Tuesday Funk : May 2011
            

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Hold the hyperspatial presses! To celebrate June and July, Tuesday Funk is bringing you one out-of-this-world evening on one very special date.

Our "Science Fiction Sextuple Feature" will take place June 21st at Hopleaf Bar, and will feature science fiction and fantasy writers from Funk alum Brad Beaulieu's Wellspring Workshop. Beam on up for readings from the likes of Brenda Cooper, Sarah K. Castle, Holly McDowell, Vincent Jorgensen, Kelly Swails and Gregory A. Wilson, not to mention a Poem By Bill. And don't forget the beer—eighty varieties of it upstairs alone! We dare you to find a better selection in the solar system.

Tuesday Funk convenes Tuesday, June 21, 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 Julie Rosenthal, Karen Skalitzky, Eden M. Robins, Jerry Schwartz, Sondra Morin, and some big, big surprises.

            

C'thool who? You may be forgiven if you're not familiar with the most infamous of H.P. Lovecraft's Great Old Ones, but we'll never forgive you if you can't spare ten minutes and forty-seven seconds for this short Cthulhu story read live on our stage May 3rd by Brooke Wonders.

We here at the Funk have been striving to record more and more of our participants, and managed to get every last one of them at our most recent outing. Watch this space for more videos from that event, and let us know how you like them. And please be sure to join us next on June 21st at Hopleaf!

May debriefing

            

Scott Smith reads at Tuesday Funk Brooke Wonders reads at Tuesday Funk Brad Beaulieu reads at Tuesday Funk William Shunn reads at Tuesday Funk Tim W. Brown reads at Tuesday Funk Paul McComas reads at Tuesday Funk

We're sounding like a broken record at this point, but if you missed Tuesday Funk #34 last night, you definitely missed our best reading yet. Want to hear about it? Okay, fine.

brokenrecord.jpg Our delighted audience last night heard Scott Smith recount his plan to indoctrinate his newborn daughter in the cult of the female superhero (see below), Brooke Wonders dislodge a recalcitrant Cthulhu from an inconvenient nostril, and Bradley P. Beaulieu singe the sin clean out of a character from his acclaimed new novel The Winds of Khalakovo. And that was just for starters.

After a break to let our audience visit John the Bartender, co-host William Shunn read a longer-than-usual poem, "Infidel Dog." Tim W. Brown flung us like Connecticut Yankees back to 1830s America in an excerpt from his new novel Second Acts. And Paul McComas, author of Unforgettable: Harrowing Futures, Horrors, and (Dark) Humor ... well, you're just going to have to wait a few days for the video on that one. You won't believe the fish story he told.

So get in the groove, and don't miss our next reading! Our Science Fiction Sextuple Feature will take place on the special date of Tuesday, June 21st, and will feature writers from the Wellspring Workshop to include Brenda Cooper, Sarah K. Castle, Holly McDowell, Vincent Jorgensen, Kelly Swails and Gregory A. Wilson.. It's gonna be out of this world.

            

Sheriff Rebar's back in town Reach for the sky, pardner!

No, wait, put your hands down! We meant that in an entirely metaphorical and inspirational sense, which is why we're bringing you the entirely inspirational and not at all metaphorical lineup of talent at tonight's edition of Tuesday Funk. That's the monthly Chicago reading series where good writing and good beer mix, and where this evening we're celebrating our 34th big episode!

Our amazing guests tonight will include the up-to-the-minute reportage of Scott Smith, the phantasmagorical fiction of Brooke Wonders, the epic fantasy of Bradley P. Beaulieu, the time-twisting humor of Tim W. Brown, and the harrowing futures of Paul McComas. We'll also throw in a not-quite-epic Poem By Bill for no additional charge. It promises to be the best reading of what has so far been a stellar season, so you won't want to miss it. And the event is absolutely free, though if you want to buy a beer or two, we sure would be obliged.

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 and 21 and over. Remember also that no food can be brought in from the restaurant.

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Meet Our Readers: Paul McComas

            

Paul McComas is the author of four critically acclaimed books—two novels, Planet of the Dates (currently in development as a Hollywood feature) and Unplugged, and the short-story collections Unforgettable: Harrowing Futures, Horrors, and (Dark) Humor and Twenty Questions (now in its third printing)—as well as the editor of two anthologies, First Person Imperfect and Further Persons Imperfect. He recently co-authored the novel Logan's Journey (slated for 2012 publication) with William F. Nolan, bestselling author of the science-fiction classic Logan's Run, and is currently editing an anthology of "place-based fiction" called Proving Grounds.

His short narrative films and videos have garnered international, national, and regional prizes, been screened at festivals worldwide, and been shown on network, public, and cable TV.

Since 1987, Paul—two-time recipient of the Chicago Reader's Critic's Choice—has performed his own work at ninety theaters and other venues nationwide, as well as on National Public Radio's "Tavis Smiley Show" and on numerous NPR affiliates. The Chicago Tribune calls his performance style "urgent and mesmerizing," and the Chicago Sun-Times says, "No one is doing in-store readings as lively."

Since 1998, Paul has taught writing, literature, and film at numerous sites and at multiple levels, from adult-ed to Master's programs, winning teaching awards from Northwestern and National-Louis universities. He has been a Visiting Artist at twenty universities, academies, and arts-centered high schools, and he lectures about literature and writing nationwide, in part through Chicago's News & Views speakers' bureau.

Paul founded the teen-suicide-prevention program Rock Against Depression (1995-2000) and received the Mental Health Association's Distinguished Service Award. He is also a Leadership Circle inductee of the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN). Paul's anthologies, charity concerts, Dayna Clay CD, "No-Budget Theatre" DVD, and Amateur two-CD set have raised $10,500 to date for RAINN, mental-health outreach, wilderness preservation, at-risk youth, and blood services (he recently donated his one-hundredth pint).

Paul has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Evanston Arts Council, Northwestern University, and Notre Dame University.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Paul received a BA in English from Lawrence University and an MA in Film from Northwestern. He and wife Heather McComas, a fellow fiction writer, live in Evanston, IL, with their newly adopted rescue greyhound, Sam.

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Hear Paul read Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. with the rest of our crew at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

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

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