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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Wonderful Cabaret

At the Cabinet of Wonders last night, an ensemble of writers, actors, musicians or writer/actor/musicians/magicians orchestrated by Wes Stace, aka John Wesley Harding, entertained us with a variety show that was more than the sum of its parts.
The audience wasn't confined to fans of JWH's music; I sat next to the delightful Dave King, author of The Ha-Ha, who knew JWH as writer Wesley Stace. The table was pretty much divided into the iphone obsessed who twittered (Note to self: don't try twittering and applauding simultaneously. Your gibberish will be uploaded to your eternal shame) and checked their email while waiting for the show to begin, and those who wondered how anyone could read the tiny text (the answer to that is badly as evidenced by the error laden messages I sent).
Cabinet cast included:
Graham Parker
Josh Ritter
Eugene Mirman
Daniel Wallace
Daniel Felsenfeld
Dan John Miller
Sam Lipsyte
Highlights for me: Josh Ritter's beautiful rendition of a Sussex Ghost Story and a rocking version of Your Mind's Playing Tricks On You with Graham Parker. The wonder of the show is not only the singular perspectives the participants bring but the ever changing line-up - the cast at the next performance will not be the same as last night - that makes for a unique experience each time.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Cabinet of Wonders

Cabinet of Wonders from factory twenty five on Vimeo.
We were in the audience for the live recording of fan favourites and we'll be out again this evening for the last date in John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders NYC run at Le Poisson Rouge with Graham Parker, Josh Ritter, Sam Lipsyte, Madrigals and Eugene Mirman. Anticipating much frivolity, fine music and magic.

Monday, August 18, 2008

John Wesley Harding: Dirty Work

More than you ever wanted to know about Steely Dan - a band you either love or hate*, and I'm definitely with JWH on this one, I'm a true hater. Still, it's a great cover.
From the Stars in the Margins Show at The Zipper Theater in Manhattan on 8/11/08 that also featured Martha Plimpton, Rufus Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche amongst others. I missed the show but, happy, happy, joy, joy, I won tickets to the upcoming John Wesley Harding performance at Union Hall, Brooklyn on October 27. How cool is that?

*There are a bunch of mega-popular stadium-filling bands that I consider a complete waste of space. Of course they sell millions of records and have huge fame and wealth and I, em, don't. But that won't stop me telling the internets why I want to fall to the floor and pound it with my fists while screaming at the top of my lungs when I hear certain songs, will it? One day I'll do a post about them and you can hurl rotten eggs at me. Or perhaps you'll agree?