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Radio host Dr. Demento and author David Sterry are featured at Reed College's Paideia 2004

Portland, OR (January 3, 2005) - Famed radio personality and musicologist Dr. Demento, also known as Barry Hansen, Reed Class of '63, will again bring his "mad music and crazy comedy" to Reed College with four programs – on January 19, 20, 21, and 22 – as part of Paideia, the independent, student-run study period between semesters.

Also featured will be author David Sterry, Reed Class of '77, author of the best-selling autobiography "Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man for Rent." Sterry will give a one-man performance of an adaptation of "Chicken" on January 20, 21, and 22 , and will present two classes on how to get your own works published on January 18 and 19 .

All programs are open to the public with a $5 admission charge at the door. For more information, visit the Reed events website.

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 .

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.

A Historical Introduction to Protest Song
8 p.m. - 10 p.m.Wednesday, January 19
Vollum Lecture Hall

For many decades, people fighting for progress and justice in the USA and elsewhere have created songs to raise their spirits and spread their message. Dr. Demento (Barry Hansen, Reed '63 - hey, he's known Bob Dylan since three years before Bob's first album) will play protest songs ranging from the 1930s to 2004, featuring songs by Dylan, Phil Ochs, Woody Guthrie, Public Enemy and many more rarities from his extensive archives, and tell us how they all fit in (or don't fit in) to America's ongoing evolution.

The Evolution of Country Music
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday, January 20
Vollum Lecture Hall

Country music used to be the most progressive music in America. It rocked and stomped and laid bare the soul of the people. It was nasty and dirty and totally glorious. Come and hear how country music sounded before it went Republican. Hear how Hank Williams (Sr., Jr. and III), Loretta Lynn and George Jones fit into the story. Dr. Demento just finished burning 6,000 of his own country 78's onto CD.   He loves country music, warts and all. (Especially the warts). He'll tell it like it was and like it is.

From Ragtime to Rap in an Hour and a Quarter
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, January 21
Vollum Lecture Hall

Dr. Demento, aka Barry Hansen, will present a fast-paced overview of the whole spectrum of pop music in the 20th century. We'll hear how, since at least 1910, each generation's kids adopted music that outraged their parents. We'll look at all the radical changes, and all the threads that tie them all together.

Festival of Dementia (Kid Friendly)
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, January 22
Vollum Lecture Hall

The Festival of Dementia is the best of Dr. Demento live and in color.   Since 1970 Dr. Demento has hosted the nation's premier funny music radio show, and every year at Paideia he brings us something new and different along with the timeless comedy hits. This year he's doing it twice. Both shows will feature rare and hilarious video bits by Spike Jones, Monty Python and the Doctor's discovery and protege "Weird Al" Yankovic...and, of course, "Fish Heads."   The Saturday afternoon show will be kid- friendly.

Festival of Dementia
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, January 22
Vollum Lecture Hall

The Festival of Dementia is the best of Dr. Demento live and in color.   Since 1970 Dr. Demento has hosted the nation's premier funny music radio show, and every year at Paideia he brings us something new and different along with the timeless comedy hits. This year he's doing it twice. Both shows will feature rare and hilarious video bits by Spike Jones, Monty Python and the Doctor's discovery and protege "Weird Al" Yankovic...and, of course, "Fish Heads."   The evening performance will feature lots of things Dr. Demento can't play on the radio.

DAVID STERRY
David Henry Sterry's 2002 autobiography "Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man for Rent," an account of his nine months as a male prostitute in Los Angeles, could easily have been unrelievedly sordid. Instead, because he relates his bizarre adventures in the boy-toy trade with dark wit and considerable compassion, it proves to be that rare walk on the wild side you can thoroughly enjoy and not hate yourself for in the morning.

For Paideia 2004, Sterry performs in a one-man theater adaption of the work, and offers two classes on how the average person can get their writing published.

"Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man for Rent"
9 p.m. - 10:45 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, January 20 - 22
Theater Black Box

Headed to Broadway in Sept. '04, being made into an HBO series, and based on the best-selling memoir "Chicken" (Harper Collins, 2002), this one-man show is the true story of an ex-Reedie, who as a 17-year old wide-eyed son of Seventies Suburbia, found himself suddenly homeless and alone in Hollywood, and allowed himself to be seduced into the sex business.   As a wild 1970's soundtrack pounds, Sterry portrays everyone from his nun/teacher to his employment counselor/pimp, his sweet girlfriend to the charming man who raped him, his sweet naïve 17 year-old self to the love-hungry ladies who hired him. Breathtakingly honesty, heartbreakingly poignant, surprisingly funny, this is theater that is raw, smart, and universal.

Writing For Your Life
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.   Tuesday, January 18
Eliot 216

This 3-hour interactive seminar will tell you everything you need to know about how to take your passions and use them to get a book published. PYPIP (Putting Your Passion Into Print) is being made into a book by Workman Publishing, has been presented as a workshop across the United States, and is currently being taught at Stanford.

Putting Your Passion Into Print
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.   Wednesday, January 19
Eliot 216

How to take the things you love and publish a book about them!   As featured on NPR, taught at Stanford, and due in bookstores August, this is a nuts-and-bolts, soup-to-nuts explanation of how to get a book published.   You'll learn how to write a proposal, find an agent, find a publisher, and publicize your book. Come with an idea and pitch it if you want.

PAIDEIA
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.

For more information on Paideia and community programs, visit the Reed events website or call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

For images or further press material, please contact Beth Sorensen, Office of Communications, at 503/777-7574 or at beth.sorensen@reed.edu .

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