In honor of the 39th anniversary of Ken Holtzman's 2nd no-hitter — which made him the only Chicago Cubs pitcher to hurl two in the 20th Century, and the only Jewish pitcher besides Sandy Koufax to rack up double no-nos — I figure it's time to pass along my now-confirmed plans for Big Hair & Plastic Grass events in Chicago later this month. I'm really looking forward to returning to my former home, especially on the weekend of what has to be the least-anticipated Cubs-White Sox series in the history of interleague play.
Thursday, June 24: I will be celebrating the book's publication with an evening of funky (and not-so-funky) music, cold beer, baseball talk and maybe a few surprises at Liars Club (1665 West Fullerton). I will be on hand to read aloud from my writings, sign BH&PG — copies of which will be on sale at the venue — and drink $2 Colt 45 and PBR tallboys while DJ John San Juan spins the 70s AM gold. Don your afro wig, your 70s threads and/or retro baseball jersey, and get down with us — and bring a crappy late-'70s rock LP with you to be destroyed as part of our "AOR Demolition Night" promotion (method of destruction still TBD). Festivities start around 8:30 pm, and admission is FREE.
Friday, June 25: I will be reading from and signing BH&PG at the Book Cellar in Lincoln Square (4736 N. Lincoln Ave.). If you're looking for a slightly more sedate happening than the Liars Club thang — or you just can't get enough '70s baseball — come on out and make the scene. The store has a dynamite little cafe with beer and wine, so a buzz can still be obtained/maintained if you so wish. The event starts at 7 pm, and the admission is, of course, totally FREE.
Windy City citizens, please mark your calendars accordingly!