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Scott Kenemore, author of the novel Zombie, Illinois, feels a kinship with:

Boobs of the Dead I was really impressed with Boobs of the Dead, a Walking Dead-themed burlesque show running now at the Gorilla Tango Theatre in my neighborhood. It kind of reimagines the zombie virus as a plague that turns unsuspecting Americans into burlesque dancers. (I like the idea of burlesque as something you can “catch” that replaces your regular clothing with feather boas and garter belts, and your regular activities with sexy zombie dance moves.) It is a well-plotted show. As a zombie writer, I find myself subjected to a lot of zombie adaptations that are schlocky and/or haven’t been thought through all the way. In stark contrast, this show—in addition to being comprehensible—is consistently funny, scary, and sexy, and also has a lot of clever turns on the original Kirkman comic and AMC show. I totally enjoyed it.

Jennifer Estlin, executive producer of Annoyance Productions, is intrigued by the interplay between:

The Wettest County in the World; Winesburg, Ohio; and Lawless For a one-two-three punch, read the fantastic historic novel The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant. Then, take some time to enjoy reading some short stories in Winesburg, Ohio by author Sherwood Anderson, who is a character in Bondurant’s novel. (You’ll also enjoy combing the Internet for interesting articles that illustrate the contentious relationship between Hemingway and Anderson, who were contemporaries.) Now, if you’re like me, you’ll think, “That novel would make an amazing movie.” And then you’ll think, “No, Hollywood would ruin it.” And then, despite your trepidation, you’ll buy your ticket to Lawless (already fearful because you’ve heard the Sherwood Anderson character got cut) and you’ll end up being delighted by what turned out to be a pretty great movie, with a screenplay that was really well crafted by Nick Cave. And you’ll want to go back and read the book again. All in all, a pretty good entertainment package.

Lurrie BellCredit: Toshiya Suzuki

Charles K. Cowdery, Chicago-based whiskey writer, taps his feet to:

“Chicago Blues: An Urban Experience” Lurrie Bell is one of the best blues performers of his generation (he’s 53). Barry Dolins is the guy who programmed the Chicago Blues Festival for most of its history. The Old Town School of Folk Music is a unique Chicago institution that puts on some of the best music shows in town. Put them together and you have “Chicago Blues: An Urban Experience.” Lurrie kicked off the six-week Sunday-evening series on October 28, but Dolins and Old Town have more on offer. The theme is blues and its relationship to sacred music. The shows are in an intimate, acoustically wonderful concert space in the new building, across Lincoln Avenue from the main one. Bell, a man redeemed by love if ever there was one, rocked the gospel like nobody else could. Coming up are local treasures Jimmy Burns, Katherine Davis, Erwin Helfer, Barrelhouse Chuck, and others. It’s Sunday, you’re in Chicago. Go hear some fine churchy blues.