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The latest HBO Original Film is an ensemble piece with “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Larry David leading the way. If you love David’s disdain for any and everything as well as an all-Chicago soundtrack, then don’t miss “Clear History.” If you really need another selling point, the ensemble cast includes Michael Keaton, J.B. Smoove, Eva Mendes, Jon Hamm, Kate Hudson and a cameo by Chicago.
NFL Preseason Football
OK, you’re right, preseason football is the worst. However, it does get us closer to Thursday, Sept. 5 when the reigning champs the Baltimore Ravens meet Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. But back to preseason, the Saints won with Sean Payton! And those of us hoping to get a glimpse of Eddie Lacy with the Packers will have to wait another week.
Possum Town Triathlon
It’s the Turduckhen of sports. There’s 600 yards of swimming, 17 miles of biking and 3.3 miles of running. Dang. That makes me tired just hearing about it. Former Packet publisher Roger Larson will be running, er swimming, I mean biking for the gold.
Saturday 7:30 a.m.
Columbus Lake at the Lock and Dam on Wilkins Wise Road
Hugh Laurie – Didn’t It Rain?
Dr. House himself brings a slow groove to his new blues/jazz album, released last week.
This is the second album from English-born Laurie, and he branches out from his previous “House of Blues”-ish style to dip into more of a deep south feel with a few sharp injections of Hispanic flair.
Though Laurie is talented and sounds increasingly like Dr. John as the album progresses, it’s difficult to erase the image of the television doctor, strung out on Vicoden. Needless to say, this ads an entertaining twist to some of the songs, especially “Junker’s Blues” in which Laurie pines for a plethora of drugs to make him “feel good”.
“Didn’t It Rain?” is available now on Warner Bros. Records.