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Wednesday, April 10
 

8:00pm EDT

The Future of Cannabis: A Headlining Conversation about Legalization
Limited Capacity seats available

This prime-time panel will take a candid look at the entrepreneurial, social, and political opportunities and challenges that accompany legalization from both a national perspective as well as a Virginia lens. The conversation will feature some of the marijuana world’s leading voices: Jane West, known as “The Martha Stewart of Cannabis” and the architect of networking megagroup Women Grow; Steve Hawkins, Executive Director of powerhouse advocacy group the Marijuana Policy Project; Hope Wiseman, a financial analyst turned small-town cannabis entrepreneur—not to mention the country’s youngest black female dispensary owner—and John Hudak, a Brookings Institute research and policy expert and the author of Marijuana: a Short History. It all adds up to a memorable evening about America’s buzziest industry, one that will impact our cities in myriad ways big and small in the 21st century.

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Moderators
avatar for John Hudak

John Hudak

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
John Hudak is a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies and Deputy Director of the Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution. His research examines campaigns and election, regulation, bureaucratic process, and cannabis policy. He is the author of the 2016 book... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Michelle Pedini

Jenn Michelle Pedini

Executive Director, Virginia NORML
Jenn Michelle Pedini is the development director for NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and serves as the executive director of Virginia NORML. Regarded as the foremost expert on Virginia marijuana policy, Jenn Michelle successfully expanded the state’s... Read More →
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Steven Hawkins

Executive Director, Marijuana Policy Foundation
Steven Hawkins is Executive Director of the Marijuana Policy Project, the most effective organization in the United States advancing legalization of cannabis for adult use and medical treatment. He has held a number of leadership positions within the nonprofit sector, including Executive... Read More →
avatar for Jane West

Jane West

CEO, Jane West
Jane West is the CEO of the eponymous cannabis lifestyle brand Jane West, where she designs and develops products, accessories, and home goods that invite mainstream consumers to experience the benefits of cannabis and take part in the legal lifestyle. She is also the founder of ... Read More →
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Hope Wiseman

Founder, Mary and Main
Born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Hope Wiseman has always been passionate about serving her community. In 2014, Hope Wiseman graduated with an economics degreefrom the illustrious Spelman College. On campus, Hope was known for her exceptional leadership skills... Read More →


Wednesday April 10, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm EDT
The Paramount Theater 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
 
Friday, April 12
 

6:30pm EDT

The Slate Political Gabfest Live Show
Limited Capacity seats available
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($20, Balcony, $35 GA, $120 VIP)
 
How do you like your political news? If you prefer it whip-smart, brutally honest, and highly entertaining, you’re in luck: The Slate Political Gabfest—among America’s most popular and respected current events podcasts—will headline this year’s Festival on Friday, April 12 at 6:30pm. Gabfest hosts John Dickerson of CBS This Morning (a UVA alum!), Emily Bazelon of The New York Times Magazine, and David Plotz of Atlas Obscura will appear live at the Paramount Theater to discuss the week in politics and current events. What could make the night better? New York Times Opinion Columnist Jamelle Bouie joining the panel as a special guest (it’s happening!).
VIP Ticket holders are also invited to a pre-show cocktail hour with the hosts from 5–6 p.m. Those who purchase the ticket package will receive one complimentary drink with the hosts beforehand and select seating at the show. 
Following the conversation, Tom Tom will host a book-signing event with Bazelon in celebration of her brand-new book, Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration, which will be published by Random House on April 9, 2019.


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Speakers
avatar for Emily Bazelon

Emily Bazelon

Co-host, Slate Political Gabfest
Emily Bazelon wrote the national bestseller Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. She is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School... Read More →
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Jamelle Bouie

Columnist, New York Times
Based in Charlottesville, Virginia and Washington D.C., Jamelle Bouie is a columnist for the New York Times and political analyst for CBS News. He covers campaigns, elections, national affairs, and culture. Prior to the Times, Jamelle was chief political correspondent for Slate magazine... Read More →
avatar for John Dickerson

John Dickerson

Co-host, Slate Political Gabfest
John Dickerson is co-host of CBS This Morning. Dickerson joined CBS This Morning in January 2018. Prior to that, he was anchor of “Face The Nation," and CBS News’ Chief Washington Correspondent. Dickerson is also a contributing editor to The Atlantic and co-host of Slate’s... Read More →
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David Plotz

Co-host, Slate Political Gabfest
David Plotz is CEO of Atlas Obscura, a user-driven digital media and technology company devoted to discovery through collecting and writing about the world’s most wonderful places. He was editor in chief of Slate from 2008 to 2014. During Plotz’s time as editor, Slate tripled... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm EDT
The Paramount Theater 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
 
Saturday, April 13
 

8:00pm EDT

Upfront, Inc. and Tom Tom Present: Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood – Scared Scriptless
Limited Capacity seats available

A special performance at the Tom Tom Festival this April.
Armed with only their wits, Whose Line is it Anyway? stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood are taking to the live stage and they’re…Scared Scriptless. Prepare to laugh yourself senseless as improv comedy masterminds Colin & Brad make up original scenes, songs and more from whatever you, the fans, suggest! You may even get to join the fun on stage! This hilarious comedic high wire act… just like a live version of Whose Line…will close out the Tom Tom Summit with a night of improv and experimentation. Don’t miss the best duo in improv in the Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Scared Scriptless Tour. Learn more at colinandbradshow.com.

“A two hour laugh riot,” ‐Springfield Sun News, Springfield, OH
“…barely a moment passed during which the audience was not rolling with laughter” ‐Lawrence Journal World, Lawrence, KS
“They had the audience in stitches from start to finish” ‐Deseret, Salt Lake City, UT
“Consistently funny and occasionally breathtaking” ‐Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX



Speakers
avatar for Colin Mochrie

Colin Mochrie

Scared Scriptless
Hilaritycus smoothiusScotland, that craggy, majestic, malt whiskeyed land, has spawned many myths besides the Loch Ness Monster. One such legend is Colin Mochrie (Hilaritycus smoothius). A migratory creature that left his birthplace for the Great White North (Canada), Colin learned... Read More →
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Brad Sherwood

Scared Scriptless
Cranuis giganticum As a young hatchling, Brad Sherwood (Cranius gigantum), fled the ice plains of Chicago for the arid expanse of the Rocky Mountains, where he settled at the epicenter of art and coyote sculptures, Santa Fe New Mexico. Weaned on green chiles and isolation, he became... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
The Paramount Theater 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
 


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