JUST READ IT
Who better than "Weird Al" Yankovic to give kids advice on picking a career? If it weren't for Dr. Demento, Yankovic would've made use of that architecture degree and gotten himself a proper job. But the straight-outta-Lynwood, polka-loving accordionist, singer and actor has built himself an enduring empire out of those song parodies. Like the artists he's satirized Madonna, and, well, maybe just Madonna Yankovic (his nom de plume is just Al Yankovic) is now a children's author. And in his rhyming, picture book, When I Grow Up, which includes illustrations by Wes Hargis, 8-year-old Billy entertains his class with wild visions of what he wants to be when he grows up: chef, snail trainer at the circus, gorilla masseuse, sumo wrestler, pickle inspector. Dreams are important. And most of those sound more lucrative than, say, professional writer working in a dying newspaper industry. Yankovic signs at Barnes & Noble at the Grove, 189 Grove Drive; Sat., Feb. 12, 2 p.m. (323) 525-0270. Also at: Costco, 6100 Sepulveda Blvd., Van Nuys; Sun., Feb. 13, 1 p.m. (818) 464-1480.
Sat., Feb. 12, 2 p.m., 2011
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