Courtesy of Bobcat Goldthwait
If he smokes as much pot as Robin Williams did in World's Greatest Dad , Shakes is sure to find himself


Bobcat Goldthwait, Asian Soul Food Give Artopia Extra Zest

Courtesy of Bobcat Goldthwait
If he smokes as much pot as Robin Williams did in World's Greatest Dad, Shakes is sure to find himself in Lumpia Land.
A wise Filipino once aptly described his native cuisine as "Asian soul food," and nowhere is that soul more present than in lumpia, the Philippines' equivalent to egg rolls, only not as good for you and therefore more tasty.

At its core, Artopia is a come-one, come-all carnival, and will commence this Saturday, June 26, at 2 p.m. (And it's free!) There will be hoards of artists of all stripes, and there will be your standard carnival fare, such as cotton candy, popcorn, sno-cones, and a fuck-ton of kegged beer (clearly, this carnival is adult-friendly, a characteristic not found in many carnivals).

But should you need a proper meal, there are a handful of delicious restaurants on Airport Way, and the Georgetown Farmers Market will carry on as scheduled within the belly of the fest. In terms of more mobile food vendors, Dante's Inferno Dogs will be there, as will Landa's Grill and Anne's Lumpia Land.

And did we mention Bobcat Goldthwait will be there as well?

Goldthwait is probably still best recognized for his star-making turn as a screechy-voiced trainee in the Police Academy series in the '80s. But in the following two decades, his focus shifted more to the other side of the lens, culminating in highly original, critically-lauded dark comedies such as Sleeping Dogs Lie and World's Greatest Dad, which starred Robin Williams and was filmed in Seattle.

Not nearly as well received was Shakes the Clown, Goldthwait's screenwriting and directorial debut (he also played the title character), which hit theaters with a thud in 1991. It was buried by audiences and critics alike, with the Boston Globe famously declaring it "the Citizen Kane of alcoholic clown movies." But beneath its gonzo veneer lurks a sociological depth, as Goldthwait sought to do nothing less than to "parody racism." Furthermore, the film helped launch the acting careers of co-stars Adam Sandler, Tom Kenny and Kathy Griffin, among others. (Williams, it's worth noting, turns in a characteristically manic cameo as a mime named Jerry; in World's Greatest Dad, he plays largely against type.)

I've always been a sucker for Shakes; I consider it to be among the most innovative, hilarious and compelling comedies ever created, and it seems like a strong candidate for cult status as its 20th anniversary approaches. That Goldthwait not only agreed to let us screen his firstborn baby, but also accepted our invitation to show up and introduce the film (which will close out the day-long festival), is mind-blowing.

Shakes the Clown With a live introduction by Bobcat Goldthwait. The Stables Courtyard, 5907 Airport Way S., 10:30 p.m. Voluntary donations benefit Washington Bus, which will host an after-party immediately following the screening.

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