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The Encyclopedia Show! Series 3, Volume 10: Christmas

The Encyclopedia Show is a live variety extravaganza that commissions local and touring artists and experts from many disciplines to use their individual talents to present a different verbal encyclopedia entry each month. The Encyclopedia Show endeavors to build an age-integrated community cultivating accidental knowledge and irreverent lovingkindness. Though the show is accredited by the Institute of Human Knowledge and Hygiene, it is our ongoing mission to chafe against logic and proof, find meaning in obfuscation, and wrest truth from fact once and for all.

June 2011's chosen theme of CHRISTMAS spotlights music, poetry, visual art, and spoken word by: Lamar Jordan on Christmas, The Pagan Holiday; Ryan Cashman on Santa’s Village; Mary Fons on The Krampus; Quraysh Ali Lansana on Good King Wenceslas; Kush Thompson on April 17th, 6 BC; Rob Allen on Black Pete; and designer and artist Ray Blackburn.

Cast regulars include: Robbie Q. Telfer (author of Spiking the Sucker Punch), host; Shanny Jean Maney (author of Our Brave Faces Were Just Smiles), host; Ian Belknap (host of Write Club) as the Fact Checker; Patrick Carberry (fiction writer) as Patrick the Intern; Edward Thomas Herrera (BoyGirlBoyGirl) as Dr. Armando Thomas-Chihuahua; Joel Chmara (HBO Def Poet); Tim Stafford (HBO Def Poet); Evan Chung (musician), house bandleader of "The Encartagans"; and Emily Rose Kahn-Sheehan (poetry vet and house manager) as Jilted Emily Rose.


Recorded Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at the Vittum Theater.

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