For everyone from the old school satirists (Benjamin Franklin) to the more modern snarky comics (Bill Maher) politics has always been an easy target to spoof, lampoon, skewer and basically peel back the hoop skirts and reveal the clay feet hidden underneath. So it comes as a refreshing surprise to check out the guffaws that are coming from behind the enemy lines. Enter: The Capitol Steps. This hardy bunch of Senate staffers has made it their holy mission to satirize the very hands and institutions that feed them—at least until the next recall election. This Washington D.C.-based outfit came together in 1981 and over the years has cranked out over 30 albums (check out the names: Liberal Shop of Horror and our personal fave, Barackin’ Around the Christmas Tree) and been featured on broadcast specials on National Public Radio. But Riverside’s so far away from Capitol Hill, you say. Fear not, my dear electorate. For one night only, The Capitol Steps will bring its art of musical political satire (or as they like to put it, “putting the mock in democracy”) to the Landis Performing Arts Center. Plus, if you’re a bleeding-heart liberal (a show of hands, please), it might please you to know that proceeds from this show will benefit programs that assist low-income Riverside County residents (with some help from the nonprofit The Foundation For Economic Stability). Rest assured, no Sarah Palin misspeak, Rod Blagojevich screw-up or Elena Kagan congressional hearing will go untouched. Now that’s rocking the vote.
The Capitol Steps at Riverside City College, Landis Performing Arts Center, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, (951) 955-4900; www.capriverside.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org, www.capsteps.com. Fri, July 9. 8PM. Tickets $35.