Tuesday Funk | Chicago's Eclectic Monthly Reading Series
Our next event takes place Tuesday, January 7, 2020. 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 Pat Bohan

          

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Mary Pat Bohan has been performing stand-up and story telling with The Kates at the Book Cellar for a couple years and has also performed with Beast Women. You may have gotten a taste of MP's material at Essay Fiesta, Guts & Glory, or Story Club. MP strives to perfect the art of turning her pain into comedy. In January MP launched her podcast, which can be found at JumpingtheFenceStories.com. Please...Go have a listen.

Hear her and the rest of our outstanding readers on Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf.

          

For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we're pleased to share Maggie Kast's reading from our December 4th episode. This excerpt from her novel-in-progress I Never Knew You Had a Girl takes us to Scottsboro, Alabama, in 1931, so buckle up for a bumpy ride...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf, for our Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day Edition with Mary Pat Bohan, John Everson, Gina Frangello, Hanna Martine, and 2nd Story's Patricia Ann McNair!

Meet Our Readers: Patricia Ann McNair

          

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Patricia Ann McNair is the author of The Temple of Air, a finalist for the Society of Midland Authors Best Book Award and the Devil's Kitchen Reading Award. She's received four Illinois Arts Council Awards and was nominated for the Carnegie Foundation US Professor of the Year. McNair teaches in Columbia College Chicago's Fiction Writing Department.

Patty will be reading as part of our mini-series featuring writers from the new 2nd Story anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck. Hear her and the rest of our outstanding readers on Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf.

Meet Our Readers: Hanna Martine

          

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Hanna Martine left a decade of office work in order to show her daughter what it meant to go after one's dream. She loves bar stools, books, travel and her friends. Though she and her family live outside Chicago, her heart resides in Australia.

She writes paranormal and contemporary romance for Berkley Sensation/Penguin. The first two novels in her paranormal Elementals series, LIQUID LIES and A TASTE OF ICE, are available now, with two more forthcoming. The first book in her contemporary Highland Games series, LONG SHOT, will release October 2013. Please visit her at www.hannamartine.com.

Hear her and the rest of our outstanding readers on Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf.

          

At our January 1st edition of Tuesday Funk, Julie Ganey brought us a charming true tale of fantasy, wonder, and fairies. Julie's essay "When the Fairies Came" appears in the new 2nd Story anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck, and when she read it at our microphone it sounded a little bit like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf, for our Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day Edition with Mary Pat Bohan, John Everson, Gina Frangello, Hanna Martine, and 2nd Story's Patricia Ann McNair!

          

At our January 1st edition of Tuesday Funk earlier this week, Gapers Block editor Andrew Huff took us for a drive down Memory Lane, and it went a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf, for our Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day Edition with Mary Pat Bohan, John Everson, Gina Frangello, Hanna Martine, and 2nd Story's Patricia Ann McNair!

Tuesday Funk #54: February 5, 2013

          

Stand to attention, Funkers, because have we got a show for you! We're declaring February 5th to be Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day, and our subversive, saucy program that evening will feature Mary Pat Bohan, John Everson, Gina Frangello, Hanna Martine, and 2nd Story's Patricia Ann McNair. Throw in one of our patented Poems by Bill, not to mention your pick of cold beers from around the world, and you'll soon be begging us for more.

The evening gets underway with your co-hosts Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn on Tuesday, February 5th, 2012, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Arrive early for a table and grab a beer from Mark at the bar (where credit cards are now accepted!). 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!

Tuesday Funk #54: Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day Edition (February 5, 2013)

January debriefing

          

If you weren't at Tuesday Funk's New Year's Day edition last night, then you missed out on a most convivial evening that took unexpected turns down fantastic byways both light and dark.

We kicked things off with a hilarious and blasphemous excerpt from Christopher Sweet's science fiction novel-in-progress. Sondra Morin, mere days from moving to Massachusetts, read us several powerful poems. And Julie Ganey recounted her delightful tale of children's susceptibility to fantasy, "When the Fairies Came," featured in the 2nd Story anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck

Tuesday Funk in the Chicago Sun-Times (January 1, 2013)

After a break for beer, our Poem by Bill was "Smoke," an ode to writing and whiskey. Gapers Block editor Andrew Huff took us on an evocative odyssey as he gave us "Directions Home." And finally, co-host William Shunn took us on a guided tour through the Mormon temple in Salt Lake City, in his essay "The Fanatic in the Street."

It was a great evening, but don't fret if you couldn't be there. We'll be bringing you video of our readings over the weeks to come, and we'll be back February 5th with our Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day Edition. The program will feature Mary Pat Bohan, John Everson, Gina Frangello, Hanna Martine, and Patricia Ann McNair. Don't miss it!

Beer pairings for tonight's reading!

          

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Happy New Year! As if you didn't already have reason enough to show up for this evening's 53rd episode of Tuesday Funk, the Chicago Sun-Times today gives you one more.

Featured in today's Entertainment section is an article by David Hoekstra in which four of tonight's participants discuss the pieces they'll read tonight and suggest the perfect beer from Hopleaf's vast menu as accompaniment as you listen:

Chicago Sun-Times: Drink it in: Beers paired with the wisdom of Chicago authors

Be sure to check out the accompanying slideshow as well, with images of our readers and all the suggested beer labels. And we'll hope to see you tonight upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm!

          

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Don't forget, Tuesday Funk has the cure for your New Year's Day hangover—a little hair of the dog, and five great anodynic acts of live literature!

We're pleased to kick off the year with the next in our series of readings from the 2nd Story essay anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck. in the person of writer/actor Julie Ganey. We'll also have Andrew Huff from Gapers Block with us, as well as Sondra Morin, Christopher Sweet and co-host William Shunn. Throw in one of our patented Poems by Bill, not to mention your pick of cold beers from around the world, and we'll have you feeling better in no time!

So "like" us today on Facebook and get set to celebrate surviving into 2013 with hosts Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn.

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 21 and over only. Remember also that no food can be brought in from the restaurant.

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

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