TED!! Tacoma! Patrons in the Jungle! + New Ninja Guests!!
How the hell are you?
Enjoy the view 😉 It has a hidden boob, like where’s waldo.
Greetings from the TED conference in Vancouver Canada, where I’m getting settled in a little hotel room above the conference center and about to sit in a dark room for five days to watch 80 TED talks. Yep…80.
FUCKING … EIGHTY. This is, I think, my 7th time at TED.
BUT…(and you may have just caught me saying this live, naked with a towel on my head on Instagram or Facebook) I HAVE BECOME INSPIRED this year to do a post about all of my take-aways and learnings from TED as a LEGIT PIECE OF REPORTAGE HERE ON THE PATREON, for YOU, instead of writing them all down on 20 pages of a notebook that will go in a drawer and get read by NOBODY.
So, prepare!!! My THING this month – besides the live-streamed fundraiser for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank this Wednesday, is going to be a REPORT FROM TED. Learnings. Ideas. Growings. The thematic poetry. You’re gonna love it.
I cannot wait to create this for you, actually, it’s going to be a hoot. It’ll give my brain a happy place to go to while I’m sitting there for five days, listening to some of the smartest people in the world talk about their art, creations, ideas, and work.
Wish me luck.
The conference starts in a few hours.
Some of the TED speakers/guests this year include Krista Tippet, (from “On Being”), the CEO of TikTok, Shou Zi Chew, and GRIMES, who’s gonna talk about AI. COME ON. What a weird group.
I mean…it’s gonna be deep, and there’s also always surprise guests.
SO GET EXCITED.
MEANWHILE….Some photos from the weekend, and more updates:
THIS WEDNESDAY’S NINJA TED SHOW @ THE VOGUE in VANCOUVER!!!
I JUSTED ADDED THREE MORE SPECIAL GUESTS for the NINJA TED show and tickets are NEARING SOLD OUT!!!!
ALL PROFITS BENEFIT THE VANCOUVER FOOD BANK and you can see ALLLL the info on performers here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/81081783
TICKETS ARE HERE, and they’re $20.
AND DON:T FORGET TO TUNE INTO THE LIVESTREAM!!!! WED NIGHT, APRIL 19th, 8pm.
RSVP NOW!!! : https://www.crowdcast.io/c/2023ninjated
PLEASE LEAVE SOME QUESTIONS IN THE Q&A!!! We will answer them live from stage!! Ask ANYTHING of ANY OF THE GUESTS!
Paradis Parker – Comedian
(photo by Emerson Boergadine)
Pardis Parker is the creator and star of Comedy Central’s Mideast Minute, the creator of Free, a new half hour comedic drama in development at Amazon Prime with Plan B Entertainment, and the co-creator of Uncivil, a new single-cam comedy in development at NBC with Universal Television and Hazy Mills Productions.
As a writer, his work has been published by the New Yorker, the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Chicago Sun-Times, Weekly Humorist, Lit Hub, and McSweeney’s.
As a performer, he’s a six-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee, a frequent guest on Comedy Central’s @midnight, a contributing correspondent and writer for CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, an actor who’s appeared on shows for ABC, CBS, CBC, Showcase, Family Channel, Comedy Central, and others, and a stand-up comedian whose first TED Talk, I’m Tired of People Telling Me to “Grind,” was recorded at TED2021, and whose second TED Talk, I’m Terrified of Wanting to be a Billionaire, was recorded at TED2022.
As a filmmaker, his short films and music videos have received over 80 awards and distinctions from the likes of Disney-ABC, NBC Universal, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Athens International Film Festival, Montreal’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, the Boston Comedy Festival, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Canadian Comedy Awards, and the National Screen Institute of Canada.
RODRIGO MARTINEZ – experience-creator & storyteller
RODRIGO MARTINEZ is a creative executive, storyteller, and designer with 25+ years of diverse international experience creating award-winning services, products, and brands across hospitality, life sciences, and digital health. He is Chief Marketing & Experience Officer at CIC (Cambridge Innovation Center), an organization with 8 sites around the world enabling over 3,000 companies to innovate.
JASON WEBLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – musician (and …. my sister)
In the Spring of 1998 Jason Webley quit his day job, picked up his accordion, and hopped onto a Greyhound bus with the intention of playing in the streets until his money ran out. Over twenty years, five albums and over a dozen countries later, Webley is still rambling across state lines and howling at the tomato moon. Along the way, Webley has garnered devoted fans everywhere from Moscow to Mexico City.
Webley appears like a back alley prophet in layers of baggy clothes, a trench coat and an old porkpie hat; he leaps onto stages, window ledges and bartops, feverishly pumping the bellows and stomping out the beat while roaring and whispering in his passionate, gravelly baritone. His music – a mix of gypsy, folk and punk – traverses age and social background, drawing grandparents, children, punks, drunks, and lovers into the fold. As a Seattle Weekly critic observed, “sixteen-year-old Goths, parents with little kids, aging hippies and fellow musicians – all can be seen at his concerts.”
Some beautiful pictures from the show on Saturday in Tacoma, WA:
Photos: Michael McComiskey
Setlist… more or less
And THE PATRON GATHERING!!!!!
Here’s a set of photos, mostly by Michael, of the truly beautiful gathering for patrons @ the WW Seymour Conservatory in Tacoma the Sunday morning after the show at the Temple Theater (which was also incredible …. if you have any good show photos, tag me, we didn’t have a photographer at the show, it’s all you).
I am learning how to tell the truth.
To share more about what’s going on. I’ve held onto so much for so many years, in silence. It feels like breathing after being choked.
I miss this about touring. We all needed this. We talked about everything under the sun, but we spent a long time talking about guns, America, what’s up in the Pac Northwest, our experiences of sad sing-a-longs, and I spoke at length about what’s going on with me, my life situation, the year ahead, the questions, the ideas.
I love this. I goddamn love my patrons. Even though I love playing a show for a thousand people, I love just sitting around and shooting the shit with my community, getting to really see people, and sharing what is truly on my mind and in my heart.
Everyone has dealt with so much crap and trauma…especially lately. This kind of gathering is important medicine.
Side note: this almost didn’t happen. It was all because of ONE PATRON – Julie Samms – who texted me two days before this happened to ask if there was going to a patron gathering.
I admitted I’d wanted to do one but just didn’t have the energy to pull one together, and she volunteered to organize it. After all these years, I still can’t believe how much my community supports and carries me along.
Julie, my god, thank you. This wouldn’t have happened without you. We all really needed it. Thank you, thank you.
To you patrons: I have no words. Thank you. To my listeners and readers: please join the patreon. It’s so important, and so no much fun, and it is, honestly, really the best and most sustainable way you can support my work.
I WISH WE HAD A BETTER WAY OF SHARING PHOTOS WITHIN THIS POST. Patreon has been promising to make it possible soon. Keep praying.
Meanwhile, send them to me by tagging me in on FB or IG.
credit: Stacey Litwin
credit: Stacey Litwin
THATS ALL FOR NOW….
TIL SOON, FROM TED!
2023 Tour Dates:
Saturday, April 15th – Tacoma, WA – The Temple Theatre
Wednesday, April 19th – Vancouver, CA – Vogue Theatre NinjaTED – BENEFIT FOR GREATER VANCOUVER FOOD BANK
Friday, April 28th – Poughkeepsie, NY – Bardavon *ALMOST SOLD OUT*
Saturday, April 29th – Boston, MA – The Wilbur Theater *ALMOST SOLD OUT*
***THE DRESDEN DOLLS***
May 19th, 20th, & 21st – Denver, CO – Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox *SOLD OUT*
May 26th, 27th, & 28th – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf *SOLD OUT*
June 16th, 17th, & 18th – Orlando, FL – The Social *SOLD OUT*
June 23rd, 24th, & 25th – New Orleans, LA – Toulouse Theatre *SOLD OUT*
All tickets at: https://amandapalmer.net/events/
———THE STUFF I PASTE AT THE END OF THE POST———
1. if you are a patron and new to my work, don’t forget your patronage allows you access to ALL of my patreon releases to date. HERE is the link to download my latest big solo record, “There Will Be No Intermission”, and HERE is a link to download the PDF of the art/essay book that goes with it.
2. if you’re a patron reading this post via an email notification, please click through to comment on this post. at the very least, if you’ve read it, indicate that by using the heart symbol. that’s always nice for me to see, so i know who’s reading.
3. see All the Things (over 200 of them) i’ve made so far on patreon:
4. JOIN THE SHADOWBOX COMMUNITY FORUM, find your people, and discuss everything: https://forum.theshadowbox.net/
5. are you new to my music and TOTALLY OVERWHELMED? TAKE A WALK THROUGH AMANDALANDA….we made a basic list of my greatest hits n stuff (at least up until a few years ago, this desperately needs updating) on this lovely page: http://amandalanda.amandapalmer.net/
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OOPS ps two more. MY HEART.