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Anthony Bourdain Live in Escondido Sept. 18th

chris2269 Jul 4, 2010 03:57 PM

Just wanted to let people know.

He will be on tour for his new book at the Escondido Center for the arts Concert Hall. September 18th


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    pkt63 Sep 14, 2010 12:34 PM

    anyone heard anymore about this? I know it is sold out for both regular and VIP tix. I heard a rumor that there was something where you could actually join him for dinner (as opposed to the VIP meet n greet after), but don't see anything about it on his website/

    1. jmtreg Jul 7, 2010 11:31 AM

      I was going to whine about him never doing a show on San Diego, but after what Man v. Food did to my taco shop, I'm just going to keep my mouth shut.

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        littlestevie Jul 7, 2010 08:40 AM

        I met him at a book signing at the BN in Encinitas several years ago. This was after his old FN show but before his show on Travel Channel. This was before he hit the really big time. It was not a huge crowd maybe 40 to 50 people. I found him to be very gracious and polite, even if he did feel a bit uncomfortable with the crowd. He did have to go outside for a couple of quick smokes. He came across as very genuine, he is what he is. I really enjoyed it, but I could see where he would me a lot more uncomfortable with a much larger crowd out in Escondido. I know its about the money, but he fits better in a more intimate setting.

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          stevewag23 Jul 7, 2010 09:01 AM

          "He did have to go outside for a couple of quick smokes. "

          Ha. I saw this after my comment above. (the smoking one).

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            phee Jul 7, 2010 12:37 PM

            I think he quit smoking a couple of years ago.

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              stevewag23 Jul 7, 2010 01:38 PM

              No one ever quits.

              You just take a break.

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            eatemup Jul 7, 2010 12:00 PM

            We were at that signing too and I agree he was interesting and gracious. That being said, I can't really see paying $30 or $40 to sit in a theater to watch him rehash old stories. But hey, that's just me.

          3. honkman Jul 6, 2010 08:21 AM

            As much as I like his books and show on TV I found his live show I visited last year in Santa Barbara very disappointing. You had the whole time the feeling he was forced to be on the stage and used often the exact same jokes (word by word) from the TV show. He was even more annoyed by the last segment when people could ask him questions.

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              daantaat Jul 6, 2010 08:09 PM

              I think they actually showed part of one of his live shows during a previous season of No Reservations and he had a pained look on his face the entire time. More so than when he's wandering through various cities.

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                stevewag23 Jul 7, 2010 09:01 AM

                That is probably because smoking wasn't allowed.

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                  daantaat Jul 7, 2010 09:51 PM


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              stevewag23 Jul 5, 2010 03:54 PM

              His publisher is picking some weird locations.

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                Josh Jul 5, 2010 05:18 PM

                That's a surprisingly common venue for acts like that. I saw Mr. Show Live there a few years back. The elderly volunteer ushers seemed utterly baffled by the vast majority of the jokes.

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