Last September, the husband-and-wife team of Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer played something of an oddball doubleheader at Bard College’s Fisher Center in Annandale-On-Hudson. (Would you expect anything less from them?) Read reviews here and here.
The evening started out with a reading of a new, as-yet-unpublished story by award-winning author Gaiman in the Sosnoff Theater, and then as a separate event, Palmer and her band the Grand Theft Orchestra whipped up a pre-tour concert in support of her upcoming album Theatre Is Evil in the center’s black box Theater Two.
At the time, they promised to return. And now they are…
This time, however, they’ll be sharing the same stage at the Sosnoff Theater at 8pm on Saturday, April 6. They’re describing the performance as “an intimate night of spoken word, songs, stories, chats with the audience and more than a few surprises.”
Priced at $25, $30, $35 & $40, tickets are scheduled to go on sale at 10am today (Monday, January 14).
“This evening has been gloriously odd,” remarked author Neil Gaiman toward the end of his 75-minute reading at Bard College’s Fisher Center in Annandale-On-Hudson earlier this month.
The renowned sci-fi/fantasy writer found himself temporarily living in the Hudson Valley recently, while his wife, provocative rocker Amanda Palmer, was in residency at Bard College developing video and the stage show for the tour in support of her new album, “Theatre Is Evil.” So, he apparently decided that it was the perfect time and place for an out-of-town try-out for a new short story that he had finished just five or six days earlier.
“It’s a fairy story,” he explained. “It’s the first time I’ve done a big sort-of fairy-story reinvention probably since I wrote a story called ‘Snow, Glass, Apples’ a while ago (1994). I wrote the story, and I thought, ‘Good. That’s my story written in first draft. I wonder if it works?’ And I realized that I had absolutely no idea.”
It was a surprisingly intimate concert in the Fisher Center’s small black box Theater Two. A standing-room-only (no seats) performance that resonated with the memories of almost any college gymnasium concert – fans sitting on the floor, listening to the vintage Leonard Cohen soundtrack that played between bands.
Intimate, yes, indeed, but no less fierce than you’ve come to expect from the always bold and brazen Amanda Fucking Palmer.
Wrapping up her three-week residency – the first participant in the Live Arts Bard program at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson – she was simply breathtaking in performance on the first of her two-night stand with her primo three-piece backing band, the Grand Theft Orchestra.
Amanda Palmer talks sense (and cents) on a new economic model for artists:
artists need to make money to eat and to continue to make art.
artists used to rely on middlemen to collect their money on their behalf, thereby rendering themselves innocent of cash-handling in the public eye.
artists will now be coming straight to you (yes YOU, you who want their music, their films, their books) for their paychecks.
please welcome them. please help them. please do not make them feel badly about asking you directly for money.
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