June 24, 2008
He was cool. He was smart. He was dirty. And he was relentlessly funny. Speaking of dead people - the very words the man used in a recent routine on death - George Carlin died Sunday in California. That doesn't sound right or is the least bit funny, but if anyone could riff on death, it was Carlin. No subject was taboo - particularly taboo subjects, such as religion, drugs, sex and death, and sometimes in that order. His trail-brazing social commentary spanned more than four decades, forced a Supreme Court decision on broadcast indecency, and influenced top-shelf comedians such as Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Jon Stewart.
March 27, 2008
FortFest The lowdown -- Early in the 20th century, at a time when UFOs and cryptozoology were unheard of, Charles Fort researched and wrote extensively on anomalous phenomena. The conference in his honor, FortFest, visits Baltimore this year with book sales, activities and seminars on UFOs, ancient religions and more. If you go -- FortFest runs 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. Tickets are $25-$75. It continues 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Days Inn Inner Harbor, 100 Hopkins Place.
March 8, 2007
Switchfoot -- Rams Head Live / Since the release of its 2003 double-platinum hit The Beautiful Letdown, Switchfoot has been steadily proving itself. Drawing inspiration from talents such as U2, Michael Jackson, the Beatles and Miles Davis, the band prides itself on diversity and instrumental experimentation. The group performs with the Florida band Copeland at 7 p.m. Sunday at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, Baltimore. Tickets are $22.50 -$25. Call 410-244-1131 or go to ramsheadlive.com.
December 28, 2004
In the News Comedian George Carlin puts himself in rehab George Carlin is entering a drug rehabilitation facility "because I use too much wine and Vicodin [a painkiller]," the 67- year-old comedian said in a statement released yesterday by his publicist, Jeff Abraham. The name and location of the facility weren't disclosed. "I know it isn't easy, but I'm highly motivated, and will do whatever's needed," the statement said. Easy to track A telltale trail of wrapping paper led Columbus, Miss.
August 12, 2004
Way back when, the fool, the court jester, occupied a prime spot on the political landscape. He alone could mock authority with immunity, could walk up to a nobleman and say whatever, could be both brutally honest and fearless, saved by his ability to mix truth with laughter. How appropriate that George Carlin, in town today for a 7:30 p.m. show at the Cavalier Pavilion at Pier Six, titled his third album Occupation: Fool. For the better part of four decades, he's been telling all of us - not just the leaders, but us followers as well - how stupid we all are, how hollow, how ignorant.
April 24, 2003
Carlin's not a one-dimensional guy, so in honor of his landmark 1978 Supreme Court case -- in which justices ruled, 5-4, that the Federal Communications Commission could ban seven words from television and radio during hours when children might hear them -- here are seven Carlin observations that have nothing to do with war: Civilization began its downhill path the day some guy first uttered the words, "A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do." Guys don't seem to be called Lefty anymore.