Our next event takes place Tuesday, August 1, 2017. 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.
            

In recognition of tomorrow's LDS General Conference in Salt Lake City, we're pleased to share William Shunn's reading from our January 1st episode. His personal essay "The Fanatic on the Street" took us on an intimate tour through the secrets of the flagship Mormon temple, and it sounded just a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf, for an evening with Suzanne Clores, Mary Beth Hoerner, Robert McDonald, Dion Walton, and former co-host Sara Ross Witt. Don't miss it!

Tuesday Funk #57: May 7, 2013

            

We've put together a leafy, green lineup for Tuesday Funk fit to feed a small village. The roster will feature Suzanne Clores, Mary Beth Hoerner, Robert McDonald, Dion Walton, and former co-host Sara Ross Witt. Throw in one of our patented Poems by Bill and some Haiku by Andrew, not to mention your pick of cold beers from around the world, and you've got all the ingredients for the most pleasant of spring evenings.

The festivities get underway with your hosts William Shunn and Andrew Huff on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Arrive early for a table and grab a beer from Mark at the bar (where credit cards are now accepted!). We start seating at 7:00 pm and no earlier. Admission is always free, but you must be 21 or older. And come early or stay late after for some great Belgian-style food downstairs.

Please bring plenty of friends, and become a fan of Tuesday Funk on Facebook so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. See you there!

Tuesday Funk #57, May 7, 2013

            

Reinhardt Suarez & The Pork Chop Express at Tuesday Funk
It was a packed room for this past Tuesday night's edition of Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf, which means the chances are pretty good you were there enjoying it all with a cold beer in your hand. But if not, let us recap what you missed.

We kicked off the festivities with Jeremy Jasper, who brought us a heartfelt true tale of childhood terror. Reagan Keeter followed that up with his fanciful tale of childhood terror, featuring ghostly tots down an ominous well. New co-host Andrew Huff debuted a new monthly feature with a handful of Haiku by Andrew for spring. And Wesley Chu treated us to a funny-scary encounter with a mugger in an effervescent excerpt from his debut novel, The Lives of Tao.

After a break for beer, co-host William Shunn gave his short-short story "What Changed?" (written for 20x2 in Austin) its Chicago debut. Next, novelist and puppeteer Mary Robinette Kowal read us an entertaining excerpt from her latest novel, Without a Summer, then followed that up with a shadow-puppet play! And as if that weren't multimedia enough for you, Tuesday Funk co-founder Reinhardt Suarez made his triumphant return to our mike with excerpts from his novel The Green Ray of the Sun, overlain and interpersed with music from his fine band The Pork Chop Express.

All in all, it was an unforgettable program, and a great way to welcome Andrew aboard. But if you couldn't be there, don't despair. We'll bring you plenty of video excerpts in the weeks to come, and then we'll try to top ourselves yet again on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, with a program featuring Suzanne Clores, Mary Beth Hoerner, Robert McDonald, Dion Walton, and former co-host Sara Ross Witt. Don't miss it!

And, oh, yeah—shadow puppets!

            

Don't forget—tonight is Tuesday Funk's 56th episode, featuring Mary Robinette Kowal, Jeremy Jasper, Wesley Chu, Reagan Keeter, and Tuesday Funk co-founder Reinhardt Suarez. Don't miss it!

Our readings take place at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St. in Chicago. We get started promptly at 7:30 pm in the upstairs lounge. Arrive early if you want a seat—but no earlier than 7:00 pm. Our readings are free, but only those 21 and over will be admitted. No food can be brought in from the restaurant. See you there!

Tuesday Funk #56, April 2, 2013

            

At our March 5th reading, Dana Norris stopped by our mike and brought us this tale of hell and damnation which has nothing at all to do with April Fools' Day...

And if you liked that, please join us tomorrow, April 2nd, to hear Mary Robinette Kowal, Jeremy Jasper, Wesley Chu, Reagan Keeter, and Tuesday Funk co-founder Reinhardt Suarez. It all gets started at 7:30 pm, upstairs at Hopleaf!

Meet Our Readers: Jeremy Jasper

            

JJ Pic.jpg Jeremy Jasper obtained his bachelor's degree in Law Enforcement from Western Illinois in 2011 and is currently working towards his second bachelor's degree in Fiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago. His fiction has appeared in Joyland: A Hub for Short Fiction, and his non-fiction has appeared in the Atticus Review.

Please join Jeremy and all our outstanding readers on Tuesday, April 2, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older-only event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Reinhardt Suarez

            

RSuarez_headshot.png When not slowly going insane, Reinhardt Suarez writes, edits, and teaches video game writing at the Loft Literary Center in downtown Minneapolis. He is also a member of the Chicago-based band The Pork Chop Express—this he does simultaneously with going insane to save time.

Most recently, Reinhardt co-authored a story with Angela Veronica Wong, illustrated by Christine Norrie, for Secret Identities Vol. 2: Shattered, an Asian-American graphic novel anthology. In late December of 2012, he released The Green Ray of the Sun, a young adult novel with an original music album composed by Wes Alexander. The bulk of his published work, however, is forever enmeshed in texts authored by other, more illustrious names. He'd like you to know that he's reasonably okay with this. Reasonably.

Keep track of his hijinks at www.theporkchopexpress.com.

Please join Reinhardt and all our outstanding readers on Tuesday, April 2, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older-only event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Wesley Chu

            

Wesley-Chu-200x300.jpg Wesley Chu was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he grew up as one of approximately five Asian kids in the state. Eventually he ended up in Chicago, where he became a kung fu master and gymnast.

A former stunt man and a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Wesley is a also a contributing writer for the magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland. Besides working as a vice president at a bank, he spends his time writing and hanging out with his wife Paula Kim and their Airedale terrier Eva.

Wesley's debut novel, The Lives of Tao, hits shelves April 30th.

Please join Wesley and all our outstanding readers on Tuesday, April 2, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older-only event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Reagan Keeter

            

Reagan Keeter Reagan Keeter has a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's in technical communication. He has been writing professionally for more than eleven years, working as an author, journalist, and technical writer. He is a member of the Chicago Writers Association and recently had short stories published in The Chicagoland Journal, Wordhaus, and Dark Dreams. Additionally, he scripted a short film that was released in 2003, and in 2006 received a grant from the DeKalb Council for the Arts to author a series of stories for children. For more information, visit his website at www.reagankeeter.com.

Please join Reagan and all our outstanding readers on Tuesday, April 2, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older-only event is free.

            

Kowal1.jpg Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey and Glamour in Glass, both nominated for the Nebula Award. The sequel, Without a Summer, is launching on April 2nd at Tuesday Funk.

In 2008 she received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2011, her short story "For Want of a Nail" won the Hugo Award for Short Story. Her work has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. Her stories appear in Asimov's, Clarkesworld, and several Year's Best anthologies.

Mary, a professional puppeteer, also performs as a voice actor, recording fiction for authors such as Seanan McGuire, Cory Doctorow, and John Scalzi. She lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Visit www.maryrobinettekowal.com.

Please join Mary and all our outstanding readers on Tuesday, April 2, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older-only 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, August 1, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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