A monthly feature of our Tuesday Funk readings is the Poem By Bill, which will be back on June 21st as part of our special "Science Fiction Sextuple Feature" edition. Fear not, thoughthe poem this time will be much shorter than the one from our May 3rd edition!
Our upcoming special edition of Tuesday Funk, the "Science Fiction Sextuple Feature," features six attendees of the inaugural Wellspring Workshop, an intensive workshop for speculative fiction novelists taking place in Lake Geneva over the course of the next week. And Wellspring would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment of organizer Bradley P. Beaulieu.
C'thool who? You may be forgiven if you're not familiar with the most infamous of H.P. Lovecraft's Great Old Ones, but we'll never forgive you if you can't spare ten minutes and forty-seven seconds for this short Cthulhu story read live on our stage May 3rd by Brooke Wonders.
We here at the Funk have been striving to record more and more of our participants, and managed to get every last one of them at our most recent outing. Watch this space for more videos from that event, and let us know how you like them. And please be sure to join us next on June 21st at Hopleaf!
We're sounding like a broken record at this point, but if you missed Tuesday Funk #34 last night, you definitely missed our best reading yet. Want to hear about it? Okay, fine.
Our delighted audience last night heard Scott Smith recount his plan to indoctrinate his newborn daughter in the cult of the female superhero (see below), Brooke Wonders dislodge a recalcitrant Cthulhu from an inconvenient nostril, and Bradley P. Beaulieu singe the sin clean out of a character from his acclaimed new novel The Winds of Khalakovo. And that was just for starters.
So get in the groove, and don't miss our next reading! Our Science Fiction Sextuple Feature will take place on the special date of Tuesday, June 21st, and will feature writers from the Wellspring Workshop to include Brenda Cooper, Sarah K. Castle, Holly McDowell, Vincent Jorgensen, Kelly Swails and Gregory A. Wilson.. It's gonna be out of this world.
I know we say this every month, but if you missed Tuesday Funk #33 last night, you may have missed our strongest evening of readings yet. The rapt audience last night was treated to Lisa Chalem's hilarious and touching reminiscence of how two newlyweds learned to cook, J.H. Palmer's hilarious and sweet recounting of a relationship with an old boyfriend's family that went on a little too long, and Ian Belknap's hilarious and wrenching defense of the proposition that he was, in fact, once an attractive man. And that was only the first half!
After a break to let our audience visit John the Bartender, we heard a hilarious and whimsical squirrel haiku. (Are you sensing a pattern yet?) Robert K. Elder brought us hilarious and shocking stories of love gone wrong from his brand-new book It Was Over When..., then shared even more hilarious and sad anonymous offerings from our Tuesday Funk audience. And William Shunnwell, we don't feel qualified to call the chapter he read from his Mormon missionary memoir hilarious, necessarily, but people did laugh. And some lady at a table up front cried a little. We think.
Okay, so maybe we will say this was the strongest Tuesday Funk yet. But that only means you won't want to miss a single one of our upcoming events, starting with our reading on May 3rd, which will feature Paul McComas, Tim W. Brown, Brooke Wonders, Scott Smith, and Bradley P. Beaulieu.
If you missed our March 1st reading, Joe Weintraub has kindly allowed us to post a video excerpt from the excerpt of his performance piece "An Investigation into the Life of the Screenwriter, Henry Frank" from which he read that night. As we join the story, already in progress, the narrator is interviewing the aged titular screenwriter about his career in Hollywood's heyday...
We at Tuesday Funk were delighted last week, delighted, to see our wonderful audience rebound after February's blizzard, once again giving us a standing-room-only event in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf. What's all the fuss about? Let us fill you in on the sorts of things you're missing out on if you're not coming out to our readings on the first Tuesday of every month.
After a break to let everyone grab a beer, co-host William Shunn read his poem "Passing." Steven H Silver regaled us with a hilarious example of what we can only call "hard-boiled Cthulhu noir." And the extraordinary Joe Weintraub dazzled us with an extract from his performance piece "An Investigation into the Life of the Screenwriter, Henry Frank."
So that's what you missed at the last Tuesday Funk. The good news is, we'll be back at Hopleaf on Tuesday, April 5 with an all-new evening of readings from Ian Belknap, J.H. Palmer, Lisa Chalem, and Tegan Jones, plus an all-new memoir excerpt from William Shunn. Mark your calendars now, and we'll see you when spring has sprung.
I've posted elsewhere a more subjective account of last week's February episode of Tuesday Funk. It was an amazing evening, made all the more remarkable by the fact that it took place in the midst of the Great Chicago Blizzard of 2011. Our brave readers and bold audience alikea perfect 10 in totalbraved winds up to 50 mph and deepening snow to witness an event made all the more special by the roar of death outside the windows of the ghost town that was Hopleaf. Still, the evening was not what it could have been had just one more person showed upyou.
And there was also beer. Thank God the blizzard didn't keep that away.
So that's what you missed at the last Tuesday Funk. The good news is twofold. First, the readers who were detained by the stormin fact, all the readers, whether absent or presentwill be back at a later date so more than just a select ten can hear their work. Second, we'll be back at Hopleaf on Tuesday, March 1 with an all-new evening of readings from Keith Ecker, Maggie Kast, Joe Weintraub, Jenny Seay and Steven H. Silver, and another patented Poem by Bill. Mark your calendars now, and let's hope Mother Nature doesn't put her foot down again next month.
We're slobberingly grateful to everyone who helped make January's episode of Tuesday Funk such a rousing successreaders and audience alike. Another attentive, engaged, standing-room-only crowd turned out to be entertained and mesmerized by our savory six. If you were among the unfortunate few unable to make it out, here's a recap of the highlights you missed.
Mare Swallow kicked off the festivities in fine fashion with a funny and poignant account of her days as a party-circuit insult comic for hire. Valerie Jupe delighted us with a dozen poems, some of which you'll find in her collection Shattered Fragments of My Soul. Christopher Sweet made us gasp with his touching account of his father's adventures in World War II and the social mores of wartime Britain.
After a break to let everyone visit our talented bartender John, co-host William Shunn read his poem "Under Their Skirts." Suzanne Clores waxed both sacred and scatological, taking us along on a vision quest for her totem animal and extolling the virtues of the high-tech Japanese toilet. Return Funker Cesar Torres whisked us from a mouse's-eye view of a minaret to a near-future Chicago rife with state-sponsored cannibalism. And to cap things off in fine style, Essay Fiesta's Alyson Lyon demonstrated that fame and success aren't all they're cracked up to be with her laugh-till-you-cry account of a night on the town with Gallagher. (Yes, that Gallagher.)
So that's what you missed at the last Tuesday Funk. The good news is that we'll be back at Hopleaf on Tuesday, February 1 with an evening we're calling "New Year, New Voices," including debut readings from Eden Robins, Julie Rosenthal, Jerry Schwartz, Karen Skalitzky and Brooke Wonders, and another patented Poem By Bill. Mark your calendars now!
Tuesday Funk is an eclectic Chicago reading series, hosted by Andrew Huff and Eden Robins, showcasing a monthly mix of fiction, poetry, essays and performance. Join us next on Tuesday, April 4,7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.