Great news from the folks at the Rev Room: Hannibal Buress has announced a show there at 8 p.m. April 12. Buress is a stand-up comedian known for roles on "Broad City" and "The Eric Andre Show," jokes about Young Jeezy and apple sauce, specials like "Animal Furnace" and "Live from Chicago" and, oddly and most recently, bringing wider attention to the rape allegations against Bill Cosby. Also he's just widely considered one of the best comedians of his generation. Tickets are on sale now for $25. /more/
Inspired by the comedy-plus-current-events format of "The Daily Show" and SNL's "Weekend Update," Too Long; Didn't Read is a new monthly show to be held every first Thursday at The Joint, in Argenta, featuring a panel of comedians (most of whom are regular participants in the venue's Tuesday night "Hogging the Mic" stand-up series) riffing and opining on "everything from celebrity gossip, hyper-local news and Internet memes to global economic policy.” /more/
You've got to figure that a band from frozen-ass Winnipeg is just gonna be way gnarlier and tougher than a band from some sun-kissed tropical clime where people wear tank tops and flip-flops year-round.
Also, KEN Mode at Vinos', Red Octopus' 'Trysts and Turns' at the Public Theatre, Mothwind at Maxine's, Patty Griffin at George's Majestic, "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" at the Weekend Theater and Ash at Juanita's.
Benjamin Krain, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's talented photographer, was assigned the local photography spot in the press pool assembled to cover President Obama's visit to Arkansas today. That gave other media access to his photos on the trip, and D-G chief photographer Jeff MItchell, provided a selection of them from the president's three hours on the ground. There's a shot, too, of the security precautions evident during the visit.
Now that the chorus of politicians invoking religious liberty against the president and local governments includes nearly every Republican presidential candidate, it is time to ask whether those who espouse religious liberty the most loudly believe in it least.
Contrary to what Jeb Bush said, it wasn't actually too hard to see through the propaganda barrage that led the United States to invade Iraq in 2003. Key aspects of the Bush administration's case for war were transparently false, and would have been comically so if the consequences hadn't been so terrible.