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Public Dancer: Spectacle

August 18, 2009

Gene Lee: Mystery Entertainer

After we tweeted this video, our follower @FunGuYom recognized the dancer as Gene Lee, a public performer who was known around Chicago for dancing (mostly in the wicker park neighborhood) in skimpy outfits.  In December of 2007, Chicagoist reported that Lee had passed away.

Gene Lee on Chicagoist

In 2008 however, this image was spotted by Chicagoist in the New York Times making people wonder if Gene’s untimely passing was just a hoax and in fact he was living in Berkley, CA.

Lee in CA

I guess this begs the question: Where does “spectacle” end and “real life” begin?

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