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Paramount to host comedy show; ‘Age of Aquarius’ dawns on Friday

Published 10:02am Wednesday, March 13, 2013

There’s another comedy extravaganza coming to Austin this week.

The Paramount Theatre and Austin Rotoract will present a “Comedy Showcase,” featuring Minneapolis comedian Jon Wilson, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

“It should be a fun night,” said Jennie Knoebel, executive director of the Paramount.

Comedian Jeff Larson put together the showcase, which will feature him, Laura Thorne and David Harris alongside Wilson, who gained national attention when he appeared on the 2011 Showtime TV special “Louie Anderson Presents.”

Knoebel said the Paramount usually only does one comedy night a year, for the Mower County Humane Society, but comedy acts do well within the unique theater.

“It’s a little bit more of an intimate setting,” Knoebel said. “It’s still a great venue for a comedy night.”

The Austin Jaycees will be on hand to sell beer. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

‘Age of Aquarius’ dawns on Friday

The weather won’t freeze out a groovy upcoming Paramount show.

“Age of Aquarius,” the 1960s and ‘70s-themed musical revue, will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The show features music from the likes of Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton, Buffalo Springsteen, The Beatles, Jefferson Airplane, Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival and more, according to local promoter Denny Charnecki. The show draws upon elements of the hippie movement and the events surrounding the famous Woodstock Festival of 1969.

“The Woodstock era was one of the strongest musical events of that time,” Charnecki said.

Advance tickets for the show are $14 for adults, $5 for students and $12 for members, with door tickets $2 more.

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