My pal Alan Licht edited extensive interviews with Will Oldham for the new book Will Oldham on Bonnie “Prince’” Billy. This book reads like one of those great conversations you have sitting on the front porch, sharing some whiskey with an old friend… Housing Works bookstore hosts a book release party Monday September 24th at 7pm.
Deftly directed by Wooster Group’s Richard Maxwell in collaboration with New York City Players, Early Plays is an unusual and satisfying theater experience. The actors deliver their lines in a stylized, dead pan way that takes a while to adjust to. But once you settle into this non-naturalistic world, the acting is excellent, and the set and sound design delightful. My pal Keith Connolly of NNCK plays the part of Cocky.
Read the Culture Vulture review.
C’mon down to Littlefield Tuesday November 8th at 8pm. You will hear folksy tunes from Trummers, mellow grooves from A>G>E and rockin’ jams by Coke Weed from Bar Harbor, ME. I’ll be spinning some folk rock goodness. Should be a real fine time.
In honor of my dear friend Michael Chapman’s 70th birthday I am delighted to present my work-in-progress, short biopic Fully Qualified Survivor. It’s a piece I’ve been shooting on and off for years and I still have some wonderful interviews to add from Bridget St. John, NNCK Keith and the late, great Jack Rose… But here’s a little taste of Michael’s work if he’s not near and dear to you already.
Big hugs to you Michael! And to your to lovely wifey Andru too…
My pal Siri Wilson of Sirius Lux jewelry and Treehouse Brooklyn ws kind enough to create one of a kind chunky, crocheted chain jewelry to go with my Andrew Harmon Oscar gown. After much discussion about what would look best with my dress, copper or gold chain, short or long, simple or bold we finally decided one two simple chains of gold as well as a drippy bracelet. Siri custom crocheted each piece to perfectly compliment my sparkly gown. Siri thank you my dear. I felt like the belle of the ball at the Oscars!
Also a special thanks to Deena and Junco at Coiffeur for making my coif look fabulous!
When I told my dear friend Andrew Harmon I was invited to attend the 82nd Academy Awards he said he would be thrilled to make me a one of a kind Oscar gown. Not only was it a fun project but he got to dress me up like his little doll. At first his designed a silk patchwork biased cut dress in black and creams colors but he thought that looked too pretty. Why make a pretty dress for the Oscars? Why not make something outrageous and vampy? Above is the fabulous creation he came up with and it happened to fit me perfectly! Thank you Andrew. It’s truly the most beautiful dress I’ve ever worn. Incredible.
Here’s the beaded clutch to go with my gown, courtesy of Oak NYC. Thank you Louis and Jeff!
The Winter ’09 issue of Fretboard Journal has a terrific interview between Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and guitarist Michael Chapman. For the past few years I’ve been producing a short documentary called Fully Qualified Survivor about Michael Chapman’s music and his life on Wrytree Farm with his wife Andru. Michael will be coming to the US to perform at the Jack Rose Memorial Concert in Philadelphia February 13th and playing some additional dates on the East Coast.
We lost a great man and dear friend the other day, musician Jack Rose passed away last Saturday. At thirty-eight he was too young to go. Jack was a passionate, inspired artist and a real hoot to hang hang out with. I am thankful I was able to call him my friend. Rest easy Jack.