In what we can only hope is not a sign of the impending apocalypse, the Chicago Theatre has announced the lineup of its 2009 Speaker Series, and, boy, is it a doozy. First up on March 11 is the devil's dream team of Bill Maher and Ann Coulter, rumored lovers and confirmed antagonists, in something called "Humorous Perspectives, Serious Issues." Sounds like the feel-good hit of the year.
Subsequent appearances include the Powerpoint-happy former veep Al Gore ("Change of Climate" on April 1), MSNBC shouting head Chris Matthews interviewing Tucker Carlson, Arianna Huffington and Paul Begala about "Free Speech and the Power of the Press" (April 22), and Charlie Rose talking to live wire James Carville and Karl Rove about "Strategies, Alliances and Policy" on May 28. We don't know what we're more excited about -- Tucker Carlson reminiscing about his turn on "Dancing With the Stars" or Karl Rove discussing his strategic alliance (and "fair and balanced" policy) with Fox News.
Ticket prices start at $32 (and climb from there), and VIP tickets, which include a post-event meet-and-greet and the chance for a photo op with the speaker, are available. (Let us know how much hairspray Carlson's got in his mop if you get the chance.) These series are also taking place at Radio City Music Hall in New York and the Wang Theatre in Boston. Warn your East Coast friends now before it's too late.