The Beatnik Generation

Songstress Rain Perry relives her hippie childhood

Having cool, liberal parents isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Just look at Gwyneth Paltrow’s poor baby, Apple, who will undoubtedly grow up traumatized because she’s named after a high-fiber fruit and her mommy is the literal queen of shit (see

But songstress Rain Perry says her own hippie upbringing was mostly a blessing. “There was freedom and wonder in being a ‘wild child,’ but there was also craziness and uncertainty,” she says, “not to mention alfalfa-sprout sandwiches that couldn't be traded on the schoolyard and roommates named Bear or Superman I had to share the bathroom with.”

Perry relives her nomadic upbringing through multimedia slides and songs accompanied by guitarist Danny B. Harvey in the one-woman show Cinderblock Bookshelves: A Guide for Children of Fame-Obsessed Bohemian Nomads.

Sun., May 24, 7 p.m., 2009
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