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Saturday was an evening of many fluids.
Jerry and I started out at The Theatre Building for Hell In A Handbag's bloody new musical 'SCARRIE!'. And was it ever. Bloody, that is. You may remember a certain aborted cover from the Pride issue? Well, the show itself put that to shame. Poor Joey, who plays the starring role, was rushed to the hospital afterwards due to the blood in his eyes. What some will do for their art, I tell you.
So then more ( fake ) blood and ( fake ) gasoline and ( actual, factual ) Jägermeister at Hydrate. 'Tragic' had been billed as a variety show, but it never seemed to stray far from its central theme: psychosis. Dior, the ringmaster, treated the aghast crowd to scenes of priests murdering tricks and dousing a trussed-up hussy in gasoline. Now you understand why the Jäger came into play. Good to see Hydrate supporting the arts. Now maybe Dior can afford those meds.
Finally, Heartless Bitch Entertainment put on a predictably smashing show at Spin, to benefit Matthew Hollis' 'Mattacular'. If you look closely at the cover, you will see that Nako ( the hot dog ) got handy with a few bottles of mustard. A lot of which ended up on my pants. That's what I endure for MY art.
Big ups to the brand-spanking-new Mr. Windy City Continental Marshall Steele. That name sounds too good to be true. He should be fighting crime or gangbanging or something. Perhaps, down the line... .
Hey, Sarabia! Good to see you at Clark's. We'll have to get together and play drinking Antiques Roadshow some time. I swear to God I invented that game before I saw it on Frasier!
Looks like the juice is flowing once again at The Generator. This comes as great news to all who remember the ear-blowing beats and mucho hot crowd from years back. Expect more of the same.
David Graham of The Imperial Windy City Court of the Prairie State Empire ( or, as I call them, 5-8-8-2-3-Hundred ) tells me big things are a-comin' next year, should he prove successful in his bid for Emperor II. By next week, we'll know more.
Gas up your scooters because you've got to go out to two very important anniversary parties this weekend. InnExile is turning 18 over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There's drag, karaoke, strippers, the whole shebang. And while your out on the outskirts, hit up Nutbush for their 29th anniversary on Saturday night. The same shebang, sans karaoke.
My friend Erik Sosa is being honored by Vox as an important emerging voice in the art world. Join us in celebrating at the opening of his new show this Thursday at Big City Swing. See the ad on page 34 for full details.
And finally, the owners of Angel's would like to give abundant and heartfelt thanks to the community for helping them defeat the proposed rent increase which would have rendered them out of business. Having collected over 11,000 signatures, they ain't goin' nowhere!