July 2014 | Tuesday Funk
July 2014

Meet Our Readers: Hannah Gamble


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Hannah Gamble is working on her second book of poems. She is the current artist-in-residence at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. Recent poems appear in The Believer, POETRY, and the American Poetry Review. She lives in Chicago where she performs with the band Everything's Alright, and, occasionally, Slurp's Up.

Please join Hannah and all our incredible readers on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

RIP, Lawrence Santoro


It is with deepest regret that we inform you that Lawrence Santoro, writer, podcaster and so much more, passed away July 25 after a brief battle with duodenal cancer. He was 71. Gapers Block has an obituary.

Larry read at Tuesday Funk twice, in January 2012 and June 2013. Here he is reading "Root Soup, Winter Soup."

Memorial services are set for Friday, Aug. 1, at Lakeview Funeral Home, 1458 W. Belmont Ave. Viewing of closed casket is from 5 to 7pm, followed by a short memorial service at 7pm. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society, noting that you would like it to be earmarked for research into duodenal cancer, or to Imerman Angels, who provide one to one support for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. A toast and celebration of Larry's life is planned for sometime in September.


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Christine Simokaitis' fiction and creative non-fiction has appeared in Calyx, Natural Bridge, Matchbook, Frigg, and many other print and on-line journals, as well as the anthologies, Are We Feeling Better Yet? Women Speak about Healthcare in America and Mourning Sickness. She earned her MFA from Goddard College in 2001. Her work has been shortlisted for, most recently, the Subito Press 2013 prose manuscript competition, and she was nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize. She currently teaches creative writing and composition at Northeastern Illinois University and lives in Chicago with her husband and two sons.

Please join Christine and all our accomplished readers on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Britt Julious


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Britt Julious is a born and bred Chicagoan with a curiosity for weird, synthy music, shiny clothes, crappy television, and snappy pieces of really, really good writing. In 2014, Britt founded Inland, an online and print publication examining contemporary Midwest culture. She also writes for a variety of different publications and organizations including Vice, where she is the Chicago contributor, WBEZ, Pitchfork, Complex, and Rookie. In 2012, The Chicago Reader named her the city's "Best Local Writer Who Excels at Social Media." She is a champion for the underdog and a proud Black Hippie.

Please join Britt and all our excellent readers on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: David Daskal


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David Daskal is a Writer, Salesman and Family Dude living in Chicago. He has written and starred in five one-man shows around Chicago including The Pursuit of Happiness, The Generic News Hour and Habitat.

Please join David and all our other fantastic readers on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.


On one of the coldest days of the year, Jan. 7 2014, Tuesday Funk's show still went on -- and with a full house, no less. Author Ryan Bartelmay read an excerpt from his book Onward Toward What We're Going Toward, in which the protagonist, Chic Waldbeeser, begins to deal with the death of his son by writing haiku.

It might not be the hottest day of the year, but our next edition is Tuesday, Aug. 5, and the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf will be nice and cool. Join us for readings by Hannah Gamble, David Daskal, Christine Simokaitis, Britt Julious and Leah Thomas.

Tuesday Funk #72 - Aug. 5, 2014


Right here in the heart of summer, we've got a hot show foryou. The August edition of Chicago's eclectic monthly reading series will feature Hannah Gamble, David Daskal, Christine Simokaitis, Britt Julious and Leah Thomas. Andrew Huff and Eden Robins cohost as usual.

The reading gets underway on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 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 secure a table, as the room fills up quickly. Grab a beer from Mark at the bar, and stick around afterward (or arrive earlier) for dinner downstairs. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older.

RSVP on Facebook and bring a friend. And hey, become a fan of Tuesday Funk on Facebook so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. See you on Aug. 5!

Tuesday Funk for August 5, 2014

A Midsummer Night's Haiku


At the July 1st edition of Tuesday Funk, co-host Andrew Huff's topical haiku were typically diverse.

San Diego in June
is cool and foggy like this.
Chicago June Gloom?

Staying positive:
It's not Phoenix hot, nor
New Orleans humid.

Supreme Court prefers
corporate personhood to
actual humans.

A derecho is
a fast-moving wall of storm
like Rahm Emanuel.

World Cup Soccer is
over for America's team.
Sad vuvuzela.

July Debriefing


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Whoa. Just whoa. I am running out of exclamations for the amazingness of our readers. July was no exception. Why do you keep missing this show? Was it something I said? Come to the next one... I'll buy you a beer (I probably won't buy you a beer).

Sheri Reda revved our engines with a funny/scary rant about food and the chemicals therein. Norm Doucet tugged at our heartstrings with a story of his post-9/11 experiences in the Marines. Co-host Eden Robins tried to pick up the pieces of our broken hearts with a micro-essay on her own cultural incompetence while traveling. And then Evan Okun blasted our minds and bodies to smithereens with his potent rhymes about justice and addiction and social injustice.

Whew. It was time for a breather. Mark tried to keep up with our collective desire for liquor.

After the break, co-host Andrew Huff skewered Rahm and SCOTUS alike with his haiku, and then Lisa White shared some totally relatable stories about internet trolls, and Lisa Kirchner finished us off with an excerpt from her memoir about living in Qatar.

Like I said before. Whoa. Won't you come see us in August for another "whoa"-worthy show? We've got Hannah Gamble, David Daskal, Leah Thomas, Christine Simokaitis, and Britt Julious on August 5th!


Is there any better way to start off your 4th of July holiday than by listening to some great readers and drinking some cool refreshing beers? I'll just go ahead and answer that for you -- NO.

So join us! Tonight, Tuesday Funk #71 features the likes of Lisa Kirchner, Evan Okun, Norman Doucet, Lisa White, and Sheri Reda! And, of course, everyone's 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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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, April 7 T.B.A., 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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