Here is the second trailer for the Dutch animated short The Monster of Nix featuring the voices of Terry Gilliam and Tom Waits. The animated musical tells the story of Willy, a troubled boy who fights the destructive force of an all-devouring monster in the village of Nix. For more info go here. Read More

(photo Anders Petersen)
Dates have been announced for an unforgettable evening as a stellar cast of singers and musicians revisit Tom Waits’ classic 1985 album Rain Dogs. The record has emerged as an object of fascination for Waits fans. In a very personal evocation of the New-York slums, the album’s nineteen tracks impress us with their variety, borrowing from cabaret, polka, jazz, rock and even spoken poetry. The use of numerous instruments adds to the album’s character: pianos and organs, saxophones, trumpets and trombones, drums, marimba and congas, and of course, guitars and accordions.
The Rain Dogs Revisited concert takes us through the album – integrally, though quite freely. Especially brought together for this event, a prestigious band under the guidance of musical director David Coulter, the multi-instrumentalist who worked with Waits on The Black Rider, will offer a similar, although not quite identical, array of the rich instrumental variety intended by Waits. Also featured will be performances by Arthur H, The Tiger Lillies, Camille O’ Sullivan, Stef Kamil Carlens, St. Vincent, Erika Stucky.
Announced Dates:
July 10th : LYON, FRANCE / Les Nuits de Fourvière festival / Grand Théâtre Romain de Fourvière
July 11th : MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND / Montreux Jazz Festival / Miles Davis Hall
July 13th : LONDON, ENGLAND / Barbican Centre
Nov 20th : EINDHOVEN, HOLLAND / Muziekgebouw
Nov 22nd : PARIS, FRANCE / Salle Pleyel
Tom Waits’ album Rain Dogs and others at Amazon here and iTunes here. Read More

Last week Dutch actor Gijs Scholten van Aschat was nominated for the Louis d’ Or Award, the equivalent of a Tony Award in Dutch theater, for his role as Richard III. The play has also been given the opening spot in the Dutch Theatre Festival, Sept. 1, 2011
Richard III, a production by Orkater and Amsterdam’s main theater De Stadsschouwburg adapted Shakespeare’s play and created a music theater piece using music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan. It premiered September 2010 to sold-out audiences. With over 10,000 visitors, it became one of the Netherlands’ most successful theatre productions.
Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan said,“It’s an honor to be associated with a production of this caliber and imagination”
A second run of the Richard III production will be staged exclusively in De Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam, from August 16th till September 1st. There will be English subtitles available on all dates. For ticket information call +31 (0) 20 624 2311 or go here. Read More

Painter, illustrator, and political satirist Kellesimone Waits will be presenting 10 original ink drawings from her latest series of work on the heels of her first solo show in New York in June at Known Gallery in Los Angeles beginning on April 23rd.

Artist Statement: My choice to juxtapose real world tragedies with the descriptive punctuation of comic book fantasy comments not only on my relationship to these events it also points to the effect that the saturation of media violence has on western culture in general. After a certain point there’s only so much horror and death that one can absorb, we become desensitized by necessity. The events begin to bleed together into a mass of general disaster that most must set aside in order to get on with our days and remain functional members of society.

A limited edition of Action Comics prints will be available in hand letter pressed boxes, signed and dated. A portion of the proceeds from Kellesimone’s work will benefit Doctors Without Borders.

Also featured will be an exhibition by Shout! AKA Alessandro Gottardo, a successful illustrator, who most recently was awarded three Silver medals in three different categories from the Society of Illustrators in New York. Gottardo will present a series of 50 prints and eight new hand finished aqua tints. The first 100 attendees will receive a free, signed booklet on the making of the prints for Known. A portion of the proceeds from Alessandro’s work will benefit Japan Relief.

The opening reception takes place on Saturday, April 23, 2011 from 8 to 11 p.m.

Show runs April 23rd to May 14th, 2011

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, Ca. 90036 Read More

Tom Waits and director Terry Gilliam will appear in a new animated 30 minute short entitled The Monster of Nix. The existential fairy tale by Dutch filmmaker Rosto tells the story of Willy, a troubled boy who fights the destructive force of an all-devouring monster in the village of Nix. The film score features legendary eyeball art rockers The Residents. Waits lends his voice to the character Virgil, a terrifying giant pitch-black swallow.
As director Rosto explains: “Tom Waits was always the main inspiration for the dark and theatrical appearance of Virgil. But I had never expected to actually have the privilege to work with Tom. The results are gobsmacking…” To find out more, just go here. Read More
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