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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

“If you’d never been born, then you might be an Isn’t! An Isn’t has no fun at all. No, he disn’t.” – Dr. Seuss

Tomorrow, March 2nd, would have been Theodor Geisel, or Dr. Seuss‘s, 108th birthday. Though Geisel died in 1991, he still manages to maintain cultural relevancy in 2012. Universal Studios’ 3-D, CGI interpretation of his environmentally concious 1971 book “The Lorax” is currently playing in theaters around the country, his books still top children’s best-seller lists and there are dozens of theatrical adaptations of the Seuss-themed Broadway musical “Seussical” being produced all over the country by independent theater groups. The National Education Association even honored Geisel by adopting his birthday as the annual Read Across America Day.

Here’s an excerpt from the original, animated version of “The Lorax.”

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Posted by on March 1, 2012 in Arts, Literature, Seasonal

 

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Cal’s Recommended Oscar Events!

Are you serious about the films nominated for Oscars? Or are you more into the glitz and glamor of the party? Either way, we have some great events happening all over the country for you to check out!

For those who are in it for the films, check out:

Past Best Picture Oscar winner “Chicago” at the Auburn Avenue Theater in Auburn, Washington TONIGHT! Thursday, February 23.

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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Film, Seasonal

 

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February is Black History Month!

In the United States, February is when  Black History Month is celebrated in recognition of the incredible contributions African-Americans have made to American history and culture. The holiday began as a week-long celebration established by historian Carter G. Woodson, who chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. In 1976 it was expanded to a month, with then President Gerald Ford urging Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavour throughout our history.”

We have a ton of great events going on throughout the rest of the month that give you plenty of opportunity to celebrate.

TONIGHT! Monday, February 20

Josephine Baker: Black Diva in a White Man’s WorldHuntington, New York  In Person: Jean Claude Baker and Jarry Baker. Jean Claude will sign copies of his new book about his mother: “Josephine: The Hungry Heart.” A revealing documentary about one of the most famous and popular performing artists of the 20th century. Her legendary banana belt dance created theater history. The film portrays the artist in the mirror of European colonial clichés as well as a resistance fighter, an ambulance driver during WWII, and an outspoken activist against racial discrimination involved in the worldwide Black Consciousness movement of the 20th century. For black Americans, Baker became ‘a role model’. Baker herself “wasn’t allowed to be the real American she wanted to be.” In an article she says, “I had been suffocating in the United States. A lot of us left, not because we wanted to leave, but because we couldn’t stand it any more.” During the mid-1920s Baker found fame in Paris, performing at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees and eventually the Folies Bergeres. It came at a cost; she often performed in erotic costumes with racist overtones. The dance routines are seen as distasteful now, but at the time it was an aspect of a black popular culture forced to adapt to white tastes. Baker’s career spanned fifty years, and she is portrayed as a true superstar, one with grace and humility. Black Americans loved her, the French referred to her as their “Black Venus” and in the last years of her life white American audiences gave her the standing ovation she longed for. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Seasonal

 

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Get Your Mardi Gras On!

Fat Tuesday is next week so it’s time to start making your Mardi Gras plans. Of course, we all wish we could be in New Orleans but for some of us that’s just not in the cards. Don’t fear. There’s tons of killer events around the country that are bringing New Orleans and Mardi Gras right to your door.

If you’re Catholic, this is your last night to eat rich, fatty foods before Lent, if you’re not, it’s an excuse to party on a Tuesday! And for those that don’t want to deal with the hangover on Wednesday, there’s a bunch of pre-Mardi Gras celebrations going on this weekend including a show tonight in New York featuring CJ Chenier, son of the inventor of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier, and one of the hottest accordion players out there.

Either way, get your tickets because these events are sure to fill up fast.

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Posted by on February 17, 2012 in Seasonal

 

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2012 Valentine’s Day Events for Lovers, Haters and Ragers!

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, and it’s time to start making plans for the most romantic of all holidays. Whether you think it’s a phony, Hallmark holiday or see it as a genuine opportunity to show that special someone how you feel about them, we got an event for you. There’s lots of burlesque, some great music, comedy, theater, roller derby, a pub crawl, a ghost tour of Grand Central Station and even a dance party in a Russian bath house! We even threw in a couple anti-Valentine’s Day events in there for good measure. Whether you’re in Anchorage or Brooklyn, I’m betting we got something in your neck of the woods.

There are still tickets available for all these events, so hurry up and pick some up before they’re all gone!

Friday, February 10

Counting on Love, and Other Stories of the HeartSan Francisco, California Treat Street Theatre Project, in partnership with The Playwrights Center of San Francisco, present six new plays by Rod McFadden and Don Samson. It’s an evening of laughter, heartbreak, compassion, compromise and human connection — the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. These award-winning plays are funny, sad, insightful and inspiring. Share them with someone you love, or someone you want to love you more. This show opens tonight and runs through Saturday, February 18.

VivaVoom Brr-Lesque Presents: Starlets & HarlotsAnchorage, Alaska  Comedy! Glitter! Live Music! Feathers! Aerial Daring! Fringe! Prizes! Striptease! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with more than cards or candy! VivaVoom Brr-Lesque offers their version of Silver Screen love that will have you and your date laughing, and “oooh”-ing in amazement. Of course, if you don’t have a date, it’s a GREAT Girls or Guys Night Out or bachelor/bachelorette party! This show also will be running on Saturday, February 11. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Seasonal

 

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Happy 67th Birthday Bob Marley! We Miss You.

Today, on what would have been his 67th birthday, we pay tribute to the great Bob Marley. Marley, sadly passed away in 1981 at the much-too-young age of thirty-six, but he still manages to have an impact and cultural presence today, thirty-one years after his death.

Marley’s ever-present message of unity and perseverance in the face of oppression has inspired indigenous communities worldwide. The Australian Aboriginals burn a flame in his honor in Sydney’s Victoria Park, Native American tribes revere his work and tributes to Marley take place all over the world from South America to India. There’s even a statue of Marley in Banatski Sokolac, Serbia! The United Nations recognized Marley’s inspirational message for the downtrodden and awarded him the Peace Medal of the Third World in 1978. For a musician to receive this honor demonstrates that there was more to Marley than a great voice and a captivating stage presence.

“Marley wasn’t singing about how peace could come easily to the World but rather how hell on Earth comes too easily to too many. His songs were his memories; he had lived with the wretched, he had seen the downpressers and those whom they pressed down.” – Mikal Gilmore, Rolling Stone

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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Music, Seasonal

 

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You Don’t Need a Bowl For It To Be Super!

Super def. 1. of high grade or quality.
Bowl def. 1. a concave usually nearly hemispherical vessel.

So maybe you wanna go to a quality tailgate party or maybe you wanna eat a high grade hemispherical vessel of chili and drink some domestic beer. Music or comedy more your thang? How about snarky commentary to accompany the big game? No worries. It’s all here.

Super. Bowl. Or Superbowl. You choose.

Saturday, February 4

The Anti Super Bowl Comedy Show!Newburgh, New York  Tired of hearing about  the Superbowl? Need a break from the chatter of your husband and his friends? Wanna spend a night out with the gals?
Come to the Anti-Superbowl comedy show. All female comedy show where we will be talking about everything EXCEPT the Superbowl! Featuring: Vanessa Hollingshead, with special guest Sharon Simon. Vanessa Hollingshead often jokes about real things. As a child, she spent a year at Millbrook Mansion with her father, Michael Hollingshead, who introduced Timothy Leary and Sir Paul McCartney to LSD. Vanessa was recently on VH1‘s Lords of the Revolution, has had her own Comedy Central Presents, has taped her second DVD and is taping her third DVD, “Drunk” at Stand Up New York. She was one of the first comics to go out to the Middle East when the war started. She has performed for Comedy Central in Australia, as well as numerous shows in the UK and Amsterdam, she also has had critical acclaim with her one woman show “Flashback”, and just completed her second one person show, called “The Hold.” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2012 in Seasonal, Sports

 

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