It is therefore, no coincidence that she portrays Yoko Ono in this Beatles Story. When I saw it last year her part was about two minutes on stage, out of two hours. That time was in a jazz club in Montparnasse, and this time it's in a legit theatre, with a bit more show to it.
Gary de La Rosa from Los Angeles was here. He arrived by train from Frankfurt, somewhat jetlagged from fending off thieves on the overnight train. Renaud, the Beatles' boss, put his electrician into the flop hotel I had reserved for Gary, so Gary couldn't go out because he had no key for Renaud's place. When I got to the theatre he showed up, and the ticket ladies switched our tickets so we could sit together. Gary said he likes the Beatles.
As soon as they started, I remembered the last performance. 'It was 30 years ago today... Sergeant Pepper's Yellow Submarine All Night Band.' Everybody knows it. This ran right up to midnight, to about the time to think about the last métro. You know, an extra half hour of fun, and then you are going to have to walk across town.
Then coming out of the métro Uncle Den-Den catches me up. He went to an evening of Coltrane at the Sunset. A whole gang is in town before doing a tour in Poland. Names on the bandstand - Art Lewis, Sonny Simmons and Michael Marcus.
He sees Agnes Varda sitting on the terrace at the Penguins but passes. I see the flop hotel guy leaning on a car smoking a cigarette. Most of the musicians are staying there now.