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Best Exploding Puppet Inevitable: Hey Lollies

Like Mary Woronov and Gerard Malanga doing the whip dance (and deviant in only the most kid-friendly of ways), a Hey Lollies show is a delightful audio-visual happening. Here's a suggestion: Turn off the TV and head down to Cherrywood Coffeehouse to do the coffee dance, or hear Sal Amander's "Tale of the Springs." Guitar, upright bass, drums, uke, and puppets keep this trio's hands busy and tykes entranced. And, for the record, the group's unicorn boy puppet would make Geppetto weep.

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