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Over the past 13 years the Atlanta-based cable access American Music Show--best known, if at all, as the show that spawned RuPaul and Wigstock impresario Lady Bunny--has mixed the trash sensibilities of disco with a surreal, subversive wit and biting social satires of southern culture. The result is a show that transcends camp, in which drag performers, like the outrageously over-the-top DeAundra Peek (on the far left in the above picture), are more than guys who get laughs by wearing dresses. Everyone--celebrities, Christian fundamentalists, the performers themselves--is considered fair game, and everything is done in the spirit of the show's freewheeling motto: "If it ain't fun, don't do it." This live cabaret marks the show's first visit to Chicago, and it'll be taped for broadcast in Atlanta. It features many of the show's regulars--including Peek, whose tone-deaf take on R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" could make an atheist out of Pat Robertson--plus performances by such local gender benders as London Broil, Andy Soma, and Lawrence Steger. Foxy's, 800 W. Belmont, 327-1222. Thursday, November 11, 11 PM (doors open at 9 PM). $3.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Paula Gately Tillman.

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