German army chess set, 1940 Eight times eight is sixty-four, so it only seems fair that we square the circle at our 64th big episode and bid farewell to longtime co-host William Shunn. The roster on December 3rd will feature G.P.A. (Greatest Poet Alive), Jocelyn Geboy, Davis Schneiderman, a freaking stage play by J. Michael Grey, and a reading by Mr. Shunn himself. Throw in a handful of our patented Haiku by Andrew, not to mention your pick of cold beers from around the world, and you've got all the ingredients for an evening sure to checkmate your early winter blues.

The evening gets underway with your hosts William Shunn and Andrew Huff on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Arrive early for a table and grab a beer from Mark at the bar. We start seating at 7:00 pm and no earlier. Admission is always free, but you must be 21 or older. And come early or stay late after for some great Belgian-style food downstairs.

Please bring plenty of friends, and become a fan of Tuesday Funk on Facebook so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. See you there!

Tuesday Funk #64


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For November's Tuesday Funk, we've put together an all-star lineup so fabulous it just might pop your dome. The roster will feature Paul McComas & Greg Starrett, Vojislav Pejović, J.H. Palmer, John Rich, and Rosamund Lannin. Throw in one of our patented Poems by Bill and a fistful of Haiku by Andrew, not to mention your pick of cold beers from around the world, and you've got all the ingredients for a classic evening of Chicago entertainment.

The evening gets underway with your hosts William Shunn and Andrew Huff on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Arrive early for a table and grab a beer from Mark at the bar (where credit cards are now accepted!). We start seating at 7:00 pm and no earlier. Admission is always free, but you must be 21 or older. And come early or stay late after for some great Belgian-style food downstairs.

Please bring plenty of friends, and become a fan of Tuesday Funk on Facebook so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. See you there!

Tuesday Funk #63, November 5, 2013

Due to a scheduling conflict, J.H. Palmer will appear in place of Joseph O'Sullivan on November 5th. This post has been edited to reflect the change. Joseph O'Sullivan will appear at a future episode of Tuesday Funk.


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Glitter & Mayhem: The Speculative Nightclub Anthology We have a hell of a 62nd episode coming up for you on October 1st. Lace up your disco skates and powder your nose, because nothing goes better with a little Funk than a whole lot of Glitter & Mayhem!

The first half of our wild and crazy program will feature Noël Jones, Holly McDowell, and Order of Odd-Fish author James Kennedy. Since this is the guy who once challenged Neil Gaiman to a fight for the Newbery Medal, anything could happen—and probably will!

Then the second half of our dance card will be filled up with authors and editors from the new, Kickstarter-funded, speculative nightclub anthology Glitter & Mayhem! Maurice Broaddus, Kyle S. Johnson, William Shunn, and Laura Chavoen will be on hand for a multimedia spectacle bringing all the fabulous madness and debauchery of classic clubland to life.

Throw in one of our patented Poems by Bill, a fistful of Haiku by Andrew, and your pick of cold beers from around the world, and you've got all the ingredients for a night you might regret—if you can even remember it the next morning.

The needle drops at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, with your DJs D-Billy and Huffmaster, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. We start seating at 7:00 pm and no earlier. Admission is always free, but you must be 21 or older.

Please bring plenty of friends, and become a fan of Tuesday Funk on Facebook so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. See you there!

Tuesday Funk #62: Glitter & Mayhem Edition

Illustration by Galen Dara. Used by permission.


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Brace yourself, because do we have an amazing Tuesday Funk lined up for you! For our 61st episode, we've put together a roster that includes MacArthur Fellowship winner Aleksandar Hemon, whose recent The Book of My Lives has been garnering acclaim around the world.

As if that's not enough, we'll also have Virginia Konchan, Lania Knight, Norman Doucet, and another missionary story from co-host William Shunn. Throw in one of our patented Poems by Bill and a fistful of Haiku by Andrew, not to mention your pick of cold beers from around the world, and you've got all the ingredients for a legendary late-summer evening.

The evening gets underway with your hosts William Shunn and Andrew Huff on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Arrive early for a table and grab a beer from Mark at the bar (where credit cards are now accepted!). We start seating at 7:00 pm and no earlier. Admission is always free, but you must be 21 or older. And come early or stay late after for some great Belgian-style food downstairs.

Please bring plenty of friends, and become a fan of Tuesday Funk on Facebook so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. See you there!

Tuesday Funk #61: September 3, 2013


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Five dozen episodes of Tuesday Funk?! We can hardly believe it ourselves, and to celebrate this startling milestone we've put together a fantastic lineup for you for your listening pleasure. The roster will feature Bradley P. Beaulieu, Jac Jemc, Steven H Silver, Maggie Jenkins, and Dmitry Samarov. Throw in one of our patented Poems by Bill, some Haiku by Andrew, and your pick of cold beers from around the world, and you've got all the ingredients for a hot August night of diamond quality.

The evening gets underway with your hosts William Shunn and Andrew Huff on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Arrive early for a table and grab a beer from Mark at the bar. We start seating at 7:00 pm and no earlier. Admission is always free, but you must be 21 or older. And come early or stay late after for some great Belgian-style food downstairs.

Please bring plenty of friends, and become a fan of Tuesday Funk on Facebook so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. See you there!

Tuesday Funk #60: August 6, 2013


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Tuesday Funk invites you to walk with us into a deep, dark literary forest this July. The roster will feature Daniel Kraus, Bill Breedlove, Kendra Stevens, Eden M. Robins, and our own Andrew Huff. Throw in one of our patented Poems by Bill and some Haiku by Andrew, not to mention your pick of cold beers from around the world, and you've got all the ingredients for an excursion you won't soon forget.

The evening gets underway with your hosts William Shunn and Andrew Huff on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2012, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Arrive early for a table and grab a beer from Mark at the bar (where credit cards are now accepted!). We start seating at 7:00 pm and no earlier. Admission is always free, but you must be 21 or older. And come early or stay late after for some great Belgian-style food downstairs.

Please bring plenty of friends, and become a fan of Tuesday Funk on Facebook so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. See you there!

Tuesday Funk #59: July 2, 2013


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We've put together a brilliant lineup for our next Tuesday Funk! The roster will feature Darwyn Jones, Heather Corallo, Lawrence Santoro, Mare Swallow, and G.P.A. (Greatest Poet Alive). Throw in a handful of our patented Haiku by Andrew, not to mention your pick of cold beers from around the world, and you've got all the ingredients for an evening that will glow in your memory for weeks to follow.

The evening gets underway with your host Andrew Huff on Tuesday, June 4th, 2012, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. (Bill will be on vacation.) Arrive early for a table and grab a beer from Mark at the bar (where credit cards are now accepted!). We start seating at 7:00 pm and no earlier. Admission is always free, but you must be 21 or older. And come early or stay late after for some great Belgian-style food downstairs.

Please bring plenty of friends, and become a fan of Tuesday Funk on Facebook so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. See you there!

Tuesday Funk #58, June 4, 2013


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We've put together a leafy, green lineup for Tuesday Funk fit to feed a small village. The roster will feature Suzanne Clores, Mary Beth Hoerner, Robert McDonald, Dion Walton, and former co-host Sara Ross Witt. Throw in one of our patented Poems by Bill and some Haiku by Andrew, not to mention your pick of cold beers from around the world, and you've got all the ingredients for the most pleasant of spring evenings.

The festivities get underway with your hosts William Shunn and Andrew Huff on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Arrive early for a table and grab a beer from Mark at the bar (where credit cards are now accepted!). We start seating at 7:00 pm and no earlier. Admission is always free, but you must be 21 or older. And come early or stay late after for some great Belgian-style food downstairs.

Please bring plenty of friends, and become a fan of Tuesday Funk on Facebook so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. See you there!

Tuesday Funk #57, May 7, 2013


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We've put together an April lineup for Tuesday Funk fit to melt your cold heart at the end of this long winter. The roster will feature Mary Robinette Kowal, Jeremy Jasper, Wesley Chu, Regan Keeter, and Tuesday Funk co-founder Reinhardt Suarez. Throw in one of our patented Poems by Bill, not to mention your pick of cold beers from around the world, and you've got all the ingredients for the perfect spring thaw. We'll also be welcoming our new host, Gapers Block's Andrew Huff, so you won't want to miss it!

The evening gets underway with your hosts William Shunn and Andrew Huff on Tuesday, February 5th, 2012, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Arrive early for a table and grab a beer from Mark at the bar (where credit cards are now accepted!). We start seating at 7:00 pm and no earlier. Admission is always free, but you must be 21 or older. And come early or stay late after for some great Belgian-style food downstairs.

Please bring plenty of friends, and become a fan of Tuesday Funk on Facebook so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. See you there!

Tuesday Funk #56, April 2, 2013


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Our March lineup at Tuesday Funk is fit to make every other reading series green with envy. The roster will feature Mairead Case, Lania Knight, and Dana Norris, not to mention The Beautiful Anthology's Zoe Zolbrod and 2nd Story's CP Chang. Throw in one of our patented Poems by Bill, not to mention your pick of cold beers from around the world, and you've got all the ingredients for a late-winter warm-up of epic proportions. We'll also be debuting our post-reading Q&A, which you won't want to miss!

The evening gets underway with your co-hosts Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn on Tuesday, February 5th, 2012, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Arrive early for a table and grab a beer from Mark at the bar (where credit cards are now accepted!). We start seating at 7:00 pm and no earlier. Admission is always free, but you must be 21 or older. And come early or stay late after for some great Belgian-style food downstairs.

Please bring plenty of friends, and become a fan of Tuesday Funk on Facebook so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. See you there!

Tuesday Funk #55: March 5, 2013


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Stand to attention, Funkers, because have we got a show for you! We're declaring February 5th to be Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day, and our subversive, saucy program that evening will feature Mary Pat Bohan, John Everson, Gina Frangello, Hanna Martine, and 2nd Story's Patricia Ann McNair. Throw in one of our patented Poems by Bill, not to mention your pick of cold beers from around the world, and you'll soon be begging us for more.

The evening gets underway with your co-hosts Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn on Tuesday, February 5th, 2012, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Arrive early for a table and grab a beer from Mark at the bar (where credit cards are now accepted!). We start seating at 7:00 pm and no earlier. Admission is always free, but you must be 21 or older. And come early or stay late after for some great Belgian-style food downstairs.

Please bring plenty of friends, and become a fan of Tuesday Funk on Facebook so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. See you there!

Tuesday Funk #54: Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day Edition (February 5, 2013)


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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!


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Good news. Your friends at Tuesday Funk have your New Year's Day hangover cure all figured out! Just order yourself a little hair of the dog, stir in five great readers with a smidgen of fiction, some essays, and a little poetry, and you'll be feeling better in no time.

Oh, you'd like more details? Well, we'll bring you the next in our series of readings from the new 2nd Story anthology, this time featuring the great Julie Ganey. We'll also have Andrew Huff from Gapers Block on hand, together with Sondra Morin, William Shunn, and Christopher Sweet. Throw in one of our patented Poems by Bill, not to mention your pick of cold beers from around the world, and your 2013 will be off to a fantastic start.

The evening gets underway with your co-hosts Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn on Tuesday, January 1st, 2012, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Arrive early for a table and grab a beer from Mark at the bar (where credit cards are now accepted!). We start seating at 7:00 pm and no earlier. Admission is always free, but you must be 21 or older. And come early or stay late after for some great Belgian-style food downstairs.

Please bring plenty of friends, and become a fan of Tuesday Funk on Facebook so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. See you there!

Tuesday Funk #52 (January 1, 2013)


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Come kick off the holiday season in style with your friends at Tuesday Funk, Chicago's eclectic reading series where good writing and good beer mix!

We're pleased to present the first in a series of readings featuring authors from the new 2nd Story essay anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck. Julia Borcherts and Andrew Reilly will be on hand to read their contributions, and we'll also have Jodi Eichelberger, Maggie Kast, and Stephen Markley with us. Throw in one of our patented Poems by Bill, not to mention your pick of cold beers from around the world, and you have the recipe for a fantastic hour or two of live literature.

The evening gets underway with your co-hosts Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn on Tuesday, December 4th, 2012, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at the newly expanded and renovated Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Arrive early for a table and grab a beer from Mark at the cash-only bar. We start seating at 7:00 pm and no earlier. Admission is always free, but you must be 21 or older. And come early or stay late after for some great Belgian-style food downstairs. That's change you can believe in.

Please bring plenty of friends, and become a fan of Tuesday Funk on Facebook so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. See you there!

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This post was edited on November 26th to reflect late changes in the lineup of readers.


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Ella sets her sights on the Triple Crown It's a real horse race tonight, and the stakes are huge! But no matter which team you're backing, you can take refuge from the stress of election returns tonight at Hopleaf, as your good friends from Tuesday Funk bring you our 51st big episode!

Our terrific Election Night Edition features a strong slate of candidates for literary excellence, including Mary Lorenz, B. E. Pinkham, Kelly Swails, and Mary Zemaitis, not to mention one of our patented Poems by Bill. And though we regret that Jac Jemc had to withdraw from tonight's race at the last minute, we'll also bring you a special write-in candidate with some strong medicine for what ails Washington, D.C.

So "like" us today on Facebook and get set to cast your ballot for "live lit" with hosts Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn. And remember to vote early and often—at the bar!

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 cash-only and 21 and over. Remember also that no food can be brought in from the restaurant.

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No matter what else you do on Election Night, remember to vote with your feet and come on down to Hopleaf for the 51st edition of Tuesday Funk! We'll be bringing you a ballot box stuffed with literary excellence from the likes of Jac Jemc, Mary Lorenz, B. E. Pinkham, Kelly Swails, and Mary Zemaitis, not to mention one of our patented Poems by Bill, continual election return updates, and your pick of cold beers from all across the brew-itical spectrum. (Vote early and often!)

The evening gets underway with your co-hosts Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at the newly expanded and renovated Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Arrive early for a seat, and grab a beer from Mark at the cash-only bar. We start seating at 7:00 pm and no earlier. Admission is always free, but you must be 21 or older. And come early or stay late after for some great Belgian-style food downstairs. That's change you can believe in.

Please bring plenty of friends, and become a fan of Tuesday Funk on Facebook so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. Remember, a win for Tuesday Funk is a win for America.

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The Renaissance in shadow For our landmark 50th episode tonight at Hopleaf, your friends at Tuesday Funk bring you an evening layered with shivers and squirms, from the best horror writers Chicago has to offer.

Our United States of Horror edition will feature John Everson, Cynthia (cina) Pelayo, and a chilling dramatic reading from The Colin & Ishmael Players.

So "like" us today on Facebook, grab one of dozens of varieties of beer from the bar, and get set for an evening of terrifying live literature with your hosts Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn. We dare you.

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 cash-only and 21 and over. Remember also that no food can be brought in from the restaurant.

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The month of October. These United States. Our 50th big episode. Put them together and what do you get? Tuesday Funk's United States of Horror.

No, it doesn't make any sense, but neither does life, and that's the whole point of the genre we celebrate in this shiveriest of months. Which is why, on October 2nd at Hopleaf, Tuesday Funk will present an evening of horror designed to scare the living daylights out of you. Our frighteningly good lineup that night will include John Everson, Cynthia (cina) Pelayo, and a special dramatic reading by The Colin & Ishmael Players, not to mention your pick of dozens of varieties of cold beer at the bar.

The evening gets underway with your co-hosts Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at the newly expanded and renovated Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Arrive early for a seat, and grab a beer from Mark at the cash-only bar. We start seating at 7:00 pm and no earlier. Admission is always free, but you must be 21 or older. And come early or stay late after for some great Belgian-style food downstairs.

Please bring plenty of friends, and become a fan of Tuesday Funk on Facebook so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. We dare you.

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We at Tuesday Funk love Hopleaf and the wonderful room they let us use every month, so we're happy to spread the word about a great cause they undertake every year.

No, it's not a program to give beer to minors! It's a charitable event to raise money to support Helen C. Peirce Elementary School, and it takes place this coming Sunday, September 9th, from noon to 5:00 p.m. at Hopleaf. Click the image below for more information on how you can participate, or visit KegsForKidsChicago.com.

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chicon-logo160.jpg Tuesday Funk is proud and excited that the 70th World Science Fiction Convention will be coming to Chicago in three short weeks! And It so happens that our 48th big reading will take place Tuesday, September 4th, 2012, the day after Worldcon ends. In honor of Worldcon, we plan to put on an evening of great science fiction readings—a veritable Science Fiction Spectacular—with a group of terrific writers we wouldn't normally be able to assemble here in Chicago.

Our stellar lineup that night will include Crawford Award winner Daryl Gregory, Norton and Morris Award nominee Rae Carson, Rajan Khanna, Adam Rakunas, and Gregory A. Wilson! You'll also get a new Poem By Bill, not to mention your pick of dozens of varieties of cold beer at the bar.

The evening gets underway with your co-hosts Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at the newly expanded and renovated Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Arrive early for a seat, and grab a beer from Mark at the cash-only bar. We start seating at 7:00 pm and no earlier. Admission is always free, but you must be 21 or older. And come early or stay late after for some great Belgian-style food downstairs.

Please bring plenty of friends, and become a fan of Tuesday Funk on Facebook so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. Dare we say they're always out of this world?

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