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SLO Little Theatre debuts new late-night comedy series, After Hours

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Nothing says late night like live comedy. OK. Real talk. Nothing says late night like live comedy and a greasy bag of Taco Bell in the passenger seat of your car. I'm afraid the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre only has one of those. Spoiler alert: it is not the fat-saturated Crunchwrap Supreme®. Making its debut on Oct. 17 is After Hours—the new late-night comedy series produced by the SLO Little Theatre.

For years now, the Little Theatre has showcased comedic talent with No Shame—a monthly event that welcomes short, original scripts from the public. After Hours will have the same kind of loose, off-the-wall vibe with an open bar and a premiere show featuring popular, No Shame staple Maddy Sinclair. The Britain-born humorist has been performing stand-up around the Central Coast and on the stage of the Little Theatre for some time. Now, in honor of the After Hours premiere, she brings her first one-woman show, titled Why Am I Telling You This?—an amusing take on fitting in and finding yourself.

Why I Am Telling You This? premieres on Oct. 17, at 9:30 p.m. It runs through Oct. 26, with shows on Saturday and Friday, at 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit slolittletheatre.org.

 

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The scenes in Gregory Crewdson’s photographs are familiar ones. They’re of neighborhood streets, household living rooms, fluorescent bathrooms, and small town sidewalks. But, there’s an air of otherness and profound sadness about them, as you see a lonely man push a cart down a vacant road or a solitary car stopped on a snowy eve. They’re haunting images and ones that require an immense and impressive amount of meticulous planning, staging, and production—all of which is captured in Ben Shapiro’s 2012 documentary, Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, which the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art will be screening on Oct. 20.

In only 77 minutes, Shapiro captures the extensive intricacy of Crewdson’s artistic process, which, at one point includes the use of more than 70 lights, half a mile of space, and dozens of crew members. It’s a fascinating and intimate portrait of an artist whose work grapples with such vast settings and subjects.

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters screens at SLOMA on Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for museum members, and $7 for the general public. For more inforfmation, visit sloma.org.

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