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Meet Our Readers: William Shunn


D. William Shunn
The first record album that longtime Tuesday Funk co-host William Shunn ever bought was Feels So Good by Chuck Mangione. He picked it up for the well-known title track, but continues to play it today for the Side 2 opener, "Hide & Seek (Ready or Not Here I Come)," which you should go listen to right now.

No, seriously, go listen to that track. Right now.

A classically trained pianist, Bill dabbled with keyboards and composition as a teenager. He eventually went to work for N2K Entertainment, where he helped produce some of the earliest online concert webcasts, including live shows with The Cure, The Allman Brothers Band, and Mötley Crüe. This is what the '80s sounded like from where he was standing:

Please join Bill and the rest of our glittery readers on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, for an unforgettable evening of Glitter & Mayhem! The needle drops upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

A Glitter & Mayhem soundtrack


Glitter & Mayhem: The Speculative Nightclub Anthology
We hope you're looking forward to October 1st's special Glitter & Mayhem Edition of Tuesday Funk!

That's the night when we'll be celebrating the recent release of Apex Publications' new Glitter & Mayhem anthology, a collection of original speculative-fiction stories set in the night clubs and roller discos of the '70s and '80s.

With tales by the glittery likes of Seanan McGuire, Christopher Barzak, Rachel Swirsky, and Daryl Gregory, Glitter & Mayhem is unlike anything you've read before. You can purchase your very own copy here, in physical or electronic form.

The anthology features "Subterraneans," a story by our own William Shunn and Laura Chavoen set largely at Medusa's, a Chicago club many of our audience members may recall fondly.

To set the tone for our upcoming reading, Bill and Laura have created a Spotify playlist to accompany their story—a "Subterraneans" soundtrack, more or less.

We hope you dig it, and we look forward to seeing you upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm on October 1st!


At our April 2nd edition, Tuesday Funk co-founder Reinhardt Suarez returned to our mike to read from his new novel, The Green Ray of the Sun, and he brought some musical friends to back him up...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf, for an evening with Suzanne Clores, Mary Beth Hoerner, Robert McDonald, Dion Walton, and former co-host Sara Ross Witt. Don't miss it!

August debriefing


Hopleaf, the place for Tuesday Funk
In our humble opinion, Tuesday Funk just keeps getting better and better. What can we submit as evidence, you ask? May it please the court, we present our August 2nd reading at Hopleaf, which, in succession, drew a standing-room crowd and blew its socks off. Honest, we had to gather up all the socks after the audience had departed. The occasion was, in part, a makeup session for some of the readers from our legendary February reading who were prevented from attending by the blizzard, with a couple of jokers tossed into the deck to keep everyone on their toes.

Blizzard refugee Karen Skalitzky kicked things off with "Out," a funny and heartfelt excerpt from her memoir-in-progress. Sondra Morin favored us with a sheaf of her superb poetry. And snowstorm reschedulee Julie Rosenthal enthralled with excerpts from two of her short stories.

Tuesday Funk, December 7, 2010

After a break to let our audience visit John at the bar, co-host William Shunn read his poem "Immortality." Tegan Jones scored with an excerpt from her novel-in-progress The Year of the Rabbit. February returnee Eden M. Robins delighted us with the prologue from her novel The Grand Adventure of Aught-Nine. And the prodigal yet prodigious Jerry Schwartz hit big with a reading and a song from his novel Pixels of Young Mueller.

(You can check out Jerry's song, "The King of I Don't Care," in the video below, or watch his full performance here. Or if you'd prefer to watch the entire evening's program straight through, you can do that here.)

In short, it was far more than just a makeup session—more like a makeout session with the minds of our Tuesday Funk audience. And if you want to get that same treatment, please join us September 6th for an evening with Edison Blake, Carissa DiGiovanni, AD Jameson, Noreen Natale, and Naomi Buck Palagi. We promise you won't regret it the morning after.

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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, May 5 T.B.A., 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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