Stories of buried treasures and shipwrecks still grab my curiosity just as they did when I was little. I voraciously scoured accounts of downed ships and sunken riches. I still have the copy of the National Geographic that portrays Dr. Robert Ballard's paramount find, the sea-bedded Titanic, in 1985.
Photos from the article freaked me out. I don't recall any pictures of bones or skulls, or anything that blatantly revealed that the Titanic was a cemetery. But the illumination had a greenish tint, which was only bright enough to show the disintegration of people's possessions and ship parts. Stuff that they'd clutched in their last moments. They were choked out by sea life and years of watery erosion. I was awed by the sheer enormity of the tragedy and the fact that, years later someone could sniff it out.
In a sequel to his gargantuan discovery, Ballard's book 'Return to Titanic' stirs up those old feelings again. Last spring, Ballard did return to the Titanic, two decades after he first stumbled over it. The images he brought back are even more striking than the ones that gave me goose bumps as a child. In his book, Ballard urges that shipwrecks be treated respectfully as the graveyards that they are rather than as unlocked stores for looters.
Having gone on over 125 expeditions, he also unearthed the German battleship Bismarck, the lost fleet of the Guadalcanal, the American aircraft carrier Yorktown, John F. Kennedy's PT-109 and an amazingly intact 1,500-year-old wooden ship from the Black Sea.
In this presentation, he'll discuss his new book and his wide breadth of experience regarding stunning archaeological accomplishments.
- Th Mar. 31, 7:30 p.m.
State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave. S.
$27-$37, 651-989-5151, www.hennepintheaterdistrict.com
In a throwback to an older era, comic Eddie Gossling's Web site reads, "Congratulations on your discovery of Eddie Gossling's magically powerful, terrifically fantastic comedy elixir Web site." The only thing that seems to match the ring of that message is Gossling's own wink-and-a-smile baby face, like ones that'd be announcing shows in a tap shoe era and promising a good time. The site practically feeds on the miscellaneous. For example, you can see some of his photos from what appears to be a personal album of road trips as he poses with friends and relatives.
However, he does convey a love for being on the road and what it entails, as well as a quirky sensibility. The entertainer has spots on Comedy Central in a half-hour comedy special and the network cartoon's "Shorties Watchin' Shorties." So what is his comedy elixir? Find out when he delivers it to you in person.
- Tu-Th Mar. 29-31, Tu 8 p.m.
Acme Comedy Company, 708 N. 1st St.
$13. 338-6393, www.acmecomedycompany.com.