FORT WAYNE – They drew an overflow crowd to kick off the 10th year of IPFWs Omnibus Lecture Series in 2004, and now the Capitol Steps are hoping to do it again for the 100th lecture in the series.
The guest for the capstone lecture of this years series has remained a mystery until now: IPFW officials will announce today the April 12 return of the singing political comedy troupe that says it puts the MOCK in Democracy.
The IPFW Omnibus Lecture Series began in 1995 to bring speakers of national prominence to talk about current issues. This years series featured Gov. Mitch Daniels, news correspondent Martha Raddatz, writer Michele Norris and education historian Diane Ravitch. All the lectures are free and open to the public.
Capitol Steps was formed in the early 1980s when a group of Senate staffers decided that if entertainers could become politicians, then politicians could become entertainers. Their website, www.capsteps.com, contains a warning from former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop that The Capitol Steps will cause your sides to split.
They turn classic songs into political darts, such as their ode to invasive airline security searches, Put Your Cans in the Hand and turned a Grease medley into a treatise on European economic collapse in Greece.
During their 2004 performance, they turned YMCA into 401(k) and skewered the debate over presidential candidate John Kerrys war medals with Fakey Purple Heart.
As usual, the event is free but requires tickets – but there are changes of note.
The Capitol Steps performance in the Rhinehart Music Centers 1,600-seat auditorium begins a half-hour earlier than most Omnibus Lectures; doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. The ticket location has changed to the Larson Ticket Office in the Athletics Center, which is open 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets will be available starting Tuesday.