Call to Arms

Once, this guy I dated called me "a big bag of apathy." I would have been pretty offended had I actually taken the time to care, but like many people, I'm often too lazy and/or selfish to think about it. To make me pay attention, it takes greatness (or lots of bright lights and colors), and that greatness recently came in the form of Don Cheadle. If it weren't for him, I never would have given Hotel Rwanda a chance, and I would still be one of those people who vaguely remembered something happening over there without really knowing any details. There's one thing that Hollywood can do better than anyone else—make us PAY ATTENTION, if only for two hours. From there, it's up to us to realize that we're still only getting an abridged version. Well, here's your chance to take the next step. Paul Rusesabagina, the man who inspired the movie, will be in town in support of his newly published autobiography, An Ordinary Man, as part of the Cornerstone Speakers Initiative. The question is this: Are you going to sit at home watching My Name Is Earl, or are you going to get off the couch and finally learn about something you ignored 10 years ago? (Hint: Earl would be proud, and you do have TiVo...) Paul Rusesabagina will appear at 7 p.m. April 20 at Highland Park United Methodist Church’s Wesley Hall, 3300 Mockingbird Lane. Free to the public. Call 214-521-3111.
Thu., April 20, 7 p.m.
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Jennifer Medina