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.
            

WindsofKhalakovo_TP_Cover_r4_med.jpg We'll have more to tell you about Bradley P. Beaulieu in the next week or so, since he'll be part of our upcoming Tuesday Funk reading on May 3rd. But in case you're near Milwaukee today and need something fun to do, we wanted to let you know about this afternoon's book launch party for Brad's new epic fantasy novel, The Winds of Khalakovo.

Drop by the Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee this afternoon, Saturday, April 23rd, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, where Brad will be reading from The Winds of Khalakovo and signing copies.

Then stop by the informal after-party at Cafe Hollander from 3:00 to 5:00 pm for music, food, and a rapid-fire reading with some of Brad's writing buddies. We hear there will also be a raffle with all kinds of cool swag to win! (For more info about the launch and after-party, click here.)

Winds is already garnering raves from the likes of Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, so don't miss your chance to pick up a signed copy and party with the up-and-coming author.

And be sure not to miss Brad and the rest of our monstrously talented crew May 3rd at Hopleaf in Chicago!

            

We've told you before about New York City's Laura Peterson Choreography and their campaign to finance a visit to us here in Chicago. Well, apparently you listened to us because the company raised a bit more than their goal of $1,700. Thanks for your help, Funkers!

And tonight you get to reap the rewards of your generosity, as Laura Peterson meets Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown in collision_theory, an evening of entirely improvised music and dance at Links Hall. Tickets are $12.00. Get yours now, and we'll see you there tonight!

What? collision_theory is a series of improvised performances of curated 'blind-dates' between musicians and dancers. At each show, seasoned improvisers from both disciplines meet for the first time to navigate an unpredictable landscape of spontaneous collaboration.

When? April 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Where? Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL

How much $12.00 ($10.00 for students and seniors)

Who? Laura Peterson with company members Kate Martel and Edward Rice will perform an evening-length improvisation with composer Jason Adasiewicz and his musicians! This series was created by Dan Mohr and Rachel Damon as part of Links Hall's Artistic Associate programming.

Tuesday Funk #34: May 3rd

            

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Ah, spring! When birds begin to sing, brooks to babble, books to flit amorously in dappled glens ... and the forecasts call for snow?! But, come sun, rain, or snow, Tuesday Funk will bring you a veritable forest of talent in May, from the likes of Paul McComas, Tim W. Brown, Bradley P. Beaulieu, Brooke Wonders, and our man in Chicago Scott Smith. Oh, and the beer, the beer—eighty varieties of it upstairs alone! It's as if the ales and the lagers were fooling around when everyone's backs were turned.

Tuesday Funk convenes Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Arrive early, stake out a table in the upper room, and grab a beer from John at the cash-only bar. 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 afterward 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 our readings, which in future months will feature the likes of Brenda Cooper, Sarah K. Castle, Holly McDowell, Kelly Swails, Gregory A. Wilson, Vincent Jorgensen, Eden M. Robins, Jerry Schwartz, and more. Our cup runneth over!

William Shunn on your TV, maybe

            

This weekend, our co-host William Shunn appears on the public-affairs program Senior Network on CAN TV 19, as part of a panel discussion on contemporary science fiction novels and films. The panel also includes Jody Lynn Nye and Edison Blake, and is hosted by Dr. Bob Blackwood.

CAN TV is a Chicago public-access cable network with five separate channels. The episode will air on Channel 19 on Friday, April 8, at 5 pm, and then again on Sunday, April 10, at noon (though we're not sure whether Bill's half-hour will air in the first or second half of the hour). If you get CAN TV 19, please tune in!

On the set at CAN TV

April debriefing

            

Lisa Chalem J.H. Palmer Ian Belknap A rapt Tuesday Funk audience John tends bar Robert K. Elder

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!

Elder Shunn missionary name tag 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 Shunn—well, 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.

Savor the Funk. It gets better with age.

            

Waiting to start our taping "Quiet on the set! Three ... two ... one ... and we're rolling."

Hello, Chicago, and welcome to another edition of Tuesday Funk, the monthly series where we bring you the writers we want to hear read live! Today is Tuesday, April 5th, and as always we'll be coming to you this evening from the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf in beautiful Andersonville, so come on down and join your hosts Sara Ross and William Shunn for this 33rd special episode of the Funk.

Our guests tonight will include Ian Belknap, Lisa Chalem, Robert K. Elder, J.H. Palmer, and Mr. Shunn himself. You won't want to miss it, so come be part of the excitement. It's absolutely free, though if you want to buy a beer or two, we sure won't stop you.

"Camera three, two-shot please, and hold. And ... cut to the important stuff."

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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Tuesday Funk lives in Chicago. Tuesday Funk does not live in New York City. But if Tuesday Funk did live in New York City, Tuesday Funk would be heading tonight to the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art for tonight's edition of the long-running New York Review of Science Fiction Readings.

Your readers tonight, you lucky New Yorkers, will be Barbara Krasnoff and Lev Grossman, so head on down to 138 Sullivan Street, between Houston and Prince, at 7:00 pm. Suggested donation, a mere 7 bucks. Tell 'em Tuesday Funk sent you!

Meet Our Readers: William Shunn

            

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William Shunn was born in Los Angeles, raised near Salt Lake City, and lived for many years in New York City before landing in Chicago with his wife and dog in 2007. This completes his collection of U.S. continental time zones. He also spent time slumming in Canada before being ejected for bad behavior.

Bill's stories and essays started invading magazines and anthologies in the early '90s. His novella Inclination was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Awards in 2007. He is the author, with Derryl Murphy, of Cast a Cold Eye, and a bit of his short fiction was collected in An Alternate History of the 21st Century. He's currently deep in revisions of a young-adult novel, Endgame, and a memoir, The Accidental Terrorist: My Adventures as a Foot Soldier in the Mormon Army. You can learn much more, probably more than you want to know, at www.shunn.net.

Bill is a co-producer of Tuesday Funk, where his poems are heard monthly from our microphone. Before joining us behind the scenes, he was a Tuesday Funk regular, reading serial installments from his memoir. He'll continue that tradition with a fresh chapter this Tuesday.

Join Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Bill and all our talented readers on April 5th, 7:30 p.m.

Meet Our Readers: Ian Belknap

            

Ian Belknap is a Chicago writer/performer who is the host/curator/Overlord of WRITE CLUB, the nation's premiere competitive philanthropic readings series, monthly at the Hideout. He also serves as the Fact Checker in The Encyclopedia Show, monthly at the Vittum Theater, and irregularly as the Dean of Mean at The Paper Machete, the weekly salon in a saloon at Ricochet's in Lincoln Square.

He is author of the live memoir show Wide Open Beaver Shot of My Heart: A Comedy With a Body Count, which has appeared at Rhino Theater Fest, The Neo-Futurists, and Push Push Theater in Atlanta. He has been host curator of the show Something Wicked This Way Comes (Seven Deadly Sins-themed monologues) at Rhino Fest and the Steppenwolf Garage, and Ian's Dog & Pony Show (it's a big world of funny, so let's all play nice), which gathered solo performers, comedians, improv and sketch performers in one show.

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In a previous life he was a comedian who opened for Steven Wright at the Vic, and Dennis Miller at Skyline Stage on Navy Pier. In a life previous to that, he was an actor who appeared on stages around Chicago, and in various sneeze-and-you'll-miss-him roles in film and TV.

Join Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Ian and our company of talented readers on April 5th, 7:30 p.m.

Meet Our Readers: J.H. Palmer

            

J.H. Palmer is a secret writer who has lived in Chicago since pretty much forever. Her writing has appeared in Gapers Block, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, Babble, and Christopher Street.  Her superpowers include the ability to name any song that aired on WPLJ between 1980-1989 in three notes or less, the ability to smoke just one cigarette and not want more, and the ability to converse with housecats.

She appeared at Story Lab in January, won the February Moth StorySlam with a piece that she premiered at Story Club, and will be appearing at Essay Fiesta in April.  You can keep up with her on her blog, Buttered Noodles.

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Join Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear J.H. Palmer and our crew of talented readers on April 5th, 7:30 p.m.

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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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