I had a fairly conventional childhood, I think.
I was raised by the Disney Corporation via television, my favorite day of the week was Pizza Sunday, and my parents made me dress up like Bible characters on Halloween to combat “the devil’s holiday.”
So here’s to things that made my childhood great, and events that remind me of a simpler time.
I spent many teenage afternoons watching Hal Sparks on VH1’s I Love the (insert decade here). He spent many teenage afternoons perfecting the craft of comedy. So much so that in 1987, he was named Chicago’s Funniest Teenager. But times have changed since then. Hal is no longer a teenager and no longer in Chicago. He is an adult and he will be in Austin this weekend at the Cap City Comedy Club. Shows are Wednesday and Thursday at 8 and Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10:30. Tickets are $18 general admission.
When I was younger, my friends and I wrote a comic book about an afro-headed America-loving professional basketball player by day and a superhero by night. This was the extent of my artistic ability. Luckily, there are some more talented artists in the area, and you can see them at Thought Cloud: Young Latino Artists 16 at Mexic-arte museum. The mixed media exhibition will be presented under five themes-Romance, Crime, Autobiography, Mythology, and Labor. Each artist weaves tales of fictional love, political conflict, gentrification, alternative worlds and more in their work.
The only plays I participated in as a child were religious dramas (credits include Sermon on the Mound- a rousing tale of a little league team who see the light of salvation). I would kill to be in a play like The Physicists put on by the Vortex’s Summer Youth Theatre. The Physicists provides an opportunity for the students of SYT to tackle science, politics, and ethics while telling a story that will make audiences laugh out loud before it chills them to the bone. Tickets are $10-30 and shows run this Friday and Saturday as well as next week
Perhaps one of my favorite movies as a child (and even to this day) is none other than Hook. This epic take on the classic Peter Pan will be showing at the Blue Starlite drive-in on E 6th. Tickets are $25 and the movie starts at 9 pm on Friday. Come join us in remember a simpler time when never growing up was possible (and when Robin Williams was still funny).