Berwyn's Arts Blog
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Trio of Weekend Events

Our Holiday Stories
opens this Thursday at 7:30 PM. Join us Thursday or Friday night this weekend to celebrate with food and drink while we celebrate with the cast and authors Elizabeth Berg, Rohina Malik and Tanya Saracho. Press Opening on Thursday with VIP Opening Friday at 7:30 PM. 100 Club members make your reservations now. Not a 100 Club member? Buy tickets here.

And speaking of food and drink, the rain should not stop you from an excellent meal. And that's just what you'll get at Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits (3 Stars! - Chicago Tribune). Tuesdays throughout the month of November are community Tuesdays at Autre Monde with 10% of sales going to 16th Street Theater!

Friday Night at the Route 66 museum, the show will be up for a week and is opening at 5:30 PM till 9 PM on Friday, November 11th at Berwyn's Route 66 Museum, 7003 Ogden Ave which is also the home of the Berwyn Arts Council. Wendy Ritchey, a Berwyn resident, will be showing about 16 framed watercolors painted while on her hikes on the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin, the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois and on Isle Royal in Michigan. Two larger works of boreal piney woods will be on view. Great stuff! Check it out.

Saturday night, check out Nov. 12 @ 7pm The Tamale Hut Cafe, 8300 W. Cermak Road, North Riverside, IL 60546 Reading Series presents two editors (and successful writers in their own right) of the anthology Men Undressed: Women Writers on the Male Sexual Experience — Cris Mazza and Gina Frangello.

Cris Mazza has authored sixteen books, most recently Various Men Who Knew Us as Girls, a novel. Her other fiction titles include Waterbaby, Trickle-Down Timeline, and Is It Sexual Harassment Yet? In 1995 & 1996, Mazza was co-editor for the original Chick-Lit anthologies: Chick-Lit: Postfeminist Fiction, and Chick-Lit 2: No Chick Vics. In 2006, her essay “Who’s Laughing Now: Chick Lit and the Perversion of a Genre,” explaining the co-opting and corrosion of the title, appeared in Poets & Writers Magazine. In addition to fiction, Mazza also has published a memoir, Indigenous: Growing Up Californian, and has another hybrid memoir, Something Wrong With Her, forthcoming from Jadid Ibis Press. A native of Southern California, Mazza grew up in San Diego County. She currently lives 50 miles west of Chicago and is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She can be found online at

Gina Frangello is the author of three books of fiction: My Sister’s Continent; Slut Lullabies, a ForeWord magazine finalist for 2010′s Best Book of the Year; and A Life in Men, forthcoming from Algonquin Books in 2013. The longtime editor of the literary magazine, Other Voices, she now serves as the Executive Editor of its book imprint, Other Voices Books, which she co-founded in 2004. She is also the Fiction Editor of the popular online literary collective, The Nervous Breakdown. She can be found online at

Books will be for sale, so bring cash. And bring your appetite for tamales and tinga!

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