Regarding soccer, the most many locals do is admire its fans, foremost among whom is author and barkeep Alan Black. But sometimes well also consider hooliganism, the way Manchester United sounds like a punk band, and whatever it is David Beckham is. Were also ready to drink in the morning during World Cup broadcasts. In short, were idiots about the game. But Black has been on the citys case about soccer for years, and for his latest attack, he and David Henry Sterry have released The Glorious World Cup: A Fanatic's Guide. Were intrigued: The slightly unhinged book is about the sport, the teams, and the ever-intriguing wickedness of both, with contributions from the likes of Irvine Welsh, Po Bronson, and Simon Kuper. Of course, the pair is also throwing a The Glorious World Cup Party. If theres a first and last thing youll do regarding soccer this year, make it this book launch, because theres a microphone and a goal screaming contest. Thats all you need to know.
Sat., June 5, 8 p.m., 2010