the kids are all riot

if they are numb
this world is number.

2nd & 3rd nytimes blogs

the 2nd
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/02/stew-in-africa-artists-at-play-and-work/

3rd and final
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/11/stew-in-africa-colors-and-collaboration-that-wont-fade/.

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some questions answered…

hi,
folks from england always ask if we are ever going to come over and i guess the answer is, i don’t know.

we are coming out with a new record in january called “making it.” we’ll be playing here and there in the states to promote it and who knows maybe someone will want us to come over to england to play.
i love england and scotland. never been to ireland but i know i’d dig it.
the shows Heidi and i did opening for Arthur Lee and Love (our dear friends Baby Lemonade) in the UK were…almost impossible to describe. We figured we were in an impossible position opening for God but they were the best duo shows Heidi and I ever played. Going down as well as we did in places like Manchester and Liverpool especially, I have to say, for an admitted anglophile such as myself, it was the highlight of my life at the time.

England taught America important lessons about itself.
I owe it to the Stones for introducing me to Robert Johnson and
Muddy Waters. Black people in my world were trying to distance
themselves from all that greatness. The French taught us that our pulp fiction and b-movies were actually art but the brits gave us our music back to us – at least to those of us who wanted it.

Making It will feature songs from the live song-cycle we did at St Anns Warehouse last year called (guess) Making It. It’ll also feature some tunes that weren’t in the Making It show.

Somebody asked about the song “Speed.” It’ll be on that record.

Heidi and I are playing a show at Joe’s Pub on October 4th. I think we’re the first band to play the re-opening of the Pub with its new design. We’re doing it just us and Spurney, our guitar/keys cousin from PS, and it’s kind of a unplugged sort of show (is it lame to use the term unplugged still?). You know, its that “intimate” “an evening with” kinda deal…we’ll tell cute stories behind the songs and I’ll see how pissed I can make Heidi by making references to our break-up and post-break-up drama that was happening throughout all three runs of the play (Berkeley Rep, the Public and Broadway). So come on out to that show if you feel like it and you live in new york or if yer the kind of person who flies into new york for shows.

i’m teaching at the university of wisconsin in madison this Fall. It’s basically the class I always wanted to take. More about that when class gets going.

hope all is well with everyone.
be goodish,
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Go See Chris Rael’s Araby

If you came to Brooklyn Omnibus or our Passover Seder at Barbes or if you’ve been a student of the great new york underground for more than a little while, you know who Chris Rael is. He is the founding member of legendary New York band Church of Betty, he plays a mean sitar and sings up a storm. But most significantly, he writes amazing songs. And if that were not enough, he writes amazing works of music-theater as well!!! He also hangs with this dude named Joyce, an Irish cat who I hear is a real up and comer. Apparently, JJ is really easy to work with and him and Chris have done some kick-ass collaborating. Check out the below info and go see Chris and Co. do amazing things.
It’s gonna be DY-NO-MITE!

ARABY
Christopher Rael
Writer: Chris Rael, based on stories by James Joyce
Director: Awoye Timpo
Joyce’s Dubliners come to life in popular song: 15 stories in 15 songs. Soaring voices and chamber ensemble transform gut-wrenching vignettes into tales of redemption. From eastern-flavored Araby to gospel pastiche Grace to The Dead, beauty, joy and catharsis beckon.
1h 30m Local Brooklyn, New York
Musical Drama
Staycation: Literary Lane
www.myspace.com/ChrisRaelAraby
VENUE #9: The Ellen Stewart Theatre @ LA MAMA
Sat 13 @ 2:30 Wed 17 @ 6:15 Fri 19 @ 2 Sat 20 @ 7:30 Sun 21 @ 12