Comedian Reno will mark the anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 attacks with a performance of her scathing political comedy monologue, Reno: Rebel Without A Pause: Unrestrained Reflections on September 11th, 2001, at 5 p.m. Sunday, September 11th, at SPARC (Social and Public Art Resource Center), 685 Venice Blvd., Venice. Tickets are $20.
Reno, who lives in a loft just blocks from the World Trade Center site and was awakened by the impact of the first plane, has been performing versions of her comedy show since a month after the attacks, a time when laughter was the furthest thing from many people’s minds.
Reno, who has made a name as an alternative comedian with her past shows, Reno in Rage and Rehab, Reno Once Removed and an HBO special, writes her material unabashedly politically-driven and uses the show to drive barbs into the Bush administration’s post-9/11 policy.
A slew of recognizable co-hosts have put their names and support behind the performance at SPARC, including Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner, Haskell Wexler, Rita Taggart-Wexler, Judith Baca, Robbie Conal, Donna Deitch, Jodie Evans, Emily Levine, Michelle Shocked, Suzanne Thompson and Stanley K. Sheinbaum.
POSTERS OF THE PEACE PRESS — SPARC will begin its wave of politically-themed happenings the night prior to the Reno monologue with an opening reception for the exhibit, Posters of the Peace Press, at 6 p.m. Saturday, September 10th, at the SPARC building. Admission is free.
The exhibition will display posters and printed materials of peace activists and countercultural groups that were printed by the Peace Press in Venice between 1967 and 1987.
Posters on display include those made for consciousness expansion guru Timothy Leary, Black Panther Huey Newton and Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys.
Also, posters from the American Indian Movement, United Farm Workers, Alliance for Survival and Earth Day will be shown.
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