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At our December 4th edition of Tuesday Funk, Stephen Markley read from his long-form gonzo political essay The Great Dysmorphia, and it sounded a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf, for an evening with Julie Ganey, Andrew Huff, Sondra Morin, William Shunn, and Christopher Sweet. See you there!

          

At our November 6th edition of Tuesday Funk, B. E. Pinkham brought us a funny and heartfelt chapter from her memoir Let Me Look at You, and it sounded a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on December 4th, upstairs at Hopleaf, for an evening with Julia Borcherts, Jodi Eichelberger, Maggie Kast, Stephen Markley, and Andrew Reilly. See you there!

          

At our November 6th edition of Tuesday Funk, Mary Zemaitis bravely confessed her past as a teenage "Jesus Freak," and it sounded a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on December 4th, upstairs at Hopleaf, for an evening with Julia Borcherts, Jodi Eichelberger, Maggie Kast, Stephen Markley, and Andrew Reilly. See you there!

Reminder: Tuesday Funk #51 is tonight!

          

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It's a real horse race tonight, and the stakes are huge! But no matter which team you're backing, you can take refuge from the stress of election returns tonight at Hopleaf, as your good friends from Tuesday Funk bring you our 51st big episode!

Our terrific Election Night Edition features a strong slate of candidates for literary excellence, including Mary Lorenz, B. E. Pinkham, Kelly Swails, and Mary Zemaitis, not to mention one of our patented Poems by Bill. And though we regret that Jac Jemc had to withdraw from tonight's race at the last minute, we'll also bring you a special write-in candidate with some strong medicine for what ails Washington, D.C.

So "like" us today on Facebook and get set to cast your ballot for "live lit" with hosts Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn. And remember to vote early and often—at the bar!

Hopleaf Bar 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 if you want 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

          

At our August Tuesday Funk reading, co-host William Shunn reminisced about space exploration past and present, and it went a little bit this...

And if you enjoyed that journey through and time, please join us on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012, for our Chicago Post-Worldcon Science Fiction Spectacular featuring Daryl Gregory, Rae Carson, Rajan Khanna, Gregory A. Wilson, and Adam Rakunas. You won't want to miss it!

August debriefing

          

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Every episode of Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf seems to feature some emergent, unintended theme, and Tuesday night's show was no exception. The major theme seemed to be old men, with subthemes of brown liquor and Martian exploration. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Jesse Jordan kicked things off for us with an intriguing and somewhat painful excerpt from his new novel Gospel Hollow. Chicago Magazine's Scott Smith followed that up with a wonderful meditation on growing old, setting the evening's themes in motion (see video below), after which Holly McDowell brought us a poignant and thrilling chapter from her serial novel King Solomon's Wives.

After a break for beer, co-host William Shunn broke with tradition by reading not a poem but instead a brief essay about Curiosity Rover. Next, co-host Sara Ross Witt delivered a powerful short story about a factory town in decline. And Stacy Bierlein brought the old man theme full circle with a wonderfully steamy story from her new collection A Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends.

But if you missed out, don't despair. We'll be bringing you more video from the evening over the next few weeks, and then we'll be back on September 4th with our Chicago Post-Worldcon Science Fiction Spectacular featuring Daryl Gregory, Rae Carson, Rajan Khanna, Gregory A. Wilson, and Adam Rakunas. Be sure to join us!

          

At last week's Tuesday Funk reading, Sunday Night Sex Show impresaria Robyn Pennacchia explained in no uncertain terms exactly why she won't swim with dolphins, and it went a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, then by no means should you miss our next event, Tuesday, April 3, 2012, which features readings from Mary Anne Mohanraj, J.H. Palmer, Charlotte Hart, Mare Swallow, and Richard Chwedyk.

Tuesday Funk #44: April 3rd

          

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Calling all book lovers! Calling all beer lovers! Have we got the evening for you! Our 44th episode of Tuesday Funk will feature readings from Mary Anne Mohanraj, J.H. Palmer, Charlotte Hart, Mare Swallow, and Richard Chwedyk! You'll also get a new Poem By Bill, not to mention your pick of dozens of varieties of cold beer at the bar.

The evening gets underway with your co-hosts Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Arrive early for a seat, and grab a beer from Johnny 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 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!

          

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Just a quick reminder that your Tuesday Funk co-host William Shunn will be appearing at Essay Fiesta at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square tonight at 7:00 pm.

This charitable monthly reading series benefits 826CHI, a Chicago non-profit writing and tutoring program. Please bring a bit of money for a donation or for the raffle, and arrive nice and early for a seat. See you there!

          

We just want to give you a quick heads-up that your Tuesday Funk co-host William Shunn will be appearing as part of the Essay Fiesta reading series at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square this coming Monday, December 19th, at 7:00 pm.

It'll be Bill's third time reading at Essay Fiesta, a monthly charitable reading series that benefits 826CHI, a non-profit writing and tutoring program here in Chicago, and he's very excited to be asked back. Hosts Alyson Lyon and Keith Ecker (both of whom have read for us at the Funk) do a fantastic job of putting together a great program every month. Also appearing on Monday will be Dana Norris, J.H. Palmer, Jennifer Bosworth, and Eric Bjorlin. Please turn out and support the whole gang.

The Book Cellar, we should mention, is a wonderful place for a reading. It's a lovely independent bookstore and café, with beer, wine, and coffee available during their events. The reading itself is free, with fun prizes raffled and donation accepted on behalf of 826CHI. Show up early to be sure of a seat.



Last time Bill read at Essay Fiesta, back in April 2010, it looked and sounded something like this:

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