by Drew Hunt
At Challengers Comics + Conversation, Brian "Box" Brown discusses and signs copies of his new graphic novel, Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, a biographical account of the famous wrestler born Andre Roussimoff. Reader contributor Dominic Umile recommends the book, writing "Brown's enlightening black-and-white portrait—which, like pro wrestling itself, is a mix of both truth and histrionics—is of a mostly affable Roussimoff, with the artist-author illustrating spare but charismatic exchanges between the Giant and his contemporaries along his lumbering ascent from farm boy to phenom."
Because we can't overlook the greatness of our honorary 51st state, Fiestas Puertorriqueñas is a massive celebration of Puerto Rican culture and a good reason to honk your horn. The four-day festival starts today; expect traditional cuisine, live dance and music—merengue legends Grupo Mania are among the headliners—and the big parade on Saturday. It all goes down at Humboldt Park.
"A few years ago Kaspar Hauser front man Thomas Comerford began writing relatively quiet solo material to occupy his time during lulls in the group's schedule. He just released his second consecutive solo album, II (Strange Weather), and he's clearly found a sweet spot, unencumbered by a rock band," writes Peter Margasak in Soundboard. Check out Comerford's set tonight at the Burlington. Mar Caribe headlines.
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