Amanda Palmer plans “awesome” ninja gig tonight in Vancouver

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      Did you know that Amanda Fucking Palmer is in town?

      She's speaking at Vancouver's TED conference today (March 19) as part of an All-Stars session. But since you didn't pay the $7,500 TED2014 ticket price, you won't be there.

      Lucky for you, the crowd-sourcing cabaret-punk singer-songwriter has announced she's putting on an all-ages "ninja gig" tonight, and admission is by donation.

      Here's the deets for the short-notice show from Palmer's blog:

      TED, if you know much about it, is super fucking organized, and there’s very little realtime cross-over with the people here in TED-land and the population of Vancouver.
      let us crush the fence.

      i tweeted a few days ago and the historic VOGUE THEATRE had no shows booked and very VERY generously offered us the keys to their space (so to speak) – this shit is ON!!! the place fits about 1100 people – first-come first-served…they’re located at 918 granville street (click here for google maps)

      the show is 100% PAY WHAT YOU WANT but with a SUGGESTED DONATION OF $10 to $20 which’ll go to the vancouver food bank (@VanFoodBank). we will pass the hat / have a collection for ‘em

      we will start letting people in at around 8:45/9pm and go till around midnight.

      Bonus: it sounds like TED2014 speaker and overexposed astronaut Chris Hadfield is going to be there with his guitar.

      Palmer writes:

      MANY WEIRD SPECIAL GUESTS. my goal was to rope in a handful of scientists and other bizarro TED-speakers…as it currently stands, i have at least one geoff berner, one bora yoon, one famous harvard professor, and one astronaut who plays guitar. THERE MAY BE BRAINS.

      i mean…this is going to be awesome.


      Who's going? The hashtag is #NINJAvan.

      Until then, here's Palmer's past TED talk ("The art of asking"):


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      Mar 19, 2014 at 10:52am

      Ooo, I'm Amanda Palmer, I can just ask for things and they come to me because I'm a quirky white woman.

      Miranda Nelson

      Mar 19, 2014 at 10:54am

      Only 49 minutes before someone came along to shit on a fun thing happening in Vancouver. NEW RECORD!


      Mar 19, 2014 at 11:07am

      It sounds like it's going to be a bum rushed gong show. I hope the theatre employees are getting paid, and that she has the money to cover possible damage to the theatre. If you want to act like a street performer, perform on the street. Or at red gate or something.

      fancy pants

      Mar 19, 2014 at 2:11pm

      Amanda Palmer, now working on making TED all about her!!! Yerp, the astronaut has agreed to work for free hugs.


      Mar 19, 2014 at 3:31pm

      Cool, I wanted to ask her if I could stay with her and Gaiman while they're in town.

      Geoff Berner

      Mar 19, 2014 at 10:10pm

      is king and a seriously fine mind. Go for Geoff! (We were in kindergarten together and laughed the entire year. My first memory of Geoff is laughing with him). Wish I was in the city tonight. Love, Rache


      Mar 19, 2014 at 11:49pm

      WTF is wrong with her eyebrows?

      Jon and then

      Mar 20, 2014 at 11:53am

      Overexposed? - rude when they don't need to be, informative just as much as they have to be.