Reading # 84 | Tuesday Funk
Reading # 84

Haiku for Early August, 2015


August debriefing


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Another amazing show on the books... this must be starting to sound like hyperbole, but I assure you, friend, it is not.

The night started off strong with Robert McDonald and his swan obsession - manifested a series of fairytale retellings both funny and thoughtful. Next up was Tuesday Funk newbie Henri Harps, who read a quiet, absorbing short story about a man recovering from the death of a loved one. Co-host Andrew Huff deployed his signature haiku, and then Ryan DiGiorgi closed out the half with an insanely funny story told from the point of view of a man trapped in Brigadoon for a thousand years.

We wiped tears of hilarity from our eyes and drank some beer, delivered, as always, by our favorite Mark.

After the half, co-host Eden Robins read a microessay about being unfriended on Facebook because of a discussion on white privilege, and then former co-host Hallie Paladino read a thought-provoking essay about city kids' experience of the night sky, or lack thereof. Finally, Daniel Kraus read from his YA novel Trollhunters (co-authored by Guillermo del Toro), where we all learned about where trolls come from.

It was an eclectic and awesome night, best encapsulated by Daniel Kraus who said of Tuesday Funk "I've read here before... it was okay." We'll take it!

Join us next month for another great show - on Tuesday, September 1st we've got Brian Heath, Amanda Buckley, Jill Howe, Paul Dailing, and David Daskal!


Well, it's August, and August is the month for supporting your favorite writers. Actually, that's not true... you should be doing it EVERY month! Tonight is yet another chance at Tuesday Funk! We've got the likes of Henri Harps, Robert McDonald, Ryan DiGiorgi, Hallie Paladino, and Daniel Kraus! Plus your ever-charming and hygienic 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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Meet Our Readers: Robert McDonald


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Robert McDonald's prose and poetry have appeared in a wide variety of print and online journals. He lives in Andersonville, works at in independent bookstore, and blogs about poetry and other things at Lives of the Spiders. With Kathie Bergquist, he is the author of A Field Guide to Gay & Lesbian Chicago.

Please join Robert and all our wonderful readers on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Henri Harps


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Henri Harps is a musician, jazz fanatic and writer, originally from Washington D.C. After spending the last 10 years brooding over the-point-of-it-all from various vantage points within the flailing cultural anomaly known as Brooklyn, NY, he has finally come to terms with his right to properly chill and behold the beauty of more affordable rent and Midwestern beer; He does this, of course, from a happy home in Chicago, where he lives with his wife, 2 dogs, cat, and guitar collection.

Please join Henri and all our wonderful readers on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Daniel Kraus


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Daniel Kraus is a Chicago-based writer, editor, and filmmaker. He is the author of The Monster Variations (New York Public Library's "100 Best Stuff for Teens"), Rotters (Odyssey Award winner, Bram Stoker Finalist), Scowler (Odyssey Award winner, Library Guild selection), and Trollhunters (co-authored with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.) Upcoming novels include The Death and Live of Zebulon Finch, Volumes 1 and 2 (2015, 2016).

Kraus has written regularly for such magazines as Cosmopolitan, Playboy, Maxim, and He is the director of six nationally broadcast feature films, including Musician (New York Times Critics' Pick). Visit him at

Please join Daniel and all our accomplished readers on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Hallie Paladino


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Hallie Palladino is one of the original founders of Tuesday Funk which she enjoyed co-hosting until 2010 when, on the verge of having a baby, she wisely passed the torch to William Shunn. A two-time graduate of the University of Chicago, Hallie enjoys contributing to academic books, journals and conferences for fun, though she's not technically an academic. On the more creative side of things, her short play Sunrise: Ardmore Beach was produced this summer as part of the Something Marvelous Festival of Magical Realism. Currently Hallie is working on a series non-fiction essays about her family.

Please join Hallie and all our stellar readers on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Ryan DiGiorgi


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Ryan DiGiorgi makes things for the internet. He spends most of his time trying to convince large companies to approve his robot jokes. He also writes fiction, co-produces the podcast Hello from the Magic Tavern, and eats at Chipotle.

Please join Ryan and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Tuesday Funk #84: August 4, 2015


Will this summer ever really heat up? We'll see, but Tuesday Funk will definitely be hot in August as we welcome guests Henri Harps, Robert McDonald, Ryan DiGiorgi, Hallie Palladino and Daniel Kraus to your favorite eclectic monthly reading series. Join us Tuesday, Aug. 4 in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St.

Doors open at 7:00 pm sharp -- no earlier, please, but get there as close to 7 as possible to grab a table, as the room fills up quickly -- and the show begins promptly at 7:30. Andrew Huff and Eden Robins co-host. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older.

RSVP on Facebook and, as always, bring a friend. Don't forget to become a fan so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings.

Tuesday Funk for August 4, 2015

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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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