Literary Night at Moods + Foods 2017

Literary Night at Moods + Foods 2017

The next Moods + Foods Performance Series at Woodard Plaza is LITERARY NIGHT!

Thursday, August 3, 2017, 6 PM – 7:30 PM

On Thursdays this summer and fall, Woodard Plaza will be transformed into a community gathering spot for food and fun. Where Milwaukee Ave, Diversey Ave, and Kimball Ave come together.

Get a snack or a meal from a food truck or a local restaurant. Hang out with us for live music, literary readings, circus acts, and more.

Scroll down for the full schedule.

Coming up August 3rd is LITERARY NIGHT, featuring well-known Chicago poets Cynthia Gallaher and Jerry Pendergast and friends. Enjoy the readings outdoors as the afternoon turns into evening.

Cynthia GallaherCynthia will be reading both her poetry and excerpts from her new nonfiction book and memoir How to Live a Poetic Life, Even If You Aren’t a Poet, which won a National Indie Excellence Award. Recently she made a 10-city book tour to promote the book.

Cynthia, a Chicago-based poet and playwright, is author of three poetry collections and two chapbooks. The Chicago Public Library lists her among its “Top Ten Requested Chicago Poets.” Follow her on Twitter at @swimmerpoet and on her Facebook page at Frugal Poets.



Jerry PendergastJerry will read his poetry. In school he always liked writing better than other things, enjoying sketching and painting with words and expressing things he felt passionate about. Since age 17 he knew he wanted to make writing a vocation.

Since that realization he has been writing regularly and seriously. You can frequently spot him at public readings.




The food highlight for August 3rd is Dante’s Pizzeria. This casual pizza parlor with a Divine Comedy/Middle Ages theme also serves subs and salads. It is just steps off Woodard Plaza at 2825 N Milwaukee Ave.

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July 27 – PlayLab productions feat. OccuPlay (circus) + dance party by DJ Rojazu
August 3 – Literary Night: Cynthia Gallaher, Jerry Pendergast and special guests
August 10 – Stann Champion (music) and Hassan El-Tayyab (music)
August 17 – Shakespeare All-Stars
August 24 – Abud: A Bard (music)
August 31 – Rent Party (music)
September 7 – SUMMER FINALE – A Day in Avondale

October 12 – New American Folk Theatre
October 19 – Jazz guitarist Steve Kaiser (music) and Adjacent Cruise (music)
October 26 – Marianne & the Imaginary Band (music)
November 1-2 – FALL FINALE – Day of the Dead Celebration

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Woodard Plaza, 2819 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago




The Moods & Foods performance series is co-presented by Northwest Arts Connection, Avondale Neighborhood Association, Greater Avondale Chamber of Commerce, and Activate Chicago

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