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Hot Night on Montezuma

The Neil and Amanda Show last Sunday night was a great success.  (Sorry if you missed it).

Neil Gaiman read stories, Amanda Palmer sang her hits and played her ukelele, and from time to time the they did duets.  They opened the night with a memorable version of "Makin' Whoopee" and Amanda closed it with "The Ukelele Song," bringing the whole audience to its feet.   After the concert Amanda and Neil adjoined to the concessions lobby to sign books and CDs... and sign, and sign, and sign.  Strong wrists, those two.  And good hearts.


Every seat was filled.  No surprise there.  The concert sold out within hours of our announcing it.  "I need a larger theatre," as I wrote to Neil and Amanda, after tickets had been on sale for a few hours, "at least when you two come to town."

All box receipts went to two worthy Santa Fe charities, Warehouse 21 and the Food Depot.   Warehouse 21 works with local youth, while the Food Depot feeds the homeless and the hungry.  The concert raised more than $9000, which will be split between them.  To find out more about their work, go here http://www.warehouse21.org/ and here http://www.thefooddepot.org/    And CONTRIBUTE!

Neil and Amanda regularly fill large halls and auditoriums with thousands of fans.  It was incredibly kind of them to take time out of their busy schedule to visit Santa Fe and play our modest venue.  Though I am delighted to report that they thought the Jean Cocteau was cool.  (It is).


For those locals who could not get tickets to the show (sorry for that, they sold out very quickly)... well, Neil signed large stacks of his books and comics for us before he took off, and we have Amanda's CDs in stock as well.  So drop by the Jean Cocteau at 418 Montezuma, and you too can score an autographed Neil Gaiman book, or the latest CD from Amanda.  But come soon... stocks are limited.

(We also have a handful of signed copies of Michael Chabon's KAVALIER AND CLAY left, from his visit here, as well as autographed copies of many of my own books).

(Sorry, we are not set up to do mail orders)

Lots more cool stuff coming up at the Cocteau: movies, author appearances and booksignings, live music, magic, comedy.  If you want to keep on top of that, signed up for our weekly email newsletter.  It's free.  Go here:


See you at the movies!


Oct. 2nd, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
Oh how I wish I was a New Mexican. Looks like it was a great time. Congratulations on all the awesomeness.
Oct. 2nd, 2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
~I heart this ~
Oct. 2nd, 2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
I wish you, Miss P and the Cocteau were in the town my hubs and I are moving to (from Brooklyn to a small town not too far from there..)
Oct. 2nd, 2013 08:20 pm (UTC)
You know, I might just have to plan a road trip to come out and visit, because you have awesome events going on at the Cocteau and I would be there quite often if I was closer! (I'm on the East Coast.)
Oct. 2nd, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC)
Can we franchise this groovy theater? We need a new one by the SF bay.
Oct. 2nd, 2013 10:29 pm (UTC)
I am sure you have many great old theatres by the Bay.
Oct. 2nd, 2013 09:01 pm (UTC)
Sounds wonderful. Wish we could have been there.
Scott Rollen
Oct. 2nd, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
For the Unlucky...
Any chance the performance was video taped (in whole or in part)?

Big fan of both Neil and Amanda, but there was no way I could make it out to Sante Fe, as much as I might have wished to.

Would absolutely love to see some clips of the show.
Oct. 3rd, 2013 12:06 am (UTC)
It's always a thrill to realize people you like like each other - be it childhood friends or random strangers encountered in World Wide Wilderness.

Realizing your money goes to the right kind of people is always a plus, of course...

Cheers to you GRRM, you're a good man.
Oct. 3rd, 2013 12:43 am (UTC)
I want to move to Santa Fe. All the fun stuff is happening there :)
Mika Antonia
Oct. 3rd, 2013 06:09 am (UTC)
First, about 9 years ago, I was a fan of Amanda's (via the Dresden Dolls). Shortly thereafter, I became a fan of Neil's. I was amazed & dumbfounded when these two people I admired so much separately came together. Then I became a fan of yours, GRRM, & burned TWICE through all of (the current) ASOIAF (plus Dunk & Egg) in a few weeks (& have watched all the GoT episodes several times as well). Now, again, I have the strange sensation of people I admire from (what strike me as very) separate realms of aesthetic endeavor coming together in a way that totally surprises, but also pleases, me. I'm so glad you are a fan of theirs (and that they are fans of yours)! I spend much of my free time directly consuming (or re-consuming) or at least thinking about works created by one or another of you three. The idea of the three of you in one spot is too coruscating for words!

Aside from that: would that I lived in your town & could frequent the Jean Cocteau!
Mika Antonia
Oct. 3rd, 2013 02:36 pm (UTC)
Oh Neil..
Would pay the iron price for a dvd of that appearance. Will some be available eventually?
Traci Bear Thiele
Oct. 3rd, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
Neil and Amanda!!!
What and AMAZING thing, this new theater, and its potential for fun and fabulosity. Now I am thinking of moving to Sante Fe! I have terrible arthritis and it gets worse every year. I have never been able to even consider moving away from my foggy drippy BEAUTIFUL redwood forest, even with the pain getting SO bad. Partly because we have the BEST community center here. Big name stars and world class acts come here to my little town. Garberville, CA.

But your theater... is so attractive. And from what my friends who live there say. Arthritis goes away! :) Your theater and no arthritis is VERY ATTRACTIVE. Almost as much as my beloved forests.

and thanks for your charity works!
Oct. 3rd, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Neil and Amanda!!!
I would not say "arthritis goes away." Parris suffers from that as well, and still has bad days. But certainly the high, dry mountains of New Mexico are better for it than damp, dripping redwood forests.
Oct. 3rd, 2013 04:29 pm (UTC)
Theaters Rule
I saw the 1st episode of GOT Season 3 in a theater and was stunned at how movie like it was. As good as it is on the small screen, it shines even greater on the big screen. Hope you get a chance to show some of the episodes there.
Oct. 3rd, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
Sandman and the muse
I'm glad that your big night turned out so well. Then again with such guests as Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer, a healthy crowd was bound to gather at the Cocteau.

I recently got Mr. Gaiman's newest novel "The Ocean At The End Of The Lane", hopefully I'll get to it soon. As for Ms. Palmer to say she is interesting would be an understatement! We need more individuals as fearless as she is when it comes to artistic expression and creativity!

I wish you continued success with the Jean Cocteau, and if I'm ever in the neighbourhood, I'll most definitely check in at the movies!

Are you guys at some point screen "Blade Runner"? That movie was my introduction to sci-fi and fantasy! It gave me the key to unlock this wonderful world of imagination and creativity.

Both the movie as well as Phillip K. Dick's brilliant novel "Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep" stand as markers for me. They led me to "A Song Of Ice And Fire", Tolkien's "The Lord Of The Rings" trilogy, as well as Kim Stanley Robinson's "Mars Trilogy", George Alec Effinger's Budayeen/Marid Audran novels, William Gibson's cyberpunk works and Guy Gavriel Kay's wonderful re-imagined history, among many, many other books and movies.

That would be a real treat!

PS Mr. Martin, did ever meet Phillip K. Dick?
Oct. 3rd, 2013 11:09 pm (UTC)
I had this grand plan to road trip up from Tucson and make it to the show and to be able to say I had seen Neil twice in six months and see Amanda for the first time. But alas it sold out too quickly. Huzzah for another show :)
Toni Tadolini
Oct. 4th, 2013 03:22 am (UTC)
Privileged to Attend
So pleased to have been able to attend this performance. Neil and Amanda were terrific...no surprise there...and the Jean Cocteau is an amazing venue. The Santa Fe locals are in for a continuous treat. Thanks again to George for hosting and to Neil and Amanda for a warm and excellent show. We so enjoyed it! The bonus was that worthy groups benefited. Cheers all around!
Brandon Butler
Oct. 4th, 2013 01:26 pm (UTC)
Palmer and Gaiman
Wish I could have been there, that sounds like a lot of fun!

Maybe you can book Stevie Nicks for the next big thing (look up 'Stevie Nicks Game of Thrones' on google: apparently she has a 'talent crush' on you, Mr. Martin. I'd link the vanity fair article myself, but alas: it gets kablammoed to spam).


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