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An Evening with John Hodgman at The Music Box

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Nov 15 7:00PM - 10:00PM

Join us for an evening with writer, comedian, and actor John Hodgman, as he celebrates the publication of his new book, Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches. Joining John for an onstage conversation will be "Wait Wait..Don't Tell Me" host Peter Sagal!Your ticket includes a copy of Mr. Hodgman's new book, and he will be happy to autograph his book for attendees.

Although his career as a bestselling author and onThe Daily Show With Jon Stewartwas founded on fake news and invented facts, in 2016 that routine didn't seem as funny to John Hodgman anymore. Everyone is doing it now.

Disarmed of falsehood, he was left only with the awful truth: John Hodgman is an older white male monster with bad facial hair, wandering like a privileged Sasquatch through three wildernesses: the hills of Western Massachusetts where he spent much of his youth; the painful beaches of Maine that want to kill him (and some day will); and the metaphoric haunted forest of middle age that connects them.

Vacationlandcollects these real life wanderings, and through them you learn of the horror of freshwater clams, the evolutionary purpose of the mustache, and which animals to keep as pets and which to kill with traps and poison. There is also some advice on how to react when the people of coastal Maine try to sacrifice you to their strange god.

Though wildly, Hodgmaniacally funny as usual, it is also a poignant and sincere account of one human facing his forties, those years when men in particular must stop pretending to be the children of bright potential they were and settle into the failing bodies of the wiser, weird dads that they are.

John Hodgmanis a writer, comedian, and actor. He is the author of threeNew York Timesbestselling books:The Areas of My Expertise,More Information Than You Require, andThat Is All.After an appearance to promote his books onThe Daily Show, he was invited to return as a contributor, serving as the show's "Resident Expert" and "Deranged Millionaire." This led to an unexpected and, frankly, implausible career in front of the camera. He has performed comedy for the president of the United States, at a TED conference, and in a crypt in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. He is the host of the popularJudge John Hodgmanpodcast, in which he settles serious disputes between real people, such as "Is a hot dog a sandwich?" He also contributes a weekly column under the same name forThe New York Times Magazine.

Peter Sagal has had a varied career, including stints as a playwright, screenwriter, stage director, actor, extra in a Michael Jackson video, travel writer, essayist, ghostwriter and staff writer for a motorcycle magazine. In October 2007, Harper Collins published Peter's first book,The Book of Vice: Naughty Things and How to Do Them, a series of essays about bad behavior, which was released in paperback in 2008. He lives in the Chicago area with his family.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Parking can be tricky, if possible we recommend taking the Red Line (Addison Stop), Brown Line (Southport stop), or the Irving Park, Addison, or Clark Street buses.

Southport is a metered parking street. Free street parking is available on and west of Ashland Ave (two blocks west of the theatre) and north of Irving Park. There is a parking lot at nearby Blaine Elementary and valet parking at the Mercury Theatre and Deleece Restaurant.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Please do bring a printed ticket--it makes things much easier on us all!

When do doors open?

6 PM!

What if life crashes down around me and I can't make it to the event?

You can request a refund via Eventbrite up to 7 days before the event.

At every book event we host, some people neglect to pick up the book included with their ticket. We will hold unclaimed books for 14 days after this event, and we are happy to ship your signed copy of Vacationlandto you if you can't make it to our Winnetka store to pick it up. We will ship your signed book to you for a five dollar handling fee. People who do not contact us within 14 days after this event to arrange to receive their book shall forfeit their copy.

What else should I know?

1. We may take some photos to document the complete awesomeness of this event for our social meda. A fuzzy pic of the back of your head may end up on Instagram.

2. The lovely Music Box sells not only the usual movie theatre fare, they also have a liquor license!

Questions not answered here?

Contact us:, 847-446-8880.

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