the aotearoa tour, save the date for PATRON-ONLY PARTIES…(and wellington, help?)
greetings from havelock north, where my days are taking on a peculiarly comforting groundhogs-day-like quality.
i get up at 7 am. i try not to check my email and phone.
i read the news from the states. sometimes i cry a little.
i start emailing and texting.
ash wakes up.
we read books, sometimes make a call or two to dada or a friend in the states, make breakfast, get dressed, dance around, and then we walk to school. i go to one of three coffeeshops in downtown havelock north, i attempt to write my thoughts in a journal but usually wind up doing work or making a work-related posts to the internet instead, check my texts and emails, and walk home.
i sit at my desk from about 10 am to 3 pm, make calls, write posts, answer emails, and then i get ready to pick ash up from school. the rest of the day, generally, belongs to him.
i feel like i am always behind.
i am always behind.
i have redefined “behind”.
i made this post yesterday on twitter and instagram:
i am trying to truly not care anymore about what does not get finished or tended to on any given day.
the podcast is doing well, but i feel like i’m stumbling along behind it. i don’t know anything anymore about what i should and shouldn’t be posting on social media. my podcast team made these wonderful audiograms, but they get crushed by the instagram algorithms…and i’m not even sure it’s worth posting them.
i try not to care that the hard work that i put into the podcast doesn’t get rewarded by social media when a cute, colorful picture of my child is rewarded.
i think a lot about what all these weird things mean for artists, parents, and humanity in general, i shake my terrible thoughts away, and i keep working.
a new tour is coming. i only have six shows, but i am wondering how it will feel. i have barely touched a piano in months. i have never wanted to play more for people. i have never wanted to play less. i have never felt weirder about doing a run of shows.
i don’t feel like a performer anymore, i feel like a strange single mother in a foreign country in a pandemic. i don’t even know why i’m doing these shows. i know why i am doing these shows.
everything feels theoretical lately.
i took this picture, a day before aotearoa new zealand went into level 2 lockdown again, and the upcoming tour was postponed.
it was taken to promote the all-ages, kid-friendly show in wellington. i’ve been meaning to post it up on social media, but i’ve been too consumed by the podcast.
there IS this slightly weird show in wellington, a MATINEE, on saturday, october 24th in-between the two night shows on the 23rd and 24th, that’s for ALL AGES…which means it will just be a crazy silly-fest. i am hoping that the patron community brings their families, kids, babies, (dogs? i”m actually pretty sure dogs aren’t allowed, though). the shows at night are nearly sold out. the matinee isn’t.
you should come, and tell your friends with kids about it. here’s the direct link to buy tickets for that one…my new website has made that show a little confusing: https://fringeaf.online.red61.com.au/event/446:1023/
i am not sure what i’ll do, but ash will be there, i will wear a stupid costume, and i assume it’ll be as weird and tearful as a normal show, just with more ukulele, book readings, and conversation.
here are ALL the shows:
Oct 23&24 (+ the 2 pm matinee on the 24th) – Wellington – St. Peter’s on Willis
Nov 6 – Dunedin – Regent Theatre
Nov 14 – Hastings – Toi Toi Opera House
Nov 20 – Auckland – St. Matthew-In-The-City
all the tickets are HERE: https://amandapalmer.net/events/
and now to the more fun part….PATRON GATHERINGS.
i do really want, desperately, to connect with the PATRONS of this land….that’s you….and doing it at a show, before or after, is hard.
we need more time.
i did this POLL about a week ago to find out about how many people are in which city. this is what turned up:
so here is my current plan….and all of these gatherings will be acoustic and free to all patrons (dunedin may incolved the cost of getting on the boat, though):
WELLINGTON (oct 25th):
i am SEEKING a good place to do a WELLINGTON PARTY for PTRONS ONLY…on the afternoon after the shows…that’s sunday the 25th.
if anyone has an idea, hit me!! shops, museums, libraries, galleries, a HOUSE(?) that fits a lot of people…from the poll, it looks like we will need space for at least 50 people if people bring guests and +1s….so maybe safe to find a venue that fits 100 souls. do you know a spot? hit me in the comments.
i want to remind you that the last time i ninja’d in wellington, we made history:
DUNEDIN (nov 7th):
i have an amazing venue in the works, brought to you care of an amazing person here on the patreon. it’s an island. save saturday the 7th from about noon to 5pm. you will need to get on a boat to get there. we will provide the boat.
HAWKE’S BAY (nov 15th):
i think i’m going to do this one AT MY HOUSE!!!! there’s few enough people. stay tuned for info, but if you’re traveling to the show, save the 15th – that’s the day after the show. we will gather in the afternoon. if there are too many people too fit in my house or the weather looks sucky, i may move the gathering to an inside space….but i love the idea of having you all over to meet the chickens. you’ll all get the address in a post right before it happens.
AUCKLAND (nov 22nd)
well, again, i’ve found a venue on AN ISLAND. more i cannot say yet, but it looks like it’s going to be AMAZING. auckland has the greatest number of patrons by far….all i can tell you is that YOU DON’T WANNA MISS THIS ONE. i’d venture to say this one is even worth traveling to auckland for if you have a reason to travel there anyway. more info will be coming, but it requires a car, a ferry ride and it’s about a two hour trek (at least) from central auckland. BUT BELIEVE ME, YOU WILL WANT TO COME.
that’s all for now.
i just want you to plan and save the dates.
i’m going to go make dinner.
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