We Americans? We're a wonderfully high-spirited bunch, full of vim, tenacity, grit, can-do, and optimism. Our confidence shines through in ways both large and wee, our fortitude is phenomenal, and we'll gladly lend a hand, or two, when and where we can.
But come election time we do possess a charming knack for getting, well... a mite passionate about our political leanings, and what way we think the wind will blow, and what should happen to all of the candidates we fervently support. (Spoiler alert: We think they should win.)
It's serious business, no doubt, but if the internet, and late-night television, has shown us anything, we do like a bit of opinion-laden rabble-rousing along the path to Election Day, and pointed satire, to go with the process.
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Enter Politicon, "The Unconventional Political Convention," which takes on the topical matters of highly held offices with solemnity, and a healthy dose of sass, too.
The two-day political fan festival wears the red, white and blue at the Pasadena Convention Center on June 25 and 26.
Bill Nye, Ann Coulter, Barbara Boxer, Sarah Palin, and Larry Wilmore will all be in the house, as well as a cavalcade of pundits and politicos. Debates are de rigeur during the convention, as are comedy routines, art happenings and all of the sort of activities you might not see at a traditional party convention.
It's as if the Twitter feeds of those journalists and representatives you follow have sprung into real-life, in Pasadena, for a full weekend of wit, wryness and talks that get down to especially brassy brass tacks.
A general admission one-day pass is thirty bucks.
Figure this is an excellent way to wade into the larger pool of ideas and opining, especially if you've kept to one side of the aisle. It's a nonpartisan party, in a time where nonpartisanship is as rare as a voter who doesn't want to wear that ultimate point of country pride, the "I Voted" sticker.