First Tuesdays is a monthly political talk show at the Hideout bar, hosted by Mick Dumke & Ben Joravsky. With the help of guests–elected officials, union leaders, activists, and other journalists–Mick & Ben aim to explain how the city, state, country and universe really works.
It all started like this: Pharaoh’s heart became hard, and he would not listen to them…. Wait–wrong story.
Not long ago, Tim Tuten, co-owner of the Hideout, had a moment of inspiration. Don’t laugh–it’s been known to happen.
Shortly before he led a room of strangers in a rousing karaoke version of Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long (All Night),” Tuten blurted out to Mick that he and Ben should start holding a live discussion about politics: “We’ll call it First Tuesdays–cause it’ll be on the first Tuesday of every month.”
When Tim was reminded of this after the beer wore off, he still thought it was a fine idea. He offered to let Mick & Ben hold the event at the Hideout. They wholeheartedly agreed. And the rest is history…
Their first show, in April 2014, featured Alderman Proco Joe Moreno, a mayoral ally; Alderman Scott Waguespack, a mayoral critic; and former alderman Richard Mell, who proudly explained how he’d once controlled 1,000 patronage jobs, some of which required work.
Since then, our guests have included aldermen, state legislators, county officials, journalists, mayoral candidates, and union leaders. They have offered their take on who holds power around here, where your tax money’s disappearing to, what’s happening in the school system, and why on earth we haven’t legalized marijuana–among other topics.
Mick & Ben are firmly committed to occasionally taking names and kicking ass, while having fun in the process. They want you to join them on the first Tuesday of next month. And the month after that.