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.
            

If you're like us, you've probably dreamed of running off to live in a natural history museum, like the kids in From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry has been letting one lucky person do exactly that ... but we have to confess that we're much more enamored of Kyle Thiessen's Fake Month at the Museum, and we think you will be too.

Kyle has been living at the Fake Museum for the past three weeks and posting reports about what he's learned every two or three days. Here's his latest video update:

And if you have an hour to kill, we recommend you start at the beginning and check them all out.

            

If you're trying to figure out what to do for lunch on this fine Friday, Tuesday Funk is here to help! This past Tuesday night, Matt Wood whetted our appetites with his instructions on how to order the corned beef at Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen. In case you've always wanted to but were intimidated by the mustaches, let Matt tell you how to do it:

And if you're hungry for more great readings like this one, be sure to join us on Tuesday, December 6th, when we present the stellar lineup of Jody Lynn Nye, John Klima, Hanna Martine, Patricia Ann McNair, and Emile Ferris!

November debriefing

            

POW! Greetings from standby jury duty. Yes, your humble co-host is doing his civic duty in Rolling Meadows, but it seems unlikely he'll be empaneled owing to that felony conviction way back when that we've sort of hinted around about before. But I digress...

The reviews are in! This week's Tuesday Funk has been called "the best Funk yet," by at least one recurring audience member. Were you there? What did you think? Don't remember much of the evening? Let me refresh your memory.

Returning Funker Cesar Torres started us off with a transcription of a Dia de los Muertos vlog post from Lady Death herself, and more dark, seasonal fiction. Matt Wood brought us a timely public service announcement, in setting forth the proper method for ordering a corned beef sandwich from the men with mustaches at Manny's Deli. And to finish out the first half, Funk veteran Suzanne Clores tantalized us with a section of her memoir about young women abroad in France without much money and without a plan.

After a break for beer and a poem about dogs (or was it? see below), Laura Stark favored us with a funny and painful memoir about breaking up during the Thanksgiving season. And to bring a widely varied show to a moody close, Funk mainstay J.D. Adamski brought us a dark and stylish tale from the brink of Chicago noir.

But don't worry if you weren't there. We'll be posting video of everyone's performances over the coming days and weeks, so watch this space. And of course Tuesday Funk will be breaking on through again on December 6th with great work from Jody Lynn Nye, Patricia Ann McNair, Hanna Martine, Emile Ferris, and John Klima, and yet another Poem By Bill.  It's our holiday present from us to you, so mark your calendar now!

Reminder: Tuesday Funk #39 is tonight!

            

Have a singular indefinite day! Tonight's the night! It's that one magical evening of the month when we convene Tuesday Funk, the monthly Chicago reading series where good writing and good beer mix. It's our 39th big episode, and we're bringing you five great readers—most of whom are crowd favorites who've graced our podium before—for the mere price of a delicious craft beer or two. How can you resist?

Our stellar lineup tonight includes J.D. Adamski, Suzanne Clores, Laura Stark, Cesar Torres, and Matt Wood, and we'll throw in one of our patented Poems By Bill for no extra charge. So "like" us today on Facebook, arrive early, grab a beer from the bar, and get set for a terrific and challenging evening of entertainment. And don't forget to "drive safeley"!

Hopleaf is at 5148 N. Clark St. in Chicago. The reading begins at 7:30 pm in the upstairs lounge. The lounge opens at 7:00 pm. Arrive early for a seat!

As always, the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf is cash-only and 21 and over. Remember also that no food can be brought in from the restaurant.

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Meet Our Readers: Cesar Torres

            

Cesar Torres is the author of The 12 Burning Wheels, a collection of stories of weird fiction, published in 2010. His work has appeared in The Willows and in M-Brane SF magazine. He's particularly interested in the secret lives of machines and will hardly turn down an insect as a snack.

He's currently at work on a new novel; updates can be found at his web site http://cesartorres.net.

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Join Tuesday Funk on November 1st at 7:30 p.m. to hear Cesar along with the rest of talented readers at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

Meet Our Readers: Suzanne Clores

            
Suzanne Clores is a writer and teacher of fiction and memoir. She has an MFA from the University of Arizona and has published articles and stories in print and radio alike. She attempted to do a master cleanse before last week's trip to Paris, but instead started drinking wine and eating cheese a few days early, about which she is strangely happy.

She blogs for The Nervous Breakdown and Gaiam.com. Her book, Memoirs of a Spiritual Outsider is in its eleventh year of existence, and now available on Kindle.

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Join Tuesday Funk on November 1st at 7:30 p.m. to hear Suzanne along with the rest of talented readers at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!


Meet Our Readers: JD Adamski

            

JD Adamski has had a lot of jobs in his life. From packing trucks 3rd shift in the UPS yards with the ex-cons and tweakers to slinging stouts and rye to hawking vitamins and other panaceas at the medicine show, he's tried his hand at many things. Along the way, he got a degree in Religious Studies and a minor in English at DePaul University.

Currently, he fancies himself a writer and helps curate the infinitely nerd-centric website This May Get Awkward.

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Join Tuesday Funk on November 1st at 7:30 p.m. to hear JD along with the rest of talented readers at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

Meet Our Readers: Matt Wood

            

Matt Wood is a reader, writer, baseball fan, and father of two living in the West Loop. His current day job is playing on Twitter and Facebook all day for a local university, but in a past life he took a four-year break to be a stay-at-home dad, where he learned the value of patience, quiet time, and a good stain remover.

You can read more of his writing on his website, Wood-Tang.com.


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 Join Tuesday Funk on November 1st at 7:30 p.m. to hear Matt along with the rest of talented readers at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

            

Back in August, Julie Rosenthal gave our rabidly attentive audience not one but two provocative short stories to chew on...

And if you're panting for more great readings like this one, be sure to join us on Tuesday, November 1st, when we present the stellar lineup of J.D. Adamski, Suzanne Clores, Laura Stark, Cesar Torres, and Matt Wood!

Meet Our Readers: Laura Stark

            

Laura Stark is a sometimes writer and performer and an all-the-time music and travel geek. Her twisty path has taken her from video production assistant to financial consultant to improviser to occupational therapist. Most recently, she completed a Master's in health science and is now adjusting to being a normal person again and rediscovering the creative side that was beaten out by school.

In 2002, she produced "Holiday Hangover," a monologue show inspired by her own Thanksgiving breakup, of which you'll get a taste at this Tuesday Funk.


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 Join Tuesday Funk on November 1st at 7:30 p.m. to hear Laura along with the rest of talented readers at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

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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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