EVE OF ADAM
Adam Conover is the ultimate contrarian. As the host of the popular truTV and web series, Adam Ruins Everything, he admits that he's the type of guy who'll show up to a party, hear a lighthearted conversation about the Oscars and immediately start talking about how the awards are determined by who spent the most money marketing to voters. Think Debbie Downer, but with an amazing, sponge-like intellect and charisma.
"I have always been that person," says Conover. "I just always sort of collected information. It was definitely an annoying trait and people would always say, 'Come on, man! Why do you have to tell us this stuff?' But once I started putting that trait into my stand-up comedy, people started to perk up when you tell them that information."
He has a point. It's one thing when your best friend shows you her engagement ring and you immediately start regaling her with facts about how there was no such thing as a diamond engagement ring until a De Beers ad campaign. It's quite another when a comedian tells you.
One of Conover's more popular episodes is his "Why Rigging Elections is Totally Legal" show (nearly two million YouTube views) and the electoral spirit (or lack thereof) is on full view in the Adam Ruins Everything Election Special, which will air in October. Until then, audiences can catch some of the new material when Conover stops by The Music Box (1337 India Street) on Friday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m. (tickets are $35-$50 at musicboxsd.com). For Conover, the live shows are an attempt to get back to his stand-up roots, albeit with an elaborate stage show, interactive elements and plenty of audience participation. He describes it as a "stand-up special meets a TED Talk."
"I love doing the material live, because when it's live, you can hear the laughs. It's like the difference between porn and sex," Conover jokes, before admitting that might not be the best analogy. "People think this is the craziest election year ever and what we want to do is take a historical perspective and say, 'Was it really?'"
Vulcan nerve pinches, awkward alien encounters and, eh, groundbreaking special effects sparked a cult following when Star Trek was first televised in 1964. Fascinating. Half a century later, Adam Nimoy, son of Leonard Nimoy (aka Spock), began sorting through memorabilia, interviews and outtakes to create the documentary, For the Love of Spock to detail his personal experience growing up with Leonard and Spock. On Wednesday, Sept. 21, the film makes its San Diego premiere with Nimoy there for a Q&A about the doc, which includes unseen footage and interviews with William Shatner, Zachary Quinto and JJ Abrams. It premieres at 7 p.m. at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theater LFJCC, Jacobs Family Campus (4126 Executive Drive), and plays again at the Carlsbad Village Theatre (2822 State Street) on Thursday, Sept. 22. Tickets run from $13.25 to $15.25. sdcjc.org
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Ask your average Joe or Jill what "adobo" is and you might get varying answers. A clay house? A computer program that we're not entirely sure we need? Actually, adobo is a delicious cooking method mostly consisting of marinating meats in a mixture of stock and spices. Popular everywhere from the Philippines to Spain, those unfamiliar with the dish may want to get acquainted at the inaugural Adobo Throwdown at Ocean Pacific Grill (531 F Street) on Tuesday, Sept. 20. For $25, patrons will be able to taste four local chefs' special recipes and vote for the best one. There will also be live music from Aaron Butler and beer specials all night. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. and the winner will be announced at 8:30. Check out facebook.com/OPGinSD.