By West Village Bill
This Tuesday, Rufus Wainwright will be performing a benefit concert for Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Prospect Park Bandshell off Prospect Park West near 9th Street in my old stomping grounds, Park Slope.
Rufus's opening act will be his father, Grammy Award–winning folk singer Loudon Wainwright III.
I've seen Rufus live twice, including once at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, back in 2001. Toward the end of that show, I threw a knotted pair of my briefs onstage. Rufus remarked that he hoped they were dirty and put them in his pocket. They were clean; I'd actually written a note inside in marker that said my then-partner and I were big fans. And I gave the e-mail address and URL for the bed and breakfast/organic farm we ran at the time. We never heard from Rufus, but I had fun shaking things up a little bit in stodgy Princeton.
Photo from Celebrate Brooklyn! website