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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New Chapter of BROADWAY VAMPIRE

Chapter Eleven of Broadway Vampire is now posted for your reading pleasure. Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Oh, how I love those stars!

Broadway Vampire got another five star reader review on Amazon. And this one came from a theater professional!

"My only negative reaction to this book was that is was too short. On the flip side, I am Hopeful that there will be sequels.

Well written, nicely paced and interwoven with real life, assuming Vampires aren't actually real.
"

 The people who are buying this book, in paperback or Kindle, are loving it!

BEAT THE BLACK FRIDAY RUSH! BUY YOUR COPY TODAY!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

THE GREAT GARZON


Ixion Burlesque, under the direction of impresario Albert Garzon, presents Weimar Burlesque this Saturday night at the Bowery Poetry Club. I wrote the script based on the love affair and marriage between Lotte Lenya and Kurt Weill, drawing from letters, biography and other reading.

However, this is really the brain child of the maestro, Albert Garzon. The Great Garzon loves the art form known as burlesque -- with reservations. He loves burlesque that is accompanied by live music and singing. Young women taking to stages and plugging their iPods into the house sound system to accompany their dances of dishabille, the Great Garzon likes to point out, is NOT true burlesque. Live music and singing accompanying the dancers is essential to presenting burlesque as it is meant to be seen. Fan dancers grinding to pre-recorded tracks are presenting ersatz burlesque.

Maybe the insistence on live music is why the Great Garzon's presentations are always sold out.

I'll be there this Saturday evening. Will you? (For those of you too far away, there will be a live web cam presentation of the performance on the BPC website.)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

THEATER ADMINISTRATORS ARE THE AMERICAN CENSORS

Administrators at not for profit American theaters are screaming “murder” that the Republicans may shut down the National Endowment for the Arts and send Rocco Landesman back to playing the ponies. As a playwright and writer with decidedly social democratic leanings, it appears to me that the American experiment in supporting the arts has been as big a failure as marijuana prohibition.

How is this possible? Quick. Trot out the fact that the “mere” $161 million NEA budget generates billions in ancillary revenue. Yeah. Sure. But for who? Not for artists. For corporations that own hotels and airlines and chains of restaurants – the same bunch who have undermined democracy with their money.

The fact is that most arts administrators regard living creative (as opposed to interpretive) artists as, at best, inconveniences. The institution uber alles is the primary operating principle. That makes sense in terms of arts admins doing their jobs. It doesn’t make sense in terms of creating a thriving culture.

The not-for-profit theater in America these days shores up the status quo. This means unmitigated participation in the dumbing down of American culture. Arts admins don’t want to do anything to upset their corporate donors. That is why the only voices of protest heard these days in the theater are those protesting cuts in their own budgets. America doesn’t require a system of official censorship. Theater administrators have become the de facto censors.

Monday, November 8, 2010

UKE JACKSON AND THE GINSENG ROOTS BAND AT THE GERSHWIN HOTEL

UKE JACKSON AND THE GINSENG ROOTS BAND
AT THE GERSHWIN HOTEL
Concert and Book Release
Thursday November 11, 2010
7 East 27th Street @ Fifth Avenue
8 pm

Uke Jackson and The Ginseng Roots Band will make a rare Manhattan appearance on November 11 at 8 pm in the Gershwin Hotel. In addition to Jackson, musicians include Albert Garzon, JJ Deluxe (aka Johnny Peppers), and Kevin Vertrees. The evening will begin with the band playing a set of their signature neo-skiffle music including Tin Pan alley songs from he 1920s, 1930s jug band music, and acoustic folk and blues. The line up includes ukulele, piano, melodica and bass sax.

            The second set of the evening will be a celebration of Uke Jackson’s new novel BROADWAY VAMPIRE. Jackson will read from the novel at different points in the story where the lyrics of original songs appear. The band will join him in renditions of the three tunes from the book – “Vampire Luck”, “Vampire Bankers” and “Thick Stack of Hundred Dollar Bills”.

Whether you are a fan of Broadway theater or hungering for new knowledge about the Eternal Undead, Broadway Vampire will provide compelling entertainment. Combining horror, theater history, murder mystery and love story, Broadway Vampire is a sure fire page turner set in the world of contemporary New York theater. Stage buffs and those lusting after fangs of their own will discover a vampire that everyone loves to hate.

Angus "Gus" Windham IV is a Broadway producer. He is also a vampire. He has a ten million dollar bet riding on his revival of Pretty Lady. So, when one of his closest human associates is found murdered, this consummate serial killer is forced to align his efforts with those of the NYPD in order to solve the case. Meanwhile, other vampires are beginning to tire of Gus's public persona. A surprise ending will satisfy even the most hard-boiled thriller fan.

            After the “vampire set” Uke Jackson will answer questions from the audience. Copies of Broadway Vampire will be available for sale and signing. There is a $10 music charge at the door.



Tuesday, November 2, 2010

GIG CALENDAR ADDED

I've added a gig and event calendar on the right of this blog. It is the most-up-to-date listing for my appearances.

Two good gigs coming up:

FOR THOSE OF YOU IN Northeast PA: Friday November 5 @ 7:30 PM The Bookhouse concert at the Hughes Library on 9th Street / Route 611 in Stroudsburg, PA Admission is free. Uke Jackson and the Ginseng Roots band do a music set, then Uke reads from BROADWAY VAMPIRE and he and the band perform the tunes the lyrics of which that are part of the novel. Book signing afterward.



FOR THOSE OF YOU IN Manhattan: Thursday November 11 @ 7:30 PM The Gershwin Hotel 7 East 27th Street. Admission is $10. Uke Jackson and the Ginseng Roots Band perform their neo-skiffle music. BROADWAY VAMPIRE book signing afterward.