Tuesday Funk : Reading #101

As Many Haiku as Degrees

            

It was cold outside for the January 3, 2017 edition of Tuesday Funk, so we cuddled Andrew Huff's topical haiku close for warmth.

2017
is five syllables better
than 2016.

I vow that this year
fewer haiku will include
T. R. U. M. P.

Cold makes it winter
but it never feels right with
no snow on the ground.

Who is the dentist
who sold America on
teeth whiter than bone?

The stars dim slightly.
Millions of voices cried out,
"I love you." She knew.

January debriefing

            

IMG_20170105_152844.jpg2017 is a mystery, but at least 2016 is history, amirite? Tuesday Funk #101 ushered in the new year with style, PER USUAL. Kelly Swails started us off with the first chapter of her YA novel, This May Go on Your Permanent Record, about a school for world domination, followed by a series of lyrical and moving poems by another Tuesday Funk veteran, Cameron McGill. Co-host Andrew Huff promised, in haiku form, to avoid 2017 haikus about T-R-U-M-P, and then Amy Sumpter had us roaring with her story about a rogue opossum and other brushes with the strangeness of adulthood.

Sal expertly refilled our boozes, and then we sat back down.

Co-host Eden Robins read a microessay about losing and then finding her voice, and then Dmitry Samarov shared an excerpt from his memoir about art-making and influential teachers. Finally, James Gordon finished off the night with a story about a Labor Day party gone horribly, horribly wrong.

And we'll be right back here next month for Episode #102 of Tuesday Funk on Tuesday, February 7th, featuring Deborah Siegel, Leonard Zawadski, Jenn Sodini, Molly Dumbleton, and Keidra Chaney!

            

You know one of your New Year's Resolutions is to be more cultured, so get that one out of the way by coming to Episode #101 of Tuesday Funk! We've got James Gordon, Kelly Swails, Dmitry Samarov, Amy Sumpter, and Cameron McGill to motivate you to greatness in 2017. And of course, your faithful co-hosts remain 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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Meet Our Readers: James Gordon

            

Livingston Marc19.jpgJames Gordon is an international award winning author and poet from the South Side of Chicago. He is the Reigning Moth Grand Slam Champion and Snubfest Storytelling Champion. James can be found at www.iblowyourmind.net and on Twitter at gr8estpoetalive.

Please join James and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30. It's free, and 21-and-over. RSVP on Facebook.

Meet Our Readers: Kelly Swails

            

Swails_author.JPGKelly Swails is an author, editor, and all around fun gal. When she isn't wrangling words, she hangs out with her husband and friends, watches geeky TV shows, plays board games, and knits a blanket that she swears will be done someday. Some know her as a crazy cat lady, but since the ratio of humans to cats in her household is well below the requirement, she doesn't qualify. You can learn more about her work at kellyswails.com.

Please join Kelly and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30. It's free, and 21-and-over. RSVP on Facebook.

Meet Our Readers: Amy Sumpter

            

sumpter-052.jpgAmy Sumpter has been doing comedy in Chicago for 15 years. When she isn't high kicking while doing Stand Up, she is high kicking as MCAmy, in the all female Beastie Boys Tribute band, She's Crafty.

Please join Amy and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30. It's free, and 21-and-over. RSVP on Facebook.

Meet Our Readers: Dmitry Samarov

            

sp16.jpgDmitry Samarov was born in Moscow, USSR in 1970. He immigrated to the US with his family in 1978. He got in trouble in 1st grade for doodling on his Lenin Red Star pin and hasn't stopped doodling since. After a false start at Parsons School of Design in New York, he graduated with a BFA in painting and printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993. Upon graduation he promptly began driving a cab--first in Boston, then after a time, in Chicago--which eventually led to the publication of his illustrated work memoir Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab (University of Chicago Press, 2011) and Where To? A Hack Memoir (Curbside Splendor, 2014). He has exhibited his work in all manner of bars, coffeeshops, libraries, and even the odd gallery (when he's really hard up ). He paints and writes in Chicago, Illinois. He no longer drives a cab.

Please join Dmitry and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30. It's free, and 21-and-over. RSVP on Facebook.

Meet Our Readers: Cameron McGill

            

CameronB&W.jpgCameron McGill is a second-year MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Idaho and the poetry editor of the journal Fugue. He is originally from Champaign, IL, though he spent many years working as a musician in Chicago. He received his BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry East, Measure, Split-Lip, Aesthetica and Grist, where his work was recently selected as runner-up in the 2016 ProForma contest.

Please join Cameron and our other amazing readers on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7:30. It's free, and 21-and-over. RSVP on Facebook.

Tuesday Funk #101: Jan. 3, 2017

            

Many people make new year's resolutions, and a popular one in Chicago is to not let the frigid winter weather keep them indoors. If that's you, we've got a sure-fire way to keep that resolution for at least the first week: Come to Tuesday Funk! We'll be back in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf on Tuesday, Jan. 3 with readings by Kelly Swails, Dmitry Samarov, Cameron McGill, Amy Sumpter and James "GPA" Gordon. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry and storytelling all in one live lit show? Only at Tuesday Funk!

Doors open at 7pm -- no earlier, please -- and the show starts at 7:30 sharp. So get there early to grab a seat, but not too early. As always, admission is free, but you must be 21 or older. And come early or stay late after for dinner or snacks downstairs.

Please RSVP on Facebook, and bring a friend. And don't forget to become a fan so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. Sponsored by the Chicago Review of Books.

Tuesday Funk for Jan. 3, 2017

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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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