Leslie
    Lawyer, catcher for the Ridge Beverly Minor League Champion Redlegs (1969-1970)

    Peter Nickeas
    Chicago Tribune reporter

    RHYTHM
    Mother, art teacher, vegan, performing artist

    Recorded on July 21st, 2016 at Beverly Woods Restaurant at 115th and Western Ave.

    Full show notes at thefrunchroom.com. Audio production and editing by @timlmata.

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

    Catch the next Frunchroom live show on Thursday, January 25th at Beverly Arts Center at 730pm.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Frunchroom, Volume 5

    The Frunchroom, Volume 5

    Better late than never, it's our first anniversary show!

    Tim Baffoe
    Sports columnist, high school teacher, former pizza driver, Ginger

    Carrie Williams
    Editor, Tribune Content Agency; Writer, Daily Southtown

    Angel Simmons
    Author, speaker, columnist, co-host of Do Not Submit – Englewood

    Elaine Hegwood Bowen
    Writer

    Bill Savage
    Editor, writer, Northwestern professor

    Recorded on April 21st, 2016 at O'Rourke's Office at 111th and Western Ave.

    Full show notes at thefrunchroom.com. Audio production and editing by @timlmata.

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

    • 1 hr 6 min

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Hi, I'm the host.

I'm Scott Smith, host of The Frunchroom podcast. We're a quarterly live reading series (and now a monthly podcast) on, by and about the South Side of Chicago - the stories you haven't heard. You'll hear writers, reporters, lawyers, small business owners, radio and TV hosts, poets, professors, politicians and community activists. This is a little bit like gathering the funniest, smartest people in your family and sitting down with drinks and telling stories.

It's co-produced by The Beverly Area Arts Alliance and sponsored by the Beverly Arts Center. The Frunchroom has played to packed houses since it began in April 2015. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter by searching for The Frunchroom.

Thanks for checking us out. I hope you subscribe.

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