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Win Tickets to See Julian Casablancas at the Palace Theatre

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, November 19, 2009, at 01:40PM
Julian Casablancas Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Julian Casablancas performs during a November 13 show inside the historic Palace Theatre.



Strokes lead singer Julian Casablancas is bringing a little life back to Downtown's historic Palace Theatre. Casablancas is halfway through a four-week solo residency in the 1911 venue, built to host the Orpheum vaudeville circuit. On Friday, he returns for show number three and we've got a pair of tickets to give to a blogdowntown reader who wants to be there.

The Palace has sat dormant for years, rarely hosting public events like this one. Weeks one and two have shown off both the potential and the challenge of bringing a 1911 building back into regular use.

The venue features one of the largest stages on Broadway, and Casablancas has taken full use of the room with a series of changing visual backdrops. Low lighting on the performance makes clear that the show is about the sound and the projections behind the performers.

Residents of Spring street likely feel like they've been at both shows. Just a thin concrete wall separates the back of the Palace stage from the alley behind, and sound reverberates onto a block that is home to hundreds of residents. That's not that big of a deal for special events, but would need to be addressed before the venue could host a full calendar.

The Delijani family, owners of the Palace and Los Angeles Theatres among others, have pledged to restore both venues if the city constructs a parking garage on Broadway. That may take a few years, but Downtowners should hope these four nights are a sign of many more things to come.

Want to see the show? We've got one pair of tickets to give away. Just leave a comment saying why you should win, and be sure to include contact info (email address or Facebook). Contest closes tonight at 10pm.

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