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Video: William Shunn wags the dog

            

At our April Tuesday Funk reading, co-host William Shunn shared this short poem, "Old Man Walking an Old Dog"...

And if you enjoyed that, though Bill himself will be absent, you'll get another new Poem by Bill at our very next Tuesday Funk, tomorrow night, Tuesday, May 1st, 2012, which will also feature great readings from B.C. Bell, Chris Mendius, Julie Rosenthal, Susanna Lang, and Tom Underberg. Be there!

            

At our March Tuesday Funk reading, co-host William Shunn continued his theoretically infinite series of poems with this offering, "La Sagrada Tarea," inspired by the work of Robert A. Caro...

And if you enjoyed that, you'll get another new Poem by Bill at our very next Tuesday Funk, tomorrow night, Tuesday, April 3, 2012, which will also feature great readings from Mary Anne Mohanraj, J.H. Palmer, Charlotte Hart, Mare Swallow, and Nebula Award winner Richard Chwedyk. Be there!

December debriefing

            

Gale force It was a gale-force wind that struck Hopleaf this past Tuesday night. At least, that's what I gather from the way audience members kept telling us they were blown away. We never know quite how any given evening is going to go, but we're happy to report that this latest Tuesday Funk maintained the high quality we've come to expect over the past year. At least in this co-host's humble opinion. If you weren't there, let us tell you a little about what you missed.

Things started strong right out of the gate as Emile Ferris blew us away with a fierce primal scream of a poem. John Klima maintained the buzz as he led us on a trippy journey through three related dreams. And to round out the first half of the show, Hanna Martine raised temperatures with a teaser from her extraordinary paranormal erotica.

After a break for beer and a poem about Bill's trench coat (see below) came a high school reunion of sorts. After a powerful excerpt from Patricia Ann McNair's acclaimed new story collection, her former classmate Jody Lynn Nye led us on a funny and thrilling romp through the dark terrain of lycanthropy.

The fact that Patty and Jody go back so far was a synchronicity we didn't discover until after we'd scheduled them on the same bill, which is only one of the many great synchronicities that emerge from any given evening at Tuesday Funk.

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 continue bringing great readers together throughout 2012, starting January 3rd with strong work from Stephen Markley, Lawrence Santoro, Christopher Sweet, and more, plus another probable Poem By Bill.  Mark your calendar now, because the new year won't properly begin until you've been Funk'd.

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!

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!

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.

January debriefing

            

Mare Swallow at Tuesday Funk Valerie Jupe at Tuesday Funk Christopher Sweet at Tuesday Funk Suzanne Clores at Tuesday Funk Cesar Torres at Tuesday Funk Alyson Lyon at Tuesday Funk

spiritualoutsider.jpg We're slobberingly grateful to everyone who helped make January's episode of Tuesday Funk such a rousing success—readers and audience alike. Another attentive, engaged, standing-room-only crowd turned out to be entertained and mesmerized by our savory six. If you were among the unfortunate few unable to make it out, here's a recap of the highlights you missed. 12burningwheels.jpg

Mare Swallow kicked off the festivities in fine fashion with a funny and poignant account of her days as a party-circuit insult comic for hire. Valerie Jupe delighted us with a dozen poems, some of which you'll find in her collection Shattered Fragments of My Soul. Christopher Sweet made us gasp with his touching account of his father's adventures in World War II and the social mores of wartime Britain.

After a break to let everyone visit our talented bartender John, co-host William Shunn read his poem "Under Their Skirts." Suzanne Clores waxed both sacred and scatological, taking us along on a vision quest for her totem animal and Under Their Skirts extolling the virtues of the high-tech Japanese toilet. Return Funker Cesar Torres whisked us from a mouse's-eye view of a minaret to a near-future Chicago rife with state-sponsored cannibalism. And to cap things off in fine style, Essay Fiesta's Alyson Lyon demonstrated that fame and success aren't all they're cracked up to be with her laugh-till-you-cry account of a night on the town with Gallagher. (Yes, that Gallagher.)

So that's what you missed at the last Tuesday Funk. The good news is that we'll be back at Hopleaf on Tuesday, February 1 with an evening we're calling "New Year, New Voices," including debut readings from Eden Robins, Julie Rosenthal, Jerry Schwartz, Karen Skalitzky and Brooke Wonders, and another patented Poem By Bill. Mark your calendars now!

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