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Blasblog: Rufus Wainwright May Let Karl Lagerfeld Make Him Over

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I’ve seen Rufus Wainwright perform in all sorts of places: the great outdoors over a year ago at the Last Song of Summer fundraiser for Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, and then an elementary-school gymnasium a couple months back for the same benefit. There was the rousing revival of Judy Garland hits at Carnegie Hall, and then a gay piano bar on the L.E.S. In each one, the singer-songwriter and, as of this summer, opera composer, was the same: engaging, funny, and truly terrific. Tomorrow night, Wainwright returns to Carnegie Hall with a group of musicians including sister Martha Wainwright, Courtney Love, and Scarlett Johansson for a Gavin Friday and Friends concert to benefit (RED). On his playlist will be many of the songs from Milwaukee at Last!!!, his recording of a live performance in the Midwestern town, released last month. I sat down with Wainwright to talk about that concert, the Albert Maysles documentary that coincides with it, and, of course, his relationship with fashion.

On October 4, you’re back at Carnegie Hall. I saw you in your Judy Garland tribute there a few years ago. Do you particularly like that venue? Or do you just like Judy?

No, no. I am so proud to have called Carnegie Hall my New York home for many years now, whether it’s my Judy tribute, the Christmas shows, assorted benefits, and so forth. It’s a dream to many to play the venue. And before anyone asks me, I do know the way to get to Carnegie Hall: “Practice! Practice! Practice!”

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