City Paper is not for tourists
Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer made crowdfunding history in 2012 when her Kickstarter campaign to produce an independent album raised more than $1 million, setting a then-record high for the site and inspiring her popular TED talk, “The Art of Asking.” She’s rarely been shy about relying on fans for help and support, having stirred up some controversy when she offered to pay local musicians who joined her band in beer and hugs as opposed to, well, money, on a 2012 national tour. Her new book is an extension of that TED talk, a memoir that explores Palmer’s history of asking, from busking for a living as an 8-foot-tall statue in a wedding dress to countless nights on tour couchsurfing in strangers’ homes. Asking can be hard, she says, but vulnerability and human connection turn asking into an equal exchange. Just keep in mind that a well-off artist married to a best-selling novelist might not benefit the most from your pocket change. And while tickets are required for admission, if you want to get in for free, you can always—you know. Amanda Palmer performs at 8 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $15–$18. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org.