As I've mentioned in a couple of my very first blog posts, I try to take myself out on artist dates as often as possible. My most recent artist date was to see Neil Gaiman at Carnegie Hall. The performance opened with a few songs by FourPlay String Quartet (amazing!), then Neil came out and read his version of Hansel and Gretel. After a brief intermission, Neil read from his new book, The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains. FourPlay String Quartet performed as he read, and illustrations by artist Eddie Campbell were projected on the wall behind them. It was exactly as I had hoped -- moody, mysterious, exciting and extremely memorable. I loved it.
Here's a quick sketch I made during the performance. You can see the overall set up, as well as Neil's awesome, floppy hair...
Here's my ticket and my pre-show Cabernet:
To find out more about this event, check out this fantastic interview/preview with Neil at hearandnow.wbur.org.