Our next event takes place Tuesday, March 7, 2017, and will include readings from Lori Barrett, Steve Bellinger, Edward McClelland, Naomi Buck Palagi, and Tori Szekeres. Please join us! The fun gets underway at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640.

Meet Our Readers: Joshua Landsman

            

joshua landsman.jpgJoshua Landsman's novel The Tale of the Teller of Tales -- 20 years in the making (that's 3 years more than Joyce spent on Finnegan's Wake, 7 years more than Joseph Heller worked on Something Happened, and about as long as it took William Gaddis to write JR) -- was published last year by the Pgoat Press. He is also the author of Frank Talk About Matters Big and Small, the play that settles once and for all the question of whether size matters. His sketchbook, Writers I Have Loved, has been featured on The Huffington Post, Print Magazine's blog, and The Paris Review blog.

Please join Joshua and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Jasmine Davila

            

jasmine.JPGJasmine Davila has read in venues small and medium-sized, such as Tuesday Funk, That's All She Wrote, and Miss Spoken. She currently co-hosts Vital Social Issues and Stuff, a podcast about pop culture. You can find her on the web by Googling "Jasmine Davila," on Twitter as @jasmined, and around town as the pushy lady who insists on boarding the bus before you.‚Äč

Please join Jasmine and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Tuesday Funk #90: February 2, 2016

            

Tuesday Funk is back in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., on Tuesday, Feb. 2 with more great writing that pairs well with great beer. Join us as we welcome guests Tom Underberg, Jasmine Davila, Alex Shakar, Joshua Landsman and Jayson Brooks.* Eden Robins and Huff co-host.

As usual, doors open at 7:00 pm -- no earlier, seriously. No sneaking in and saving a table. But do get there as close to 7 as you can, because the room fills up quickly (hence no admittance before 7). The show starts at 7:30 pm. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older.

Don't forget to RSVP on Facebook and bring a friend. And if you're not already, become a fan so you never, ever miss an invitation to one of our readings.

Tuesday Funk for Feb. 2, 2016

* Please note: Jayson Brooks and Doug Reed were originally scheduled to read at this episode, but had to cancel due to schedule conflicts. Jason will be joining us in June, and we hope to have Doug with us soon.

January debriefing

            

IMG_20160105_203108184.jpgWhether it's out of genuine love for the Funk or the result of New Years resolutions, our January show is always packed to the gills! And what a great show it was! Christopher Sweet started us off with an excerpt from his novel about a boy just trying to make sense of mid-century America... and who is also a balloon. Next up, Chuck Sudo read a strange-but-true story of his childhood spent scamming Columbia House Records and mingling with religious zealots. Then co-host Eden Robins, in a little switcheroo, read some haiku, and Lori Rader-Day closed out the half with an excerpt from her new novel Little Pretty Things, a mystery set in a roadside motel in northern Indiana.

Whodunit? Well, if you're asking about pouring beer, the answer is Jason, our bartender!

After intermission, co-host Andrew Huff read a micro-essay about being part of Gen X... an article he had written in 1996. Then Robert O'Connor told a story about a four-day, many-hundreds of miles trip he took for a piano audition at Oberlin. Finally, Mare Swallow gave a multi-media presentation all about the many benefits of the celebrity crush.

Don't give up those resolutions now! We're going to have another show - Tuesday Funk #90 (!!) on February 2. See you there!

Meet Our Readers: Lori Rader-Day

            

Rader Day_Lori 2.jpgLori Rader-Day's debut mystery, The Black Hour, won the 2014 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, as well as Barry and Macavity awards. Her second novel, Little Pretty Things, received a starred review from Booklist and was named a 2015 "most arresting crime novel" by Kirkus Reviews. Lori's short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Good Housekeeping, and others. Lori lives in Chicago, where she teaches mystery writing at StoryStudio Chicago and is the brand new president of the Midwest chapter of the Mystery Writers of America.

Please join Lori and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Chuck Sudo

            

unnamed (1).jpgChuck Sudo spends his days making commercial real estate sound sexy as the Chicago reporter for Bisnow.com. A former editor-in-chief at Chicagoist, Chuck's reporting and criticism has appeared in nearly every major local publication. As a performer, he's read his work at That's All She Wrote, The Paper Machete, The Frunchroom, CHIRP Radio's "The First Time" and Story Sessions.

Please join Chuck and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Mare Swallow

            

mare049.jpgMare Swallow is an essayist, public speaking coach, and director of the Chicago Writers Conference. She reads her essays and tells stories at events like "Is This a Thing?", Story Lab, This Much is True, Story Club, and Tuesday Funk. She enjoys high-quality gin and loves living in Chicago.

Please join Mare and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Robert O'Connor

            

unnamed.jpgRobert O'Connor is a writer and editor in Chicago, who has edited books for the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography and magazines for the Public Media Institute. His work has been published in Mash Tun, Proximity, the Lumpen Times, Spike, 3:AM and Gapers Block. His book Hiroshima, Nagasaki, An Illustrated History, Anthology and Guide from Odyssey Publications came out last year and he just finished an intensive design course at the Startup Institute. He's looking for a more stable gig.

Please join Robert and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Holiday Treat: Sketches by Dmitry Samarov

            

At our December show, artist, writer and past Tuesday Funk guest Dmitry Samarov attended and gave us a gift -- sketches of all the readers -- Clayton Smith, Gint Aras, Britt Julious, Bill Savage and James Gordon.

Clayton Smith

Meet Our Readers: Christopher Sweet

            

10636256_10203488895515633_346604598520364968_n.jpgChristopher Sweet spent virtually his entire working life cunningly disguised as a high school English teacher in the Chicago suburbs. He blogs irregularly at Chicago Now, "Truth and Absurdity Spotting in Chicago," under his boyhood nickname, Kit.

Please join Christopher and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

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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, March 7, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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