Our next event takes place Tuesday, September 5, 2017, and will include readings from Lily Be, Michael Fischer, Mary Winn Heider, Angel Simmons, and Evan Stoner. 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.

Tuesday Funk #32: March 1st

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When March rolls in, can spring be far behind? Well ... in Chicago? Yes, yes, it can. So what can you do but march on down to Hopleaf and join Tuesday Funk in our continuing resolution to defy winter with great readers and great beers?

The February blizzard did its best to shut us down but failed, and this time around in our proud, unbroken literary tradition we'll be bringing you rabble-rousing readings from Joe Weintraub, Keith Ecker, Maggie Kast, Steven H Silver and Jenny Seay, not to mention our patented Poem By Bill. Oh, and the beer, the beer—80 varieties of it.

Tuesday Funk convenes Tuesday, March 1, 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 in future months will feature the likes of Ian Belknap, Scott Smith, J.H. Palmer, Paul McComas, Lisa Chalem, Bradley P. Beaulieu, William Shunn, and more. One of us, one of us...

February debriefing

            

A foot of snow, and way more coming The amp Eden Robins signals the audience to read their part Eden's Tuesday Funk audience participation handout! Jackie Adamski Brooke Wonders

I've posted elsewhere a more subjective account of last week's February episode of Tuesday Funk. It was an amazing evening, made all the more remarkable by the fact that it took place in the midst of the Great Chicago Blizzard of 2011. Our brave readers and bold audience alike—a perfect 10 in total—braved winds up to 50 mph and deepening snow to witness an event made all the more special by the roar of death outside the windows of the ghost town that was Hopleaf. Still, the evening was not what it could have been had just one more person showed up—you.

Tuesday Funk's amazing audience But, to recap, here's what you would have seen if you'd been crazy enough to brave the blizzard. Eden Robins distributed a script that invited audience participation in her hilariously nightmarish tale of fratboy antics. Last-minute fill-in Jackie Adamski favored us with a varied selection of poems, vignettes, and six-sentence stories. Rather than a Poem by Bill, our host presented a blizzard-special Poem by Bob from Brooklyn writer Robert J. Howe. Brooke Wonders delighted us with an excerpt from her novella about a very unusual book. And finally, host William Shunn read his short story "Care and Feeding of Your Piano," out now in the latest issue of Electric Velocipede.

And there was also beer. Thank God the blizzard didn't keep that away.

So that's what you missed at the last Tuesday Funk. The good news is twofold. First, the readers who were detained by the storm—in fact, all the readers, whether absent or present—will be back at a later date so more than just a select ten can hear their work. Second, we'll be back at Hopleaf on Tuesday, March 1 with an all-new evening of readings from Keith Ecker, Maggie Kast, Joe Weintraub, Jenny Seay and Steven H. Silver, and another patented Poem by Bill. Mark your calendars now, and let's hope Mother Nature doesn't put her foot down again next month.

            

Sole survivor Snowmageddon? Snowpocalypse? 'Snow problem! Even a blizzard orchestrated by our enemies can't keep Tuesday Funk down! Don't take any unnecessary chances with this weather, but if you want to be one of The Few, The Proud, The Frozen, then strap on your showshoes and come out to Hopleaf tonight (Tuesday, February 1st) to join your hosts Sara Ross and William Shunn for the 31st entry in our theoretically infinite Tuesday Funk reading series!

With a bit of reconfiguring of the program thanks to the storm, we'll be bringing you poetry, fiction, essays, and more from the likes of Eden Robins, Jerry Schwartz, Karen Skalitzky, Brooke Wonders, and our own William Shunn. That's five great readers for the mere price of a beer. Mush!

(And fear not, Julie Rosenthal fans! We'll have her and any other reader unavoidably detained by the blizzard back to read for you at the earliest possible date.)

Hopleaf 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 for a seat!

As always, the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf is cash-only, so be prepared. Remember also that no food is allowed in the upstairs lounge, and only those 21 and over can be admitted.

Meet Our Readers: Jerry Schwartz

            

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Jerry Schwartz is the author of Pixels of Young Mueller, a coming-of-age tale published in 2010 by All Things That Matter Press. Visit his website at itsjerryschwartz.com.

Schwartz also writes, plays, sings, and produces the music of The Jerrys, a British-influenced guitar-pop band. The Jerrys appear in Pixels of Young Mueller, Schwartz's debut novel. Check out The Jerrys at itsthejerrys.com.

Join Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Jerry and our talented clutch of readers on February 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Meet Our Readers: Eden Robins

            

In the grand tradition of underemployed artists, Eden Robins has been: a singing waitress, a dildo salesman, a dental assistant, an abortion clinic receptionist, a blowjob instructor, a travel writer, a pelvic model, and a Swahili teacher. She has published some things in some places, but not enough things or enough places for you to have noticed.

She is co-founder and co-editor of the semiprozine Brain Harvest, has a novel that's going to be done soon, goddammit, and is currently learning kung fu and the ukulele.

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Join Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Eden and our talented bunch of readers on February 1, 2011, at 7:30 pm.

Meet Our Readers: Julie Rosenthal

            

Julie Rosenthal is a freelance writer in Chicago. She draws ideas for her stories from the encyclopedia articles she writes for Salem Press. Her fiction has been recognized by ChiZine and has appeared in Ensorcelled.

More stories are forthcoming in 2011 in Kaleidotrope and an anthology from India-based Zubaan Books.

Julie adds: Thanks very much to Bill and Sara--and to all of the loyal supporters of Tuesday Funk.

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Join Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Julie and our talented crew of readers on February 1, 2011, at 7:30 pm.

Meet Our Readers: Brooke Wonders

            

Brooke Wonders spent her formative years editing the voices in other peoples' heads, which perhaps explains more than you need to know. Her latest play, "Unbirthday," was recently staged in Flagstaff, Arizona, where it received rave reviews from some of her closest friends and relatives.

Brooke is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Program for Writers. Her fiction has appeared in Thin Air Magazine, and she has a nonfiction piece forthcoming in Brevity.

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Join Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Brooke and our talented coterie of readers on February 1, 2011, at 7:30 pm!

Meet Our Readers: Karen Skalitzky

            

Karen Skalitzky is the author of A Recipe for Hope: Stories of Transformation by People Struggling with Homelessness (ACTA Publications, 2006).

An educator by trade, she works as a Reading Specialist and coaches teachers and principals in both underserved and high achieving public schools.

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Join Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Karen and all of our amazingly talented readers on February 1, 2011!

            

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The new year always takes a few weeks to get rolling right, right? So join Tuesday Funk in February as we celebrate 2011 with our "New Year, New Voices" edition, bringing you great debut readings from Eden Robins, Julie Rosenthal, Jerry Schwartz, Karen Skalitzky and Brooke Wonders, plus our patented Poem By Bill. Oh, and there is beer, too—80 different types of it. Resolve to be there!

Tuesday Funk convenes Tuesday, February 1, 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. And watch this space over the next couple of weeks for spotlight posts about our readers.

            
Our friend, Julia Borcherts, co-producer of Reading Under the Influence, will be a featured reader at 2nd Story + American Theater Company's night of storytelling on Monday, January 17th at Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln Ave.).

This will be 2nd Story's first foray into fictional storytelling! Based in the classic 2nd Story style of first-person stories told directly to the audience, five 2nd Story storytellers were asked to spin imaginative yarns based on the photograph above. Against the backdrop of the gorgeous upstairs of Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro in Lincoln Square, accompanied by a pianist on their grand piano, join 2nd Story and ATC to see what the muse inspired!

Feature readers include: Julia Borcherts, Megan Stielstra, John Wilson, Sara Kerastas, and CP Chang. Curated by Bobby Biedrzycki. Directed by Katie Klemme. Sound by Mikhail Fiksel.

Doors @ 7pm. Stories start at 7:30pm. Tickets $15.
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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, September 5, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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