A few words from the Nobel Prize winner

This is from the 1976 Rolling Thunder Review. I saw it when it hit Madison Square Garden. It highlighted the imprisonment of the boxer Hurricane Carter, who was railroaded into jail on a murder charge.

Hurricane Carter was freed years later and died in 2014.

One of the things about a Dylan concert is he doesn’t always play songs the way you know them. He can be halfway into the song and you realize, “Oh, this is ‘Tangled Up in Blue.'” And he changes the lyrics on you or, as in this case, drops an entire verse.

Anyway, Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature yesterday.

Screenings, premieres and seeing people true stories are based on

So, I’m on my way to a baseball game, because the Washington Nationals have a deal where you can pay $75 for standing room tickets to all of the team’s home games in September. And as I’m about to go into the Metro, my brother calls and asks if I want to go to a special movie screening at the Newseum.

Let’s see: Use the $5 ticket to stand up for a nine-inning baseball game, or get in free on a movie that will cost $12 when it opens in D.C. theaters on Sept. 23. Movie it is.

But here’s where it gets strange (for me. I’m sure other people do this all the time and are used to it). It’s at the Newseum, and there’s an open bar. Free drinks!

Waiters are carrying around hors d’oeuvres. Free food!

And as we walk into the theater, there are boxes of popcorn and candy and bottled water. Free snacks!

So into the theater and head up to the cheap seats, because, like, it’s free and there’s no such thing as a cheap seat when you’re not paying anything. But someone comes along and asks us to move to one of the rows closer to the screen, because they don’t want the stars of the movie coming out to talk to empty seats up front. OK.

But before the movie, there are speeches.

So we get one from a Disney executive, since it’s a Disney movie.

Then we get one from a congresswoman from Brooklyn.

Then we get one from a congresswoman from California.

Then we get on from a senator from Delaware.

And all of them make it a point to recognize the senator from New Jersey sitting in the row in front of us.

(Is this how we do movie screenings in the nation’s capital?)

And when they’re done, they bring out two people who are the main subjects of the film, “Queen of Katwe,” based on a true story about a female Uganda chess prodigy.

And then the two stars of the movie: David Oyelowo, who was nominated for an Academy Award for playing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the movie “Selma” and Lupita Nyong’o, who won the Academy Award for “12 Years a Slave.”

Here’s the background trailer:

So this is the second time in a week that I’ve been to a performance where the subjects of the story actually show up at the event. Last week, it was at Ford’s Theatre (yeah, the place where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated) for the second night of a new musical about the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (And yes I realize how potentially tasteless that sounds, and no, the name of the musical wasn’t “Springtime for bin Laden.”)

The musical, “Come From Away,” was very good and is headed to Broadway. It’s the story of how the citizens of Gander, Newfoundland, pulled together to take care of the people on the 38 passenger jets that were rerouted to the small island community when all of the air traffic to the United States was grounded. The special appearances were by the woman who was the captain for a Paris to Dallas American Airlines flight, and a middle aged couple (Brit man, Texas woman) who met and fell in love during their five days in Newfoundland and later got married.

Following the performance there was a half hour Q&A with the playwrights and the subjects of the musical.

(Oh, by the way. The Nats lost in 10 innings.)

Everybody hates Ann Coulter

Comedy Central had a roast of Rob Lowe. But it appears the target for most of the venom was alt-right centerfold model Ann Coulter.

Like, who would believe sweet and innocent Jewel could be so vicious?

The shots at the other roasters were teddy bear and unicorn kisses you’d expect from Jewel. She took an AK-47 with poison-tipped exploding bullets on Ann Coulter.

Not than anyone else showed any mercy:

If I were Comedy Central, I’d invite other alt-right icons to roasts and let the participants treat them like it was Thunderdome!

Bruce Springsteen in D.C.: Even if we’re just dancin’ in the dark

The Boss played down the block last night, and since I have nothing to do on a Thursday night, I walked over to Nationals Park to see him. In the soft summer rain (yes, I got wet).

The setup for a concert at the ballpark (and I guess at every ballpark) is to put the stage in centerfield. From a baseball standpoint, my seat was on the rail along the right field foul line, so my view was this:


Not quite the cheap seats, but also not down on the field where the cool kids get to play. I did realize, though, that I could have jumped the rail and been on field level, because the fat guy next to me did it without busting his ass. But I was comfortable enough, no one standing in front of me to block my view, and I didn’t necessarily care about standing because most of the people behind me were on their feet.

Although, somebody did call for security to tell people to sit down … at a Springsteen concert … like that was going to happen. (As you can tell from this interlude, the crowd skewed older. Springsteen has been active for more than 40 years, and it was obvious that a lot of the crowd had been to his first concerts.

Although the current Springsteen show is billed as The River Tour, there seemed to be a lot more “Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.” and “The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle.” Here’s the setlist. I only count three songs from “The River” album, Unless they mean it in a figurative sense, given that Nationals Park is next to the Anacostia River?

(The video links take you to setlist.com, where they have a video of the song being performed in places other than Nationals Park if you want the full concert experience.

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  2. (Eddie Cochran cover)

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Bruce covers The Clash

I see Bruce Springsteen is on tour performing “The River,” and, since it’s a Springsteen concert, practically everything he’s ever done. It’s always interesting to see what covers he performs in concert, because had he not been Springsteen, he would definitely had the greatest cover band of all time.

And it’s great to see him do covers of my other favorite band, The Clash.

Like when he did this in London:

And then I saw he did another Clash cover in Florida:

So that covers the “London Calling” album. Can he do anything from the “Sandinista” album? (“Police on My Back” would be great.)