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Over the Weekend: Derby Destruction, Vaudeville Fashion and Chain Saws on Stage

By Jonathan McNamara

Gustavo Arellano of Ask a Mexican signed autographs and fielded questions from Marcos Najera at Changing Hands Bookstore on Friday.

One of the questions that came up was whether or not The Mexican has ever been stumped. Arellano says it's impossible, read more to find out if Marcos Najera is up to the task.

The Brickhouse opened its doors to three ultra-manly rock acts on May 9. Hogjaw started the show with a wave of southern rock akin to Nashville Pussy.

Jack Ripper Next up was 11-year-old Jack Ripper who defended his rock prodigy title with ease. Jackyl front man Jesse James Dupree ended the night with songs including "Lumberjack" in which he plays an actual chain saw.

Saturday night brought us a plethora of vehicular destruction at the Hellzapoppin' Spring Demolition Derby. Don't think that crashing cars was all the derby had to offer, though. Motorized scooter races, lawn mower races and a tire push got the crowd revved up for the main event.

Angela Johnson's Vaudeville Style Mystery Menagerie balanced out the testosterone-fueled weekend with a look at her latest fashions on a catwalk built on the recently renovated Clarendon Hotel pool. Magicians, tall men and cigar girls hawking Angela Johnson T-shirts added a theatrical flair to the mystery menagerie.

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Jonathan McNamara