Chicago's leading chamber-pop group, Canasta, is preparing for the release of its new LP, The Fakeout, the Tease and the Breather. The album drops later this month but you can get a preview at canastamusic.com, where the songs are already streaming.
Canasta celebrates the new album with a pair of record-release shows this Saturday evening at Schubas Tavern, one of the two or three best music rooms in Chicago. The $14 ticket price includes a copy of the new CD. You can't beat that.
What familiar saying with seven words has seven consonants in a row? The answer is a common saying, in ordinary English. Sometimes it's expressed in nine words rather than seven, but it's the same saying. And either way, in one spot it has seven consecutive consonants. What saying is it?
Last week: Name something in seven letters that most people keep in their homes. Take the first, third, fourth and seventh letters and rearrange them. The result will be a four-letter word naming something that the seven-letter thing is commonly used for. What is it?
Highlight for answer: Aspirin, pain
Two weeks ago: The name of what character, familiar to everyone, contains each of the five vowels (A, E, I, O and U) exactly once? The answer consists of two words — eight letters in the first word, four letters in the second.
Highlight for answer: Question mark
Three weeks ago: Name a well-known person from the 20th century who held an important position. Take the first and last letters of this person's last name, change each of them to the next letter of the alphabet, and you'll get the last name of another famous person who held the same position sometime after the first one. Who is it?
Greatest leadoff man of all time and Rickey Henderson
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A friend of mine produced this hilarious look at a sad era in American history. After lighting up Broadway and playing live on HBO, it's now out on DVD. Click the image to get yourself a copy. You'll love it.