Life is a Bitch: the poetry and lyrics of Fran Landesman

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
Life is a bitch. the lyrics and poetry of Fran Landesman-a cabaret with Raynel Shepard and Harry Mayronne (piano), with Ben Fox (bass) and Michel Skinkus (percussion). $15, cash only, at the door. Ever heard of Fran Landesman? “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most,” perhaps? Landesman published five volumes of poetry and wrote lyrics for hundreds of songs over the course of a career which began in the 50’s. She rubbed shoulders with artists and poets from the Beat Generation: Jack Kerouac, Lenny Bruce, and Allen Ginsberg; dropped acid with Timothy Leary; collaborated with composers Steve Allen, Tommy Wolf, Roy Kral, Alec Wilder, Bob Dorough, Dudley Moore, and Simon Wallace. Nearly forgotten after her death in 2011, she is happily being rediscovered and her work revived by the incomparable vocalist, Raynel Shepard, accompanied by Harry Mayronne, Ben Fox and Michael Skinkus. Come and enjoy the humorous, bittersweet, ironic and sometimes irreverent songs and spoken poetry of this under-appreciated “Queen of the Bohemian Dream” - Fran Landesman.

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