As I snoozed through the disingenous departure of the Edie character on Desperate Housewives last night (I had one eye on the television and another on the internet) I stumbled upon Dan Savage's blog, SLOG, and checked out a late Sunday post he made remotely.

Apparently Dan travels frequently and when he does he posts notes and or images via his i-phone to keep the attention of his audience and to promote his next engagement. 

This week, there will be a live broadcast of This American Life that features Dan Savage, among others.

“Movie tickets are on sale NOW for This American Life—Live!, our stage show that will be beamed via satellite to more than 400 movie screens nationwide on Thursday, April 23rd.

Ira Glass will host an actual episode of the radio program, performed onstage by some of our favorite contributors. Dan Savage, Starlee Kine, and Mike Birbiglia will tell stories. David Rakoff and Dave Hill will conduct a ‘special investigation.’ Plus a new cartoon by Chris Ware, additional visuals by Arthur Jones, and a very special appearance by Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer! The performance will last around two hours. We’re going to capture the whole thing with a bunch of HD cameras, and send it live* to movie theatres all over the country.

It’s gonna be a fun night. We hope you’ll come.

Thursday, April 23rd. In select movie theatres and performing arts centers nationwide.”

I don't follow TAL but I was momentarily intrigued enough to check out where this event was going to be broadcast in San Francisco, thinking maybe I would check it out. 

By clicking through to the GET TICKETS now link, I noticed that the only theater in SF that is showing Dan Savage is part of the Cinemark chain.  In fact, the list of theaters in California showing the live This American Life broadcast is long, long, list of Cinemark Theaters.

Did I miss the announcement that the boycott of Cinemark was ended?  The CEO of Cinemark gave $9,999 to the Yes on 8 campaign. 

Remember this:

I don't dobut for a moment that Dan Savage wasn't necessarily made aware of the theaters that were chosen to broadcast this event.  But I posted a few comments at his (high traffic in both posts and comments) blog and I don't see him saying anything about this. 

Also – the San Francisco event is sold out.  Excellent!

Does Dan have anything to say about this?  Will he say something during the performance? 

I sure hope he says something…this stinks.




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