December 2014 | Tuesday Funk
December 2014

Meet Our Readers: John Rich


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John Rich is a writer, performer, teacher, and arts administrator. He is currently the Director of the Guild Literary Complex, a cross-cultural presenting organization in Chicago, and was the founder of the Chicago Book Expo. He earned an MFA in Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he currently teaches, and a BFA in Painting from Grand Valley State University. He is a recipient of the Vaclav Havel Fellowship in Playwriting from Western Michigan University and a Ragdale Foundation residency in writing. He co-founded the collaborative theater group Attention Deficit Drama, served as company manager for Goat Island, and has performed with Every House Has a Door.

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

Meet Our Readers: James Kennedy


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James Kennedy is the author of The Order of Odd-Fish, a young adult fantasy that was named one of the Smithsonian's Notable Books for Children. Booklist praised Odd-Fish as "hilarious" and Time Out Chicago described it as "a work of mischievous imagination and outrageous invention." James is also the founder and curator of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, in which kid filmmakers are challenged to create movies that tell the story of Newbery Award-winning books in 90 seconds or less, screening annually in New York, San Francisco, Portland, and other cities--including here in Chicago, on January 25, 2015, at Adventure Stage Chicago (1012 N. Noble)! James lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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

Meet Our Readers: Christopher Sweet


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Christopher Sweet spent virtually his entire working life cunningly disguised as a high school English teacher in the Chicago suburbs. He blogs irregularly at Chicago Now, "Truth and Absurdity Spotting in Chicago," under his boyhood nickname, Kit.

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

Tuesday Funk #77: Jan. 6, 2015


Winter's chill will not stop the funk! Tuesday Funk, Chicago's eclectic monthly reading series, returns in January with guests James Kennedy, Kelly Swails, John Rich, Erin Shea Smith and Christopher Sweet.

The reading gets underway on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 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. Andrew Huff and Eden Robins co-host, our lovely bartender Mark will have beers at the ready, and stop downstairs before or after the show for a nice, hot meal before heading back out into the cold. 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 there on Jan. 6!

Tuesday Funk for Jan. 6, 2015

We're Thankful for Topical Haiku


The Dec. 2nd edition of Tuesday Funk saw co-host Andrew Huff reflecting on Thanksgiving and the reason for the season.

Now that Black Friday
Stars on Thanksgiving Thursday,
watch out Black Wednesday.

Few things are better
thank leftover turkey and
racist relatives.

I had Cosby sweaters
when I was a teenager.
Bill, you let us down.

Watching bad movies
is like peeling a Band-Aid:
oh painful pleasure.

December debriefing


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December feels like a month of Mondays. EXCEPT when it's Tuesday Funk! Hoo-wee! Then it feels, ah, funky? Anyway.

We started out the evening with a Tuesday Funk newbie, Clayton Smith, and he killed it with an excerpt from his novel involving adventure, peril, and imaginary friends. Next up was Jac Jemc, reading a lyrical, surprising story about sisters and murder from her new collection, A Different Bed Every Time. Co-host Eden Robins read an essay about a complicated relationship with her grandmother. And Karen Genelly closed out the half with fascinating tales from her time as a sex educator in Chicago Public Schools.

Mark educated us about beers, or rather, he filled our glasses for us. Not that he doesn't know about beer... the man knows about beer.

Co-host Andrew Huff read his topical haiku - skewering Thanksgiving and Bill Cosby in one fell swoop. G.P.A. (Greatest Poet Alive) blasted off in the second half with an equally cringe-worthy and heartwarming story about romantic rejection, and Jonathan Eig drove it home with a fascinating excerpt from his new book The Birth of the Pill. Yes, that pill.

It was a funky night indeed. A great end to 2014. Help us ring in 2015 with readings by Kelly Swails, John Rich, James Kennedy, Erin Shea Smith, and Christopher Sweet on January 6th!

Reminder: Tuesday Funk #76 is tonight!


Did Thanksgiving take a toll on your mind and body? Then come refresh yourself with beers and literature tonight at Tuesday Funk #76! It'll stuff your turkey! Or something.

Join your lionhearted cohosts Andrew Huff and Eden Robins, as well as local luminaries Jac Jemc, Clayton Smith, Karen Genelly, James Gordon (aka G.P.A.), and Jonathan Eig!

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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Tuesday Funk

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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