The one, the only Anthony Bourdain is coming to a city near you this summer. Bourdain and company today announced the dates for a new food-focused/talk/story-telling tour called Close to the Bone. It kicks off on July 7 in Nashville and will last through the month of July. In a release, Bourdain explains his motivation to go on tour: "I want to open the book on what I've learned seeking the road UN-traveled — more than I get to show you on television."
Bourdain — who holds multiple Emmy Awards, James Beard nods, and a Peabody Award — will share stories from life on the road, offer opinions on political subjects, and give audiences insight into his world view after years of travel through conflict zones and dining on the finest of what the worlds' tables have to offer. At the end of each talk, there will be an audience Q&A session.
Tickets go on sale on April 17.
Anthony Bourdain's 2015 "Close to the Bone" Tour Schedule:
July 7: Nashville TPAC (Jackson Hall)
July 8: Houston - Jones Hall
July 9: Austin - Bass Hall
July 10: Dallas - Majestic Theatre
July 11: Atlanta - Fox Theatre
July 24: Minneapolis - State Theatre
July 26: San Francisco - Davies Symphony Hall
July 27: Seattle - Paramount
July 28: Portland - Schnitzer Hall
July 30: Chicago - Auditorium Theatre
The Close to the Bone tour is produced by Innovation Arts & Entertainment (IAE), which recently produced tours for Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and David Sedaris.
The tour announcement comes while Bourdain is still filming season five of his CNN series Parts Unknown, which will air its next episode on Sunday, April 26. Bourdain's latest project was the unveiling of the film adaptation of his first novel, Bone in the Throat at SXSW.
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