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Zombie voters and fortune cookies

The Loose Cannon Libertarian

Who are Barack Obama’s supporters?

Picture an old 1950s era black-and-white zombie movie. The undead rise from their graves, begin lurching forward, arms outstretched, eyes vacant, all murmuring eerily in unison, “Change, change, change…”

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photo / roxannejomitchell “Change, change, change…” 

Except Obama’s zombies don’t rise from graves. They emerge from high schools and colleges and Hollywood soundstages and media centers.

Much has been made of Obama’s appeal to American youth. His hook is emotion and vague idealism, which works well on people loaded with emotion and vague idealism but little in the way of experience and genuine knowledge. A generation that barely discerns between Bambi and actual rutting deer can’t be expected to distinguish charisma from substance.

Tonight at Cap City: Eddie Gossling w/ Jimmie Roulette

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Eddie Gossling 

Comedian Eddie Gossling comes into town pretty frequently to do shows at Cap City Comedy Club. Not a surprise considering he has a good following here, typically playing to large crowds at the club and somehow getting up early enough to sit in on the morning show with Dudley and Bob on KLBJ 93.7. Though he’s a New York native, Eddie first got into stand-up comedy in San Antonio before becoming the house emcee at Cap City years ago.

Eddie is performing tonight at Cap City and will be doing shows through July 26, so check him out if you get a chance. Another local favorite, Jimmie Roulette, will be opening for him. UPDATE: Doug Mellard and 2008 Funniest Person in Austin winner Eric Krug will also be performing.

8pm (10:30pm shows on some days) | $9–$44.95 | Get tickets

Cap City Comedy Club
801 Red River St • Austin, TX

TOP pick: July 23

Wednesday | July 23

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Carolyn Wonderland 

KGSR Blues on the Green – Carolyn Wonderland

Every other Wednesday through August, KGSR hosts Blues on the Green, its free summer concert series. Past artists have been Los Lonely Boys, Marcia Ball, Asleep at the Wheel, and more, and playing tonight is guitar goddess Carolyn Wonderland, who has released six CDs and been featured on 20. The KGSR website says: “A bit of a renegade, she likes to incorporate elements of Blues, Country, Swing, Zydeco, Surf, Gospel, Soul, and some nights, maybe even a Cumbia into the musical mix.” Best of all, this event is free! (Remember, Zilker doesn’t let you have glass bottles or alcohol.)

7:30pm–9:30pm| FREE

Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Rd • Austin, TX

TOP pick: July 22

Tuesday | July 22

Borromeo String Quartet

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courtesy Boromeo String Quartet 

The 2008 Austin Chamber Music Festival is happening through July 25, and tonight the festival features the famed Borromeo String Quartet. The Boston Globe says the quartet is “simply the best there is on this planet; every appearance they make is an event.” Tonight they will perform Beethoven’s “String Quartet No. 3,” Bartok’s “String Quartet No. 6,” and Schumann’s “String Quartet No. 1.” Get tickets here.

7:30pm | $29

Michael and Susan Dell Hall at the Long Center for the Performing Arts
701 W Riverside Dr • Austin, TX 78704