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Tuesday Funk #36: August 2nd

            

tf-postcard-2011-08.jpg They call them the dog days of summer. But we hope it won't insult any of the dogs of your acquaintance if we tell you our August readers are no pack of dogs. Au contraire! In the spirit of the season, Tuesday Funk will bring the hottest writers in town together at Hopleaf, including Tegan Jones, Sondra Morin, Eden M. Robins, Julie Rosenthal, Jerry Schwartz and Karen Skalitzky. Good thing there's so much great beer available—dozens of varieties of it—because you'll need it to cool down before, during, and after.

Tuesday Funk convenes Tuesday, August 2, 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 this fall will feature an amazing array of writers you won't want to miss. Ruff!

And as you await our August event, please enjoy this short preview, taken from our February reading, of the work of Eden Robins...

            

As we count down to our August reading, we're bringing you some classic performances from Tuesday Funks past. In this clip from May, Paul McComas channels his character Aldo Vesper to bring us a real big fish story. (Or is that reel?)

            

Your friends here at Tuesday Funk are taking it easy during the month of July, so we thought we'd fill in that giant Funk-shaped hole in your heart with some more video performances from the archives.

Back in May, we were fortunate enough to have Mr. Paul McComas grace our podium, and when he visited it looked a little something like this...

June debriefing

            

The Wellspring 2011 gang at Hopleaf If you missed our Science Fiction Sextuple Feature this past Tuesday night, you missed a brisk, funny, and exciting evening with some of today's upcoming and best writers of speculative fiction. That's right, we were joined upstairs at Hopleaf by the members of the Wellspring Workshop, who took a break from an intense week of critiquing novels to read for us and our excellent audience.

Kelly Swails kicked things off with a tantalizing excerpt from her time-travel story "A Portrait in Time." Gregory A. Wilson thrilled us with the creatures in his novel-in-progress Icarus (featured in the video below). Vincent Jorgensen showed us a near future dominated by internet search giant Pood!e. And Holly McDowell moved us with an excerpt from her novel-in-progress, Farah Minor.

Tuesday Funk in Time Out Chicago

After a break to let our audience visit John at the bar, co-host William Shunn read his poem "The Lunar Night, Chicago." Sarah K. Castle brought us terrifyingly face-to-face with "The Mutant Stag at Horn Creek." And Brenda Cooper—after giving away a copy of Year's Best SF 16 to one of the non-SF readers in our audience—showed us what happens when a young girl in a post-apocalypse Pacific Northwest no longer wants to remain "In Their Garden."

In short, it was the kind of quality evening you've come to expect from Tuesday Funk. We're taking the month of July off, but please join us next on August 2nd for an evening with Tegan Jones, Sondra Morin, Eden M. Robins, Julie Rosenthal, Jerry Schwartz and Karen Skalitzky. You won't want to miss it!

            

We're so excited about our upcoming "Science Fiction Sextuple Feature" that we want to put you in the mood with yet another video scavenged from a recent Tuesday Funk episode. When Tim W. Brown joined us at our podium back in May, he brought us an excerpt from his latest novel, the time-travel adventure Second Acts, and it sounded a little something like this...

Please join us on Tuesday, June 21st, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm, for more great tales of fantasy and science fiction by Brenda Cooper, Sarah K. Castle, Holly McDowell, Gregory A. Wilson, Vincent Jorgensen, and Kelly Swails! It's Tuesday! And It's free!

Video: Infidel dog

            

A monthly feature of our Tuesday Funk readings is the Poem By Bill, which will be back on June 21st as part of our special "Science Fiction Sextuple Feature" edition. Fear not, though—the poem this time will be much shorter than the one from our May 3rd edition!

Please join us on Tuesday, June 21st, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm, for another Poem By Bill, and not incidentally for great readings by Brenda Cooper, Sarah K. Castle, Holly McDowell, Gregory A. Wilson, Vincent Jorgensen, and Kelly Swails! It's free!

            

Our upcoming special edition of Tuesday Funk, the "Science Fiction Sextuple Feature," features six attendees of the inaugural Wellspring Workshop, an intensive workshop for speculative fiction novelists taking place in Lake Geneva over the course of the next week. And Wellspring would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment of organizer Bradley P. Beaulieu.

While Brad won't himself be reading at our June 21st event, he did stop by our podium in May to read an excerpt from his acclaimed debut fantasy novel, The Winds of Khalakovo. If you were there, this is what you saw and heard:

And for six more vivid imaginings of other times and places, please join us upstairs at Hopleaf in Chicago (5148 N. Clark St.) at 7:30 pm for our free reading, featuring Brenda Cooper, Sarah K. Castle, Holly McDowell, Gregory A. Wilson, Vincent Jorgensen, and Kelly Swails. (Cash-only bar. You must be 21 or over.)

Live long and prosper!

            

C'thool who? You may be forgiven if you're not familiar with the most infamous of H.P. Lovecraft's Great Old Ones, but we'll never forgive you if you can't spare ten minutes and forty-seven seconds for this short Cthulhu story read live on our stage May 3rd by Brooke Wonders.

We here at the Funk have been striving to record more and more of our participants, and managed to get every last one of them at our most recent outing. Watch this space for more videos from that event, and let us know how you like them. And please be sure to join us next on June 21st at Hopleaf!

May debriefing

            

Scott Smith reads at Tuesday Funk Brooke Wonders reads at Tuesday Funk Brad Beaulieu reads at Tuesday Funk William Shunn reads at Tuesday Funk Tim W. Brown reads at Tuesday Funk Paul McComas reads at Tuesday Funk

We're sounding like a broken record at this point, but if you missed Tuesday Funk #34 last night, you definitely missed our best reading yet. Want to hear about it? Okay, fine.

brokenrecord.jpg Our delighted audience last night heard Scott Smith recount his plan to indoctrinate his newborn daughter in the cult of the female superhero (see below), Brooke Wonders dislodge a recalcitrant Cthulhu from an inconvenient nostril, and Bradley P. Beaulieu singe the sin clean out of a character from his acclaimed new novel The Winds of Khalakovo. And that was just for starters.

After a break to let our audience visit John the Bartender, co-host William Shunn read a longer-than-usual poem, "Infidel Dog." Tim W. Brown flung us like Connecticut Yankees back to 1830s America in an excerpt from his new novel Second Acts. And Paul McComas, author of Unforgettable: Harrowing Futures, Horrors, and (Dark) Humor ... well, you're just going to have to wait a few days for the video on that one. You won't believe the fish story he told.

So get in the groove, and don't miss our next reading! Our Science Fiction Sextuple Feature will take place on the special date of Tuesday, June 21st, and will feature writers from the Wellspring Workshop to include Brenda Cooper, Sarah K. Castle, Holly McDowell, Vincent Jorgensen, Kelly Swails and Gregory A. Wilson.. It's gonna be out of this world.

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.

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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, October 3, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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