Dead man walking, Mr. Zimmerman. We would advise holding up any payments to Mr. West in the near future. And are you having sprinkles with your ice cream cone?
The first Sunday evening of the month always brings the Empire Revue to AS220 in Providence. And this Sunday (that’s 7/7) marks the seventh anniversary of Providence’s best “new vaudeville” troupe. Anchored by the house band led by Keith Munslow, and featuring the comedic Sparkling Beatniks, the shows regularly sell out. It’s suggested that you get to the Empire Street stage early to ensure a seat.
As usual there will be plenty of “special guests” this month, including musician Jacob Haller, comedian Tim McIntire, mentalist Rory Raven, musician Mark Cutler, blues belter Lisa Marie, and comedian Kate Ghiloni. If you’re really old and remember watching Ed Sullivan on Sunday night, this is just the kind of variety show he would put on. Sorry, gang . . . no Topo Gigio.
Byrne-ing down the house
Jorge (Rudy Cheeks) hadn’t attended a show at the beautifully restored Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford before last week, when his old friend David Byrne came in with his Love This Giant tour. The Zeiterion is like a more intimate PPAC, with excellent acoustics to boot. Thank you to Penny Pimentel of the Zeiterion staff who graciously ushered yours truly around the facility.
Better yet was visiting with David, whom Jorge hadn’t seen in a few years. Also attending was old buddy Dan “Danwell the Unpredictable” Gosch and the three of us had a fine reunion backstage after the show.
Unfortunately, the Love This Giant tour is winding down. Those who have seen David with Talking Heads or on one of his numerous solo tours are aware that he really knows how to put on a show: music, costumes, choreography especially well-done this time around. And his fine partner St. Vincent (Annie Clark) truly co-starred in this performance. The song arrangements for a horn-heavy band were different and intriguing.
Old Talking Heads fans were not disappointed, as David provided a sampling of older material (“Burning Down the House,” “Naive Melody,” “Wild Wild Life,” “Road to Nowhere”). If you’re somewhere in the country where this show has yet to play, P&J would urge you to make an attempt to see it. Meanwhile, check out the schedule of shows at the Zeiterion and take a trip up to “New Beige” for an enjoyable evening in a lovely venue.
Much beloved here in Providence is Peter Kadzis, who was editor of our former “mothership,” the Boston Phoenix, for more than two decades before its recent demise.
Since then, many Phoenix staff members have moved on to other jobs and opportunities. And P&J are pleased to report that Peter has been doing a variety of assignments at Boston’s WGBH, where you can frequently hear him on the radio airwaves (as well as on ’GBH’s television station, Channel 2).
It’s good to see that Boston public radio and television are taking advantage of a great resource in Peter. Our congratulations go out to him for bouncing back.
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