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Everyone is Trying to Kill You Live!

Informative and fun!

Informative and fun!

If you’re in the New York area, or if you have a great deal of disposable income and/or frequent flier miles and you can get to the New York area on short notice, please come by Union Hall in Park Slope next Tuesday, December 1, for a special lecture on the subject of “Those Who Are Trying to Kill You.”

Your humble author will investigate would-be-killers both familiar (Canada, Arianna Huffington) and new (men in comas), as part of the Adult Education lecture series. The whole night (theme: death) promises to be both terribly morbid and reasonably funny.

Details here and after the jump.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 – 8 pm (doors at 7:30)

Union Hall in Park Slope
702 Union St. @ 5th Ave
$5 cover

Adult Education is a Brooklyn-based monthly lecture series devoted to making useless knowledge somewhat less useless. Each month is devoted to a given theme, and 4 speakers will address some aspect of that theme using visual aids.

“Death and Taxidermy: The Ape That Launched 1000 Quips”
Devins, Mittelbach, and Templar discuss observations gleaned from four years of Carnivorous Nights, an annual taxidermy contest held in Brooklyn.

“Everyone Is Trying To Kill You: Analyzing Homicidal Tendencies In Electronic Information Networks”
The most dangerous people in America today are celebrities. And Arianna Huffington is letting them blog. Alex Pareene assesses recent threats to our national health from Suzanne Somers and Canada.

“Le Petit Mort: Death as a Metaphor for Orgasm in Popular Culture and Literature”
Heller looks at the various ways in which death, much like everything else, is tied to sex

“Morbid Anatomies and Anatomical Theatres: A Guided Tour through the Macabre World of Medical Museums”
What is the difference between a wet and a dry specimen? Why did people make life-sized, recumbent wax women whose insides could be taken apart into dozens of pieces? Where did Gunther von Hagens (Body Worlds exhibit) get his schtick? Joanna Ebenstein presents a virtual tour of great medical museums of the western world.



DORIAN DEVINS and MARGARET MITTELBACH are cofounders of Secret Science Club, a monthly lecture series at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Devins is a radio producer and host of WFMU, 91.1 FM’s “The Speakeasy,” a weekly arts and cultural interview program. Mittelbach is co-author, with ANDREW TEMPLAR, of _Carnivorous Nights: On the Trail of the Tasmanian Tiger_ and author of _Wild New York: A Guide to the Wildlife, Wild Places and Natural Phenomena of New York City_. Templar is co-owner of Union Hall, the Bell House, Floyd, and the mysterious ‘rump ape.’

JOANNA EBENSTEIN is a Brooklyn based artist. She runs the Morbid Anatomy blog {http://morbidanatomy.blogspot.com/} and the Morbid Anatomy Library {http://proteusgowanus.com/main/reading-room/morbid-anatomy}. She is also the founding member of Observatory {http://observatoryroom.org/}, a collaborative Gowanus-based exhibition/presentation space where she presents lectures on a variety of morbid topics. Her recent exhibition, Anatomical Theatre {http://www.astropop.com/anatomical/}, is a photo survey of great medical museums of the western world.

KATHARINE HELLER is a writer, actress and comedian. Most recently, she wrote and produced an award-winning show at the New York International Fringe Festival, The Boy in the Basement. Heller has been a regular theater and nightlife reviewer for the online magazine New York Cool and is working on her first one-woman show, My Dad’s Crazier Than Your Dad.

ALEX PAREENE writes about politics for Gawker and is author of the blog “Everyone Is Trying To Kill You.” Formerly, he was Editor of Washington DC gossip website Wonkette.com. His writing has appeared on many famous and popular internet sites, on the World Wide Web. He is not a doctor and, in fact, did not even finish attaining a BFA.

CHARLES STAR (HOST) is a lawyer sans portfolio and a stand-up comedian sans recognition who lives in Brooklyn with his excellent wife, his awesome cat, and a budding baby genius. He’s on the web at charlesstar.com.


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