Reminder: Tuesday Funk #85 is tonight!


Catch the tail-end of this summer's funk at Tuesday Funk #85 - Tonight! Featuring Brian Heath, Amanda Buckley, Jill Howe, Paul Dailing and David Daskal! Plus your humble 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: David Daskal


daskal.jpgDavid Daskal is a Writer, Salesman and Family Dude living in Chicago. He has written and starred in five one-man shows around Chicago including The Pursuit of Happiness, The Generic News Hour and Habitat.

Please join David and all our other fantastic readers on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.


hideoutwc.jpgAmanda Claire Buckley is a self-proclaimed troubadour. Her storytelling, music, and writing as taken her across the country--from Chicago to New York to DC--and abroad. She's performed live-lit at Essay Fiesta, Write Club, Is This a Thing, StoryClub, Story Lab, and with the kates. She's written and produced shows that have played at The Annoyance and Stage 773. She was a Next Generation Scholarship Recipient for the National Storytelling Network and her show The Out of Tooners was named a "Favorite Show of the Fringe" at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC. She also forgot to buy cat litter last weekend.

Please join Amanda and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Paul Dailing


Dailing Headshot.jpgPaul Dailing is the creator of 1,001 Chicago Afternoons, a website telling new, true stories of Chicago and real Chicagoans three times a week until he hits 1,001 stories. The project won a Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism from the Chicago Headline Club in 2013 and will be featured in the upcoming "Chicago Authored" exhibition at the Chicago History Museum. He co-hosts the Welcome to the Neighborhood illustrated reading series, last seen at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. He teaches journalism part-time at Loyola, once found a triceratops femur and is working on a history of the South Chicago steel mills. Buy him a torta.

Please join Paul and all our amazing readers on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Brian Heath


BHeath_Cassandra_0615.jpgBrian Heath is a veteran of film and television production turned writer, comedian and storyteller. He has performed sketch and improv at Second City, IO Chicago and The Annoyance Theater. He is currently a writer and performer for local sketch comedy troupe Cassandra. Cassandra has been featured at Chicago's Sketchfest as well as the Printer's Row Lit fest. The group also has a monthly residency at Hopleaf where they perform live-radio style sketch and music every last Tuesday of the month.

Please join Brian and all our multi-talented readers on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Meet Our Readers: Jill Howe


jill-howe.jpgJill Howe co-produces Story Sessions, a monthly live lit event featuring true stories connected through a theme, live music and real-time story-inspired artwork at the beautiful City Winery in the West Loop. In addition to performing her own stories, Jill also coaches storytellers and organizes writing groups throughout the city.

Please join Jill and all our wonderful readers on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm. This 21-and-older event is free.

Welcome Travelers and Leisurists


In an unexpected turn of events, Tuesday Funk landed in the pages of Travel + Leisure magazine's August issue!

If you were at our March show, you may recall a photographer in attendance, taking pictures of the readers and audience. That was in support of what we thought would be a piece on Chicago's live lit scene, but ended up just Tuesday Funk being included on a "wired/tired" style list of things Chicagoans are into and not so into -- with the show landing on the plus side, just between the selfie stick ban at Lollapalooza and birth control for rats.

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Hey, weird publicity is better than no publicity, right? While we wouldn't consider ourselves in even the same category as Second City, hopefully Tuesday Funk's eclectic mix of literary genres is entertaining nonetheless.

Please join us at our next show on Sept. 1 at 7:30 pm in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Our guests will be Brian Heath, Amanda Buckley, Jill Howe, Paul Dailing and David Daskal, Andrew Huff and Eden Robins will be the co-hosts, and our lovely bartender Mark will be ready with beer, wine and whiskey to soothe your soul. RSVP on Facebook, and we'll see you there!

Tuesday Funk is on YouTube


It can be difficult to get to Tuesday Funk each month -- and sometimes it can even be difficult just to get into the room. Fortunately, Tuesday Funk now has a YouTube channel featuring videos of nearly every reader since April 2014. Now you can go back and enjoy your favorite recent episode of Chicago's eclectic monthly reading series whenever you like.

Special thanks to Tuesday Funk cameraman Kyle Thiessen for his help (and patience) making this happen.

Tuesday Funk #85: September 1, 2015


Wow, back-to-school time already? Tuesday Funk will help you forget about test anxiety with readings by guests Brian Heath, Amanda Buckley, Jill Howe, Paul Dailing and David Daskal to your favorite eclectic monthly reading series. Join us Tuesday, Sept. 1 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.

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

We'll see you in September!

Tuesday Funk for September 1, 2015

August debriefing


IMG_20150808_170654.jpgAnother 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!

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About Us

Tuesday Funk is an eclectic Chicago reading series, hosted by Andrew Huff and Eden Robins and brought to you by Gapers Block, showcasing a mix of fiction, poetry, and essays the first Tuesday of every month. Join us next on September 1, 7:30 pm, upstairs at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640.

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