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Americathon 2009: Featuring Kimya Dawson

Liberty Hall fundraiser on Saturday July 4th
Join us for a Liberty Hall fundraiser on the 4th of July.

We'll be having a BBQ at 5 PM, with accomodations for various diets.

Music will begin around 7 PM, possibly with a short first set by David Rovics, after which Kimya Dawson will play.

At 9 PM we'll be screening an almost completely forgotten comedy classic from 1979 called Americathon. Who's premise seems eerily relevant today. This is the synopsis from wikipedia.

Americathon (also known as Americathon 1998) is a 1979 comedy starring John Ritter, Fred Willard, Peter Riegert, Harvey Korman, and Nancy Morgan, with narration by George Carlin, based on a play by Firesign Theatre alumni Phil Proctor and Peter Bergman. Others credited in the film include Elvis Costello, Jay Leno, Meat Loaf, Tommy Lasorda, and Chief Dan George. The premise of the film is that, sometime in the then-near future (1998), the USA has run out of oil, and many Americans are literally living in their (now stationary) cars and either jog or ride bicycles to travel. The federal government, housed in "The Western White House" (a sub-leased condominium in Marina del Rey, California), is near national bankruptcy and in danger of being foreclosed by a cartel of Native Americans in control of Nike (which has been renamed "National Indian Knitting Enterprise"). President Chet Roosevelt (Ritter) hires television consultant Eric McMerkin (Riegert) to help produce a national raffle. Instead, they decide that the only way enough money can be raised to save America is to run a telethon, and hire TV celebrity Monty Rushmore (Korman) to host it. The soundtrack features "It's A Beautiful Day" by The Beach Boys.

$5 admission, all proceeds go to Liberty Hall. Give more if you can, you're getting a hell of a deal.

phone: phone: 503 249-8888
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