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An Evening with Stephen Tobolowsky

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Endorsed by Curators:
Nov 15 7:30PM - 9:30PM

Downtown with Rich Kimball & The Briar Patch present:

An Evening with Stephen Tobolowsky, actor and author of MY ADVENTURES WITH GOD

Wednesday, November 15, 7:30 pm
Doors open at 6PM

Location: Brewer Performing Arts Center, 92 Pendleton Street, Brewer, ME 04412
Tickets: $30.00 general admission (includes event admission and one copy of MY ADVENTURES WITH GODto be distributed on the night of the event)

Questions: please call The Briar Patch at 207-941-0255.

Event description:

Downtown with Rich Kimball & The Briar Patch present actor and author Stephen Tobolowsky ("Groundhog Day," "Memento," "One Day At A Time," "Silicon Valley") sharing stories and readings from his book, "My Adventures With God." Proceeds will benefit Congregation Beth El Bangor.

From legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky--who currently appears onThe Goldbergs, HBO'sSilicon Valley, and Norman Lear's newOne Day at a Time, author ofThe Dangerous Animals ClubandThe Tobolowsky Filespodcast--My Adventures with Godis a funny, introspective collection about love, catastrophe, and triumph, all told through the lens of his evolving relationship with the mystery that is "God."

As Tobolowsky explains, "It's hard to believe in nothing. Even cats believe in suppertime. As much as we love certainty, we are often shaped by the invisible, the unexplainable--something we call faith. We are inclined to acknowledge the holy. Even if it is only a paper heart we find in an old suitcase."

My Adventures with Godis a series of short stories exploring the idea that most people's lives seem to fit into the template of the Old Testament. We all have powerful creation myths: tales of our childhood and family, our first battles won and lost. It is our Genesis. Then, like in the Book of Exodus,we go into slavery. Rather than building pyramids, we lose ourselves in fear and ambition--in first loves, first jobs, too many dreams mixed with too much beer. We eventually become free, only to wander in the wilderness. At some point we stop and proclaim to the universe who we are. This is our Leviticus moment. We reconcile what we thought we would be with what we have become. We often attempt a mid-course correction. Then, as in the Book of Numbers, we are shaped by mortality as we bear the loss of family and friends. Finally, we retell our stories to our children hoping to make sense of the journey, as Moses did in Deuteronomy.

Tobolowsky's stories tell of a boy growing up in the wilds of Texas, finding and losing love, losing and finding himself--all told through the prism of the Torah and Talmud, mixed with insights from science, and refined through a child's sense of wonder.My Adventures with Godnot only shines a light into the life of one of America's most beloved actors, but also provides a structure to evaluate our own lives and relationship with God.

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