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Rescuing the legacy of Dancin’ Man

On December 13, I took a long drive to Des Plaines to pick up relatives of my friend Perry Kanlan, a showbiz-adjacent eccentric known as Dancin’ Man. The time on the road gave me the chance to reflect on the circumstances of my relationship with him. I formally met Perry in 2011, when my friend […]

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India Arie, Bootsy Collins, Al B. Sure, and more at the African Festival of the Arts

Presented by the Africa International House, the 22nd African Festival of the Arts expects to attract more than 300,000 people to Washington Park, 51st and Cottage Grove, over the long holiday weekend (Fri-Mon 9/2-9/5). The lineup on the Dee Parmer Woodtor main stage includes soul star India Arie, gospel duo Mary Mary, funk-bass legend Bootsy […]