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Telling Tales, A SHELebration Where the Sidewalk Ends 

When: Thu., June 2, 6:30-9:30 p.m. 2011
Price: $100/person
The late Shel Silverstein wrote everlasting books for children that had a grown-up’s profound melancholy, regret and sidewise way of looking at the world, and he drew cartoons of adult material for Playboy that made grown-ups giggle like sneaky kids. The same guy who wrote the majestically despondent “The Ballad of Lucy Jordan” penned Tompall Glaser’s hilariously sexist “Put Another Log on the Fire,” and the same guy who gave Loretta Lynn “One’s on the Way” served up the lachrymose “Sylvia’s Mother.” In theater he collaborated with A Christmas Story author Jean Shepherd, and on film he collaborated with David Mamet. Shel Silverstein was two of a kind, at the very least, and this ingenious fundraiser for the Nashville Children’s Theatre pairs songs and poetry from all phases of his career — careers — with an equally eclectic list of performers. The roster includes Mayor Karl Dean, John Seigenthaler, Bobby Bare & Family, Marshall Chapman, Clementyne Howard, Marcus Hummon, Shooter Jennings and Amy Nelson & Family, joined by local theater staples Jeff Boyet, Rona Carter, Shawn Knight, Jenny Littleton, Marin Miller, Eric D. Pasto-Crosby, Jon Royal, Patricia Taber, Patrick Waller and NCT producing director Scot Copeland. The evening includes a silent auction and cocktail party, but me, I’d be satisfied just to hear the section of Lafcadio about the marshmallow suit. Tickets are $100 and limited to 150 people; call 252-4675 for more info, or see nashvillechildrenstheatre.org. Auction and party 6 p.m., performance 7:30.
— Jim Ridley

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