NOT-TO-BE-MISSED BALTIMORE EVENT:
Fri & Sat, Sept. 12 & 13
at 8 p.m. each night
at the Creative Alliance at The Patterson,
3134 Eastern Ave. in Highlandtown
OPERATION AMERICAN FREEDOM
an evening of unplugged political reflection
with Mark Crispin Miller
In a brilliant mix of stand-up comedy, critical analysis and independent news reporting, famed media critic Mark Crispin Miller takes on all the aspects of the current crisis in American politics: the Bush/Cheney kleptocracy, the vitriolic GOP, the craven Democrats and the all-but-useless mainstream press. Today, says Miller, the US mainstream press serves as a "mere P.A. system for the White House and the Pentagon, and has therefore absolutely failed its constitutional duty to inform the people of this country." Miller's powerful show is sure to make you laugh-and make you mad. "When you leave here tonight," he says, "I want you to go out and pick a fight."
Today, says Miller, the US mainstream press serves as a "mere P.A. system for the White House and the Pentagon, and has therefore absolutely failed its constitutional duty to inform the people of this country."
This run of Operation American Freedom at the Creative Alliance's newly renovated Patterson theater is the show's Baltimore premiere-and a homecoming for Miller. The author of The Bush Dyslexicon and a professor of media studies at New York University, Miller lived here from 1971-1977, when he was working for his doctorate at Johns Hopkins; and again from 1982-1997, when he taught media studies and non-fiction in JHU's Writing Seminars. His weekly radio commentaries on "The Lisa Simeone Show" (on WJHU) were very popular during their seven-year run (1988-95). Miller also established and directed a weekly film series at the Baltimore Museum of Art, bringing in such speakers as Peter Bogdanovich and Michael Moore.
"Operation American Freedom," directed by Gregory Keller, and produced by Marc Posnock and Antonio Soddu, comes to Baltimore after a five-month, almost entirely sold-out run at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York City.
Baltimore News Network, Inc., the non-profit publisher of The Baltimore Chronicle & Sentinel, is pleased to be a co-sponsor of this event.
Tickets are $15 ($12 for members of Creative Alliance members and students with ID). Advance tickets are suggested for this show. Make checks payable to Creative Alliance, and send to MCM Tix, CA, 3134 Eastern Ave Balto MD 21224. Please include contact info. Or visit missiontix.com (note there's a small surcharge for online purchases). There are no paper tickets; your name will be listed at the door on the night of the show you're attending.
For more info about this show and other upcoming events at the Creative Alliance: 410-276-1651 creativealliance.org. For more details on Miller, visit markcrispinmiller.org.
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This story was published on August 15, 2003.