The four walls of John Hodgman's dressing room must not exceed the width of his own arm span. All carbon-monoxide detectors must be in the OFF position. These requests, Hodgman insists (via his frequently updated Tumblr account), are non-negotiable parts of his tour rider. If you're not familiar with Hodgman's work, the ever-evolving rider provides some key insights: He's quirky, self-aware, a bit surreal and downright hilarious. You may recognize Hodgman's face from his regular appearances on The Daily Show (or from his "I'm a PC!" advertising stint) -- or his voice from This American Life or Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! Tonight, meet this raconteur extraordinaire at That Is All: An Evening with John Hodgman at Mad Art Gallery 92727 South Twelfth Street). Hodgman will be signing his new book, That Is All (the final installment in the Complete World Knowledge trilogy), as well as giving a yet-to-be-determined performance with an as-of-now-secret guest. Allow these mysteries to be revealed unto you by purchasing a $25 individual ticket (which gains you admittance and a copy of That Is All), or a $30 couples ticket (two admissions and one copy of the book). Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and Hodgman gets the party started at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, call 314-862-6100 or visit www.subbooks.com. That Is All: An Evening with John Hodgman is presented by Subterranean Books.
Thu., Nov. 3, 2011