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

Tom Waits performs his song “Get Behind The Mule” with the legendary Neil Young at the 2011 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The strange visual quality just adds additional atmosphere to this historic performance. Read More

Dear Tom Waits fans,
As you may or may not have heard or read, there were pressing discrepancies with the first round of Tom Waits vinyl re-issues from Rhino. While it was reportedly not on all pieces of vinyl, it was enough to investigate the issues related to this. All of us here Kings Road as well as Tom himself have heard about this from friends, fans and even family in addition to customers. We have been very concerned with resolving this since the first mention of this came to our attention, and we have been answering any and all complaints on a customer-by-customer basis, all the while resolving this with the companies involved.
Please only use the appropriate option.
Please go to the URL: and enter your ORDER # and EMAIL ADDRESS that you used to make the order. This will allow you to select which records you would like replaced and create a request. You will receive new VINYL shipped in a white sleeve when product is finished. You will not be sent a new cover as those didn’t have pressing errors.
Please email: with the title “TOM WAITS VINYL EXCHANGE” with your order number and titles you would like to replace.
Please contact Rhino & WEA directly via email at to arrange an exchange.
Return Requests will be taken until Monday April 18th, 2011 so we can order replacements.
The time frame on this replacement is still being determined. New acetates have been approved by Gavin and test presses are currently in motion for Tom’s approval. Once approved, pressing could take another 4-6 weeks. When we have more information, we will notify all of those who request a replacement on what to expect and when. But just know that proper resolution of this will be handled at no cost to you should you want this resolved.
This was a project that we here and the Waits family were very excited to make happen. For Tom as an artist, audio quality and fidelity are his main concern. For everyone else involved on a personal and professional level, we stand by quality of what we sell, even if we don’t manufacture it ourselves. You ordered a very special set of records and from the perspective of someone who has heard the intended audio in Gavin Lurssen’s studio, we expect THAT to be what is on the record.
We want to make sure you know how seriously we take resolving such a complicated situation because when Blue Valentine, Foreign Affairs and Heartattack & Vine receive the same treatment, you should know that you can buy in confidence knowing that we all stand by the product, its quality, and its fidelity. And regardless of what happens, please know our team here will resolve this issue for you as fast as we can.
On behalf of the Waits, our customer service staff, and everyone involved, thank you for your support and patience.
- Anti Records Read More
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