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The popular radio host and Reed alumni will offer four performances as part of the College's annual winter break program

Portland, OR (January 5, 2003) - Famed radio personality and musicologist Dr. Demento, also known as Reed graduate Barry Hansen '63, will again bring his "mad music and crazy comedy" to Reed with four programs--on January 21, 22, 23 and 24 --as part of Paideia, the independent, student-run study period between semesters.

A seasoned musicologist, a world-renowned record collector and music historian, Dr. Demento will explore major figures and genres from recent American music in the first three programs. The fourth program, "Festival of Dementia," a wild music video and audio program, is designed for the whole family to enjoy.

All four programs will be at 8 p.m. in the Vollum lecture hall on the Reed campus and are open to the public with a $5 admission charge at the door (Reed students, faculty and staff are admitted free). For more information, visit the Reed events site.

"Before the Beatles"
Wednesday, January 21
8 p.m., Vollum lecture hall, $5 admission
The Doctor looks at the American R&B and rock 'n' roll music of the 1950s and 1960s and how it helped shape the sound of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and other classic British bands. Dr. Demento has written extensively on blues and early rock under his "real" name Barry Hansen.

"Songs I Can't Play on the Dr. Demento Show"
Thursday, January 22
8 p.m., Vollum lecture hall, $5 admission
The Doctor promises "there'll be something to offend everyone, I guarantee." Recommended for adults only!

"The Life and Music of Frank Zappa"
Friday, January 23
8 p.m., Vollum lecture hall, $5 admission
A concise intro to the genius of the brilliant composer, rock guitarist, satirist and all-around iconoclast who died ten years ago in December. Dr. Demento interviewed Frank Zappa four times on his radio show and once for Rolling Stone, and visited him at home on several occasions.

"Festival of Dementia"
Saturday, January 24
8 p.m., Vollum lecture hall, $5 admission
Designed as fun for the whole family, this wild and crazy video/audio program returns with such "demented" hits as "Fish Heads," "Shaving Cream" and "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" will turn the college's Vollum lecture hall into Vollum laughter hall on Saturday, January 24 at 8 p.m.

This year the Festival will have some highly entertaining live music as well. Logan Whitehurst and the Junior Science Club, whose "Happy Noodle Vs. Sad Noodle" was Dr. Demento's #5 most requested song in 2003, will be performing live on stage.

Logan's witty, tuneful original songs like "Lizard And Fish," "Me And The Snowman," "The Robot Cat" and "Do The Confusion" have brought fresh new energy to the world of comedy musi, and he does it all without the need for profanity or explicit sex or drug references.

The program also feature videos by the King of Pop Parody, Grammy winner "Weird Al" Yankovic , who began his career as a protégé of Dr. Demento.

Dr. Demento
Dr. Demento has hosted the nationally syndicated "Dr. Demento Show" since 1970. His weekly program of "mad music and crazy comedy" features such lions of lunacy as Monty Python, Spike Jones, Frank Zappa, Tom Lehrer and Cheech & Chong, but is perhaps best known as the show that introduced rock and pop parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic to an unsuspecting world.

Those who've listened carefully to the Doctor's show have undoubtedly realized that somewhere between his lively larynx and elegant top hat resides the mind of a seasoned musicologist, dedicated scholar, world-renowned record collector and music historian, whose lifelong passion for music of all kinds is reflected in his weekly selection of "rare records and outrageous tapes" for the "Dr. Demento Show."

Over the years he's written extensively about R&B and country music, including numerous magazine articles, liner notes, and two chapters on early R&B for the Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll .

Paideia is a Greek word that, roughly translated, means "education." Taking place during the approximately 10 days before the beginning of the spring semester, Paideia is a Reed College tradition that was developed as a time to enjoy being at Reed without academic pressures. Students, faculty, staff and alumni of Reed offer informal, non-credit courses and lectures on a wide variety of topics. Many of the special events, lectures and performances are open to the community.

Paideia 2004, January 21 through January 24, will also feature "Chicken: A One-Ho Show," a solo performance by Reed graduate David Sterry '78 on January 22-24. For more information on Paideia and community programs, visit the Reed events site or call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

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Reed College
Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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