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Crossing Iowa is storyteller Jack Zimmerman’s account of a midlife bicycle trip that fell short of its manic goal but provided him with enough wry material for a new collection of tales, including my favorite—the one about how he came face-to-face with the dumbest man in the state.

Zimmerman draws on his life as a literal jack-of-all-trades, and has told his Chicago-to-the-bone stories on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, but they’ve never sounded better than they do when they’re teamed with the mellow music of his son, jazz saxophonist and composer Andy Zimmerman.

Jack Zimmerman will read from Crossing Iowa, and Andy Zimmerman (and his trio) will play, in an evening of original words and music on Tue 6/4, 8 PM, at Chemically Imbalanced Theater (1422 W. Irving Park). Tickets are $10; there’s a cash bar.