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Hilary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, acrylic on canvas, 2009
There was an art opening last night for artist Kellesimone Waits who is currently exhibiting her provocative portraits in a show entitled “Power Plays” at the Frank Pictures Gallery in Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station art complex. Amongst the many in attendance were the artist’s proud father Tom Waits and assorted family members, some actor named Johnny Depp, actor Harry Dean Stanton, artist Sage Vaughn and his fashion designer wife Sweet Pea, Anti/Epitaph label CEO and Bad Religion founder Brett Gurewitz with his fetching wife Gina, as well as a whole bunch of other interesting looking people including some dude with half a beard and a guy that looked like Yoda from Star Wars if he was wearing an Affliction shirt.
The paintings were an intriguing mix of world political figures rendered in unexpected positions. Definitely worth checking out… To view more of Kellesimone’s paintings, go here. Read More

(pic Jesse Dylan)
The official Tom Waits twitter now exists. You should follow and see. Should be quite interesting. Go here to join the “fun.” Read More

Tom Waits’ songs “Kommienezuspadt” and “Flowers Grave” off his 2002 album “Alice” are featured in a new animated film “Idiots and Angels.” It’s a provocative dark comedy by Academy Award nominated director Bill Plympton about a “selfish and morally bankrupt man” who wakes up with wings attached to his back. You can watch a trailer of the film here. Check for screenings here. Read More

Tom Waits is currently down in the crescent city of New Orleans recording a benefit track with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. It’s been a two year project by the legendary band intended to raise money for the historic French Quarter Hall and keep the rollicking big easy music tradition alive.
The prolific Mister Waits will also be recording a song for Anti’s volume 2 Sea Shanty record produced by Hal Wilner with an assortment of other musicians. Read More

(pic Jean-Baptiste Mondino)
The Tom Waits song “Sins of My Father” from his 2004 album “Real Gone” will be featured in an intriguing new documentary called “Sins of My Father” out in late November. The film deals with a possible reconciliation between the sons of notorious Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and the sons of some of Escobar’s victims. The film will premier at the IDFA Festival. For more info go here.
You can view a CNN interview with the film’s director Nicolas Entel here. Read More
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