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Mitch Hedberg

He’s a funny guy, this Hedberg fellow. When he last stopped in Albany (as the opening act for the Comedy Central Live tour in fall 2003), he all but stole the show from headliners Lewis Black and Dave Attell. His pseudo-stoner deadpan has rightfully earned him comparisons to stand-up legend Steven Wright, while guest spots on That ’70s Show and Ed have made him one of the most recognizable young entertainers today. Hedberg is currently coheadlining a Comedy Central tour of his own, along with funny pretty-boy Stephen Lynch; in fact, the pairing has been so successful that an additional month of dates was tacked onto the tour, including tonight’s Egg performance.

Mitch Hedberg and Stephen Lynch will bring the funny to the Egg tonight (Jan. 13). Tickets for the 8 PM show are $36.50, and are available at the Egg box office. For more info, call 473-1845.

 

 

Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly

According to the press release, “cold-blooded creatures lurk at the Berkshire Museum.” No, they’re not referring to small-minded bureaucrats, Nader voters or evil mothers-in-law. The world’s “largest traveling reptile exhibition” begins its temporary residence in Pittsfield this weekend.

Among the critters you can check out will be the Big Guy, a 16-foot-long female Burmese python; a venomous pink-and-black Gila monster; a veiled chameleon, which has a tongue longer than its body length; and assorted deadly snakes. You know the kids will love it.

Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly opens Saturday (Jan. 15) at the Berkshire Museum (39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.) For more info, call (413) 443-7171 or visit www.berkshiremuseum.org.

Anti-Inaugural Bash

Get over it. Bush won. Let the wailing and gnashing of teeth end; let the new battles begin.

That’s the positive spirit behind the Anti-Inaugural Bash this Saturday night at Valentine’s. According to Jim Caringi, who put this show together with beloved Valentine’s poobah Howe Glassman, this really big show “is an effort to bring together anyone who has been negatively affected by the Bush administration.” By any reckoning, that covers more folks than Valentine’s can hold. So, in between the rock & roll, social activists and assorted crusaders will take the mic to speak truth to power—or something like that. Said groups will also have informational tables set up, so you can get an idea of how to stick it to the man. Groups will include Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, New York State Progressives, the Progressive Calendar, Hudson-Mohawk Media Collective, Alliance for Democracy, the Social Justice Center, Ironweed Collective and more. As mentioned, there will be music to fire up your political jones by the Kissers, Power Take-off, Black Cat Elliot, Howe Glassman, Jim Crawley, Broadcast Live, Solidarity Singers, the Wasted and more.

Of course, if you just want to cry in your beer, Valentine’s has plenty of that, too.

The Anti-Inaugural Bash will be presented at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave., Albany) at 8 PM on Saturday (Jan. 15). The show is at 7 PM and costs $7. For more information, call 432-6572.


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