“Oxford American” Holding Annual Gala Nov. 7 Featuring Arlo Guthrie

 

Oxford American, “A Magazine of the South,” will hold its annual fundraising gala, Books, Bourbon & Boogie, featuring Arlo Guthrie on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 at CALS Ron Robinson Theater.  Guthrie is doing a special Back By Popular Demand tour of Alice’s Restaurant. Proceeds from the event benefit the ongoing work of the Oxford American.

Tickets are $200 for the orchestra section and $150 for the balcony section — they are available via Metrotix.com or (800) 293-5949. A portion of each ticket price is tax-deductible. For more information and full details, visit OxfordAmerican.org/Gala.

Born in Coney Island, New York in 1947, Arlo Guthrie is the eldest son of Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company and founder of The Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease, and America’s most beloved singer/writer/philosopher/artist Woody Guthrie. Arlo has become an iconic figure in folk music with a distinguished and varied career spanning almost sixty years.

In 1965, a teenaged Guthrie performed a “friendly gesture” that proved to be fateful. Arlo was arrested for littering, leading him to be deemed “not moral enough to join the army.” Guthrie attained international attention at age nineteen by recounting the true events on the album Alice’s Restaurant in 1967. “The Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” has become an anti-establishment anthem and an essential part of the Thanksgiving holiday season, still broadcast widely on terrestrial, internet and satellite radio. Alice’s Restaurant achieved platinum status and was made into a movie in 1969, in which Arlo played himself, by the director Arthur Penn.

Arlo remains a road warrior, touring almost constantly, alone or with friends and family. Since the first time he performed in public in 1961 at the age of thirteen, and after almost sixty years of shows, Arlo Guthrie, now in his 70s, has become an American elder — a keeper of the flame.

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