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'Parks and Rec' Star Nick Offerman to Talk Women, Red Meat at Music Box

By Serena Dai | August 6, 2013 7:20am
Nick Offerman Plays 'Paddle Your Own Canoe'
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LAKEVIEW — Woodwork, red meat and the "magnificent seduction" of Megan Mullally — yes, Nick Offerman is coming back to town.

The "Parks and Recreation" star will be speaking about his new memoir "Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Principles for Delicious Living" at the Music Box Theatre in October, an event hosted by Lakeview's Unabridged Bookstore.

According to the publisher, Offerman's book is a mix of anecdotes, rants and lessons in the actor's expertises: growing great mustaches, grilling red meat and wooing women, including his now-wife actress Megan Mullally. It comes out on Oct. 1.

At the Music Box, Offerman will read from the book, answer fan questions — and perform a couple of songs, said Stefan Moorehead, a manager at Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway. The bookstore was told to expect Offerman to play his original song "Paddle Your Own Canoe," Moorehead said.

Afterward, he will sign books. Music Box will then play one of Offerman's favorite films at midnight, which has yet to be determined.

The actor, who rose to fame after playing Ron Swanson in the NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation," grew up in Minooka, Illinois, a small town southwest of suburban Joliet, and started his career in Chicago as both a carpenter and an actor.

Offerman will be hosting only three events in the country for the book release and chose Chicago because of his history here, Moorehead said.

He also appeared at Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., earlier this year to promote his indie film "Somebody Up There Likes Me."

Tickets to see Offerman cost $30 and include the book. Tickets for two people and one book is $40. They can be purchased online.