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)
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