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Books by Judith Brotman and Marcia Tucker, plus National Pastime Theater's Naked July

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Richard Giraldi, Loudlooppress.com editor in chief, is shedding layers for:

Naked July: Art Stripped Down For most, July means fireworks and hot dogs, but for the National Pastime Theater, it means literally stripping down. The theater company, now located in Uptown, continues its summer tradition with the fourth installment of Naked July. The series, which runs through July into the first weeks of August, features plays, performance art, and films that celebrate the human body in its most natural and clothingless form. But don't worry—all of the nudity here is done in a classy and tasteful manner that won't leave you with that awkward showering-at-summer-camp feeling.

Those with a thing for Spanish surrealism may want to check out Jose Rivera's References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, which melds arty psychedelia with erotica themes. Or there's The Living Canvas Eureka!, an entertaining exhibit of performance art that uses the human body as a living canvas. And as always, audience participation in the nakedness is optional.

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