Tuesday Funk : Reading # 53
            

In recognition of tomorrow's LDS General Conference in Salt Lake City, we're pleased to share William Shunn's reading from our January 1st episode. His personal essay "The Fanatic on the Street" took us on an intimate tour through the secrets of the flagship Mormon temple, and it sounded just a little like this...

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!

            

At our January 1st edition of Tuesday Funk, Christopher Sweet took us on a satirical journey through a world of sex, money, religion, and celebrity, and besides sounding a lot like our world it sounded a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us tomorrow night, Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, at 7:30 pm upstairs at Hopleaf, for our Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day Edition with Mary Pat Bohan, John Everson, Gina Frangello, Hanna Martine, and 2nd Story's Patricia Ann McNair!

            

At our January 1st edition of Tuesday Funk, Sondra Morin read us some of her powerful poetry, and it sounded a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf, for our Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day Edition with Mary Pat Bohan, John Everson, Gina Frangello, Hanna Martine, and 2nd Story's Patricia Ann McNair!

            

At the January 1st edition of Tuesday Funk, our monthly Poem by Bill sang the praises of "Smoke," and sounded just a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf, for our Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day Edition with Mary Pat Bohan, John Everson, Gina Frangello, Hanna Martine, and 2nd Story's Patricia Ann McNair!

            

At our January 1st edition of Tuesday Funk, Julie Ganey brought us a charming true tale of fantasy, wonder, and fairies. Julie's essay "When the Fairies Came" appears in the new 2nd Story anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck, and when she read it at our microphone it sounded a little bit like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf, for our Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day Edition with Mary Pat Bohan, John Everson, Gina Frangello, Hanna Martine, and 2nd Story's Patricia Ann McNair!

            

At our January 1st edition of Tuesday Funk earlier this week, Gapers Block editor Andrew Huff took us for a drive down Memory Lane, and it went a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf, for our Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day Edition with Mary Pat Bohan, John Everson, Gina Frangello, Hanna Martine, and 2nd Story's Patricia Ann McNair!

January debriefing

            

If you weren't at Tuesday Funk's New Year's Day edition last night, then you missed out on a most convivial evening that took unexpected turns down fantastic byways both light and dark.

We kicked things off with a hilarious and blasphemous excerpt from Christopher Sweet's science fiction novel-in-progress. Sondra Morin, mere days from moving to Massachusetts, read us several powerful poems. And Julie Ganey recounted her delightful tale of children's susceptibility to fantasy, "When the Fairies Came," featured in the 2nd Story anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck

Tuesday Funk in the Chicago Sun-Times (January 1, 2013)

After a break for beer, our Poem by Bill was "Smoke," an ode to writing and whiskey. Gapers Block editor Andrew Huff took us on an evocative odyssey as he gave us "Directions Home." And finally, co-host William Shunn took us on a guided tour through the Mormon temple in Salt Lake City, in his essay "The Fanatic in the Street."

It was a great evening, but don't fret if you couldn't be there. We'll be bringing you video of our readings over the weeks to come, and we'll be back February 5th with our Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day Edition. The program will feature Mary Pat Bohan, John Everson, Gina Frangello, Hanna Martine, and Patricia Ann McNair. Don't miss it!

Beer pairings for tonight's reading!

            

oubliette.jpg Happy New Year! As if you didn't already have reason enough to show up for this evening's 53rd episode of Tuesday Funk, the Chicago Sun-Times today gives you one more.

Featured in today's Entertainment section is an article by David Hoekstra in which four of tonight's participants discuss the pieces they'll read tonight and suggest the perfect beer from Hopleaf's vast menu as accompaniment as you listen:

Chicago Sun-Times: Drink it in: Beers paired with the wisdom of Chicago authors

Be sure to check out the accompanying slideshow as well, with images of our readers and all the suggested beer labels. And we'll hope to see you tonight upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm!

            

Hair of the dog Don't forget, Tuesday Funk has the cure for your New Year's Day hangover—a little hair of the dog, and five great anodynic acts of live literature!

We're pleased to kick off the year with the next in our series of readings from the 2nd Story essay anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck. in the person of writer/actor Julie Ganey. We'll also have Andrew Huff from Gapers Block with us, as well as Sondra Morin, Christopher Sweet and co-host William Shunn. Throw in one of our patented Poems by Bill, not to mention your pick of cold beers from around the world, and we'll have you feeling better in no time!

So "like" us today on Facebook and get set to celebrate surviving into 2013 with hosts Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn.

Hopleaf Bar 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 if you want a seat. As always, the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf is 21 and over only. Remember also that no food can be brought in from the restaurant.

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Meet Our Readers: William Shunn

            

Mr. Perry Slaughter Chairman of the Board: A Novella by Perry Slaughter Besides serving as co-host of Tuesday Funk, William Shunn slinks through life as the lesser-known secret identity of hard-edged cult pulp fiction author Perry Slaughter.

Mr. Slaughter, or so the story goes, first came to prominence in the mid-1980's with slender works of genre fiction hailed as "utterly bereft of any moral center." More recently his short stories have appeared in Electric Velocipede and elsewhere. Sinister Regard Publishing has just undertaken a project to reissue some of his early novellas, including Chairman of the Board, Deus Ex Machina, and Whether We Are Mended. He divides his time between the northeastern United States and a yacht plying international waters. His passions include vinyl records, scotch whisky, and high-seas piracy.

Hear Bill (and/or Mr. Slaughter) and the rest of our outstanding readers on Tuesday, January 1, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf.

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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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