Reading # 86 | Tuesday Funk
Reading # 86

October debriefing


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What a night! It was our first evening with Jason - bartender extraordinaire nouveau - as well as our standard amazing lineup of readers! Carly Oishi started things off right with a crazy, hilarious story about how Steve Harvey dubbed her "Illinois' Worst Dater." Co-host Eden Robins jumped in to read a microessay about her childhood cat being sent to live on a "farm," and Jen Masengarb followed with a series of lovely haiku about the CTA and Chicago winters. And Tom Haley finished the half with a story about a man who wakes up one day to discover that he is a dentist.

Jason handed us drinks with aplomb, and we drank them.

Co-host Andrew Huff then read a story about the very first home he ever lived in as an adult and the crazy shenanigans he got up to there, and finally Coya Paz told us about the wildness of being a mother... and the question of whether or not to do more mothering.

It was a wild night all around, and we'll be doing it again on Tuesday, November 3rd for Tuesday Funk #87! With readings from Sarah Hollenbeck, Nick Disabato, Kyle Thiessen, Elaine Hegwood Bowen, and former co-host William Shunn!

Autumn is a Haiku


The Oct. 6th edition of Tuesday Funk included a trio of haiku from co-host Andrew Huff

The battle begins.
Halloween versus Christmas
on store shelves now.

Be careful around
Derrick Rose. One wrong move and
he might break again.

Facebook going down
meant sudden increased office

Reminder: Tuesday Funk #86 is tonight!


We can promise you one thing: there will be no pumpkin spice at Tuesday Funk #86. But there will be Jen Masengarb, Coya Paz, Andrew Huff, Carly Oishi, and Tom Haley! And, of course, your favorite 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: Tom Haley


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Tom Haley is a writer who recently injured a disk in his spine due to having wimpy core muscles. Don't worry. This happens to millions of people, and he's just fine. He's exercising on a daily basis now, and is feeling much better.

Tom has published several essays, and has previously busied himself as a grad student, writing teacher, copywriter, and book critic. He currently lives in Logan Square with his two sons, and works as a creative director for a Chicago marketing agency called Jellyvision.

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

Meet Our Readers: Coya Paz


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Coya Paz is a writer, director, and lip gloss connoisseur who was raised in Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, and the United States. She is the Artistic Director of Free Street Theater, founded in 1969, way way way before she was born, and an Assistant Professor in The Theater School at DePaul University. Above all, Coya believes in the power of poetry and performance to build community towards social change.

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

Meet Our Readers: Jen Masengarb


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Jen Masengarb teaches adults and kids about the city and its architecture at the Chicago Architecture Foundation where she writes, teaches, lectures, and designs programs. Several times a year she gets to collaborate with the brainy folks at WBEZ's Curious City to sleuth and report on listener-submitted questions about Chicago's architectural history. When she's not riding the 'L' and writing haiku that chronicle life in the city, she's plane spotting and dreaming of ways to use her passport. She'd like to hear about your favorite place for tacos.

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

Meet Our Readers: Carly Oishi


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Carly Oishi is the co-creator of Miss Spoken, the blog and lady-centric live lit show, which happens the last Wednesday of every month at The Gallery Cabaret. The next show is on October 28th and the theme is "Sex Ed". She's the former co-producer of Solo in the 2nd City, holds a 4-1 record at Write Club and was named "Wise Woman of the Week" by WBEZ affiliate Vocalo. Before she had a kid, she did cool things like bowl in a league, day drink, and sing in a band. Now she spends her time trying to keep babies alive as a mom and a nanny.

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

Meet Our Readers: Lori Rader-Day


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Lori Rader-Day's debut mystery, The Black Hour, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. The Black Hour won the Lovey Award for Best First Novel and the Illinois Woman's Press Association Mate E. Palmer Award in Communications for Fiction and was a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, the Left Coast Crime Rosebud Award for Best First Novel, and the Barry Award for Best Paperback Original. Her second book, Little Pretty Things, is out now. Her fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Good Housekeeping, and others. Lori is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. Originally from Indiana, she now lives with her husband and dog in Chicago.

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

Tuesday Funk #86: October 6, 2015


Fall is upon us! And your favorite eclectic monthly reading series returns to the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf for a cool reading on Tuesday, Oct. 6 with guests Jennifer Masengarb, Coya Paz, Lori Rader-Day, Carly Oishi and Tom Haley. Eden Robins and Andrew Huff co-host as always.

Doors open at 7:00 pm -- no earlier, we're serious. But get there as close to 7 as you can, because the room fills up quickly (hence no admittance before 7). The show starts at 7:30 pm. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older.

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

Tuesday Funk for October 6, 2015

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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, 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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