Kevin 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.
K.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.
Henri 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.
An autumn chill will soon be in the air, and the 98th edition of Tuesday Funk, your favorite eclectic monthly reading series, will soon be back in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Join us in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf for readings by Tom Haley, Kevin Smokler, Henri Harps, KB Jensen and Jen Masengarb.
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.
The 97th edition of Tuesday Funk happened on a hot September night, but the readings were downright cool.
Poet Virginia Bell read an excerpt of her memoir in progress about her relationship with her father. Ryan DiGiorgi followed with a story about backing out of getting a tattoo -- and then getting sent to Mars alone as a prank. Cohost Eden Robins then took us into the intermission with a microessay about financial security and status in America.
After the break, special guest cohost (and regular videographer) Kyle Thiessen read a selection of seasonal and topical haiku -- transcribed below -- and then introduced Gina DeLuca, who shared a personal essay about trying her hand at acting, auditioning for commercials for tampons and mammograms.
Fred Sasaki closed out the night with one of his patented emails, this time directed to Katy Perry about one of his daughters.
Miss the show? You can watch the readers on our YouTube channel, along with videos of past shows.
We'll be back on Tuesday, Oct. 4 with guests Tom Haley, Kevin Smokler, Henri Harps, KB Jensen and Jen Masengarb. Hope to see you there!
While you're still busy metabolizing all that BBQ you ate on Labor Day, come see some great live lit! We've got the likes of Virginia Bell, Fred Sasaki, Ryan DiGiorgi, Gina DeLuca, and Toni Szekeres!
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!
Ryan DiGiorgi makes video games, but he just started doing it and it still feels like a weird thing to say out loud. Maybe when the games he's been working on come out later this year as part of the Jackbox Party Pack 3, his job will seem more like a real thing. He also writes fiction, edits comedy videos, and plays a lot of video games. But now it's for research.
Please join Ryan and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.
Tori Szekeres is a writer living somewhere in Chicago's northwest suburbs. She previously read with storytelling shows such as Miss Spoken, Serving the Sentence, The Stoop and That's All She Wrote. You can see her writing on sites like Consequence of Sound, The Midwestival and Great Lakes Review. Follow her on Twitter @toriszekeres.
Please join Tori and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.
Gina DeLuca is a Chicago-based writer and performer. She has read her essays at Steppenwolf, CiC, The Annoyance, and other theaters and venues around town. "Relatively Meaningless," her solo show featuring a reading of her comedic essays and stories, was recently Chicago Reader recommended. She improvises weekly at iO and CiC theaters and occasionally reads at Flat Iron Comedy and Spitballin at Quenchers Saloon.
Please join Gina and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.
Fred Sasaki is the art director for Poetry magazine and a gallery curator for the Poetry Foundation. He is the author of Real Life Emails (Tiny Hardcore Press, 2017) and the zine series Fred Sasaki's and Fred Sasaki's Four-Pager Guide To: How to Fix You.
Please join Fred and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.
Tuesday Funk is an eclectic Chicago reading series, hosted by Andrew Huff and Eden Robins, showcasing a mix of fiction, poetry, and essays the first Tuesday of every month. Join us next on October 4, 7:30 pm, upstairs at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640.