Oscar weekend means you already know what you’re doing Sunday night. But here’s a few ways to spend your offline countdown to the show:
Thousands of fans are expected to descend upon the New York Comic Con this weekend. Good thing there are more than a few celebrities to spare: Stephen King, Stan Lee, Wes Craven, Gary Coleman, Heather Matarazzo, and Hayden Panettiere are just a few of the seriously big names scheduled to attend. [Link]
Or, on the other end of the spectrum, there’s the Sex Workers’ Art Show, a burlesque complete with out of work, at work, and semi-naked “professionals” of all kinds. Definitely NSFW. Unless of course you’re some kind of professional yourself. [Link]
The Los Angeles and Chicago weekend events are after the jump.
Legendary and recently honored at Oprah’s Legends Ball, poet Maya Angelou will be speaking on Friday night as part of The Music Center Speaker Series. Subscribe to the series as a whole and see Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Joan Didion, and a few other of my favorite finds. [Link]
James Taylor (love him) is giving two shows this weekend, but it’s all sold out stuff. He was the latest recipient of the Grammy MusiCARES award, though – so maybe in the spirit of giving someone out front will have a ticket to spare. [Link]
Joan Collins is hosting a lunchtime signing Friday for her new book, “The Art of Living Well”. Ask her about her MySpace page if you can — she’s got one, I checked! [Link]
There’s an open casting call for a new reality show, “The Great Gay Escape”, and while I have no idea what sort of credentials the production company running the thing has, the madness of an open casting call is always sort of interesting to see. [Link]