Win Two Free Tickets to See Joseph Keckler in New York City

Joseph Keckler will be performing at La Mama in New York City November 18th-20th (Photo by Michael Sharkey)

I’m heading to New York next week and have two tickets to Joseph Keckler’s performance at La Mama to give away to some lucky Gwarlingo reader.

“An Evening with Joseph Keckler” runs from November 18th-20th at La Mama (74A East 4th Street between Bowery & 2nd Ave). I’ll be at the 10:00 p.m. show on Saturday night the 19th and have two additional tickets to share. If you’re in New York that evening and can attend, throw your name into the hat!

There are two ways to enter the contest…

1. Click here and leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Be sure to include your name and email.

2. Or send an email with your full name to michelle (at) gwarlingo (dot) com requesting to be entered in the contest.

Once you’ve officially entered your name into the drawing by emailing me or leaving a comment here, you can enter multiple times by doing one or all of the following…

1. Sign up to receive Gwarlingo by email

2. “Like” Gwarlingo on Facebook

3. Follow Gwarlingo on Twitter

4. Share this article about the Joseph Keckler ticket give-away on Twitter or Facebook

A few important details…

1. You must be able to attend the performance at La MaMa at 10 p.m. on Saturday, November 19th.

2. You must leave your comment or email me before 1 p.m. EST on Monday, November 14th.

3. The winner will be announced on Monday night. The winner needs to respond within 24 hours or I’ll draw an alternate winner from the hat.



If you haven’t seen Keckler’s work, you owe it to yourself to see him perform live. The artist is quickly making a name for himself. He’s been featured on NPR and The Sundance Channel and written about in The New York TimesThe GuardianSPINThe Observer, and Time Out New York. He has performed at The New Museum, SF MOMA, Joe’s Pub, and SXSW.

Keckler is many artists in one — a unique combination of actor, pianist, opera and blues singer, performer, cabaret act, and storyteller. When I saw Keckler perform earlier this year at MacDowell Downtown, I was captivated by his haunting, elastic voice, his disarming humor and ease, his down-to-earth banter with the audience, and his ability to inhabit the lives of old men, fantastical creatures, women, and talking animals.


Joseph Keckler (Photo by Adam Gardiner)

Here’s what the New York Press has to say:

Keckler “commands the stage with erotic bravado, launches into dramatic monologues and embodies so many different personae that you can’t help but wonder whether he’s possessed by spirits or if his body cannot help but channel all of the voices in his head. Sensual, cathartic, overwrought and deeply philosophical, his psychotic twists and turns can bring his audience either to tears (from laughter) or to a numbed silence.”

You can read my full piece on Keckler and watch video clips of his work here. Please spread the word.

Good luck everyone!

By | 2016-11-11T21:53:57+00:00 11.01.11|Events, Performance|2 Comments

About the Author:

I’ve spent almost 20 years helping thousands of successful artists of all disciplines and working to make the arts more accessible. (One friend likes to call me “the arts enabler.”) From 1999-2012 I worked at The MacDowell Colony, the nation’s oldest artist colony, but I've also done time at an arts magazine, a library, an art museum, and a raptor rehabilitation center. In May of 2012 I left MacDowell to pursue writing, speaking, curating, and creative projects full-time. In 2015 I was named a “Top 100 Artist, Innovator, Creative” by Origin magazine. I've appeared as an arts and culture commentator on New Hampshire Public Radio, and in 2017 I was the recipient of the Wampler Art Professorship at James Madison University. I am the founder of the Gwarlingo Salon series, which connects artists like DJ Spooky with rural audiences in the Monadnock region. In 2017 my collaborator Corwin Levi and I will publish our first book, Mirror Mirrored, which combines Grimms’ fairy tales with vintage illustration remixes and the work of contemporary artists like Kiki Smith, Carrie Mae Weems, and Amy Cutler. I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, but have called New Hampshire home since 1999. My studio is located in the historic, mill village of Harrisville. I miss fried okra, the early southern spring, and restaurants that stay open past 9:00 p.m., but rural life agrees with me. In New Hampshire I can see the stars, go kayaking or snowshoeing, watch bald eagles fish in the lake, and focus on my creative work in silence. I no longer have to worry about traffic jams; deer, wild turkeys, and frost heaves are the primary road hazards here. Although I live in the country, I’m fortunate enough to be part of a vibrant arts community that extends beyond this small New England village. The quiet days are punctuated by regular travel and frequent visits to museums, theaters, readings, arts events, lectures, and open studios around the country. (You can read my full CV here.) Thanks for visiting Gwarlingo. I hope you'll be in touch.


  1. jean marie casbarian November 12, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I would love to see Joseph Keckler with you on the 19th!

    Jean Marie

  2. Nancy knowles November 12, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Hi Michelle,
    I’ll be in ny that weekend taking a “solo show boot camp” workshop for my play, so this would be a great sequel to my work!

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