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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Feb. 12, 2008) – On Monday, April 14, Tidewater Community College presents a highlight evening of its 2008 Literary Festival, this year with a timely focus on political humor:


~ An hour of political comedy by the Capitol Steps, 7 p.m.


~ A presentation by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mike Luckovich of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, followed by a question-and-answer session, 8 p.m.


The CAPITOL STEPS began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom (Don't quit your day job!) and although not all the current members are former Capitol Hill staffers taken together, the performers have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded 27 albums, including their latest, Springtime for Liberals. They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS, and can be heard four times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.


MIKE LUCKOVICH began his career in 1984 at the Greenville News and the New Orleans Times-Picayune before finding his home at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1989. He has been syndicated in 150 newspapers (which makes him the most reprinted cartoonist nationally), has two published books of cartoons and appears frequently on CNN. Among his many other successes, he is also a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.

TCC's Literary Festival is free and open to the public; seating is first come, first served. The keynote presentations on April 14 are in the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, 340 Granby St., Norfolk. The festival also features an author and/or panel on each of TCC's four campuses (TBA), as well as faculty and student readings of their work. In addition, the Literary Festival unveils each year's best-of-student writing in ChannelMarker, an annual publication.

For general information, call TCC's Information Center at 822-1122. 




Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 38,000 students annually, the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 35th largest community college in the nation, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit