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The Banana King and Dr. Ruth

By Scott Smith in Miscellaneous on Dec 16, 2004 5:18PM

Wouldn't the title of this post make for the best children's book ever?

I'm too sexy for this crown.There’s food for your body and soul tonight at the Beat Kitchen: The Banana King, a literary zine is hosting Rock 'N' Read, an evening of storytelling and um, rocking. The event features some of our favorite people: Jonathan Messinger from This Is Grand, Pearly Sweets from Baby Teeth, Brian Costello, Black Giraffe, and a bunch of other folks we’re hoping to get to know better.

The Banana King takes its name from a line in On The Road by Jack Kerouac that emphasizes the importance of recognizing the significance of the little moments in your everyday life. We buy that even though Kerouac was probably high on cough syrup when he wrote it.

Admission is $8 but that includes a full evening of words and guitar, a copy of The Banana King #1 and a free banana! Perfect for those who enjoy supporting local artists but are sadly lacking in potassium. The first issue includes an interview with Brit rocker The Streets as well as stories and poetry by your fellow Chicagoans. Show starts at 8:30, doors at 8.

Of course, this means we will be unable to attend the lecture by Dr. Ruth tonight at the Cultural Center. Lately, we’ve been getting our old lady sex talk from Sue Johanson, the Canadian on the Oxygen network. But when we were younger we got all our information about sex from Dr. Ruth (when we weren’t picking it up on the streets that is) so she holds a special place in our hearts. Plus, her accent is cooler. She’s in town to talk about God and Judaism and all the other things you think about when you’re having sex. The show starts at 7 PM and tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Chicagoist will cover the admission fee of anyone who can prove they worked in a question about furries during the Q&A session.