Breaking Glass

Not since the British invasion of the '60s have so many women stood screaming in the aisles of theaters, tearing at their hair and waiting to throw their bras onstage. Except now, instead of John Lennon or Mick Jagger, it's Ira Glass. OK, perhaps we hyperbolize a wee bit, but the colossal popularity of This American Life—a weekly show that airs on public radio—borders on fanaticism in the case of many listeners. Glass' show tells stories centered around a selected theme as he narrates and coordinates the whole affair, bringing a literary, creative focus to the tales—which are intelligent, warm, thoughtful and often devastatingly clever. He has been instrumental in bringing an audience of 1.7 million to authors like Sarah Vowell, David Rakoff and David Sedaris as they home in on the beautiful and meaningful minutiae of day-to-day living that are often overlooked. This thoughtful approach has earned Glass the devotion of listeners, ranging from the bookish to those who just love a good story. And this hasn't gone unnoticed—Warner Bros. is developing several of the stories into feature films. Glass offers "Radio Stories and Other Stories" 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St. Tickets are $16 to $41. Call 214-739-2737 or visit
Sun., April 2, 7:30 p.m.
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Leah Shafer