Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Special Edition of Chip's Picks Including Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Van Dammage, The Noise FM, the Women of The Newsroom, and Read Across Lawrence

Today we're taking a rare break from all the buzzy bands and high-falutin' art events we normally showcase and instead highlighting a few things that are entertaining Chip these days.  Read on if you dare.

1)  Here Comes Honey Boo Boo on TLC

Chip:  "I don't think I've ever seen a show with a fart joke in the OPENING CREDITS!  Forbes' review phrases it well: "Each episode opens with a tremendous fart by June, Honey’s 309 pound momma."  And things get even funnier, believe it or not.  Sure, there's a major trend of redneck reality television right now, such as the overrated Duck Dynasty and the underrated (and cancelled?) American Pickers, about that family from Richard's old hometown that stuffs pets.  But I think Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is the most warm and tender.  However, it's a little too much like a foreign film, since much of the family's dialogue is subtitled, because they don't talk good.  There's also a little baby pig. It farts a lot too. Catch new episodes on Wednesdays."


2) "Van Dammage" at the Alamo KC

As a lead-up to the premiere of The Expendables 2 tomorrow night, the Alamo is showing three Van Damme films.  Altogether, this equals 438 bone-crunching minutes of "Van Dammage!"  The line-up has now been officially announced:  Bloodsport, Hard Target, and Universal Soldier.  Details here .

The Alamo has put together a special menu for the event which includes "ANDREW SCOTT'S EAR NECKLACE, freshly fried pork rinds fit to be strung together and worn, or dipped in a spicy soldier dipping sauce."

Chip: "This may well be the greatest 438 minutes of my life so far."

Zzangarang! presents VAN DAMMAGE w/ THE EXPENDABLES 2

3) The Noise FM and Quiet Corral at the Eldridge Hotel rooftop bar on Friday August 24th

Chip: "The Noise Boys and I go way back, all the way to Fort Scott, and I'll be terribly disappointed if they don't trash a few rooms, rock star-style, after their show.  I suspect they'll write 'SHOUT PEACE' all over the walls."

Check out the FB event page here and we'll likely be showcasing the event further next week.

Here's a classic Oread/SHOUT PEACE photo via the LJ-World. It still gets our vote for LFK's greatest-ever act of vandalism!

Vandals painted "shout" and "peace" on the south side of The Oread's top viewing deck over the weekend.

4)  Olivia Munn as Sloan Sabbith on The Newsroom

Chip:  "Let's get this straight: I hate The Newsroom.  Real-life is MUCH closer to Honey Boo Boo territory than it is to Sorkin-land.  But I never knew long monologues about economics could be so sexy before meeting Olivia Munn's Sloan Sabbith.  I DVR The Newsroom every week.  But I only watch the parts with Olivia Munn, which means I can skip right through at least 40 minutes of progressive babble about broadcast integrity. Actually, to be honest, I watch the Alison Pill parts too.  But never the Emily Mortimer parts.  Her character is so annoying I immediately lose my boner."

Munn and Pill and Mortimer:


5)  Read Across Lawrence and Winter's Bone

Chip:  "I'm really excited that the Read Across Lawrence program is attempting to unite the community this year through a really brutal novel about meth.  I'm also excited that PBR Book Club is making Winter's Bone their September selection, as a follow-up to their current selection of The Sugar Frosted Nutsack, which (as you can tell from the title) is fucking hilarious.  With selections like these, I may eventually forgive them for this summer's 1000 page, post-modern Mexican 'masterpiece' featuring 200+ pages of nothing but rape."

We'll be offering major coverage of all the LFK Winter's Bone events coming soon, since the festivities are kicking off as early as the August edition of Final Fridays.  And head over to the Library site to start planning your itinerary. 

Here's the great John Hawkes as Uncle Teardrop from the film version.  We're hoping he'll be on hand for some of September's events, since he's prone to hanging around LFK anyway.

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