Our next event takes place Tuesday, May 1, 2018, and will include readings from Rachel Arndt, James Finn Garner, Felix Jung, Elizabeth Metzger Sampson, and Michi Trota. 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: Jonathan Jones

            

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Jonathan Winston Jones has struggled more to come out as a writer than he did when coming out as gay. Whenever he hits his stride with his writing, he hears the voice of his deceased grandfather who raised him saying, "Writing usually doesn't pay the bills." Jones works as senior analyst in the Federal government and has gained expertise in the labyrinthine matter that is the U.S. health care system. His primary focus is on Medicaid, the program for the poor. Jones holds two master's degrees, one in human rights from University of Manchester and a second in public policy from University of Chicago. He's working, albeit slowly, through the MFA at Northwestern. He has also moonlighted as a journalist focused on LGBT issues, with articles appearing in The Advocate, CNN, and The Des Moines Register.

Please join Jonathan and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 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.

Meet Our Readers: Edward Moses

            

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In 2000, Edward Moses's diverse musical upbringing began to suddenly make a lot of sense, as the whirlwinds of albums his parents had at home merged with his sudden discovery of Hip-Hop and Slam Poetry, all in a single summer. 17 years later, he's shared stages with Rap luminaries like Aesop Rock and Gift of Gab, all while trying to float his sneaker habit by disguising himself as a mild-mannered IT specialist at a Chicago start-up. Hailed as one of those "your favorite Chicago indie rapper's favorite indie rapper"-sort of folks, but also likely to talk your ear off about anything from the woes and Sisyphean doldrums of finding rare House records, to tiering systems in Capcom fighting games (yes, seriously).

Please join Edward and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 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.

Meet Our Readers: Alicia Swiz

            

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Alicia Swiz is a professor, performer, and professional feminist. Drawing from her personal experience and her academic training, Alicia Swiz facilitates conversations about gender, sex and pop culture. She is the host of the monthly showcase, Feminist Happy Hour, and SlutTalk, a sex-positive storytelling series and Q&A. You can follow her on the Internet @aliciaswiz.

Please join Alicia and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 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.

Meet Our Readers: Tiffany Gholar

            

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Tiffany Gholar is a lifelong Chicago resident. She is the author of three art books: Post-Consumerism, Imperfect Things, and The Doll Project. A Bitter Pill to Swallow is her first novel, which started out as a short story she wrote during the summer of 1993 when she was about to begin her freshman year of high school. She studied art, creative writing and film at the University of Chicago, where adapting her story into a screenplay was her thesis project. In addition to taking classes in an MFA program in fiction writing at Columbia College, she also studied interior design at Harrington College of Design, and has a Masters Degree in painting from Governors State University. She is an artist, writer, interior designer, and Jeopardy! champion.

Please join Tiffany and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 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.

Meet Our Readers: Hannah Gamble

            

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Hannah Gamble is a poet, essayist, editor, performer,and educator. Her first book, Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast, won the National Poetry Series in 2011. In 2014 she received a Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg fellowship from The Poetry Foundation. You can find her writing on the Poetry Foundation website, and in magazines such as The Believer, jubilat, Fanzine, and the American Poetry Review. On the 23rd of this month, she will be the host of "Art Show Tonight," a monthly art and music late-night show at The Burlington in Logan Square.

Please join Hannah and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 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.

Tuesday Funk #107 -- Aug. 1, 2017

            

After taking July off for a certain patriotic holiday, Tuesday Funk is back August 1! Join us in the upstairs lounge of Hopleaf in Andersonville as we welcome Jonathan Jones, Edward Moses, Tiffany Gholar, Hannah Gamble and Alicia Swiz to read at your favorite eclectic reading series!

As always, doors open at 7 pm (no earlier, but arrive as close to 7 as possible or risk not getting a table) and the show starts at 7:30 pm. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older. Please RSVP on Facebook — and while you're there, like our page so you get our announcements right in your stream.

Tuesday Funk #107 - Aug. 1, 2017

Sponsored by the Chicago Review of Books.

Warm Haiku for June

            

At the 106th edition of Tuesday Funk on June 6, covfefe cohost Andrew Huff read a handful of his patented topical haiku.

Pea tendrils each out
as warmer breezes arrive.
Gardens awaken.

"Pollen hurts my eyes"
doesn't sound very cool, so
I call it "tree sex."

--

Racists lament the
Confederate monuments
removed in NOLA.

What other cultures
insist on venerating
a war's losing side?

--

It's their second date.
Chance for a third hinges on
this awkward moment.

June 2017 Debriefing

            

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The weather on Tuesday was great, and so were the stories at Tuesday Funk!

Juan Martinez led us off with a story from his book, Best Worst American, about the love not lost between family members. Next, Nadine Kenney Johnstone shared an excerpt from her book, Of This Much I'm Sure, followed by Elizabeth Gomez read an essay ranting about being questioned about "what she is," among other things.

We took a break to refresh our drinks, after which cohost Andrew Huff read a few of his topical haiku. Then Lori Rader-Day read a portion of her latest novel, The Day I Died. Finally, Scott Whitehair closed us out with a story about Niagara Falls.

We'll be taking a break in July since the first Tuesday happens to be the Fourth. But we'll be back on Tuesday, August 1 — stay tuned for news about our next stellar lineup! If you haven't yet, follow Tuesday Funk on Instagram for more photos from the shows. And hope to see you in August!

            

Come bask in the warmth of our summery readers tonight - Nadine Kenney Johnstone, Elizabeth Gomez, Scott Whitehair, Juan Martinez, and Lori Rader-Day! The evening will be capably co-hosted by Andrew Huff and Eden Robins, as is our custom.

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: Scott Whitehair

            

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Scott Whitehair is an international storyteller, producer, and instructor. He is the producer of long running personal narrative series This Much Is True, creator of Story Lab Chicago, which has put 450+ new tellers on stage since 2011, and director of Do Not Submit, a citywide series of open mics with the goal of bringing neighbors together to hear each other. He tells stories anywhere someone will listen, including festivals, bars, bookstores, parking lots, and on NPR, Sirius XM, and the Risk podcast. His monthly independent class has been selling out consistently for over five years, and he works with a wide variety of individuals, non-profits, and companies to help them develop their voices as storytellers. Scott recently was the featured instructor at Hong Kong Story Worthy Week, headlined by David Sedaris, and taught an intensive at All Hallows College in Dublin.

Please join Scott and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 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.

Please join Scott and all our tremendous readers for Tuesday Funk #106, Tuesday, June 6, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf in Chicago. Admission is free!

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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, May 1, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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