A date with Damon

Sadly, we aren't giving them away

January 30, 2012|By Dana Moran | RedEye

Unless you happen to be very, very on top of things, you probably won't catch a glimpse of Matt Damon this week. The "We Bought a Zoo" star will read selections from John Steinbeck at the Metro on Tuesday as part of The People Speak, Live! alongside dramatic readings and songs from Chicagoans. Tickets to the night of Damon sold out in a flash, but here's who we think you might find in the audience.

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50 percent -- Swooning housewives. Somehow they always have the good ticket connections.

1 percent -- Rahm. What? He's got a social life too, ya know.

20 percent -- Lit geeks. It's a little weird to read "Of Mice and Men" aloud to yourself before bed, but it's totally soothing coming from the lips of Damon.

15 percent -- Political activists. Here's what Damon told Elle magazine on President Obama in December: "You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of this country, much better." A few people might have thoughts on that.

10 percent -- Bummed movie nerds. Damon announced earlier this month that he'd backed out of his planned directorial debut -- maybe he doesn't want to compete with Ben Affleck?

4 percent -- Lenny Kravitz's people. The smooth crooner also is in town Tuesday, performing at the Chicago Theatre. We're hoping the two of them hit the town afterward.

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