Tuesday Funk : April 2011

Meet Our Readers: Tim W. Brown

            

Tim W. Brown was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois. In 1983 he graduated summa cum laude from Northern Illinois University with a degree in American studies. He is the author of four novels, Deconstruction Acres (1997), Left of the Loop (2001), Walking Man (2008), and Second Acts (2010), which won the 2010 London Book Festival Award for General Fiction.

Brown's fiction, poetry and nonfiction have appeared in over two hundred publications, including Another Chicago Magazine, The Bloomsbury Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Chelsea, Chiron Review, Colorado Review, The Ledge, Main Street Rag, New Observations, Oyez Review, Pleiades, Poetry Project Newsletter, Rain Taxi Review of Books, Rockford Review, Slipstream, Small Press Review and Storyhead. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, specializing in reviewing small-press books, and he has received literature grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Poets & Writers, and the National Writer's Voice, as well as a fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation.

A long-time resident of Chicago, where he was a fixture in that city's literary scene as a writer, performer, and publisher of the poetry zine Tomorrow Magazine (1982-1999), Brown moved to New York in 2003. He currently earns his living as a writer at Bloomberg LP.

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211192_158947337500181_6755529_n.jpgJoin our friends From The Chicago Way series this Sunday, May 1st as tehy host a release party for Issue 4.1 of the fine literary journal Criminal Class Review, www.criminalclasspress.com, with short readings from local contributors Eric May, Patricia Ann McNair, Gary Johnson, Tomo Popp, Gint Aras, Gene Gregorits, and Jeff Kerr. They're featuring more Chicago crime -- both non-fiction and fiction. 

They'll host an audience-interactive Q&A with author Jonathan Eig, whose bestselling book, "Get Capone," has just been released in paperback. And they'll round out the evening with a themed, interactive game, complete with prizes. No cover charge!

Find them in the back room at The Hidden Shamrock, 2723 N. Halstead Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information and author bios, visit their website: www.chicagowayseries.com.  

            

Bradley P. Beaulieu is the author of The Winds of Khalakovo, the first of three planned books in "The Lays of Anuskaya" series. In addition to being an L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Award winner, Brad's stories have appeared in various other publications, including Realms of Fantasy Magazine, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Writers of the Future 20, and several anthologies from DAW Books. His story, "In the Eyes of the Empress's Cat," was voted a Notable Story of 2006 in the Million Writers Award.

Like any writer, Brad had a lot of influences along the way, but the ones that stand out the most are J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, C.S. Friedman, Guy Gavriel Kay, Tim Powers, and (last but not least) Glen Cook. Brad is a software engineer by day, wrangling code into something resembling usefulness. He is also an amateur cook. He loves to cook spicy dishes, particularly Mexican and southwestern. He lives in Racine, Wisconsin with his wife and two children. As time goes on, however, Brad finds that his hobbies are slowly being whittled down to these two things: family and writing. In that order...

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Come hear Brad and the rest of our crew read May 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

Meet Our Readers: Brooke Wonders

            

Brooke Wonders is a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she studies trauma theory and nonfiction, while secretly writing dark fantasy on the side. This summer she will be attending the storied Clarion Writers' Workshop in San Diego on a partial scholarship. Ask her how excited she is by this. On second thought, don't. She may explode.

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Join us Tuesday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. to hear Brooke and our whole crew read at Hopleaf's upstairs bar.

Meet Our Readers: Scott Smith

            

Scott Smith has two jobs, at present. The one he gets paid for in dollars involves digital strategy at Chicago magazine. The one he gets paid for in experience and graying hair involves parenting his daughter Abigail with his wife Erin.

The limited time he has left in the day is usually spent on Twitter, metaphorically framing life events in terms of comic books or West Wing episodes: twitter.com/ourmaninchicago.

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Check out Scott and the rest of our crew on Tuesday, May 3rd, at 7:30 p.m. in Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

            

WindsofKhalakovo_TP_Cover_r4_med.jpg We'll have more to tell you about Bradley P. Beaulieu in the next week or so, since he'll be part of our upcoming Tuesday Funk reading on May 3rd. But in case you're near Milwaukee today and need something fun to do, we wanted to let you know about this afternoon's book launch party for Brad's new epic fantasy novel, The Winds of Khalakovo.

Drop by the Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee this afternoon, Saturday, April 23rd, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, where Brad will be reading from The Winds of Khalakovo and signing copies.

Then stop by the informal after-party at Cafe Hollander from 3:00 to 5:00 pm for music, food, and a rapid-fire reading with some of Brad's writing buddies. We hear there will also be a raffle with all kinds of cool swag to win! (For more info about the launch and after-party, click here.)

Winds is already garnering raves from the likes of Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, so don't miss your chance to pick up a signed copy and party with the up-and-coming author.

And be sure not to miss Brad and the rest of our monstrously talented crew May 3rd at Hopleaf in Chicago!

            

We've told you before about New York City's Laura Peterson Choreography and their campaign to finance a visit to us here in Chicago. Well, apparently you listened to us because the company raised a bit more than their goal of $1,700. Thanks for your help, Funkers!

And tonight you get to reap the rewards of your generosity, as Laura Peterson meets Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown in collision_theory, an evening of entirely improvised music and dance at Links Hall. Tickets are $12.00. Get yours now, and we'll see you there tonight!

What? collision_theory is a series of improvised performances of curated 'blind-dates' between musicians and dancers. At each show, seasoned improvisers from both disciplines meet for the first time to navigate an unpredictable landscape of spontaneous collaboration.

When? April 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Where? Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL

How much $12.00 ($10.00 for students and seniors)

Who? Laura Peterson with company members Kate Martel and Edward Rice will perform an evening-length improvisation with composer Jason Adasiewicz and his musicians! This series was created by Dan Mohr and Rachel Damon as part of Links Hall's Artistic Associate programming.

Tuesday Funk #34: May 3rd

            

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Ah, spring! When birds begin to sing, brooks to babble, books to flit amorously in dappled glens ... and the forecasts call for snow?! But, come sun, rain, or snow, Tuesday Funk will bring you a veritable forest of talent in May, from the likes of Paul McComas, Tim W. Brown, Bradley P. Beaulieu, Brooke Wonders, and our man in Chicago Scott Smith. Oh, and the beer, the beer—eighty varieties of it upstairs alone! It's as if the ales and the lagers were fooling around when everyone's backs were turned.

Tuesday Funk convenes Tuesday, May 3, 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 Brenda Cooper, Sarah K. Castle, Holly McDowell, Kelly Swails, Gregory A. Wilson, Vincent Jorgensen, Eden M. Robins, Jerry Schwartz, and more. Our cup runneth over!

William Shunn on your TV, maybe

            

This weekend, our co-host William Shunn appears on the public-affairs program Senior Network on CAN TV 19, as part of a panel discussion on contemporary science fiction novels and films. The panel also includes Jody Lynn Nye and Edison Blake, and is hosted by Dr. Bob Blackwood.

CAN TV is a Chicago public-access cable network with five separate channels. The episode will air on Channel 19 on Friday, April 8, at 5 pm, and then again on Sunday, April 10, at noon (though we're not sure whether Bill's half-hour will air in the first or second half of the hour). If you get CAN TV 19, please tune in!

On the set at CAN TV

April debriefing

            

Lisa Chalem J.H. Palmer Ian Belknap A rapt Tuesday Funk audience John tends bar Robert K. Elder

I know we say this every month, but if you missed Tuesday Funk #33 last night, you may have missed our strongest evening of readings yet. The rapt audience last night was treated to Lisa Chalem's hilarious and touching reminiscence of how two newlyweds learned to cook, J.H. Palmer's hilarious and sweet recounting of a relationship with an old boyfriend's family that went on a little too long, and Ian Belknap's hilarious and wrenching defense of the proposition that he was, in fact, once an attractive man. And that was only the first half!

Elder Shunn missionary name tag After a break to let our audience visit John the Bartender, we heard a hilarious and whimsical squirrel haiku. (Are you sensing a pattern yet?) Robert K. Elder brought us hilarious and shocking stories of love gone wrong from his brand-new book It Was Over When..., then shared even more hilarious and sad anonymous offerings from our Tuesday Funk audience. And William Shunn—well, we don't feel qualified to call the chapter he read from his Mormon missionary memoir hilarious, necessarily, but people did laugh. And some lady at a table up front cried a little. We think.

Okay, so maybe we will say this was the strongest Tuesday Funk yet. But that only means you won't want to miss a single one of our upcoming events, starting with our reading on May 3rd, which will feature Paul McComas, Tim W. Brown, Brooke Wonders, Scott Smith, and Bradley P. Beaulieu.

Savor the Funk. It gets better with age.

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

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