Every time Anthony Meade comes to me with a cover idea, I experience a slight tinge of oh-shit-what-sick-fucking-idea-does-he-have -this-time ... -itis. It's always something with that guy. Always something great, that is. Piggies? Markets? It was only a matter of time. Thanks for doing the pictures, Mr. Meade. I sure had fun with the designing.
And don't stare at it too hard. You will vomit.
A raucous thumbs-up to Jimmy Kays and Adam Guerino for a very successful We Are Halsted benefit at Sidetrack. They brought awareness to the ongoing plight of our queer homeless youth. As Cyon said from the stage, "We can't forget about our gay babies." Please donate to The Night Ministry's homeless queer youth shelter The Crib by calling 773-784-9000; by mail at The Night Ministry, 4711 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, IL, 60640; or online at www.thenightministry.org .
I'd like to take this opportunity to point out to a certain Ms. Tajma Hall that, although I was not able to make it to your birthday show at Hydrate, you are featured in the photo spread of the staff turnabout show on page 20. So, if you're still planning on going through with your proposed picketing of my office, you may want to call that off now. Give peace a chance.
Thrill to the cool jazz stylings of the Hinda Hoffman Trio, now playing each Tuesday night at Sidecar Bar on Glenwood. I've been making a habit of closing that bar after night's out on the prowl with Ryan and Petar. I stopped in just to tell Petar that, in my assessment (and I can assess like a motherfucker), the Serbian contingent in the Olympics was the hottest. He's Serbian. I figured he'd enjoy that.
See the Serbian sexiness, the Azerbaijani attractiveness, the Haitian hotness and the good ol' American humpiness every night between now and Sun., Aug. 12 at Crew, where you can watch Olympic coverage on their big sports-viewing screens. Celebrate the closing of the 30th Olympiad with full sound, starting at 6 pm. That is if you're not ensconced in Market Days madness.
For more on the aforementioned madness, consult Nightspots music guru Marc "Moose" Moder's picks for the Market Days best bets on page 10.