Our next event takes place Tuesday, August 7, 2018, and will include readings from Dayna Bateman, Gina DeLuca, Kimberly Dixon, Annabel Lang, and Mare Swallow. 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.

Meet Our Readers: Mary Robinette Kowal

            

Kowal1-500x496.jpgMary Robinette Kowal is the author of The Glamourist Histories series of fantasy novels. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, and the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel. Her work has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov's, and several Year's Best anthologies as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other Stories from Subterranean.

Mary, a professional puppeteer and voice actor, has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA and records fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi. Mary lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters.

Please join Mary and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30. It's free, and 21-and-over. RSVP on Facebook.

Photo © 2012 Rod Searcey.

Tuesday Funk #99 -- Nov. 1, 2016

            

Sure, it's starting to get chilly and blustery outside, but the upstairs lounge is warm and cozy -- just right for the November edition of Tuesday Funk! Join us for readings by Megan Stielstra, Coya Paz, Cesar Torres, Mary Robinette Kowal and Veronica Arreola. Andrew Huff hosts with special guest co-host Jasmine Davila.

Doors open at 7pm -- no earlier, please! -- and the show starts at 7:30 sharp. So get there early to grab a seat, but not too early. As always, admission is free, but you must be 21 or older. And come early or stay late after for dinner or snacks downstairs.

Please RSVP on Facebook, and bring a friend. And don't forget to become a fan so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. Sponsored by the Chicago Review of Books.

Tuesday Funk for Nov. 1, 2016

October 2016 Debriefing

            

hharps.jpgThe October edition of Tuesday Funk exemplified our mission of being an eclectic monthly reading series. We began with a story of love and loss from K.B. Jensen. Next, Henri Harps told a tale of a young jazzman who finds his sound in an unlikely source. Cohost Andrew then read a couple topical haiku, then introduced Tom Haley, who found 10 ways to explain a joke.

After the intermission, guest cohost Jasmine Davila read an essay about Filipino Heritage Month and the wait for Filipino culture to get its moment of popularity. Next, Jen Masengarb read haiku about life in the city, many paired with photos that she projected. Lastly, Kevin Smokler told a personal story about searching for a fictional town from the movies that didn't exist -- and eventually finding it.

The illustration here was drawn by Dmitry Samarov -- see the rest on our Facebook page. And if you missed the show, you can watch the readers on our YouTube channel, along with videos of past shows.

We'll be back on Tuesday, Nov. 1 with guests Megan Stielstra, Coya Paz, Cesar Torres, Mary Robinette Kowal and Veronica Arreola. Hope to see you there!

A Trio of Haiku for October

            

Cohost Andrew Huff only wrote three haiku for the October 4, 2016 episode of Tuesday Funk, and they were really diverse.

VP candidates
are debating each other
right now. Yeah, who cares?

The crack of the bat,
the roar of the crowd. The Cubs
may go all the way.

A friend advised me,
"Answer your oldest email."
Instant stress relief.

Reminder: Tuesday Funk #98 is Tonight!

            

Put down that pumpkin spice latte and come see some live lit! Tuesday Funk is back tonight with readings by Tom Haley, Kevin Smokler, Henri Harps, KB Jensen and Jen Masengarb!

Our readings take place at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St. in Chicago. We get started promptly at 7:30 pm in the upstairs lounge. Arrive early if you want a seat -- but no earlier than 7:00 pm. Our readings are free, but only those 21 and over will be admitted. No food can be brought in from the restaurant. See you there!

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Meet Our Readers: Tom Haley

            

Thumbnail image for tom.jpgTom Haley divides his time between daytime, and nighttime. He has published several essays, and has previously busied himself as a grad student, writing teacher, copywriter, and book critic. He lives in Albany Park, and works as a creative director for a Chicago marketing agency called Jellyvision.

Please join Tom and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30. It's free, and 21-and-over.

Meet Our Readers: Jen Masengarb

            

jen-masengarb_blackwhite.jpgJen Masengarb teaches adults and kids about the city and its architecture at the Chicago Architecture Foundation where she writes, teaches, lectures, and designs programs. Several times a year she gets to collaborate with the brainy folks at WBEZ's Curious City to sleuth and report on listener-submitted questions about Chicago's architectural history. When she's not riding the 'L' and writing haiku that chronicle life in the city, she's plane spotting and dreaming of ways to use her passport. She'd like to hear about your favorite place for tacos.

Please join Jen and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30. It's free, and 21-and-over.

Meet Our Readers: Kevin Smokler

            

kevinsmokler.jpgKevin Smokler (@weegee) is the author of Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to 80s Teen Movies and Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High School. His writing about pop culture has appeared in Salon, Buzzfeed, Vulture and on NPR. Originally from Ann Arbor, he lives in San Francisco and when in Chicago, at the Wormhole Cafe.

Please join Kevin and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30. It's free, and 21-and-over.

Meet Our Readers: K.B. Jensen

            

kbjensen.jpgK.B. Jensen is an author, journalist and ski instructor. Her first book, Painting With Fire, an artistic murder mystery, hit the bestseller list for crime novels on Amazon and has been downloaded almost 70,000 times. Her new book, A Storm of Stories, veers into more literary territory with themes of love, craziness and impossibility. K.B. grew up in Minneapolis and currently lives in Chicago with her husband, daughter and rescued border collie/lab mix. But she won't be a Midwesterner for long -- she's actually in the process of moving to Colorado. K.B. is also the founder of Indie City Writers, a writing collective on the South Side.

Please join K.B. and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30. It's free, and 21-and-over.

Meet Our Readers: Henri Harps

            

Thumbnail image for HenriHarps.jpgHenri Harps is a guitarist, writer and jazz fanatic born in Washington D.C. After spending nearly a decade navigating the flailing cultural milieu of New York City - he has finally come to terms with his right to lower blood pressure and clearer head space to pursue more varied creative endeavors. He does this from a happy home in Chicago, which he shares with his wife, menagerie of aging animals, and a continually expanding array of musical instruments.

Please join Henri and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30. It's free, and 21-and-over.

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

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