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Humorist to speak at Princess

Put some humor in your holidays.

Humorist Randy Cross, a professor at Calhoun Community College, presents "Life Makes Me Laugh . . . Especially at Christmas." His talk includes some of his favorite stories from his childhood in St. Joseph, Tenn., his years of living and teaching in South America and Europe, and from his observations in North Alabama.

The event is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts and is part of the Historic Decatur Christmas tour. Lecture sponsors are Main Street Decatur and Rankin, Hunter, Shelton, Balch Insurance.

"Humor, like beauty, is all around us. We just need to be receptive to it and recognize it when it appears," Cross says.

The lecture follows a near sell-out lecture last season and continues his humorist storytelling about Southern life.

Cross, an English professor at Calhoun Community College, has a Ph.D. in English from The University of Mississippi. He has published in various scholarly journals, served as a scholar for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and delivered hundreds of lectures for Auburn University's Arts and Humanities Center and the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

In 1986, he was named a Fulbright Scholar and taught American literature at the University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1990 and 1991, he taught American literature as a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Lisbon, Portugal.

General admission tickets are $15 for the tour and lecture. For the lecture only, tickets are $10 Tickets are available in advance at the Princess box office, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 340-1778.

Other ticket sales locations include Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Parisian, Sam Frank and Moore, and Carnegie Visual Arts Center.

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