Both shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Caravan Room of the restaurant and banquet hall at 11532 S. Western Ave. A $5 donation is requested at the door with all proceeds support the Beverly Area Arts Alliance.
The group helped launch The Frunchroom and also organizes neighborhood art events including the Beverly Art Walk. Members also provide the decor and retro-inspired art for the reading series.
Five different readers will perform each night — all sharing stories about the South Side of Chicago, said Scott Smith, the producer and emcee of The Frunchroom.
“In the past two years, we’ve heard from 40 storytellers, viewed work from more than 15 artists and packed the house each time with a diverse, enthusiastic audience,” Smith said. “In every sense, this is a community-driven event.”
The readers tonight are:
Ayana Contreras, a radio host/producer, DJ and writer
Daniel Kay Hertz, a writer, reader, mapper and spreadsheeter
Rodney Walker, an author, educator and South Side native
Tom Cramer, a blogger, '70s kid, craft beer geek and native South Sider
The readers on the Thursday are:
Lendon Sadler, a local activist, actor, performer and raconteur
Kim Bellware, a Huffington Post reporter, bike adventurer and full-city wanderer
For more information, visit The Frunchroom's website.