Like a lot of people, I grew up listening to Dr. D's Sunday shows syndicated across the U.S. (even to the “Heartland”, where I was). Come to find out, Dr. Demento went to Reed and is doing a FREE lecture series this week. From his site:
ATTENTION PACIFIC NORTHWEST DEMENTITES…
Dr. Demento will be presenting several programs in person in January at his alma mater, Reed College in Portland, OR.
Wednesday, January 23: CAN YOU STOP A WAR WITH MUSIC? Protest songs in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Thursday, January 24: CENSORSHIP: How it affects the music you hear (and don't hear) on radio and in other media. How government and corporate interests restrict the musical choices of radio programmers (and why a little censorship is not always a bad thing).
Friday, January 25: COMEDY MUSIC IN THE 21st CENTURY – We will survey the latest trends in funny music, and use our computer to hear and watch together the current under-the-radar hits on MySpace, YouTube, etc. (Advance suggestions welcomed – use the “Request A Song” feature on www.drdemento.com and mention that your suggestion is for the Reed College program)
Saturday, January 26: FESTIVAL OF DEMENTIA – Dr. D's famous program of hits from the show on audio and video — “Fish Heads,” “Bambi Meets Godzilla” and the best of Weird Al, Spike Jones, and lots more Heroes of Dementia.
All programs are open to the public, and will be held at Vollum Lecture Hall on the Reed College campus. Use the main entrance off Woodstock Blvd. The lecture hall is straight ahead; the road to the parking lot splits off to the right just after entering the campus.
Admission Free for all events!
Reed College (Vollum Lecture Hall)
3203 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard
Portland, Oregon 97202