Tuesday Funk : October 2015

Meet Our Readers: Elaine Hegwood Bowen

            

Elaine Bowen headshot.jpgElaine Hegwood Bowen is a veteran journalist and native South-Sider who has covered both Chicago's urban and suburban communities. Elaine has been writing for the Chicago Crusader newspaper since 1994. In her book, Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago, Elaine shares her recollections of what life was like growing up in Englewood, when her parents migrated to Chicago in the early 1950s and purchased a home in 1959. She grounds her stories in exciting childhood adventures, as well as the cultural happenings of the time, discussing such issues as Dr. Martin Luther King, race riots, and integration. She provides a glimpse into what the neighborhood was once like. Elaine has taught at City Colleges of Chicago and Roosevelt University, where she earned undergraduate and graduate Journalism degrees. Her book, and its universal theme, has been covered in local and national broadcast and print media. In her spare time, Elaine covers local and national film festivals & pens movie reviews for www.filmmonthly.com.

Please join Elaine and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Sarah Hollenbeck

            

DSCF7432.JPGSarah Hollenbeck has published personal essays in Dogwood and TriQuarterly. Her essay "A Goldmine" was nominated for a Pushcart and received a Notable Mention in Best American Essays 2014. She has performed at Story Club, Guts & Glory, Essay Fiesta, Story Sessions, and The Bodies of Work Festival, among other live lit shows. Sarah is currently (very slowly) writing a collection of essays that explores the experiences of women living with invisible and visible disabilities. But she's been a little distracted from her writing since buying Women & Children First, one of the last remaining feminist bookstores in the country. As the store's co-owner she has been featured in New City's Lit50 issue and in Publisher's Weekly Star Watch, an annual list that recognizes 40 youngsters within the U.S. book trade who have distinguished themselves as future leaders of the publishing industry.

Please join Sarah and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: William Shunn

            

William Shunn, photo by Colin Poellot
William Shunn is a former host and producer of Tuesday Funk. His memoir, The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary, will appear from Sinister Regard Publishers on November 10th. Of the book, Cory Doctorow has said, "This just may be my favorite true-life amazing-but-true tale--never has threatening an aircraft been funnier or more thought-provoking."

Since his first publication in 1993, Bill's short fiction has appeared in Salon, Storyteller, Bloodstone Review, Newtown Literary, Asimov's Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Science Fiction Age, Realms of Fantasy, Electric Velocipede, and various anthologies and year's-best collections. His work has been shortlisted for the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. His chapbook An Alternate History of the 21st Century appeared from Spilt Milk Press in 2007, and his novella Cast a Cold Eye, written with Derryl Murphy, came out from PS Publishing in 2009.

He currently lives in New York City with his wife, Laura Chavoen, and their soft-coated wheaten terrier, Ella the Wonder Dog. For more fun, visit www.shunn.net or follow @shunn on Twitter.

Please join Bill and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Nick Disabato

            

nickd-press2.jpgNick Disabato is a designer and writer from Logan Square. He runs an interaction design consultancy called Draft, and once wrote a book called Cadence & Slang about his field. He also once stole a bottle menu from the Hopleaf and spent two years checking off the whole thing. He is not sorry about this.

Please join Nick and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Tuesday Funk #87: Nov. 3, 2015

            

Warm up with a cold beer and your favorite eclectic monthly reading series! Tuesday Funk returns to the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Co-hosts Eden Robins and Andrew Huff welcome guests Sarah Hollenbeck, Nick Disabato, Kyle Thiessen, Elaine Hegwood Bowen, and former co-host William Shunn. Bill is flying back from New York to read from his new memoir, The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary, which will be available Nov. 10.

Doors open at 7:00 pm -- no earlier, we're serious. Don't ruin it for everyone else. But do get there as close to 7 as you can, because the room fills up quickly (hence no admittance before 7). The show starts at 7:30 pm. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older.

Don't forget to RSVP on Facebook and bring a friend. And if you're not already, become a fan so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings.

Tuesday Funk for November 3, 2015

October debriefing

            

IMG_20151012_085219.jpgWhat a night! It was our first evening with Jason - bartender extraordinaire nouveau - as well as our standard amazing lineup of readers! Carly Oishi started things off right with a crazy, hilarious story about how Steve Harvey dubbed her "Illinois' Worst Dater." Co-host Eden Robins jumped in to read a microessay about her childhood cat being sent to live on a "farm," and Jen Masengarb followed with a series of lovely haiku about the CTA and Chicago winters. And Tom Haley finished the half with a story about a man who wakes up one day to discover that he is a dentist.

Jason handed us drinks with aplomb, and we drank them.

Co-host Andrew Huff then read a story about the very first home he ever lived in as an adult and the crazy shenanigans he got up to there, and finally Coya Paz told us about the wildness of being a mother... and the question of whether or not to do more mothering.

It was a wild night all around, and we'll be doing it again on Tuesday, November 3rd for Tuesday Funk #87! With readings from Sarah Hollenbeck, Nick Disabato, Kyle Thiessen, Elaine Hegwood Bowen, and former co-host William Shunn!

Autumn is a Haiku

            

The Oct. 6th edition of Tuesday Funk included a trio of haiku from co-host Andrew Huff

The battle begins.
Halloween versus Christmas
on store shelves now.

Be careful around
Derrick Rose. One wrong move and
he might break again.

Facebook going down
meant sudden increased office
productivity.

Reminder: Tuesday Funk #86 is tonight!

            

We can promise you one thing: there will be no pumpkin spice at Tuesday Funk #86. But there will be Jen Masengarb, Coya Paz, Andrew Huff, Carly Oishi, and Tom Haley! And, of course, your favorite co-hosts Andrew Huff and Eden Robins.

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: Tom Haley

            

tom.jpgTom Haley is a writer who recently injured a disk in his spine due to having wimpy core muscles. Don't worry. This happens to millions of people, and he's just fine. He's exercising on a daily basis now, and is feeling much better.

Tom has published several essays, and has previously busied himself as a grad student, writing teacher, copywriter, and book critic. He currently lives in Logan Square with his two sons, and works as a creative director for a Chicago marketing agency called Jellyvision.

Please join Tom and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Coya Paz

            

Coya-13.jpgCoya Paz is a writer, director, and lip gloss connoisseur who was raised in Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, and the United States. She is the Artistic Director of Free Street Theater, founded in 1969, way way way before she was born, and an Assistant Professor in The Theater School at DePaul University. Above all, Coya believes in the power of poetry and performance to build community towards social change.

Please join Coya and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

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