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Tori will be touring in 2014 to support the release of Unrepentant Geraldines. The European legs runs from May through June and the North American legs spans July and August. We do not know if additional dates elsewhere will be added.
It seems like just yesterday, we were all talking about Little Earthquakes turning 20 years old but, after the riding Gold Dust’s orchestral dragon in 2012 and floating with The Light Princess in 2013, it’s 2014 and that means Under the Pink is nearing its third decade out in the world.
That anniversary doesn’t come until the end of this month though, as The 405 observes, “Cornflake Girl” was released as a single 20 years ago this week in the UK. Still, any old-timer fans who remember waiting at a record store until midnight to buy the record on cassette or wailing and gnashing their teeth while trying to get through to Ticketmaster on the phone to get tickets for the tour have a few weeks to still feel young and carefree — assuming Little Earthquakes being old enough to drink hasn’t already dashed those emotions!
However, the folks who brought you the 50 Years of Tori Birthday Bash are not waiting until the end of January to get this party started. Rather, they’ve launched 20 Years After the Pink, an ambitious online event that celebrates Under the Pink through an on-going dialogue about artists inspiring artists and art affecting its audience and raising funds for RAINN.
At the core of After the Pink is Marta Woodhull who had the great fortune to be in Taos during the production of Under the Pink. During that time, she created her own art — drawings, photography, writings — inspired by the creative process around her which she is now sharing them with the Tori Amos community, allowing us to explore how we have changed and been changed by this album, by looking back to its beginnings.
Come join the fun on their website where you can learn much more about the extravaganza, view Marta’s drawings and photos, read about the making of Under the Pink and learn about their juried art show. Holy cow! So much stuff!
Kudos and congratulations to Tiffany, Natasha and Amanda for coordinating and pulling the whole shebang together! That was a mighty feat of catherding, we suspect.
Thanks, too, to everyone who kicked in! The original goal of $500 was smashed to smithereens by your generosity, with a final total of $3,500 being raised for RAINN! Whether you donated $1.00 or $106.58, every little bit helped and helps!
Live in or near New York City or going to be around the metro area this coming weekend? Looking for a fun and unique way to celebrate Tori’s upcoming birthday? Well, look no further as Enid Ellen and singer/songwriter/pianist Greg Potter have got you covered with Raisin Girl: A 50th Birthday Celebration For Tori Amos, taking place at Joe’s Pub on Sunday, August 18th at 9:30pm.
Along with fellow devotees Cole Escola, Nicholas Gorham, Dane Terry, Kim Smith, Erin Markey, Joseph Keckler, Brett Every, Natti Vogel, Dan Fishback, and B0DYH1GH, they’ll be performing a range of Tori’s songs in the intimate confines of The Public Theatre’s posh night club and, as a portion of the night’s proceeds will be donated to RAINN, raising some funds for a good cause as well.
Tickets are still available from the Joe’s Pub box office.
While it has not been an entirely quiet summer of news on the Tori Amos front, we have managed to fall behind on what news there is for various, uninteresting-to-everyone-even-us reasons. That will be changing over the next few weeks as this summer draws to a close and we gear up for The Light Princess and all the hoopla that entails. However! There is one thing that can’t wait for us to get our collective asses in gear and that is a RAINN fundraiser to celebrate Tori’s upcoming 50th birthday.
Three of the Tori Tumblrverse superpowers — Amanda of Tori Songs, Natasha of All These Years, and Tiffany of Tori Amos Confessions — have joined forces and, with help from some well-known artists, newly-published authors, etsy craftspeople and arty friends, concocted a project to raise money for RAINN and maybe put a few interesting and unique Tori-related items into your hands as a little thank you for donating.
They have collected a number of items ranging from out-of-print CD singles to posters to necklaces to some exclusive items like a signed print by Paulina (Stuckey) Cassidy and a limited edition print by Scarlet’s Walk photographer Kurt Markus. On August 22nd, at least three prize packages will be raffled off and anybody who has made a donation by then will be eligible to win one!
To make a donation, start at their RAINNmaker page which will link you to rainn.org to donate.
Earlier this spring we told you about a new book on Tori and her female fans called “Sing Us A Song, Piano Woman” by Toriphile Adrienne Trier-Bieniek. Well, the book is out now and you can get your copy just about anywhere, including right here. If you’d like to try your luck at winning a free copy, enter Adrienne’s Goodreads giveaway. And if you’re on the fence but want to know more, check out this article from the Orlando Sentinel. Here’s a quick snippet:
“In academic research, there’s very little in pop culture realm that addresses gender and little or nothing about women’s experiences as female fans,” she says. “There’s this image that is like the fanatical Beatles or One Direction fans, the screaming women who can’t keep their clothes on. I knew from my experience that wasn’t true.”
She wants the book to inspire others to consider a more accurate vision of women.
“I hope that it contributes to a new conversation about gender and pop culture,” she says.
Feminist scholar and Toriphile Adrienne Trier-Bieniek is getting ready to release a brand-new book examining Tori Amos and — most particularly — her fans. The book, Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman: Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos, “explores the many-layered relationships female fans build with feminist musicians in general and with Tori Amos, in particular,” Adrienne says. It’s due out this summer on Scarecrow Press; in the meantime, you can check out more details on Adrienne’s site and on the publisher’s site. Or click through the jump to see the full press release.
Andy Tebbutt, who long-time Toriphiles may recall, along with his co-conspirator Emma, as a regular contributor to The Dent, is running in the Bupa Great Manchester Run on May 26th to raise awareness and funds for Rape Crisis.
Rape Crisis, a registered charity in the UK, is the umbrella organization for a network of local, independent rape crisis centres throughout England and Wales that provide support, counselling and advocacy for women and girls who have experienced sexual violence. Rape Crisis also works to raise awareness about sexual violence, its effects, and the need for support for surviviors as well as operating a national helpline for those in need.
You can read much more about Rape Crisis, their mission and their activities on their website but, in a nutshell, Rape Crisis does much of the same work that RAINN does here in the United States and, while somewhat less known, is no less worthy of our support.
If you’re interested, check out Andy’s fundraising page at JustGiving and, if you’d like to help out, make a secure donation in Andy’s name — and feet — to Rape Crisis there.
So as we all know, the world is going to end tomorrow, Friday, December 21. (If the world doesn’t end, it’s Winter Solstice. But come on … the world is going to end.)
To mark the occasion, Char Manley and Lisa Ridlon will be hosting a virtual “End Of The World” Tori concert on Twitter.
Wouldn’t you like the spend your last moments on earth hanging with other Toriphiles in cyberspace? Sure, you would! So say goodbye to loved ones and bring yourself on over there Friday night. You don’t even need to comb your hair.
See you there!
Tori is doing M&Gs on the Gold Dust Orchestral Tour. If you’re planning to go to one, be sure to check out our Meet And Greet Info page.
Sponsored by Gay Chicago TV, the night will include performances by Kyle Greer, Vallery Dolls, Ian Wilson, Stephen Leonard, Jeff Brown, Lisa Lograsso, Manny Capozzi and more.
Last year’s show was a great success so come on out to what promises to be a great evening of music and Torrific adulation. Tickets are $10 at the door and things get cooking at 9:30 PM. RSVP on Facebook so they know you’re going!