Tuesday Funk | Chicago's Eclectic Monthly Reading Series
Our next event takes place Tuesday, February 5, 2019. 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: Jill Howe


jill-howe.jpgJill Howe co-produces Story Sessions, a monthly live lit event featuring true stories connected through a theme, live music and real-time story-inspired artwork at the beautiful City Winery in the West Loop. In addition to performing her own stories, Jill also coaches storytellers and organizes writing groups throughout the city.

Please join Jill and all our wonderful readers on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Welcome Travelers and Leisurists


In an unexpected turn of events, Tuesday Funk landed in the pages of Travel + Leisure magazine's August issue!

If you were at our March show, you may recall a photographer in attendance, taking pictures of the readers and audience. That was in support of what we thought would be a piece on Chicago's live lit scene, but ended up just Tuesday Funk being included on a "wired/tired" style list of things Chicagoans are into and not so into -- with the show landing on the plus side, just between the selfie stick ban at Lollapalooza and birth control for rats.


Hey, weird publicity is better than no publicity, right? While we wouldn't consider ourselves in even the same category as Second City, hopefully Tuesday Funk's eclectic mix of literary genres is entertaining nonetheless.

Please join us at our next show on Sept. 1 at 7:30 pm in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Our guests will be Brian Heath, Amanda Buckley, Jill Howe, Paul Dailing and David Daskal, Andrew Huff and Eden Robins will be the co-hosts, and our lovely bartender Mark will be ready with beer, wine and whiskey to soothe your soul. RSVP on Facebook, and we'll see you there!

Tuesday Funk is on YouTube


It can be difficult to get to Tuesday Funk each month -- and sometimes it can even be difficult just to get into the room. Fortunately, Tuesday Funk now has a YouTube channel featuring videos of nearly every reader since April 2014. Now you can go back and enjoy your favorite recent episode of Chicago's eclectic monthly reading series whenever you like.

Special thanks to Tuesday Funk cameraman Kyle Thiessen for his help (and patience) making this happen.

Tuesday Funk #85: September 1, 2015


Wow, back-to-school time already? Tuesday Funk will help you forget about test anxiety with readings by guests Brian Heath, Amanda Buckley, Jill Howe, Paul Dailing and David Daskal to your favorite eclectic monthly reading series. Join us Tuesday, Sept. 1 in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St.

Doors open at 7:00 pm sharp -- no earlier, please, but get there as close to 7 as possible to grab a table, as the room fills up quickly -- and the show begins promptly at 7:30. Andrew Huff and Eden Robins co-host. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older.

Don't forget to RSVP on Facebook and, as always, bring a friend. And hey, become a fan so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings.

We'll see you in September!

Tuesday Funk for September 1, 2015

Haiku for Early August, 2015


August debriefing


IMG_20150808_170654.jpgAnother amazing show on the books... this must be starting to sound like hyperbole, but I assure you, friend, it is not.

The night started off strong with Robert McDonald and his swan obsession - manifested a series of fairytale retellings both funny and thoughtful. Next up was Tuesday Funk newbie Henri Harps, who read a quiet, absorbing short story about a man recovering from the death of a loved one. Co-host Andrew Huff deployed his signature haiku, and then Ryan DiGiorgi closed out the half with an insanely funny story told from the point of view of a man trapped in Brigadoon for a thousand years.

We wiped tears of hilarity from our eyes and drank some beer, delivered, as always, by our favorite Mark.

After the half, co-host Eden Robins read a microessay about being unfriended on Facebook because of a discussion on white privilege, and then former co-host Hallie Paladino read a thought-provoking essay about city kids' experience of the night sky, or lack thereof. Finally, Daniel Kraus read from his YA novel Trollhunters (co-authored by Guillermo del Toro), where we all learned about where trolls come from.

It was an eclectic and awesome night, best encapsulated by Daniel Kraus who said of Tuesday Funk "I've read here before... it was okay." We'll take it!

Join us next month for another great show - on Tuesday, September 1st we've got Brian Heath, Amanda Buckley, Jill Howe, Paul Dailing, and David Daskal!


Well, it's August, and August is the month for supporting your favorite writers. Actually, that's not true... you should be doing it EVERY month! Tonight is yet another chance at Tuesday Funk! We've got the likes of Henri Harps, Robert McDonald, Ryan DiGiorgi, Hallie Paladino, and Daniel Kraus! Plus your ever-charming and hygienic co-hosts Andrew Huff and Eden Robins.

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!


Meet Our Readers: Robert McDonald


robert.JPGRobert McDonald's prose and poetry have appeared in a wide variety of print and online journals. He lives in Andersonville, works at in independent bookstore, and blogs about poetry and other things at Lives of the Spiders. With Kathie Bergquist, he is the author of A Field Guide to Gay & Lesbian Chicago.

Please join Robert and all our wonderful readers on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Henri Harps


HenriHarps.jpgHenri Harps is a musician, jazz fanatic and writer, originally from Washington D.C. After spending the last 10 years brooding over the-point-of-it-all from various vantage points within the flailing cultural anomaly known as Brooklyn, NY, he has finally come to terms with his right to properly chill and behold the beauty of more affordable rent and Midwestern beer; He does this, of course, from a happy home in Chicago, where he lives with his wife, 2 dogs, cat, and guitar collection.

Please join Henri and all our wonderful readers on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Daniel Kraus


DanielKrausHeadshot.jpgDaniel Kraus is a Chicago-based writer, editor, and filmmaker. He is the author of The Monster Variations (New York Public Library's "100 Best Stuff for Teens"), Rotters (Odyssey Award winner, Bram Stoker Finalist), Scowler (Odyssey Award winner, Library Guild selection), and Trollhunters (co-authored with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.) Upcoming novels include The Death and Live of Zebulon Finch, Volumes 1 and 2 (2015, 2016).

Kraus has written regularly for such magazines as Cosmopolitan, Playboy, Maxim, and Salon.com. He is the director of six nationally broadcast feature films, including Musician (New York Times Critics' Pick). Visit him at danielkraus.com.

Please join Daniel and all our accomplished readers on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Tuesday Funk

About Us

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, February 5, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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