Tuesday Funk : February 2011

Meet Our Readers: Joe Weintraub

            

For the past thirty or so years Joe Weintraub has been publishing fiction, essays, translations, and poetry in all sorts of literary reviews and periodicals, from The Massachusetts Review to Modern Philology.

He has had one-act plays produced in New York City and Naperville, and has been an Around-the-Coyote and StoneSong poet as well as a featured author in readings at such Chicago landmarks as the Uptown Writers Space, the Red Lion Pub, the Mix, and the Bourgeois Pig. He is pleased to be adding Hopleaf and Tuesday Funk to that list.

 

Joe_Weintraub.jpgJoin Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Joe and our talented group of readers on March 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Meet Our Readers: Steven H Silver

            

Steven H Silver is a publisher, editor, author, poet, and reviewer ... in his "free time." When he isn't messing around in the literary arts, he raises his two daughters, spends time with his wife, and shores up the foundation of his house so it doesn't collapse under the weight of books—his own personal collection and the warehouse for ISFiC Press.

Steven has been questioned by the police outside the KGB building in Russia, spent several days chauffeuring Buzz Aldrin, and was a Jeopardy! champion. His writing has been features in Zombie Raccoons & Killer Bunnies, Helix, BookPage, Love & Rockets, and The New York Review of Science Fiction, and amazingly enough has been translated into French, Japanese, and Russian.

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Join Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Steven and our talented group of readers on March 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Meet Our Readers: Keith Ecker

            

Keith Ecker is the co-producer of Essay Fiesta, a monthly reading series at the Book Cellar. Keith_Ecker.jpgHe has been invited to read at numerous shows throughout Chicago. He is also a professional freelance writer, specializing in travel, technology and law, and a theater critic for the Chicago Theater Blog. When he's not writing, he's sleeping.

Join Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Keith and our talented group of readers on March 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Meet Our Readers: Jenny Seay

            

Jenny Seay was in the third grade when she first decided to be a writer. Her pursuit of this dream has never been simple or straightforward, but she continues to follow it anyway, knowing that the journey has taken her to some pretty interesting and unexpected places.

 

Jenny recently completed her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago, and is the founder and Artistic Director of Tamale Hut Cafe Presents: a semi-monthly reading series. Her work has appeared in publications such as TimeOut Chicago, Venus Zine, Punk PlanetSwink, and Hair Trigger. Lately all she can think about outside of work is finishing her novel, a coming-of-age tale involving professional wrestling.

 

Jenny_Seay.jpgJoin Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Jenny and our talented crew of readers on March 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Meet Our Readers: Maggie Kast

            

Maggie Kast grew up with egg nog on Christmas morning and clambakes on the beach in summer. She learned to cook from Fannie Farmer and Julia Child, while marriage broadened her horizons to inlcude Tafelspitz and Salburger Nockerln. Her M.F.A.—Writing from Vermont College was nourished by New England Culinary Institute's whimsical food service: funny eggs for breakfast and ice sculptures at night.

Food figures in her stories in The Sun, Nimrod, Rosebud, Paper Street and others and in her book, The Crack between the Worlds: a dancer's memoir of loss, faith and family, as well as in her blog, ritualandrhubarbpie.blogspot.com. No food in her essays in America, Writer's Chronicle, Image Journal and ACM/Another Chicago Magazine.

She is currently at work on a novel, tentatively titled Starting at the End. An excerpt from the novel, "Just Ducky" is forthcoming in spring 2011 in Crave It: Writers and Artists Do Food, an anthology of visual art and writing from Red Claw Press.

 

Maggie_Kast2.jpgJoin Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Maggie and our talented group of readers on March 1 at 7:30 p.m.  

Tuesday Funk likes Write Club

            

writeclub.jpg By the way, Funkers, there's a most excellent literary face-off coming your way tonight at The Hideout, where impressario Ian Belknap regularly hosts Write Club, a bare-knuckle brawl where words are weapons.

Tonight's edition of this long-running tradition features, among the other bouts, Essay Fiesta hosts Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon squaring off on the subject of BOY vs. GIRL. Who's your money on?

Alyson read for us on January 4th, Keith will appear March 1st, and Ian will drop by our podium April 5th. But to see them all in one exciting evening, be sure to drop by The Hideout tonight at 7:00 pm, 1354 W. Wabansia in Chicago. Suggested donation $8.

Tuesday Funk #32: March 1st

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When March rolls in, can spring be far behind? Well ... in Chicago? Yes, yes, it can. So what can you do but march on down to Hopleaf and join Tuesday Funk in our continuing resolution to defy winter with great readers and great beers?

The February blizzard did its best to shut us down but failed, and this time around in our proud, unbroken literary tradition we'll be bringing you rabble-rousing readings from Joe Weintraub, Keith Ecker, Maggie Kast, Steven H Silver and Jenny Seay, not to mention our patented Poem By Bill. Oh, and the beer, the beer—80 varieties of it.

Tuesday Funk convenes Tuesday, March 1, 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 Ian Belknap, Scott Smith, J.H. Palmer, Paul McComas, Lisa Chalem, Bradley P. Beaulieu, William Shunn, and more. One of us, one of us...

February debriefing

            

A foot of snow, and way more coming The amp Eden Robins signals the audience to read their part Eden's Tuesday Funk audience participation handout! Jackie Adamski Brooke Wonders

I've posted elsewhere a more subjective account of last week's February episode of Tuesday Funk. It was an amazing evening, made all the more remarkable by the fact that it took place in the midst of the Great Chicago Blizzard of 2011. Our brave readers and bold audience alike—a perfect 10 in total—braved winds up to 50 mph and deepening snow to witness an event made all the more special by the roar of death outside the windows of the ghost town that was Hopleaf. Still, the evening was not what it could have been had just one more person showed up—you.

Tuesday Funk's amazing audience But, to recap, here's what you would have seen if you'd been crazy enough to brave the blizzard. Eden Robins distributed a script that invited audience participation in her hilariously nightmarish tale of fratboy antics. Last-minute fill-in Jackie Adamski favored us with a varied selection of poems, vignettes, and six-sentence stories. Rather than a Poem by Bill, our host presented a blizzard-special Poem by Bob from Brooklyn writer Robert J. Howe. Brooke Wonders delighted us with an excerpt from her novella about a very unusual book. And finally, host William Shunn read his short story "Care and Feeding of Your Piano," out now in the latest issue of Electric Velocipede.

And there was also beer. Thank God the blizzard didn't keep that away.

So that's what you missed at the last Tuesday Funk. The good news is twofold. First, the readers who were detained by the storm—in fact, all the readers, whether absent or present—will be back at a later date so more than just a select ten can hear their work. Second, we'll be back at Hopleaf on Tuesday, March 1 with an all-new evening of readings from Keith Ecker, Maggie Kast, Joe Weintraub, Jenny Seay and Steven H. Silver, and another patented Poem by Bill. Mark your calendars now, and let's hope Mother Nature doesn't put her foot down again next month.

            

Sole survivor Snowmageddon? Snowpocalypse? 'Snow problem! Even a blizzard orchestrated by our enemies can't keep Tuesday Funk down! Don't take any unnecessary chances with this weather, but if you want to be one of The Few, The Proud, The Frozen, then strap on your showshoes and come out to Hopleaf tonight (Tuesday, February 1st) to join your hosts Sara Ross and William Shunn for the 31st entry in our theoretically infinite Tuesday Funk reading series!

With a bit of reconfiguring of the program thanks to the storm, we'll be bringing you poetry, fiction, essays, and more from the likes of Eden Robins, Jerry Schwartz, Karen Skalitzky, Brooke Wonders, and our own William Shunn. That's five great readers for the mere price of a beer. Mush!

(And fear not, Julie Rosenthal fans! We'll have her and any other reader unavoidably detained by the blizzard back to read for you at the earliest possible date.)

Hopleaf is at 5148 N. Clark St. in Chicago. The reading begins at 7:30 pm in the upstairs lounge. The lounge opens at 7:00 pm. Arrive early for a seat!

As always, the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf is cash-only, so be prepared. Remember also that no food is allowed in the upstairs lounge, and only those 21 and over can be admitted.

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About Us

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, January 2, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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