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