Happiness is not a warm gun

Oct. 24-

The 26th anniversary of John Lennon’s assassination approaches, and, in some ways, the reality still hasn’t set in. Mark David Chapman read an Esquire article that illuminated some apparent hypocrisy in Lennon’s thoughts and behavior – owning land, singing of having no possessions – and decided to end that conflict with bullets. Before that tragic day in December, Lennon spent much of early ’70s harrassed by the US government, as they tried to deport him and Yoko from their beloved New York City, citing an old pot bust as the cause. Real reason, as far as most everyone – including the film-makers of "The US vs. John Lennon” – was that Lennon’s vocal anti-war views were cause for concern about our effort in Vietnam. This documentary takes us vividly back to that time and includes present-day commentary those in the know – Bobby Seale, Noam Chomsky, Elliot Mintz, Yoko, and more.You’ll find this film at the Capitol in Arlington. Tickets: $9.

Capitol, 204 Mass. Ave., Arlington, 781-648-4340 somervilletheatreonline.com

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