Tuesday Funk : October 2014

Meet Our Readers: Maggie Jenkins

            

MaggieJenkins.jpgMaggie Jenkins is a comic, storyteller, writer, runner and rapper. She has been a featured storyteller at Tuesday Funk, Write Club, Guts and Glory, Essay Fiesta and Story Club North Side, among others. Maggie is the co-producer of Serving the Sentence -- held the second Sunday of each month at Towbar in Rogers Park -- which features readers telling stories beginning with the same audience-suggested first sentence.

A five-time Chicago Marathoner, she is the co-founder of the blog RulesforRunning.com and a contributor to NBC Chicago's running blog, Stride. Maggie also is a member of She's Crafty, Chicago's all-female Beastie Boys tribute. Find out more about Maggie's other upcoming appearances at maggiekay.org.

Please join Maggie and all our in-demand readers on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Melinda McIntire

            

reading.jpgMelinda McIntire is the co-founder of Solo in the 2nd City, a blog about dating and relationships. She specializes in writing about dating, sex, and relationships for various publications and editing bad online dating profiles. She lives in Pilsen with her two dogs and yes, is very much single.

Please join Melinda and all our sexy readers on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: William Shunn

            

William Shunn (photo by Dave Bias)
William Shunn is a former host and producer of Tuesday Funk. He lives with his wife Laura Chavoen and their wheaten terrier Ella in New York City, where he writes science fiction. He is working on a short film, Stand Up, and will publish his memoir, tentatively titled The Accidental Terrorist, in 2015. Learn more, including how to properly format your manuscript, at shunn.net.

Please join Bill and all our Chicagoan-at-heart readers on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Keesha Beckford

            

Keesha.jpgBefore her two children re-choreographed her life, Keesha Beckford was a professional dancer who performed in the U.S. and in Europe. Today she teaches modern and jazz dance in the Chicago area. She is also the human cyclone behind the blog Mom's New Stage. A multitasker at heart, she shows fierce skills at simultaneously writing, choreographing, checking Facebook and Pinterest updates, playing the role of a mother named Joan "Kumbaya" Crawford, and overcooking food. Keesha is one of the select contributing authors of In The Powder Room's first anthology, You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth. Her writing has been featured on Mamapedia, The Huffington Post, and in the bestselling anthology I Just Want to Pee Alone.

Please join Keesha and all our multitasking readers on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Tuesday Funk #75 - Nov. 4, 2014

            

The weather may be getting cooler, but there's nothing like a little live lit to warm you up. On Nov. 4, Andrew Huff and Eden Robins co-host the November edition of Chicago's eclectic monthly reading series, with readings by Tom Haley, Maggie Jenkins, Melinda McIntire, Keesha Beckford and former co-host William Shunn!.

The reading gets underway on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, at 7:30 pm in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Doors open at 7:00 pm sharp -- no earlier, unfortunately, but get there as close to 7 as possible to grab a table, as the room fills up quickly. Our lovely bartender Mark has a beer for you, and stop downstairs before or after the show for a nice meal. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older.

RSVP right here and bring a friend. And hey, become a fan of the show on Facebook so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. See you on Nov. 4!

Tuesday Funk for Nov. 4, 2014

Fall Haiku Action from Andrew Huff

            

The October 7th edition of Tuesday Funk was super eclectic, and so were co-host Andrew Huff's topical haiku.

Nature's fall rainbow:
red, orange, yellow and green --
but also grey, brown.

Better 52
for the furnace to break at
than 32.

Often your day job,
red pencil at the ready,
edits your night, too.

Teenage Islamic State
is less frightening to me
than ebola is.

Ebola is less
frightening to me than
anti-vacciners.

October debriefing

            

IMG_20141007_205528044.jpgAnother month cruised by, another Tuesday Funk delighted our senses. Time, how quickly she passes. Sunrise, sunset.

We started off with a story of love and Chicago with a twist of death (who could resist such a combination?) by Noel Jones, followed by an excerpt from Lori Rader-Day's gripping mystery novel, The Black Hour, and then Mark Turcotte left us shaking with an intense memoir-ish piece about his parents before they ever met.

We needed beer, and we needed it from Mark, who gave it to us in exchange for valid currency.

We were ready for round two! Dmitry Samarov told us two tales of being a cab driver in Chicago, from his most recent memoir Where To? A Hack Memoir. And then Paul McComas and Maya Kuper closed out the night with a moving musical/spoken word extravaganza based on McComas's novel UNPLUGGED that featured, yes, a real-live keytar.

It was a night to remember, and we have two more nights to remember in 2014 (you will remember NO OTHER NIGHTS). Join us on Tuesday, November 4th for Tuesday Funk #75 when we shall delight in the readings of Tom Haley, Maggie Jenkins, Melinda McIntire, Keesha Beckford, and former co-host William Shunn!

Reminder: Tuesday Funk #74 is tonight!

            

We here at Tuesday Funk love to use the weather as a metaphor for the passage of time, and this month is no exception - we're bundled up in our scarves and hip jackets, enjoying the changing colors and various pumpkin-flavored things, and tonight we are going to warm ourselves by the glow of our extremely talented readers at Tuesday Funk #74!

So join co-hosts Andrew Huff and Eden Robins at the hearth and listen to Mark Turcotte, Paul McComas & Maya Kuper, Lori Rader-Day, Noël Jones, and Dmitry Samarov!

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: Mark Turcotte

            

Mark Turcotte, photo credit S. Neill - Copy.JPGMark Turcotte (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) is author of four poetry collections, including The Feathered Heart and Exploding Chippewas. His poems and stories have appeared in POETRY, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Sentence, Hunger Mountain, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner and other literary journals and anthologies.

His work is included in the Poetry Society's Poetry In Motion project, as well as the Poetry Foundation/NEA recitation program, Poetry Out Loud. He has been the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Grant, two Literary Fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board, and a Josephine Gates Kelly Memorial Fellowship from Wordcraft Circle. He was the 2008 Visiting Native Writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, and served as Visiting Writer-In-Residence for Spring 2014 at the Center For The Writing Arts at Northwestern University. Since 2009 he has been a Visiting Assistant Professor in English and Creative Writing at DePaul University.

Please join Mark and all our talented readers on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event 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, August 1, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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