WHAM BAM THANK YOU ANN!

January 8 is David Bowie's birthday. If the Thin White Duke didn't invite you to his party (pssst -- it's in the private dining room at Gladstone's), you can celebrate at Ann Magnuson Does David Bowie (L.A. Edition). Ms. Magnuson is nearly as pale and is said to do righteous versions of his glammier hits. Her band, the Star Whackers From Mars, includes Kristian Hoffman, Jonathan Lea, Joe Berardi and Miiko Watanabe, plus special guest Michael Des Barres, will perform "mostly a hybrid of Ziggy and Aladdin Sane mixed with a few barks from Diamond Dogs plus a soupcon of Low, as well as a nod to Bowie's Mod years, a wink to Mott the Hoople and a birthday greeting via the Beatles 'When I'm 64' done Brecht/Weill-style in honor of his Berlin years. FYI, he's turning 64." She further tells us: "I'm not impersonating Bowie so much as rekindling the ecstasy of a teenager who is singing and dancing along to those records in the basement of the house she grew up in back in West Virginia. I feel all the radiant joy those songs brought me then — with all the attendant hormones and unbridled excitement over the endless possibilities that lay ahead. In short, I feel what Bowie was bringing to the world- permission to step out of the black & white mundanity of a Kansas farm house and enter the wild, wonderful Technicolor world of Oz! And since Bowie isn't performing at all anymore, someone has got to sing these songs live on stage!"
Jan. 8-9, 8 p.m., 2011


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