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Tuesday Funk likes Story Week

          

We at Tuesday Funk are thrilled by the literary firepower converging on Chicago over the coming week, as Columbia College presents its 15th annual Story Week. This festival of writers takes place March 13-18, with various free events around town featuring such talents as Irvine Welsh, Audrey Niffenegger, Sam Weller, Jonathan Messinger, Dan Sinker, and Tuesday Funk alumnus Gina Frangello.

Story Week kicks off this Sunday night with a special free 2nd Story reading at Martyr's, 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., featuring Eric May, Lott Hill, Patricia McNair, and April Newman. Doors open 6:30 pm. See you there!

March debriefing

          

Reading now, Maggie Kast
Reading now, Jenny Seay
Sara Ross introduces...
Reading now, Keith Ecker
Reading now, Steven H Silver!
Reading now, Joe Weintraub

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.

Awaiting the Tuesday Funk audience
Maggie Kast took us back to Roaring '20s Chicago with an excerpt from her in-progress novel. Jenny Seay, continuing an unofficial Tuesday Funk leitmotif, invited us inside the world of professional female wrestling in an excerpt from her novel. And anchoring the first half, Essay Fiesta's Keith Ecker shared a poweful personal account of family and acceptance.

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."

And there was also beer, plenty of it, brought to you by our friendly bartender Johnny.

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.

          

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You've survived the Great Chicago Blizzard of '11. You've survived the mayoral campaign. You've survived the coyotes in Winnemac Park. You've even survived your Oscars party. (Okay, scratch that last one. The Oscars were insufferable.)

The point is, you're a survivor, and it's time to reward your endurance with some good writing and good beer. So trek on over to Hopleaf tonight (Tuesday, March 1st) and join your hosts Sara Ross and William Shunn for the 32nd entry in our theoretically infinite Tuesday Funk reading series.

Our hot lineup tonight will include poetry, fiction, essays, and more from the likes of Joe Weintraub, Keith Ecker, Maggie Kast, Steven H Silver, and Jenny Seay.

That's five great readers for the mere price of a beer. Or maybe two because, hey, 2 to the power of 5 equals 32. That's some real mathematics for your ass.

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.

BOGMONSTER

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

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